Saturday, August 22, 2015

Apple Loop: iPhone 6S On Sale September 18th, With Stronger Chassis, Performance Beats Galaxy S6

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week's Apple Loop includes the release date of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, Apple's changes to stop the iPhone 6S bending, user anger at iOS 8.4.1, iPhone 6S benchmarking numbers beating the Galaxy S6, thoughts on the evolution of Apple TV, Apple Music subscriber predictions, the changes to Apple Store layouts, Apple's Australian bond issue, and the Apple Watch running iOS 4.1.

Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read our weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).

A Strong iPhone Is Going To Cost You

Following on from the leak of the new iPhone 6S chassis, parts from the supply chain have been tested to destruction on video to find out how strong the new design might be. It's good news for those wanting a robust phone, but your wallet might not agree:
“It comes from Unbox Therapy, originators of the iPhone 6 'Bendgate' stories, and founder Lewis Hilsenteger has managed to attain an iPhone 6S chassis from famed Apple leaker Sonny Dickson. What has Hilsenteger learnt? The new iPhones will be very strong and potentially very expensive. 
In a two stage test, Hilsenteger has worked with Elemental Controls to identify the material of the new iPhone chassis and with phone skin maker dbrand to scientifically stress test them. I had been speaking extensively with Hilsenteger and Dickson prior to the video's release and here's what we learn…”
What material does the iPhone 6S chassis use, how strong is it, and what impact will it have on the cost of your new iPhone?

iPhone 6S

iPhone 6S Release Date Is Closer Than You Might Have Thought

The release date of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus is earlier than previously thought. While early information pointed to September 25th for the handset to go on sale, recent leaks from networks in Germany, the UK, and Japan point to an earlier date. Forbes' Gordon Kelly investigates:
“Following a leaked internal memo from Vodafone last month, prominent Japanese site ITHome and German tech experts Macerkopf have both discovered that the new iPhones 6Ses will launch in their respective countries on September 18th. This ties perfectly with the Vodafone internal memo for the UK, which also carried a September 18th launch date.
Japan, Germany and the UK are all tier one Apple launch countries with iPhones traditionally being made available to them at the same time as the US release.”
The nine-day window between launch and retail sale closely matches the timetable used in previous iTunes launches (2014 saw the reveal on Sept 9th, going on sale on Sept 19th). If the same timetable is being used, pre-orders are likely to open on Friday 11th of September, which should help Apple predict local demand.

Anger At Cynical iOS 8.4.1 Update

The latest release of iOS 8.4.1 addressed a number of issues around Apple Music, and while Apple has been quick to try to fix the issues around the streaming subscription service, other long-standing issues remain unresolved to the chagrin of many users.
“Frustratingly Apple has also still not fixed the infamous WiFried bug, which has plagued users since the release of iOS 8 in September 2014. Apple has acknowledged the issue since iOS 8.3, but a full fix (switching the troubled DiscoveryD process back to mDNSResponder used in previous iOS generations) will not take place until iOS 9 and the launch of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. 
Similarly Apple has already confirmed the crippled Home Sharing implementation introduced in iOS 8.4 won't be addressed until iOS 9.”
Beyond Apple Music, does iOS 8.4.1 have any redeeming features? Not if you are jail breaking your iPhone, no…