Who wants to buy an Amazon phone? Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) started taking orders for its Fire Phone last week, but inside AT&T (NYSE:T) stores the coming iPhone 6 is complicating the decision-making for potential buyers.
An Amazon Fire phone is displayed at an AT&T retail store on Wall Street in New York. Thomas Halleck / International Business Times
Amazon launched the Fire Phone with some nice perks, including a year of Amazon Prime (free shipping), unlimited cloud storage for photos and Firefly, an app that can recognize products in photos and find them on Amazon.com. It also launched a media blitz including TV ads on networks like FX and Nickelodeon. Just as important: Amazon has thousands of AT&T (NYSE:T) employees talking up the phone at more than 2,200 stores across the country.
As promised, Apple is releasing a public beta of its latest Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite. Apple told me during a meeting earlier this week that the public beta would be released tomorrow, July 24.
The public beta version of OS X Yosemite is the same version released to developers on Monday, so to start off, consumers and developers will be running the same software. However, the developer version of Yosemite will be updated more often over the next few months than the public beta version. This is so developers can continue to test their software with the latest operating system available. Consumers really don’t need updates that frequently.
If you plan on participating in the public beta of OS X Yosemite, you should use a secondary Mac. I’ve been using Yosemite since the first developer release and it is very stable, but it is still in development, which means things can go wrong. Putting beta operating system software on your production machine is never a good idea. You should also make a full backup of your machine.
The alleged screen cover leak for Apple Inc.’s highly rumored iPhone 6 may actually be made out of sapphire.
According to a report in the Guardian on Friday, a professor from London’s Imperial believes that the alleged iPhone 6 screens covers are legitimate. In one of the many iPhone 6 screen cover videos circulating the web, the 4.7-inch screen subjected to a multitude of scratch and bend tests, passing with flying colors.
“What I think they’ve done is make a screen out of sapphire, which is incredibly scratch resistant, incredibly hard and has a high elastic modulus, meaning it’s very stiff,” Professor Neal Alford told the Guardian.