Everyone has been talking about the new features (or lack thereof) the iPhone 7 offers; comparing camera definition, texting speed, ability to Snapchat, etc., etc. But when you get right down to it, what really matters when it comes your smartphone are the technical specifications. These technical details are not always the liveliest reading, but they do make the difference. The devil is in the details, you know.
Now to be fair, it’s not as if the iPhone 7 outperformed every single smartphone out there across all categories. With respect to battery life, for example, the iPhone 7 Plus had some stiff competition. With respect to battery life while browsing the web on LTE, the iPhone 7 Plus came in fourth, ranking behind the Huawei Mate 8, the Galaxy S7 Edge and the Galaxy Note 7 (RIP).
That aside, AnandTech’s overall impression of the iPhone 7 was remarkably and persuasively positive. If you’re looking for a broad yet incredibly detailed look into how the iPhone 7 measures up in terms of performance, battery life, camera architecture, video performance and more, the review is well worth checking out in its entirety.
You can read more about the iPhone 7 technical breakdown here, and exactly what it means for users like you.
Apple has been working with iPhone 6 users to sort these problems out on a case by case basis, but the fact their iPhone 6 does indeed bend is like a bad penny that Apple executives keep tripping over.
Apple appears to be aware of faulty touchscreens on some iPhone 6 units, even if it isn't saying so publicly. And the two-year-old "bendgate" controversy is likely to blame. According to a report by Motherboard's Jason Koebler, Apple's technical support Genius staff at Apple stores have been told about the so-called "touch disease" issue that causes the iPhone 6 touchscreen to stop working.
You can read more about the issue haunting Apple Genius Bar workers right here. Or, you could just upgrade to the iPhone 7 like a true Apple fan.
Thieves disguised as Apple Store workers have made off with dozens of new, unlocked iPhones from a New York City store. Although it might be a stretch to say the thieves were "disguised." In actuality the targeted store was a training location, and the thieves just dressed similarly to Apple store workers.
Apparently the store is used to seeing an abundance of strange faces, and one blue shirt looks quite like another. Still, 67 iPhones in a few months, just walked right of the store, is quite a write-off.
It’s clear that these thieves know their way around an Apple store. In all the robberies, the suspects “dressed similarly” to Apple employees, walking directly to the drawers where brand-new, unlocked iPhones were stored. And the Upper West Side location is a particularly smart target since it’s used to train employees—an unfamiliar face wearing the uniform wouldn’t stick out. In fact, that location was hit twice, according to the New York Post.
We're certainly not suggesting it is easy to steal an iPhone. In fact it seems likely Apple has already taken steps to prevent exactly this type of theft from happening again. (So don't do anything stupid!) You can read the rest of the article here.
The rumor mill is working over time among Apple fanatics, with some suggesting the coming releases will feature OLED displays, bendable hardware and a personal assistant that does everything except wash your car (and that could be on the horizon too--who knows!)
An exciting assortment of Apple rumors surfaces each week and offers a glimpse into the current state of speculation about upcoming iPhones, new iPads, and the next updates for Apple’s operating systems. This week, there were new rumors and reports about Apple’s plans for Siri, the MacBook Pro that the company may release later this year, new features for the Apple Watch, and the iPhones that Apple will release in 2016 and 2017. Read on for the week’s most interesting Apple rumors.
You can read more about the latest rumors from Apple right here. And you have any thoughts about what you'd like to see in a new Apple release, let us know in the comments section.
“Today we’re introducing a new look. You’ll see an updated icon and app design for Instagram. Inspired by the previous app icon, the new one represents a simpler camera and the rainbow lives on in gradient form,: Instagram said in a blog post.
The post continued, “We’ve made improvements to how the Instagram app looks on the inside as well. The simpler design puts more focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app.”
You can read more about the update, how it works and what users think, at the article here.
One of the biggest complaints about the Apple Watch is the fact you need an iPhone to make it work. Apps should be loaded to an iPhone first before being made accessible to the Apple Watch; phone calls can only be made through the Apple Watch via an iPhone and well, just about everything else the Apple Watch does that is cool comes through an iPhone.
But that may change with the Apple Watch 2:
Other rumors only strengthen the independency rumors of the next-generation Apple Watch. Apple is reportedly pushing Apple Watch apps to be native, meaning users can install apps directly on the smartwatch without relying on the iPhone.
If all these rumors were true, then the Apple Watch would not really be needing the iPhone anymore and it can act as a separate gadget, rather than a device that supports the iPhone.
You can read more about the pro's and cons of an independent Apple watch 2 right here.
Turns out those super-cool aluminum cases Apple used to secure the guts of their iPhones are going away--in favor of a much more stylish glass frame. That's good news for some who say the aluminum casing made the iPhone much more slippery. And we suppose bad news for the people who hated the way the glass casing shattered at even the hint of being dropped.
Apple will release the iPhone 7 in the fall, but attention has already shifted in the media to the iPhone 8. Rumors about the iPhone 8 possibly having a glass casing have been reported on many Apple sites, and if that happens it could be the biggest change to the iPhone's design in years.
The last time Apple used glass casing was back when the iPhone 4 and 4s were released. Both of those models proved to be very popular among users, and there’s no reason to think that the iPhone 8 wouldn’t follow in their supremely successful footsteps.
You can read more about the proposed changes here, and then weigh in with a Comment and let us know what you think of the possible change.
That's been Apple's aim all along with the Apple Watch: To make it a ubiquitous health monitoring tool the way their iPhone has become a ubiquitous communication tool.
Let's face it, using the Apple Watch as a phone, or to surf the internet is not exactly conducive to comfort. Some people use it for those things, but even they admit it's not exactly the best tool available. When it comes to health monitoring, however, well, that's an entirely different story:
Fitness trackers are a fun way to keep track of your health, but it turns out the gadgets might be life-savers — literally.
Contractor Dennis Anselmo said his Apple Watch tipped him off before he had a heart attack in Edmonton last summer.
"I just wasn't feeling right. I was hot and cold at the same time," the 63-year-old told CBC News. "I was jittery."
Anelsmo looked down at his Apple Watch, flipped to the heart rate monitor, and realized his heart was pounding at over 200 beats per minute — more than double a normal rate.
So, as a communication device the Apple Watch makes a great "fitness tracker." Good to know. If you want to read more about how this handy device might save your life, click here to read the rest of the story.
If you have a spare $500 and you want to buy a $600 Apple Watch, we seriously suggest you wait until you save another $100 and buy one from an authentic Apple Store.
If you just can't wait and/or really want to save $100, then we suppose you could go ahead and buy yours from some stranger on eBay. Of course if you do that you might just come away with something not quite what you expect. Like the guy who bought this on eBay thinking it was an authentic Apple Watch:
Oh, and still no word on whether or not this "Apple" watch even works.
You can read his whole pitiful story right here. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and don't become a victim to unscrupulous scammers. Just save your money and buy from an approved Apple dealer.
But you're also filled with dread that you will be overwhelmed with tech trying to pare it to your Mac or your iPhone or just getting the thing to work.
Have no fear! We did some searching and found this handy little Apple Watch quick start guide intended to help you do all that fast and painlessly - and have you playing with your new Apple Watch all through Christmas dinner:
This is a simple guide to setting up a new Apple Watch, intended to cover all the queries that newcomers to this device may have. In other words, there is likely to be information here that you know already, particularly if you're an experienced Apple user. Hopefully the subheads will help you to skip to the bits you don't know about.
To read the complete guide and watch the handy little video tutorial, click here.
And drop us a line to let us know how you made out--or visit our web site for an awesome new case to protect your new treasure!