The new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 are overshadowed by continued demand for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
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With two new iPad tablets going on sale this week, hundreds of customers braved the rain and wind Thursday morning, patiently lining up outside Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan.
Here’s the thing: those folks were buying iPhones.
The new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 became available in some Apple stores Wednesday. But, for the first time since its tablet line launched in 2010, Apple opted to forgo a specific launch date, vaguely referencing its launch this week before it quietly made its debut in select cities.
The new camera in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is one of the best smartphone cameras we’ve seen. Its superfast autofocus and use of local tone mapping to rein in overexposure put the camera in a class of its own.
But no gadget is perfect, and the iPhone 6 camera needs a little handholding for best results. In certain situations, the iPhone 6 camera can suffer from three (fixable) glitches: poor white balance, low contrast and discolored skin tones. We’ve seen these results in photos from two iPhone 6 and three iPhone 6 Plus models we tested. We shared the photos with Apple to confirm that the cameras were not defective and that we didn’t make any mistakes when shooting with them.
My husband just purchased an iPhone 6 Plus in anticipation of a long trip next month, and I’m pondering whether to get that version, or the slightly smaller iPhone 6. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been writing down questions, and talking with my friendly local geniuses and not-quite-geniuses-but-smarter-about-devices-than-I-am, and they’re helping me understand the best features of this much-lauded Apple device.
Especially if you’re a frequent traveler, consider these six factors, emphasized by Apple developers as the main improvements in this newest, long-awaited upgrade: