The Line of Least Resistance: Waiting Doesn’t Have to be the Hardest Part

When it comes to lining up for the next iPhone, the most passionate Apple fans among us have more than a few stories to tell. For the more seasoned users, it’s practically considered a rite of passage to have multiple tours of duty under their belt.

But even for the most seasoned Apple fans, balancing the waiting with productivity can be a challenge. Getting busted for calling in sick when your boss sees you on the news is a rookie mistake.

Ahead of its September 19th availability, here are some tried and true tips for how to tackle the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus line in style.

Take the Power Back:

Make sure you have plenty of power for your idevices by bringing an external charger that will charge more than one device multiple times. A device such as the RAVPower Xtreme 23000 mAh 3-Port Portable should do the trick! If you’re looking at a multi-day campout, consider a reliable solar-powered device charger.

Creature Comforts Go a Long Way:

Make sure you bring a portable folding chair to keep you off of the ground for those extended wait times, along with plenty of water and snacks. Consider a blanket if you’re on the east coast or planning on spending the night outside. You’ll know you’re getting carried away if you start to instinctively reach for that can of bear spray.

A Friend In Need Is a Friend Indeed:

If you’re planning on using the bathroom, you may want to consider bringing a friend. Even a one-man wolfpack needs to face the call of nature, and an empty folding chair doesn’t necessarily guarantee your spot in line. If you can’t bring a friend, it should be relatively easy to befriend everyone in line around you.

Why Take a Vacation Day When You Can Work Remotely:  

To make sure you can still get your work done while waiting, we recommend you bring both your iPhone and your iPad. Use your smart phone to log into your company’s IM solution (be it Lync, Skype or whatever platform your team uses) and use your tablet to perform heavy work load duties such as MS Outlook, GoogleDocs, and MS PowerPoint.

Expect the Unexpected:

No matter how far ahead you prepare, chances are you’ll need to access files on your desktop PC back at the office. Fear not – you can use Parallels Access to quickly and easily reach any file on any device. You can download a free trial at www.parallels.com/access.

Before you get in line, there is still one more day for our fans and followers to enter to win an iPhone 6 and a Parallels Access subscription! To enter the Front of the Line contest, simply snap a picture of your personalized Apple device and share it with us on Facebook, then leverage those social networks to get your friends and family to vote for you. The contest ends on Thursday, September 18th, so now’s your chance to enter!

Good luck, and stay tuned! You may be the lucky winner…

Front of the Line: Enter to Win an Apple iPhone 6 with a Parallels Access Subscription!

With Tuesday’s big reveal now behind us, we know which iPhone 6 rumors were true and which were off-base. Fuelled by Apple’s main event, anticipation for the iPhone 6 – and 6 Plus – continues to reach even greater heights. New units are expected to hit Apple Stores worldwide on the 19th, but lines began forming a week ago, a full five days before consumers even knew what to expect. Global demand will be staggering – together, the two devices are expected to boost China’s exports by 1%.

We’ll let that sink in for a moment…

The Apple Store on 57th and 5th Ave in NYC on September 3, six days before the iPhone 6 was revealed… 

The Apple Store on 57th and 5th Ave in NYC on September 3, six days before the iPhone 6 was revealed… 

Before you pack up your camping gear and have Siri direct you to the nearest Apple store, Parallels is giving our fans and followers the chance to win an iPhone 6 with a Parallels Access Subscription. How, you ask? Simple. Just by being yourselves. 

Show us how you personalize your Apple devices. Is your MacBook a personal shrine to Air Jordan? Does your iPhone have a reputation for being a conversation starter (or does it have the opposite effect)? Snap a picture and share it with us on Facebook for your chance to win an iPhone 6!

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Once you’ve submitted your picture, it’s time to vote! You can only vote once, so be sure to tap into that vast social network of yours. Don't waste any time and enter before our contest end date, which is Thursday, September 18, 2014. 

We’ve partnered with G Style Magazine to sweeten the deal, and they will be giving away Parallels Access subscriptions and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac licenses! Free trials for both are available for download at www.parallels.com/desktop and www.parallels.com/access.


iPhone 6 Rumors Report Card

While today’s livestream disaster left a slew of empty Apple Announcement Bingo cards in its wake, we’re here to fill you in on all the details of today’s big iPhone 6 reveal. A few weeks back, we highlighted the most hotly anticipated iPhone 6 rumors on the Parallels Desktop blog. How on point were those? Well…it’s a mixed bag.

Where We Were Right

Size: As expected, there will be two sizes. The 4.7” iPhone 6 model will start at $199, while the 5.5” model – which we referred to as an “iPhablet” – will be known as the iPhone 6 Plus and start at $299. Both models will be available in gold, silver and space grey (no black and white this go-around). They will start shipping on September 19, and iOS 8 will be released September 17.

Faster A8 Chip: Both models will boast up to 25 percent faster CPU performance and 50 percent faster graphics. Additionally, the A8 is up to 50 percent more efficient and can sustain power-intensive tasks for longer while generating less heat.

Buttons: As expected, the power and volume buttons have been slimmed down. The power button has been repositioned from the top to the side, making it easier to turn off and on with one hand.

Where We Were a Bit Off:

Sapphire: Apple says the glass on its new display is “ion strengthened,” but it doesn’t appear to be sapphire as everyone expected.

Extended battery life. Apple says the iPhone 6 will boast 14 hours of talk time – a 40 percent increase over the 5S – but web browsing time over 3G and LTE is still rated at 10 hours, and video playback time is 11 hours. That’s just slightly longer then the 5s. Not much of an improvement.

Infrared camera: While the 6 and 6 Plus will boast some truly advanced features – including an 8 megapixel camera, 1.5 micron pixels, f/2/2 aperture, “Focus Pixels” (a new feature which auto-determines the direction of and distance to the phone’s focus point to move the lens for sharper images) and the ability to focus twice as fast as the 5s – it won’t be infrared.

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What We Didn’t Expect:

Mobile Payments: With a built-in near-field communications (NFC) chip, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will include a new payment process called Apple Pay. Although no specifics have been revealed, it is rumored that Stripe may power the third-party ecosystem of apps that want to integrate Apple Pay into their check-out.

 The Apple Watch: OK, so we did have a few clues that Tim Cook would be unveiling an “iWatch” today, but we weren’t really sure what to expect. What do we know at this point? It comes in two sizes, will be available in early 2015 for $349, and will be armed with its own NFC chip to enable wrist payments and give users the ability to wave open a hotel room.

Reviews have been mixed. Some think it will it be a boon to the wearables industry, while others feel it’s too big, too expensive and tries too hard to jam too many features into the UI.



 

We’ve warned before that too many bells and whistles can degrade the UI and harm UX, but it’s far too early to predict whether that will be the case here. Tim Cook is willing to bet his legacy on this, so we’re definitely intrigued. Here’s a comprehensive breakdown from Bloomberg.

While the Jury is out on the Apple Watch, there’s no question the iPhone 6 is a hit. Naturally, Parallels Access will be available for both the 6 and the 6 Plus. You can download a free trial from the App Store on iTunes. It gives your favorite mobile devices cool new features today by letting you access your PCs and Macs and run all of their apps and files with touch gestures so they feel like they were made for your mobile device.

 

 

The Best Dual Booting (and Multi Booting) Software Doesn’t Require a Reboot

Many people want access to more than one operating system on their computer or laptop. Being able to run Windows on a Mac, for instance, allows people to take advantage of the strengths of both platforms. Dual boot software, unfortunately, often makes this process a headache. From partitioning a hard drive to having to reboot; using dual boot software is a time-consuming process.

It’s 2014! Shouldn’t there be an easier way than requiring a restart?

Good news: Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac replaces dual booting software with a more efficient way to use multiple operating systems (and with no restart required).

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Dual booting simply means booting up a computer and selecting one of two operating systems. That’s it. As you can guess, since it includes the word “boot” in it, this process requires a reboot

So, what’s multi-booting?

It’s not rocket science: multi-booting is selecting from one of several different operating systems.

And why would I want different operating systems on one computer?

There are several reasons!

In a professional setting, it could be necessary to use programs that only run on a Windows machine or a Mac machine. Developers are often asked to test and perform QA in both Windows and Mac environments.

In addition, the ability to “trial run” an operating system can save hours of potential headache. A different operating system means different hardware requirements, which could lead to unforeseen compatibility issues. Dual booting into a different operating system, instead of formatting and starting from scratch, can be a lifesaver if a computer’s hardware and an operating system don’t get along.

So which dual boot software should I use?

Skip the dual booting software and use Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac. It allows you to skip the antiquated process of having to reboot into an operating system and offers features you can’t live without!

Three reasons why you should use Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac instead of dual booting:

-       No Restart Required: You don’t have to scurry to save all of your work or spend time rebooting your computer. Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac allows you to run multiple operating systems with no restart required.

-       Avoid Partition Confusion: Partitioning a hard drive isn’t an easy process. Nor is it something someone who isn’t tech-savvy would like to try out. Dual booting requires the hard drive to be partitioned, which splits the hard drive into two. Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac does not required a partitioned hard drive. You’re welcome.

-       The Best of Both Worlds: Another benefit of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is you can run two operating systems at once. It features drag & drop and copy & paste between operating systems, allowing you to conveniently use multiple operating systems simultaneously.

Experience the convenience of running multiple operating systems on your Mac. The best multi-booting software doesn’t require a reboot – try Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac free for 14 days now!

Lessons From the iPhone 6 Rumors: Users want durability, ‘meh’ on larger size

In the lead-up to the launch of the iPhone 6, the rumor mill is back in full swing. It’s a familiar cycle that we’ve all come to expect ahead of new iPhone releases. Apple fans love to speculate – why wait for a drunk designer to leave a prototype behind at a bar when you can listen to a hot tip from a blogger claiming to have an inside line to a rogue Apple employee?

 Parallels took a look at the most discussed potential new features that have been driving speculation on Twitter over the past month. The resulting snapshot provides a rough sentiment analysis across the most anticipated and talked about iPhone 6 rumors. While we can’t confirm the truth about any of these potential new features, we have a rough idea of how people feel about them. 

iPhone 6 Speculation, Crowd Sourced

iPhone 6 Speculation, Crowd Sourced

Based on the data we compiled from social conversations, iPhone users are hungry for durability features. The “unscratchable” (and apparently much more crack-resistant) sapphire screen rumor drove the most conversation by far, but the extended battery life feature was also much-discussed.

From there, conversations around the faster and more efficient A8 chip, infrared camera, and slimmer, redesigned power and volume buttons garnered a lot of attention.

 Surprisingly, the biggest and most obvious physical change – a larger, redesigned form factor with two size options – didn’t seem to get iPhone fanatics as excited as we might have predicted. Allegedly, the iPhone 6 will be available in either a 4.7” or a 5.5” size. The jury’s still out on whether we could feasibly call a 5.5” iPhone a phablet (or an iPhablet?), but we ran a poll on our Facebook page a few weeks ago, and our fans were more interested in getting their hands on the 4.7” model. 

Concept design of the iPhone 6

Concept design of the iPhone 6

As you can see, the 6 is expected to be noticeably thinner, curvier and larger than past models. Still, the new durability features seem to be generating more conversation on Twitter.

 We’re interested in hearing from Parallels fans. What potential new feature has you most excited to line up outside an Apple store when the iPhone 6 becomes available? Take our poll on Facebook today and compare your vote with fellow fans before the official iPhone 6 announcement.

A mobile bonus: If you currently have an iPhone, Android phone, Android tablet or an iPad, be sure to download a free trial of Parallels Access from Google Play Store and the iTunes Apps Store. It gives your favorite mobile devices cool new features today by letting you access your PCs and Macs and run all of their apps and files with touch gestures so they feel like they were made for your mobile device.