One of the major benefits of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, beyond the large screen, is Apple Pay. Although I have only used Apple Pay for 2 actual purchases, one of the hidden benefits for me has been Card Notifications. Once I enrolled my American Express Card in Apple Pay, I began to receive notifications on my phone whenever I make a purchase. At least for American Express, these notifications are provided for all transactions, not just those made with Apple Pay. Whenever my American Express is used anywhere, I now get an alert on my phone. I do not have to be logged in to the American Express app for these alerts to appear.
The advantage of these constant alerts is that I am able to now actively monitor my account for fraud. I no longer have to login to the American Express app or website to check my transaction history. I instantly get an alert and transaction history within the Passbook app by clicking the info button. Since I wear a Pebble SmartWatch, these alerts also show on my wrist. If there is suspicious activity, I know immediately.
Since I currently only have an American Express card enrolled with Apple Pay, I am not sure whether other card providers also provide you with notifications for all purchases, but I hope so. I feel much more secure knowing that my phone alerts me for any purchase I make, and I wish that my primary bank account was available in Apple Pay. I am hoping that as more of my credit cards become eligible, these same alerts are provided.
If you have started using Apple Pay, I would be interested in your experiences. Please let me know if you are receiving notifications for all purchases and whether you have had any difficulty. More banks started offering Apple Pay as an option this week, and several more are supposed to be added throughout the rest of the year. If none of your cards were initially eligible, you may want to check again to see if that has changed.
Earlier today, Apple released an update to iOS 8 that promised to fix many of the issues that were in the operating system after its general release on September 17th. Unfortunately iOS 8.0.1 was not properly bug tested and caused owners of the brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus to be unable to use TouchID or connect to a cellular network. Fortunately, the issues were discovered before must people were aware of the update and Apple has since removed the update.
If you were unlucky enough to install the update and you have one of the new iPhones, iMore.com has instructions for restoring your phone to iOS 8. If you have not installed iOS 8.0.1, do not install it until any issues have been resolved by Apple.
Last week I did an unboxing of the iPhone 6 Plus for those that were interested. I have now added the unboxing of an iPhone 6. For most normal users I think that this phone will hit the sweet spot of size, battery life, and usability. My initial thoughts are that the iPhone 6 fits much nicer in the hand than the iPhone 6 Plus, and will be the phone that most attorneys will want to carry.
Included in the video is a size comparison of the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 3g, iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Mini, and iPad 3rd Generation. It provides a nice look at the slow transition that Apple has provided to larger devices, while also introducing the iPad Mini to fill any gap that existed in the product line.
Just a short video with the unboxing of my new Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Although I am used to using smartphones this size, initially the iPhone 6 Plus does appear larger than it actually is. With the thinness of the device, it creates an illusion that the phone is actually longer than what it is. After now having it setup, I am very pleased with the design. I will have some more in depth thoughts after using it for the weekend.
With iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launching this week, it is important that attorneys remember to backup their devices before updating to a new phone or the new operating system. Although it is possible to use iCloud for backups, I have discussed the security concerns of doing so in the past. Your best bet is to use iTunes to create a local copy of your iPhone or iPad before applying any update.
The video above walks you through the process of connecting your iPhone or iPad to your computer and doing an iTunes backup. This should be done on a fairly regular basis to make sure that you can always easily restore your phone or iPad if they are lost, stolen, or malfunction. The process is quite simple, and after the initial backup, runs quickly for subsequent backups.
In addition to using iTunes because it is more secure. it is also nice to use iTunes because it speeds up the process of restoring your device if you have to. If you use iCloud it could take over a day to restore your device if you need to and you have to have a working internet connection during the entire restore process. With an iTunes backup, you simply plug your device into your computer, hit the restore button and at most it takes an hour or two to restore.
I hope that the video is helpful for those that have not used iTunes to backup in the past.
Apple officially began selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today, Friday September 19, 2014. Individuals that previously pre-ordered the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus should also be receiving their phones today (if they were lucky enough to get one available for launch day shipping). Apple had already announced that its stores had sold over 4 million pre-orders before the phone was officially available. This number does not include Apple authorized re-sellers, and iPhones that were being held for walk-in customers.
We will continue to update our site with information about the new iPhones. In the meantime, review my article about the iPhone 6 size comparisons. I am expecting shipment of my new iPhone later today and will have some first impressions after it is received. Stay tuned….
With the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus being announced this past Tuesday (September 9, 2014), Apple started accepting pre-order’s for the new iPhones at 3:00 am EST on September 12, 2014. As of the time of this writing (9:30 am EST), Apple still has most versions of the iPhone 6 available for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon (Sprint being the most limited supply as of now and Gold being the color that has the least number still available). The carriers have also started pre-order’s on their sites, but if AT&T is any indication of the other carriers, the supply is starting to dwindle.
If you miss out on today’s pre-order’s, Apple typically stocks a limited number of new iPhone models in stores when they go on sale. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will officially be available for purchase next Friday, September 19, 2014. The iPhone 6 Plus is looking like it will be very difficult to get your hands on in all storage options. Apple and AT&T both had all pre-orders for the iPhone 6 Plus sold out by about 4:30 EST on Friday September 12, 2014. Initially both sites were showing a 2-3 week delay on iPhone 6 Plus shipments, with carriers now slipping to 30-45 days.
I hope that everyone that was up early this morning was able to get the phone they wanted pre-ordered. If not, it doesn’t hurt to visit your carrier store, or be prepared to wait in line on September 19, 2014 to see what is available without a pre-order. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come in 9 different models. Each has a Silver, Gold and Space Gray option available with storage options of 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. iPhone 6 starts at $199 with a 2 year contract ($649 without), and each step-up in storage will cost an extra $100. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 with a 2 year contract ($749 without), and again each increase in storage capacity will cost an additional $100 (with the 128 GB version coming in at $499 on contract, $949 without a contract).
Visit the Apple website to pre-order a phone now: http://store.apple.com/us/buy-iphone/iphone6.