by Jin S. Kim
As part of the continued expansion of Cadillac, General Motors today announced a strategic realignment that will establish the flagship brand as a separate business unit. In addition, the new Cadillac organization will expand to New York with a new global headquarters opening in 2015.
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Arik Hesseldahl, Re/code:
The most costly component in both phones is the combined display and touchscreen. The displays come from LG Display and Japan Display, costing $45 on the iPhone 6 and $52.50 on the iPhone 6 Plus. The cost for the smaller 4.7-inch model is only four dollars more than the four-inch display used on the iPhone 5s.
These numbers are merely estimates by a market research company.
Chris Martin, PC Advisor:
Things have been quiet from Samsung this year on the laptop side of things with no new devices at IFA 2014 in Berlin. [...]
“We quickly adapt to market needs and demands. In Europe, we will be discontinuing sales of laptops including Chromebooks for now. This is specific to the region – and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets,” said a Samsung spokesperson.
Is it the notebook market? Samsung? Europe?
Kelly Hodgkins, MacRumors:
As highlighted in a few reports shared in the MacRumors forums, a small but growing number of iPhone 6 Plus owners have reportedly bent their phones after carrying the devices in their pockets just days after launch. In one instance, a new iPhone 6 Plus was bent during a day of dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding.
Crap happens when you are not careful in the quest for super thin, super light, etc.
I think Apple made the wrong decision to make it so thin; Apple should have made it slightly thicker — which enhances rigidity — to make the camera flush with the body. And can you imagine how much more battery could have been shoved in there?
If you have an unbreakable habit of putting large smartphones in your pocket — front, back, does not matter — but are flexible enough to try Android, I highly recommend the LG G Flex.
On the iPhone 6 Plus, Raymond Soneira:
Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements, the iPhone 6 Plus is the Best performing Smartphone LCD display that we have ever tested. It delivers uniformly consistent all around Top Tier display performance. The iPhone 6 Plus is only the second Smartphone display (LCD or OLED) to ever get all Green (Very Good to Excellent) Ratings in all test and measurement categories (except for Brightness variation with Viewing Angle, which is the case for all LCDs) since we started the Display Technology Shoot-Out article series in 2006, an impressive achievement for a display. The iPhone 6 Plus has raised the bar for top LCD display performance up by a notch. See the main Display Shoot-Out Comparison Table for all of the measurements and details.
The iPhone 6 Plus matches or breaks new records in LCD Smartphone display performance for: Highest Peak Brightness, Lowest Screen Reflectance, Highest (True) Contrast Ratio, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light, most accurate (pure logarithmic power-law) Intensity Scale and Gamma, most accurate Image Contrast, and the smallest Variations with Viewing Angle for Brightness, Contrast Ratio and Color. Where the iPhone 6 Plus display does very well but does not break LCD performance records is in: Resolution (1920×1080 versus 2560×1440), Pixels Per Inch ppi (401 ppi versus 538 ppi). and Absolute Color Accuracy (3.1 JNCD versus 2.1 JNCD).
The iPhone 6 was not as good. Compared to the Galaxy Note 4:
Both are impressive and excellent displays with great state-of-the-art display technology. We recently gave the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 our overall Best Smartphone Display award, and for the time being that continues for all of the reasons originally mentioned there. In particular, for implementing Color Management to provide multiple Color Gamuts, and then using the Color Management to provide the Highest Absolute Color Accuracy for Standard (sRGB/Rec.709) consumer content of any Smartphone or Tablet display that we have ever measured (in one of its four available screen modes, which many reviewers seem to overlook). As we discuss next, dynamic Color Management is something that every display will need to provide in the future.
The iPhone 6 Plus is the best mobile LCD according to Soneira, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the best smartphone display, LCD or OLED, period.
Let me put this another way: Here are a list of Internet leaders who decided to forego China, because the government has made it nearly impossible for them to do business in the way that built our capital markets: eBay, Yelp, Twitter, Google, Facebook… and that’s just off the top of my head. So by buying into Alibaba, we’re buying into a system that has, through government fiat, denied innovative US companies growth in the world’s largest market, then capitalized that fiat into a stock it’s now selling back to us. Again, that just seems wrong.
Image source: Cult of Mac, photo by Traci Dauphin
Jordan Kahn, 9to5 Mac:
Fiksu and Mixpanel also offered data on iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus adoption following the first weekend of sales. Both show that iPhone 6 is outpacing iPhone 6 Plus quite significantly after the first few days in customers’ hands, but it’s quite likely that could be due to a much tighter supply of iPhone 6 Plus.
After hours and hours of waiting in line you finally get to the front: “I would like to buy a space grey iPhone 6 Plus, 64GB version please.” And the Apple clerk tells you they are out of the 6 Plus but has a space gray iPhone 6 with 64GB. What do you do? Do you go out of the Apple Store empty handed, after waiting all those countless hours? Or do you get the 6? The answer, for almost everyone is: you get the 6.
And that is probably what is happening all throughout the U.S., right now. It is not that the iPhone 6 is more popular; the iPhone 6 is simply more available.
Chris Plante, The Verge:
Instead, I did what a human does when they have a piece of technology to get rid of. I posted on Craigslist. “Person with iPhone 6 Plus looking to trade for iPhone 6 normal, plus a little cash.” I received a lot of responses, because I was one of the few people not asking for $1,500 or more.
At 2PM, I met a stranger at the AT&T on Broadway and we made the trade. He was thrilled. I was thrilled.
That’s when it hit me. I was miserable, too. I spent all this money on something that I thought would make me happy, and instead I felt like trash. I mindlessly pre-ordered the wrong phone from Apple, and my punishment was being treated like a desperate grunt with a loose wallet.
A piece of technology will not make you happy. I will not lie to you, I am tempted to get an iPhone 6 Plus. But when I really think about the reason why (I can get rid of my iPhone, iPad, camera, and simplify my life) the humongous iPhone will not make me happy by simplifying my life. My life is not complicated because I have to haul around two additional gadgets, two more cables, and manage two more gadgets. My life is complicated because there are so many things my heart is running after, instead of just one.
Stop thinking a new piece of technology will make you happy; it will not. I am telling myself, more than anyone. Besides the iPhone 6 Plus is ugly.
Agreeing with Stu Maschwitz, John Gruber makes a good point:
Count me with Stu Maschwitz: this film is pointless, and I think more than a little racist. When you can wait in line, pay $1000 for a new 6 Plus, then walk out of the store and resell it immediately for $1500 or more, that’s going to attract people who want to buy them for no reason other than to flip them. And I guarantee you not everyone waiting in line (or as they say in New York, on line) Friday morning to buy new iPhones just to flip them was Asian. And if the going rate in mainland China is over $2,500, as Quartz is reporting, then [it] makes all the more sense, simply as capitalism at work, that many of the line-waiters are Chinese-Americans looking to turn a profit.
The title should have been “Chinese Gray Market Takes Over”. In the video by Casey Neistat embedded above there is nothing illegal going on.