Some context about Apple's position in mobile - The iPhone's worldwide smartphone market share has plummeted from a peak of 23 percent in fourth quarter of 2011 to 12 percent in the second quarter of 2014, according to market researcher IDC. That puts it in second place behind Samsung, and Android vendors altogether captured 85 percent of the market in the period.
Still, Apple’s shipments continue to rise, with the company’s volume increasing 13 percent to 35.2 million units in the quarter ended in June
Still no Liam Neeson sighting, but we'll keep our eyes peeled.
Launching bigger iPhones could have significant implications for the mobile industry. In a market where phone designs and operating systems have become standardized, larger screens were one way for Android devices to stand out against the iPhone.
The graphics look quite good, but not quite revolutionary. Pretty typical MMO fare.
Samsung claimed during the patent-infringement trials against Apple that one of the main reasons people buy Samsung devices is for their bigger screens. If that's no longer a differentiator, Samsung's sales could suffer. Now that Apple has bigger devices, Android makers such as Samsung and LG won't have as much of an advantage.
Shipments of phablets, typically defined as smartphones with screen sizes between 5.5 and 6.99 inches, will surpass portable PC shipments this year and tablet shipments next year, International Data Corp. said in early September.
This year, electronics vendors will ship about 175 million phablets, IDC said, passing the 170 million laptops expected to ship during the same period. Next year, phablet shipments will top 318 million units, surpassing the 233 million tablets forecast to ship in 2015.
Should be a fun game, though. We'll need to see more.
While phablets remain a small percentage of the overall smartphone sector, Apple's larger screen iPhones should give the category a boost, IDC added. Phablets should grow to 32 percent of the smartphone market in 2018 from 14 percent this year, the firm said.
Schiller: Battery life impact now
Phil makes a good point that the phone filling a 35-foot screen with good graphics is impressive.
Schiller: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has just-as-good or better battery life than iPhone 5S
Up to 24 hours of 3G talk on the iPhone 6 Plus from 10 before. The iPhone 6 is 14 hours. That's no slouch.
Schiller: iPhone 6 11 hours of video watching, wifi browsing. iPhone 6 Plus, 14 hours of HD video playback
So the Plus will be the one you want if you really need all-day phone usage -- if you have the pockets to suit.
Schiller: New motion coprocessor called M8
Schiller: Useful for fitness applications. Can tell when cycling, running, walking, has new ability to estimate distance
Interesting that they've updated the motion co-processor as well. I'm surprised that they didn't simply bake it into the A8.
Schiller: It can also figure out elevation, such as flights of stairs. A new sensor called the Barometer measures elevation from air pressure
Note that a barometer is hardly a new sensor in the world of sensors. It's new to iPhone.
Schiller: Nike is work on new version of Nike Plus app to figure out not only how far you've run but elevation as well
And therefore the best thing ever.
Schiller: LTE is faster than ever. 150 mpbs compared to 100 in previous. Does that through carrier aggregation. 20 LTE bands. Works with over 200 LTE carriers
Schiller: New technology with LTE - VoLTE - voice over LTE. Makes calls clear sounding and always have simultaneous voice and data
Apple has worked tirelessly to integrate more and more bands into the phone. It means fewer models are needed to sell internationally. In theory, you should be able to take your phone with you to just about any carrier worldwide -- but your carrier at home might not let that happen.
Schiller: There's also faster Wifi. 802.11ac. 3X faster than previous gen
Again, VoLTE isn't new-new, just new to iPhone.