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iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Release: What You Need To Know

Unless you’ve been living on Mars for the past few weeks, you’ll no doubt have been aware that Apple announced a slew of of shiny new gadgets at a massive event in San Francisco last night.

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Every time an Apple launch event comes around there’s an awful lot of hype and this one was no different. Thousands packed in to the 7,000-seat Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to hear Apple CEO Tim Cook and co give the lowdown.

 

So, after all the hype, here’s what we know. Apple is launching:

 

  • The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus
  • A bigger iPad Pro
  • An Apple TV with its own app store
  • An update to the Apple Watch

 
The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus

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The iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus will be available in gold, silver, grey and rose gold and will come in 16, 64 and 128GB versions.

 

Perhaps the biggest announcement for the new iPhones is 3D Touch – a pressure-sensitive screen which will recognise the strength of your touch and do different things accordingly. So, lightly press to look at a website, press harder to go into the content itself.

 

There’s a better camera, too. The 12-megapixel camera will be able to film 4K video, allow you to FaceTime in 5 megapixels and comes with Live Photos – a feature which allows you to “reveal the moments immediately before and after a shot was taken”, Apple said.

 

And the devices will be fitted with Apple’s A9 chip, a third-generation chip with 70% faster CPU, so better battery life.

 

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: release date and pricing

Both models will be released on September 25th in the UK, with pre-orders starting Saturday 12th.

 

Pricing:

  • iPhone 6s 16GB – £539
  • iPhone 6s 64GB – £619
  • iPhone 6s 128GB – £699

 
For the iPhone 6s Plus, add £80 on top for each version.

The iPad Pro, Apple TV and Apple Watch upgrade

 

The new iPad Pro will come with a bigger 12.9-inch display with 5.6 million megapixels – the most ever in an Apple device. The firm also announced Apple Pencil for the Pro – a stylus-type device through which users can draw and sketch.

 

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The revamped Apple TV will come with voice search and an App Store  – meaning you can “choose what to watch and when you want to watch it”.

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As for the Apple Watch, the company announced that WatchOS 2 will be released on September 16, as well as an assortment of new cases and strap-bands.

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What they say

 

“The only thing that has changed with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is everything — 3D Touch lets users interact with iPhone in entirely new and fun ways, and the innovative Live Photos brings your pictures to life.” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing

 

“It’s easy to scoff at Apple making a crowd cheer and whoop at a “pencil”, but it’s a big step forward for the most popular tablet on the market.” Dave Lee, BBC North America technology reporter

 

“I would say this was the most action-packed Apple event since the iPhone introduction in 2007, with three hardware upgrades — iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. Lots of significant updates in one well-paced two-hour event.” Brian X. Chen, New York Times

 

What do you think about the new iPhone? Let us know!

 

If you want to sell your old iPhone for a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, do it today. The prices of old phones tend to drop when new models are released, so don’t delay!

Where to watch the iPhone 6s / iPhone 7 launch event

Here we go, once again. Thousands of people are set cram in to the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco for their first peek of Apple’s new iPhone device. It could be the iPhone 6s or a brand-new iPhone 7, we’re not sure yet – but whatever it is, we’re excited.

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Read our blog on what to expect at the launch and, if you’re interested in tuning in in real-time then here’s a quick round-up of where to watch it…

 

From your device

You’ll be able to watch the event by going to Apple’s Events website here.

 

As long as you’ve got one of the following devices, you’ll be able to tune in from:

 

  • An iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later
  • A Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later
  • A PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
  • 2nd or 3rd generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later

 

Elsewhere online

3 of the best liveblogs: The experts at cnet are always good value – they’ll be blogging live from the event hereKeep an eye on the Guardian’s tech section – the folks there make no secret of their love of Apple, and the Independent will be running live updates from what the paper’s calling the “biggest launch” in Apple’s history.

 

Remember, the event takes place tomorrow (Wednesday 9th).

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If you’re looking to sell your iPhone and buy a new iPhone 6 s or iPhone 7, remember to check our blog for more updates after the launch.

Looking to sell your iPhone? What we know about the new iPhone 6s / iPhone 7

Tomorrow Apple head honcho Tim Cook will, once again, stand on a stage, whip a cell phone out of his pocket, press a few buttons and smile – only for the assembled media, Apple geeks, internet and just about everyone else to go absolutely crazy. Yup – it’s the latest Apple iPhone launch, and it’s set to be the biggest yet.

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If you’re looking to sell your iPhone for a brand-spanking new, next-generation iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 (we’re not sure what it’s going to be called yet), then here’s the lowdown on what to expect from the much-anticipated launch event…

 

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So what do we know about Apple’s new products?

At the moment, reports suggest the new iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 will be launched on the morning of Wednesday 9th at an event in San Francisco. But that’s not all. Alongside a new iPhone, we can also expect:

 

  • new iPads
  • new Apple Watches
  • a new Apple TV

 

Major changes?

Perhaps. The San Francisco event takes place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. This place can hold 7,000 people, so it’s fair to say we could be in for a few surprises. But here’s a round-up of the rumour mill:

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iPhone 7 or no?

Many expect the new iPhone to have an ‘S’ moniker in keeping with Apple’s smartphone history. But don’t be surprised if we see it being called the iPhone 7. If it’s significantly different from previous models, then it could well be.

 

Force Touch

One of the most interesting features is the development of Force Touch, which is already on the iWatch. Like a sort-of 3D touchscreen, Force Touch will mean you can tap, lightly press or do a hard press on the iPhone and get different results. For example: a deep press on a book could open it in an e-reader app.

 

Sharper Shooting

It has been suggested that the new iPhone’s camera could come with 4K video capture and 12 megapixels, as opposed to 8 in previous devices.

 

Internal upgrades

As with most Apple launches, expect to see some improvements to Apple’s internal tech, like a faster processor to allow for smoother running speeds.

 

US release date?

We can expect to see the new iPhone device on the shelves pretty sharpish. Rumors suggest the new iPhone will go on sale from around September 18th to September 25th.

 

Excited about the new iPhone? We’ll be watching with eyes peeled tomorrow evening – stay tuned for all the confirmed details when we get them!

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What To Do With An Unwanted Cell Phone

How many cell phones have you got hanging about the house? Maybe you’ve got one you don’t use any more or are looking to buy a new one – here’s a guide to your recycling and re-using options for your smartphone.

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Got an old Nokia languishing in the drawer? As mobile phone technology becomes more and more prevalent, lots of us have extra cell phones hanging about the house. You should see the state of SellCell HQ – we’ve got loads!

 

Now, instead of letting your old mobile pointlessly gather dust in a never-looked-at drawer, put it to good use by recycling it,  donating it or breathing new life into it. Here’s some things you can do with an unwanted cell phone.

 

Recycle it

In 2013, Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash and recycled about 87 million tons of this material, according to government estimates. That sounds a lot, but there’s still more to be done to bring us up to speed with some of the better performers.

 

So why not start by recycling your mobile phone? At SellCell we compare tonnes of cell phone recycling companies across the US. Simply enter your phone in the search box, find a buyer and bingo – sell your cell. SellCell compares more phone buyers than anyone else – so you’re guaranteed to get the most for your mobile.

 

Currently you can get up to $495 for an Apple iPhone 6 Plus!

 

Donate it

Lots of organisations and charities will gladly take an unwanted mobile phone off your hands. They either recycle them to raise money for vital causes or put them to good use around the world – giving people a vital communication tool many of us take for granted.

 

Let’s take American Cell Phone Drive as an example. You can donate a cell phone at a donation collection box near you – just enter your zipcode.

 

Or you could donate it via Freecycle – this is a listings network that allows people to give away unwanted items to someone else for free. It’s all about keeping items out of landfill – from sofas to deckchairs to cell phones to televisions. Just find your local Freecycle group by entering your town or city into the search box on the homepage.

 

 

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If you simply can’t bear to part with your favourite old cell phone then here’s some alternative uses for it…

 

Use it as an alarm clock

In need of an alarm clock? Make sure you get up for work on time by turning an old mobile phone into a wake-up device. This probably won’t work for Android phones (if you turn them off, the alarm function tends not to work) – but a good idea for an older Nokia or BlackBerry.

 

It’s your latest kitchen gadget

If you have an unwanted smartphone, consider turning it into a kitchen whizz by loading it up with helpful cooking apps. As well as the timer function (perfect for frying tonight’s fish to perfection), you could download MealBoard – an interactive menu planner through which you can create shopping lists and plan create weekly menus. Perfect if you’re always in a rush.

 

And an emergency flashlight too…

Having an emergency torch around the house is a great idea – you never know when the power’s going to cut out. Keep an old mobile phone with a decent torch function in your bedside table or other handy location – you’ll be thankful for it if you need to change a lightbulb in the middle of the night!

 

It can double as an in-car music system

Cram an old phone with as many MP3s as you can shake a stick at, connect it to your car’s stereo and you’ve got your very own in-car music system.

 

Do you have any tips for alternative uses for a cell phone? Let us know!

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So what do we use our mobile phones for?

  1. Sending text messages
  2. Reading text messages
  3. Reading emails
  4. Surfing the internet
  5. Setting an alarm clock
  6. Making calls
  7. Sending emails
  8. Checking the time
  9. Using the calculator
  10. Checking Facebook

According to a survey of 2,000 people by Hailo

Cell phones of the stars

 

Just like us, famous folk are fond of their cell phones – and just like the celebs themselves, our smartphonesare now part and parcel of our everyday lives. We use them to call, text, do work, take selfies and much more. Here we pick some of our favourite celebrities and the phones they use.

 

Stephen Fry

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Unsurprisingly, Apple advocate, gadget geek and polymath Fry is the owner of several mobile phones. Although his fondness for all things Apple is, of course, well documented, the Brit once blogged that he owned the following:

  • A Samsung Galaxy III
  • A BlackBerry Z10
  • An iPhone 5
  • An HTC Windows 8x
  • An LG Nexus 4

Someone’s got a busy life…however, despite the prevalence of phones, the BBC TV presenter did proclaim the iPhone 6 the “best and most beautiful mobile telecom technology ever yet produced”, so maybe that takes pride of place in his gadget cabinet. High praise indeed.

 

Barack Obama

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Nearly everyone else hates them, but not the president. He’s a fully paid-up member of the BlackBerry club. On becoming president in 2009, Obama’s security team warned him off his beloved BB, but he resisted, saying: “I’m still clinging to my BlackBerry…they’re going to pry it out of my hands.”

Here’s some other world leaders and their cell-phone-of-choice:

  • Angela Merkel – the German chancellor is thought to use a Nokia 6260 Slide and a BlackBerry Z10
  • French president François Hollande is a fan of the iPhone 5
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reportedly uses a HTC Butterfly

 

Rihanna

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Once upon a time, payphones were so popular you’d see people forming (orderly) queues just to use them. Today, though, they look like relics of an ancient, pre-mobile-phone age. At least, that was until Barbadian singer Rihanna opted to use a payphone late last year (from the White House, admittedly).

Then RhiRhi really switched things up by using an old-school flip phone, those throwbacks to the glory days of the ‘90s, with other celebs including Vogue boss Anna Wintour and actress Kate Beckinsale also using them.

 

Lindsay Lohan

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Earlier this year the actress was spotted in London using what looks to be an iPhone. In the past she’s been known to use a BlackBerry too. Like many of us, Lohan is fond of her tech and it’s rumoured she became addicted to mobile phone and internet use, seeking treatment for this during a stint in rehab, where her use was capped at 2 hours a day.

 

Celebrities who don’t have a cell phone…

Not everyone likes being contactable 24/7. For us mere mortals an influx of calls, texts and email pings can be stressful; in parazzi-flush celebrity-land, it’s likely much worse. The following celebrities are thought to happily shun the modern world:

  • Vince Vaughn – the actor is thought to employ the ‘buddy system’ – borrowing a pal’s cell when he needs it
  • Christopher Walken – in an interview with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show once, the actor said he doesn’t own a mobile or a computer. When he’s on set, he’s given a mobile to use

How To Back-Up Your Cell Phone To A Cloud Service

If you lose your cell and it’s not backed up, you could lose lots of precious things, from treasured photos to vital work documents. Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of cloud-based storage systems which ensure your digital possessions are secure should you misplace your smartphone.

 

However, many of us still avoid backing up – because it sounds complicated, or time-consuming, or boring. So here’s a handy step-by-step.

 

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Which cloud service should I use?

 

There are lots of competing cloud services in the digital sky, and most of the big players have their own. Some of the main ones are:

 

 

Most offer free storage, but only up to a certain point. Once you reach a data ceiling (typically 10GB or 15GB), you’ll have to pay if you want more space.

 

Top tip: remember that a cloud system might already be linked to your phone. This will offer the easiest and most direct way to protect and preserve your data.

 

OK – once you’ve settled on a cloud service, it’s time to back-up. Let’s look at how to do it for Android, Apple and Microsoft phones.

 

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For Android

 

Uploading your information to Google Cloud couldn’t be simpler on an Android device.

 

  • Head to ‘Settings’ and select ‘back-up & Reset’
  • Log-in to your Google account
  • If it’s not already ticked, select ‘Automatic Restore’ – this will remember your data and preferences when reinstating any app

 

For iPhone and iPad

 

Apple’s iCloud is also one of the more fiddly clouds to deal with.

 

  • Start at ‘Settings’ – selecting ‘iCloud’, then ‘Storage and back-up’
  • On this screen, turn on the switch for ‘iCloud back-up’
  • Next, go back one screen. Here, there are toggle options to turn on or off the data you want backed up from your Apple apps.
  • To save data from any other apps, return to the ‘Storage and back-up’ page and select ‘Manage Storage’. Your device will be listed at the top of the screen.
  • Next, select ‘Show All Apps’. This will list all of your treasured apps, so you can choose the data you wish to save.

 

Top tip: When you’re deselecting an app, it may offer you the opportunity to ‘Turn Off and Delete’. That may sound dramatic, but it’s fine to proceed – this is only referring to deleting the pre-existing back-up, and the app and its existing data will not be harmed.

 

  • Once you’ve sorted that – plug your device in, connect to the WiFi and leave your phone locked while you go and make a much deserved cup of coffee.

 

For Windows Phone

 

Really simple.

 

  • Navigate to Settings from your App List.
  • Select ‘Back-up’. To back-up manually, select ‘Apps + Settings’, then turn on ‘Settings back-up’ and choose ‘Back-up now’.

 

Top tip: If you want to protect your app data as well as your phone data – crucial particularly for work documents and those priceless email threads – make sure to turn on ‘App back-up’ once you’ve selected ‘Settings back-up’. That’ll do it.

 

A matter of minutes, and that’s all your data safe in the cloud, ready for when you need it and updating automatically. Who said it had to be difficult?

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