iPhone 6s and 6s Plus headphone ports suffer from possible electrical noise interference

Well-known Youtuber and Headfier lachlanlikesathing discovers that the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus suffers from bad design (likely from the additional of the taptic engine and the new pressure-sensing display unit) where the isolation of the headphone port from electrical noise is less than ideal – sensitive IEMs and headphones pick up audible buzzing during normal operation of the phones.

Below are the videos he has posted regarding the issue, and here is the thread on Head-fi discussing the issue.

ExFAT 1: Where is my Pink iPhone 6s Plus?

Daniel and I talk about tomorrow’s iPhone 6s launch, which model I am getting, as well as the new iPads. Dialogue mostly in chinese.

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Introducing ExFAT, my first ever podcast

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I have been preparing for this over the last decade. It might sound exaggerating, but it is really not a simple task to find someone who is willing to throw in money, and to spend his or her free time, to record something as trivial as a podcast.

Which is why I am truly glad that Daniel, one of my techie friends, is totally on board. After at least 10 people who promised me that they are interested and then disappear even before we recorded a single episode, it is telling that Daniel has already recorded more than 3 sessions with me, with each one spanning 2 hours or more, excluding the preparations.

It might be insignificant, there might be no listeners, we will almost definitely lose a lot of money doing this – but I am totally glad that I have done it, and will continue doing it for the foreseeable future.

Why a podcast?

Podcasts are my main source of audio entertainment on the go (other than music of course), and listening to them week in week out have just made my desire to produce a podcast myself stronger and stronger as the years go by. Besides, for a very short while some years back, I was invited to be part of another local tech podcast, one that I did not really enjoy due to the over-produced format of the show.

ExFAT is why I really want to do – just talking crap into a microphone without any kind of preparations whatsoever.

Why ExFAT?

There has been a trend in recent years for tech podcasts to have one-word names, and ExFAT has to be a name that techies have heard before – ExFAT is both Windows and Mac (even though it is a Microsoft file system, but that is exFAT, not ExFAT), and we are not only Apple – but usually Apple.

Both Daniel and myself are people well-versed in both the Windows, Apple, and Android worlds, and while we personally love Apple more than anything else (for good reason), we will like to talk about non-Apple stuff as well, be it Android phones or Windows updates, or even random stuff such as politics in Singapore.

How often?

The intro states that we will be producing once a month, but most likely it will be quite infrequent, with more shows when I have more free time, and lesser shows when I am busy with work. Daniel is still a student, so I believe we will not have shows when he is having his exams too.


When you subscribe, there will be three episodes in the feed, with one “Special” episode, one “Prelude” episode, and our episode 1 which we are releasing today.

Please do not listen to the special and prelude episodes. The prelude episode was recorded after our first failed recording, and it was so bad that the only reason why it is in the feed is to create the iTunes feed in the first place. And the special episode is one where we talked out of our arses about the GE which I hope no one listens to in case we get sued. So just please listen to episode 1 – Where is my Pink iPhone 6s?

You can subscribe to ExFAT in iTunes or manually in podcatchers using the RSS and iTunes links below, or you can just search for ExFAT in the most popular podcatchers such as Overcast and Pocket Casts and it will be there already.

Thanks all. Please do give feedback here or in the various episode posts in MacRyu.com.

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is launching on Friday 25th Sep 2015!

Have you preordered yours yet?

M1’s preorder is over.

Starhub’s preorder is on Monday 21st September, from 12pm to 6pm.


I haven’t secured my set yet. OMG.

Gawd help me.

I want my Rose Gold iPhone 6s Plus 128GB today.

MacRyu.com is Content Blocker Friendly!

Web ads have never made me a single cent, and I doubt they ever will. And I don’t care.

MacRyu.com has always been made to look and work the exact way I want it to be, and I will never litter it with fugly banner ads.

Please feel free to run your content blockers, Peace, Crystal, Purity, all of them.

Or even better, just read via RSS.

The silly people making a big big fuss recently don’t get it – we never read their stuff with ads on in the first place thanks to RSS.

And I can’t help but think Marco Arment is making a big mistake taking Peace off the App Store.

In fact, if anything, high profile Marco just further increased the demand/appetite for ad blockers by iOS users fearing Crystal or Purity doing another “Marco”.

Registration of Interest for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus for all telcos

If you have missed Apple’s preorders for the new iPhones last Saturday, or if you buy your annual iPhones from the local telcos like most of us, here are the various links for registering your interest to purchase this year’s iPhones.


Starhub – Preorder closes 16th Sep, 12pm.

M1 – Registration now closed.

Unlike previous years, it seems like this year, at least for Starhub and M1, the telcos will be doing a staggered registration process where groups of customers will be invited to pre-purchase the iPhone online at differing time and dates, probably to prevent the annual server-crashing preorder load.

*fake* iPhone 6s resolution to be 2K, iPhone 6s Plus to be 2208×1242

Proven fake

So a Chinese source claims the iPhone 6s will now sport an increased resolution of 2000×1125 while the iPhone 6s Plus will now sport a increased resolution of 2208×1242.

While Cult of Mac might be sceptical, the listed resolutions are highly possible.

When the iPhone 6 Plus was first announced, it was the first iOS device to use Retina 3X elements, meaning, in actual fact, the iPhone 6 Plus hardware is effectively outputting a effective resolution of 2208×1242, and then applies a software scaler to downscale the resolution to 1920×1080, effectively both lowering actual resolution while letting the performance of the iPhone 6 Plus take a hit.

Theories such as the need to save battery life with higher resolution screens being more power hungry were put up as reasons for the downscaled resolution of the iPhone 6 Plus.

What if, the reason for the downscaled resolution is simply that Apple could not get enough low-energy high resolution screens for the kind of scale the iPhones require during the last generation? If so, it makes perfect sense to remove the downscaling this time round now that they have secured enough low-energy (probably IGZO) high resolution screens for the next generation of iPhones.

Thus, the native 2208×1242 resolution for the iPhone 6s Plus.

For the iPhone 6s, it is simply a matter of changing the Retina 2X elements used in the iPhone 6 to using the Retina 3X elements this time round, making both iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus use Retina 3X elements.

This also effectively increased the ppi of the iPhone 6s to 488ppi, which is higher than the iPhone 6s Plus’ 460ppi if the 2208×1242 resolution is real.

Seriously speaking, high-end Android phones long have such high density screens, and it makes zero sense for Apple to stay away from them especially if the battery life will no longer take a hit from using these screens.

I for one will like a 488ppi iPhone 6s in Rose Gold.

The Apple Watch “Mushy” Digital Crown Hardware Problem

The Digital Crown Problem

This seems to be a problem especially with certain models of the stainless steel version – namely the Apple Watch (stainless steel) with Black Sport Band.

On online forums many owners of the above mentioned model of the Apple Watch found that, upon unboxing, their digital crown feels a bit weird – pressing it feels soft, and without the “clicky” feedback one gets from pressing the contacts button – almost like a used, worn out home button on an iPhone.

Turning the digital crown also is not a smooth process, sometimes the crown will get stuck, sometimes it requires more than the usual force to push the crown – nowhere near as smooth as how the digital crown should feel.

Many at first put it down to several possible theories – different materials used for the stainless steel version; dried up sweat clogging up the digital crown, etc. But mere testing of other stainless steel models have proven that the mushy digital crown is definitely isolated to only some, and other stainless steel models have clicky digital crowns just like all the Sport models. Neither is dried up sweat a good explanation for something that didn’t work right out of the box, and following Apple support document of running the digital crown under water while furiously turning and pressing it does not solve the problem either.

Many overseas have already successfully gotten replacements for their malfunctioning digital crowns.

I have the same model.

I have had the same mushy digital crown issue since day one, but as the Watch was purchased overseas, there was no way I could send it in for servicing until now, when the local servicing options opened up upon the launch of the Watch locally.

I called up Applecare, told them my problem, received a case number, a referral to a local service provider (A.lab), and a promise that the watch would be replaced upon successful confirmation of the issue by the service centre.

But A.lab is notorious for being difficult with their customers for repairs – it really stinks that micro2000/eServ lost the tender for servicing Apple products.

My appointment is in thirty minutes. Wish me luck.

P.S. If you have a less than ideal digital crown, go to the service centre today.

P.P.S. They accepted my watch and said they will send it directly to Apple for them to check and assess. Hope this goes well.

Just wanted to add here, the problem with the digital crown has been there all along, and I always planned to send it in when Apple started supporting the Watch in Singapore. The watch is still very usable all these while despite the faulty crown, and I try to avoid pressing the crown since the main use of presses is for accessing the app home screens, and third party apps on the Watch are still pretty shitty and slow due to Watchkit 1.0. This will obviously change when watchOS 2 rolls by in a few months’ time.

Apple Watch Prices in Singapore

These are the official Apple Watch prices. All prices are in Singapore dollars. As previously revealed, prices are off from the rumored ones by $40 to $50.

Apple Watch Sport

38mm – $518
42mm – $598

Apple Watch (Stainless Steel)

i. Stainless Steel Case with White/Black Sport Band

38mm – S$798
42mm – S$878

ii. Stainless Steel Case with Milanese Loop/Classic Buckle/Leather Loop (42mm only)

38mm – S$948
42mm – S$1018

iii. Stainless Steel Case with Modern Buckle (38mm only)

38mm – S$1088

iv. Stainless Steel case with Link Braclet

38mm – $1388
42mm – $1458

v. Space Black Stainless Steel case with Link Braclet

38mm – $1528
42mm – $1598

Wondering which watch to buy?

Here is my review of the Apple Watch after wearing it for two months.

Two months with the Apple Watch

When the watch was first announced to launch in only several countries that excluded Singapore, I was slightly upset but for the first time in many years, I did not feel an absolute need to get the Watch on launch day.

I have owned a Pebble since when they were on Kickstarter, and thanks to the bad customer service and the cheap looking watch body, and the constant need to recharge the watch, I gave up wearing it after a few weeks. I did not know if the Apple Watch will be any different, and the biggest features that was announced like the health related stuff really was not what an obese guy like me wanted in life.

I resigned to my fate and decided to wait for a Singapore launch.

Then somehow I got a chance to purchase some Apple Watches for launch day, and bought a Space Grey Sport and a Apple Watch (Stainless Steel) with Black Sports Band. The Sport I gave to my brother, the nicer one I kept for myself.

And I started wearing the Watch.

At first I would only wear it when I go out of the house, and try to keep the Watch safe if I was going to be in a situation where I would be rough doing work. It was, after all, the first time I own a 800-dollar watch. Then I started wearing it more and more. Even on days when I don’t leave the house. Even when I enter the shower. Sometimes even when I sleep. It just felt natural because the Black Sport Band is so comfortable when you put it on that it hardly feels like a watch on your arm.

It was convenient after all, I could take calls anywhere in the house even when I was away from my iPhone (it works over wifi), I could text friends through dictation, see my emails and decide if they were important or urgent enoguh that I need to get up from the sofa and walk into my room to reply, send my friends stickers over Line, run some Automator-ish workflows from Workflow, and even add reminders to my phone as and when I remember something in any part of my house.

One function that I did not anticipate using much was the heart rate sensor function/Glance. It informed me that I have a high resting heart rate, and I started monitoring my heart rate measurements using the Health app on my iPhone, as the watch will automatically record the measurements and send them to your phone. The Activity Glance, which I did not anticipate that I will even use, turned out to effective enough at forcing me to clear some of the easiest goals set by the app on default, daily.

Notifications. Need I even explain how this can literally be why anyone will purchase a Apple Watch? Fine tuning the kind of notifications you receive on your watch is absolutely necessary, right from the get on. You should only set to receive notifications from important apps and turn off stupid notifications like say, from games or other spammish apps you have on your phone. And it never fails to tap you on your wrist everytime a notification comes in, even if your phone is in your bag, or if you can’t feel the vibration of the phone in your jeans’ pocket.

When you receive a notification, if you mute the watch, no one else will know that a notification came in except for you yourself, for the screen will NOT light up, unless you lift your arm to read the message. Which means that it is not going to affect you in your important meeting when some idiotic friends of yours suddenly started spam messaging you to sob about their sad sad love story. You’ll feel her sadness on your wrist, but no one else will realise that (so long you do not keep lifting your arm to read the messages).

Charging is so simple, you literally just plug in another cable (to a usb charger) next to your iPhone, and when you charge your phone for the night you just charge the watch next to it as well. Battery life does last way more than an average day but unlike the Pebble, there are so many things that you want to do with your watch everyday that charging it daily is not a chore. Not to mention how the shitty charging cable Pebble has keeps falling off the magnetic contacts everytime you lightly touch it – the Apple Watch’s magnetic charging cable fits snugly but does not require much torch to separate it from the watch in the morning.

There are so many things more I can say about this lovely “device” that I put on my wrist everyday – how much easier it is to put on compared to a normal watch band after you get the hang of it, how inconspicuous it is (despite wearing it around for 2 months only three people noticed the watch, and that was because I was playing with it) if you select one with a band that is not the Pink, Blue or Green sport band, so it works well for professional work places as well, etc, etc, etc.

I Will be getting more bands for my Apple watch. Probably the Pink Sport Band since the Sport Bands are so comfortable.

I love my Apple Watch.

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