Think your iPhone is boring? (Wait - someone actually finds the iPhone boring?!)
Anyway, if you do think your iPhone is boring and want to see what other, more exciting smartphones, might exist, then definitely avoid these gems.
It seems increasingly likely that the iPhone 7 is going to be a bit of a damp squib, which has prompted us to reflect on some other notably boring smartphone releases from recent years.
A growing number of reports suggest Apple isn't sticking to the script with the iPhone 7 – and we don't mean that in a positive way. History dictates that the next iPhone should boast an all-new design, but it seems we'll actually be getting yet another iPhone 6-a-like. Yawn.
If true, the iPhone 7 will neither be the first nor the last phone to underwhelm with its dull, unimaginative design. Here are six such snoozesome smartphones that left us distinctly unmoved.
You can review the entire list right here.
Back in the day every electronic device from the Walkman to a new stereo came with an instruction manual. As electronic devices grew in complexity these instruction manuals became more and more unwieldy.
The solution to unwieldy user manuals? Do away with them altogether.
If you bought a smartphone then the first thing you noticed was it didn't come with instructions for how to use it. You were told that you would "figure it out" as you went along. This was all fine and dandy when all they did was make calls, send texts, surf the Internet and take pictures.
My what a difference five years can make.
That being said here is a short list of impressive iPhone hacks which will likely make your life a little bit easier. Or at least saving a few frustrating seconds.
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.
iPhone users have learned to protect their precious devices from unsavory looking people who are aiming to deprive them of their digital treasure. But not every iPhone thief is a person. In fact, we know of at least one who is definitely not.
A sneaky seagull attempted to steal a British woman's cellphone after she set it down to record video at a local beach.
Chloe Rainey shared video of the attempted theft to Facebook. The seagull can be seen approaching the phone before snatching it with its beak and attempting to run away.
The owner of the iPhone actually captured video of the thievery and posted it on Facebook. No doubt as a warning to others who might think they need only protect their french fries from the seagulls. Not their iPhones. You can read more about the seagull theft right here.
One of the very best things about having an iPhone (and to a lesser extent, any smartphone) are the apps. Once upon a time we had no idea what an app was or why we would one day be completely absorbed by them.
Today, we totally understand, don't we?
That being said, there are now so many apps it is difficult to know when you have the very best, or if you are missing one crucial app which would make your entire life suddenly worth living. Fortunately, people are always reviewing them and compiling awesome lists, making it easier for the rest of us to download and enjoy.
One of the best things about owning an iPhone is that you get a lot of the newest apps first before they arrive on Android.
It may not be fair, but it's a great perk for iPhone users.
You can enjoy the best travel apps, exclusives from Instagram and Adobe, and powerful photo apps.
In these 23 iPhone-only apps, you are guaranteed to find something new — just don't brag too much to your friends with Android phones.
You can click here to see his complete list of "must have" apps. And if you have any app suggestions for us, tell us in the Comments section!
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.
Some people are always on their iPhones. Walking down the sidewalk, riding the train, at dinner, and even in the bathroom. This might account for the large numbers of people who accidentally drop their phones in water.
Fear not, if you are among those who have done this, either in a toilet, a swimming pool, or a puddle at the bus stop, there is the possibility you might be able to save your iPhone from permanent damage:
Of course, judging by the content of the video, this seems very unlikely to work. Ever. Even under the best circumstances. Even is you do a magic fairy dance while following the instructions. Best bet is to just march right down to the Apple store and buy a new one.
That is likely what led them to release the awesome new keyboard for iPhone users. Of course the fact the same engineers who no doubt created the GBoard may be iPhone users themselves and besides, the fact the new keyboard has a built-in Google Search button is an added bonus.
Google’s new iPhone software keyboard offers four powerful features that you don’t get with Apple’s built-in keyboard.
The big one is a Google logo right next to the autocomplete suggestions. Tap it to open a Google search box, right there on your screen.
From here, you can perform Google searches — for restaurants, addresses, articles, definitions, flight information…anything, really. That comes in handy really often. With each search, you save yourself some flipping around into your browser or another app to find the info you need.
You can read more about the GBoard here, and if you use it, let us know what you think in the Comments.
“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.