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    This is what 93 tons of iPhone 6s on a Boeing 777 looks like

    A Southern China 777 loading 93 tons of iPhone 6 units for shipment to U.S.



    Pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus shattered Apple’s previous records and the 4 million customers ready to caress every square inch of the big and bigger screens will be happy to know that the first planes from China have already touched down in the U.S. with iPhone 6 cargo.

    A China Southern Airlines Boeing 777 was spotted by China Daily as 93 tons of Apple iPhone 6s were being loaded onto the plane in Central China’s Henan province before it headed for Chicago, Illinois, and other American pilots have even posted pictures of their iPhone 6 payloads from inside the fuselage.


    Yep, that’s what I do. I fly stuff. Privileged to be a small part of the Apple supply chain. Just landed a 747 full of iPhone 6’s in Anchorage. Another crew will take the airplane on to Chicago. It’ll be on the ground at O’hare about 9am Sept. 15. I gave it a little extra gas coming over the Pacific, just to get them here a little quicker. You’re welcome.

    The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit Apple Store shelves on Septmeber 19th, with the first wave of pre-orders also expected to be delivered on that date. Current shipping times on pre-orders have already slipped to 3-4 weeks on some iPhone 6 Plus models and iPhone 6 units are now shipping in 7-10 days.







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    Despite record output, Foxconn unable to keep up with massive iPhone 6 demand



    As preorders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continue to pour in to the Online Apple Store, partner manufacturer Foxconn is reportedly having trouble keeping up with incredibly high demand despite reaching record output levels.

    According to sources familiar with the supplier's operations, Foxconn has 100 dedicated assembly lines in Zhengzhou working around the clock in an attempt to meet preorders and launch day allotments for Apple's iPhone 6 handsets, reports The Wall Street Journal.

    "We have been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders," the unnamed source said. "For iPhone 6 Plus, we are still ramping up the production line. Another reason for the limited supply is the shortage of 5.5-inch displays."

    One insider said 5.5-inch display yields are somewhere between 50 to 60 percent, meaning nearly half of all produced panels are scrapped as they do not meet Apple's strict standards. Retina HD displays bound for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 are faring better with an output rate of about 85 percent.

    Sources said Foxconn is responsible for manufacturing all iPhone 6 Plus models, as well as a "majority" of iPhone 6 versions. The report contrasts rumors from August that claimed Pegatron had won 50 percent of iPhone 6 orders, which at the time was said to be some 50 million units.

    Reports from as late as July claimed Apple's larger 5.5-inch iPhone would not be ready in time to launch with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, though Apple has put those rumors to bed and will debut both smartphones this Friday. Supplies for the "phablet" device appear to be constrained, however, as the larger phone was first to see delivery dates slip when preorders went live last Friday.

    The stage is set for a record-breaking launch this week, as Apple on Monday announced combined iPhone 6 and 6 Plus preorders exceeded four million units within their first 24 hours of availability.





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    Apple 'never' planned to use sapphire covers for iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus - report



    Despite much wishful thinking on the part of enthusiasts and even members of the tech press, full sapphire screen covers were never in the cards for Apple's iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, a new report reveals.

    Citing unnamed sources, Tim Bajarin of Time reported on Wednesday that sapphire was "never targeted for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus." Customers holding out hope for a potential sapphire cover on next year's iPhone should also reconsider, as he revealed that the hardened material's role in future iPhone models "hasn't even been decided yet."

    The reasons that Apple didn't use or even seriously consider sapphire for this year's iPhone are numerous. AppleInsider detailed many of the issues associated with sapphire back in June, including the facts that it's expensive, it's heavy, and it's prone to shattering when dropped.

    Bajarin's report directly refutes one analyst who attempted to claim that sapphire missed the cut on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus designs by a matter of "weeks," before last-minute issues led Apple to choose ion-infused Gorilla Glass. But that analyst, who focuses almost exclusively on Apple's relationship with sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies, was supremely confident that every iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch would all include sapphire covers, which they do not.

    Investors and tech enthusiasts alike were excited by the news of a $578 million contract between Apple and GT Advanced Technologies for sapphire. They hoped that the two companies may have secretly discovered some sort of breakthrough that would allow Apple to build entire iPhone displays, and potentially even iPads, out of the material this year, all while keeping up with overwhelming consumer demand for those products.





    But Apple already needs plenty of sapphire for existing products: The iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, and iPhone 5s all feature sapphire Touch ID home buttons, while all three models along with the iPhone 5c have sapphire camera lens covers. Apple is also expected to introduce a new iPad Air and iPad mini this fall with Touch ID, presumably covered by sapphire as well.

    And next year, two of three Apple Watch models will also feature sapphire covers, and the material will also be used on the back to protect the wearable device's heart rate sensor.

    The hype — and ultimate disappointment — around sapphire recalls another exclusive Apple materials deal that excited fans: a unique metal alloy dubbed Liquidmetal. AppleInsider first discovered back in 2010 that Apple had entered into a $20 million exclusive arrangement to use amorphous metal alloys with unique atomic structures that could make products thinner, lighter, and resistant to wear and corrosion.

    While the idea of Liquidmetal was exciting, the reality of the material is that it's too unique and too expensive to produce in such large quantities. But that didn't stop the rumor mill from imagining anything from iPhones to entire MacBooks made out of Liquidmetal.

    On Wednesday, even Bajarin admitted he had bought into the sapphire hype and expected the material would be used as a screen cover for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. He then went on to explain many of the well-established problems associated with sapphire, including weight, cost, durability, and even battery life, as the material allows less light to pass thorugh.

    "All of us," Bajarin wrote, "need to be more careful before jumping to conclusions in areas like this."





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    Going crazy for Apple’s iPhone 6



    Thursday is just getting started here in the United States, but the day is coming to a close Down Under, where anxious Apple fans have already begun to line up to be among the first in the world to purchase Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

    In an earlier account of what it was like to preorder the iPhone 6 from Apple’s website late last week, we briefly touched on an important topic. For the most enthusiastic of Apple’s fan base, waking up in the middle of the night and fighting through website crashes to preorder a new iPhone is a huge pain, but it’s also part of a shared experience that no other brand loyalists share.

    The same can be said of lining up to purchase a new iPhone on launch day.

    For Apple fans, new iPhone launches are very exciting. Each and every year, iOS device users race to their local Apple Store and line up as early as they can. They joke, laugh, and even grow impatient while waiting in line, but they do it together. This creates a bond and amplifies the experience, making loyalties even stronger.

    Waiting in line for hours on end also increases the sense of satisfaction experienced once people finally get their hands on that shiny new iPhone.

    No other device users can say they have shared a similar experience. Not even people who use Samsung smartphones, even though Samsung ships more than twice as many phones as any other company.

    To most of us, the thought of waiting in line overnight just to buy a new cell phone seems insane. Maybe it is. But to the millions of people who do choose to line up each year, the chaos only draws them closer to each other and binds them more firmly to the Apple ecosystem.

    As lines outside Apple Stores in the United States begin to form and extend on Thursday, here is a pair of photos posted by MacRumors of crazy iPhone 6 lines that have already formed in Australia.










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    Did you order an iPhone 6? This site will show you its exact location right now



    Embracing the chaos and waiting on painfully long lines to be among the first to own a new iPhone might be a crucial part of the Apple fan experience, but it’s definitely not for everyone. Millions of people want a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus on launch day but decided to wait in the comfort of their own homes or offices and preorder a new device instead. Does that mean they’re any less anxious to get their hands on their shiny new iPhones? Probably not, and now there’s a way to see the exact location of your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus as it sails through the sky on its way to your front steps.





    Flight-tracking website FlightAware has put together a special page on its site that serves just one purpose: tracking flights that are carrying new iPhone shipments. By looking up your tracking number on UPS or FedEx’s site and noting the departure scan, you can see the exact location of the cargo plane carrying your iPhone, in real-time.





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    Tim Cook visits Palo Alto Apple Store for iPhone 6 launch as Angela Ahrendts welcomes



    Apple’s leadership is out in full force today for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch across the globe.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook has been spotted at the company’s local Apple Store in Palo Alto, California, to be a part of the crowd and watch the new iPhone debut. Cook reportedly joked with the crowd saying he got the new iPhone several months ago. As evident by Twitter, the Apple CEO has shared in the excitement by taking selfies with the crowd.

    On the other side of the world, Apple’s recently appointed SVP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts helped kick off the new iPhones launch in Sydney, Australia, where the iPhone went on sale at 8 am local time several hours ago.





    “Phenomenal start to a historic day and an honor to be with our incredible team and first customers in Sydney,” Ahrendts tweeted as the iPhone went on sale on the other side of the world.

    Apple debuted the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this month and began taking pre-orders for the new devices a week ago with record breaking numbers for the larger display phones.

    Orders began delivering to customers today as the iPhones 6 went on sale in the US, France, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan.







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    Hong Kong Apple Store met with protest over supply chain violations on iPhone 6 launc






    Apple has implemented improved reservation procedures and policies for employees dealing with the iPhone 6 launch today at retail stores, but the launch at the company’s Hong Kong store hasn’t gone quite as smooth as elsewhere. The store was hit by protesters from the Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) and also required police to help disperse customers that had waited in line without reservations.

    SACOM protested outside Apple’s Hong Kong stores with the banner pictured above reading, “iSlave, Harsher than Harsher, Still made in sweatshops.” To go along with the protest today, SACOM has also published a new report titled “The Lives of iSlaves” that reveals recent findings from an almost 1-year long investigation of three factories run by Apple’s manufacturing partner Pegatron. SACOM says its key findings include various infractions related to labor laws at the facilities:

    - No single day off for 2.5 months: Workers work up to 10 weeks without any rest day during peak season and they often work for 12-15 hours a day and sometimes up to 17-18 hours;
    - No protective equipment: Workers in hazardous positions are not provided with adequate and effective protective measures. There are cases of worker fainting in the production lines;
    - Illegal charges for health checks: Workers have to pay their own health checks during recruitment which should be paid by employer;
    - Difficult resignation: If workers would like to resign, they have to wait for a long time in order to get the approval which push them to leave without official documentation and losing at least 15 days of wages; and
    - High Proportion of Dispatch workers: who form the majority in the workforce which violates the regulation that dispatch workers should not exceed 10 percent of the total workforce. Pegatron avoids regular employment benefits such as social insurance and potential legal responsibility if there is any labour dispute by hiring large amount of dispatch workers.

    SACOM has accused Apple several times of various violations at its suppliers, while another recent report from non-profit organization Green America and industry watchdog China Labor Watch accused Apple of various violations of labor laws at one of its other suppliers in the country. Apple regularly performs its own audits of suppliers and also had third-party audits conducted by the Fair Labor Association.

    While SACOM protested outside the Apple stores and hung the banners pictured above, it doesn’t appear the group interfered with customers attempting to purchase the device from Apple. The Hong Kong store doesn’t allow any walk-in orders on launch day, which is thought to help combat devices being purchased and sold into China, but local reports still note many of the iPhone are being resold immediately outside the store at a premium: Many of the new models were resold immediately, right outside the store. Sellers waited around, while buyers – many from the mainland – flocked to them offering high prices. South China Morning Post also reports that police were called in to help deal with angry line sitters that were unaware they needed a reservation.





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    iPhone 6 teardown reveals larger 1810 mAh battery, inline with screen size increase



    With the iPhone 6 Plus teardown complete, iFixit has commenced work on disassembling the iPhone 6. Unsurprisingly, the internals are similar to that of the 6 Plus, but adjusted to fit in a smaller space. Whereas the 6 Plus can contain a humongous 2915 mAH battery, the iPhone 6 has a 1810 mAH rated battery. This is still an improvement over the ~1500 mAh component in the iPhone 5s, but is roughly inline with relative increases in screen size. Apple’s official battery life tests indicate that the iPhone 6 performs roughly as well (in some instances, better) than the iPhone 5s in terms of battery longevity.

    Elsewhere, images of the components is sort of de ja vu from all the component leaks leading up to the phone’s unveiling. The larger speaker assembly makes an appearance, first leaked in August. Like its larger brother, the NFC tag in the phone is a modified version of a standard component.




    It has also been confirmed that the NFC chip is indeed made by NXP, as reported. The company is also responsible for the new motion coprocessor, dubbed by Apple as the ‘M8′.

    Interestingly, the headphone jack and the Lightning cable are now one piece in the new iPhone series internals. For repairability, although it is easier to swap out, it will cost more — as you are effectively replacing two components rather than one.





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    iFixit begins live teardown of iPhone 6 Plus, revealing 2915 mAh battery



    In keeping with tradition, iFixit has started its live teardown of the latest iPhone hardware (an iPhone 6 Plus in this case), revealing all of the device’s internal components for the first time. So far we’ve already seen a 2915 mAh battery, which provides the increased battery life in the much larger of the two models.

    The company will likely teardown the smaller iPhone 6 once the Plus model has been fully disected. You can follow along as the company discovers what makes the new handsets tick over on iFixit.com. We’ll keep this post updated as they add new information.


    2915 mAh battery — almost double the capacity of the iPhone 5s
    Internal components have been reworked to fit inside the new body
    Apple A8 APL1011 system-on-a-chip processor
    The LTE modem is a Qualcomm MDM9625M
    A flash memory chip on the underside of the logic board is a SKhynix H2JTDG8UD1BMS
    The touchscreen controller is a Broadcom BCM5976
    An NXP 65V10 NFC chip with the Secure Element for Apple Pay





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    Chinese workers make $17 a day building the iPhone 6, but it’ll cost them $4,000 2buy



    There’s no doubt about it, the iPhone 6 launch is the biggest handset launch of the year. Apple had sold well over 4 million iPhone 6 units during preorder availability, but that didn’t stop thousands of buyers from lining up in front of Apple retail stores in the various markets, days ahead of the actual launch. But as many reports have shown, not all of them are doing it to buy an actual iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus for themselves.

    Some are simply selling their places in line, others do it for charity, and others do it because smugglers from China have hired them to do so. New reports from Reuters and PCWorld reveal that the Chinese iPhone imports business might still be a booming success this year, especially since Chinese regulators have yet to let Apple start official iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales in the region.

    According to unofficial iPhone retailers in China who have talked to PCWorld, the price of the iPhone 6 might go up to $4,000 per unit as long as supply in the country remains tight.

    Ironically, smugglers charge up to 10 times more for an iPhone 6 than what Apple pays China-based companies to make it when selling handsets in the country where Apple is actually mass-producing the highly coveted devices. Recent reports revealed Apple may be paying about $350 for each iPhone 6 unit that’s made in China, and that the company has booked all available air cargo to ship iPhone 6 units out of China to make sure it has enough units to go around during the U.S. launch.

    “Chinese people will buy anything,” one electronics retailer said, expecting initial iPhone 6 prices to start at $3,251. “If it’s just a few hundred units, then the price will be high. But if it’s several thousand units then the prices will fall,” the same person said.

    Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Chinese smugglers have already set up operations in Hong Kong and Japan, looking to buy as many iPhone units as possible and then resell them in China. For example, a Hong Kong-based 28-year old financial planner paid his friends to buy iPhones in Japan, looking to score as many as 35 units, though he only managed to acquire 25 units.

    Others buyers in Singapore have lined up to buy iPhone 6 units for a third-party who is paying up to $120 “per job.” “We are all buying two – one maybe for ourselves, the other to sell,” one 18-year old said.





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