The rumor mill has lessened the surprise somewhat. Secret photos and leaked memos tell us what we can expect the new iPhone. All that is really missing is the actual tactile sensation of holding one in your hand.
In the rumor confirmation category, DigiTimes has joined the chorus of those reporting that the top-tier iPhone 7 will accommodate 256GB of storage. And French site Nowhereelse.fr has published a new image of what its says is the iPhone's rear camera apparatus. This supports previous reports that both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will feature optical image stabilization -- a feature previously reserved only for the Plus -- though it's likely that only the larger phone will come equipped with a dual-lens camera.
In just a few weeks the wait will be over and the longer we feel now -- well, even that will be a distant memory.
You can read more about what to expect and when we can expect it, right here.
Turns out the very finest feature of the iPhone might just be its camera. This is most evident in the quality of the films being produced by users around the world. Not just the quality of the videos but the ways in which they can use the camera itself--an iPhone is much easier to wield than a heavy, bulky video camera.
Never underestimate the smartphone as a tool for video. That’s the lesson we learn from “Flying Into Dusk,” an impressive aerial short film completely shot using the iPhone 6s. With the use of a stabilizer and the Filmic Pro app, filmmakers Toby Harriman and Jaron Schneider have created a 4K high-quality video that rivals those filmed with far more expensive gear.
You can read more about the drone video and watch it in its entirety right here.
Cyber crooks are targeting iPhone users who have had their phones stolen with a new scam designed to steal iCloud login details.
As if having your iPhone stolen wasn't bad enough, the hackers are tricking phone theft victims into giving up their Apple ID credentials, giving them access to their personal data.
You can learn more about the hackers efforts and how to protect yourself in this article.
If you just can't stomach the idea of your kids beating you at Pokemon Go because they have the freedom to wander all around outdoors and collect Pokemon while you're stuck at work, then maybe you should consider jailbreaking your iPhone.
There's a new hack out there which allows a jailbroken phone to send a Pokemon Go trainer all around the map without the player actually going any where. That's right, sit at your desk and let your Pokemon Go trainer walk around and catch Pokemon.
People have been banned from the game for using hacks to fake their locations, and it’s quite possible that this cheat will get you banned. That said, it’s highly unlikely. Hacks that have gotten people banned simply teleport players from one place to the next, instantly. With this new hack, however, your character actually walks around the game and you control him or her with a joystick instead of magically being teleported from Ohio to Mexico in the blink of an eye.
The next caveat is even more important. In order to utilize this cheat, you’ll need to jailbreak your iPhone. We recently showed you how to jailbreak your iPhone without even having to connect to a computer, so it’s not very difficult to do. Not everyone is comfortable jailbreaking though, and if that’s the case then this hack isn’t for you.
If you absolutely "gotta catch 'em all!" you can get the complete details of the hack, including instructions for jailbreaking your iPhone right here. Just remember the dangers that go along with jailbreaking your iPhone.
That's right, the latest rumor has it that the smart connector will not be a part of the iPhone 7.
After testing the magnetic based connector on the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple apparently felt that it was not a good fit for the handset. If this rumor is true, that means there will be no Smart Keyboard accessory offered for Apple's phablet in 2016. The Smart Connector is used by Apple on the Apple iPad Pro so that the Smart Keyboard can quickly connect to the tablet. The magnets pass power from the tablet to the accessory, and data is goes back and forth between the slate and the keyboard.
So, that's the latest rumor and seems like a fitting end to the questions about what type of connection to expect from your iPhone 7. But really, after everything that's been said and unsaid, is there any doubt more rumors will be coming soon?
Click here to read the entire story on the smart connector.
Every time we turn around someone is posting an optical illusion via social media -- as if we don't have enough things to stress over.
The latest is an image of someone's "dropped" iPhone on a multi-colored rug, which seems to have vanished completely. We are promised the phone is indeed in the image although it blends perfectly with the rug. And people are freaking out trying to find the phone.
Here's the image:
Here's a link to a story which details where the insanely difficult optical illusion came from and what the response has been on social media about it. Click here for the story.
We're not exactly sure what this guy was thinking when he strapped on an iPhone case which looks like a hand gun, but airport security and local police were definitely not laughing. In fact, they took the added step of publicly shaming the man via social media. The images and the story, of course, went viral, and hopefully this guy learned a valuable lesson.
It's unclear whether the man was detained or may be charged.
However, on Twitter, the police speculated that they could proceed with charges against this man for either a public order offense or for possession of an imitation firearm in a public place.
The police also added on Twitter, with barely concealed contempt: "Bringing this to an airport makes it much less likely you'll catch your plane."
You can read the entire story right here.
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.