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Even though it's a bit early to be throwing around comparisons as both the phones are far from being unveiled or even cited at a benchmarking app or two, here are a few things we can intelligently guess about them.
It would be particularly hard to recommend someone a Samsung smartphone after the embarrassing episode that Samsung just had with the Note 7. Nevertheless, we are pretty sure that the number one name in the smartphone business will bounce back with the S8. Having said so, the iPhone 8 will still win in this respect as they do not have any proven cases of multiple exploding phones yet.
It is always hard to predict just how powerful Apple's next chip is going to be and in spite of having seemingly less resources on pen and paper, the Apple iPhone 7 did blow the S7, S7 Edge and Note 7 out of the water in benchmarking tests like AnTuTu and Geekbench. Therefore, the iPhone 8 might just have an edge here over the S8.
This is a tough one as both the manufacturers usually endow their flagship smartphones with awesome cameras. However, the S7 did sport a slightly better rear camera this year when compared to the iPhone 7, so we will give this one to the S8.
The iPhone 7 is a beautiful device and many Android smartphones have been and continue to be "inspired" by the Apple iPhones. Samsung flagship grade smartphones on the other hand have recently been producing beautiful smartphones with curved displays. The preference will depend largely on the individual, so we will refrain from a judgement on this one.
In the latest report regarding the iPhone 8, it has been mentioned that Apple will launch three variants, instead of the two that we are accustomed to. The rumor was supplied by KGI Securities, who have an excellent track record of providing the internet with accurate leaks when it comes to Apple products. If it's indeed true, then there will be two different variants of the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 8 (Plus), along with a single smaller 4.7-inch regular version.
1. 4.7-inch LCD display and a single camera
2. 5.5-inch LCD display and a dual rear camera setup
3. 5.5-inch OLED display and a dual rear camera setup
I am not sure, but the iPhone 8 Plus having both an LCD version, as well as an OLED version could be directly related to the fact that Samsung is unable to produce sufficient OLED panels for the upcoming iPhones. According to a report by Bloomberg, Samsung's production rate of the OLED panels isn't high enough to keep up with Apple's demand. Nevertheless, Samsung will still be the only supplier of the OLED panels to Apple till 2018, as they are already into a contract. We will find out more in the coming months.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It's no secret that the two biggest names in the smartphone business are preparing for what could be the most important year for both of them in recent history. Apple released the iPhone 7 to an overwhelming success, but unimpressed reviews from even some of its ardent fans. The Galaxy Note 7 on the other hand, exploded into (pardon the pun!) all sorts of problems even after being received extremely well by the critics on release. The phone itself had to be shut down permanently by Samsung for safety concerns. A lot depends on the success of the Galaxy S8 in 2017 for Samsung, and perhaps even more so with that of the Note 8 (or whatever Samsung decides to call it).
The 10th anniversary of the iPhone is coming up in 2017, and we are sure that Apple is going to make it particularly special with either the iPhone 7s or the iPhone 8 (or both). We will now take a look at the most prominent changes that we could be seeing in the upcoming flagships devices, as per leaks and rumors around the web.
AI assisted digital assistant
Both the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8 could sport "Bixby," an AI assisted digital assistant that is being developed by reportedly the same firm which helped in the development of Siri for the iPhone.
Most experts, including us, are quite convinced that both the S8 and the Note 8 will have iris scanners that made its debut with the Note 7 this year. Apple too, may embrace the technology as the company is currently in business with Xintec from Taiwan.
Full screen pressure sensitive display
A display with almost no bezel seems to be on the cards for the Galaxy S8, as well as the next iPhone. If you want to know what we are talking about exactly, take a look at the Mi Mix. Pressure sensitivity or Force Touch has been a part of the iPhones for over a year now, but Samsung too may embed similar pressure sensitive tech into its displays starting from 2017.
Foldable OLED display
Samsung may move to foldable displays in 2017, while Apple may shift to using OLED panels for their iPhones in 2017 in place of LCDs. Many have speculated that the rumoured 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus will sport a foldable display to make it portable.
Reportedly, Qualcomm, Samsung and Apple will all move to the significantly more powerful, yet energy-efficient next generation 10nm processes to manufacture their SoC units in 2017.
Dual 20-megapixel camera sensors
Most reports are suggesting that the S8 and the Note 8 will feature dual 20-mp sensors at their back. Apple once again, already has done it with the iPhone 7 Plus.
"Safe" removable batteries
There is no denying that the Galaxy Note 7 disaster could have been somewhat controlled if only Samsung had opted for removable batteries. Let's just hope that Samsung recognizes that fact well enough to equip their upcoming smartphones with user-removable batteries.
There are plenty of other details floating about in the market regarding the upcoming superphones, but these are the most significant changes which the world is hoping to see from the two companies in their upcoming devices.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Top two flagships in the market is currently the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Apple iPhone 6s Plus with no doubt. Today, we gonna make a simple comparison between both devices with focusing on the main key features. So let's start...
Display Resolution and Density
Build Material (Back)
Build Material (Side)
Fast charging Support
A company called ecoATM recently conducted a survey of 1,050 Apple iPhone owners age 18 or older.
This survey revealed that most of the respondents are very loyal to their current iPhone. When asked what new feature would make them switch from their current handset to the Samsung Galaxy S6, 26% said that nothing could get them to swap their current handset for the new S6 flagship. 32% said that a lower price point for the Galaxy S6 could entice them to switch.
What would it take for an Apple iPhone owner to switch to a Samsung phone?
According to the same survey, 24% would do it if it were a free swap, and 16% would make the trade if the Samsung handset was offered to them at a lower price point. Outside of pricing, 21% would swap their iPhone for a Samsung branded smartphone based on the latter having a longer battery life. 18% would do it for a larger screen-size and 3% would make the change if they saw a celebrity using a Samsung phone. By the way, 16% of iPhone users surveyed said that they would never exchange their iPhone for another smartphone under any condition.
So what is it that prevents iPhone users from switching to a new phone?
A quarter of the respondents with an iPhone said that the fact that their friends and family have one is a reason not to switch. 21% cite the better features on the device as the reason why they stay with it, while 19% say they exclusively use Apple products.
Now, a new report by the research firm IHS, shows that the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 64 GB (Verizon model) costs around $290 to build. This means the handset is more expensive to make than any of Apple's latest iPhones (6, 6 PLUS), which can cost up to $263 (iPhone 6 Plus 128 GB) to manufacture. The S6 edge is obviously also more expensive to build than a Galaxy S5 ($256).
Unsurprisingly, the most expensive component inside the Galaxy S6 edge is the curved Quad HD display: at $85 per unit (you can buy a decent, complete smartphone for that kind of money), the unique, dual-curve screen accounts for 29% of the total cost of an S6 edge. The next most expensive part inside the S6 edge is the octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, which is manufactured by Samsung itself, and costs $29.50 to make.
In a world plagued by terrorists and psychopaths pretty much anywhere you can think of, it's always a bad idea to carry a gun-shaped anything at the airport. Although this should go without saying, apparently, an individual in the London Stansted Airport did not have enough common sense to know that. Alternately, it could be just a very stupid idea of a prank that went south for the man.
This person walked into the airport with a gun-shaped iPhone case, which was found on him during the mandatory security check. The photo above is for the purpose of illustration and was NOT the way in which the individual was touting the pseudo-gun. However, that did not save him from getting charged for possession of an imitation firearm in a public place, as well as for threatening behaviour to cause alarm or distress.
Popular online sites like Amazon and eBay used to list items similar to this iPhone case, but they have completely stopped selling them after recent terrorist attacks and multiple warnings by law enforcement officers issued to citizens against using anything that imitates a gun in a public place. If you were planning to buy something similar for your phone, it's probably a VERY bad idea!
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
After the infamous scratch test video of the Note 7 that we saw earlier, we now have a video on YouTube that tests the smartphone's durability in a drop test and compares the results with that of the Note 5 and the iPhone 6s. We found the video on the YouTube channel of Zach Straley and this one actually checks out if Corning's claim of the Gorilla Glass 5 protected phone being able to survive falls from as high as shoulder height is true or not.
The results seen in the test is encouraging to be honest, although not perfect at all. As it turns out, the Super AMOLED display of the Note 7 managed to remain functional even after it was dropped from the highest point in the series of drop tests. However, in the very first drop, the back of the Note 7 cracked, while both the iPhone 6S and the Galaxy Note 5 remained in much better shape. This led us to believe that the Note 7 isn't protected by Gorilla Glass 5 at its back, although we are not fully sure about that. After the disastrous results of the scratch test, it was good to see that Corning Gorilla Glass 5 did actually manage to provide the Note 7's display with good shatter-resistance.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Recently, the Wall Street Journal (Chinese Edition) has published a piece about a new business contract between Apple and Samsung. According to their source in South Korea, the 3-year contract requires Samsung to supply OLED smartphone panels to Apple for upcoming iPhones in 2017 and beyond. Although the rumor regarding this contract has been around for a while now, this adds new credibility to it. Arguably, Apple is still talking with JDI, LG, Sharp and AUO before the deal becomes final.
The article adds previously unknown details by stating that this order involves production and supply of about 100 million 5.5-inch AMOLED displays that are possibly meant to be used in the iPhone 7s. Judging by Apple's current trend of reserving the larger 5.5-inch panels for their "Plus" models, chances are that these will be used to make the iPhone 7s Plus rather than the regular 7s. Whether they will still be calling it "7s Plus" or not, remains to be seen.
Previously, famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had stated that Apple will not be releasing any OLED phones before 2018, but he has changed his opinion in light of the new situation. Now, Kuo is of the opinion that Apple will release at least one version of its future iPhones in 2017 with an OLED display. Rumors and predictions also suggest that Apple could be going back to the glass-metal design of the iPhone 6 and it is perhaps for the best.
According to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), in spite of Samsung's best efforts to retain its customer base in light of the Note 7 disaster, many of the customers who have returned or will return their hazardous Note 7 would likely opt for an iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus. However, keep in mind that this conclusion was drawn after the firm conducted the survey on a very limited number of people. Nevertheless, here is what they found in a nutshell.
The survey was conducted after four days had passed since Samsung officially killed the Note 7. The group consisted of 1082 people in total and only 24 of them were actually using a Note 7. The rest consisted of people who are using a Samsung smartphone right now (483 + 24), people who used to in the past (347) and people who had no experience in using a Samsung smartphone whatsoever.
Roughly half the Note 7 population stated that they will opt for an iPhone, while most of them stated that they will go for a refund. About 17% of the 24 people carrying a Note 7 stated their wish to stay loyal to Samsung by simply opting for another Samsung device in exchange for the Note. In our opinion, the number of people with an actual Galaxy Note 7 involved in the survey is far too low to draw any reliable conclusions. While it is true that Samsung will lose a percentage of its customer base, this survey isn't inclusive enough to be taken seriously.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
With the S7 and S7 Edge being just launched, the competition is heating up for the latest iPhone. In this article, we will note five points in which the S7 surpasses the iPhone 6s.
Display - To put it simply, the Super AMOLED panels by Samsung are brilliant and possibly the best in business. The S7 sports the latest iteration of that 1440p AMOLED panel and it's even brighter than that of the S6, which in itself was an excellent display. Samsung wins this one hands down.
Design - Apple phones were not known for big displays, but when they finally opted for it in the iPhone 6s Plus, the result wasn't a phone that was very comfortable to hold. The S7, despite its larger 5.1" display compared to the smaller 4.7" screen of the iPhone 6s, feels much better in hand because of Samsung's decision to round of all its edges and give it a curved back.
Micro-SD card slot - Samsung had always won on this front until last year, when they decided to ditch the expandable memory altogether. This year however, the S7 sports a SIM/micro-SD card hybrid slot that brings back the hit feature. The iPhones however have never supported expandable memory and probably never will.
Camera - An f/1.7 aperture, brighter pixel technology and a superfast focus takes the S7's camera to a whole new level. The iPhone 6s has a very good camera, but it simply cannot match up to the S7 in this aspect, especially in low-light situations.
IP 68 certification for dust and water resistance - The S7 can survive underwater for up to half an hour and is perfect for the rocky outdoors with its excellent dust resistance capabilities. The iPhone is no slouch either in this regard as it offers protection against liquid damage as well. In terms of degree however, the S7 is way ahead.
These points do not mean that the Galaxy S7 is superior to the iPhone in every way, but it does give the Korean flagship an edge over its Cupertino counterpart.
Samsung is often accused of "following" Apple's path and it seems like they are planning to do some following once again! This time around, it isn't a feature but a business model called the iPhone Upgrade Program which Apple uses to make upgrading to the latest model of the iPhone easier for their customers. Reportedly, Samsung may start something similar as well with their Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. Initially, the leasing program will most likely be available only through the Samsung Digital Plazas in South Korea. LG Uplus, SK Telecom and KT are going to be Samsung's partners in the program in South Korea.
In the US, you are allowed to lease an iPhone 6s (16GB) at $32 per month for two years. As part of the upgrade program, the 6s can be exchanged a year later for the next iPhone, provided that you are okay with the new revised lease starting all over again. From what we have heard so far, Samsung's upgrade model will be exactly the same with the Galaxy S7 series with one addition; the customer will have to opt for a Samsung credit card in order to avail the upgrade program and pay out the lease with zero interest. With all the similar programs that are already offered by carriers like AT&T and Verizon in the US, will this be of any use to customers over here?
The Galaxy S7 is arguably the best smartphone manufactured by Samsung's and it has passed with flying colors in stress tests like water resistance and substantial drop tests. Now we have a point to point comparison of the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 6s is terms speed and it can be seen that iPhone has won the race in real world performance.
Jerome Ortega, a YouTube channel owner did a performance test of many top devices like the Moto X Pure Edition, the Nexus 6P, the Galaxy S7 edge, and the iPhone 6s Plus.
All of these smartphones are running on a newly installed OS without any sim card along with same set of apps. This test was done to find out how quickly each device runs a series of applications.
In this scenario, the iPhone 6S Plus is backed by 2GB RAM and a dual-core A9 SoC, whereas the Galaxy S7 edge is backed by 4GB RAM and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Tests have proved that, performance wise the new Snapdragon 820 CPU doesn't exceed the A9.
Contrary to the belief that the Galaxy S7 edge will emerge as the faster device, it is shocking to see the iPhone surpassing the latest competitor smoothly (check out the scores in the image above). The iPhone 6s Plus completed the test cycle 17 seconds before the Galaxy S7 edge.
The iPhone 6s is faster than the Galaxy S7 edge, which is quite commendable. It will worthwhile to note that the speed of Nexus 6P is almost same to the Galaxy S7 edge and Moto X Pure is at the bottom.
If the latest rumor from Taiwan is to be believed, then Samsung is planning to release a smaller version of its 2016 flagship smartphone. Many believe that the S7 mini will be released into the market in an attempt to compete with the upcoming iPhone SE. This idea seems even more plausible once you realise that Samsung had recently discarded its tradition of releasing "mini" versions of Galaxy S devices when it skipped on the Galaxy S6 mini last year.
As per the rumor, the S7 mini will sport the same Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos 8890 chipset as its bigger sibling, but a smaller 4.6-inch display and only 3GB of RAM. There is a possibility that the iPhone SE will be powered by the same Apple A9 chip, along with sharing other features of the 6s like Apple Pay, NFC, Live Photo and Touch ID. The iPhone SE may not have 3D Touch though. It makes sense that after learning how powerful the iPhone SE probably will be on release, Samsung has also decided not to skimp on power with the S7 mini.
The same 12-megapixel camera that is on the back of the S7 is rumored to make it to the S7 mini too, but with the additional feature of 3x optical zoom. If you consider that all of this will be encased in a body that's only 9.9mm thick, the S7 sounds like a fantastic device. However, the alleged 720p resolution might be a bit of a letdown if it actually makes it to the final version. We will soon find out if there is any truth to this rumor and when we do, you will know about it right away.
If you wondering how iPhone 7, Galaxy S7 and LG G5 can compared, when none of these phones are released yet. But the currently available information about the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5 can help us conclude that for at least one more year, performance wise the iPhone will be superior than the Android phones.
Every year a new version of the iPhone comes out, and two things are always true:
- improved camera
- best CPU and GPU performance in the market.
While using it actually, new iPhone performs better although the competitors feature better hardware specifications.
The Galaxy S7 will be backed by Samsung's Exynos 8890 octa-core processor and Qulacomm's Snapdragon 820 SoC. The LG G5 will only get the latter variant .As per the benchmark tests, the comparison between these two CPUs shows that, the Exynos is better in single-core Geekbench tests (2282 vs. 1873), and the Qualcomm ship is speedier in multi-core testing (4979 vs. 5946).
These scores are less than the iPhone 6's score got in single-core tests (2490), and more in multi-core tests (4340). If Apple can achieve the same with the dual-core processor featured in the iPhone 6s, A10 chip will surely a thing to look forward to. Also taking into account the recently performed Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 performance test, Apple's A9 processor (present in iPhone 6s Plus) is superior than the other two processors.
Following the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 which suffered from initial reports out of Korea's Samsung about overheating in early mock-ups causing a delay in the release of one of their flagship phones, the Snapdragon 820 is expected to re-establish Qualcomm's leadership position in mobile-specific microchips.
Samsung develops its own Exynos range of SoC that it puts into model variants, particularly in Asian markets, which it used when Qualcomm came up short with the 810. The Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Note 5 all used Samsung's over SoC instead of Qualcomm. However, the latter chip-maker is roaring back with its upcoming 820.
Leaked benchmark scores for both Geekbench and AnTuTu indicate that the Snapdragon 820 is likely to outperform the collection of competitors with their best 2015 releases. The benchmark scores beat the Note 5 and even matched the iPhone 6S Plus in some off-screen tests while lagging a little with the on-screen ones.
The test screenshots refer to the SD820 being used on a 6.2-inch smartphone with an eye-gouging 1600x2560 resolution with 4 GB of RAM. Clearly the 820 was being pushed hard with the sheer number of pixels being moved around on the screen during the testing on the Android 6.0 platform. In fact, the number of pixels being managed on-screen far exceeds that of the iPhone S6 Plus which likely explains the on-screen under-performance compared to the Apple model.
LeTV announced the Le Max Pro will use the 820, but Samsung is also expected to release details about the Galaxy S7 in a couple of weeks which is likely to adopt the new Qualcomm technology in some of its phone variants.
Samsung Philippines tweeted a photo mocking Apple's latest iPhone 6 Plus. Apple's CEO Steve jobs said in the past on the matter of large smartphones "No one is ever going to buy a big phone," The quote from Jobs dates from July 2010 at an event related to antenna-gate (iPhone 4 release)... However, Apple's made a pretty big 5.5" Smartphone!
As you may recall Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at 4.7" and 5.5", respectively, a display size for smartphones, which Samsung embraced long ago. Naturally, the comment on Samsung's side is snarky and goes "Guess who surprised themselves and changed their minds."
While at it, let's also remember another popular Apple ad regarding the perfect phone size, released back when the iPhone 5 became the company's flagship.
Apple released a new lineup of devices this year... the iPad Pro, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and Apple Watch. All these new devices are running iOS 9 and powered by Apple A9 chipset which is said to be the most advanced and fastest CPU so far.
What you may not know that all these devices are actually Powered by Samsung, the Korean giant is the main manufacturer and supplier for the Apple A9 chip. Apple have chosen Samsung to build its CPUs since the Apple A6, admitting that Samsung is the best hardware supplier in the industry even though the companies are in a serious competition in markets and court too.
Also, Samsung has been allegedly employed to provide between 3,000 and 4,000 12-inch silicon wafers for the Apple S1 SiP (which powers the Apple Watch) each month, based on Samsung's 28nm manufacturing process for all Apple Watch variants.
This clearly tells that Samsung has a big part of the Apple's devices success.
Believe it or not, The first Apple iPhone 6 GPU benchmark results have popped up on the Basemark X testing suite, delivering a very below than expected results. The iPhone 6 scores 21,204 points only with a 750p display.
The Unbelievable thing is, the 6-month old Samsung Galaxy S5 scored 23,501 points with its Adreno 330 GPU and screen of higher 1080p resolution, which is much a much higher score than the the just released iPhone 6, considering the the S5 has double the screen restitution of the iPhone 6 (750p vs. 1080p). This is a BIG Win for Samsung...
The Apple iPhone 6 utilizes the company's latest A8 chip with a dual-core 1.4GHz Cyclone CPU and the graphics unit in the A8 is the Hexa PowerVR GX6630 GPU.
The Apple versus Google battle is nothing new. Each has hundreds of millions using their mobile operating systems. The introductions of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and iOS 9 have only fueled the war between hardcore fans of each platform. Each side believes their OS is best and it's even worse since Apple and Google are both offering new hardware features too.
The Android 6.0 is currently only available on Google's newer Nexus devices, such as the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, along with some select older models.
iOS 9 is available on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus. It's also being run on older devices such as the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.
While both mobile operating systems have their own pros and cons, the UI for each may be the deciding factor. Apple fans will love that new iOS 9 devices are upgradeable to iOS 10 while Google fans might prefer the versatile customization of Android.
Thanks PhoneArena for the screenshot
Nick Lee from Tendigi came into the lime light recently, after he managed to run Windows 95 on the Apple Watch and he has come forward once again with another hack. Apparently, Lee has managed to run Android Marshmallow on an iPhone with the help of both software and hardware. Lee modified the Android build found on the Nexus 5X expertly enough to stream it on to an iPhone. We say "stream" because this isn't a custom ROM that you can just flash on to your iPhone. Instead, the Android OS runs after you put your iPhone into the 3D-printed custom case, that has a micro-SD card slot, a micro-USB slot, an USB slot, a HDMI slot and of course, a lightning plug to connect to the iPhone.
Do you want to do this? If you do, then you better know what you are getting into because this isn't one for the layman. For starters, you will need to install an app on your iPhone and put it in the 3D-printed case, which isn't up for purchase. We could see a prominent lag in the video that Tendigi posted on YouTube, but it's still a tremendous breakthrough. Check out his instructions to know more if you are interested.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 128GB variant costs around $949.99 according to the official price list from the Apple US Store. This is the most expensive iPhone Apple ever released to date... The Question is "What Android products you can get with the same price ?".
Well, If you choose to go with Android Open-Source World, for a [$949.99] you can get a Smartphone (Nexus 5) $349 + 7" Tablet (Nexus 7) $229 + HD Streaming (Chromecast) $35 + Smartwatch (Moto 360) $249 + you'll still have a $87 left in your pocket.
So, You can get 1 iOS device or a whole Tech-set of Android devices with unlimited customizing options. Your Call!
Everyone knows that once a potential flaw is discovered in the new iPhone then all phones in existence must be tested for the same flaw. It happened with Antennagate and now it's happening with Bendgate.
The Apple iPhone 6 Plus proved easy to deform under pressure so the smaller iPhone 6 was put under the same test along with the iPhone 5s, the HTC One M8, another aluminum phone, the Motorola Moto X (2014) and the Nokia Lumia 1020.
The iPhone 6 has the same basic design as the iPhone 6 Plus but it's shorter and narrower, which gives its body more rigidity. It gave way a little bit but the problem isn't anywhere near as severe as on the big phone. Watch the Video below to find out Which phone will Bend!
SanDisk is now offering a new 128GB iXpand Flash Drive. When used with the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 128GB models, the new iXpand Flash Drive instantly doubles the available storage for photos and videos, music, and other multimedia files.
The flash drive is encrypted and can be unlocked with the users's fingerprint, Apple Touch ID. The well-rated and full-featured iXpand Sync app, available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad allows users to automatically sync, backup and transfer photos and videos.
SanDisk also said the iXpand Sync app has added support for Apple's Touch ID sensor for iOS 8 that will allow owners of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to open, encrypt and decrypt apps and files on the iXpand Flash Drive with just their fingerprint. The 128GB version of the iXpand Flash Drive is on sale now for $149.99.
Two roommates, one with the Apple iPhone 6 and the other sporting the Samsung Galaxy S6, had a heated argument over which model is the better smartphone. The fighting intensified until both men smashed beer bottles and used the jagged edges to stab each other. One of the men received a beer bottle blow to the back of his head.
The police investigation found that alcohol was involved as both roommates had been drinking. The incident took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma before 1am early this morning, and the cops initially weren't sure if there would be charges filed. Both of the men involved were taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Local television station KTUL reported that its photographer asked the cops which phone was better, a question most likely met with an icy stare. Luckily for the cops and the neighbors, no BlackBerry or Windows Phone users joined the fray.
The US Patent and Trademark Office have recently released information that indicates wireless charging might be on queue for the Apple iPhone 8. However, considering the fact that the patent was filed in towards the end of last year, it is a bit surprising that it did not make its way to the iPhone 7 this year like many had hoped it would.
If the wireless charging had made its way to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as expected, Apple would not be receiving so much hate for disabling the ability to listen to your headphones while putting your phone on charge. Theoretically, you can still do that with the help of the "AirPods" introduced by Apple or just a dock, as suggested by Phil Schiler. However, shelling out an additional $159 for the AirPods after spending a premium amount to buy the smartphone itself may not appeal to everyone to be honest.
Let us hope that we see more innovation from Apple in 2017 as this year will mark the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. Also, it makes one ask the question; did Apple purposefully leave the wireless charging out of the equation to introduce it to the "ifans" on the iconic smartphone's 10th birthday? If so, we are not impressed.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
There's no getting around it; the iPhone 7 has scored 178,397 points in the AnTuTu Benchmark test and that's significantly more than the 140,288 points which the current topper, the OnePlus 3 scores on an average. There is no doubt that this score is extremely impressive and beats all the Android competition hands down. The Apple A10 chip is indeed a beast as it turns out. However, there is a small detail that most people seem to be overlooking in this particular case.
The iPhone 7 will probably have a screen resolution of 750 × 1334 pixels, stretched out on a 4.7-inch display with a ppi of 326. This means that the A10 chip had to push a lot less pixels while going through the AnTuTu benchmark than ANY of the other Android phones on the top ten list. The minimum resolution that is considered standard for a flagship device these days is 1080 × 1920 pixels, with some major manufacturers like Samsung opting for 1440p QHD AMOLED panels since last year. While it is a completely different issue that a flagship smartphone with a very premium price tag sports only a 750 × 1334 resolution, things will make a bit more sense when we see the iPhone 7 Plus' (1080p expected) score on AnTuTu when it comes out, or maybe even sooner.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
While the entire world is busy with speculating about the iPhone 7's unveiling next month, Bloomberg has recently published a report on the iPhone 8, which is probably still in the drawing boards. Even though the iPhone 7 would most likely resemble the current-gen iPhones in many ways, the iPhone 8 might be a different beast altogether.
At the core of the redesign lies the decision to remove the physical Home button usually found in the middle of the bottom panel. Obviously it will still be there, but as a part of the display. This would mean that the future iPhones may have nothing but an OLED edge-to-edge display (as per rumors) in front. The touch-sensitive sensors integrated in the display will give the user a vibrating feedback to mimic the sensation of actually pressing a physical Home button. Since we have already seen something like this with the MacBook trackpads, we imagine that it is quite a plausible possibility. The OLED panels on the other hand are definitely coming, but whether they will make it to the iPhone 2017 models is something that we will have to wait to find out more on.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Much to the delight of every Apple fan out there, a fresh rumor has once again "confirmed" waterproofing for the upcoming iPhone 7. The rumor originated in China and suggests that both future versions of the iPhone will flaunt a waterproof body, but will NOT have the now iconic "antenna stripes" that all previous and present iterations of the iPhone has so far sported.
The rumored "new compound materials" will not only allow Apple to do away with the plastic stripes, but it will supposedly allow the manufacturer to further modify their phone designs. On the basis of reports from a research and analytics firm, Catcher Technology will continue to be in charge of making and supplying over 30% of the iPhone 7's chassis for the foreseeable future.
Now that we have told you what the latest rumor is, we must now also tell you to remember that these are after all, "rumors." While the chances of the iPhone 7 being waterproof are pretty good, nothing has yet been officially confirmed. The fact that this is the second time we are hearing about waterproofing, gives the rumor a bit more credibility nonetheless. If we will actually get a waterproof iPhone 7 without the antenna stripes for real, remains to be seen.
If the report from Business Insider is correct, then Apple is already working on the iPhone 8 and the bulk of the research and development is currently being carried out in Israel. Although it was supposed to be a secret, an employee of the office in Israel had apparently let the media in on the ongoing project. From what was heard from the source, it seems like Apple did take the criticism for not being innovative with their iPhone 7 quite seriously and is planning to introduce a radically redesigned iPhone 8 to the customers next year.
The "different" design may result in the next iPhone sporting a true edge-to-edge display and a ceramic body. The employee allegedly also talked about camera improvements but that is to be expected. It would be interesting to see if Apple introduces the iPhone 7s or if they shift from the "s" moniker to something like "x" as some rumors seem to be suggesting. Considering that the iPhone 7s (if it still is named so) is scheduled to be released at around the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, it would not be too farfetched to imagine that Apple will go out of their way to do something special for the occasion.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Apple September Event is finally over and now we know everything (almost) that there is to know about the upcoming gadgets and smartphones from Apple. Since the time for rumors is over, let us delve right into what was unveiled by the company earlier today and list the details revealed by the company regarding the iPhone 7.
The iPhone 7
Chipset: It will use the Apple A10 chip which offers a performance boost of 40% over last year's A9 chip, at a clock speed of 2.44GHz (hopefully).
Display: 4.7-inch 750 × 1334 pixels HD Retina Display with enhanced 3D Touch, which was declared to be 25% brighter than the iPhone 6s' screen.
Camera: 12-megapixel primary camera with OIS. It offers better exposure, lower aperture and a sensor that's 60% faster than that of the iPhone 6s. The front camera has an enhanced 7-megapixel sensor with Auto Image Stabilisation.
Battery: Apple claimed that the iPhone would last a user 12-hours while browsing on LTE networks. No other specific details were revealed.
Storage, release date and price: You can pre-order the 32GB, 128GB and 256GB variants of the iPhone 7 for USD 649, USD 749 and USD 849 respectively, starting from September 9. It will go on worldwide sale officially from September 16.
Color Options: Jet Black (128GB and 256GB only), Matte Black, Silver, Rose Gold and Gold.
The iPhone 7 comes with two stereo speakers and the new speaker has been placed on top of the phone. It is also the first iPhone to sport IP67 certification for water-resistance. Expectedly, Apple has done away with the 3.5mm jack, but has included an adapter to connect your old headphones to it via the lightning port, which will directly accept the bundled lightning EarPods. As we reported earlier, the iPhone 7 does not have a physical Home button; instead, there's a solid state Home button now, which is pressure sensitive and provides varying haptic feedbacks depending on the use.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Apple September Event has revealed almost everything to us earlier today, so let us look at the details of the biggest announcement of the evening, the iPhone 7 Plus.
iPhone 7 Plus
Chipset: The same Apple A10 chip that powers its smaller brother will also power the iPhone 7 Plus and hopefully with a clock speed of 2.4GHz.
Display: 5.5-inch 1080p Retina Display with 401ppi that's about 25% brighter than the iPhone 6s Plus.
Camera: 12-megapixel dual camera setup at the back with 2X optical zoom, OIS, depth-of-field (upcoming), faster sensor and better aperture.
Battery: The capacity wasn't specifically mentioned, but one can expect it to last even longer than the 12-hour browsing time on LTE bands, claimed by Apple for the regular iPhone 7 as it has a bigger battery.
Storage, release date and price: Pre-orders for the both the iPhones will begin on September 9 and they will go on sale from September 16 internationally. Both devices will be available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB variants. The 32GB iPhone 7 Plus will set you back by USD 769, the 128GB variant will cost you USD 869 and the mega 256GB version will be available for a whopping USD 969.
Color options: Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available for purchase in Jet Black (128GB and 256GB only), Matte Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold colors.
The 3.5mm headphone jack is gone in the two devices, although a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter is included in the package, along with the brand new Lightning EarPods. 3D Touch or pressure sensitive display technology has been taken a step further by Apple as the phones do not have a physical Home button anymore. The solid state Home button replacing it will provide "taptic feedback," which is a combination of pressure sensitivity and the resulting haptic feedbacks that will vary depending on the action. Both smartphones are water-resistant with an IP67 rating and they feature an extra speaker on top for a much better audio experience than before.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If you are waiting for the iPhone 7 that will be unveiled on September 7, we have good news for you as the new Apple A10 chip inside the iPhone 7 is truly a beast according to the latest Geekbench results. In case you have been paying attention, you probably know that we have already seen a screenshot of the iPhone running through Geekbench version 3 in July. The difference between that previous result and this one is encouraging as the upcoming iPhone seems to have gained almost 10% more in terms of performance in the latest results. However, since this is Geekbench version 4 that the latest result is showcasing, the difference cannot be exactly credited as a 10% boost over the previous result as that data was based on Geekbench 3.
The single-core score is a whopping 3379, while the multi-core score is an impressive 5495 and irrespective of the benchmark's version that's quite remarkable. If you are wondering how these scores fare against Android flagship devices like the "explosive" Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the scores are quite competitive and even better at times. The Note 7 SD 820 version had scored around 1900 and 5500 for the single-core and multi-core respectively, while the Note 7 Exynos 8890 version had scored around 2081 and 6500 for the single-core and multi-core respectively. As you can see, the competition is close when it comes to the multi-core performance, but the A10 chip wins comfortably when it comes to single core performance.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
We are not sure what's going on but premium flagship smartphones from the most popular manufacturers in the entire world seem to be blowing up a lot recently! Samsung is hardly out of the fix that it landed in after certain Galaxy Note 7 devices around the world started to catch fire spontaneously, and we already have a report that an Apple iPhone 7 Plus has exploded! Keep in mind though that the legitimacy of the claim has not yet been established and it might just be a hoax.
KroopTheSnoop is a Reddit user who uploaded pictures of a burnt iPhone 7 Plus, complete with the singed box. According to the user, the iPhone was ordered by one of his co-workers and arrived in the condition as is pictured above. In the words of the customer, "I'm not certain, but something happened between the factory and delivery."
Some users on Reddit have pointed out that the phone pictured above seems to have a black front face, while the body is Rose Gold. This would indeed be suspicious as such a color combination is not produced by Apple, provided that it isn't an effect of the explosion or a trick of the light. We will just have to wait and see if more of these incidents begin to pop up in the news.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Apple's all new iPhone 7 is set to go on sale in September. But when in September?
If AT&T's leaked reset schedule is anything to go by, the pre-order date for the new device is going to September 9th and the official release date to the public is going to be the two weeks later on the 23rd.
The design of the 7 is said to be notably similar to that of the 6 and 6S. If so, it will be available with a 4.7 inch screen, with a Plus version boasting a 5.5 inch screen also available. The rounded aluminium unibody frame, available in space grey, silver, gold and rose gold, is set to also remain the same, though there may be a few very minor changes.
Not so minor, and probably the most obvious change to the design of the handset is the removal of the headphone jack. Developers are said to be scrapping the jack to make way for a slimmer model, and more room for hardware upgrades. If the headphone jack is to be removed, wireless Bluetooth headphones, or a lightning port will come with the model. A slimmer design would be a bold move from Apple considering how many smashed displays you see around nowadays.
The seven's next major revamp may just be the home button. Rather than an actual button you, it may be replaced with a pressure sensitive touch pad. Such technology has already been seen on Apple's latest MacBook so it's definitely a plausible rumour.
The camera is set to undergo a massive revamp. The iPhone 7 Plus will see the most significant changes with a dual camera on the horizon, a dual camera would more than satisfy photography enthusiasts as it would produce near DSLR-quality photographs.
Apple has been pretty consistent with its pricing on last two iPhone releases, meaning that many expect the new handset to be priced around £539 for a 16GB, £619 for a 64GB, £699 for a 128gb and if rumours are true, over £800 if a huge 256gb model is released.
Of course these prices are for buying the handset outright so contact prices from retailers like Carphone Warehouse, Mobile Phone Direct etc will vary depending on model, network, and of course stock.
Onto the more technical side of things, the 7's display technology may be a slight improvement on that of the 6 but it is unlikely to stray away from the 1080p LCD screens of the 6. Innovations seen on the iPad may be added, however. True Tone - the colour temperature-shifting feature - may be introduced from the latest iPad Pro. This would allow for more realistic colours.
Another major upgrade from the 6S is the processing power of the 7. Apple's A10 processor as well as the M10 motion co-processor may finally be implemented. This would add up to 50% more processing power, making the handset run a whole lot more smoothly.
Currently, one of the main frustrations the iPhone brings is its poor battery life. And with it, it's irritatingly short charging cable. Well whispers suggest that the 7 may finally sport a wireless charger, however, the reliability of those whispers cannot be voucher for too much. To make up for this though, it is highly possible that the new handset may charge in a fraction of the time it takes the 6S, this is down to the five volts, two amps charging.
If we're talking iMessage, larger emojis are set to become available as well as the option to draw pictures rather than send text. The other leading apps such as photos, music, news and maps are also set to undergo a makeover.
And the quirkiest rumour regarding the seven? It may finally follow in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy by becoming water-resistant. The removal of the headphone jack certainly supports those rumours, as does Apple's previous interest in existing waterproof devices.
Whether AT&T's leaked schedule is correct, or the claims from serial leaker Evan Blass that state the seven will go on sale on September 16 are, one thing for sure is that the handset is definitely set for release in September. The release of the seven may be just weeks away ladies and gentlemen!
Take a look at these iPhone 7 live images that are stirring up brand new rumors about the upcoming Apple smartphone. What we have here is an iPhone 7 Plus/Pro in black, complete with the dual camera setup and POGO pins at its rear. True to what we had heard before, it seems like Apple has done away with the 3.5mm jack altogether. While the phone does look quite stunning in black, it has raised new questions.
Things have become quite confusing as this is a 5.5-inch device with the dual camera setup, which is what we were expecting the iPhone 7 Plus or Pro to sport. According to previous reports, there will be only two versions of the iPhone this year and only the higher end Plus/Pro will have the dual camera setup, but not the POGO pins as we see here on this device. The smartphone seen in these images is clearly sporting both the rear POGO pins and the dual camera setup, which is countering the previously established rumors and reports. We will found out more on September 7, when the next iPhones will be reportedly unveiled.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As the iPhone 7 is about to be unveiled in just two days, rumors are piling up as usual. Therefore, to make things easier for our readers, here's a shorter version of what we know so far.
Chip: Apple A10 (2.4GHz expected)
Internal Storage: 32GB, 128GB and 256GB
Color Options: Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, Dark Black and Piano Black
RAM: 3GB for the iPhone 7 Plus and 2GB for the iPhone 7
Camera: Single 12mp camera for the iPhone 7 and dual 12mp cameras for the iPhone 7 Plus with optical zoom, OIS and a 4-LED flash
Display: 1080 × 1920 Full HD resolution for the iPhone 7 Plus and 750 × 1334 pixels for the regular iPhone 7
Additional improvements include a laser powered proximity sensor for efficient recognition of hand gestures, a Force Touch Home button and a IPx7 water resistance certification that will keep your smartphone safe underwater (up to a meter) for thirty minutes at a time. Unfortunately, there will be no 3.5mm jack on the new iPhones, but you will still be able to use your 3.5mm headphones, thanks to the bundled Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter. The box will also include Lightning EarPods, in case you don't want an adapter hanging out of your pocket.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
With about three days left in between now and the date of the Apple iPhone 7's unveiling, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has revealed much about the upcoming flagship smartphones and rounded up facts from rumors and leaks all around. Here is what the most probable specs of the upcoming iPhones seem to be.
The Apple A10 chip will have a clock speed of 2.44GHz and will probably power both the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus, however, the clock speed may vary slightly on release. The iPhone 7 Plus will be the first iPhone to sport 3GB of RAM, while the regular iPhone 7 will have only 2GB of RAM, like the 6s and 6s Plus. There will also be a dual 12-mp camera setup at the back of the iPhone 7 Plus with one camera sporting OIS and a 6-element wide angle lens, while the second one sporting a narrower 5-element lens. A flash with four LED lights are expected to be featured on both the smartphones.
Both iPhones will sport the lightning jack only and you will need the bundled lightning-to-3.5mm adapter to use your current headphones with them. If the IPx7 certification does indeed make it to the iPhones this year, they will be able to withstand thirty minutes of water exposure up to a depth of one meter. The earpiece itself may also act as an additional speaker and the proximity sensor beside it could be using laser tech instead of LED for the detection. Finally, the Home button may also be just a pressure sensitive icon, instead of being a physical one. Let's hope that the rumors are true as these do sound amazing!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A YouTube channel named kk 低调 has just released a video on YouTube that apparently contains live shot footage of the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 7 Pro, whatever Apple chooses to call this one. The video spans for only 8 seconds unfortunately, but the quality of the video is really good and we urge you to take a look yourself, if you are interested in seeing the upcoming Apple flagship devices before time of course.
We can clearly see the iPhone 7 in three colors in this video and they are grey, rose gold and silver. More interestingly, the iPhone 7 Plus seems to be sporting the rumoured dual camera setup as expected. In order to ensure that viewers know that they are looking at the bigger iPhone 7 and not the regular version, we can see the regular iPhone 7 neatly placed on top of the three bigger iPhones just for good measure! This proves that there will indeed be at least two versions of the iPhone 7 this year. Whether or not this is the Plus version or the Pro version, or if there even will be a Pro version of the iPhone 7 this year are all shrouded in rumors and mystery right now.
This is a hot week for smartphones as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 just came out two days ago and we already have a video of the actual iPhone 7 for the first time. Apple fans have a pretty good idea about what to expect from the upcoming iPhones, thanks to a myriad of leaks and rumors, but now we have an actual live action video of the Apple iPhone 7, courtesy of TechTastic on YouTube, even though it is probably the property of GeekBar. The video actually confirms what we saw earlier with the mock-ups built from Foxconn schematics. The iPhone 7 prototype looks exactly the same as it did in those pictures.
If you are excited about the upcoming flagship, you will just need to wait for about a month more for its official unveiling, which would be either on September 6 or 7 according to sources. The iPhone 7 will go on sale from from September 16, but pre-orders will probably start on September 9. You will be able to own the 32GB version for $649, the 128GB version for $749 and the 256GB version for $849. For more on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, stay tuned.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
With the iPhone 7 due to be released in September 2016, speculation continues to mount over its new features. While some have suggested that demand for the new model will be low due to lack of innovation, the figures from Business Insider show that ‘demand for the iPhone 7 is healthy'. While Apple has yet to settle on the finished design, we can be pretty sure of a few things...
What's likely to be different?
One of the major talking points over the last year has been the lack of a headphone socket. This will mean that headphones will connect to the phone via Bluetooth or through its Lightning port. This caused uproar in some circles last year yet insiders have said that a 3.5mm adaptor will be included in the box.
Rumours surrounding the new camera include the use of dual lenses and enhanced performance in low-light conditions. It is also expected to be upgraded from 8 megapixels to 12 megapixels.
Antenna bands, earpiece cut-outs and light sensor
The antenna bands across the back of the device have reportedly been removed. Meanwhile the earpiece cut-outs are now longer and the ambient light sensor has been moved; presumably as a means to improving performance in low light.
The latest inside news is that Apple will be favouring the 32GB storage option in their most basic model - if true, this seemingly puts an end to the 16GB predecessors that may now struggle given the recent development in app quality.
In fact, a 256GB version, the first of its kind on the iOS platform, has been suggested by technology specialists TrendForce. Perhaps overkill, the space will certainly allow for multiple high-graphic options such as the notorious Disney Infinity 3.0 at 2.26GB.
Combined with the essential movie archive, personal music discography or just your favourite iGaming apps, the iPhone 7 isn't likely to struggle. Indeed, catching the latest Pokémon or playing online bingo directly on your phone should be a breeze come its release later this year.
Experts expect the iPhone 7 to use next-generation A10 processors from TSMC. In terms of internal storage, entry-level handsets will start at 32GB instead of 16GB.
The new model is expected to be 1mm thinner than the iPhone 6, but at 5.5 inches it will be the same size as the 6s. Apple may indeed be wary of making the product thinner due to the negative press they received over the iPhone 6 in 2014. There were several reports of the inerrant ‘bend problem' which the manufacturer will be keen to quash in its new product.
There are some rumours that Apple will dispense with numerical ordering and refer to the new model as the iPhone Pro. However, others dispute this.
Some photos have emerged of the models without the home button; a staple on every single model so far. The suggestion is that Apple will drop the physical button in favour of an onscreen key. Other images suggest that this rumour is false.
What will stay the same?
Apple plans to continue releasing two models. Some sources suggest that these will be called the iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Plus; others say they will named simply iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
All rumours suggest the iPhone 7 will look very similar to the iPhone 6, with only minor aesthetic changes.
Apple plans to stick to the 4.7" and 5.5" screens it uses on the current flagship models. The lower-level model (iPhone 7 or iPhone Pro) will have the smaller screen as standard. The flagship model (iPhone 7 Pro Plus or iPhone 7 Plus) will come with the bigger screen as standard.
Thanks to a new revelation by GSM Arena, we are now able to take a first look at the upcoming iPhone 7. Reportedly, these renders are made from actual 3D drawings by the tech guys at Apple. Of course, improvisations have been made in the color and material department through intelligent guesswork. We do not think that the renders will be off by much as they have done a pretty good job in emulating the parts that were not present in the original drawings.
From what we can see in these pictures, there will be a change at the back where the antenna lines used to be for iPhones. The good news is that two speaker grilles can be seen at the bottom of the phone, or at least we hope that they are speaker grilles! If the iPhone 7 does the same thing as they did with the iPhone 5s, one of those two grilles will only house the mic. Much to our disappointment, we did not see a 3.5mm audio jack anywhere in the renders.
According to these, the next iPhone is not going to have the dual camera setup which the iPhone 7 Plus is rumoured to sport. The images are not enough to pass judgement on whether the iPhone 7 is going to have water-resistance certification or not, but we are hopeful that it will. Stay tuned to find out more in the months leading to the release of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus towards the end of the year.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
If reports from sources around the world are to be believed then the iPhone 7 Pro is real and it's coming in September along with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. We now also have a "leaked" image of what is claimed to be the iPhone 7 Pro, thanks to MacRumors. Even if it is true and the image is indeed a picture of the iPhone 7 Pro, it is probably just a prototype as its theoretical release date is still at least 4-5 months away.
From what we can see in the photo leaked by MacRumors, the Pro model will sport a dual-lens camera, a first for Apple smartphones. Also, the design elements do not seem to have changed much from last year's iPhone 6s. Before you laugh away the entire thing as a hoax, consider the fact that Feld & Volk have released certain iPhone 7 Pro renders of their own, inspired by these photos. Feld & Volk is famous for offering post market iPhone modification services and their last rendition, which was of the iPhone 6, turned out to be flawless in 2014. Add the statement of OnLeaks/Steve Hemmerstoffer which suggested that this "could be the real deal" and suddenly it starts to feel more like a leak than a rumor.
Apple was once famous for its simplicity and that was one of the things that people loved about their products, but right now, that is just not the case. In order to target customers with different buying capacities and needs, Apple currently has five iPads in the market; iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and of course, the mighty iPad Pro. Similarly, it wouldn't be that much of a surprise at this point in time to see Apple release three versions of the iPhone 7 this year, as it would have been a few years ago.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Two brand new commercials were released by Apple today and they are both about the iPhone 6s. The one about "Onions" is a hilarious and light-hearted commercial that highlights the 4K video recording capabilities of the iPhone 6s in a rather funny way. We see a young girl shooting some onions being chopped on her iPhone 6s, while recording at 4K. The video soon gains universal popularity and changes the art of film making itself! People all over the world are touched by it and she ends up getting a prestigious award for that video, which is presented to her by actor Neil Patrick Harris. It is good to see that Apple is open to humor these days, as made evident by many of their recent ads.
The commercial released to highlight the advantages of Touch ID was not as dramatic or funny though. It simply reminds people that Touch ID can be used for more than just unlocking your iPhone 6s. Unlocking cars, payment via Apple Pay and even signing on documents are all possible through Apple's little fingerprint scanner. Although the recently launched iPhone SE is also capable of 4K recording and has support for Apple Pay, it wasn't shown in either of the commercials.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Courtesy of @OnLeaks via Twitter, we now have a new rumor about the iPhone 7 and it seems to be a reliable one. It was stated that the iPhone 7 will most likely be powered by a 1,960mAh battery, which is about 14% more powerful than the current gen iPhone 6s's battery (1,715mAh). There is a slight catch though; OnLeaks also mentioned that this is "not 100% but almost..." We would certainly like to see the "almost" part turn out to be true as the iPhone could definitely use the battery boost.
Although this is purely based on assumption, this leads us to believe that if there is an iPhone 7 Plus this year, then it will sport an even bigger battery than the iPhone 6s Plus' 2,750mAh cell. If we said that it too would sport a 14% increase over the iPhone 6s Plus' battery, we would be stretching our imaginations too far though! However, a bigger battery should definitely be on the cards. We will surely find out more as rumors and leaks will continue to surface on the internet before the official release date of the upcoming iPhones in September, 2016.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It has hardly been two days since Apple confirmed rumors about the upcoming iPhone SE with 2GB of RAM and we can now see the test results on AnTuTu's score-sheet. It seems like some people already have access to the SE even before its official release in the US next week. If these results are to be believed, then the iPhone SE is miles ahead of its mid-range competition. In fact, the results are so spectacular, that they are actually ahead of even the much more expensive iPhone 6s and 6s Plus!
The iPhone 6s scored around 132,620 and Samsung's latest flagship (Galaxy S7) with Snapdragon 820 scored somewhere around 125,288. The Exynos 8890 version of the S7 however, managed to score only about 105,000. The iPhone SE puts all of these flagships to shame with a whopping score of 134,358! This extremely impressive score was made possible, thanks to the Apple A9 chip, which was the most powerful mobile SoC on the market in 2015. If you are wondering how it managed to score more than the 6s which has the same chip as well, it is due to the fact that the smaller 4-inch display of the SE has fewer pixels to process for the A9 SoC when compared to the 4.7-inch panel of the 6s.
These scores may give one an impression that the A9 chip is still faster when compared with the latest Snapdragon 820 chipset from Qualcomm, but it may not actually be the case. The SD 820 is pushing significantly more pixels on the S7, which has a 5.1-inch display with a resolution of 1440p! The A9 chip on the other hand, only has to work with a 640p HD display that's 4-inch in size. Nonetheless, the scores are very impressive and we are inclined to think that at this point, if you must buy an iPhone, the iPhone SE is probably the best choice, provided you can live without the 3D Touch.