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iPhone 6s to double LTE speeds and be more power efficient

Apple has used the “s” after an iPhone’s product name as a representation of additional speed, ever since the old iPhone 3GS. As such we’ve seen the company retain the same design as the existing model, but with added performance benefits. We’re expecting this to be the exact same case with the iPhone 6s, and today we get a major tip of where this will be focused on.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will reportedly use Qualcomm’s new MDM9635M chip, also known as the ‘9X35′ Gobi modem platform. The major benefit with this change when compared to the current “9X25″ chip we see on the iPhone 6, is LTE download speeds of up to 300 Mbps, and placing the iPhone 6s as an LTE Category 6 compatible device. This chip made its debut on the a Korean exclusive variant of the Galaxy S5 last year, which you might remember as the “Prime” variant from our review. Other benefits with this new chip is that it’s built with the 20nm process, which is not only more power efficient, but also allowing for a smaller footprint, and giving Apple some extra space for a larger battery. Combine this with all of the new power-saving features of iOS 9, and this could be the first “s” iPhone lineup that doesn’t suffer from terrible battery over increased performance.

Apple is slated to launch this iPhone refresh later this year. We should learn about more of the changes that Apple plans to bring later, and especially after the recent leaks show us that the hardware design won’t change.

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Source: 9to5Mac

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Apple Unveils iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Announces iOS 8 Availability

iphone 6 650At an event today in Cupertino, California, Apple unveiled its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, with the company calling the devices “the biggest advancements in iPhone history.” The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, respectively, and feature advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, the Apple-designed A8 chip, improved wireless technologies, increased battery life, and Apple Pay, a new way to use one’s phone for making payments in-stores and online.

The devices will be available in gold, silver or space gray, and will launch in the US on September 19. The iPhone 6 will be available in three models: 16GB for $ 199, 64GB for $ 299 and 128GB for $ 399. The iPhone 6 Plus offers the same storage configurations, but at higher price points: 16GB for $ 299, 64GB for $ 399 and 128GB for $ 499 (all prices are on a two-year contract). Pre-orders for both models will be available starting September 12.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will include iOS 8, Apple’s upcoming mobile operating system, which will launch for existing iPhone users on September 17. With iOS 8, users can expect a variety of new features, including Apple’s QuickType keyboard, new features in the Messages and Photos apps, an entirely new Health app and much more.

To start, QuickType features predictive typing, and becomes more personalized over time. The keyboard takes context into account, including the recipient of the message and which app is being used while typing. In doing so, the keyboard may suggest favorite phrases, for one, with this information being kept private and encrypted on the device, never being sent to the cloud. The system supports third-party keyboards for additional layouts and input methods.

Elsewhere, the Photos app allows users to automatically straighten horizons, and smart editing tools offer controls for adjusting light and color with a swipe. Users can change individual image characteristics as well, with tools for exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows and more. “Developers can tap into the same robust framework as the built-in Photos app using PhotoKit, and with extensibility APIs, can make their own filters and editing tools available to users within the Photos app,” Apple said in a statement.ios 8 650As for Messages, users can use “Tap to Talk” to share their voice. Users can send multiple photos and videos to their contacts at once, while group messaging will give users the ability to add or remove contacts from a group, along with new options for leaving a conversation entirely or toggling an option to not be disturbed. Finally, users can choose to share their current location within the Messages app, for periods lasting an hour, a day, or longer.

iOS 8’s new Health app gathers a user’s information from multiple health and fitness apps to provide a one-stop-shop for monitoring one’s current health in a single place. HealthKit APIs will give developers the option of making health and fitness apps communicate with one another. With the user’s permission, each app can pick and choose information from other apps to form a more comprehensive view of a user’s personal fitness. For instance, healthcare professionals can view the data patients choose to share through apps like Mayo Clinic.

Other iOS 8 features include family sharing, for sharing photos and calendars with others in a family group, for locating family members and their devices, and the ability to share “eligible” iTunes, iBooks or App Store purchases across each other’s accounts. iCloud Drive allows users to store and easily access any of their documents in the cloud, with any changes synced across devices. HomeKit connects to a user’s home accessories like lights and thermostats, interactive notifications will allow users to respond to notifications and prompts directly from their lock screen, and so on.apple Pay 650 2Finally, Apple Pay looks to revolutionize the way we make purchases online and in traditional retail stores. Available on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the secure platform turns an iPhone into a payment device, as users enter their credit and debit card information, and a unique Device Account Number is assigned and stored to the Secure Element within the iPhone or Apple Watch. When making a purchase in a real-world store, the phone’s NFC antenna, combined with the security of the Touch ID pad on the device, trigger the sale with Apple Pay creating a security code to validate each transaction securely. When making a purchase online, the process is similar, and revolves around the user’s Touch ID.

Apple’s retail locations will support such payments, alongside other major retailers, including Bloomingdale’s, Disney Store (and Walt Disney World Resort), Macy’s, McDonald’s, Sephora, Subway, Staples and many others.

iOS 8 will be available as a free software update, while new iCloud pricing will start at $ 0.99 per month for 20GB of storage. Plans increase from there, to a maximum of $ 19.99 per month for 1TB of storage.

(All images courtesy of Apple)


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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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With Apple having announced their latest iPhone 6 handset and Samsung revealing the Galaxy Note 4 at their recent event, we can now see the latest offerings from both sides of the platform pond and how the biggest competitors in the iOS and Android market stack up.

We’ve stacked up the Galaxy S5, iPhone 6, and Galaxy Note 4 against each other to see just how they compare.

But that’s just specs, what do you guys think? Drop us a comment in the section below.


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Here’s how you can tune in to Apple’s iPhone 6 event

Today’s the day, everyone. After months of anticipation, speculation, and leaks, we have it just the way we like it – we have a general idea of what to expect from the Cupertino company, but the launch is still shrouded in mystery. The event today isn’t just limited to members of the press, as there’s a full Apple iPhone 6 event live stream and many other ways of learning about the announcements as they arrive.

The best way to get your Apple fix today is through the company’s own live stream, which should be going live at the link at the bottom of this post just a bit before the event begins. Unfortunately, not all of you are going to be able to watch this stream – and for more reasons than you’re probably thinking. Apple live streams only work with Mac computers running OS X 10.6.8 or later (and only with the Safari browser version 5.1.10 or newer), and iOS devices on 6.0 or anything newer. The live stream should also work with Apple TV, too, though only the second and third-generation models running a software release 6.2 or higher.

If you’re without a capable Apple device at the moment, you’re not entirely out of luck. It’s possible that the live stream may crop up on YouTube through unofficial means, but you need not worry about all of that if that’s not your thing – just keep it locked to Pocketnow as the event unfolds at 10AM Pacific tomorrow (that’s 1PM Eastern, or 5PM GMT) as we’ll be posting news right as it comes in.

We’re not entirely sure at what point of the presentation the new iPhone will break cover, but Quartz has gone through the last couple keynotes involving an iPhone launch in order to try to predict the timing – they found that, on average, the new iPhone is announced about 45 minutes in. But considering that the agenda for today sounds pretty packed, and the fact that the last two iPhone events got straight to launches 12 and 22 minutes in (respectively), you’ll want to tune in at least ten minutes after the start of the keynote to be safe.

In case you want a recap of what to expect, we’ve put together a rumor roundup piece that’ll clue you in on what Apple could announce today. Keep in mind that some things are still big question marks to us, including the construction of a 3-story building outside of the Flint Center – we’re not sure exactly what that’s about, but we’re sure excited to find out.

Folks, we’re just as excited about Apple’s event today – which is garnering even more media attention than usual – as you are, and we’re sure you’re eager to share your thoughts, so drop them down in the comments section below if you would.

Apple iPhone 6 event live stream link


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Gadget insurer hoping for sapphire glass on iPhone 6

Amazing insurance claim stats from Protect Your Bubble

Apple fanbois will welcome sapphire glass – ebbett

It will probably save specialist gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble a small fortune if the next iPhone handset released by Apple (probably called the iPhone 6 rather than 5Z), boasts a more sturdy build. Hence the insurer has its corporate fingers crossed that rumours that the iPhone 6 will feature a sapphire glass (as opposed to Gorilla Glass, it seems) screen are true. That’s because the insure has found that damage claims now make up more than six in 10 (62 per cent) of the claims the insurer receives. Just to be on the safe side the insurer commissioned a YouGov online poll.

This found that almost half (44 per cent) of smartphone users want the next generation iPhone to feature an unbreakable screen whilst 39 per cent want a robustly designed handset that can withstand damage.1

“Apple’s most recent flagship phones, the iPhone 5 and 5S, are more likely to be damaged than earlier iterations,” claimed Stephen Ebbett, global director with Protect Your Bubble.

He continued, “So, Apple fans will no doubt welcome the rumoured arrival of a sapphire glass screen with open arms.”

“More robust handsets simply can’t come soon enough. Claims for damage, including liquid damage, are prolific and rising quite significantly,” he added.

It has always puzzled GoMo News how Apple can charge so much for its handsets yet construct them so flimsily.

For example, Nokia has used Gorilla Glass for years to prevent the kind of cracked screen which has become almost a badge of honour amongst Apple fanbois.

And the likes of Sony, Motorola and Cat have built handsets which are not only sturdy but waterproof or water resistant.

Other interesting stats from Protect Your Bubble’s research include the fact that the iPhone 4S is most likely to be stolen.2 The iPhone 3G is most vulnerable to liquid damage.

Meanwhile the iPhone 5 is most likely to be broken or damaged whilst the iPhone 3GS is most likely to break down outside Apple’s warranty.

The cost of replacing an iPhone 5S is £549 ($ 888) for a 16GB model but  many people who got their iPhone ‘free’ on a pay monthly contract simply won’t realise this, Ebbett pointed out.

Notes

1. Based on a YouGov online poll commissioned by Protect Your Bubble in August 2014. Total sample size was 2,074 adults. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18 plus).

2. Based on more than 86,000 iPhone insurance claims.

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC – http://countdown2mwc.wordpress.com/


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Gadget insurer hoping for sapphire glass on iPhone 6

Amazing insurance claim stats from Protect Your Bubble

Apple fanbois will welcome sapphire glass – ebbett

It will probably save specialist gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble a small fortune if the next iPhone handset released by Apple (probably called the iPhone 6 rather than 5Z), boasts a more sturdy build. Hence the insurer has its corporate fingers crossed that rumours that the iPhone 6 will feature a sapphire glass (as opposed to Gorilla Glass, it seems) screen are true. That’s because the insure has found that damage claims now make up more than six in 10 (62 per cent) of the claims the insurer receives. Just to be on the safe side the insurer commissioned a YouGov online poll.

This found that almost half (44 per cent) of smartphone users want the next generation iPhone to feature an unbreakable screen whilst 39 per cent want a robustly designed handset that can withstand damage.1

“Apple’s most recent flagship phones, the iPhone 5 and 5S, are more likely to be damaged than earlier iterations,” claimed Stephen Ebbett, global director with Protect Your Bubble.

He continued, “So, Apple fans will no doubt welcome the rumoured arrival of a sapphire glass screen with open arms.”

“More robust handsets simply can’t come soon enough. Claims for damage, including liquid damage, are prolific and rising quite significantly,” he added.

It has always puzzled GoMo News how Apple can charge so much for its handsets yet construct them so flimsily.

For example, Nokia has used Gorilla Glass for years to prevent the kind of cracked screen which has become almost a badge of honour amongst Apple fanbois.

And the likes of Sony, Motorola and Cat have built handsets which are not only sturdy but waterproof or water resistant.

Other interesting stats from Protect Your Bubble’s research include the fact that the iPhone 4S is most likely to be stolen.2 The iPhone 3G is most vulnerable to liquid damage.

Meanwhile the iPhone 5 is most likely to be broken or damaged whilst the iPhone 3GS is most likely to break down outside Apple’s warranty.

The cost of replacing an iPhone 5S is £549 ($ 888) for a 16GB model but  many people who got their iPhone ‘free’ on a pay monthly contract simply won’t realise this, Ebbett pointed out.

Notes

1. Based on a YouGov online poll commissioned by Protect Your Bubble in August 2014. Total sample size was 2,074 adults. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18 plus).

2. Based on more than 86,000 iPhone insurance claims.

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC – http://countdown2mwc.wordpress.com/


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Apple’s Sep 9 event Rumor Roundup: The iPhone 6 is just part of it

Love it or hate it, tomorrow is probably one of the biggest days of the year for the smartphone market. Apple may not be the biggest smartphone seller in the world, but the world’s most popular smartphone has belonged to Apple almost every year, since its inception in the summer of 2007. There are a ton of rumors of what to expect for Apple’s September 9 event, so let’s try to place all these rumors into perspective, as it seems that Apple is launching more than one product tomorrow.

iPhone 6

iphone_6_1-still004Rumors claim that Apple is planning to change everything all over again when it comes to the iPhone. After months of speculation, we could say that all the major sources for leaks agree that there will be two iPhone models, a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6. The first batch of photos were mainly of the 4.7-inch model that is rumored to have begun mass production a few weeks ago, but we eventually found that the 5.5-inch model is already being manufactured as well, and if you look closely, both devices seem to be identical. Their designs are rumored to be very similar to the existing iPad Air and iPad mini, or more like if the 5th Generation iPod Touch grew taller, even up to the protruding camera as there are rumors of optical image stabilization making the cut. The three color options will apparently remain untouched, though we do expect the power button to move to the side, and some of these buttons might be recessed as well (though leaks don’t prove it).

When it comes to specifications, we expect the usual bump to an A8 chip that will reportedly have a smarter coprocessor for health and fitness tracking. NFC is also being rumored for this device as Apple might be considering mobile payments after years of dismissing it. We also heard of a special Beats chip included for music processing, but that was just one rumor. TouchID is definitely going to be part of this iPhone, and we hear that Apple has made some significant changes in the accuracy of the sensor. There has been a lot of conflict regarding the display resolution of these devices, but the latest ones claim that we shouldn’t expect more than some minor adjustments to reach Apple’s Retina Display standards. Storage options have also been conflicting, as Apple will apparently keep the 16GB option for the budget minded, and then bump things up to 64 and 128GB if you want to add some extra cash to your purchase. That extra cash is also reported to get you some sapphire protection on the display, though it’s not like Apple to do this sort of treatment. As for this bigger size, the rumors claim that Apple might adopt a new “One handed mode” to help you power through, though we’ve also seen some reports of Apps expanding in landscape in an iPad-like UI, just to help you enjoy the bigger canvas, even though the home screen might remain untouched.

Pricing is hard to predict. We do know that the iPhone 6 phablet will be more expensive than the 4.7-inch model, though we’re still not convinced that Apple will launch both iPhones at the same time. If the rumors are true, pre-orders for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will begin between tomorrow and Friday, and we should expect these devices to reach stores and your doorstep 10 days later. Sadly the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 might not be ready for a launch until December according to some credible sources, something that we’ve seen Apple do with certain iPad launches in the past.

iWatch

iwatch_body_side_8sep14One product we didn’t expect to see tomorrow is the iWatch. If you’ve spent some time with iOS 8 beta and notice everything you’re getting on HealthKit, it’s literally impossible for Apple to address all this without a wearable, so it does make sense for it to be announced tomorrow. Rumors have been really conflicting, and if it weren’t for some leaked schematics that were posted today, we really wouldn’t know what it looks like.

Reports claim that there are two models, one for him and one for her, and up to four different color options for each model. The leaked schematics show us a design that mimics that of the icons of an iPhone, where you see a square with round corners, but that’s all we know about its looks. We have heard that it will sport sapphire on its display, and we hear of a bevy of sensors in order to power HealthKit for you. Specs have been hard to find, but we do hear that Apple will include NFC in order to help you pay for things with your watch. Apple has spent the last couple of months hiring experts from Nike, the health sector and even some high-level watchmaker employees to contribute in what we should see. We’ve also heard of some sports celebrities walking around the Apple campus and most likely testing these as well.

Pricing is a tough one here. We’ve heard of the price tag reaching as much as $ 400 or less depending on the model you choose, but a couple of months ago we even heard of thousands of dollars. The only problem is that most of the reports claim that this product won’t be ready for a launch until either December, or early 2015, which is rather disappointing if you plan to use an iPhone 6 and HealthKit for those specific reasons.

iPad

ipad_air_touch_id_mockupHistorically, Apple has never launched an iPad along with an iPhone. We have seen Apple take over its September Music event with the iPhone, but iPads are usually announced in either March or October. Still, some new reports have emerged that claim that Apple will announce its iPad lineup as well.

So far, what we’ve heard is that even though the iPad Air will retain most of its design elements, we might see some of the recessed buttons we’ve vaguely heard for the iPhone 6. We might also see TouchID, and it seems that in addition to some changes on the speaker grills, this iPad will actually be thinner and lighter than the existing model. We shouldn’t expect major changes to the A8 processor though, and storage options are rumored to mimic what we’ll see with the iPhone 6, which is rather disappointing if you think of how big tablet apps can be lately. The product we’ve heard the least about is the new iPad mini, though we assume Apple will bing these same changes to the iPad mini with Retina Display and probably retire the low-res iPad mini from two years ago.

We should expect Apple to price the iPad models at similar prices to what we see today, but who knows, we might be in for a surprise. With the stagnant iPad sales that Apple has seen in the last couple of quarters, it could be time to re-think the pricing of the iPad.

The Bottom Line

If Apple does choose to launch everything tomorrow, we could presume that the company will follow a similar launch pattern for the iPad that we’ll see with the iPhone, but we seriously doubt Apple will go this route. This would make the event last for hours, and two major product launches on the same day is not something consumers can really afford if you think of it.

Whatever the case may be, we’ll be glued to the event tomorrow morning and get back to you with all the details you come to expect from our coverage. Make sure you leave your predictions in the comments down bellow as well.


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Gadget insurer hoping for sapphire glass on iPhone 6

Amazing insurance claim stats from Protect Your Bubble

Apple fanbois will welcome sapphire glass – ebbett

It will probably save specialist gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble a small fortune if the next iPhone handset released by Apple (probably called the iPhone 6 rather than 5Z), boasts a more sturdy build. Hence the insurer has its corporate fingers crossed that rumours that the iPhone 6 will feature a sapphire glass (as opposed to Gorilla Glass, it seems) screen are true. That’s because the insure has found that damage claims now make up more than six in 10 (62 per cent) of the claims the insurer receives. Just to be on the safe side the insurer commissioned a YouGov online poll.

This found that almost half (44 per cent) of smartphone users want the next generation iPhone to feature an unbreakable screen whilst 39 per cent want a robustly designed handset that can withstand damage.1

“Apple’s most recent flagship phones, the iPhone 5 and 5S, are more likely to be damaged than earlier iterations,” claimed Stephen Ebbett, global director with Protect Your Bubble.

He continued, “So, Apple fans will no doubt welcome the rumoured arrival of a sapphire glass screen with open arms.”

“More robust handsets simply can’t come soon enough. Claims for damage, including liquid damage, are prolific and rising quite significantly,” he added.

It has always puzzled GoMo News how Apple can charge so much for its handsets yet construct them so flimsily.

For example, Nokia has used Gorilla Glass for years to prevent the kind of cracked screen which has become almost a badge of honour amongst Apple fanbois.

And the likes of Sony, Motorola and Cat have built handsets which are not only sturdy but waterproof or water resistant.

Other interesting stats from Protect Your Bubble’s research include the fact that the iPhone 4S is most likely to be stolen.2 The iPhone 3G is most vulnerable to liquid damage.

Meanwhile the iPhone 5 is most likely to be broken or damaged whilst the iPhone 3GS is most likely to break down outside Apple’s warranty.

The cost of replacing an iPhone 5S is £549 ($ 888) for a 16GB model but  many people who got their iPhone ‘free’ on a pay monthly contract simply won’t realise this, Ebbett pointed out.

Notes

1. Based on a YouGov online poll commissioned by Protect Your Bubble in August 2014. Total sample size was 2,074 adults. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18 plus).

2. Based on more than 86,000 iPhone insurance claims.

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC – http://countdown2mwc.wordpress.com/


GoMo News

Gadget insurer hoping for sapphire glass on iPhone 6

Amazing insurance claim stats from Protect Your Bubble

Apple fanbois will welcome sapphire glass – ebbett

It will probably save specialist gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble a small fortune if the next iPhone handset released by Apple (probably called the iPhone 6 rather than 5Z), boasts a more sturdy build. Hence the insurer has its corporate fingers crossed that rumours that the iPhone 6 will feature a sapphire glass (as opposed to Gorilla Glass, it seems) screen are true. That’s because the insure has found that damage claims now make up more than six in 10 (62 per cent) of the claims the insurer receives. Just to be on the safe side the insurer commissioned a YouGov online poll.

This found that almost half (44 per cent) of smartphone users want the next generation iPhone to feature an unbreakable screen whilst 39 per cent want a robustly designed handset that can withstand damage.1

“Apple’s most recent flagship phones, the iPhone 5 and 5S, are more likely to be damaged than earlier iterations,” claimed Stephen Ebbett, global director with Protect Your Bubble.

He continued, “So, Apple fans will no doubt welcome the rumoured arrival of a sapphire glass screen with open arms.”

“More robust handsets simply can’t come soon enough. Claims for damage, including liquid damage, are prolific and rising quite significantly,” he added.

It has always puzzled GoMo News how Apple can charge so much for its handsets yet construct them so flimsily.

For example, Nokia has used Gorilla Glass for years to prevent the kind of cracked screen which has become almost a badge of honour amongst Apple fanbois.

And the likes of Sony, Motorola and Cat have built handsets which are not only sturdy but waterproof or water resistant.

Other interesting stats from Protect Your Bubble’s research include the fact that the iPhone 4S is most likely to be stolen.2 The iPhone 3G is most vulnerable to liquid damage.

Meanwhile the iPhone 5 is most likely to be broken or damaged whilst the iPhone 3GS is most likely to break down outside Apple’s warranty.

The cost of replacing an iPhone 5S is £549 ($ 888) for a 16GB model but  many people who got their iPhone ‘free’ on a pay monthly contract simply won’t realise this, Ebbett pointed out.

Notes

1. Based on a YouGov online poll commissioned by Protect Your Bubble in August 2014. Total sample size was 2,074 adults. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18 plus).

2. Based on more than 86,000 iPhone insurance claims.

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC – http://countdown2mwc.wordpress.com/


GoMo News

Gadget insurer hoping for sapphire glass on iPhone 6

Amazing insurance claim stats from Protect Your Bubble

Apple fanbois will welcome sapphire glass – ebbett

It will probably save specialist gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble a small fortune if the next iPhone handset released by Apple (probably called the iPhone 6 rather than 5Z), boasts a more sturdy build. Hence the insurer has its corporate fingers crossed that rumours that the iPhone 6 will feature a sapphire glass (as opposed to Gorilla Glass, it seems) screen are true. That’s because the insure has found that damage claims now make up more than six in 10 (62 per cent) of the claims the insurer receives. Just to be on the safe side the insurer commissioned a YouGov online poll.

This found that almost half (44 per cent) of smartphone users want the next generation iPhone to feature an unbreakable screen whilst 39 per cent want a robustly designed handset that can withstand damage.1

“Apple’s most recent flagship phones, the iPhone 5 and 5S, are more likely to be damaged than earlier iterations,” claimed Stephen Ebbett, global director with Protect Your Bubble.

He continued, “So, Apple fans will no doubt welcome the rumoured arrival of a sapphire glass screen with open arms.”

“More robust handsets simply can’t come soon enough. Claims for damage, including liquid damage, are prolific and rising quite significantly,” he added.

It has always puzzled GoMo News how Apple can charge so much for its handsets yet construct them so flimsily.

For example, Nokia has used Gorilla Glass for years to prevent the kind of cracked screen which has become almost a badge of honour amongst Apple fanbois.

And the likes of Sony, Motorola and Cat have built handsets which are not only sturdy but waterproof or water resistant.

Other interesting stats from Protect Your Bubble’s research include the fact that the iPhone 4S is most likely to be stolen.2 The iPhone 3G is most vulnerable to liquid damage.

Meanwhile the iPhone 5 is most likely to be broken or damaged whilst the iPhone 3GS is most likely to break down outside Apple’s warranty.

The cost of replacing an iPhone 5S is £549 ($ 888) for a 16GB model but  many people who got their iPhone ‘free’ on a pay monthly contract simply won’t realise this, Ebbett pointed out.

Notes

1. Based on a YouGov online poll commissioned by Protect Your Bubble in August 2014. Total sample size was 2,074 adults. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18 plus).

2. Based on more than 86,000 iPhone insurance claims.

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC – http://countdown2mwc.wordpress.com/


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