Sunday, September 28, 2014

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8

...iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and iOS 8...

All the new hotness from Apple!

We've been very busy working on the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus, and our designs are almost complete! Pre-orders won't be for at least a few more weeks, but here's some of the highlights of what early adopters of the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 are enjoying!

Customers have had the chance to check out the latest from Apple for about a week now, and there are some strong opinions forming out there! Let's take a look at the latest and greatest from Apple!

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

New Screen Sizes - 4.7” and 5.5”

Apple’s iPhones had maintained a very standard 3.5” - 4” screen since the iPhone’s conception, which only changed in introduction of the taller screen on the iPhone 5 family and iPod Touch 5th Gen.

For the first time, Apple customers will get a rich, dynamic, and data-centric iPhone experience on this larger size that won’t dilute the personal connection to the device. The iPhone 6 holds the bar at 326 PPI (standard Retina resolution), but the iPhone 6 Plus steals the show at 401 PPI - on what Apple calls its Retina HD display.

Customers seem to be BIG fans of the larger screen sizes. Many tout the iPhone 6's 4.7" screen to be "absolutely perfect" while others insist on the brute force of the 6 Plus's mammoth 5.5" screen. 

The iPhone 6 might obviously be somewhat more portable, but the iPhone 6 Plus definitely provides the more immersive experience. Having handled both, I can safely say that BOTH iPhones feel like they are just the right size.

Now if only we could make it SAFER...

We have big plans for the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 - and especially the iPhone 6 Plus! The newly increased dimensions will afford space for some truly stunning features to be implemented in the new SAFE Wallets. To get your imaginations going, more height and width means that the SAFE Wallet could do MORE for you! How else would YOU simplify your life?

State-of-the-art Mobile Processors - A8 and M8

Apple’s new A8 processor doubles the transistor count of the A7, putting the A8 at 2 billion transistors on a single chip! The A8 is complemented by the M8, which serves as a powerful co-processor aimed at tracking motion, elevation, and other activity metrics more accurately than ever!

The lightning-fast reflexes of the A8 processor make the latest and greatest run as smooth as butter on the new hardware. Where iOS 8 and its features are pushing previous models beyond their comfort zones, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are a dream to operate!

New, Superpowered Camera - Optical Image Stabilization and more!

Some of the best camera features of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are vast improvements on previous features. Improved autofocus (using new Focus Pixel technology), dynamic face detection, exposure control, and bigger and better panoramas up to 43 megapixels also enter the equation as new features of the iPhone 6 camera. The video camera feature can also now record at 1080p at 30 or 60 fps!

The iPhone 6 Plus will feature an exclusive new optical image technology that stabilizes like never before using the A8, the M8, and sensed motion and lighting information to produce images that are richer and clearer than ever! This creates a pronounced divide between the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6, even more so than the screen size.

Another killer feature is the improved slow-motion video built into the iPhone 6’s camera. The iPhone 5s introduced this slow-motion feature, letting users capture video at 120 fps. Now, on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, users will be able to shoot video in a stunning 240 fps!

The optical mage image stabilization on the iPhone 6 Plus gives it a cut above the 6 that makes the 6 Plus our clear preference - and that’s regardless of the screen size! That being said, iPhone 6 camera performance does NOT disappoint!

Better Batteries All Around!

The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have improved battery performance than previously. It also comes as no surprise that the 6 Plus is equipped with a larger battery. The iPhone 6 has a 1,815mAh battery, and the 6 Plus is rocking 2,915mAh. 

Those numbers speak volumes for some, but here are some runtime statistics provided by Apple, which paints a pretty good picture!

iPhone 6
Talk time: Up to 14 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 10 days (250 hours)
Internet use: Up to 10 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 11 hours on Wi‑Fi
Video playback: Up to 11 hours
Audio playback: Up to 50 hours
iPhone 6 Plus
Talk time: Up to 24 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 16 days (384 hours)
Internet use: Up to 12 hours on 3G, up to 12 hours on LTE, up to 12 hours on Wi‑Fi
Video playback: Up to 14 hours
Audio playback: Up to 80 hours

It’s interesting to see how the numbers above vary. For instance, the 6 Plus 3G Talk Time is up to 24 hours, up from 14 on the iPhone 6; this difference represents a 71% increase in effective capacity. On the other hand, the iPhone 6 Plus will only have a 1 hour boost in Wifi Internet Use over the iPhone 6’s 11 hours; this yields only a 9% effective increase. Below, you can see our full analysis of the effective battery usage between iPhone 6 models.

iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
Usage Difference
Usage Difference (%)
Talk Time
Standby Time
Internet Use (in hrs; 3G, LTE, Wifi)
10 / 10 / 11
12 / 12 / 12
2 / 2 / 1
20% / 20% / 9%
Video Playback
Audio Playback

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users have been claiming battery life isn't quite up to snuff since purchase. However, as many experts and developers have reported, as the 2-3 day "re-entry" period of re-indexing your data and updating all your user data to the iOS 8 environment comes to an end, so too should the battery life start to perform as expected.

With Apple's upgraded batteries, will we need to charge less? Or will the hype get squashed by heightened use of our handheld supercomputers? Regardless, we aim to make the SAFE Wallet as OPEN to suggestion from all chargers!

Better and Faster LTE, Faster Wifi

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus mark the first time the iPhone supports the latest consumer standards of 802.11ac for some screaming speeds over Wifi! The LTE antenna in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus also gives a steady 50% boost in hypothetical LTE speeds, up to 150 Mbps.

Apple has also designed the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to support VoLTE (Voice over LTE) - an emerging technology that places cellular calls over the LTE network, rather than over the traditional 3G/4G cellular bands. The result is that two VoLTE-connected devices experience richer call quality (note - this is not limited to Apple devices)! This will also enable iPhone users on CDMA networks (like Verizon and Sprint) to finally use cellular data while on a call! Major carriers are expected to fully roll this technology out in 2015, and some Verizon markets are getting access before the end of the year!

ApplePay and NFC - Apple’s Answer to Mobile Payments

NFC technology is nothing new, and neither is the concept of using a smartphone as a payment method. While Apple’s implementation of the technology isn’t completely revolutionary at a surface level, the security of the system seems to be greater than other mobile payment systems that have come before it.

Apple has forged partnerships with VISA, MasterCard, and American Express to make ApplePay a widely compatible solution for all major credit and debit cards. Addition of cards is simple, requiring only a photo of each side of the card and verifying the amount of a charge made to the card. To make it even simpler, an ApplePay payment over NFC is authorized using your Touch ID - so its as simple as a press of your finger!

Some critics have found potential security concerns, but it’s worth noting that Apple is still perfecting their payment system for prime time. In the announcement on September 9, 2014, it was announced that ApplePay would be introduced as an update to iOS 8 by the holidays. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long for iOS 8.1 and ApplePay!

At BulletTrain, we identified even before the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 5 that the world was moving in a direction of digital payments. Apple plans to introduce some amazing new mobile payment features this year, but will this mean you don’t need a SAFE Wallet anymore?

Nonsense! ApplePay is a wonderfully innovative solution - there’s no doubt about it! But how soon will we see ApplePay as a national payment standard accepted at 100% of points of sale? My thought is we are very far from this as a reality. Additionally, we carry more than just credit and debit cards every day! What about your Driver’s License? State ID? RFID for work? Insurance card? Membership card? Business cards? Not to mention - what about a few low-profile cash bills? ApplePay is shaping up to be a huge boon for convenient payments, but even that level of convenience can’t compete with the SAFE Wallet! The SAFE Wallet simplifies more than just payments - the SAFE Wallet is a way to simplify your life!

iOS 8 New Features - A Quick Rundown

Health & HealthKit

Health, a dedicated app, tracks input from compatible devices (like the Apple Watch, and other fitness trackers) and puts the information to work for you! The Health app also adds a much-needed Emergency Card available on the Lockscreen under “Emergency”. Apple even has a custom API - HealthKit - that developers can call in their apps to make new uses for your data!

Wi-Fi Calling

This new feature will let you make calls on your Wifi network without needing cellular signal. It is currently supported on T-Mobile in the US, and EE in the UK for now. This feature does seem to require carrier authentication, apparently so the iPhone will be able to transfer the calls back and forth between cellular bands and Wifi.


From what we’ve seen, Handoff looks a little clunky, but it does provide a simple way to hand emails off between devices. For those who aren’t deeply and intimately familiar with how their email account(s) and/or their “Drafts” box works, then it provides a simpler solution to a potentially daunting task.

iCloud Drive

iCloud is getting a complete functional overhaul with iOS 8, which some critics say will “fix” the currently-limited performance of iCloud. For those who never used iCloud’s predecessor, MobileMe, iCloud greatly simplified what was a robust cloud-based storage system. With iOS 8, iCloud brings back what iDisk did right - navigable folder file management. iCloud Drive’s storage rates are also reaching more competitive price-points compared to those of Dropbox and Google Drive.

Apple ID Family Sharing

Having spent a solid year troubleshooting as a part of AppleCare, I can say with confidence that the Apple ID is something that people often do wrong. If someone doesn’t have 4 Apple ID’s each with different purchased content, then they might be a parent unknowingly giving their child free reign on iTunes Store purchases - and giving themselves a big headache. Family Sharing can fix both of these major issues, by letting you link Apple ID’s in a “Family Group”. The Apple ID’s can be invited based on the email addresses, and can be given different levels like “Adult” or “8 years old”. Linked Apple ID’s can access content from other linked accounts, meaning that you no longer have to worry about which Apple ID you’re logged into! Additionally, the Parent/Child relationship comes with some really slick request-based permissions for purchases.

QuickType and third-party keyboards

A new predictive suggestion will display words above the keyboard, allowing users to type out text messages and emails faster. By using context suggestions, different patterns and styles of writing are predicted based on who you are contacting. One really cool example of how this context-driven suggestions work is that if you receive a message saying “Do you want to get pizza or a sandwich?”, the suggestions will auto-populate the options “pizza”, “sandwich”, and “I don’t know” before you even start typing. Additional and third-party keyboard support will also come with iOS 8, paving the entrance for major alternatives, such as SwiftKey. TextExpander now works in potentially any app too with their own custom keyboard!

Interactive notifications

Users can now pull down from a notification and reply there and then, without having to leave the app you're in. The greatest use for this is obviously in Messages - that means we no longer need to switch apps to Messages in order to reply! This is a HUGE deal to the iPhone Jailbreaking community, where one of the biggest reasons to Jailbreak is a function called “Quick Reply”, which Apple has found a way to elegantly integrate into iOS 8. In addition, more and more developers are starting to roll this out in their apps, further increasing the added convenience!

SMS Support in iMessage

Traditional SMS messages will now synchronize across iMessage to other devices, including Macs. This means that you’ll be able to see all of your messages in all places, which, depending on the situation, could be a good thing or a bad thing. One upside of this feature is that you’ll finally be able to “text” someone (rather than just iMessage) from your iPad and Mac computer! This is a big improvement, the real test will come over time to see if Apple will redeem themselves after the “iMessage Deactivation” debacle earlier this year.

Photo Sharing Improvements

iCloud has been helping people share photos with friends, family, and even their own devices with Photostream and Photo Sharing; but it’s a bit clunky. Apple has completely changed how the Photos app shares photos. Now, all photos taken in the Camera app are automatically uploaded and browsable on iCloud, and can be shared automatically with all Family Group members (see Family Sharing above). Photostream notifications are now faster than ever, too, letting you see invitations and more for shared Photostreams at a moment’s notice!

Safari/Share Extensions

Safari and other built-in elements of iOS have always been pretty locked-down. Now, in iOS 8, developers can design their apps to work inside the operating system like never before! One of the best examples is that applications 1Password and LassPass have extensions that let you access your saved passwords right inside Safari. Another way Apple opened this up is with a Share extension. This is similar to the Safari extensions, but lets you build in app-specific functions to send content to.

Enterprise features

iOS 8 includes a number of enterprise-focused and manageability features, including Device Enrollment Program, which sets up your device automatically — like apps, mail, contacts, and more. This is great for Enterprise users, but doesn’t mean much to the everyday iPhone user!

In Conclusion…

Apple has given the public good reason to be excited about the new iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, and iOS 8. The direction of Apple’s new designs are certainly promising, and seem to bring a new degree of ease of use to its flagship smartphones, even at the larger form factors!

As we’ve reported, we already have our designs for the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus nearly complete, and will soon be prototyping and launching pre-orders! If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to sign up for our newsletter to get updates from BulletTrain on new product announcements!

Thanks for reading, and feel free to post in the comments below, or to send your thoughts by email!

Warmest Regards,

Alex Davie
Director of Operations

Friday, September 19, 2014

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Drop Tests

How Sturdy Are The iPhone 6 Models?

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Drop Tests
Breakability and WaterProof Testing

Curious to see how sturdy and susceptible the scenes on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are to being dropped on concrete? Here you go!!!

This first video not only does drop testing but also water immersion testing. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Announcement

...iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus...

BulletTrain SAFE Wallet

This week, Apple introduced the exciting new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models! Many of our customers have been asking when they can expect to see new SAFE Wallets for the iPhone 6 models, so we wanted to take this opportunity to give you a progress update!

At BulletTrain, we couldn’t be more excited about this amazing opportunity to deliver a whole new generation of BulletTrain SAFE Wallets that go way beyond the original iPhone 5/5s model.

We’ve been working on the designs for the iPhone 6 models for quite some time, and we plan to release two brand new SAFE Wallet models in the near future. One model for the 5.5" screen iPhone 6 Plus, and another model for the 4.7" screen iPhone 6! We are so stoked for the new ways the SAFE Wallet will help you to ditch your wallet, cut the pocket clutter, and simplify your life more than ever!

The gargantuan size of the iPhone 6 Plus will create the best opportunity for us to innovate and bring new features to the SAFE Wallet! We plan to introduce a SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 shortly after the iPhone 6 Plus. Stay tuned for more from BulletTrain in the next few weeks!

We plan to make a formal announcement with pre-order information for the next BulletTrain SAFE Wallet - coming first for the iPhone 6 Plus! We also plan to introduce some super-innovative new SAFE Wallet accessories in the next few months, which have been in the works for a long time!

Thanks again for supporting BulletTrain. We can’t wait to show you what we have been working on, and we are certain it will make you fall in love with the SAFE Wallet all over again!

Thanks for reading, please feel free to post in the comments below, on Facebook, or even send us an email!

Alex Davie Director of Operations

Friday, September 12, 2014

Apple iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Dimensional Drawings Schematics

Apple iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
Dimensional Drawings Schematics

Below are the Official Final Dimensional Drawing Schematics for the Apple iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus. In the coming days and weeks we will have be covering much more detail on the iPhone 6 models, as well as our plans for the BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for both the iPhone 6 Plus, and the iPhone 6.

Pictured above are the iPhone 6 Dimensional Drawing  Schematic

Pictured above are the iPhone 6 Plus Dimensional Drawing  Schematic

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Armband that works with BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 5/5s

Armband that works with BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 5/5s

A BulletTrain SAFE Wallet customer named Dave Battle wrote in and share his excitement in fining an armband that works with his BulletTrain SAFE Wallet. I have not had a chance to test this out yet, but it looks promising.

Dave wrote:

I thought I’d pass along some information that might be helpful for other customers. I like to workout but carrying the phone in my pocket is a bit of struggle in gym clothes and I was also having a difficult time finding a quality armband that could hold my phone while it’s still in it’s case. I finally found one!! It’s by a small company called “Tune Belt”, they mostly sell online, I happened to find one locally at an REI. At any rate the AB84 model fits the iPhone 5 with the Safe Wallet case perfectly! Maybe someone else will find this helpful. Here’s the link:

Friday, May 2, 2014

Will The iPhone 6 Be Water Resistant?

Will The iPhone 6 Be Water Resistant?

One thing I can't seem to understand, is why the iPhone 5/5s are not waterproof, and of course they should be, just like any watch made should be waterproof. If you ask me, it is kind of embarrassing that the Samsung S5 is highly water resistant, and the iPhone 5s is not. Let's hope that Apple has the wisdom to make the iPhone 6 water resistant, or even better yet, waterproof!!! BTW, this Samsung video is superb!!!

And by the way, speaking of the iPhone 6, based upon all the leaked images I have been seeing on the web of the iPhone 6 with a 4.7 inch screen, if it is anything like what we are seeing it is going to be amazing, particularly when coupled with a BulletTrain SAFE Wallet.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New Photos Of BulletTrain SAFE Wallet

Photos Of The 
All-New BulletTrain SAFE Wallet

BulletTrain recently introduced the all-new updated version of the BulletTrain SAFE Wallet which is the second generation of the product. We just added a detailed photo section, which shows many photo of the new BulletTrain SAFE Wallet, which can be seen by clicking here. Below are some of the photos from this new photo collection.

The photo below shows a red, white and black BulletTrain SAFE Wallet standing-up in portrait on a flat table top. This photo accurately illustrates just how it stands up. This is an invaluable feature that is extremely beneficial. You can stand it up next to your computer or on your bedside table, and see text messages and emails or alarms as the come in.

Red BulletTrain SAFE Wallet

Red BulletTrain SAFE Wallet with Black iPhone 5s

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How To Fold A Cash Bill Origami Style To Hide In Secret Stash

How To Fold A Cash Bill Origami Style
To Hide In Secret Stash 

Below is a video I shot a while about that shows how to fold a cash bill origami style to hide-away in the BulletTrain SAFE Wallet Secret Stash compartment.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Polar White Series 2 BulletTrain SAFE Wallet Review

Polar White Series 2
 BulletTrain SAFE Wallet Review

Chris from recently purchased one of our all-new Series 2 BulletTrain SAFE Wallets in Polar White, and after having used it for a few day, recorded this review. 

"It's a really unique and neat design. I like it...Overall I think it is a keeper." –Chris Poldervaart (from

One thing Chris mentioned that is incorrect is he said you have to specially align the iPhone 5/5s when you install it, which is not true. With all BulletTrain SAFE Wallets from the second production run, you just pop in your iPhone and pull back on the mute switch, toward yourself, and it will automatically engage the iPhone mute switch.

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