Following Apple's lead, Samsung plans Phone Leasing Program

The South Korean electronics giant is planning to launch a program for leasing its Galaxy phones in the U.S. market, similar to the one Apple announced just weeks ago, according to an industry executive with knowledge of Samsung’s plans. Samsung may be launching this leasing program in the next several months, although that timeline may accelerate, the executive said.

“It’s a no brainer why they wouldn’t do this,” the source said.

iPhone 7 rumoured to boast six-core chip

Reports circulating on Chinese social network Weibo suggest that the handset will be powered by a processor with six cores, according to AppleInsider.

This would be quite a jump for Apple, considering the current-generation A9 chipset powering the iPhone 6S packs only two cores.

Samsung, TSMC and Intel are among the component makers said to be jostling for the rights to produce the A10 processor for Apple.

Apple warns Pope could delay iPhone 6S

Apple has warned that Pope Francis's impending visit to New York could stop the city's residents receiving their iPhone 6S pre-orders in time for this Friday's launch.

With traffic restrictions being placed on the bustling city during the pontiff's stay, it is expected that couriers will be unable to meet all delivery needs on the day.

Apple Watch help save teen's life

Having suffered chest and back pain following a football training session, Massachusetts resident Paul Houle used his Apple Watch to keep tabs on his heart rate.

With the wearable revealing his vital signs remained at an alarmingly high 145bpm for two hours after practice, Houle went to hospital where he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis - a condition triggered by exercise that can cause muscles to deteriorate and seep proteins.

New Apple TV supports Bluetooth headphones

9to5 Mac has put the set-top box through its paces and discovered several features that Apple neglected to mention when it announced the device on September 9.

Along with support for external audio hardware, the next-generation Apple TV includes a 'night mode' that cranks down the volume of everything but speech.

No more waking the household when you're watching a Michael Bay movie late at night and the explosions start kicking off.

The set-top box will also download and set new screensavers automatically to keep your television screen looking fresh.

Overnight phone charging does not destroy the battery

Answering a question on Quora, tech writer Jesse Hollington refuted recent reports that overnight charging does lasting damage.

"You simply can't overcharge an iPhone, or any other modern electronic device, for that matter," wrote Hollington. "When your iPhone is plugged in and reaches 100%, it switches to external power and simply runs from that."

The explanation is that any device that uses a Lithium Ion or Lithium Polymer battery must incorporate a charging circuit that cuts off charging power when it hits 100%.

iOS 9 gets hit by download errors

Some iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users and developers are reporting difficulty downloading Apple's latest operating system update, with 'Software Update Failed' error messages prevalent.

Fan site 9to5Mac reports the error for over-the-air users could be related to server load trouble.

Earlier today, Apple delayed the release of its iPhone and iPad-friendly iOS 9 patch watchOS at the very last minute.

Four ways to reuse, resell and recycle Apple phones

Instead of sentencing it to a lonely existence in a desk drawer, there are plenty of ways to reuse, recycle or resell older phones. Here are a few:


Several charities accept old phones for donation, though it's worth remembering that these groups probably won't physically give your old phones to people in need. Rather, they work with phone recyclers and sell your donated phones to them.

iPhone 6S pre-orders now available ahead of September 25 release

With Apple flinging open its virtual doors at 8:01am BST today (September 12), extra eager iPhone fans can now secure the company's latest mobile wares ahead of in-store availability on September 25.

It's not alone, either. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6S has hit pre-order listings alongside its big brother, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6S Plus.

The handsets were unveiled earlier this week and added a new pressure sensitive 3D Touch display and 12-megapixel camera into a body markedly similar to last year's iPhone 6.


iPhone 6S vs Samsung Galaxy S6, which is best

The cream of the iOS and Android crops, these two flagship phones have edged the battle for smartphone supremacy closer than ever before. Both will set you back considerable sums of money and neither will disappoint on the features front, but which is the best?

The iPhone 6S, like its predecessor, oozes style and sophistication despite being slightly plumper than its predecessor in a bid to avoid more Bendgate woes. At a streamlined 7.1mm thick, the elegant brushed metal body has added 0.2mm to its flowing, curvaceous waistline.