Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to launch in India on October 17; Pre-order it Today!

Apple has recently announced that its latest smartphones, the 4.7″ iPhone 6 and the 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus will be launched in the country on Friday, 17th October 2014, via various Apple authorised resellers. Preorders for the smartphones have already begun today on and is due to start on & at noon.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available via Apple Authorized Resellers including Ingram Micro, Redington, Rashi Peripherals and Reliance.

Although Apple did not announce the prices of their smartphones, many of the online retailers have revealed the pricing as follows:

iPhone 6

  • 16 GB – Rs. 53,500 ($868)
  • 64 GB – Rs. 62,500 ($1014)
  • 128 GB – Rs. 71,500 ($1160)

iPhone 6 Plus

  • 16 GB – Rs. 62,500 ($1014)
  • 64 GB – Rs. 71,500 ($1160)
  • 128 GB – Rs. 80,500 ($1305)

Since this just the launch, pre-order pricing for all the colours of a similar storage-sized phone are the same.

Check out Apple’s press release and various offers after the break:

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Apple India slashes ‘official’ prices of iPhone 5s 16GB and 32GB model

After announcing the next generation iPhones last Tuesday, it seems that Apple has now lowered the prices of the iPhone 5s 16 GB and 32 GB models,according to Mumbai based  retailer Mahesh Telecom.

At its event at the Flint Center, the Cupertino tech-giant had announced that the 16GB and 32GB variants of iPhone 5s will remain available in the market, along with iPhone 5c 8GB. However, there was no word on the revised prices of the these models at the event.

The iPhone 5s’ 32GB model has been lowered from ₹62,500 to ₹49,500 while the  16GB model has come down from ₹53500 to ₹44500, according to a tweet by Mahesh Telecom’s twitter handle.

Interested buyers can, however, purchase the iPhone 5s 16 GB for as low as around ₹37000 at Amazon India, while the same model retails for  about ₹36000 at Flipkart.

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The 32 GB model, though is available for around ₹57000 on Flipkart but remains priced at ₹62,500 at Amazon India.

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There is no word whether or not Apple will start a buyback offer for iPhone 5s, like it did for iPhone 5c earlier this year. However, the 8GB iPhone 5c can be purchased for ₹24,000 via online retailers without the buyback offer.

Apple, on September 9, posted on its India website that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be launched in the country on September 26, later changing the date to October 17. However, it then removed the launch date from the India website altogether and has since not given an official statement regarding the rollout of the new iPhones in the country.

Apple September 9th Event Keynote Roundup: Two bigger iPhones, Apple Watch and Pay announced

On September 9th 2014, during its keynote, Apple announced two new, bigger iPhones (the 6 and 6 Plus), a new Touch ID based payment system and its own wearable/smartwatch.

Unlike previous keynotes, this time, instead of  spending the first 30 minutes or so of the event on Apple’s achievements, Tim Cook cut straight to the chase unveiling the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, due to time constraints.

iPhone 6


As expected, the iPhone 6 features an all-new design, and inline with the leaks that we’ve seen so far. From the protruding camera, to the iPad mini / iPod touch like design, it’s without a doubt one of the most beautiful handsets we’ve seen to date from Apple.

Apart from the new aesthetics, the device is just 6.9mm thick, making it the thinnest iPhone yet. And just like the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 also features an anodized aluminium back, but gives up the glass strips on top and bottom, instead opting for a full metal design on the rear.

The display of the iPhone 6 features a resolution of 1134×750, making it a modest upgrade over last year’s iPhone 5s and 5c maintaining the Retina ppi density. Though there’s nothing earth shattering about this particular resolution, we expected Apple’s 4.7-inch flagship to carry at least a full-HD 1080p display.

It also sports the all new second generation 64-bit A8 chip, which is 25% faster than the A7,  and sees a massive leap of over 50% in graphics performance. One of the benefits of these performance gains is the all new ‘Sustained Performance’ Mode, which ensures that the device does not get hot when it’s being hammered with a ton of tasks.

There’s an M8 motion coprocessor on board as well, which is designed to pick up on movement-based data for fitness apps without draining much battery. It also with features like relative elevation, which is calculated using the built-in barometer.

As the rumours had suggested for a while, the new iPhone 6 does indeed come with NFC for payments, utilizing the Cupertino giant’s new ‘Apple Pay’ service, about which we will talk about in more detail later.

iPhone 6 pricing structure: the 16, 64 and 128GB models will retail for $199, $299, and $399 contract, respectively, in the United States, meanwhile the pricing of unlocked models hasn’t been disclosed, yet. And yes, there is no 32GB version this year, instead we get 128GB model priced at $399.

iPhone 6 Plus


Instead of waiting until after announcing the iPhone 6, Cook announced the huge 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus alongside the smaller 4.7″ iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Plus features Optical Image Stabilisation, a larger battery (possibly a larger battery life as well) and an iPad-esque interface, in addition to what the iPhone 6 offers.

Also, like the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus follows the new iPhone aesthetics.

As with the smaller iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus offers an improved, 500 dpi Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

The power button, as with the 4.7-inch model, is located on the side of the device. This, in turn, makes it easier to reach the button with just the one hand.

The iPhone 6 Plus offers a 5.5-inch ‘Retina HD’ display that Apple has laden with Ion-strengthened glass, not the much rumoured sapphire glass. it offers 185% more pixels than the iPhone 5s, and even though it’s considerably larger, users will surely notice a considerable difference when making the jump from one of the current fleet to the iPhone 6 Plus.

The “reachability” feature, which is also accessible to those on the standard iPhone 6, sees the interface slide downwards when the home button is double-tapped, making it incredibly easy for users to navigate the entire UI with just one hand.

The iPhone 6 Plus also borrows a lot of its UI aesthetics from the iPad and hence offers a lot more over the iPhone6 other than the increased screen size.

iPhone 6 Plus pricing: the 16, 64 and 128GB models will retail for $299, $399, and $499 contract, respectively, in the United States, meanwhile the pricing of unlocked models hasn’t been disclosed, yet.

 Apple Pay


Both the aforementioned devices have been equipped with NFC, meaning that Apple’s long-awaited mobile payments push can, now, finally commence. With the Apple Watch integration to boot, it’s clear that Apple is not going in half-heartedly here, and although there’ll be a bit of skepticism given the recent iCloud hacking scandal, it’ll be intriguing to see whether the Digital Age will finally signal the end of traditional credit and/or debit cards.

Apple Pay will allow iPhone and Apple Watch users to make swift payments using their devices and a combination of NFC, Passbook, Touch ID, and what the company describes as “Secure Element“.

Apple Pay will also be compatible with the all-new Apple Watch, allowing users to enjoy tap-to-pay through the new wearable when synced with their iPhone. That being said, those using an older handset will not be able to reap the benefit of Touch ID authentication.

Now, there’s just One More Thing…

Apple Watch


Apple has finally unveiled their beautiful wearable device dubbed simply as the “Apple Watch,” rather than the much expected iWatch moniker.Designwise, it looks just like an ordinary square-faced watch but it isn’t one that is easily forgettable. It is covered by sapphire glass and is water-proof hence,it can take a few splashes of water here and there.

Towards the side of the watch is what Apple has dubbed as the ‘Digital Crown,’ which is the go-to button for many tasks, such as zooming in, scrolling, going back a menu, etc.

The new device features a bunch of sensors on the back of the device, which are used to grab data from the user’s body, like heart rate sensor, GPS, accelerometer etc.


The Apple Watch will be available with 6 different types of straps and will come in 3 different models:

  • Apple Watch
  • Apple Watch ‘Edition’ – features 18 karat gold casing
  • Apple Watch Sport

All the above models are also available in two sizes.

The Apple Watch will be compatible with the following devices:

  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5

It will be available in early 2015 with a starting point of US$349.

Apple redirects homepage to today’s event countdown

Earlier today, with less than 24 hours until today’s major media event, Apple began redirecting its entire homepage in the U.S.,, to, which displays a countdown to the event. Apple’s move to redirect all homepage traffic to its event countdown is undoubtedly an effort to ramp up anticipation for the upcoming announcements.

Apple’s promotion of the event along with its location at the Flint Center, where the original Mac was unveiled, suggests that Apple has something huge in the works for tomorrow’s announcements. While Apple’s media events are always major affairs, Apple has made an extra effort this year to build up hype for the big unveiling… Continue reading Apple redirects homepage to today’s event countdown

iBM – An Unexpected Partnership between Apple and IBM

On Tuesday, Apple and IBM announced a partnership which will see the companies collaborate to bring over 100 enterprise apps & cloud services to the iPhone and iPad and launch a new AppleCare service specifically for enterprise customers. The products will be branded “IBM MobileFirst for iOS Solutions” and IBM will also soon sell iPhones and iPads to enterprise customers along with the new services:

“iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”

There’s no question that the business sector has been increasingly looking towards Apple products, especially after with BlackBerry’s fall from grace, but with a partnership having just been made with IBM, that consumer-level fanaticism over the iPhone and iPad will do Apple’s pursuit in the lucrative field of enterprise very little harm.

As well as bringing “more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions” to Apple’s iOS device range, IBM will bake in many of its cloud-based functions, and given that IBM is renowned for providing robust, secure and trustworthy services that companies can rely upon, Apple’s stock among businesses would have automatically shot up as a result of this deal alone… Continue reading iBM – An Unexpected Partnership between Apple and IBM

Apple releases iOS 8 beta 3 to developers, with Calls over WiFi and a few new tweaks

Three weeks following the release of the last beta, Apple, last night, released iOS 8 beta 3 build number 12A4318c to developers for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update is available to developers in Software Update using the over-the-air update tool.

According to Apple, the new beta brings various bug fixes and improvements.

Most of iOS 8’s major features were announced at WWDC, but Apple has been slowly and refining the UI of the new OS ahead of its fall release. Many of the major new features don’t make an appearance in today’s update, but Apple has added a number of setting toggles, tiny UI tweaks, new wallpapers, and flipped the switch on iCloud Drive.

Here’s an outline of all the new tweaks and features added to iOS 8 in Beta 3.

iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive is finally making its debut appearance on iOS 8 with the Beta 3. A new iCloud Drive icon has been added to the iCloud settings menu (below).

The new feature can be toggled on and off to allow apps to store documents and data in your iCloud. There’s also a new option which allows other people to look you up in apps by your Apple ID email address.



It seems as if Apple wants to get you hooked on to iCloud Drive from the minute you start using an iOS 8 device. A new option in the Setup process lets you upgrade to iCloud Drive, or you can keep using the regular, old iCloud and documents data.


WiFi Calling

Say goodbye to all those monthly minutes plan. iOS 8 introduces Calling-Over-WiFi, and while not every carrier is supporting it out of the gate, T-Mobile beta testers have found the new feature has been activated for them in iOS 8 beta 3.




Health App now accounts M7 data

iOS 8’s Health app depended on third-party sensors to curate data on your health, until iOS 8 beta 3. In beta 3, Apple has added the ability to track your steps and distance using the iPhone’s M7 co-processor. Along with the iPhone’s own on-device calculations, users can manually add data points for every category on Health Data so you can keep track of your Vitamin D, sugars, calories and more.


New Toggles and Settings

Handoff is supposed to make working between Macs and iOS devices way more seamless, but until today there hasn’t actually been an option to turn it on.


In iOS 8 beta 3, users will find the Handoff toggle under Settings >> General >> Enable Handoff.

QuickType, the smart keyboard in iOS 8 can now be turned off in Settings >> General >> Keyboard >> QuickType. You can also choose to just hide the QuickType bar temporarily by swiping down on it, and swiping back up to reveal again.



With the first iOS 8 beta, Apple made it so that you can send audio and video messages to friends in a flash, but you had to save each one manually, until iOS 8 beta 3 .  Beta 3 adds a toggle under Settings >> Messages that gives you the option to automatically keep photos and videos sent/received in Messages.



 Shared Albums

Shared Photo Streams are now called Shared Albums.



New Wallpapers

A new greyish white wallpaper has been added to the iPhone and iPad along with the new water wallpaper introduced at WWDC.



Apple has only released new Still wallpapers yet, perhaps a few Dynamic ones are in the pipeline for the iOS 8 GM.



App Analytics

Continuing to shower the devs with more love, Apple has now added an option to share the App Analytics data from the setup screen. The setting to toggle it off, or select which apps to share data with is nowhere to be seen so, it looks like Apple hasn’t added that quite yet.


UI Tweaks

Apple has made a tiny UI tweak, when you swipe left to close an alert in Notification Center – the word “close” has been removed in favour of a solitary X (below).


Apple ditched Yahoo Weather for the Weather Channel in iOS 8 beta 1, and now it has tweaked the detailed weather information so that the text is center-aligned. To see the detailed info, on Humidity, Wind, Precipitation and other metrics, you have to scroll below the 10-day forecast.


Recently Deleted Photos

iOS 8 lets you recover any photos you may have accidentally deleted by keeping them in a temporary folder. iOS 8 beta 3 also adds a timestamp to each photo letting you know when each photo is set to be removed permanently, with an extra warning at the top of the folder stating how many days, months, or years these photos have before deletion date.



New Apple TV, Find My iPhone and Find My Friends Betas Posted as well!



And that’s all that we know at the moment, though we will update the post as soon as we know anything else!

Apple releases iOS 8 beta 2 along with new Apple TV OS update

Two weeks after the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference and the release of the first beta build of iOS 8 to developers, Apple has released the iOS 8 beta 2 to developers. The new release is available over-the-air in iOS 8’s Settings menu, and it’s available for supported iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.

iOS 8 officially launches this fall and includes several new features for both consumers and developers alike. iOS Device users will experience a new Health app for integrating health and fitness data from different wearables, improvements to Safari, enhanced Messages features, design tweaks in Mail, and significant changes to notifications, photo management, and the keyboard. Developers will now be able to create and embed third-party keyboards, integrate the Touch ID fingerprint scanner into apps, and integrate third-party home automation products with iOS.

Here are the consumer focussed changes to the UI, etc.:

Continue reading Apple releases iOS 8 beta 2 along with new Apple TV OS update

WWDC Keynote Roundup Part 2: iOS 8

We are rounding up WWDC on a platform wise basis, telling you which of our predictions (and rumours) came out to be true. So, this will be a three-part series: Mac OS X, iOS, Developers’ stuff.

The day before yesterday morning (or night if you are on this side of the globe) Apple kicked off its WWDC 2014 event with its keynote.

Along side OS X Yosemite, Apple also announced an update to its mobile operating system , the iOS 8.

Continue reading WWDC Keynote Roundup Part 2: iOS 8

Apple seeking ban on all patent infringing Samsung smartphones in the US

The next chapter of the (seemingly) never-ending legal wrangling between Samsung and Apple is here, and because it’s a holiday weekend when everyone has better things to do, Apple is tossing a few new requests into the ring. Based on the most recent verdict in Apple v. Samsung, Apple is attempting to seek a permanent injunction against any Samsung device that infringes upon its patents that could include current or future phones and tablets that Apple says are using its tech for things like slide-to-unlock and word prediction.

Considering the success rate of Apple’s attempted injunctions against Android OEMs, the chances of this going through seem negligible. Judge Lucy Koh has been reluctant to grant either Samsung or Apple any type of major win over the other, and the appeals courts have been even less friendly to either company.

With Google and Apple having announced that they will not be fighting each other in court, Apple’s disputes with Samsung may also soon be resolved. While the Galaxy brand has matured into a solid competitor to the iPhone, Apple believes that Samsung built its Galaxy line by ripping off the iPhone. Regardless, it doesn’t seem likely that the courts will play ball with Apple’s latest injunction filing but FOSS Patents has posted the documents if you’d enjoy Apple’s legal arguments for some weekend reading.


4.7″ iPhone 6 display backlight leaked on Weibo


Another set of unverified images of the iPhone 6’s parts has been leaked on the Chinese site Weibo today. User “顾Gooey” who posted the pictures these pictures show the display backlight components for the next-generation iPhone with a 4.7-inch screen, rumoured to release later this year.

We can’t verify the legitimacy of the photos, but these parts do appear to be produced in a fashion similar to the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s which means he is either passing off the current-generation part as next-generation or that there is something legitimate about the components. However, notes that the connector has been moved slightly from the iPhone 5c backlight, and the pins are slightly different, indicating some possible changes from Cupertino.

he iPhone 6 is rumored to come in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes, and it will run iOS 8, include a more efficient A8 processor, and likely feature a 1704 x 960 display with a sharper pixel density.

Here’s another close-up shot of the display from the back:


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