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Sep 15, 2014

iPhone 6 Units are Flying out of China




Did you order your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you are hitting the refresh button in your browser on UPS' website every 15 minutes? You may not be alone. A few good millions of future Apple users do the same. For those of you that have the UPS page open in a tab or pinned to your browser's favorites, we have good news.

Each day, at least 20 planes are leaving China towards the United States or other global destinations to bring the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. a reader of MacRumors that is also a Cargo Airline pilot has posted a few photos of his load. Because other readers were suspicious on his post, he was nice enough to stick around the forum some more and answer a few questions.

The pilot

His username is goforblacksky and he was not afraid to show his face and uniform in the cargo bay section of the plane. He was part of the crew of a Boeing 747 that was carrying iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to the United States. The photos show covered boxes that house 195,000 iOS devices. The pilot explained how he was privileged to be a small part of the Apple supply chain. "Just landed a 747 full of iPhone 6's in Anchorage. Another crew will take the airplane on to Chicago. It'll be on the ground at O'hare about 9am Sept. 15. I gave it a little extra gas coming over the Pacific, just to get them here a little quicker. You're welcome", he said. the so-called goforblacksky added the load of phones was massive: over 256,000 pounds. Another photo posted by China Daily shows a similar package that is about to get loaded on a China Southern Airlines Boeing 777 airliner. The total load for this plane went over 93 tons and the airliner departed from Central China's Henan province for Chicago, Illinois a few days ago.

On the way

The cited source says that customers in US and around the world have begun receiving Shipping notifications from Apple. Others are still on the "Preparing for shipment" status page. Apple will deliver the first phones on Friday, September 19, 2014. By that date, all Apple stores and carrier retail shops in a few countries around the world should have enough stock to cover the needs of the user that pre-ordered their iPhone online or in the location. Apple has already announced that they've went through another record for iPhone 6 pre-orders. Over 4 million of them have been sold in the first 24 hours.

iPhone 6 is leaving China

iPhone 6 is coming to the United States

Big load!
Images credits to MacRumors

Everything You Need to Know About Meizu MX4, the Upcoming Ubuntu Phone




The new Ubuntu Touch operating system from Canonical will power the new Meizu MX4 phone and it will be out in December, according to the latest information posted by the Chinese company. We now take a closer look at this new phone to see how it will hold up with an Ubuntu experience.

Canonical hasn't provided any kind of information about a timetable for the launch of the new Ubuntu phone from Meizu, and even the information that we have right now has been posted initially on an Italian blog of the Chinese company. Basically, no one is saying anything officially, but that's not really the point. The new Meizu MX4 was announced just a couple of weeks ago and many Ubuntu users have asked themselves if this is the phone that will eventually feature the upcoming Ubuntu Touch. It looks like that is the case, so we now take a closer look at this powerful handset.

Meizu MX4 is a powerhouse

This is the first phone built by Meizu to feature the new MediaTek MT6595 SoC (system on chip), which is actually a very powerful solution. It's an octa-core, meaning that it's a processor with eight cores, although it's a little bit different from what you would expect. It actually comes with a quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex A17 processor and a quad-core 1.7 GHz A7 processor, and the devs say that it uses a technology called CorePilot that shifts processes from core to core. This means that the performance of the phone is much better and the battery life is improved dramatically. "We have made the MX4 compatible with 5 network types across 13 different frequency bands. The MX4 can make use of the latest TD-LTE and FDD-LTE 4G networks, FDD-LTE reaching a download speed of 150 Mbps, almost 6 times that of the previous-generation device," says Meizu on their official website.

Also, Meizu MX4 comes with the 802.11ac Wi-Fi protocol, which registers Internet speeds of up 433 Mbps, a 3100 mAh battery from Sony, a 20.7 mega-pixel SONY premium IMX220 Exmor RS sensor, the NXP Smart PS audio processor, and the PowerVR H6200 GPU. It also comes in two versions, with 16 and 32 GB. The best feature seems to be the new screen, which features the Nega liquid crystal technology developed with Sharp and JDI that has a size of 5.36 (15:9 ration), 1100:1 contrast ratio, and 500cd/m² for the led backlight. We are still waiting for an official confirmation from Canonical, but this already looks like a great system to use for Ubuntu Touch. There is no word about dual-boot or anything along these lines from Meizu, but that remains to be determined.

The 5.3-inch screen is not too big

MX4 will first ship with Android 4.4

MX4 is a really thin phone

The camera is a 22-megapixel version from Sony

The dimensions for MX4

It's available in two colors, black and white
Images credits to Meizu

Oppo N3 Smartphone with Rotating Camera Shows Up in First Pics




Last month, it was revealed that Chinese mobile phone maker OPPO was gearing up to provide a successor to its OPPO N1 flagship handset.

The phone appeared online going by the name OPPO N3, and like the N1, it is expected to arrive with a rotating camera. Phones with rotating cameras aren’t something you stumble upon every day. You might remember that, back in the day, the Nokia N90 arrived with a peculiar form factor that let users adjust the camera points, but other examples are hard to identify. Anyway, the first image showing the OPPO N3 in all its glory has been leaked online and shows that the handset will indeed come equipped with a rotating camera that will help you capture high-quality selfies (as seen on GSM Arena).

Apart from this atypical camera feature, the N3 will take advantage of dual LED flash, but most of its specs remain a mystery. For example, we have no clue what kind of powerhouse OPPO plans to employ with its latest flagship. For the time being, take a look at the image to get an idea of the form factor of the new smartphone. The device does seem to have shed a few unnecessary pounds, and the rotating camera module is shown on top in form of a bulge.

Oppo N3 shows up in first leaked images

Oppo N3 with rotating camera
Images credits to GSM Arena

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