iPhones 6 success, benchmarks, camera; Skype, Chrome updated; Family Sharing


iPhone 6 slo-mo video uncorked
iPhone 6 slo-mo video uncorked

Apple sells record-breaking 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units in first weekend of sales — Apple has announced it sold 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets in the first full weekend of sales since the device launched on September 19. This compares to five million first weekend sales of the iPhone 5 and nine million for the iPhone 5s and 5c.

[From Apple’s PR release: “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will roll out worldwide to more than 20 additional countries on 26 September, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.]

iPhone 6 tops competition in benchmarks, battery life — The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are currently being put through their paces by the benchmarking gurus at AnandTech, and preliminary results show that Apple’s newest pair of smartphones are among the best of the best on several popular graphical tests as well as web browsing battery life.

The iPhone 6 won’t beat a DSLR, but it’s still excellent — Serenity Caldwell took her 64GB iPhone 6 out and about to stress-test some of its new camera features and see if she could get some similar results to Apple’s promo photography. Here are some initial reactions. Also check out the slo-mo feature here (that’s a frame, above).

Skype for iPhone, Google Chrome updated with iOS 8 enhancements — The avalanche of app updates bringing compatibility with Apple’s latest mobile operating system continued with offerings from two of the world’s largest companies on Monday, as Microsoft brought interactive notifications to Skype for iPhone and Google added app extension support to Chrome.

How to double your free OneDrive storage to 30GB — Good news, OneDrive users: a mere three months after Microsoft doubled the free storage tier from 7GB to 15GB, the company’s ready to double your gratis storage space yet again — but only if you act quickly.

Apple surreptitiously adds HomeKit support to recent Apple TVs — In addition to a revamped user interface and a new Beats Music app, Apple is said to have given third-generation Apple TVs an intriguing under-the-hood tweak in last week’s software update: compatibility with the company’s new HomeKit home automation technology.

Get to know iOS 8 — Family Sharing sets your iTunes purchases free.