Mario Creator Shigeru Miyamoto Confirms Super Mario Bros. 3 Was a Play

With Super Mario Maker hitting the Wii U this week, Nintendo released a video with series creator, Shigeru Miyamoto. And instead of it being your usual attempt at talking up the latest Mario game, it played right into one of Nintendo’s biggest strengths – its storied legacy over the years.

After all a company that’s been around for over 125 years has a few interesting myths right?

(Also see: Top 5 Mario Games Everyone Should Play)

While the video answered a host of fan theories such as who Mario was named after (Nintendo of America’s landlord, Mario Segale), it also verified one of the more popular assumptions floating around. Miyamoto confirmed that Super Mario Bros. 3 was indeed styled as a play or theatre production.


For the longest time fans have wondered if the revered classic was based on a dramatic performance what with curtains, bolted platforms, and exiting stage right at the end of a level. Other questions included whether Minamoto would allow Dr. Mario to perform on him (to which the answer was a vehement no) and if he is Bower Jr.’s mother (a surprising and creepy yes).

(Also see: Top 5 Nintendo Wii U Games)

Coupled with other Nintendo news this week that revealed a new Pikmin game in the works and almost ready, and that the Nintendo NX could see Super Mario Galaxy 3, the Nintendo faithful have a lot to look forward to. This includes a stellar Wii U lineup this year that has the likes of Xenoblade Chronicles X, Star Fox Zero, Yoshi’s Wooly World, and of course, Super Mario Maker.

New Nexus 5 2015 UK release date, price & specification rumours

One of two new Nexus phones to be revealed within weeks, the Nexus 5 (or Nexus 5X) is an LG-made smartphone running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Here we round up the rumours surrounding the new Nexus 5 UK release date, price and specification, which could be here by the end of September! Also see: New Nexus 6 2015.

In October 2014 Google announced its Nexus 6 phone, which followed the £299 Nexus 5 in October 2013 and £239 Nexus 4 in 2012. It was Google’s least exciting Nexus phone yet, and a large part of that was the fact that for many customers the 5.96in Quad HD display was too big and the £499 price too high. Also see: Nexus 6 review.

So what is Google to do next? Smartphone or phablet? High-end specifications or affordable to the masses? With Huawei and LG having each confirmed they are on board, and both known for their ability to offer killer phones at mid-range prices, it could be about to find the perfect compromise. Whether you want a smartphone or a phablet you shouldn’t have to trade value for specification.

And so, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that Google has two new phones lined up for 2015. On this page you can read rumours surrounding an LG Nexus 5 (also known as the Nexus 5X); see New Nexus 6 UK release date, price and specification rumours for details on the forthcoming Huawei Nexus 6.

New Nexus 5 UK release date and price rumours: When is the new Nexus 5 coming out?

During the Google I/O 2015 keynote we got our first glimpse of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the operating system that will run on the new Nexus phones. At the keynote Google failed to mention any new Nexus handsets or tablets, but it’s already possible to install Android 6.0on the existing Nexus 5.

Android M includes a number of important and interesting changes to the operating system, including a mobile payments system, USB Type-C support and what Google calls ‘more intuitive’ app permissions. Android M will launch globally in the Autumn, and the developer release suggests that the Nexus 5 will get it straight out of the box.

Following tradition, we expect to see the new Nexus 5 launch as the device on which Google showcases the final version of its new Android operating system. This means we’ll, like last year, see it around the middle of October, with the phone going on sale in November. Indeed @evleaks says the two new Nexus phones will go on sale in Q4 of this year.

Update 8 September: Talk Android reports that Google will unveil the new Nexus phones on 29 September, and they will be available to pre-order just two weeks later on 13 October!

In terms of pricing, until we know the exact specification, we can merely speculate. The Nexus line is known for its value, and we really can’t see Google taking prices any higher than its £499 Nexus 6. Much more likely, given the findings of its Q1 2015 earnings call, is that it will return to its previous tack: high-end devices with mid-range prices. And, indeed, LG is well-known for producing devices with flagship specs and mid-range prices. We’d love to see another £299 LG Nexus 5, but we might find ourselves less disheartened if we hedge our bets and compromise between the Nexus 5 and 6, estimating somewhere around £399.

New Nexus 5 specification and feature rumours: What to expect from the new Nexus 5

It seems the LG Nexus will be the smaller and less powerful device of the two, with a 5.2in full-HD P-OLED screen that’s only a little larger than that of the existing Nexus 5. The new Nexus 5 will also reportedly use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 processor, and feature up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 64GB of storage and a 3180mAh battery. (Update: AndroidPit says the Nexus 5X will run the Snapdragon 808 with 3GB of RAM and a 2700mAh battery.)

Front-facing speakers, a rear fingerprint scanner, 13- and 4Mp cameras and USB Type-C with QuickCharge 2.0 are also speculated. The LG Nexus will allegedly offer a metal design rather than plastic (although we have heard it will get an aluminium frame with chamfered edges and a plastic rear cover), and measure 146.9×72.9×8/9.8mm.

GizmoChina also reports (but cites no sources) that the Nexus 5 will have a MediaTek connectivity chipset, front-facing speakers, and a rear power button with integrated fingerprint scanner.

New Nexus 5 leaked images

During its Google I/O keynote back in June Google announced that Android 6.0 Marshmallow would get USB Type-C support built-in, and we were shown a mystery device. This could have been our very first look at the new Nexus 5.

New Nexus 5 with USB Type-C?

The below concept image is from designer Miqdad Halim showing what an LG Nexus device might look like.

New Nexus 2015 phone UK release date, price, specification and feature rumours: When is the new Nexus 5 coming out? Who will make the new Nexus 5 2015?

The first leaked photo of the LG Nexus 5 comes from the Google+ page of the Google Nexus Community Indonesia. It reveals a white device with a circular fingerprint scanner, protruding camera and the Nexus logo at the rear.

New Nexus 5 2015 photo

Another leaked image comes from @Onleaks, who says the LG Nexus will have a 5.2in screen with a metal body, USB Type-C, front facing speakers and a fingerprint scanner on the back. It will measure 146.9×72.9×8/9.8mm.

New Google LG Nexus 5 2015

@OnLeaks has since leaked a new image of the Nexus 5 in a Ringke case.

New Nexus 5 case

The best leaked images of the Nexus 5 so far come from AndroidPit, however.

Nexus 5x

iPhone 7 UK release date, price, specification & new feature rumours

Apple’s new iPhone is the iPhone 6s. The next iPhone 7 will come in September 2016, and here’s all we know about it so far. Apple iPhone 7 UK release date, UK price and specification rumours.

If you’ve come to this article looking for details on the new iPhone for 2015, you can learn more in our complete guide to the iPhone 6s. Also see iPhone 6s Plus complete guide.

iPhone 7 UK release date rumours: When is the iPhone 7 coming out?

With the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus unveiled on 9 September 2015, and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on the 9 September 2014, one might think the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will come on 9 September 2016. Except that will be a Friday, and it’s much more Apple-like to unveil new products on a Tuesday. Our money is on either Tuesday 6 September 2016, or Tuesday 13 September 2016 – probably the latter.

iPhone 7 UK price: How much will the iPhone 7 cost?

For its past two iPhone releases Apple has kept the pricing the same. That means we could well see the iPhone 7 costing £539 for a 16GB version, £619 for 64GB, and £699 for the 128GB iPhone 7. We’ll update this article as more rumours come to light.

iPhone 7 rumours: Design & specifications

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus looked largely similar to the 6 and 6 Plus, which is usually the case with Apple’s ‘S’ models. This may mean, however, we see something completely new for the iPhone 7, although it’s very likely that it too will come in Silver, Gold, Space Grey and Rose Gold. We’ll look at some of the rumoured design changes below.

With the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Apple finally budged on some of the specifications it has refused to change for years, such as the 12Mp iSight camera, up from 8Mp in the 6 and 6 Plus. It’s likely that Apple will stick with that 12Mp camera for some time to come, although one thing it still refuses to improve is the screen resolution. With rival smartphones now offering Quad- and Ultra-HD screens, we hope that Apple might bump up its pixel count in the iPhone 7 – perhaps to the 400ppi level of the Plus models.

Expect the usual performance upgrades, with the new Apple A10 processor and embedded M10 motion co-processor. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were the first iPhones to finally get 2GB of RAM, and expect this to stay the same in the iPhone 7.

The iPhone 7 will ship with iOS 10 installed. Expect Apple to unveil iOS 10 (or iOS X?) at WWDC in June 2016.

iPhone 7 with waterproof protection?

It’s possible the new iPhone 7 could be waterproof. In March 2015 a new patent revealed that Apple is investigating ways to make future iPhones waterproof without needing to compromise on the design, a change that never made it into the 6s and 6s Plus. Instead of adding armour to the outside of the iPhone to protect it from water, the method would coat electronic components found inside the iPhone in a protective waterproof material that would prevent them from getting damaged should water find its way in. Clever.

iPhone 7 to get an e-SIM?

Another touted feature for the latest iPhone that didn’t see daylight and may be reserved for the iPhone 7 is that it will have an e-SIM. Recent reports suggest that it could be the end of days for the traditional SIM card, with a possible introduction of a simpler option. An e-SIM is an electronic SIM card which would replace the physical SIMs used today and instead will opt for a virtual embedded equivalent. Rumours suggest that both Apple and Samsung are in talk with the GSMA (organisation that represents the interest of mobile operators) to use a standardised e-SIM in future handsets.

What are the benefits of having an e-SIM? First things first, it’ll make switching carriers easy and should allow for more flexible roaming. The idea is that with a standardised e-SIM, you’ll be able to make a call and switch operators without having to insert a specific SIM card. This idea translates to roaming too, as it’ll be much easier to switch to a local network if you’re looking to spend a long period of time in a particular country.

You can also wave goodbye to SIM adaptors! If you’ve ever had to go from a nano-SIM device to a micro-SIM device, you’ll know exactly what we mean.

iPhone 7 with sidewall display: Apple’s answer to the Galaxy Note Edge, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+?

There are some rumours to suggest that the iPhone 7 could have some new design features, though we’d take these rumours with a pinch of salt.

The speculation about a new design stems from an Apple patent that was published in 2015. It describes what Apple calls “sidewall displays,” similar to the display found on the Galaxy Note Edge, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+.

Concept by Michael Shanks

The patent hints at a future iPhone with a display that extends onto the sides of the device, providing interactive or touch sensitive portions that give access to slide-to-unlock functionality, music player controls, messaging readout, called ID, system controls and more.

Perhaps Apple will decide to introduce the sidewall display to the iPhone 7, offering even more screen estate.

iPhone 7 with a Touch ID display?

Another rumour that was sparked by an Apple patent is that the iPhone 7’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which is usually situated beneath the Home button, could be built-in to the entire display, eliminating the need for a Home button and making room for a larger display without enlarging the overall size of the smartphone.

These rumours seemed pretty far fetched to begin with, but it might just happen. Sonovation recently announced that its found a way to insert ultrasonic biometric sensors underneath a Gorilla Glass display, with it still being able to read a users fingerprints.

The newly developed tech is “well suited for through-the-glass fingerprinting and specifically architected to deliver advanced security and ease-of-integration into mobile and IoT devices” Sonovation’s CTO Rainer Schmitt said.

The company claims that it can even do one better than the existing Touch ID (and most other fingerprint scanners on the market) by being able to scan fingerprints on a finger that’s wet, dirty or oily. Though it’s not clear which devices will be the first to feature this new technology, but we assume it’d either be the iPhone or a flagship Android smartphone.

iPhone 7 rumours: Reversible USB charger

Another rumour circulating the web is that the iPhone 7 will come with a new iPhone charger, with a Lightning connector on one end and a new reversible USB connector on the other end.

In August 2014, a video of a reversible USB charger emerged on YouTube, which you can watch below.

TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio sport watch


£199 inc VAT


The TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio is a GPS sports watch that measures your activity as you train. Here is our TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio review. Also see: Best smartwatches 2015.


The TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio is a watch with a built-in heart-rate monitor. This sits neatly in the base of the watch in order to accurately measure your heart rate from your wrist, meaning you don’t need one of those weird chest-strap things. A built-in GPS receiver provides real-time speed and distance information, so you can track distance, time, pace, speed and calories burnt as you run, cycle, walk or even swim. Then you can store activities on your watch, or share them via TomTom’s own desktop software.


The RRP of the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio is £199.99. But this is one of those happy occasions in which the RRP is merely a guide. A quick look online shows that the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio is available from John Lewis for just £149.99.

Hop over to Amazon and you will pay only £179.99 too.

This puts the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio in the upper echelons of fitness wearables. Creeping toward smartwatch pricing, without being quite there. Which is important, because this is a fitness gadget, and not a smartphone extension. The Microsoft Band retails for around £145, for instance, and offers some smartwatch features such as email notifications. But it isn’t waterproof, and can’t be used for swimming as can the TomTom.

You will pay the same of more for the Fitbit Surge, which is the equivalent FitBit fitness device. So the TomTom is well priced, but only for fitness enthusiasts. See all smartwatch reviews.


Setting up an using the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio is not a seemless and slick experience. Far from it. You are warned on the box, and in the instructions, to always connect your TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio to a computer before you start exercising, using the desk dock provided. The desk dock is a slightly clunky plastic nugget to attach, which then connects to your PC via USB. You then visit the TomTom Get Started web page at and download the MySports Connect desktop software, and it in turn updates your watch.

This is important, because if – like me – you decide to find out what happens when you don’t update the watch, you will find yourself pounding the streets running 6.45s and being told by your stupid useless watch that you are crawling along at nine minutes a mile. Pah.

A little irritating that you have to go through this rigmarole. I mean, it isn’t 2003 and this isn’t an iPod. But it wouldn’t be a reason not to buy the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio.

In line with the slightly old-school nature of requiring a physical connection to desktop software in order to upload and download to the web, it is from the desktop software that you can update stats for your activities. You can also, however, install the MySports mobile app and pair your phone direct with your watch via Bluetooth.


TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio sport watch review

Robust and waterproof up to 50m, the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio is designed to be used when out and about, and it is built to last. It’s also lightweight and comfortable to wear, and despite being rubbery and plastic, the design is sufficiently holey to allow sweat to simply drift away.

We shoved it in water to know obvious negative outcome, and for more than a month it has been either in a rucksack or in use, without coming to any ill effect. Also see: Best activity trackers 2015.

The TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio turns heads. It is, it is fair to say, an aquired taste. It is also unlikely to sit on your wrist at the Lord Mayor’s banquet. A bright plastic strap with wholes punched out of it, the wrist band element of the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio is more than 3cm wide at its thinnest point. (Compare that to your watch, it’s wide.) This is a device that screams out to be noticed, which is fine when you are running or cycling, less so in civilian life.

The clasp itself works well, which is important. You don’t want your watch slipping around as you, well, slip around. Those wristband holes allow you to affix the strap at multiple levels of tightness, too. Overall TomTom has done a good job of building a watch around a clunky, sensor-heavy device.

There is no touchscreen. Instead you navigate the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio using a four-button pad that sits below the display. It is perfectly intuitive, if a little clunky at times.

The charging and connecting cradle is mildly awkward to connect and disconnect. We have been using the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio for over a month, and I have still never managed to get it off- or on without a sweary struggle. Perhaps I am just clumsy.


A 1.5in backlit greyscale display (22x25mm technically), the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio’s screen has a resolution of 144×168 pixels, which makes for a pixel density of around 148ppi. This is pretty decent on a watch face.

When on the move the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio is clear and easy to read even when bouncing around in front of a face full of sweat. It isn’t a touchscreen, but we can forgive that. See all wearable tech reviews.


After our failure to update false start, we have been impressed by the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio. The GPS locks on quickly, and is very accurate. Moreover, we like the viewing options: even on the same run it is good to be able to view, at different times, speed, average speed, distance travelled, and heartrate. Throughout you can see time taken, distance travelled and heartrate on every screen. You simply choose the big figure in the middle.

We like that you can store a certain number of previous activities. We did find stopping an activity a little counter-intuitive (you have to hit back, which does have a pause sign in place), but accept that was likely our stupidity.

Battery life has been good. We usually charge it once a week, and use it several times in that period. Although it is worth checking: on more than one occasion the battery has run out whilst we were on the hoof.

We can’t comment on the accuracy of the heartrate monitor, but when in use it is always on and always giving us a number.


How to get iOS 9 today,install iOS 9 on iPhone or iPad now, and for free

Get iOS 9 today. The public beta is live! Install iOS 9 on iPhone and iPad now and for free. It’s simple and free to install the beta version of iOS 9 on any recent iPhone or iPad. Here’s how to get iOS 9 now on iPhone or iPad. Read next: 24 best new phones you should be most excited about in 2015.

iOS 9 is the upcoming operating system for iPhone and iPad from Apple. It will launch on 16 September for all current users of iOS 8. Find out why iOS 9 is worth caring about in our iOS 9 release date and new features article. Here we will concentrate on how to get iOS 9 early. See also: How to downgrade from iOS 9 to iOS 8.

Update 11 September: iOS 9.1 beta is now available to download, and includes the latest updates including Apple News for UK users. If you don’t want to join the public beta can’t wait for next week to get iOS 9.0 you can download the GM (final version) as long as you’re willing to use a torrent site to get it. If your device isn’t an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus you have to make sure you download the correct ipsw file for your specific model, which is marked on the back if you look closely.

Once downloaded you need to click the Update button in iTunes while holding Shift (or Alt on a Mac) and then direct iTunes to the downloaded file. This way you won’t have to reinstall all your apps as you do when you choose the Restore option, but it’s still worth making a full backup first.

Get iOS 9 today: why you may not want to

Any iPhone or iPad user can install the iOS 9 beta today, should they so wish. But there are a couple of caveats. For one thing, if you don’t already have an Apple Developer account, you will need to pay $99 to register for one. More importantly, even if you sign up to the public beta, you will be installing an unfinished OS on your iPhone or iPad. Incomplete software releases offer an exciting glimpse of the future, but there will be bugs. And you may find that apps you use in iOS 8 don’t yet work properly in iOS 9. (See also: Best smartphones of 2015.)

See also: iPhone 6s release date, price and specs.

Get iOS 9 early: how to join the public beta programme

iOS 9 public beta

Head over to the Apple Beta Software Program website and use your Apple ID and password to register or log in. You will be asked to click to agree to a User Agreement and then click the link to enroll the iPhone and / or iPad on which you want to run the beta. After that, go on your iOS device to install the profile which will make the iOS 9 beta update show up in your Settings app. Then, it’s just a case of letting it install like any iOS update.

We’ve said it already, but it bears repeating: we would never recommend installing any beta software on a device upon which you rely. Betas are intended for testing, and there is every chance that features will be missing or some stability will be lost. Some of your apps might stop working.

You don’t want to rely on a beta, unless you are one of the brave ones. Moreover – you can’t really complain if a beta goes wrong. The full version of iOS 9 will launch in September as a free upgrade to all users of iPhones and iPads that can currently run iOS 8. See also: iPhone 6 review.

In the first version, Apple News will only be available in the US. But UK and Australian versions will roll out “soon”. Update 11 September: Apple News is now available in iOS 9.1 beta in the UK.

There will be several updates to the beta version throughout the programme and the final version will likely launch in September alongside the annual iOS device launch. If you’re running the beta, you’ll be able to update to this and keep your apps, settings and everything else. But back up regularly, just in case.

Apple has included a Feedback Assistant app so you can report problems and give feedback on the beta.

Get iOS 9 now: join the beta programme for developers

Like all beta-testing programmes the idea here is that users can get to grips with a new OS, generating and pointing out errors to the software publisher Apple. But even more important to Apple is that apps developers get a chance to try the new OS, so they can get to work in writing new apps and updating existing apps for the new operating system. So the iOS 9 beta programme for developers is primarily aimed at app developers, as well as those people who manufacture hardware to work with Apple products.

In order to install it, then, you need to become a registered Apple developer. To do so simply head over to Apple’s developer site and enrol for the iOS Developer Program using your Apple ID. You will need to pay $99 a year.

Now enrol in the iOS 9 beta programme by going to the iOS Dev Center, sigining in and downloading the beta.


Get iOS 9 now: download and install the iOS 9 beta for developers

In the online iOS Dev Center you need to register your iPhone- or iPad’s UDID. This is a unique identifying number that will let Apple know on which devices iOS 8 beta is running. To find your iPhone or iPad’s UDID plug it into iTunes, click on the device’s icon in the top righthand corner, view the Summary tab and click on Serial Number.

Input the UDID into the correct field on the iOS Dev Center website.

The iOS Dev Center website will now prompt you to download the appropriate version of the iOS 8 beta for your iPhone or iPad. Select the correct model from the list provided.

While downloading the iOS 8 beta to your PC or Mac, back up the iPhone or iPad on which you’re going to install the iOS 8 beta.

Once the download is complete, unzip the file. You’ll now have a file with the extension .IPSW. Connect your iPhone or iPad to iTunes.

Hold Shift (Alt on a Mac) and click the Restore iPhone button on the device’s Summary tab (next to Check for Update). Browse to and select the .IPSW file you downloaded. iOS 8 will now be installed on your iPad or iPhone. This process will take a few minutes. (See also:iPhone 7 release date, price and specs.)

iOS Developer Program

iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 6s Plus comparison


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Apple recently announced its latest flagship phones, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus alongside an updated Apple TV and a super-size iPad Pro. Boasting new 3D Touch technology and an improved camera, the iPhone 6s Plus looks absolutely amazing – but how does it compare to its predecessor, the original Apple phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus? Here, we compare the specs of the two devices to see which is the better option for you.

See also: iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6s comparison review


So, lets first discuss the design and build of the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus. Sporting a new curved edge design and aluminium unibody, the iPhone 6 Plus was Apple’s first phablet, and received a mixed welcome. We at Macworld love the iPhone 6 Plus, but it’s just too big for some users. Apple made sure to point out that while the iPhone 6 Plus was larger than the iPhone 6, its design meant that it wasn’t as wide as other phablets and was easier to hold. The iPhone 6 Plus measured in at 158.1×77.8×7.1mm and weighed 172g, and its curved edges and 2.5D glass meant that it was comfortable to use over long periods.

You’d expect the newer iPhone 6s Plus to be thinner and lighter, right? Apparently not. While the iPhone 6s Plus has a standard aluminium body, the iPhone 6s Plus uses Series 7000 aluminium, which is the same aluminium that’s used in the Apple Watch. Series 7000 aluminium is supposed to be around 60 percent more durable than standard aluminium and should help avoid another Bendgate saga without adding much extra weight to the device. However, with this being said, the iPhone 6s Plus is 20g heavier than its predecessor at 192g.

It’s also marginally thicker, though it won’t be noticeable when the two phablets are side by side. In fact, the iPhone 6s Plus is only 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 6 Plus, measuring in at 158.2×77.9×7.3mm. The extra 0.2mm thickness can be credited to the addition of 3D Touch, a technology that we’ll go into in more detail below.

Apart from the dimensions, there’s one other noticeable change when comparing the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 Plus – the available colours. While the iPhone 6 Plus originally shipped in three colours (gold, silver and space grey), since the announcement of the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has removed the option to buy a gold iPhone. Instead, the gold and newly announced rose gold flavours are exclusive to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, making Apple’s latest phablet available in either gold, rose gold, silver or space grey.

See also: Best iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus cases


Let’s move onto the display, one of the key areas of the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus. As mentioned above, the iPhone 6 Plus was the largest iPhone Apple had ever made, with a 5.5in full HD (1080×1920) display that looked absolutely gorgeous. It had a pixel density of 401ppi, and a brightness of 574nits (Samsung’s Galaxy S6 has a maximum of 563nits) making the iPhone 6 Plus display vibrant, crisp and one of the best all round displays on the market. Sure, it doesn’t have a 2K display like some of its Android phablet counterparts, but when balancing battery consumption with screen quality, Apple generally does well.

So, how does it compare to the display of the iPhone 6s Plus? In terms of resolution and size, nothing has changed – the iPhone 6 Plus also has a 5.5in display with a resolution of 1080×1920 and a pixel density of 401ppi, but with one very important difference – support for Apple’s latest screen tech, 3D Touch. 3D Touch is described by Apple as “the next generation of Multi-Touch” and introduces a completely new way to interact with your smartphone. As well as swiping, tapping and pinching your display, you’ll also be able to ‘Peek’ and ‘Pop’.

Admittedly, it’s a very hard feature to describe and even Apple had a bit of trouble explaining it at the iPhone launch event. Think of the Force Touch capabilities of the Apple Watch and new MacBook – it’s very similar to that, where you’re able to ‘peek’ at various pieces of information by applying slight pressure to your tap. Say, for example, you’ve been sent an address in a text message. Instead of tapping on the address to open Maps, you can ‘peek’ at the app by pressing and holding lightly to open a Quick View window, displaying the address in Apple Maps. If that’s all you wanted to see, let go to minimise the window and go back to the Messages app, or if you want to take a closer look, apply more pressure to ‘pop’ the Quick View window into a full screen app.

It doesn’t stop there either, the applications for 3D Touch are apparent throughout iOS and its apps. You can even access ‘Quick Access’ shortcuts from any (first or third-party) apps by tapping and applying pressure on an app icon. This opens up a variety of shortcuts that should speed up your iOS experience, such as being able to select the selfie cam when opening the camera app or being able to post a Facebook status without having to open the app. These are only examples of what can be done, and we’re sure app developers will come up with amazing new uses for the technology over the coming months.

With regards to the protection of these 1080p displays, both the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 Plus are protected by Ion strengthened glass that’s also used to protect the Apple Watch Sport. It’s Apple’s own alternative to Corning’s Gorilla Glass, and it generally performs quite well at protecting the device. Of course, if you drop your iPhone on its side from 6 foot in the air onto concrete, it’ll still shatter – the company can’t work miracles!

Also see: Best new phones coming in 2015


So, apart from new display tech and a reinforced Series 7000 aluminium frame, what else is new with the iPhone 6s Plus? Well, the iPhone 6 Plus came with Apple’s A8 chip with an M8 motion coprocessor, coupled with 1GB of RAM. While 1GB of RAM doesn’t sound like much when compared to phones like the OnePlus Two with 4GB of RAM, we can’t recall a time where we’ve experienced considerable lag on an iPhone 6 Plus, which shows that RAM isn’t everything. In fact, having too much RAM and an over-the-top processor can affect battery life so we’re happy with the balance Apple offers.

However, with this being said, the iPhone 6s Plus offers Apple’s latest A9 chip with an M9 motion coprocessor and a whopping 2GB of RAM, double what’s available with the iPhone 6 Plus. The additional 1GB of RAM and A9 chip will help the iPhone 6s Plus handle the latest games and apps, which are becoming more and more processor hungry as users want more advanced functionality. The A9 chip should also bring battery improvements, as the transistor size is only 14nm, compared to the 20nm A8 chip in the iPhone 6 Plus. A smaller transistor size should cut power drain to some extent, but with a slightly smaller 2750mAh battery compared to last years 2915mAh offering, the overall battery life should be similar for both handsets.

Storage wise, there are decisions that have to be made. As with the colour options, the iPhone 6 Plus originally shipped with three storage options; 16-, 64-, and 128GB. However, since the introduction of the iPhone 6s Plus, the iPhone 6 Plus is only available to purchase with either 16 or 64GB of storage. If you wanted to get Apple’s largest storage option, 128GB, you’ll have to opt for the iPhone 6s Plus.

Touch ID is one of the iPhone’s most popular features, and is used to unlock your iPhone and apps as well as with Apple Pay to authenticate purchases. While Touch ID has generally been praised by the Apple community, Apple thought it was time to improve it – introducing Touch ID v2, featured on the iPhone 6s Plus. The Touch ID sensor is still built into the home button, but has had improvements in both speed and reliability, which should translate to faster unlocks and fewer incorrect readings and errors.

In terms of connectivity, both devices are almost identical – both boast dual band Wi-Fi, NFC for Apple Pay and Bluetooth, although the iPhone 6 Plus offers V4 and the iPhone 6s Plus offers v4.2, offering various security and transfer speed improvements when using Bluetooth. There were rumours that the iPhone 6s Plus would come with an updated Lightning cable that’d be reversible on both ends, not just the Lightning end, however this sadly wasn’t the case.

See also: Complete guide to the iPhone 6s Plus


One feature that has been dramatically improved in the iPhone 6s Plus is the camera. Apple has notoriously used the same 8Mp sensor in all its iPhones since the introduction of the iPhone 4s back in 2011, and instead tweaks other elements of the camera to improve image quality. Take the iPhone 6 Plus – it may only have an 8Mp rear facing camera, but it features Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), dual-tone ‘True Tone’ LED flash, a 1/3in sensor and larger 1.5µm pixels, and takes a very impressive photo. It can take 64-megapixel panorama photos, and boasts Auto HDR capabilities. It can also record standard 1080p video at 60fps, or slow motion 720p video at a whopping 240fps.

The front facing camera is a little less impressive, boasting a 1.2Mp camera with 720p HD video recording capabilities, but not much else. It’s a good camera for Snapchatting, FaceTiming and Skyping friends, but its resolution leaves much to be desired.

The company has said time and time again that it didn’t want to follow in the footsteps of its competitors and increase megapixel size without improving quality, as this can lead to blurry images with a high resolution. With this being said, the iPhone 6s Plus represents the next step in Apple’s camera evolution with a 12Mp rear facing camera. It boasts similar internals to its predecessor, but with a few key differences.

The first difference is that the iPhone 6s Plus can record video in 4K at 30fps, along with the standard 1080 & 720p offerings, although we’d advise against recording in 4K with a 16GB capacity iPhone as one minute of 4K video equates to around 375MB.

The second difference is the introduction of a new photo mode dubbed “Live Photos” by Apple at its announcement. The idea is that when you take a photo, a snapshot of what happens before and after is also captured along with audio. Then, using the 3D Touch technology built into the iPhone 6s Plus, photos be ‘played’ in the Photos app by tapping and holding down on the photo. It reminds us of the talking portraits in Harry Potter, and a popular feature for those who enjoy a trip down memory lane. Although with this being said, a Live Photo uses around double the storage of a standard 12Mp image captured by the 6s Plus, and we wouldn’t recommend using it very often on a 16GB iPhone 6s Plus.

The Live Photos can also be used as a wallpaper on both the iPhone 6s Plus and the Apple Watch, enabling Apple Watch users to have a personalised live wallpaper whenever the screen is activated. iPhone 6s Plus users can activate the live wallpaper from the lock screen by pressing down anywhere on the display.

The front facing camera of the iPhone 6s Plus has also had a much-awaited facelift, bumping the sensor up from a 1.2Mp sensor to a 5Mp sensor. That’s not all that’s new either, as the iPhone 6s Plus makes use of the Retina HD display to provide a True Tone flash for the front facing camera. Although this should improve selfies in dark environments, forward-facing flashes rarely produce a flattering photo, and we’re extremely interested to see whether the True Tone flash makes you look as pale as other forward-facing flash smartphones do.


Steve Jobs’ Biopic Release Date Shifted

Production banner Universal Pictures has tweaked its release pattern for upcoming biopic “Steve Jobs,” opting to release the film only in New York and Los Angeles on October 9 and and then go nationwide on October 23.

Previously, the studio had planned on a nationwide release on October 9. But the officials have decided that they will expand “Steve Jobs” to additional North American markets on October 16 and expand their territory for the film, reports

The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 5 and will run at the New York Film Festival on October 3.

Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle, the film is an adaption of Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography “Steve Jobs”.

Michael Fassbender stars as the late Apple co-founder in the film.

Kate Winslet plays ex-Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, while Jeff Daniels portrays former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ former girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.

The movie is divided into three parts – each before one of Apple’s product launches.

First Nasa TV Channel to Reveal Space in UHD


The US space agency has partnered with Harmonic, a worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, to launch Nasa TV UHD the first ever non-commercial consumer ultra-high definition (UHD) channel in North America.

Nasa TV UHD video will be sourced from high-resolution images and video generated on the International Space Station (ISS) and other current Nasa missions, as well as re-mastered footage from historical missions.

The new UHD channel is expected to launch on November 1 after preliminary tests.

The partnership is the result of a Space Act Agreement between Harmonic and the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, Nasa announced on Friday.

Using an end-to-end UHD video delivery system from Harmonic, Nasa Television will have the capability to deliver “linear 2160p60” video content, allowing viewers to enjoy footage on a wide range of television and internet-connected devices.

“Partnering with Harmonic gives Nasa an outlet for its UHD content, which has four times the resolution of HD and is the next iteration of digital television,” explained Robert Jacobs, deputy associate administrator at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC.

Leveraging the eight-megapixel resolution of UHD, the channel will showcase the breathtaking beauty and grandeur of space.

The channel will also stream on the Internet.

“As Nasa reaches new heights and reveals the unknown, the Nasa TV UHD channel can bring that journey to life in every home. And as organisations at the forefront of innovation, together we are leading the adoption of this exciting technology,” added Peter Alexander, chief marketing officer at Harmonic.

What I wore this week: a long boho dress

Long boho dressThis year, there’s another thing to add to the long list of things I miss about the summer holidays: wearing dresses. Not from an aesthetic standpoint, so much as from sheer laziness: separates have dominated fashion for so long that I had forgotten the blissful ease of one-step dressing, the satisfaction of pulling a dress over your head and slipping into your shoes; of not having to fuss over whether to tuck in or half-tuck your shirt, or to worry about too-short tops that show your knickers when you bend over.

In hindsight, the years after Roland Mouret’s first Galaxy dress in 2006 were a golden era. All you had to do was find a simple, tailored dress in a block colour – tight in the places that suited, and with a bit of a drape in the places that didn’t – and you were dressed from office to pub to cinema, and on-trend.

Since the ascent earlier this decade of the snappily named feminine-minimal-utilitarian androgyny, separates have been it. Style has demanded a mastery of shirting and tailoring, and of the codes on when a sweater should be tucked into a skirt’s waistband and when shirt tails should hang free. The only truly fabulous dresses have been either too hot (and therefore only for evening) or too wet (fit for holiday, not business) to be truly useful. The wearing of day dresses – the block-colour, tailored kind – has become non-U. Let’s be honest: if you bumped into Kate Moss, she would totally call you a basic bitch.

So what I need now is a smart dress that I can wear in the daytime without looking too much like a daytime TV presenter. You need a dress that’s a little bit Bloomsbury, cerebral, but original and slightly offbeat. It must have long sleeves and a long skirt, and to balance that you need a bit of skin showing at the throat and a semi-fitted torso. I’m not going to pretend it is either as useful or as easy to wear as the Galaxy, but pickings are a little slimmer right now. The dress you are looking for is halfway between Lorraine Kelly and Virginia Woolf. At least no one can call that basic.

Jess wears dress, £160,

Styling: Melanie Wilkinson. Hair and makeup: Laurence Close at Carol Hayes Management

From Lana Del Rey’s hats to One Direction: what’s hot and what’s not on Planet Fashion this week

Picture hats: Lana Del Rey-approved.Going up

H&M makeup Now instore and under a tenner. Why has this taken so long?

M&S ribbed co-ords Like posh, warm, fashion-friendly pyjamas you can wear outside.

Sunspel underwear Simple and sporty without being techy. We like.

Bone china blue The colour of the walls at the new Erdem store. Visit to get a colour match.

The palms of your hands Crucial to the tricky AW15 task of putting on 10 denier tights, appaz.

Picture hats Lana Del Rey-approved, as seen on the cover of her new album. Add a 1950s convertible for the full look.

Going down

‘Inspo’ Sorry to be a stickler, but this shortening of “inspiration” makes no sense.

The head tilt No, fashion bloggers, this doesn’t make you look kind and approachable in photographs.

Ikea It’s still available only in the US, but Grey Cork is more affordable, tool-less, flatpack furniture that doesn’t scream “budget”. We want.

Hollywood blockbusters Tangerine, a film that deals with immigration and LA’s trans community, shot entirely on an iPhone 5 for less than $100k. Take that, Pirates Of The Carribbean.

One Direction With the 1D dream over, 90s revivalists are now listening to EYC. Contemporary boy bands are so beta.

The end of the Labour leadership election Whoever wins, we’ve enjoyed the style wars.