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    DOWNLOAD: On this week's all-star episode, we present columnist Jonny Evans, Computerworld's "Apple Holic," who holds forth on BendGate, reports triggered by a YouTube video claiming that the iPhone 6 Plus is prone to bending. He'll also talk about Apple's failed 8.0.1 update, which was pulled shortly after being posted because it caused the new iPhones to lose a carrier connection and Touch ID support. Other topics of discussion include the media disconnect over the huge number of new features in iOS 8.

    You'll also hear from commentator John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer and a columnist for The Street, whose bill of fare includes Apple's reaction to the BendGate and iOS 8.0.1 issues, how you're supposed to carry those larger phones, along with the failures of Apple's preordering process. John will also discuss Apple's purchase of the Prss magazine publishing platform for iPad, and whether it should be cross-platform. Apple Pay is also on the agenda.

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    The iPhone Report: There Must Be Three

    October 1st, 2014

    Today's iPhone lineup, for the very first time, includes three display sizes. You have the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, commonly called a phablet, plus last year's 4-inch iPhone 5s. Right now, the smallest version is, as in past years, two older models sold at a discount, or free with a typical two-year wireless contact for the iPhone 5c.

    This year, however, there is reason to give last year's iPhone 5s a much higher priority. Sure, the newest models are somewhat faster, and don't forget the NFC chip for Apple Pay support. But most people won't see the performance differences, and not everyone wants a large display. You give up convenience in exchange for big and bigger.

    In fact, some people are wondering whether to upgrade to the latest and greatest or stick with a smaller iPhone. One of my friends, columnist Kirk McElhearn, publicly wondered whether the iPhone 6 suited his particular needs, and decided it didn't, so he's returning it and switching back to his iPhone 5s. I suspect he's not alone.

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    The Glitch Report: Should You Worry About iOS 8?

    September 30th, 2014

    When iOS 7 came out last year, there were major and sometimes controversial changes. The new user interface looked fine for most, but turned off some, particularly if they had vision problems of one sort or another and couldn't cope with the parallax view and all that zooming. Apple provided a limited set of Accessibility options to adjust some of the interface excesses, but it wasn't enough. Worse, there were the usual reports of poor battery life and perhaps some Wi-Fi connectivity issues.

    This is all-so-predictable with the initial release of a major OS update. But the fixes came relatively fast.

    Within days, a 7.0.1 update addressed issues with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s. There were ongoing fixes to improve reliability and the curious symptom of Touch ID losing sensitivity over time. For owners of the oldest supported handset, the iPhone 4, they rightly felt disappointed and some sought ways to downgrade to iOS 6. Performance had taken a major hit.

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    Newsletter Issue #774: Apple Haters Get Bent Out of Shape

    September 29th, 2014

    The puns are aplenty in the wake of claims that the design of the iPhone 6, Apple's first foray into the world of phablets, might be fatally flawed. Is it really true, as a certain YouTube video depicts, that anyone with normal strength can bend it to the point where the unit becomes unusable?

    Questions, questions! But sometimes truth is not stranger than fiction. Sometimes the truth is so mundane as to consign a sensational story to irrelevance. That is surely true with the iPhone 6 Plus, despite the claims of it being unusually susceptible to damage.

    There's also a matter of having realistic expectations. Apple says that the anodized aluminum case, tempered for extra strength, is shored up with stainless steel and titanium inserts at "high stress" locations. So you expect that it should withstand normal use, but the real question is what's normal, and what's unrealistic? And just how are certain media outlets taking advantage of the situation?

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    The Doctor Says “Don’t Do That!”

    September 26th, 2014

    I am old enough to remember a very tired joke. I bend my arm and say, "doctor, it hurts when I do this." The doctor says, "Don't do that!" As I said tired. It actually dates back to the early 20th century, part of a famous sketch from the Smith and Dale comedy duo that was later "borrowed" by other comedians.

    But I thought of that joke when the social networks became polluted with a video from someone who deliberately broke their new iPhone 6 Plus by bending it. This isn't the first time a smartphone has been damaged by abuse of this sort. But since this product is built by Apple, it was treated as a huge mess, a significant quality control problem. Some called it BendGate (I admit to using that term).

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