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The ongoing debate between Android and Apple users just got a little more complicated. While both surely have qualities that appeal to all kinds of smartphone users, Apple’s staple characteristic of being more “user-friendly” may or may not be a load of false advertising. With its almost too-simple interface, iPhones have essentially remained the same since their origination. However, with every new edition of this popular device, there also comes a few major and minor updates – many of which we may not even realize exist.

Apple engineers may be patting themselves on the back for their progressive shifts in this user-friendly phone, but perhaps they should have a word with the advertising department first. While Apple is constantly advertising the sleek, new designs of their latest iPhones, they oftentimes overlook some notable customized updates. What’s the advantage of having the newest user-friendly iPhone if the user doesn’t even know all of the things their products can do? That’s right, below is a list of 15 iPhone tricks that users everywhere are completely unaware of. Perhaps if Apple started advertising these new, customized editions to the iPhone, we wouldn’t have a debate with Android users in the first place. Either way, the following tips will completely upgrade and reinvigorate your iPhone experience, so test them out, see what you think, and tell your friends – even if they are sworn Android users.

1. Create a timer for your music.

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Ever wish you could listen to your favorite sleepy-time playlist before bed without having to worry about turning off your music in the middle of the night? Well, there’s actually a setting for that in the Clock app. Just go to your timer and set the ringtone to “Stop Playing.” This allows you to set a time limit for your music!

2. Customize a vibration pattern for texts, alerts, and phone calls.

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Instead of sticking to the standard vibration pattern for your text messages, create your own! If you head to your phone's settings and navigate through Sounds > Ringtones > Vibration, press the section labeled “New Vibration.” This update allows you to create your own vibration pattern with the touch of your finger.

3. Flashing alerts.

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If you’ve ever had a hard time recognizing that your phone received a phone call or message, you’re certainly not alone. For those of us who need a little extra reminder, this update allows you to use your camera’s LED light for flashing alerts. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility and enable this great feature.

4. Made a mistake while typing? Just shake it off.

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Instead of waiting for your phone to slowly delete the contents of a misworded text message, shake your phone to start fresh. Doing so will completely erase the contents of your message, kind of like an Etch-A-Sketch!

5. Speed up your phone by clearing up your RAM.

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In order to do this, just press and hold your power button as if you were about to turn off your phone. However, when the “slide to power off” screen appears, press and hold your home button to clear up your RAM.

6. Clearing your cache without the hassle.

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If clearing up the RAM didn’t help, try opening any one of the App Store, Podcasts, Music, or Game Center apps to clear up your phone’s cache. Just open one of these apps and tap any icon near the bottom 10 times.

7. When did I send that text message? 

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Instead of checking the clock every time you respond to someone’s message, just drag your thumb to the left to reveal the time stamps. These time stamps mark every single message you and your receiver have had.

8. View your recently closed tabs in Safari.

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Every time you exit out of Safari, the app remembers where you were last. To see the last tabs you had open, just press the “+” icon.

9. Your iPhone doubles as a level.

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So you have a calculator, a compass, and a flashlight. Pretty cool, right? Well, if you open up the compass app and swipe left, your iPhone transitions into a level as well! iPhones: the toolbox of the future.

10. In case of an emergency, your iPhone may be a lifesaver.

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For those of us who have a lock on our screens, it’s easy to worry about the prospect of someone calling 9-1-1 in an emergency. However, by filling out important health information in your health app prior to an emergency, anyone will be able to provide doctors with the information you need to survive.

11. Only show unread emails in your inbox.

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Mailbox clutter is a real and annoying aspect of any phone. However, for iPhone users, limiting your inbox to only unread emails is as simple as pressing the “edit” icon.

12. What flight just passed by overhead?

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Siri knows. Just ask her what plane just passed by above you and she’ll provide you with in-depth information.

13. Wi-Fi too slow? Don’t settle.

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Switching your phone from Wi-Fi to LTE access is as simple as scrolling through your settings.

14. Night Shift and Low Power Mode can now be used at the same time.

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Once again, this can be done by simply asking Siri. No more late-night, power-sucking Facebook scrolling. This update will help you stay up without draining your iPhone’s power.

15. Hard reset.

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Ever wish you could give your phone a time-out when it’s acting up? Just hold down the home and lock buttons for five seconds. It’ll get the message.

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Despite the fact that millions own an iPhone, many are unaware of some of the more amazing features hidden away in this little device. Here are a few of them! While you might know about a handful of these, several should surprise you…

1.  It tracks every location you’ve been to.

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That’s right. Your iPhone has tracked every location you’ve been at since you activated it. To see how creepy your iPhone is, go to settings, privacy, location services, system services, and check out the “frequent locations” option. It can be quite eye opening to see a complete history of everywhere you’ve been…

2. Its performance is more customizable than you think.

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Have an iPhone 4S and sick of all the stutters caused by iOS7? Go to settings, general, accessibility, and turn on the “reduce transparency” option located under “increase contrast.” Also, turn off “reduce motion.” Now, your iPhone should run about as well as it did under iOS6, with all of the software upgrades of 7!

3. It can work without a power button.

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Go to settings, general, accessibility, and turn on “AssistiveTouch” if your power button ever breaks. It’ll project a small icon onto the screen that’ll allow you to lock your phone without the need of a physical button! You can also turn your phone off using this as well. Don’t worry, even without a power button your phone will automatically turn on when you plug it in.

 4. You can set your phone to perform certain actions when triple clicking the home button.

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Within the aforementioned accessibility settings, there’s an option at the very bottom of the page called “Accessibility Shortcut.” From there, you can program your home button to activate zoom, assisted touch, voice over controls, and other features with a triple click.

5. You can close more than one app at a time!

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When I upgraded to iOS7, I found the app-closing procedure to be an annoying and time consuming process. No longer! Turns out you can close multiple apps at a time by swiping up with two or three fingers.

6. It can replace your leveling tool.

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Ever wish you had a level around to get those perfectly straight edges you’ve always dreamed of? Well wish no more! Your iPhone’s compass has a hidden level (ha, get it?) that you can activate by swiping to the left.

7. Its battery lasts forever on airplane mode.

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Airplane mode isn’t just for when you’re on an airplane! Use it when you need to save battery, and you’ll get a lot more life out of a single charge. Using airplane mode also allows your phone to charge faster.

8. Its performance improves when you clean its hard drive.

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Always try to leave at least two gigabytes free on your iPhone. Anything less and it will start to slow down considerably.

 9. Siri can learn!

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I had a friend who once told me Siri knows too much for her own good. Well, turns out you have the ability to teach her even more. If she ever mispronounces a word, tell her, and she’ll give you several alternate pronunciations.

10. It tracks popular apps near your location.

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There’s a little innocuous option located at the bottom of the app store called “Near Me” that’ll literally show you the most popular apps in your immediate area. Usually these will include local news apps or bus schedule apps for the town you’re in. Useful if you are in a new area!

 11. It automatically updates apps.

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This is a useful feature that arrived with iOS7. Unlike previous iterations of the software, your iPhone now downloads updates whenever they’re available. That being said, this eats up performance and battery, so if you’d like to shut it down, go to settings, iTunes & App Store, and turn off “updates,” located under “automatic downloads.”

12. It changes the contrast of background images to make text more visible.

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Afraid that the background image you want to use is too bright, thus making text too hard to read? Fear no longer. With the latest iOS update, your iPhone will automatically adjust the contrast of such images so that you can still see the clock on the lock screen and the text below your apps.

13. It allows you to take a picture using its volume buttons!

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen fellow iPhone owners try and hit that white circle on the screen to take a picture instead of the much more easily accessible volume buttons. Now you can be cool and start using your iPhone as if it were an actual camera too!

 14. It can tell you exactly when you received a text message.

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I was annoyed with the messaging app on the iPhone initially, because I thought it didn’t let you see what time texts arrived. This is a useful feature, mainly because it’s nice to know how long ago somebody sent you a message. Luckily for all of us, the iPhone does have this feature. To access it, simply swipe to the left in any text conversation you have. You’ll then be able to see the exact time that texts were sent and delivered.

15. It can change Siri’s gender.

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Tired of the same old Siri? Go to settings, general, Siri, and scroll down to “voice gender.” Here you can give Siri a male voice.

 16. Spotlight search is actually…useful?

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I never see anybody use spotlight search for anything, but in reality it’s quite a useful feature. Just swipe down on your homescreen to access it, and type in whatever you need. It’s more efficient to search for contacts or a certain song here than it is to open up individual apps and scroll through a hundred names or titles.

 

 17. It has caps-lock functionality.

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Tired of pressing shift before every letter you want to capitalize? I used to be, too. That was before I figured out that, by simply double-tapping the shift key, it morphs into a caps-lock key. Then, everything you write after comes out capitalized. Perfect for when you’re angry or want to add emphasis to something.

 18.  You can permanently lock your iPhone’s autofocus and exposure.

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It’s super annoying when you’re trying to take a picture with your phone and it constantly readjusts its focus. To stop that insanity from occurring, simply hold your finger on the screen in the location you want to focus on (instead of tapping it). Wait for the yellow square to flash twice, and you’ll see a notification pop up that says “AE/AF lock.” Now you can take pictures without your focus and exposure constantly jumping around!

 19. It has a built in back button.

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Unlike a lot of android phones, the iPhone has no dedicated back button. To essentially achieve the same effect, however, just swipe your finger from the left edge of your screen to the right. It’ll take you back to the page you were previously on.

 20. It can give each of your friends a custom vibration.

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Tired of the standard vibration notification for text messages? To add a little spice to your texting life, go to contacts, find someone, and hit edit in the top right corner. Then go down to vibration, tap default, and scroll down to “Create New Vibration.” There you can craft a unique buzz for each of your coolest friends!

 21. It can regulate your data usage.

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Nowadays data’s a precious resource (since cell companies hate the idea of unlimited anything). If you have an app that’s chewing up a considerable amount of your monthly allotment, go to settings, cellular, and check out the list entitled “use cellular data for.” There you can turn off data for certain apps. Once you do that, they’ll only update over Wi-Fi.

 22. You can program it to turn on “Do Not Disturb” during certain hours of the day.

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You probably knew about your iPhone’s Do Not Disturb setting, found in the control panel. However, what you can also do is customize it so that it turns on during specific portions of the day. Go to settings, Do Not Disturb, and check the “scheduled” option. This will allow your phone to automatically turn DND on from say 12:00AM to 8:00AM so that you aren’t bothered with anything while you sleep.

 

 23. It can appease your impeccable grammar standards.

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Ever wanted to use one of those fancy em or en dashes while texting somebody? Well, you can. All you have to do is hold the dash key, and it will give you those two as an option. Now there’s no excuse to write poorly, even on a phone!

 24. It can take rapid bursts of photos.

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Ever see something amazing, whip out your phone to take a shot, and come away disappointed with the result? Lower the chances of that by taking multiple shots at a time. To do this, just hold the camera button. This feature works best on the 5S due to its blazing processor, though you can still use this feature (at a slower pace) on the 4S (I’ve tested it).

 

 25. It refreshes all of your apps in the background.

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Otherwise known as “background app refresh,” this feature allows all of your apps to update themselves when you aren’t using them. In other words, a news app will pull in updated articles even when you aren’t actually using the app. While it can be a nifty feature, it also uses up battery and processor power, so if you want it off just go to settings, general, background app refresh, and swipe it off there.

 26. It can tell if any planes are flying above you.

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Although you can’t always see them, there’s always a bunch of planes flying right above your head at any given moment. Just ask Siri “planes overhead,” and he or she will give you a little table with all of the planes in the air roughly above your current location.

 27.  It can read your e-mail for you.

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Siri is more useful than most give her (it?) credit for. One of the other things she can do is read your e-mail, which can be a godsend if you’re driving or otherwise occupied. Just ask something like “read my latest e-mail.” You can even ask if you’ve received a message from a specific person, and Siri will check and read them aloud if you did.

 

28. It can delete your mistakes with a simple shake.

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Make a typo? Apply the wrong filter to a photo? Just shake your phone, and much like an etch-a-sketch, or control-Z on a PC, it’ll erase the last thing you did.

29. It charges faster if you use a power adapter supposedly meant for the iPad.

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The iPad’s power adapter is rated at 12W as opposed to the iPhone’s 5W, thus your phone will charge faster with the former rather than the latter.

 30. It can show you your e-mail drafts.

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I always wondered why my iPhone never let me review my e-mail drafts. Turns out that it does, only it’s tucked away in an arcane way, meaning that most won’t find it on their own. Basically, all you do is go to your inbox and hold the new message button down (it’s located in the bottom right corner). Instead of taking you to a page where you can write a new e-mail, it’ll show you a list of your drafts, which can be incredibly useful if you were crafting a nice message and your e-mail app suddenly crashed or your phone lost power, etc.

 

Which of these did you find to be the most surprising? Know about any other incredible things iPhones can do? Let me know in the comments below!

Source:  lifehack.org

Categorized in Science & Tech

The mobile app industry is a huge global entity, with the European sector alone expected to be worth in excess of 63 billion Euros by the end of 2018. This growth will be driven by continual innovation within the sector, which creates a wider diversity of applications that make everyday life easier and more enjoyable.

While the number of apps available through the Android operating system may have increased considerably in recent times, it is Apple’s iOS platform that offers the most variety to users. With this in mind, let’s take a look at 22 of the best iPhone apps and how they can improve your everyday life: –

1.Slice

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Do you find that the speed, efficiencyand convenience of online shopping can be outweighed by the time consuming nature of tracking and receiving those deliveries? If you do then the Slice app can take the hassle out of your online shopping by automatically tracking them on your behalf and sending real-time updates.

2.Amount

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Thissingle clever little app can take the stress out of your cooking, shopping and even the calculationof your fuel consumption. Okay, so maybe it cannot take all the stress out of these activities, but you can use it to quickly and easily convert a whole host of different units for you and access vital data.

3.Waze

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Traffic can be the bain of our lives, as it makes us late for our meetings and, lets face it, it can leave us feeling more than just a little frustrated. Well not anymore as, thanks to Waze, you can join forces against traffic with your local community by easily sharing real time traffic information including accidents and hazards that will ensure you can all take routes that avoid the jams.

4.Open Table

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Open Table is an incredibly useful app for those that love to have spontaneous dinners out with friends but are put off by the hassle of booking a last minute table or, worse still, waiting around for one to open up. This app provides you with everything you need to quickly and easily choose a local restaurant, from independent reviews, available times and the menu to local restaurants.

5.HiFutureSelf

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Have you ever forgotten to be somewhere or to do something until you receive a text message checking where you are or seeing if you have completed the task in hand? Well thanks to HiFutureSelf, you’ll be able to send yourself one of these prompts, only this will be to remind you about a specific date or activity ahead of time.

6.Pocket

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If you want to relieve the tedium of your daily commute whilst keeping up to date with the latest news, events and funny videos, then this app can help you. It enables you to store any interesting articles, websites or videos in one place where you can quickly and easily access them, without an internet connection and whenever you find yourself with a spare minute.

7.Audible

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A way of relieving the tedium of travelling to work for drivers, the Audible app offers you instant access to best-selling novels and non-fiction titles in the marketplace. With this app you will no longer feel the stress of being caught up in traffic jams as you will be being entertained by your favorite books or pieces of literature.

8.AroundMe

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This app is great for the lost, the indecisive or the plain forgetful as it will pretty much locate anything you might need to find within a short space of time. It enables you to search for anything, from your nearest coffee shop or cash-point to a petrol station or cinema.

9.Fastcustomer: Fast Customer Service

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Who these days has the time, never mind the patience, to waste attempting toautomated systems and being placed on hold? Certainly not us! Thankfully, this app means you will no longer have to. Simply select the company and the department you need from the drop down menu, enter your number and the app will get the company to call you.

10.Genius Scan

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If you have ever felt the frustration of having taken a photo of a document on your phone only to upload it onto your computer to realize that it is illegible, then this is a handy app for you. It enables you to actually scan an image with your phone and then upload it to your computer as a PDF, providing an accurate and useful image!

11.Songkick

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Thanks to this app, you will never have to feel the crushing disappointment that comes with finding out your favorite artist is coming to town only to realize the tickets sold out weeks ago. Songkick connects to personaliTunes and Spotify accounts and tracks your musical preferences, before automatically prompting you whenour favorite artists announce a new set of tour dates or album releases.

12. Oddschecker

MOBILE-IPHONE-5-SCREENSHOT-01If music is not your thing, you may instead enjoy the thrill of gambling or real-time gameplay. If this is the case, then you will need access the best live odds to ensure that can make your money go further and get the most from your recreation time. Oddschecker is therefore the app for you, as it will compare real-time prices across a host of online brands sports, and casino games. So whether you want to choose from alist of regulated poker sites in New Jerseyor place a soccer accumulator bet, Oddschecker will let you do this quickly, cheaply and effectively.

13.Kayak

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The Kayak, by bringing together flights, hotels and car rental companies all under one easy to use app, takes the stress out of booking the best price for your holiday or business trip. There is even a handy explore feature for those lacking inspiration and a sense of direction.

14.TripIt

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If you take lots of trips, whether for business or pleasure, this app can make your life easier by helping you to never a miss a train or flight again. All you have to do is email your travel confirmations to the app and it will create your own detailed itinerary for you.

15.MyFitnessPal

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My Fitness Pal is pretty much what its name suggests; it is like having a fitness buddy in your pocket. It helps you to keep your diet on track by enablingyou to set goals and count the calories that you consume, while also monitoringany garnered nutritional data on your behalf. All you have to do is scan the barcode or search for the food that you have eaten, before counting your calories and factoring in daily exercise regimes.

16.Mint

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What MyFitnessPal does for your health, Mint does for your bank balance. It takes the hassle out of managing your money by combining all of your balances and investments into one place so that you can easily keep track of your spending and set yourself savings or spending goals.

17. Quick Scan

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Another way of using your phone to take the hassle out of saving money is with the Quick Scan app. Simply use the camera on your phone to scan the barcode of an item that you would like to buy and it will bring up all the places that you can purchase it from and their cost. No more trudging from shop to shop to find the best deal with this app, as you can save money from within the comfort of your own home!

18. My Co2 Calculator

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With the average energy bills having risen from £800 to just over £1,300in the last five years, there is a pressing need for home-owners to reduce their energy consumption. This makes it more important than ever that we manage our Co2 emissions for the good of the environment, and this handy iOS helps us to achieve this. By providing an overview of our energy consumption and offering advice on where cut-backs can be made, this app can also help us to save money over time.

19. 1Password

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If you have difficulty thinking of, never mind remembering, the tons of unique passwords that you need for all of your accounts, then this app will create and remember them for you. As it is even Touch ID compatible, you can log into the app and then you into your chosen account with just a couple of taps.

20. BabyMonitor HD

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Anyone who has ever had a newborn baby will testify, the agonizing pull between needing two minutes to themselves and not wanting to leave their little one with even the most trusted of babysitters is one of the most challenging aspects of parenthood. Although this app may not relieve the guilt of leaving your little one for the first time, it will certainly make you feel more secure as it will allow you to see and hear your sleeping baby on their baby monitor on the go on your phone.

21.Sleep Cycle

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Nothing improves our productivity like a good night’s sleep; the problem is that such a goal is not always easy to attain. That is where Sleep Cycle, the alarm clock like no other, can really help. It analyses your sleep and wakes you up, within a specified 30 minute window, at the lightest part of your sleep and ensures that you are refreshed onceyou are stirred.

22.Find My iPhone

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With all of these cool and handy apps on your iPhone, the last thing you will want to do is lose it! This is where our final app comes in. It allows you to remotely locate your iPhone, lock it and even set up a message on the locked screen asking whoever has came across it to call you.

Source : lifehack

Categorized in Science & Tech

A quick examination of how Google’s Pixel phones compare to Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

The Apple iPhone 7 launched in September 2016 and, true to the rumours, hasn't changed massively from its predecessors, with Apple apparently keeping all the good stuff locked up until 2017. The iPhone 7 does, however, add some new interesting things including an improved processor and camera setup, and, most notably - waterproofing!
But 2017 will reportedly see the first OLED display iPhone ever, with what may be an edge-to-edge or even wraparound display fitted to a completely new body style. This is allegedly the phone Jony Ive always wanted to build, with an iPhone 4S style shell made from either curved glass or clear Zirconia ceramic. The Touch ID Home key will also reportedly be hidden under the display glass.
Thanks to Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7, the iPhone 7 has had a pretty clear run at the market since its release in September.
But things are now changing, Google's Nexus line is no more, and has been replaced by the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones with Android Nougat onboard. The duo was launched on October 4 and carries on the Nexus legacy into the new brand; we're still looking at a highly optimised combination of hardware and software, this time built by HTC.
Like Apple, Google has come to the fray with two handsets: the Google Pixel (5in) and the Google Pixel Plus (5.5in). This approach is more or less the same as Apple’s; the iPhone 7 at 4.7in is slightly smaller.
Both phones share a lot of similarities in how they’re being marketed as well.
  • Both claim to have the best cameras in their class. 
  • Both claim to be the smartest smartphones on the planet. 
  • Both have conservative designs that can hardly be considered innovative. 
  • Both will receive software updates as soon as they’re ready. 
  • And, finally, both are pretty darn expensive.
For the most part, the choice between going for an Android phone or an iPhone, is largely based on prior purchases. Those that have used iPhones for years, investing hard-earned cash in Apple’s ecosystem, seldom leave. Ditto for Android. But it’s not everyday that Google releases a brand new phone brand, a move that will almost certainly interest plenty of tech-loving Apple enthusiasts.
 
In the same context, the iPhone 7 Plus’ camera is outstanding. Easily the best ever plopped inside a mobile phone, and this fact alone gives the handset a lot of gravity with consumers on both sides of the fence that hold photography close to their hearts.
In this article we’re going to be looking at the specs, the facts and the overall package. The point isn’t to say one is better than the other, consumer technology is frightfully subjective, but rather to highlight the USPs of each and demonstrate where they differ and what it means to you, the consumer.First, let’s take a look at the specs for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL:

Google Pixel vs Apple iPhone 7: Specs

Google Pixel
  • Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 143g
  • Display: 5in AMOLED capacitive touchscreen 1920 x 1080 pixels (441ppi)
  • Processor: MSM8996 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core CPU "Kryo" 2.1GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 530 GPU
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB or 128GB
  • Rear Camera: 12MP, f/2.0 aperture, phase detection & laser autofocus, two-tone dual-LED flash, 1/2.3" sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, HDR, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panoramic capture, video at 2160p; 1080p; 720p
  • Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.4 aperture, 1/3.2" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, video at 1080p
  • Software: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Battery: 2770mAh Quick Charge
  • Colours: Silver, Black, Blue (select regions; NOT UK)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2 (LE), GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C 3.0
  • Other Harware: Fingerprint scanner, IP53 splash resistant
Apple iPhone 7
  • Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
  • Weight: 138g
  • Display: 4.7in IPS LCD "Retina" (LED-backlit) capacitive touchscreen 1334x 750 pixels (326ppi), Wide Colour Gamut, 3D Touch
  • Processor: Apple A10 "Fusion" CPU quad-core 2.34GHz 
  • GPU: Proprietary Six-Core GPU
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB,128GB, or 256GB
  • Rear Camera: 12MP, f/1.8 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS (optical stabilisation), two-tone quad-LED flash, 1/3" sensor size, HDR, geo-tagging, touch focus, face & smile detection, panoramic capture (with HDR), video at 2160p; 1080p; 720p
  • Front Camera: 7MP, f/2.2 aperture, video at 1080p, HDR, face detection, panoramic capture
  • Software: iOS 10.0.1 (Upgrades to iOS 10.0.2)
  • Battery: 1960mAh
  • Colours: silver, gold, rose gold, black, "Jet Black" (Gloss)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2 (LE), GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS, Lightning Port (USB 2.0 & 3.5mm audio jack adaptors), NFC (Apple Pay only)
  • Other Harware: Touch ID fingerprint scanner, 3D Touch Capacitive Home Key & Haptic Engine, IP67 water and dust resistant
The specs for the both Google Pixel phones are decent enough for today’s market. The imaging is very impressive, again, par for the course these days, but where Google is attempting to make a lot of friends is the software that ships inside the phones.A lot of the core USPs aboard the Pixel phones WILL NOT be available on other Android phones. Google stayed pretty tight-lipped about this at launch but reports suggest the following features will ONLY be available on Pixel phones:
  • Pixel Launcher
  • Google Assistant
  • Unlimited storage for original quality photo / video
  • Smart Storage
  • Pixel Camera app
  • Phone support (24-hour hotline)
  • Screen-share (part of the support service)
As a constant Android user, I have to say these exclusive features, notably unlimited storage for pictures and videos, Google Assistant and phone support, are all very tempting for me. Chuck in getting Android updates as soon as they’re available and what you’re looking at is one of the more compelling software propositions in the Android ecosystem.
I also like the inclusion of QuickCharge, whereby you can add in seven hour’s worth of battery life in just 15 minutes. QuickCharge is NOT exclusive to Pixel phones, however, so this is not a deal-breaker. What might be though is that neither Pixel phone is waterproof nor do they feature SD-support. Google’s beef with expandable storage RAGES on.

iPhone 7 Specs & Hardware

The look and feel of Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is very familiar. Apparently this was planned, though, according to Mr. Ive. Apple added in some new colour options and tidied up the exterior but that’s about it. If you’ve used an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6s you’re not going to be in for any surprises really, save for a missing headphone jack and a new capacitive Home key.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are, essentially, refinements on what came before: improved power management, marginal improvements in battery life, big uplifts to performance and graphics and vastly superior imaging. Imaging is the big USP, however, though the biggest talking point was undoubtedly the removal of the headphone hack.
Powering the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is Apple’s new A10 chipset. This thing is a monster, there’s no other way to describe it. With respect to processors, Apple is way ahead of the curve. Apple has always done more with less aboard its iPhones, but the last few releases have featured super-high-end power and that translated into exceptional performance across the board.
The other big difference with Apple’s iPhone 7 range is to do with storage. Previously, Apple favoured 16GB of storage for its base model, much to the chagrin of many commentators and reviewers. With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, however, Apple ditched 16GB in favour of 32GB and added in 256GB options for the iPhone 7 Plus.

Google Pixel vs Apple iPhone 7: Design

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so with regards to which handset looks more attractive it's entirely subjective. Both designs are clearly very clean, high-tech, and tidy, so they each have that going for them. Apple's stuck with a fairly familiar overall aesthetic with the metal surround and back panel, but has neatened things up by moving the antenna bands to a more discrete location along the upper and lower edges. On top of that, the adoption of a capacitive touch Home key also contributes to the newly smoothed exterior aesthetic.
Google's look is a little less glamorous, shunning the brushed metallic premium vibe in favour a more industrial appearance; it's still metal, but incorporates a two-tone partial glass back panel design on the rear. Additionally, while Apple still incorporates its Touch ID fingerprint scanner into the front-mounted Home key, Google's fingerprint scanner is on the back of the device.
Apple's iPhone 7 is thinner and more lightweight (by only a little bit, mind you), but one of the biggest differences is invisible. While Google's Pixel only offers IP53 splash proofing certification to keep your phone safe when the weather turns bad, Apple (for the first time on an iPhone) offers full IP67 water and dust resistance, meaning the phone will survive being dunked into a sink or bath with no worries.
Another thing worth noting is the difference in connectivity; both devices support USB and 3.5mm audio connectors, but while the Google Pixel has these ports incorporated directly into the phone, Apple insists on using its proprietary Lightning port and supplying adaptors for the aforementioned connectivity types. This will be a big bugbear for some, but will fall by the wayside for others.

Google Pixel vs Apple iPhone 7: Price 

If you were hoping for a new dawn of Nexus pricing with Google’s Pixel phones you will disappointed. Both the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL are expensive handsets. Even by modern Android standards. Both are now up for pre-order will be available from October 20 here in the UK. Below is a breakdown of the pricing:
Pixel will be £599 (32GB) and £699 (128GB) and Pixel XL at £719 (32 GB) and £819 (128GB) via Google Play. Verizon has the Pixel and Pixel XL available on a bunch of tariffs in the US, ranging from $27 per month for the Pixel, to $32.08 per month for the Pixel XL. Have a look for yourself and see which is the best for your budget.In the UK, you have the following options with networks: 
 

EE

  • Google Pixel is £9.99 on a 24-month contract for £50.99 per month with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, and 10GB of data.
  • Google Pixel XL is also £9.99 on a 24-month plan, but costs £55.99 per month with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, and 10GB of data.

Carphone Warehouse

  • Google Pixel is available for £79.99 (the Pixel XL for £159.99) at £42 per month on Vodafone. That comes with a 6GB of data allowance.
  • Vodafone is also selling the phone SIM-free for £599.99.
And for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus?

iPhone 7 Price

  • 32GB - $649 (£599, AU$1,079)
  • 128GB - $749 (£699, AU$1,229)
  • 256GB - $849 (£799, AU$1,379)

iPhone 7 Plus Price

  • 32GB – $749 (£619, AU$1,129)
  • 128GB – $849, (£699, AU$1,379)
  • 256GB – $949 (£789, AU$1,529)

Source : knowyourmobile

Categorized in Science & Tech

With the Galaxy Note 7 out of the race this holiday season, there are only two new flagship smartphones most people will consider buying this Christmas. That’s Apple’s iPhone 7 or Google’s Pixel. But which one should you choose? 

Every year, the latest iPhone is one of the first handsets many people look at during the holiday shopping season. It represents the best mobile tech Apple can pack in its best-selling product. The same wasn’t necessarily true about Google’s now-dead Nexus phones. But the Pixels are something entirely different. They’re high-end phones that offer the same iPhone design — yes, they’re HTC-built iPhone lookalikes — but they speak Google. The Pixels represent Google’s best mobile product yet, hands down.

So if you’re looking to choose one of the four flagship phones currently available from Apple and Google — that’s the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Pixel, and Pixel XL — you’re probably looking for all sorts of complex comparisons to help you make this important decision. After all, this is a very expensive purchase, so you had better make an informed decision.

That’s where this massive infographic comes in handy. It tells you everything you need to know about each of these hot phones in one single place.

Sure, specs alone will never tell the whole story, but this infographic, which was created by MediaKix, is still a very helpful tool for anyone who might be comparing these popular devices. Check it out below.

iphone-7-vs-pixel-full-specs-comparison

Source : bgr

It pays to be a hacker.

Anyone interested in becoming a millionaire by hacking an iPhone or iPad should listen up.

A bug broker named Zerodium has tripled its payment for zero-day exploits, or hacks that can be immediately taken advantage of and are unknown to the rest of the world, the company told Ars Technica in an interview. Anyone who can hack a fully patched iPhone or iPad running iOS 10, Apple’s AAPL -0.86%  latest operating system, will receive a $1.5 million reward. Zerodium previously paid $500,000 for a zero-day exploit. The $1.5 million fee will be reserved solely for sophisticated exploits that give hackers full access to a user’s data and device.

In an interview with Ars Technica, Zeroidum’s founder Chaouki Bekrar said that sophisticated exploits in iOS 10 are about 7.5 times harder to achieve than those in Google’s Android operating system. That’s why, he says, Zerodium has pegged similar hacks on Android devices at a maximum fee of $200,000.

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Zerodium is one of many so-called “bug brokers” operating in the security community. The company, which is joined by broker Exodus Intelligence, among others, pays individuals or companies that bring to it a fully exploitable flaw. After paying for the flaw, they then “own” the technique and sell it off to defense contractors, governments, and other groups.

Bug brokers have been criticized in the past for operating a potentially appealing way for malicious hackers to gain access to exploits that could target individuals and companies, though they’ve long argued they focus on selling technology to companies and governments, as well as cybersecurity vendors.

Despite these reassurances, the practice is concerning to those who don’t like the idea of companies selling technologies that allow them to be easily hacked. What’s more, the flaws aren’t typically disclosed to companies like Apple that can patch the flaw and break the hacking opportunity. That ultimately leaves millions of users around the world vulnerable.

Although Zerodium is paying a sizable sum for a flaw, there’s potentially a significant amount of money in being a bug broker. In a 2014 report in TIME, sister publication to Fortune, Exodus was said to have charged $200,000 per year to clients who wanted exploits on software.

The FBI is said to have paid $1 million to an unidentified company for access to a flaw that gave the agency access to data on the iPhone owned by San Bernardino attacker Syed Farook. Apple previously declined to offer the FBI access to the device.

But bug brokers aren’t alone.

Companies like Apple and Google GOOGL -0.14% also operate so-called bug bounty programs that reward users and security companies for finding flaws in their technologies. Earlier this year, Apple announced plans to offer rewards of up to $200,000 through its bug bounty program. However, unlike bug brokers, Apple uses the information to patch security flaws in its operating systems. Bug brokers use the flaw to generate revenue.

In addition to boosting its price on an iOS 10 hack, Zerodium has also increased its rewards for several software hacks. For instance, the company is now paying $100,000 for an attack on Adobe’s Flash, up from $80,000. An Apple Safari hack will net hackers $80,000, compared to a previous $50,000 reward.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment on the Zerodium move.

Source : fortune

Categorized in Internet Privacy

The iPhone 7 is already out on the market and many think it may be Apple’s best iPhone yet with only one flaw. There is no support for one-hand typing.

The mere fact that iPhones are already following the smartphone trend of increasing display sizes means that Apple should also work on making texting or typing important documents on the devices easier for their consumers.

While there has been no official announcement yet, it seems as though Apple was actually working on a one-handed keyboard and an IT expert recently discovered it hidden under the iOS code.

iPhone 7 Worst Features

Since it was launched last month, the iPhone 7 received a lot of attention especially during the beginning of the rapid descent of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (RIP).

While there are those who loved the new iPhone and dubbed it the best in Apple’s infamous smartphone line, there are those who gave bad reviews if only because of a couple missed expectations.

One of the worst and probably the most cited bad features of the iPhone 7 is the lack of a headphone jack. In fact, it had been repeatedly mocked and compared with competing devices such as Google’s Pixel that some people might actually be convinced to switch sides.

Others criticize the device’s lack of improvements in terms of display resolution even as its screen size increased.

While Apple devices had a reputation for clear display a couple of years ago, it seems like the Cupertino-based company has neglected that part of their flagship device that competitors are beginning to take the title from them.

Finally, another bad thing about having a supersized Apple phone is the lack of one-hand typing support.

Just imagine, corporate employees and professionals opt for iPhone because of its sleek and elegant look only to discover it will make their work even more difficult as they will need to use both hands only to send messages or type in a couple of sentences on their phones. What a bummer, right?

Apple’s Secret One-Handed Keyboard

Fortunately, Steve Troughton-Smith, a game developer and IT expert, recently shared a discovery that could probably change all that.

In a Tweet, Troughton-Smith explained that Apple has actually been secretly working on one-hand typing support but has evidently left it to rot hidden under codes since they launched the iOS 8 in 2014.

At the time, Apple may have decided it was the right time to develop the feature. iPhones are beginning to increase in sizes that cannot be handled with one hand, with the iPhone 6 as proof to that point.

What is mind boggling about this is why Apple decided to keep the keyboard buried under code and not make it official which means iPhone users cannot use it.

That is, unless they decide to Jailbreak their devices with the following activation tweak on the codes.

Microsoft’s WordFlow

Of course, iPhone users also have the option to download Microsoft’s one-handed keyboard app WordFlow which is exclusively available for iPhone users.

According to the Wall Street Journal, this app has features that allow users to use their photos as the background image of their keyboards and curve their smart keypad to make one-hand typing a whole lot easier as WordFlow can lock on either left or right depending on the user’s preference.

Source : inquisitr

Categorized in Internet Privacy

The technology inside out little smart phone cameras are pretty awesome.  The reason why point and shoot cameras have become obsolete are due to these little handheld camera slash computers.  The images and videos we take with our smart phones, for the most part, are pretty good by themselves and left alone.  Well if you are one who likes to do little tweaks here and there or love to app stack and create pieces of digital art, you need to have a good stable of photography apps in your mobile darkroom.

The long time leader in mobile photography has been the iPhone. It is the first of all the smart phones that recognized that the camera would become one of the best parts of having a device. We owe that vision to Steve Jobs for sure. Well tides have started to change recently.  The King of mobile photography is starting to take a backseat to Android phones. Samsung (S7) and HTC (HTC 10) have both blew the doors open on their cameras and are now tied for the best glass according to DXO Mark. Throw in the idea that Android phones have always been the most bought smart phone device and you have the formula for dethroning the King.

What iPhone had that set it a part was its app ecosystem.  Well the app ecosystems for Android have now completed its act of dethroning. Androids are now able to shoot in RAW. Apps that were the most popular in Apple's App Store are now available in Google Play and are now able to edit these RAW files. End game.  Sorry Apple.

So Android photographers, here are those apps that you must have in your mobile darkroom!

Adobe Lightroom 2.0 for Android

[Price: Free]

Adobe is the longtime leader for desktop photo and video editing. Lightroom for Android was just recently released announcing its changes; RAW support and non-destructive editing via its cloud and desktop application. I put this app first because of the latter.  If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud account then your phone photos can be edited on both your mobile and desktop. 

 

Snapseed for Android

[Price: Free]

Snapseed is a Google app but was an iOS app before that.  Since its release it has been everyones favorite app and is definitely a must have.  This app was the first on Android to support the RAW photos editing. The "tune image" and basic editing is very good. Its use of sliders and one-touch enhance tools makes this app one of the easiest to use. For as long as I have had it, it has always been truly free.  No in-app purchases and extra pricing also makes this a mobile photographers best friend. 

[Price: In-App Purchases]

I absolutely love this app. I recently posted on my Instagram that if anyone knew of any good perspective correction apps in the Google Play store. Luckily someone responded with this app. I totally forgot that this awesome app was also out for Android. Quickly if you need an app that can remove the distortion that our smart phone camera lenses show (most evident in architectural and symmetrical images) then SKRWT is for you. 

VSCO Cam for Android

[Price: In-App Purchases]

Originally a film-emulsion emulator add for the desktop Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture, VSCO Cam has quickly taken over mobile photography with its easy to use app.  Along with its ease of use though, VSCO Cam has helped define the aesthetic of mobile photography.  It has a strong community of photographers that share their best work on the platform. It is really quick to learn and flexible for Android shooters to use to give pop to their images for make the minor detail tweaks to make them happy. Also there is a plethora of filters to slap on your images. 

 

Afterlight for Android

[Price: $.99]

Speaking about filters, Afterlight has just so much to help you pretty up your photos.  It probably has the biggest selection of filters with almost 60 total.  Also you can get some combinations from the community which is an added bonus in finding some good filters from others. Throw in even more textures per filter and you have an endless amount of options. 

Source : lifewire

Categorized in Science & Tech

The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are here and, once again, it is the Plus model where Apple’s greatest innovation is being shown. But more people will buy the iPhone 7 than the iPhone 7 Plus, so are they making a mistake and does the new Plus offer enough changes from the iPhone 6S Plus to warrant an upgrade?

You might be surprised…

Design & Size – Old Dog Learns New Tricks, One Bad

As much as it is superficial to complain about the exterior of the iPhone 7 Plus, it is disappointing to see Apple retain a virtually identical exterior design for the third year running. But there are a few important upgrades and one very controversial downgrade.

The good news is the iPhone 7 Plus is finally water resistant. Unofficially the old iPhone 6S Plus was actually pretty resistant to getting splashed, but now the iPhone 7 Plus is specifically designed to handle full submersion for up to 30 minutes.

The iPhone 7 (pictured) and iPhone 7 Plus are both now IP67 water resistant. Image credit: AppleThe iPhone 7 (pictured) and iPhone 7 Plus are both now IP67 water resistant. Image credit: Apple

The home button on the iPhone 7 Plus is also no longer an obvious breaking point as the mechanism has been replaced by a touch sensitive fixed surface with haptic feedback.

Rival HTC already made this switch successfully with the HTC 10 and it should prove a fairly seamless transition for most users.

But how Apple has found room to cram in the haptic engine for the new home ‘button’ is controversial as the iPhone 7 Plus removes the headphone jack seen on every previous iPhone to date. You may be frustrated, but it was coming.

Apple cites “courage” in the decision and its aim of moving users to a wireless wonderland is potentially admirable, but it is also divisive.
 
iPhone 7 Plus owners will have to use either Apple’s $159 wireless AirPods or Bluetooth headphones while those determined to stick to cables will have to either buy Lightning headphones or use a Lighting to 3.5mm adapter Apple bundles with the phone.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both remove the headphone jack so an adapter has to be used. Image credit: Apple

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both remove the headphone jack so an adapter has to be used. Image credit: Apple

None of which solves the problem of charging the iPhone 7 Plus while listening to music (you’ll need separate accessories for that) and the decision will prove a major test of customer loyalty.

In addition to this the iPhone 7 Plus is visually almost identical to the iPhone 6S Plus:

  • iPhone 7 Plus – 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in) and 188 g (6.63 oz)
  • iPhone 6S Plus: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29in) and 192g (6.77oz)

A keen eye will spot Apple has removed the antenna bands from the back of the iPhone 7 Plus for a cleaner look than the iPhone 6S Plus, but that won’t sell the new iPhone on its own. Of more substance, however, is a boost to the earpiece speaker at the top of the iPhone 7 Plus which means it has louder dual stereo loudspeakers for the first time compared to the iPhone 6S Plus which is stuck with mono.

Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now have dual speakers. Image credit: Apple

Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now have dual speakers. Image credit: Apple

Lastly Apple is offering the iPhone 7 Plus in a wider array of colours: Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black and (on 128GB and 256GB models) Jet Black. Space Grey has been canned.

Displays – Brighter But Ageing

If you think the changes to the exterior of the iPhone 7 Plus are small, however, it will take an even keener eye to spot the upgrades to the display:

  • iPhone 7 Plus – 5.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi), 67.7% screen-to-body ratio
  • iPhone 6S Plus – 5.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi), 67.7% screen-to-body ratio

Yes, while rivals have been using OLED panels with 2K resolutions for some time now Apple has again stuck with 1080p LCD. The good news is Apple has boosted the peak brightness of the iPhone 7 Plus by 25% compared to the iPhone 6S Plus and added support for a wide (P3) color gamut for greater display accuracy, but there’s no revolution here.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus displays have been upgraded but still lack the OLED panels and higher resolutions of their rivals. Image credit: Apple

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus displays have been upgraded but still lack the OLED panels and higher resolutions of their rivals. Image credit: Apple

3D Touch fans will be pleased to know that the feature remains, despite appearing to stagnate in recent months. The release of iOS 10 may help to kickstart this, but there are no obvious new features specifically aimed at making 3D Touch more intuitive and taking away the guesswork as to what elements of the UI and any particular app are and are not 3D Touch enabled.

Performance – Speed Champ

Then again, if there are some complaints about the exterior of the iPhone 7 Plus, there will be no such issues with its internals. Performance looks set to be a knockout:

  • iPhone 7 Plus – Apple A10 Fusion chipset: Quad Core CPU, 3GB of RAM
  • iPhone 6S Plus – Apple A9 chipset, CPU: Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister; GPU: PowerVR GT7600, 2GB RAM

There are two highlights here. Firstly that Apple has released its first quad core Apple chipset and secondly that the iPhone 7 Plus has 3GB of RAM – 50% more than both the iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 7. This leads Apple to claim substantial CPU and GPU increases of 40% and 50% respectively over the iPhone 6S Plus.

Performance upgrades in the last two years are significant and the iPhone 7 Plus has extra RAM compared to both the iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 7. Image credit: Apple

Performance upgrades in the last two years are significant and the iPhone 7 Plus has extra RAM compared to both the iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 7. Image credit: Apple

Apple has also updated the modem in the iPhone 7 Plus to support 4G speeds up to 450Mbit (though unlikely to be noticed in reality from the 300Mbit capable modem in the iPhone 6S Plus), but the shocker is no CDMA support this year.

The problem stems from Apple adding Intel as a modem supplier for the iPhone 7 Plus and it has no support for CDMA frequencies. The iPhone 7 Plus will still be released on Verizon and Sprint, though both carriers have yet to explain exactly how this will work nationwide.

The biggest change in the iPhone 7 Plus is its new dual camera. Image credit: Apple

The biggest change in the iPhone 7 Plus is its new dual camera. Image credit: Apple

Cameras – The Reason To Upgrade

But the big reason to upgrade to the iPhone 7 Plus is its camera:

  • iPhone 7 Plus – Rear: Dual 12MP sensors (f/1.8, 28mm & f/2.8, 56mm), Focus Pixels, OIS, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash, 4K video recording. Front: 7MP sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p recording
  • iPhone 6S Plus – Rear: 12 megapixel sensor, f2.2 aperture, Focus Pixels, OIS, dual-LED flash, 4K video recording. Front: 5MP Front Camera, f2.2 aperture, 720p video recording

There’s a lot to take in here, with the key change being the dual camera (wide angle and telephoto lenses) on the rear of the iPhone 7 Plus. This combination offers users a 2x optical zoom for the first time (and an improved digital zoom up to 10x) while the larger aperture and enhanced LED flash will allow for significantly better photos in low light. Even the iPhone 7 only has a single rear camera.

iPhone 7 Plus dual cameras have different functions. Image credit: Apple

iPhone 7 Plus dual cameras have different functions. Image credit: Apple

There’s also a new 6-element camera lens (the iPhone 6S Plus has a 5-element lens) which Apple says is re-engineered from the ground up for improved optics as well as a new Apple chipset for better processing of images after they are taken.

iPhone 7 Plus official photo sample. Image credit: David Klutho (for Apple)

iPhone 7 Plus official photo sample. Image credit: David Klutho (for Apple)

The front facing camera on the iPhone 7 Plus also gets a boost. It has jumped from 5MP to 7MP which enables 1080p video recording for the first time, though it would have been nice to see a larger aperture.

Apple has work to do to catch current smartphone camera king Samsung, but the iPhone 7 Plus looks capable of retaking the crown.

The iPhone 7 Plus dual lens can create a much greater 'bokeh' effect (blurring backgrounds) than the iPhone 6S, which is great for portrait shots. Image credit: Apple

The iPhone 7 Plus dual lens can create a much greater ‘bokeh’ effect (blurring backgrounds) than the iPhone 6S, which is great for portrait shots. Image credit: Apple

Battery Life And Charging – Better But Still Disappointing

Uses desperate for longer battery life from the new iPhones have to face some pros and cons here. On the plus side the iPhone 7 Plus will last up to one hour longer than the iPhone 6S Plus, but the downside is that’s not much for all the supposed extra space losing the headphone jack was supposed to free up.

Instead of extra battery capacity, Apple has used the space for the haptic motors which power the new touch sensitive home button (unlikely to have been the choice users would make) and there’s still no native quick charging. A 2.1 amp Apple charger speeds things up, but (ludicrously) remains an optional extra when all premium rivals have supported fast charging for years.

I also think this is the year Apple should have adopted wireless charging – again common on rivals – as it would give a convenient alternative for the aforementioned charging / listening to music dilemma. So its one step forward with the iPhone 7 Plus, one step back.

iPhone 7 Plus battery life is only slightly better than the iPhone 6S Plus. Image credit: Apple

iPhone 7 Plus battery life is only slightly better than the iPhone 6S Plus. Image credit: Apple

Storage And Price – Upgrades, But All Round

Apple has added $20 to the asking price of each iPhone 7 Plus storage option, but that matters little when it has also doubled all capacities. So out go: 16/64/128GB and in comes new 32/128/256GB tiers.

On paper this makes the iPhone 7 Plus far better value than the 2015 iPhone 6S Plus, but for owners who don’t own either model Apple has a surprise: it has unleashed a 2016 tweak of the iPhone 6S Plus which also upgrades their storage (though there’s no 256GB option):

  • iPhone 7 Plus – 32GB ($769), 128GB ($869), 256GB ($969)
  • iPhone 6S Plus – 32GB ($649), 128GB ($749)

In some ways Apple’s generosity with the old model could cause problems. For a saving of $20 buying a 128GB iPhone 6S Plus instead of a 32GB iPhone 7 Plus is tempting (especially for those wedded to the headphone jack), but I do think the added durability and camera capabilities of the new model are worth the extra if you don’t own either model.

The iPhone 7 Plus has two new color options but Space Grey has been discontinued. Image credit: Apple

The iPhone 7 Plus has two new color options but Space Grey has been discontinued. Image credit: Apple

Bottom Line

Pick up the iPhone 7 Plus with no knowledge of what’s inside and you will be disappointed. Apple really should have done more to modernise the exterior of the new model after three generations (smaller bezels, better grip, etc) but there’s still a lot here to enjoy.

From a practical standpoint the iPhone 7 Plus is more durable, water resistant, longer lasting and much faster than the iPhone 6S Plus and it packs a potentially game changing camera. Then again I do think in the year 2016, Apple should have basics like fast charging out the box, wireless charging, a 2K resolution and OLED panel in such an expensive phone.

Would I upgrade from the iPhone 6S Plus to the iPhone 7 Plus? No. In fact it isn’t certain I’d upgrade from the iPhone 6 Plus to the iPhone 7 Plus. That said iPhone 7 Plus owners are likely to find just enough this year to keep them happy until Apple rips up the rulebook next year

Source : forbes

Categorized in Market Research

It's pretty amazing to think that Apple's mobile operating system is already nearly 10 years old, with the recently released iPhone 7 shipping with iOS 10. The first iPhone couldn't even run third-party apps, if you can imagine that, but since then those apps have been paramount to the phone's success. There are now roughly 2 million apps available, ranging from the excellent to the awful.

New users of Apple's smartphone looking for a list of the first dozen third-party apps they need to install have come to the right place. The iPhone comes with many very capable and useful apps pre-installed, including ever-improving Maps, Messages, Music, News, and Photos apps. Be sure to take advantage of these built-in apps, as well as of the ever-smartening Siri voice assistant, the Find iPhone, and the Find Friends utilities. But do note that we don't include those in this roundup.

The apps on this list cover the basic functions most of us perform with our phones: communication, entertainment, and finding information,

whether local or general. In addition to being among the most widely used and most useful examples of mobile software, most share another welcome attribute: All of them are free to use, though a few have optional subscription pricing for added functionality.

Of course, for each app included here, there are plenty of competitors, but those we include are the basics that everyone should at least know about and check out. For example, Jill loves fitness apps, and Michael is a photo-app aficionado, but we recognize that those genres are not everyone's cup of tea. In contrast, this list aims to hit the most important apps that are applicable to just about everybody. For a more-in-depth list of wonderful apps that may not be quite as universal, see our Top 100 iPhone Apps feature.

We also recognize that most iPhone owners want to play the occasional game, whether that's an intense car-racing title like Need for Speed or a cerebral word game like Words With Friends. But again, this list covers the basics. If you're looking for games specifically, check out our iPhone games roundup.

Below are the 12 apps we deem essential for most iPhone users. Don't agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments.

EvernoteEvernote

Evernote
Free


Without the Evernote app for iPhone, we'd be a lot less productive while we're away from our desks. This free, straightforward note-taking app outdoes the competition thanks to its strong search capabilities and effortless organization. But the real key to its success and popularity is that Evernote synchronizes all your files by saving them to a cloud service, meaning anything you create or alter on your iPhone will be there waiting for you when you log into any other version of Evernote.

FacebookFacebook

Facebook
Free

The social network of record has come out with quite a few apps, but this one remains the most essential. If you watch strangers using their iPhones, there's a good chance that Facebook is the app they're using. And there's a reason for that: No other communication app offers the richness of interaction possibilities. (Of course, one of those communication types was stripped from the main app, and that's the next on in our list.) With the Facebook app, you can not only respond to friend's posts, but also upload photos, and even broadcast live video.

FlipboardFlipboard

Flipboard
Free

Flipboard, an app initially designed for the iPad that curates content from your social networks and Web partners (think periodicals, blogs, etc.) based on your interests and turns them into stunning magazine-like digital pages, is now available on the iPhone. The app is free to download and requires a free user account. Flipboard absolutely shines on the iPad, taking advantage of swiping gestures with both visual and interactive grace, and it's still elegant on the iPhone, despite the smaller screen.

GmailGmail

Gmail
Free

Google's main email app (the company also makes Inbox by Gmail) is a wonderful communication tool, as long as you only use Google's email service. Unlike our other Editors' Choice, Outlook, it doesn't handle mail accounts from any provider. But it does make your entire email database much faster and easier to deal with than the preinstalled Mail app can. That capability alone makes it a must-have iPhone app. It could very easily become your primary app for Gmail. It's smooth and fast, as well, but note that Apple doesn't allow third-party mail apps to become the default, the one that opens when you hit a link.

Google MapsGoogle Maps

Google Maps
Free

Another one from the dominant force on the internet, Google Maps may well have the most up-to-date and detailed geographic information of any organization around. Its turn-by-turn directions by car, foot, and public transportation are hard to beat. With Google Maps, you can see estimated travel times and integration with your Google account for quick access to your home and work addresses. Offline maps, street view, and indoor maps are nifty plusses. After a shaky start, the iPhone's built-in Apple Maps now matches most of its features, however, and competitor Here Maps offers another good alternative.

InstagramInstagram

Instagram
Free

Despite—or maybe because of—its limitations, Instagram has gone on to surpass Flickr as the number-one photo sharing service on the Internet. Its social discovery aspects are addictive, it offers excellent image-manipulation tools, and it now supports video, as well as still photos. The company keeps adding more features, like direct messaging, Snapchat-like Stories, and, finally, pinch-to-zoom. In keeping with the times and trends, the app now supports Handoff to switch between your Apple Watch and your iPhone.

NetflixNetflix

Netflix
Free; $7.99 per month subscription

Netflix, like many of the other apps included here, has become a cultural phenomenon. Original, exclusive series, such as House of Cardsand Stranger Things, are viewed by many as superior to much of what's available on broadcast or cable. Add to those the host of favorite standbys in both television and cinema releases, and you've got a must-have service. Note that this is one of the few apps included here that costs money, with subscriptions starting at $7.99.

Slacker RadioSlacker Radio

Slacker Radio

Free; Optional subscriptions for ad-free and on-demand listening

Of all the music streaming apps in the Apple App Store, Slacker Radio's beats seem to pound the hardest. The same outstanding service you'll find in Slacker Radio's online version is on the iPhone and has been for a long enough time for the company to have massaged the interface and performance to the point that you can appreciate it audibly.

SnapChatSnapChat

SnapChat
Free

Sexting and security worries aside, the visual chat app Snapchat can be a lot of fun to use—and let us emphasize "fun." Snapchat should not be used as a private and secure messaging app. Rather, it's a simple app that you can use to swap funny, ephemeral visuals with your friends. Messages sent through Snapchat disappear from the receiver's phone after a short time. The sender chooses up to 10 seconds as the limit.

Snap a picture, draw or write on top of it if you like, choose the amount of time the recipient can see it, and send away. Just bear in mind that all digital media is reproducible, and that you should never send anything illicit, private, or anything meant to be secure through this entertainment app. Snapchat Stories last a bit longer—a whole day!

TwitterTwitter


Twitter

Free

For a long time, Twitter Inc., the company that owns the 140-character social network, didn't make its own app. Dozens of third parties did, however, but not all the resulting apps were worth using. So when Twitter released its official Twitter app—and it worked well and loaded quickly!—users folded the new tool into their iPhones happily. If you tweet, it's a no-brainer to have this app. If you don't tweet and have been on the fence about joining the masses, the iPhone app makes it easy and convenient to get on board.

Weather UndergroundWeather Underground

Weather Underground
Free

Sure, iOS has a Weather app, but you should forsake it because Weather Underground, our Editors' Choice for iPhone weather apps, is far better. It succeeds because it sticks to what it does best: clearly presenting lots of hyper-local information in a simple and highly customizable interface. The rich data in this excellent app will keep the most info-hungry meteorology geek satisfied.

YelpYelp

Yelp
Free

The most comprehensive business-reviewing app, Yelp turns out to be an invaluable tool for finding restaurants, stores, and services nearby, especially when you're in a town you don't know well. Yelp's mobile app has helped Jill find a hairdresser when she was in a pinch in Washington D.C. and a suitable lunch while driving through Ohio. Michael finds the restaurant ratings consistently reliable. And you can find good local spots worldwide with it, not just in the US.

Source : pcmag

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