iPhone 6S/Plus will still start at 16GB, even if they now can record 4K video

Apple pricing strategy was disappointing last year: starting with a 16GB model allows them to 1) get higher profit margins and also 2) tempt/force people to avoid the 16GB and get the more expensive 64GB model.

The story is about to repeat itself next week: according to trusted sources, the new iPhones will also start with 16GB configuration, even with a camera that will reportedly be able to record 4K video.

Good luck storing that on your 16GB iPhone 6S, pal. Fortunately, we all have 5GB of free storage on iCloud. You can pay if you want more (20GB  for $0.99/month), so, basically, problem solved.

For Apple. Not for you.

Source: Apple Event: New Apple Watch bands, 16GB iPhones confirmed with 7000 series aluminum | 9to5Mac

The smartphone price wars are not victimless

Vlad Savov on The Verge writes:

Say that you do buy the rock-bottom-priced, Shenzhen-produced Android phone with the lofty specs from a random brand. It has a replaceable battery, but where will you get one when you decide you want a spare? It runs the latest Android today, but who will ensure it does so tomorrow? And who will bear responsibility for any overheating issues or display flaws?

These aren’t problems only related to local Chinese makers. Android updates are a big problem for big brands too, but Savov makes a good point. We should pay for certain features.

There has to be an intermediate point between the absurd margins of Apple iPhones and the equally absurd war we’re seeing on the entry level. Are we seeing the beginning of a disposable smartphone market? Uhm.

Source: The smartphone price wars are not victimless

Force Touch on iPhone 6S revealed: expect shortcuts, faster actions across iOS | 9to5Mac

Apple, who never implemented the right clic mecanism on their desktop computers, now introduces it in their smartphones. Force Touch will allow to access to several options more quickly.

Instead of opening up a large window of extra controls that did not fit on the screen, as is done on the Apple Watch, Force Touch on the iPhone is designed to skip existing lists of options or button presses

It seems to be a great idea: considering the screen as a big button can really give users new chances to improve their experience with the OS. I see this coming to competitors as well.

Source: Force Touch on iPhone 6S revealed: expect shortcuts, faster actions across iOS | 9to5Mac