European Union regulators have announced in a preliminary ruling that the tax deals brokered between Apple and the Irish government may be constituted as illegal state aid, which would result in hefty fines in back taxes for the Cupertino giant. The deals in question were agreed upon in 1991 and 2007, and the EU Commission believes that these deals allow Apple to pay a much lower tax rate than normal. The commission’s preliminary view is that the tax ruling of 1991 and of 2007 in favour of the Apple group constitute state aid. That advantage is obtained every year and ongoing. Accordingly, the commission is of the opinion that through those rulings the Irish authorities confer an advantage on Apple. At this stage, the commission has no indication that the contested measure can be considered compatible with the internal market. The EU commission has requested the Irish government for more information regarding its tax arrangements with Apple, and should the commission conclude that the deal is illegal, it can fine Ireland up to €1 billion ($1.26 billion). Apple, meanwhile, may be liable for back taxes from 2003 onwards. Apple for its part has mentioned that it does not benefit unfairly from its deal with the Irish government. Here’s the full statement as provided to Business Insider. Apple is proud of its long history in Ireland and the 4,000 people we employ in Cork. They serve our customers through manufacturing, tech support and other important functions. Our success in Europe and around the world is the result of hard work and innovation by our employees, not any special arrangements with the government. Apple has received no selective treatment from Irish officials over the years. We’re subject to the same tax laws as the countless other companies who do business in Ireland. Since the IPHONE launched in 2007, our tax payments in Ireland and around the world have increased tenfold. To continue that growth and the benefits it brings to the communities where we work and live, we believe comprehensive corporate tax reform is badly needed. Along with Apple, the EU commission is also looking into the dealings between car manufacturer Fiat and the country of Luxembourg, as well as tax agreements between coffee chain Starbucks and Netherlands. Source: EU commission; Via: Wall Street Journal

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Perfect for those searching for a durable, quick-access solution for their IPHONE 5/5S—the Seidio Spring Clip Holster ranks at the top for quality and craftsmanship. A felt interior shields your display from scratches and the rear clip rotates in 7 different positions for optimal comfort. Yours today for just $16.95!

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Il arrive parfois que l’on doive opter pour des méthodes radicales. C’est ainsi que l’on se retrouve dans les réglages à appuyer sur le fameux bouton ‘Réinitialiser’. Sur l’IPHONE comme sur l’IPAD, il est même possible de réinitialiser de manière sélective en choisissant uniquement les réglages ou l’ensemble des données. Lorsque l’on choisit de remettre à zéro les réglages, on ne s’attend pas à ce que quoi que ce soit soit effacé encore moins sur iCloud Drive. Pourtant, il semble bien qu’un bug efface les documents dans le Cloud dès lors que l’on appuie sur ‘réinitialiser les réglages’ : C’est le site Macrumors qui rapporte le phénomène. Plusieurs utilisateurs auraient ainsi décidé de remettre les réglages à zéro. Comme prévu, rien ne fut effacé sur la machine en question. Cependant, lorsqu’ils se sont tournés vers iCloud, ils ont eu la désagréable surprise de voir que tous leurs documents iWork avaient disparu. Et comme iCloud ne possède pas de corbeille… Ce bug très gênant semble ne toucher que les documents des applis Pages, Keynote et Numbers. Les autres fichiers stockés dans iCloud Drive ne semblent pas affectés. Vous voilà prévenu, si jamais vous deviez réinitialiser les réglages d’une de vos machines dans les prochains jours, veillez à garder une copie de vos documents avant sur un disque dur bien réel. source Suivez l’actualité iPhon.fr Devenez fan sur Facebook Suivez nous sur Twitter Abonnez vous au fil RSS Vous aimez ? Partagez !

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Basis has today announced a new fitness tracker called the Peak. The company, owned by Intel, aims to have this new wearable available for purchase in the US from November. Peak is compatible with IPHONEs and IPADs and emphasizes on health and fitness, sporting numerous features including the ability to keep track of steps, calories, heart rate, skin temperature and more. If you’ve yet to see a wearable to purchase, Intel’s attempt may well fit the bill. Bluetooth LE is supported for pairing with connected smartphones and tablets. But, before you get excited about replacing that smartwatch you currently wear, the Peak doesn’t support email and SMS notifications – features available in other competing fitness apparel. Basis has stated said functionality (and other improvements) will be added in future software releases. Developers will also be able to take advantage of planned APIs to develop apps. Four days of battery life will see that wearers won’t have to charge the Peak on a daily basis, and there’s also water resistance of up to 5 ATM for good measure. As noted above, be on the lookout for the Peak later this year. If you’re interested in picking one up, be prepared to part with $200. UK and Canada are reported to be next on the launch list. Source: Basis, via: Engadget

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Lorsque vient le moment de faire son choix et d’acheter l’IPHONE, les choses ne sont pas toujours simples. Quelle capacité choisir ? Quelle couleur… Cette année, Apple ne nous a pas simplifié la tâche puisqu’il y a en plus deux tailles d’écran. Chacun peut avoir ses raisons de faire son choix, des arguments recevables, mais pas forcément valables pour tous. Pour essayer de voir quel modèle remportait le plus de suffrages, nous avons donc décidé de vous poser la question ou plutôt les questions. Après s’être intéressé à votre choix concernant la taille de l’écran, il est donc grand temps de voir en quelle couleur et avec quelle capacité vous avez choisi votre IPHONE. Plus de 7000 d’entre vous voté, merci ! Voici donc les résultats : Besoin de place ? Tout le monde s’accorde à dire que plus le temps passe et plus la place se fait rare dans l’IPHONE. C’est probablement pour cela qu’Apple a décidé de proposer un modèle 128 Go cette année. Autre changement, le modèle en 32 Go disparait, remplacé par un plus confortable 64 Go. Photos, vidéos, applications sont de plus en plus gourmandes et il est vrai que l’on se retrouve rapidement à l’étroit. L’IPHONE 6 comme l’IPHONE 6 Plus sont donc déclinés en trois capacités : 16, 64 et 128 Go. Et vous avez tranché : Comme on pouvait s’en douter, et c’est le choix de 63 % d’entre vous : le modèle 64 Go qui est plébiscité. En effet, le modèle 16Go, le moins cher, risque de montrer rapidement ses limites lorsqu’il s’agira de filmer le spectacle du petit en HD ou même lorsque le dernier jeu à la mode, de plus d’1Go fera son apparition sur l’App Store, sans compter la place mémoire nécessaire pour les mises à jour d’iOS …. À l’inverse, il faut dépenser 210 euros supplémentaires pour passer du 16 au 128 Go. Résultat, le meilleur compromis, celui qui privilégie le confort d’utilisation et ménage le porte-monnaie, c’est le 64 Go. En tout cas c’est ce que la grande majorité a choisi. Les gouts et les couleurs… Depuis l’IPHONE 5s, Apple propose 3 coloris pour l’IPHONE : argent, or et gris sidéral. Le reste n’est qu’une histoire de gout. Nous avons donc voulu savoir vers quel coloris vont vos préférences et, une fois de plus, le verdict est sans appel. Plus de 56 % d’entre vous ont choisi le gris sidéral. La seconde place est attribuée au coloris argent et le modèle or termine troisième avec seulement 17 % des achats. Si l’on se base sur ce sondage et sur celui sur le modèle choisi , dont les résultats sont à lire dans cet article, on peut donc dresser le portrait robot de l’IPHONE 2014 ! Le grand gagnant de cette année, l’IPHONE le plus répandu serait donc l’IPHONE 6, en coloris gris sidéral et doté de 64 Go de capacité de stockage. À l’inverse, le plus rare devrait être l’IPHONE 6 Plus, en 128 Go et coloris Or. Tendance confirmé par les machines achetées et vues autour de vous ? Pour ceux qui souhaitent s’équiper, il reste quelques machines en vente, vous pouvez regarder là : Achat IPHONE 6 chez Boulanger, indiqué avant le 19 pour certains (?), retrait possible en magasin Achat IPHONE 6 à la Fnac, retrait possible en magasin Achat IPHONE 6 chez Darty et Chez les opérateurs, : Sosh B & You SFR. Orange Bouygues Free Mobile A lire également : Commandes IPHONE 6 : gros rush mais il en reste, un peu … IPHONE 6 ou 6 Plus : quel modèle choisir ? Les différences à connaitre absolument avant de se décider Comment acheter l’IPHONE 6/6 plus IPHONE 6 ou 6 Plus ? Question de taille, comparez avec un patron ! Suivez l’actualité iPhon.fr Devenez fan sur Facebook Suivez nous sur Twitter Abonnez vous au fil RSS Vous aimez ? Partagez !

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The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in IPHONE, IPAD, Mac, and Apple! On this episode we review the IPHONE 6 and IPHONE 6 Plus from design to display to cameras to chipsets to battery life to everything else. With Serenity Caldwell, Peter Cohen, Georgia Dow, Ally Kazmucha, Rene Ritchie. Subscribe on iTunes Subscribe on RSS Subscribe on YouTube Download directly Hosts Serenity Caldwell Peter Cohen Georgia Dow Ally Kazmucha Rene Ritchie Join us live! The best way to enjoy the iMore show is by joining us live. Not only do you get in on all the un-edited action, including the pre- and post-show shenanigans, but you can interact with us in the chatroom and generally have more fun than the internet should allow. Same iMore time, same iMore channel every week: Thursdays at 1pm PT, 4pm ET, 9pm GMT. Be part of the show! If you can’t join us live but still want to be part of the show, simply send in your comments, questions, corrections, or feedback in advance! Email: podcast@imore.com Twitter: @iMore with hashtag #askimore Comment: Leave one below!

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Best iPhone and iPad apps of September 2014

Posted by phil under IPAD, The IPhone Blog on Mardi sept 30, 2014

Summer is slowly drifting away, but the IPHONE and IPAD apps are still coming out with full force. The launch of the IPHONE 6 and IPHONE 6 Plus, and particularly the release of iOS 8 have kicked off whole new types of apps to dig into. Though this round-up is only for new releases over the last month, there were a metric ton of updates to optimize for larger screens, tap into HealthKit, provide new Today widgets, and add TouchID features. Here are our top ten new IPHONE and IPAD apps for September, but as always, we’re eager to hear your favorites in the comments. Goat Simulator Goat Simulator bridges the gap between man and beast in ways never imagined possible. From the lifelike licking of other creatures and objects to ragdoll physics that cause models to spaz and clip randomly, it’s no wonder you quickly lose yourself in goatness and, eventually, a profound identity crisis. Play Goat Simulator. It will change your fundamental assumptions of humanity and goats. $4.99 – Download now Anomaly Defenders Anomaly Defenders brings to a close what is arguably the best tower defense series on Android. Mankind has finally pushed the alien menace back to their homeworld, and now players are tasked with repelling the counter-invasion. Like usual, you need to upgrade towers, expand research to improve their efficacy, and make split-second decisions based on how attacks change and environmental effects. The graphics are still gorgeous, and a rich campaign to chew through. Strategy fans will have a ton of fun with Anomaly Defenders. If you’re looking for more, Anomaly Korea, Anomaly Warzone, and Anomaly 2 are fantastic predecessors. $4.99 – Download now Valiant Hearts Valiant Hearts is a puzzle game by Ubisoft set in World War 1. Inside you’ll find a heartwrenching story about soldiers on the front line of The Great War and their faithful hound Walt. Valiant Hearts boasts a gritty graphic novel art style and a varied mix of gameplay types. The earlier release on PC and console enjoyed a great reception, and the mobile adaptation has shaped up really nicely. $4.99 – Download now Spider-Man Unlimited Spider-Man Unlimited is an endless runner featuring Marvel’s famous web-slinger. Players have to chase down members of the nefarious Sinister Six while swiping to avoid incoming obstacles, take down goons, and gather power-ups. Over time, you gather up other Spider-Men from parallel universes, each with their own signature looks and in-game bonuses. An energy mechanic is in place, limiting how many runs you can make in one sitting, plus in-app purchases are available for accelerated progress. Comic fans will definitely appreciate the snappy one-liners and wide variety of characters in Spider-Man Unlimited. Free, IAPs – Download now Turbo Dismount The creators of classic flash games Stair Dismount and Truck Dismount have continued their legacy with a new title called Turbo Dismount. As before, you attach a hapless crash test dummy to various vehicle types and launch them off ramps, over cliffs, and into explosives to cause as much bodily harm and destruction as possible. Every run meticulously scores the damage done and quickly resets so you can reposition obstacles, and alter steering and speed. New levels, vehicles, and obstacles can be nabbed through in-app purchases. Free, IAPs – Download now SwiftKey A lot of custom keyboards for iOS came out this month, and SwiftKey is among our favorite. It includes adaptive learning for predictions, gesture control, and has proven reliability. Cloud backup ensures your language habits carry over between devices, and hones the predictions to a nearly creepy level. SwiftKey is multilingual, so no need to hop between languages. Free – Download now Sqwiggle Sqwiggle is a promising collaboration tool for remote workers. In addition the usual suite of chat options, Sqwiggle’s signature feature is on-demand video chat. Snapshots of participants are taken at regular intervals from the webcam and shown in the presence monitor, so others know if that person is around, and if anyone wants to talk, they just have to click on the name, and they’re instantly in a video call – there’s no dialling or answering to worry about. Multiple users can be included in a conversation. If you’re having trouble staying connected with your colleagues daily in a seamlessly way, Sqwiggle will probably be able to help you out. Free – Download now Ask Me Anything Reddit unveiled an official app for their high-profile AMA stories this month. Now when celebrities do Ask Me Anything sessions on the social link-sharing site, anyone with the app can keep tabs on the latest questions, upvote and downvote community submissions, and drop a few questions of their own. You can browse through the archive of previous AMAs based on categories or search for specific individuals to flip through their crowdsourced interviews. Anyone who spends any time on Reddit should grab the new Ask Me Anything app. Free – Download now MailTime MailTime is a clever re-imagining of mobile e-mail. Messages have extraneous information, like date and time, parsed out, leaving threads displayed as instant messaging conversations. New recipients can be cc’ed into the conversation and assigned tasks with smart tags. Since the app is all about keeping e-mail conversations pithy, it will alert you if your message is too long, since it means folks aren’t likely to read it. If you’re in lengthy e-mail threads every day, MailTime will make your life easier. Free – Download now Manual Manual offers just what the name implies: manual camera settings. In this case, you can adjust shutter, ISO, white balance, focus, and exposure compensation. Swipe up or down on any control to change it or hold down to turn it to auto. As you change any of these settings, you can also see what aperture your IPHONE is going to pair it with, which can be useful for certain settings. After taking an image, you can see in-app all information on what settings were used in just a tap. For a beautifully designed manual control camera app that’s powerful and straight forward, be sure to check out Manual. $1.99 – Download now Your favorite new IPHONE and IPAD apps from September? That’s all we’ve dug up, but let us know which apps you’ve been happy to download over the last four weeks, especially anything with fresh iOS 8 optimizations.

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La semaine dernière, on avait découvert ensemble et en photos les nombreuses coques pour IPHONE 6 de la marque Spigen. C’était en attendant de pouvoir les essayer avec la machine en main. La première série de tests, ceux des modèles Capsule, Thin Fit, Neo hybrid et bumpers est disponible dans cet article On poursuit aujourd’hui notre découverte de plusieurs modèles, afin de voir si la protection, la tenue et l’utilisation sont confortables. On aborde aujourd’hui des coques un peu moins légères que les précédentes. Nous consacrerons un prochain article aux modèles encore plus protecteurs. Les coques spigen IPHONE 6 sont en vente ici Coque Spigen Ultra hybrid Il s’agit de coques disponibles en couleurs variées qui rappellent les bumpers, mais avec une différence : il y a en plus de la protection des cotés, une façade transparente sur l’arrière, qui laisse voir le design de la machine sans risquer qu’elle ne se raye. Ces coques arrivent avec un film de protection (pas faciles à retirer !) à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur de la face arrière. Une fois retirée, la façade arrière est parfaitement transparente : La coque se pose et s’enlève très facilement. le plastique du contour permet de manipuler les boutons sans problème notable. A l’avant, la coque revient légèrement sur l’écran, cela permet d’éviter tout contact lorsque la machine est posée face avant sur une table. La protection est plutôt rassurante sur tous les cotés, même en cas de chute : Il existe plusieurs modèles en terme de coloris, dont un entièrement transparent : Cette coque est moins fine que celles vues la semaine dernière : Thin fit et capsule Ces coques sont en vente, pas tous les coloris, ici Spigen slimfit Alu On poursuit nos tests avec un modèle original puisqu’il habillera l’IPHONE 6 d’une coque avec un revêtement en face arrière qui fait penser à de l’aluminium. Trois coloris classiques et assortis à l’IPHONE sont proposés : or, argent et gris. Très fine et parfaitement finie, elle tient très bien en main et assure une bonne protection sauf sur le haut et le bas de la machine laissés nus. Les boutons restent visibles et accessibles directement. On note que la coque est très, très ajustée, au point d’être difficile à retirer, c’est à savoir pour ceux qui aiment changer régulièrement. Elle est vendue en trois coloris aux alentours de 19 euros ici A lire également : notre Test des coques IPHONE 6 Spigen Capsule, Thin Fit, Neo hybrid et bumpers Les différentes coques spigen IPHONE 6 sont en vente ici Et concernant l’IPHONE 6 : Commandes IPHONE 6 : gros rush mais il en reste, un peu … IPHONE 6 ou 6 Plus : quel modèle choisir ? Les différences à connaitre absolument avant de se décider Comment acheter l’IPHONE 6/6 plus IPHONE 6 ou 6 Plus ? Question de taille, comparez avec un patron ! Suivez l’actualité iPhon.fr Suivez nous sur Twitter Devenez fan sur Facebook Abonnez vous au fil RSS Vous aimez ? Partagez !

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Les actus IPHONE, les app gratuites et les bons plans, c’est avec notre application i-nfo.fr gratuite : A noter Résultat de notre sondage : les coloris et capacité mémoire que vous avez retenu pour l’IPHONE 6 et 6 Plus L’Apple Watch fait son show chez Colette ce mardi Découvrez plus de 30 widgets pour IPHONE et IPAD sous iOS 8 ! Inventaire iOS 8 : plus de 30 extensions listées, pour enrichir l’utilisation de l’IPHONE et de l’IPAD Notre eBook gratuit : les 50 meilleures applis IPHONE classées par catégorie ! Ajouter de la mémoire sans fil à son IPHONE/ IPAD : des solutions à base de disques durs, clés USB et mémoires flash Wifi … (Mise à jour) App découverte Logic-Immo : une app gratuite pratique pour découvrir plus d’1 million d’annonces maisons et appartement partout en France, en photos et en détails Baisses de prix temporaires applis IPHONE et iPod touch Bioshock : 13,99 -> 9,99 € pour IPHONE et IPAD Ravensword: Shadowlands : 5,99 -> 0,89 € pour IPHONE et IPAD Minecraft Explorer Pro : 1,79 -> 0,89 € , 4 étoiles sur l’App Store FR , Godfire : 2,69 -> 0,99 € pour IPHONE et IPAD Musique en promo Genesis – A Trick of the Tail : 9,99 -> 5,99 € Julien Doré – LØVE (Deluxe Version) : 9,99 -> 5,99 € Michael Jackson – XSCAPE : 9,99 -> 5,99 € Mike + The Mechanics – Mike + The Mechanics : 9,99 -> 7,99 € Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear : 9,99 -> 5,99 € Pharrell Williams – G I R L : 9,99 -> 5,99 € Yann Tiersen – ∞ (Infinity) : 9,99 -> 5,99 € L’Italien du voyageur – Guide de conversation Pour les Nuls : 5,99 € -> 2,99 Le Japonais – Guide de conversation Pour les Nuls : 5,99 € -> 2,99 Best of Christophe Michalak : 4,99 € -> 1,99 € 190 cours à l’école de cuisine Alain Ducasse : 4,99 € -> 1,99 € Apps Mac gratuites ou en promo Stand O’Food : 4,49 € –> gratuit Typr : 0,89 € –> gratuit Fokus : 4,49 € –> gratuit Promotions films et séries 3h10 pour Yuma : 9,99 -> 4,99 € en HD et 7,99 -> 3,99 € en SD A coup sûr : 15,99 -> 9,99 € en HD et 13,99 -> 8,99 € en SD Le pont de la rivière Kwai : 9,99 -> 4,99 € en HD et 7,99 -> 3,99 € en SD The Patriot: Le Chemin De La Liberte : 9,99 -> 5,99 € en HD et 7,99 -> 3,99 € en SD Voici les applications et jeux passés en gratuit récemment et pour une durée limitée . Pensez à vérifier la gratuité lors du téléchargement ! Les applications IPHONE et iPod Touch gratuites temporairement : Fast Camera : pour prendre des photos en rafale et ne garder que les meilleures – 4 étoiles sur l’App Store fr, pour IPHONE et IPAD Photo Mapo : idéal e pour les voyageurs, cette appli met les photos en scène sur une carte, pour IPHONE et IPAD Instaflash : cette appli redonne à vos photos la lumière qui leur manque, pour IPHONE et IPAD Gauguin : parcourez l’œuvre de Gauguin dans cette appli malheureusement toute en anglais ScanBee : scanner un document et aussi simple que faire une photo grâce à cette appli World Travelpedia : restaurants, magasins, boite de nuit…à découvrir partout dans le monde, pour IPHONE et IPAD Idearium : une mine d’or pour ceux qui cherchent de bonnes idées, pour IPHONE et IPAD WeatherWheel : une belle météo qu’on dirait sortie d’un dessin animé, pour IPHONE et IPAD Vert : magnifique convertisseur d’unité à avoir toujours dans la poche, pour IPHONE et IPAD App découverte Deer Hunter 2014 : 3D impressionnante pour cette partie de chasse virtuelle dans une nature luxuriante – 4,5 étoiles ! Jeux IPHONE et iPod touch gratuits temporairement : God of Blades : Devenez un guerrier et partez défendre votre planète contre l’envahisseur – 4,5 étoiles sur l’App Store fr, pour IPHONE et IPAD Modern Labyrinth : un labyrinthe en bois à l’ancienne dans lequel il faut incliner l’IPHONE avec moult précautions pour faire avancer la bille sans tomber dans les trous – 5 étoiles sur l’App Store fr, pour IPHONE et IPAD Mafia Rush : Des tas d’armes à essayer pour un vrai jeu de gangster, pour IPHONE et IPAD Lub vs Dub : un petit jeu tout simple, mais sympa pour s’amuser à deux sur un seul écran – 4,5 étoiles sur l’App Store fr, pour IPHONE et IPAD Qui est-ce? : le célèbre jeu de déduction s’invite dans l’IPHONE. Plus de 70 personnages différents à retrouver – 4 étoiles sur l’App Store fr, pour IPHONE et IPAD Apps découverte Forge of Empires : superbe jeu de stratégie maintes fois récompensé, désormais disponible sur IPHONE, noté 4 étoiles Le jeu Forge of Empires est disponible ici gratuitement Zynga Poker : 20 000 $ de jetons offerts actuellement pour l’un des meilleurs jeux de Texas Holdem, en Français, noté 4,5 étoiles ! Le jeu Zynga Poker pour IPHONE et IPAD est gratuit ici Et toujours Warhammer Quest : jeu de rôle et de stratégie, dirigez un groupe d’aventuriers courageux et explorez des donjons semés d’embûches dans le monde de Warhammer – 4 étoiles sur l’App Store FR, pour IPHONE et IPAD European War 4: Napoleon : jeu de conquète et de stratégie, avec de nombreux généraux, champs de bataille etpays – 5 étoiles sur l’App Store FR, pour IPHONE et IPAD Mais aussi : My Great Big Coloring Book Et pour l’IPAD : Ce sera plus tard sur notre site IPAD VIPAD.fr ici Vous avez manqué un de nos billets quotidiens ? Certaines applis sont peut-être encore proposées gratuitement : Retrouvez tous nos billets des gratuits et promos du soir ici sur iPhon.fr Suivez l’actualité iPhon.fr Devenez fan sur Facebook Suivez nous sur Twitter Abonnez vous au fil RSS Vous aimez ? Partagez !

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iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8: Camera shootout!

Posted by phil under The IPhone Blog on Mardi sept 30, 2014

The IPHONE 6 features the same 8 megapixel, 1.5 micron, f/2.2 iSight camera as its predecessor, the IPHONE 5s. However, both the IPHONE 6 and IPHONE 6 Plus feature an all new sensor that includes focus pixels, and an all new image signal processor (ISP) thanks to the Apple A8 chipset. So in traditional fashion, I stacked the IPHONE 6 camera up against two of the hottest Android phones on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8. From low light to HDR and back again, here’s all the samples you need to see before deciding which smartphone camera you want in your pocket next! IPHONE 6 Plus vs. Nokia Lumia 1520 camera shootout IPHONE 6 vs IPHONE 6 Plus camera shootout IPHONE 6 vs Galaxy S5 vs M8: Specifications */ Apple IPHONE 6 Samsung Galaxy S5 HTC One M8 Megapixels 8MP 16MP 4MP Resolution 3264 x 2248 5312 x 2988 2688 x 1520 Sensor Size 1/3-inch 1/2.6-inch 1/3-inch Pixel Size 1.5µm 1.12µm 2.0µm Aperture ƒ/2.2 ƒ/2.2 ƒ/2.0 Flash Dual-LED LED Dual-LED Front camera 1.2MP 2.1MP 5MP IPHONE 6 vs Galaxy S5 vs M8: Consistency In order to keep these tests consistent across the board, I let all the software behind them do the work whenever possible. That means using only the vendor-provided, default camera app for each phone. If I had to tap to focus, like for macro shots, I tapped in the same area on each phone. Aside from that, I let each phone decide what settings to use. Note: You can right click on any of the samples in a desktop web browser in order to view a larger side by side comparison of each set. Towards the bottom of the article there are also 100% crop samples for you to view and can be enlarged as well. IPHONE 6 vs Galaxy S5 vs M8: Everyday and HDR shots From left to right: Galaxy S5, IPHONE 6, HTC One M8 The first thing I noticed when viewing the above samples side by side is that all three devices perceive color differently. The HTC One M8 always seems to oversaturate colors to my eyes, particularly blues. In many photo samples that I took of the sky, the M8 showed it to be a teal color that just wasn’t there, and that bothered me. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the IPHONE 6 did a much better job portraying the actual colors that were in front of me. In most of my samples, the S5 produced cooler images while the M8 leaned towards the warmer end of the spectrum. The IPHONE 6 always seemed to fall in the middle and balanced whites better. In very bright light, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 both struggled to not blow out images. You can clearly see this in the photo with sunlight directly in front of me and of the road with trees on both sides. Both the M8 and S5 experienced lens flare to some extent while the IPHONE 6 did a great job balancing the entire scene. Winner: IPHONE 6 IPHONE 6 vs Galaxy S5 vs M8: Macro shots While shooting macros with the IPHONE 6, I never felt as if I could crop in as close as I could with the S5 or M8. I always lost focus before I got to that point. I was almost certain that meant they’d produce better macro shots. However, after uploading them to the computer, I found that all three did a decent job but the M8 seemed to focus on smaller areas and blur the rest faster. The Galaxy S5 did a good job and managed to stay sharp 99% of the time. The IPHONE 6′s lack of letting me move in as close wasn’t for no reason. I found that it consistently produced sharper images and has a larger field of view without creating a bokeh effect at the outlying portions of the image. And in case you were wondering, that almond croissant was delicious, thank you for asking. However, the IPHONE 6 and Galaxy S5 seem to be able to hold focus over a larger area than the M8 when at close range. Tie: Galaxy S5 and IPHONE 6 IPHONE 6 vs Galaxy S5 vs M8: Zoom shots I’ve never been a fan of digital zoom in smartphones because, well because it’s not optical and it almost always sucks. Don’t expect that to change here. In each of the samples above, I zoomed in as far as each camera let me. And as you can tell, it’s very obvious. My solution to digital zoom graininess it just don’t use it. Move closer to your subject if at all possible or crop later. And if that’s not an option, just set your expectations properly and use the zoom as sparingly as possible. Winner: None of the above, digital zoom sucks IPHONE 6 vs Galaxy S5 vs M8: Low light shots Looking at the samples above, the first thing you should notice is that the Samsung Galaxy S5 quickly drops off in terms of balance. In the photos of the boat dock and lighthouse, you can see the IPHONE 6 and HTC One M8 shots are consistently brighter. While the S5 shot isn’t terrible, it’s definitely darker than the other two. Sometimes I’d get lucky and the S5 was on par with the other 2 but more often than not, it produced much darker and grainier images. Low light is also where I found the Galaxy S5 camera to be the perfect example of why more megapixels and a higher resolution does not always equal better photos. As you can see from the specification chart above, the M8 and IPHONE 6 have larger pixels than the S5, and it really shows in low light scenarios. The M8 has the lowest maximum resolution of the bunch yet still manages to smoke the S5 in terms of low light photography. The IPHONE 6 also holds its own and in my experience, may not produce as bright of images as the M8 in low light, but manages to be much more consistent across varying scenarios. For instance, the M8 struggles when any kind of lighting is presented, as evident by the basket on the fence. So for most people, most of the time, the IPHONE 6′s consistency will serve you better. Winner: IPHONE 6 IPHONE 6 vs Galaxy S5 vs M8: Flash photography I found the HTC One M8 consistently cast a yellowish hue on subjects when the flash was used, which is odd since it has a dual-LED flash similar to what is found in the IPHONE 6. The Galaxy S5 produced much cooler images than both, but I still felt they were more balanced than the M8. The IPHONE 6 did the best job at producing a natural light that wasn’t too intense or blown out. And again, it was much more consistent than the other two, which many users will appreciate. Winner: IPHONE 6 IPHONE 6 vs Galaxy S5 vs M8: Motion shots I had no issue with motion shots in broad daylight. In both of the photos above, it was rather windy. I only gave each camera one shot to capture the flag and grass blades blowing. The IPHONE 6 did a better job consistently balancing the scene as a whole, which seemed to be a pattern throughout many of my tests. In lower light scenarios, your mileage will vary depending on what you’re photographing. If the subject is still and the lights are low, you’ll most likely be fine. However, if you’re combining motion and low light, things could get a little hairy no matter what device you’re using since it comes at the price of either leaving the shutter open longer or using an insanely high ISO, which means more noise. Winner: IPHONE 6 IPHONE 6 vs Galaxy S5 vs M8: Panoramic shots In the above panoramas, I wasn’t happy with the way the Galaxy S5 completely blew out the sky in the first photo. The M8 does a sort of live stitching process that allows you to take individual images and then the software stitches them. While it kept things balanced, I again wasn’t happy with the hues it settles on when it comes to blues. Again, the sky looks teal and as much as I like the idea of a teal sky, that’s not what’s in front of me. The IPHONE 6 uses the same panoramic capture method as the S5 and as its predecessors. It’s one place you can really tell that Apple blows the competition out of the water when it comes to image signal processing and raw power. Not only are both IPHONE 6 panoramas more pleasant, they are the most accurate representation of what was actually in front of me. Winner: IPHONE 6 IPHONE 6 vs Galaxy S5 vs M8: Selfies! I don’t use the front-facing camera on my IPHONE very often but when I do, it’s for selfies. Yeah, I just went there. As you can tell, all three cameras do an acceptable job but pay attention to the background. In both samples, the IPHONE 6 was able to balance the image while the M8 and S5 both wash out everything behind the subjects. Winner: IPHONE 6 IPHONE 6 vs Galaxy S5 vs M8: 100% crop samples The above samples are pieces of some of the images I used in this comparison, but at 100% resolution. As you can see, the S5 may have a higher megapixel and resolution count but at its max, it isn’t anything to brag about. And in most cases, it’s actually worse than its competitors. The HTC One M8 has bigger pixels than the IPHONE 6 but the same size sensor. So keep in mind that even though some of the M8 samples look better and less grainy, they’re also at a much smaller resolution than the IPHONE 6. If I were to scale the IPHONE 6 samples back, you’d most likely see less grain than the M8. There’s nothing to judge here but it should give you an idea of what you can expect at full resolution for each camera, across the board. IPHONE 6 vs Galaxy S5 vs M8: The bottom line Smartphone cameras are getting better and the software driving them is getting smarter. While the IPHONE 6 may not have received a bump in specs, there are definite improvements under the hood that should make a huge difference in how your images turn out, and in meaningful ways. Apple is currently striking the right balance between megapixels and pixel size, between quality of lens and power of image signal processor. They don’t have the biggest glass, but they have the best chipset, and now that they offer manual camera controls for third party apps, I’m running out of reasons not to recommend the IPHONE camera to anyone or everyone. As of today, if you want to take great photos with your phone, the IPHONE 6 is your best bet. IPHONE 6 Plus vs. Nokia Lumia 1520 camera shootout IPHONE 6 vs IPHONE 6 Plus camera shootout

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