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'Bending' iPhone: Users should exercise common sense

By: Alok Jha - ITV News Science Correspondent

The bending rumours are unlikely to put any die-hard Apple fans (or many others) off from buying their new iPhones but if you’re worried, it seems sensible to exercise a little common sense when using it.

A woman places an iPhone 6 in her pocket. Credit: Caroline Seidel/DPA

As Rik Henderson wrote for Pocket Lint: "Don't put a 5.5-inch superthin phone in your back pocket, no matter whether it is made by Apple, Samsung or any other manufacturer.

“You wouldn't put your glasses in your back pocket would you? And they probably cost less.”

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Apple sells 10 million new iPhones in first weekend

Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (left), which both have larger screens than the previous model. Credit: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Apple has sold more than 10 million of the new iPhone 6 models in the first weekend - a record total that could have been higher if more stock had been available.

Tim Cook, chief executive, said that sales of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, had exceeded the technology giant's expectations. It took more than four million pre-orders for the new smartphones, which boast larger screens.

"While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible," he added.

Apple sold five million iPhone 5 handsets, four million iPhone 4S models and 1.7 million iPhone 4 units during the first weekend.

Celebrities catch iPhone 6 fever

Bronson star Tom Hardy and fiancee Charlotte Riley are shown the new iPhone 6 at Apple's Regent Street store. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Actors Tom Hardy and his fiancee, actress Charlotte Riley, along with Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper and Doctor Who's Jenna Coleman were among the thousands who picked up the new iPhone 6 today at Apple's Regent Street store in London.

Reports suggested that some 5,000 people queued outside the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, while outlets in the 10 countries were the device went on sale today were all busy with early adopters. Last week Apple reported a record four million pre-orders for the iPhone 6.

Most technology writers have praised the new smartphone. Stuart Miles, founder of gadget website Pocket-lint, said: "Ultimately the two new iPhones will be very successful because while Apple doesn't deliver new tech it delivers it in such a way that consumers want without getting bogged down with tech specs.

"Apple's attention to detail has a huge knock-on effect in making other manufacturers continually up their game."

Men are first in line for the new iPhone 6

Apple fans - almost all men - queue outside its Covent Garden store to buy the new iPhone 6, which went on sale today. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A picture of Apple fans queuing outside the technology giant's Covent Garden store today waiting to buy the new iPhone 6 has sparked an unexpected online row.

The Independent's report is headlined "There is literally not a single woman in this iPhone 6 queue", but Rhiannon Williams, the Telegraph's technology reporter, says that claim is "untrue".

She tweeted:

The story does acknowledge that there were some women in the queue, but it is certainly difficult - if not impossible - to see any in the picture above.

Meanwhile, a survey of 750 women and 1,250 men has claimed that women are more avid smartphone users than men, with 18% of women checking their devices at least once an hour, compared with 13% of men.

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He's got the iPhone 6, now it's time for a selfie

Sam Sheikh (left) and Jameel Ahmed are the first iPhone 6 customers at the Apple Store in Covent Garden, London. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The first person to buy a new iPhone 6 in London said his first priority with the new phone would be taking a selfie.

Jameel Ahmed, 26, and his friend Sam Sheikh, 27, were the first two technology fans through the doors of the Apple store in Covent Garden to buy the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets.

Mr Ahmed said he was "really excited", adding: "I'd like to open it and take my selfie. It's a challenge with my friends that I'll have the iPhone first."

The iPhone 6, with a 4.7 inch screen, and the 6 Plus with 5.5 inch display, went on sale in nine countries and the UK today.

EE said that customers who pre-ordered handsets through Phones 4u, which went bust on Sunday, would still be able to get them in its stores if they had their receipts.

Apple unleashes iOS 8 update amid app gold rush

Apple has released its new iOS 8 software update for iPhones and iPads this evening in preparation for the company's new line of products.

Developers have rushed to release updated apps, while others have moved onto Apple's new platform for the first time, as it was made available.

App gold rush as Apple unleashes iOS 8 update. Credit: Apple

The Guardian reported that Facebook has already updated its app, while popular Android keyboard apps Swype and SwiftKey have made the leap to the Apple ecosystem for the first time.

But a number of people have already complained on Twitter that the 1.1 GB update is taking longer that expected to download.

Apple Watch 'could distract motorists at wheel'

The new Apple Watch Credit: PA Wire

Drivers could put themselves and others at risk by using the Apple Watch while behind the wheel, a road safety charity claims.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists said the watch, which will allow users to make and receive calls and check messages by operating the device on their wrists, could be a major cause of distraction that could impair driving performance.

"Constant alerts will require motorists' regular attention. As opposed to using a legal hands-free piece of equipment, the (Apple) iWatch will require drivers to use two hands to operate the device - impacting speed, lane position and time spent looking at the road," the IAM said.

IAM policy and research director Neil Greig warned that police have the power to seize and interrogate devices in the event of a serious crash.

"The very device that distracted you also has the power to convict you," he said.

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