Apple rolled out iOS 8.0.1 last night and which made iPhone 6 and 6 Plus which were updated to lose cellular service and TouchID functionality. They then pulled the update from circulation and according to a statement from Apple to Jim Dalrymple from The Loop – they are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can.

Thankfully, there is a way to downgrade back to iOS 8.0 as long you are with your Mac or PC that has iTunes installed.

iOS 8.0.1 was supposed to fix bugs that prevented HealthKit apps from working correctly and problems with custom keyboards working properly. It also improves the reliability of Reachability on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and a few other bugs.

How it managed to pass through different levels of checks and reviews to be released and then introducing more critical bugs baffles many.

Between the iPhone design team facing #bendgate and iOS team with this – who is feeling worse?

iphone6Previously we mentioned about Apple’s preorder record of the iPhone 6.

Today, Apple announced a record 10 Million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sold in the first weekend, in the following countries – US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Puerto Rico, UK, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. By September 26, this will extend to another 20 countries before spreading across 115 countries by the end of this year.

“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” – Tim Cook, Apple CEO.

In comparison, Apple shipped 9 million iPhone 5s and 5c last year and 5 million iPhone 5 during the first week.

We don’t have specific numbers for the sales of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in Singapore but at this point of time, the Apple Online Store is still not receiving new orders while most of the shops of the three telcos in Singapore have seen brisk sales of the iPhone 6 while none of them are having any iPhone 6 Plus for sale.

M1 and SingTel have respectively set up a page to show the stock status of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in their stores. However we have not seen a similar page for Starhub Shops at this time.

Based on a quick scan of the stock status, Singaporeans prefer:
* In terms of color, we prefer Space Grey, followed by Gold and then Silver
* In terms of capacity, most chose 64GB, followed by 16GB and then the 128GB

If you are hoping to get one from the Telcos, be prepared to wait for a few hours especially if you choose the more popular shops in major shopping malls. You might also want to call the respective shops in advance just to gauge the crowd level before heading down.

For those who don’t mind paying more for a non-contract iPhone 6, do constantly refresh the Apple Online Store to see if the next batch is available.

I just received my iPhone 6 Plus 64GB in the “Ah Beng Gold” color this afternoon and going through restoring. Will share my observation of the “big-ass” iPhone 6 Plus in a future post.

The creativity in this music video is simply awesome. 14 screens were shot in one continuous take – with six iPhones, four iPads, three MacBooks and one small iPod – to produce this 2 minutes plus video for the song Knock Knock (iTunes download link).

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Apple announced a record 4 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders made in the first 24 hours in these 10 countries – US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. That is almost 2,778 iPhones being ordered per minute.

“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled customers love them as much as we do,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Pre-orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record for Apple, and we can’t wait to get our best iPhones yet into the hands of customers starting this Friday.”

So how does this launch day performance compared with the other previous iPhones and some other wannabes …

In Singapore, the Apple Online Store only started taking orders slightly past three thirty in the afternoon, almost 30 minutes later than it was supposed to. Even when the page loaded, many had encountered trouble adding their selection into the shopping cart. For those who had successfully added the cart and checkout, the earliest shipping period was from 22 September to 29 September. Within an hour, the shipping time for all models slipped to early October. By evening, all the models were not available for pre-ordering. Guess there is still a lot of demand for a phone that was labelled as being two years late to the market.

For those who want to be tied-down for two years and are ordering thru the telcos, HardwareZone did a quick comparison between the prices of the iPhone 6/6 Plus and their respective plans, providing the minimum cost you’ll pay over two years for the phone and the monthly subscriptions.

Comparing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus prices when bundled with basic phone plans

Comparing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus prices when bundled with basic phone plans

Between the three telcos, M1 offers the best deal over two years contract although the upfront payment for the phone is higher. However as the differences between the three telcos are marginal, other factors like quality of network coverage, amount of free 4G data bundled and other VAS offered should be taken into consideration before you tie yourself down for two long years.

At this point of time, M1 and Starhub have stopped their pre-order sessions – the former due to a security breach of their online pre-order site while the latter due to overwhelming responds. There will be limited stocks at selected Starhub shops for walk-in customers from 20 September.

As for SingTel, they have a launch event over three days on September 19 where you can get your iPhone. Appointment bookings to attend this event will be offered to those who had registered their interests and will booking will begin on 17 Sept, 3pm.

Seems like there’ll be another mad rush to get the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the coming days. Have you ordered one yet?

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Apple - Live - Countdown to the Apple Special EventApple has put up a new page that currently shows a count down ticker towards the Apple event on 9 Sept (10 Sept, 1am Singapore time) where they will stream the event live from apple.com.

And if you worry that you’d forget about it, there’s even a link to add the event to your Calendar.

As usual, requirements for the live streaming are as follows:

  • Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X v10.6.8 or later;
  • Safari on iOS 6.0 or later.
  • second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.

So you have four days to get your OS updated, buy your coffee and snacks ready for at least 2 hours of roller coaster ride.