‘iPhone 6s’ Display and Logic Board Shown Booting to Gear Screen.

We’ve already seen a number of part leaks from the upcoming “iPhone 6s”, and a source has now provided MacRumors with several photos and videos showing how those parts can be combined to build a partially functioning iPhone. Specifically, the new photos and videos reveal an iPhone 6s logic board and display assembly paired with a number of iPhone 6 components such as the rear shell and battery to create a device that starts up enough to be able to display a screen showing a gear icon.


The video shows the device booted to the gear screen and then opened, showing the various iPhone 6s and 6 components laid out and connected inside the rear shell. Several components such as the rear camera are missing, but there are enough parts present to deliver data to the iPhone 6s display.

One heavily rumored feature for the iPhone 6s is support for Force Touch, allowing the device to sense how hard the user is pressing on the display and activate differential controls depending on how much pressure is being applied. While the partially booting phone does not prove Force Touch support is present, there are some definite differences from the iPhone 6 such as the shielding on the rear of the display being glued in place rather than screwed in.

In addition to the iPhone 6s built from parts, we’ve also received photos of an iPhone 6s logic board showing some details of the device’s main components. Previous leaks have shown the logic board to contain Qualcomm’s MDM9635M LTE baseband modem to support faster LTE with increased power efficiency, and our own photos have now confirmed the iPhone 6s will also include Qualcomm’s WTR3925 radio frequency transceiver chip to pair with the new modem for enhanced cellular network performance.


iPhone 6s logic board (top) with zoom of RF transceiver section (bottom left) showing WTR3925 boxed in red and compared to corresponding portion of iPhone 6 logic board (bottom right) with WTR1625L boxed in blue and companion WFR1620 boxed in yellow

The new chip is fabricated on a smaller and more power efficient 28-nm process, down from the 65-nm process used for the WTR1625L chip found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Also of note, the new WTR3925 eliminates the need for a separate companion chip (WFR1620 on the iPhone 6) for carrier aggregation, which combines separate spectrums into a single faster connection to increase data speeds and network capacity. By combining the functions of two chips into one on the iPhone 6s, power efficiency and performance are improved while taking up less space on the logic board.

Perhaps the most anticipated part from the iPhone 6s from a technical perspective is the A9 chip that serves as the heart of the device. Unfortunately, the logic board we received pictures of appears to be a pre-production unit that is missing some details including the A9 stamp itself and markings that would reveal how much RAM is included in the package.


Main chips and SIM slots for iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 6s (right)

We can see, however, that that the A9 package is roughly 10 percent larger in area than the A8 package found in the iPhone 6. The reason for the increased size isn’t confirmed, but it’s possible Apple has moved some additional functionality into the main chip to increase efficiency and save overall space.

The introduction of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is expected to occur in just two weeks at a media event reportedly planned for Wednesday, September 9. The event is also expected to feature several other announcements including a revamped Apple TV set-top box with support for Siri control and third-party apps.

Apple Watch to Feature Time-Only ‘Power Reserve’ Mode, Prototypes Disguised as Samsung Watches.

apple_watch_timeWith Apple’s media event just a week away and the company expected to offer final details there on the Apple Watch ahead of its April debut, The New York Times has a new report out sharing a few new tidbits on the device.

Among the interesting details is the existence of an unannounced “Power Reserve” mode for the watch that will display only the time and cut off all other functions as the battery begins to run critically low, preserving the most basic functionality of the watch. The report also notes that while the Apple Watch has been widely tested by Apple employees, the company did work to conceal many of those prototypes by disguising them to resemble Samsung smartwatches.

Sources have also provided more context to a Wall Street Journal article from last month that discussed how many of the originally planned health features for Apple Watch were dropped due to consistency issues. According to The New York Times‘ sources, the decision to drop many of those features came more than 18 months ago, refuting off-target reports in recent weeks claiming the cuts have come at the last minute.

Nearly two years ago, the company experimented with advanced health monitoring sensors that tracked blood pressure and stress, among other variables. Many of those experiments were abandoned more than 18 months ago after the sensors proved unreliable and cumbersome, these people said.

Apple long ago decided that for the first version of the product, it would include a heart rate sensor and a sensor for tracking movement, to market the device as a fitness-tracking companion to the iPhone.

Previous reports have indicated Apple is still working on those technologies, and they could appear in future versions of the Apple Watch.

Today’s report reveals some additional insight into the development process, noting that the Apple Watch is coming a bit later than originally hoped due to technical challenges that were likely exacerbated by the loss of several engineers working on the project. Google’s Nest Labs, headed by iPod pioneer Tony Fadell, was responsible for poaching several of the key Apple Watch employees.

Apple’s media event will take place at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on Monday, March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The company will offer a live video stream of the event, and MacRumors will provide full coverage of the event.

Want an Apple Watch Today?

If you’ve been waiting patiently, or impatiently, for an Apple Watch but just can’t wait any longer, or if you can’t justify the $349+ price tag, I have good news for you. You can get an “Apple Watch” today, in the same way that I once bought a “Rolex” for $50 on the streets of Taipei, Taiwan. A Chinese gadget site called Everbuying.com offers a $40 clone of the Apple Watch that is available today.

The poorly named “AW08 Smart Watch” is a dead ringer for the Apple equivalent, but it actually runs Android 4.1 and while it pairs with iPhones, it works best when paired with other Android phones. Only Android owners can get SMS, call logs, or use the watch as a camera shutter on this smart watch, when the companion Android app is installed.

not the Apple Watch

There are other giveaways where it’s obvious this isn’t an Apple device. It charges via a circular cable instead of a magnetic charging dock. The watchbands are pretty basic. The screen resolution isn’t close to Retina. It’s also not water resistant, whereas the Apple Watch is expected to be (though not waterproof.) Although this knockoff falls short of the Apple counterpart, it is shipping and you could buy nine of them for the cost of the Apple model. Apple products have been copied for year, but Apple brought this on themselves by preannouncing a product months before it shipped. I might pick up one of these just as a gag, or to get my wrist prepared for the real thing!

How to track your UPS order with just a phone number.

Screengrab: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

If you’re anxiously waiting on a brand new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to come in the mail this week, you’re not alone.

Tracking the package as Apple’s ginormous new smart phone wends its way to you may be the internets new past time. You should have received a tracking number from Apple when your iPhone shipped, but there’s an even easier way to keep a watchful eye on that beautiful new gadget.

If you head to the UPS website, click on the Track by Reference button and enter your 10-digit phone number.

Now you can get even more info about where your shiny new Apple toy is at, even if the Apple site doesn’t tell you.

“Apple’s website still has my order in the ‘preparing for shipment’ phase,” says a Cult of Mac reader, “but I was able to track and see my package in UPS’ system using the above method.”

Everything you need to know before pre-ordering your iPhone 6 tonight.


Apple hasn’t exactly confirmed the exact time yet, but iPhone 6 and 6 Plus preorders will likely begin tomorrow morning at 12:01AM PT, exactly… the same time iPhone 5S preorders started last year, and every other year.

Tim Cook thinks the iPhone 6 will trigger an avalanche of upgrades, making it Apple’s most wildly in-demand phone yet, and while Apple is attempting to balance the crush on their website by starting preorders in the middle of the night, it will, in all likelihood, still be a madhouse when Apple starts selling iPhones later tonight.

Hence this guide. We’re going to walk you through the best ways to make absolutely sure you get your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus pre-ordered right at the stroke of midnight and in your hands next Friday when it officially launches in the minimum amount of time, so you can go right back to sleep.

Check your Upgrade eligibility


Before you can even start thinking about buying a new iPhone you need to check if our lording carrier will permit you to upgrade without tacking on an astronomical upgrade fee. Luckily, checking your eligibility is easier than ever this year with the Apple Store app.

Once you load up the Apple Store you’ll see a big Upgrade you iPhone section that lets you see the pricing of each iPhone for your account. Tap the check eligibility pricing link and you’ll be taken to a page with to verify your phone number, billing zip code, and last four digits of SSN.

If you’re not eligible for the $199 introductory price, the Apple Store app will also tell you when you’ll qualify for a better subsidy. You can also check your eligibility from Apple.com or your carrier’s site, but the process on the iOS app is much easier.

Sell your old device

The nice thing about Apple devices is they maintain their value much better than other smartphones, making them an easy source of cash when you’re looking to buy a new device.

There are myriad ways to sell or trade=in your old device. So many, in fact.

Know What Time iPhone 6 Orders Start In Your Location

The world’s a big place, and while iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre6orders kick off at midnight Cupertino time, depending on where you are, that could be quite a bit later.

Make sure to double check before you set your alarms. I find the easiest way to check the time zone difference is with Wolfram Alpha. Just go over to the link and type:

When it is midnight in Cupertino, CA what time is it in [Your City, State and/or Country]

For example, when I do that search, the results for Boston, MA tell me that when it is midnight in Cupertino, it is 3:00AM in Boston. Easy!

Set Your Alarm For 20 Minutes Ahead Of Time


We don’t really care what kind of alarm you use — the alarm app that comes with your iPhone, one of the many ones on the App Store, a bedside speaker dock or even a good, old fashion clanger — but whichever one you pick, make sure to set it twenty minutes before preorders go up.

Why? A couple of reasons. One, chances are, you’re going to have to wake up early for this, and you want to give yourself enough time to get to the computer if you’re groggy or hit the snooze button by force of habit.

Second? When Apple put up the iPad 2 order page, they said they’d put the page up at exactly midnight Cupertino time. However, the page was actually up a good five or ten minutes earlier than that, giving the early birds a first crack at the worm.

So be there early. Apple might not put up the iPhone 6 pre-order page early this time, but better safe than sorry.

Load Up The iPhone 6 Apple.com Page


Not much more to it than that. When midnight hits, this page will change to show a big ‘Buy Now’ link underneath the iPhone 6 header. That’s what you’re looking for.

Refresh, Refresh, Refresh

Everything you need to know before pre-ordering your iPhone 6 tonight

Look, there’s no way around it: you’re going to have to refresh a lot when it gets close to midnight. Luckily, there are browser extensions that will do this for you. Here are some of the ones we like.

• Google ChromeChrome Refresh

• SafariAutorefresh

• FirefoxReloadEvery

• Opera: Offers auto-refresh abilities by default. Just right click on the iPhone website and select the Reload Every option.

Once you’ve installed the add-on or extension for your browser, set an interval, telling the browser how often to reload the iPhone 6 page. We suggest every twenty seconds, or three times a minute.

That’s a small enough interval that you’ll be sure to see the link go up as soon as Apple pushes it live, but not so often that you’ll bring Apple’s website to its knees.

Pre-ordering From A Site Other Than Apple.com


This one is optional, but this year, Apple’s website isn’t really the best place to order the iPhone 6 from. The App Store app is much more streamlined and adds your information into areas automatically, that Apple.com can’t

Apple.com won’t be the only site offering the iPhone 6 for preorder starting at midnight Cupertino time either. Verizon and Sprint will also be offering the iPhone 6 starting at midnight, and presumably AT&T will also follow suit, meaning that if Apple’s servers are being crushed, you may very well be able to order your iPhone with your carrier directly, or grabbing it from Best Buy, which is offering in-store pre-orders.

Here are the pages on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon where you’ll be able to find iPhone 5s available for preorder starting at midnight:

• AT&T’s Smartphones Page

• Verizon Wireless’s iPhone 6 Page

• Sprint’s iPhone Page

Set Up Your Default Shipping And Billing Info On Apple.com And Enable Express Checkout

Everything you need to know before pre-ordering your iPhone 6 tonight

When the iPhone 6 becomes available for preorder from Apple.com, you’re going to want to get through the checkout process as quickly as possible. Every second you delay increases the chance of the load on Apple’s servers being so great that when you make your order, it won’t go through.

If you’re ordering through Apple.com, the easiest way to make getting a new iPhone 6 sent to you as much of a “one-click” affair as possible is to go to your Apple.com Account Settings Page and make sure your payment information and shipping information are up to date, then scroll down to the Express Checkout field and turn the toggle to “ON.”

Now, when it’s time for you to buy an iPhone 6, you should have most of the fields populated for you automatically, including your patment info.

Set Up Some Text Shortcuts To Make Filling In The Order Form Easier

Everything you need to know before pre-ordering your iPhone 6 tonight

If you’re not ordering your iPhone 6 from Apple’s official site (and therefore can’t follow the steps above in enabling express checkout), and you don’t use iCloud keychain, you’re still going to want to fill out your order as quickly as possible. Why not set up some text shortcuts, then, to enter the information your carrier needs to get your iPhone to you as quickly as possible?

If you’re using a Mac, it’s super easy. Just go to Applications > System Preferences > Language & Text and click on the Text Tab. From there, you should make sure “Use symbol and text substitution” is ticked and press the + symbol at the bottom of the window to add a new substitution.

What you want to now do is come up with text shortcuts to fill out common fields as quickly as possible. You want to fill out the “Replace” field with an easy to remember shortcut you’re unlikely to type by accident. For example, I set up [address1] to be replaced with “19 Whatever Street”, [city] to be replaced with “Somerville” and [credit] to be replaced by my credit card.

Now, when the iPhone 6 preorder pages go live, you can just enter these shortcuts instead of doing a lot of typing.

Keep Your Fingers Crossed


In the past, iPhone preorder and launch days have been pretty stressful, but we’re hopeful that Apple will manage to satisfy iPhone 6 demand this time. We know they’ve been building iPhone 6 for months, but 6 Plus units might be in low supply if rumors of production issues are true.

We know that customers will be able to preorder iPhone 6 from more sites than ever before, so hopefully the Apple.com bottleneck won’t be a problem like in recent years. Apple really smoothed out web issues on the last iPhone launches so we have every reason to believe everything will go smoothly – although this week’s web stream didn’t inspire confidence.

Still, there’s a lot of elements here beyond your control… everything from your alarm not going off, to Apple having an iPhone 6 Plus shortage. So a little prayer and superstition never hurts, does it?

Two next-gen iPhone models approved in Thailand: A1524 & A1586.

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Ahead of Apple’s new iPhone event on September 9th, Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (that nation’s version of what we know in the U.S. as the FCC) has approved two new iPhone models for sale in the country. The approval was confirmed on Twitter by the country’s Secretary General for these matters, and a local report indicates the model numbers for two new devices: A1524 & A1586. Thailand’s Secretary General spoke about the matter in a video from earlier this week:

The two model numbers could be representative of a combination of different iPhone lineups. It is possible that one number belongs to the new iPhone 4.7-inch model and another belongs to the upcoming 5.5-inch model. Another possibility is that these model numbers could belong to tweaked iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s models with updated internals like new cellular chipsets. Another possibility is that a single 4.7-inch model could come in two cellular flavors for Thailand, and that is what the two model numbers represent.

If nothing else, the existence of these model numbers confirms that Apple plans to sell the new iPhones in Thailand in the near-future. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c did not initially launch in Thailand in September 2013, but the devices launched in the country during the “Wave 2″ debut in late-October. Approval this early in the launch timeline could mean that Apple plans to release the new iPhone models in Thailand sooner this year. Perhaps pointing to this is that the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s only received Thailand approval in late-September last year.

iWatch and iPhone 6 launching in October.

Apple iWatch 'at least three years away'

Apple‘s much-rumoured iWatch will be on sale by October, according to new reports.

The alleged smartwatch will feature a curved touchscreen and run on iOS, allowing it to connect to iPhones and iPads, according to Japanese news service Nikkei.

The wearable device could also contain sensors to collect health and fitness information such as blood glucose levels and heart rate data, for possible integration into the newly-announced iOS 8 HealthKit.

The next iPhone, expected to be named as the iPhone 6, will also be released in October, Apple’s parts supplier and undisclosed sources are reported to have said.

The supplier is said to be planning to produce between three to five million smartwatches a month during its initial run.

Apple has never commented on the development of the speculated products, but CEO Tim Cook had previously promised “new product categories” within 2014.

Rivals Samsung and Google have both created smartwatches, following the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear watch and Google’s Android collaboration with Motorola, HTC and Samsung is due for release later this year.

Other rumours surrounding the iWatch suggest it could utilise the Touch ID technology already present within the iPhone 5S, that it will pair up with third-party health devices such as the Nike FuelBand, and that it will cost between $199 and $299 (£118 – £177).

The announcement of an iWatch would mark Apple’s first newly-created product since the introduction of the iPad in 2010.