In the news…
- Apple has sold more than 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Pluses during their first weekend of availability in 12 markets, which the manufacturer has claimed is a new record. Yet although sales surpassed analysts’ expectations of 12 million to 13 million units, shares of Apple fell more than 1%, showing that investors are sceptical that Apple can improve on the demand for the previous iPhone. Reuters story.
- After a serious of tough tests including heat and water, the new Apple devices have been put through their paces against Samsung’s new Note 5. It was found that the iPhone 6s Plus fared better than its predecessor thanks to its 7000 series aluminium, iPhone 6s performed on par with the iPhone 6, while the Note5 outdid the rest on the heat test. However none of the phones survived the simple face-down drop test. SquareTrade release.
- Samsung Pay is being heralded as the new leader for mobile payment, kicking its rivals Apple Pay and Android Pay (are they copying each other’s names?) in the NFC chip. While all those systems use NFC, only Samsung has utilised magnetic secure transmission (MST), which makes a normal card reader think it’s swiping a card. Wall Street Journal opinion.