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Full iPhone 6s review, 4K video, iOS 9 Low Power Mode, iOS 9.0.2, Roaming charges, Photos, Remote teardown, 1Password, Watch Activation Lock

(Image from Apple's film on 3D Touch)
(Image from Apple’s film on 3D Touch)

In-depth review: Apple’s iPhone 6s & 6s Plus with 3D Touch — Last year’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus introduced a larger, slimmer form factor housing higher resolution Retina HD screens and improvements in processors, cameras and wireless. While Apple’s latest 6s and 6s Plus models look virtually identical, the company has significantly improved nearly every key feature, from a stronger glass and metal exterior outside to high-performance components inside, including a new pressure sensitive 3D Touch display. [I’m working on mine.]

How and when to capture 4K video on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus — Now that there’s an iPhone that can shoot 4K video, it’s time to put together a nice, simple guide to 4K video, explaining what it is, what it means, and how and when to use it.

iOS 9 Low Power Mode extends battery life — iOS 9 introduces a new feature to the iPhone called “Low Power Mode.” Like Apollo 13 on the way to the Moon, it shuts down non-essential services in an effort to maintain an emergency lifeline. That is, enough juice to make and hold an emergency phone call, be located or utilise Wi-Fi. Here’s how to activate it.

iOS 9.0.2 — Apple has released iOS 9.0.2 with some minor bug fixes and an important security fix related to Siri. According to the notes, “A person with physical access to an iOS device may be able to access photos and contacts from the lock screen.”

Apple ‘trying to fix’ problem of iPhone roaming charges, says SVP Eddy Cue — Though obstacles with partners remain, Apple has made some progress in addressing the issue of carrier roaming charges for iPhone owners, and continues to work toward a solution that will be beneficial to consumers, senior VP Eddy Cue has revealed.

How to organise iPhone 6s photos in iOS 9 — With iPhone 6s’ 12MP iSight and 5MP FaceTime cameras, Apple bumped the specs of the world’s most popular digital shooter, giving users a good excuse to create mountains of data. Using iOS 9’s built-in Photos app can help you manage this flood of photographs from the moment you press the shutter button.

iFixit’s Apple TV teardown screwed developers — Apple rarely gives developers early access to unreleased products, and iFixit may have ruined that for everyone. iFixit is known for their detailed tear downs for new devices, and the company found itself on Apple’s bad side after taking apart an early access Apple TV developer kit and posting what’s inside on its website. iFixit violated its developer agreement with Apple by posting the tear down early.

1Password 6.0 for iOS review: first-class secure data management to your mobile device — AgileBits’s digital vault makes the most of iOS’s latest features to offer a superior way to carry all your private information wherever you go.

How to use the Activation Lock feature in watchOS 2 — watchOS 2 offers an Activation Lock for your Apple Watch. It turns on automatically when you set up Find My iPhone on your paired iPhone. With Activation Lock, your Apple ID and password will be required before anyone can unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone or pair and use your Apple smartwatch with a new iPhone.

Siri training, iOS 9 Low Power Mode, Tablets still sliding, bad Android vulnerability

IMG_2990Deleting Siri’s training data — The longer you use Siri, the better Apple’s voice assistant will work since it learns to understand you. It does this by learning about your accent and other characteristics of your voice. Siri uses voice recognition algorithms to categorise your voice into one of the dialects or accents it understands.
But if someone else has used Siri on your device a lot, the service may not function as well as it could. So if you’re noticing that your commands aren’t being recognised or Siri’s making a bunch of errors, you could try resetting its training altogether and starting fresh. [While you’re in Settings, do turn on the new NZ voice recognition – it helps a lot – left.]

iPad’s dominance continues to fade in shrinking tablet market, latest IDC data shows — While the Apple iPad held on to its position as the leading tablet brand worldwide during the June quarter, the gap with other tablet makers shrank — as did the market overall, according to IDC research data released on Wednesday. [I think this is because tablets are long-lasting and hardy and the basic things you do with them, like email and web surfing, don’t dramatically improve with new versions so there’s no compelling-enough reason to upgrade to new models.]

iOS 9 has a battery-saving Low Power mode — Apple’s upcoming operating system update does a great deal to automatically improve efficiency and extend battery life. But if a user knows that they have a long day ahead of them, they can manually enable iOS 9’s new Low Power Mode at any point to maximise their iPhone’s uptime.

‘Stagefright’ vulnerability compromises Android phones with 1 text message, may affect 950M devices — A newly discovered security issue in the Android mobile operating system dubbed Stagefright has been called one of the worst vulnerabilities to date, and could present a critical issue for some 95% of devices in users’ hands. [Apple iOS vulnerabilities to date: 0]

Surreal Selfie Stick video — Randy Scott Slavin, a New York City-based director and photographer, also created what he calls the Surreal Selfie Stick, a 360 degree array of GoPro cameras for making videos. He’s using the device for a project, but posted a demonstration to YouTube that you should check out. You can’t see the Surreal Selfie Stick in the video, but you can sometimes see its shadow.