The new iPhones have been met with terrific reviews. Apples new iPhone Upgrade Program? Not so much. Some customers who wanted to use the Citizens Bank, N.A.-backed service on Friday to buy an iPhone were turned away.
AppAdvice readerswere among those turned away.
Lori Darwish noted, “I … stood in line yesterday for 4 hours and was denied credit for the Apple upgrade program. I tried 3 different times with 2 different credit cards. I was infuriated. I have perfect credit. Came home and checked credit scores and they were impeccable.”
BMoreGoHardalso had problems explaining “I could not believe I was turned down today. My credit score is not as high as a few people I’m read in here, but dang I am at around 730, and I know because I have a “myFICO” account and check it almost everyday.”
Like AT&T Next and Verizon Edge, the iPhone Upgrade Program allows users to spread the cost of a new phone over 24 monthly payments with the option to snag a new iPhone after 12 months.
Also making news: Pebble looks to battle Apple Watch with its new Time Round
Smartwatch pioneer Pebble has come full circle. Just months after introducingits Pebble Time, the company unveiled the Time Round featuring a circular display.
Much like the Time, the new round watch features an always-on color e-ink display and is designed to show you notifications, incoming calls, and more. Weighing in at 28 grams and measuring 7.5mm, Pebble says its the thinnest and lightest smartwatch in the world.For comparison, the Apple Watch measures 10.5mm.
Big app news
One of the first third-party photo apps for iPhone received a massive update this week.Hipstamaticversion 300 features a new Pro mode that gives users the ability to adjust the focus, white balance, exposure, shutter speed, ISO, and aspect ratio. Instead of only square photos, the app now supports multiple aspect ratios, including 16:9 widescreen.