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After Samsung's global recall of their Galaxy Note 7, we thought stories of exploding phones were a thing of the past. 

Now, the world's most iconic phone, the iPhone seems to be experiencing similar issues according to user stories with its 7 and 7 Plus variants .

iPhone 7 blew up

According to a report by GizmoChina, an iPhone 7 Plus exploded when it hit the ground. 

The impact, after a 1.6 foot fall, reportedly caused the phone's battery to catch fire, and the iPhone began vibrating and emitting smoke. The phone's display completely detached, and was so damaged it doesn't seem repairable.

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Recently, an Australian surfing instructor claimed that his phone caught fire and set his car ablaze after he left it in car.

Apple iPhone7 sets car on fire


He'd bought the phone only a week ago, and not used it with any accessories not include with the phone.

In August this year, an Australian man suffered grievous burn injuries when his iPhone 6 exploded in his back pocket, melting both his shorts and two layers of skin in the process. OUCH!

Author:  Kunal Anand

Source:  indiatimes.com

Categorized in Science & Tech

The wait is over, the iPhone 7 is on sale. Oh, and so is the iPhone 7 Plus. Great, now we have to make a decision. Arghh.

Sure, line the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus up next to each other and size is the most obvious difference. But there's more separating these two than just the added inches. There's also key features and must-have functions that come between them.

Are innovative improvements worth the increased footprint and supersized price tag, though? Well, that will depend largely on what you're looking for. Yes, the iPhone 7 Plus might be the on-paper winner, but that doesn't necessarily translate into real-life skills. We've pitted the two against each other to see not just which comes out on top in the battle of the iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus, but which, ultimately, is best suited to your needs.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus Design: The same, but different

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus

These two phones might look the same, but there are a few notable differences. Namely the size. The 4.7-inch iPhone is small by modern standards and dwarfed by its 5.5-inch big brother. Neither hold their size particularly well though, with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 7 offering larger screens at similar, if not slightly smaller footprints.

What the iPhones have going for them, however, is sleek lines and an effortlessly cool appearance. Yes, they look a lot like their predecessors, but there are enough design updates here to get excited about. Those ugly antenna lines have been stripped back to create a cleaner look and two new black models (a matt and a gloss option) have replaced the Space Grey colour scheme. These are joined by the now customary gold, silver and rose gold options whichever size you plump for.

Both now also boast impressive new water resistance. We're not just talking about a bit of drizzle either: the IPX7 finish means the 7 and 7 Plus can stand up to spilled drinks and accidental toilet drops (you too?) without succumbing to a watery demise.

They also share the new range's worst design feature – the lack of a headphone jack. Despite the traditional 3.5mm audio connection being on pretty much every pair of headphones going, Apple has left it out of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Looks like you'll have to make do with a pair of Bluetooth cans.

So far, so similar. There is one big design difference between the two, however, and it's around back. While the iPhone 7 features just a single, traditional camera, the 7 Plus mixes things up with a dual camera array. That means a larger camera protrusion. It looks pretty cool though, and we'll delve into its benefits a little more later.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus Screen: Proving size DOES matter

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus

Y'know how you were told size doesn't matter? It was all a lie. When it comes to smartphone screens the bigger the better, and that's certainly Apple's approach. As well as being bigger – we're talking 5.5-inches of onscreen real estate compared with 4.7-inches – the iPhone 7 Plus's panel is sharper and more detailed. Notably so.

While the iPhone 7's 1334 x 750 pixel Retina HD panel is decent, it's not ground-breaking. Not only does it lag significantly behind the likes of the HTC 10 and LG G5 on the raw detail front, its 326 pixels per inch image density is also significantly behind the 1920 x 1080p, 401ppi panel found on the 7 Plus.

Although the iPhone 7 Plus has the edge in image quality, the two new iPhones are matched on colour range and brightness. With a new, wider colour gamut helping both phones pop, a 25% increase in brightness ensures the screen is vibrant in all situations.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus Features & Performance: Much and much alike

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus

While their screens might be different, beneath the hood these two are identical. That's anything but a bad thing though. Powered by the new A10 Fusion chipset, each handset offers more grunt than you're ever likely to need. Three times more powerful than last year's phones, this upgrade also brings with it graphics bumps, perfect for those with a slight mobile gaming addiction. 

That's not where the improvements end either. Both models have seen their storage options increased, with new 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB devices competing the line-up. Each of these will run the new Messages-enhancing, Siri-improving, Photos-revolutionising iOS 10 operating system. They each also play host to Apple's new Touch ID home button that boasts haptic feedback to enhance its input options.

On to battery, and the Plus's juice pack – which was bigger to begin with – has made slightly less progress. While the iPhone 7 offers two hours' more battery life compared with last year's iPhone 6S, the 7 Plus provides just an extra hour's juice when lined up side-by-side with the 6S Plus. That means both will now comfortably take you into a second day before a trip to the mains is necessary.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus Camera: Where the differences lie

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus

OK, this is where the real differences come in because, in case the pictures hadn't made it clear, the iPhone 7 Plus doubles down on its camera efforts, boasting not just one, but two 12-megapixel cameras on the rear. Why? Well, it's all in the name of improved image quality. How? Well, that's where things get a little bit more complicated.

First, the iPhone 7. Although retaining its 12-meg count, everything's changed. The new, larger sensor not only lets in more light, but is 60% faster than past models to offer sharper snaps. Paired with a new six-element f/1.8 wide aperture lens and it's capable of producing more detailed, brighter results, even when the lights come down.

Despite playing host to the same sensor, the iPhone 7 Plus pairs this f/1.8 wide-angle lens with a second telephoto offering. This means you can now get closer to your shooting subject without getting off your arse, and all without losing image quality. While you'll be able to pick to shoot with these lenses individually, you'll also be able to shoot with both simultaneously for better overall results.

By merging the two snaps, your photos will be filled with more detail and allow you to alter focus points. It also means that more light's coming in, and that means brighter, more detailed, less noisy shots. Around front, both handsets toe the same line with a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera replacing last year's 5-meg offering.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus Price: Very expensive or extortionately so

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus

The specs sheets might be quite similar, but the prices most certainly aren't, and they've been given a serious post-Brexit hike (once again, thanks, British public). Starting off with the iPhone 7 and prices now start at £599 for the 32GB model (up on last year's £539 asking price for the base level 16GB unit).

That's just the lofty starting point too. From there, the 128GB and 256GB models will hit you for £699 and a wallet-busting £799 respectively. Things are much worse if you've got your eye on the iPhone 7 Plus too. Starting at £719, ouch, the trio of storage options move past £819 to a remortgage needing £919.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Which is best for me?

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus

On paper the iPhone 7 Plus is the superior handset, but it's not going to be for everyone. That dual camera and slightly higher resolution display are definite boons, but fans of skinny jeans and smaller handbags will struggle with its size. As will those without a bottomless overdraft.

Whichever handset you plump for, however, you won't be disappointed. The core feature set that's carried across the two devices will appease any smartphone owner, even if the missing headphone port is sure to annoy.

Source : digitalspy.com

Categorized in Market Research

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 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

Camera & Pictures

Want to get the most out of the iPhone’s camera and photos? Follow along as we guide you show you some well known (and not so well known) features of iOS 5 and the iPhone.

1. Use Your + Volume Button as a Shutter on Your iPhone…

Taking a picture by holding your iPhone with just one hand is an easy way to get out of focus images. Fix it by holding your iPhone with two hands horizontally, and then push down the + button usually reserved for raising the volume. Now you’ve got a stable picture!

2. … and Your Headphones, Too

The same trick above works for the volume button on your headphones, too. This comes in particularly handy if you have a Glif or similar tripod mount for your iPhone. If you couldn’t already guess, this works for Bluetooth headphones as well.

3. Add a New Photo Album

If you find that your photo album selection lacks a little pizzaz, feel free to add more using this simple trick. Go to the Photos app, click Edit in the top right corner and then click the Add button that shows up in the upper left side of the screen. Now just title the album whatever you want and you’re golden.

4. Quick Look for Pictures You Just Took

Want to look at the most recent image you shot? Open up the camera app and slide the screen from left to right. It’ll show the last picture taken, and you’ll be good to go.

5. Take a Picture With a Double Tap

Stuck on the lock screen but want to take a picture? Double click the home button and look just to the right of your Unlock slider where you’ll find a little camera icon. Touch it, and away you go to taking pictures.

6. Edit Your Photos

Man, those red eyes in that shot look horrible, right? If only you had some kind of way to tweak your shots so that they looked perfect. Turns out you do, all baked into iOS. Just hit Edit on any image, and you’ll be presented with your tools along the bottom row. They’re not super extensive, but it’ll get the job done in a pinch.

Text & Email Functions

Everyone has to type things out on their iPhone, whether it’s text messages or just responding back to an email. Why not make your life a little bit easier? Here are a few tips that will help you out when you’re working behind the keyboard.

7. Text Expansion

Do you find yourself typing the same thing a million times a day? Go to Settings > General > Keyboard and look for Shortcuts after you scroll down just a bit. Then just enter the phrase and appropriate shortcut, and the next time you type that shortcut the phrase will appear. This is particularly handy for things like BRB or your email address.

8. Go Emoji

If you love using emoticons, add the Emoji keyboard to your setup. Just go to Settings > General > Keyboard, then add the Emoji keyboard. This also works if you want to use keyboard in other languages.

9. Use Extra Characters

Want to make sure the accent mark in Montréal is correct? Just hold down the letter you need to accent, and all of the extra characters will appear. Just pick what you need and go from there.

10. Turn On Caps Lock

If you’re really mad and want someone to get the point, or you just like typing in all caps, turn on caps lock by double tapping the shift key. Now you can type with fury!

11. Look Up a Word in the Dictionary

Stumped on what that word in your favorite novel in iBooks means? Wondering why your friend used such a complex word in a text? Look it up using the iOS dictionary. Just hold down on the word that’s got you befuddled, and then touch Define. Now you know the answer and can respond appropriately.

12. Flag an Email

If you’re one of those people who flags every email that comes through, make your OCD happy with iOS 5’s new flag an email feature. To do so, go to your Inbox, hit Edit then select the email(s) you want to flag. Select the Mark tag in the bottom right corner and then select Flag, and you’re good to go.

13. RTF Emails

For those that prefer their email fancy, RTF is now available. Just highlight the word or words you want to accentuate per your usual steps, then select the arrow and then the BIU button to pick between bold, italics or underline.

14. Read Receipts in iMessage

IOS 5 brought us iMessage, and with it the ability to get receipts when other people read your messages. It’s an opt-in deal though, so to turn it on, go to Settings > Messages and turn on Send Read Receipts.

Siri Only

Siri changed the way we communicate with our iPhones, and is one of the big features for the iPhone 4S. If you’ve got one, here are a few tweaks that should help you out along the way.

15. Tweet With Siri

Wouldn’t it be great if Siri allowed you to dictate your tweets? Turns out you can, but it’s a bit of a workaround. First, read up on sending your tweets via SMS, which is available on Twitter’s site. Once that’s all squared away, just add Twitter as a contact in your Contacts, and then treat the service just like it was any other person that you want to send a message. (By the way, if Siri cramps up on you because you used the word Twitter, change it to something different that you’ll remember and it’ll be fine.) You can do this with Facebook too, The Next Web has a great writeup.

16. Get Siri by Holding Your iPhone Up To Your Ear

Not everyone knows about this one, but there’s another way to call up Siri that doesn’t require holding down the home button. Go to Settings > General > Siri, and then select Raise to Speak. Now the light sensor on the iPhone will detect when you’ve got the phone up to your ear, and Siri will pick up. It’s a handy way to use Siri in public without looking like a jerk.

Web

One of the best things about the iPhone when it first came out was that it provided a really good web experience, where viewers could see full pages, not just mobile-optimized garbage. If you want to get the most out of your web browsing experience, here’s a few tips to make things go a little smoother.

17. Private Browsing

Want to make sure that your information isn’t getting sent out to the Internet via Safari? There’s a quick way to fix that: Go to Settings > Safari and then click the tab for Private Browsing. Now all of your activity on the web is top secret, so proceed at your own discretion.

18. Make a Reading List

If you don’t use services like Read It Later or Instapaper, but still want to read a webpage without advertisements, just check out Reader, built into Safari. Just click on the little Reader button next to the URL and your article will come up stripped of all distractions and in easy-to-read text.

19. Tap to the Top

Doesn’t it suck to scroll through a long webpage and then flip back up to show the Address bar again? Just tap the top of the screen by the clock and Safari will zip back up and reveal the address bar, no problem.

20. Saving Images

If you found an image on a website that you want to save for yourself like a wallpaper or icon, just hold down your finger on the picture for a second or two. A menu will slide in from the bottom of the screen giving you the option to Save Image or Copy it to the clipboard. Once it’s saved it’s in your Photo Library, ready for whatever you want.

Settings

There’s a lot you can do in iOS just by playing around with a few settings. Don’t believe us? Let’s show you, then.

21. Update Your OS

One of the nice benefits in iOS 5 is over the air updates, and if you want to find out if you’re eligible, it’s as easy as cracking open the Settings app. Go to Settings > General > Software Update and you can find out if you’re in the clear, or needing to update.

22. Adjust Your Notifications

You’ve probably already played around with your notifications, but there are tons of different ways to manipulate your apps and how they alert you, making it just about perfect to make each app function properly. To get there, it’s Settings > Notifications, and there you can adjust what’s in the Notification Center, and then get even more specific and tell the OS how you want each app to notify you. Everything is clearly described, so you know what you’re getting into beforehand.

23. Custom Vibrations


One often forgotten customization available in iOS 5 is setting your own custom vibrations. To do that, first go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on Custom Vibrations under Hearing. Then, go to Settings > Sounds. Scroll to the bottom, and there’s Vibration Patterns. Tap it, and now you can make your own custom vibration on the bottom of the screen. Just tap on the glass the pattern you want, holding down your finger for longer notes. Then you can assign these vibrations to a contact, or use them system wide.

24. Set Your Camera Flash For Alerts

That LED in the back of your iPhone isn’t handy for just taking pictures in the dark, it can also be used for a notifying beacon, similar to the LED on most BlackBerry phones. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on the slider for LED Flash for Alerts, and the next time something comes in, the LED will flash accordingly.

25. Customize Your Alert Sounds

Who wants their iPhone to sound like everyone else’s? Not us, so we customize our alert tones using this simple trick. Go to Settings > Sounds, and now everything from your Calendar notifications to Ringtones can be customized, just pick what you want and there you go.

26. Automatic Downloads

If you have multiple iOS devices, or you purchase things on your computer as well, one option for keeping things in sync is to allow Automatic Downloads of your Music, Apps and Books. To get there, go to Settings > Store and check off whichever of the three you want. Now all of your stuff will work in harmony. How very zen.

27. Fun With AirPlay

If you have an iPhone 4S, iOS 5 brought mirroring to the table, making it possible for you to display your iPhone’s display on your AppleTV. To do so, double tap the home button to bring up the multitasking bar, then swipe to the right twice. Tap the AirPlay button and select what AppleTV you want to deliver to, then check off Mirroring. Now what’s on your iPhone will be on your AppleTV at the same time.

28. Change Your Default Alert Times

If you use your Calendar app, then you know that there are default alerts built into the system, but did you know how to change them? Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts & Calendar > Default Alert Times (which is close to the bottom) and adjust your times accordingly.

29. Change Your iCloud Storage Size

If you find yourself always bumping into the size limit on your iCloud account, you can up the storage levels right on your iPhone. Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Buy More Storage and select what level you want to use. You can also downgrade sizing if you think you have too much, too.

30. Tweet It

Twitter is now integrated into iOS 5, so if you ever feel the need to send that pic of Grandma drinking a bit too much wine off to the Internet, now’s your chance. First, setup your Twitter account by downloading the official Twitter app, then go to Settings > Twitter and enter your username and password (if you have more than one Twitter account, no worries, it’s all supported). Now whenever you take a picture, you’ve got the option to send it to Twitter without ever opening the official app.

31. Dissect Your Storage

We’ve got lots of apps that all vie for space on our iPhone’s flash drive, but what if you could find out who was using what? Go to Settings > General > Usage and there’s a list of all of your apps, and how much space they’re taking up. This way, if you find yourself low on space you can delete the offending apps entirely, or just preen them down using the app itself.

The Stuff That Doesn’t Fit Anywhere Else

There are lots of other good tips floating around in iOS, but not all of them are big enough to denote their own category. That’s why we’ve created this one; it’s a general grab bag for whatever other secrets don’t fit somewhere else. Get it? Good. Here you go.

32. Get Week View By Turning Over Your iPhone

It’s new in iOS 5, and it’s fancy. If you want to check a rolling week view of your calendar, just turn it over to a horizontal orientation. Then you can scroll up and down to see hours, or left and right to move through weeks. It’s pretty handy to have when you just want to see what’s coming up in your week.

33. Get Hourly Weather Reports

This one is easy. Pull up the Weather app to get your weekly weather report. Tap anywhere in the week and the current day will expand to reveal the hourly forecast for the rest of the day. It doesn’t work days in advance, but then again, neither does the local weather guy.

34. See Street View in Maps

Pull up Maps and search for something — anything — and you can usually see a little orange dude that shows up on the left side of the destination. Touch that and you go to street view where you can rotate 360 degrees. But what if you don’t have a search destination or just want to see a random area on street view? Just drop a pin. Usually that orange dude will show up again and you can scope out the area before you head down.

35. Take a Screenshot

All these pictures up above? They were all taken using this little trick. Press the home button and the lock button simultaneously and the screen will flash white. As an added bonus, if you have Photo Stream via iCloud, all those images go right into your stream (which is great if your business is posting screenshots like ours is).

36. Location Based Reminders

One of the big selling points with Siri was integration into the new Reminders app, but there’s some cool GPS features built in, too. Make a reminder, and then select to remind you At a Location. You’ll be presented with your current location and the options When I Leave or When I Arrive, or you can just make a custom spot up of your choosing. Just know that this can eat up your battery life because the GPS will be on all the time.

37. Add Twitter Handles to your Contacts

There are two ways to handle this one (see what we did there?). If you start at Settings > Twitter, you can click on Update Contacts and all of your current contacts in your address book will be trolled and connected to their appropriate Twitter accounts. If you want to do it manually (or Twitter can’t find it for you), then go into the contact, hit Edit and then Add Field. Scroll down and you’ll get to Twitter, and then you can manually enter the info.

38. Perform a Hard Reset

Sometimes nothing seems to work on your iPhone, and apps are giving you problems. The answer is a hard reset, which shuts the iPhone off completely — even mid task — and then restarts it. To do this, hold down the lock and home buttons simultaneously for at least 5 seconds, or until the Apple logo appears. When it boots back up, it should be good to go.

39. Give Your Contacts Nicknames

We’ve all got friends that we call by their nicknames, whether it’s KJ, Little T or Jackstands, and sometimes we can’t remember their actual name. To fix that, you can add their nickname into Contacts pretty easily. Go to the contact, hit Edit, then Add Field. Right there at the bottom of the first box is Nickname. Once you get back to the main Edit screen, just add in their nickname and now Siri will recognize it, as will Voice Command.

40. Customize Your Music Controls

There’s only so much room on an iPhone screen, and that’s problematic with the Music app. Some people prefer to search by Artist, others by Playlists, and some don’t even listen to music and just focus on Audiobooks and Podcasts. To customize your Music app, just open it up, hit More then Edit. You’ll see a whole grouping of icons, and then you can drag them to their new location on the bottom of the screen. Fancy.

Got Any Other Good Tips?

If we forgot one here, or didn’t include one of your favorites, feel free to leave us a comment below! The more secret tips we can amass here, the better it is for all iPhone users, right? 

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The iPhone 7 has one major feature that Apple is still keeping secret. And so does the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6. According to new findings, Apple happy just making its own CPU for the iPhone — one that has no rival in the smartphone market for the time being — but it has also quietly been working on its own mobile GPU customizations. Unlike A series chips, Apple has not acknowledged its effort with graphics chips at all. But the company has been gradually moving from licensing PowerVR graphics to making its own.

The new graphics processor first shipped with the A8 chip, Real World Technologies’ David Kanter says. The A9 and A10 Fusion chips then received upgraded versions of Apple’s GPU chips...

Kanter said in his analysis that a modern GPU has three major components: “The first is the fixed-function graphics hardware, which is responsible for tasks like processing API commands, triangle rasterization, and raster output. The second is the shader core, which is the heart of the GPU and executes programmable shaders (e.g., vertex, geometry, pixel, and compute shaders). Last, the graphics driver is the software that runs on the CPU and ties everything together, coordinating the activities of the GPU. The driver transforms graphics applications written in the Metal or OpenGL ES APIs into a series of commands for the fixed-function hardware and programmable shaders that execute on the shader cores.”

Imagination Technologies, which makes the PowerVR chips Apple uses in its iOS devices, provided Apple the fixed-function graphics hardware, the shader cores and the drivers for previous-generation iPhones. But Apple has created its own shader cores and its own driver and compiler in recent years. The company has never documented the changes, but Kanter compared available information from WWDC 2016 sessions to basic PowerVR manuals and discovered that shader cores in Apple’s GPU are different from the ones in the PowerVR line.

On of the themes of Apple’s iPhone 7 keynote was increased performance and power efficiency for a variety of components, including the CPU and GPU in its new smartphones.

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Apple was once rumored to be considering an acquisition of Imagination Technologies, but the iPhone maker denied those claims. The company did hire at least two dozen employees from the British company, including former COO John Metcalf, as MacRumors reminds us. Furthermore, Apple has hired engineers from AMD, Google, Intel and Nvidia, creating its own GPU design and graphics driver teams.

However, Apple is not ready to give its GPU a formal name. And Apple has special terms for all the iPhone bits and pieces it wants to talk about. The iPhone 7’s CPU is called A10 Fusion, while Metal is the name of the new graphics framework Apple introduced with iOS 8. The iPhone 7’s GPU might be called the G9, a name that appeared briefly in GFXBench tests for the phone before being removed.

The advantages are clear to Kanter. “The most obvious benefit is that Apple’s GPU is better (i.e., faster and more efficient) than the mobile competition, which includes GPUs licensed from ARM or Imagination, as well as proprietary designs from Qualcomm. Superior performance directly translates into a better user experience and battery life for gaming, as well as for imaging and machine learning applications,” he wrote.

Going forward, Apple will likely improve the performance and efficiency of its iPhone and iPad GPUs in a way rivals can’t imitate.

Source : bgr

Categorized in Science & Tech

Life is hard enough without having to factor in modern technology. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are two of the most lauded and intuitive smartphones to ever hit the consumer market. The phones are lined with an impressive set of hardware and integrated with Apple’s robust ecosystem of apps. 

Nonetheless, the aptly-titled Tips app directly built into iOS 9 doesn’t cover all bases, especially considering just how vast and varied the innate features baked into Apple’s latest mobile can be. Most of us need a little extra help to get the most out of the $750 megaphone, whether you’re simply trying to traverse the device’s expanded real estate or capture slow-motion video of your dog drooling on the sofa.

Below are 30 of our favorite tips and tricks for the iPhone 6.

10 great iPhone 6 tips

How to capture multiple photos simultaneously

Burst Photos

You no longer need to repeatedly press the shutter icon in the Camera app in order to take multiple photos. By holding down the icon or one of the volume keys, you’ll enable the iPhone’s Burst Mode and take a series of photos. A picture is taken every half second or so, and this will continue until the shutter icon or volume key is released.

How to duplicate images and video

Duplicate Images and Videos

Before you decide to edit an image or video, you should save a copy of the original. To do so, head to the Photos app and select the image or video you wish to duplicate. Tap the share icon in the bottom-left corner and select Duplicate from the resulting list of options.

How to add custom vibrations

Custom Vibrations

While you could use the vibration options that come with your iPhone, it’s far easier to tell who’s calling or texting if you create your own personal vibrations. Head to Settings, then Sounds, and select Ringtone, Text Tone, or whatever notification you want to outfit with a custom vibration. Then, tap Vibration at the top of the screen, which will take you to a menu that hasCreate New Vibration near the bottom. Tap that, and begin tapping out your own vibration patterns.

How to activate and schedule Night Shift

Night Shift

First introduced with iOS 9.3, Night Shift will help you get a better night’s sleep by changing your display colors. It uses your iPhone’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your area, and will change the colors to the warmer end of the spectrum come sundown. To enable the feature, go to Settings and Display & Brightness. Next, select Night Shift and schedule an activation time for the feature, as well your desired color temperature.

How to add password protection to Notes

Notes Password Protection

Another new feature with iOS 9.3 is the ability to add passwords to important or private notes. You can create a password for these by going to the Notes section housed under Settings, selecting Password, and typing in a password of your own choosing.

Keep in mind that you must enable the password lock in the Notes app, and that it only works with notes stored on the iPhone 6. Once done, select the note and press the share icon in the upper-right corner to lock the note.

How to reach the top of the screen using one hand

Using one hand to reach screen iPhone

Apple has always wanted consumers to use the iPhone with a single hand hand — hence, the iPhone 6’s new Reachability feature. Simply double-touch the Home button to shift the screen down closer to your thumb, and once you make your selection, it will conveniently slide back up to its natural position. No second hand required.

How to opt out of group iMessages

Leaving an iMessage conversation thread

Certainly a long-sought feature, iPhone 6 users can now opt out of iMessage threads. To do so, launch the Messages app as you would normally, and choose the group thread you’d like to opt out of. Afterward, tap Details in the upper-right corner, and select the Leave this conversation option at the bottom of the menu. It’s a really nice feature, but sadly, it only allows you to leave conversations when everyone included on the thread utilizes iMessage. If you’ve got a friend who texts via SMS — ahem, Android users — the feature won’t do you any good.

How to create a medical ID

Medical ID iPhone

When Apple issued iOS 8, the company added the highly-rumored Health app to its arsenal. The somewhat complicated app provides a quick means for charting various metrics regarding your health and physical activity, along with a way for others to to access a wealth of information vital to your health in case of an emergency. You can create a Medical ID that’s accessible via the Emergency function located on your device’s lock screen.

To create a Medical ID, launch the Health app as you would normally, and select the Medical ID tab in the lower-right corner. Afterward, enter any information you want accessible through the lock screen — i.e. allergies, medications, blood type, emergency contact numbers — and click Done in the upper-right corner before enabling the function at the top of the app window. 

How to capture smoother video

Recording at 60 FPS settings

The iPhone 6 has stellar video recording capabilities, especially when you enable 60 FPS. The feature essentially doubles the amount of frames per second when recording, taking iPhone 6 videos from 30 to 60 frames per second. To enable said feature, tap the Photos and Camera option within the main Settings, and toggle Record video at 60 FPS to on.

How to capture slow-motion video

Slo-mo recording on iPhone

Unlike previous iPhone models, the iPhone 6 is capable of capturing slow-motion videos, which are great for recording action videos. To enable the feature, launch the Camera app as you would normally, and select SLO-MO from the sliding wheel at the bottom of the screen. Then, choose between 120 and 240 frames per second.

How to capture photos using the volume keys

Apple iPhone 6 Plus review

Snapping photos using the volume button is as easy as it sounds. With the Camera app open, simply press either the volume up or down button housed on the left-hand side of the smartphone. The process even works when using a pair of headphones featuring an inline remote and volume keys.

How to identify which apps are draining your battery

Battery Usage

The iPhone 6 battery is certainly better than past models, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep an eye on which apps are draining your battery. To discover which are the most intensive, select General from within the main Settings panel. Afterward, select Usage followed by Battery Usage on the resulting page to see the list of culprits.

How to instantly send voice messages

Text message exchange

Sending long-winded texts can be difficult, but fortunately, iOS allows you to send voice messages with ease. To record your message, tap and hold the microphone icon to the right of the text field when viewing a thread. Then, when finished recording, simply swipe up to send your message or slide right to cancel.

How to listen and respond to Audio messages like you would a phone call

Raise phone to listen setting

Love sending audio messages, but hate listening to them alongside everyone in your vicinity? Enabling the Raise to Listen feature allows you to listen and reply to audio recordings like you would a normal phone call. To do so, select Messages within the main Settings panel, and toggle Raise to Listen to on.

How to change Siri’s pronunciat

Pronounce Siri

Siri isn’t always the sharpest tool in the shed, at least when it comes to pronouncing more obscure names and words. That’s why Apple included a way to change how Siri pronounces specified terms. To do so, simply say “That’s not how you pronounce that” after Siri mispronounces a name or term. Afterward, Siri will ask you for the correct pronunciation and you’ll be given a list of viable pronunciation options to choose from.

How to look at another message when composing an email

Reference Image

Few people know you can quickly reference another message when composing a reply or an entirely new email. Simply swipe down on the title bar, directly between the Cancel and Send options, when composing your message to access your inbox or the email you’re replying to. Then, just tap New Message at the bottom of the screen to return to your message.

How to define a word

Define Photo

Knowing the correct definition of a word is crucial in many scenarios, after all, it’s how we properly communicate with one another. When using apps such as Safari and Mail, you merely need to press and hold a word before selecting Define from the resulting options menu to view a dictionary definition of your desired word.

How to undo your last action with gestures

Shake Undo

Some tips might seem a bit frivolous on first glance, sure, but it doesn’t mean they’re not convenient. If you shake your iPhone after typing an error in Safari or Mail, for instance, you’ll bring up an option to Undo your last action. Just tap the Undo button when prompted, or simply hit Cancel if activated in error.

How to selectively clear your browsing history

 

Clear browsing history on iphone

If you use Safari and iOS 8, you can now clear selective items from your browsing history without a trace. To do so, launch the Safari app as you would normally, and tap the book icon located at the bottom of the window before selecting the History option. Afterward, swipe left to delete individual sites or tap Clear in the bottom-right corner to erase history within one of four resulting time frames.

How to enable DuckDuckGo to ensure privacy when browsing

DuckDuckGo Search Engine default

Simply put, DuckDuckGo is a Web browser designed for safe broswing. Enabling the browser allows you to search the Web without having your IP address stored, thus preventing third-parties from collecting your information and giving you greater anonymity than what’s offered by default. To use the feature, select Safari within the main Settings panel, tap Search Engine at the top, and choose DuckDuckGo from the list of available search engines.

How to use multitasking

iPhone multitasking options

Multitasking is one of the iPhone’s flagship features — and why wouldn’t it be? The function allows apps to perform certain tasks in the background while you’re using other apps or not using your device. To cycle between various background apps, double-click the Home button and swipe left or right before tapping your desired app. Doing so will also bring a list of your most recent contacts, along with a list of those you’ve favorited. You can also close apps here.

How to identify a song

Siri Shazam

Thanks to Siri’s recent integration with Shazam, it’s become easier than ever to name a piece of music that’s playing around you. To identify the particular song playing in your vicinity — whether on the radio or in a TV advertisement, for instance — just ask Siri “what song is playing?” or “name that tune?” Siri will then name the song and artist after listening for a brief moment.

How to toggle predictive text on and off

Predictive Text

Predictive text can be either a help or a hindrance depending on how you like to respond. To turn the pivotal feature on or off, begin by touching and holding the smiley face or globe button while viewing the keyboard. Afterward, just tap Predictive or swipe above the option to toggle it on or off. 

How to share your location

Location sharing on iPhone

Telling someone you’re by the large pine tree adjacent to the park only gets you so far. With iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, you can quickly share your exact location via iMessages

To do so, tap Details in the upper-right corner when viewing a message thread and select the Send My Current Location option from the resulting list of options. Once done, your recipient will receive a map with your GPS location conveniently pinpointed on it.

How to use Siri without pressing the Home button

Siri Hey

Although iPhone users can’t talk to Siri hands-free all of the time, you can access voice commands without touching your phone whenever your device is charging. If you want to enable the feature, select General within the main Settings panel, tap Siri, and toggle Allow “Hey Siri” to on. Afterward, just say, “hey Siri,” when your device is charging to access the feature.

How to find out when a message was sent

iOS iMessage Time Stamp

Sometimes it helps to know when someone texted you or sent you a video message. In order to find this out, open the conversation with your contact or contacts, and swipe from right to left to view a time stamp on the right-hand side of the screen. 

How to schedule Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb

Instead of turning Do Not Disturb on when you want to silence calls and alerts, you can set a schedule for it in a very similar way to how you schedule Night Shift. To do so, go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and toggle Scheduled. Tap the From and To times beneath it to set your quiet hours.

How to set an alphanumeric passcode


iOS Alphanumeric Passcode

You can set a simple, four-digit passcode to add some extra security to your iPhone, but if you want to add even more protection without using your fingerprint, you can set a longer alphanumeric code, which uses numbers and letters. To set one up, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Change Passcode/Turn Passcode On. When given the option to set a new passcode, tap Passcode Options and one of the choices will be to create a Custom Alphanumeric Code. 

How to delete in the Calculator app 

iPhone Calculator app

If you type out the wrong number while trying to do some quick calculations, you don’t need to clear the entire calculator and start over. Instead, you can delete your typos by swiping left or right on the number in the black area at the top. For each swipe, you’ll delete a single digit from the end of the number.

How to find words and phrases in a web page (Safari)

iOS Safari Word Search

If you’re looking for specific words or phrases while viewing a web page, tap the URL/search bar at the top of the screen and type the word or phrase. Don’t tap “Go,” but instead, swipe to the bottom of the screen to find the On This Page section and tap the “Find ‘__'” option. You’ll be returned to the web page with all the search results highlighted.

Source : digitaltrends.com

Categorized in Market Research

“Do I buy the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus?”

For millions of Apple fans, this will be their biggest (and most expensive) tech decision of the year. But it appears opinion is changing. For the first time iPhone 7 Plus demand has exceeded iPhone 7 demand, so are people making the right choice or should they ignore the new iPhones altogether?

Let’s find out…

Note: My thanks to Three UK for the supply of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus samples used in this review.

Design & Size – New Durability, Ageing Design

Looking at the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus what strikes you? Here’s a hint:

  • iPhone 6 – 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27in) and 129g (4.55 oz)
  • iPhone 6S – 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in) and 143 g (5.04 oz)
  • iPhone 7 – 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in) and 138 g (4.87 oz)
  • iPhone 6 Plus – 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm (6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 in) and 172 g (6.07 oz)
  • iPhone 6S Plus: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in) and 192 g (6.77 oz)
  • 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)

Yes, this is the third generation of iPhones where Apple has made virtually no major external design changes. But look at little closer and there are some pleasant and important surprises in both the new models.

For starters the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the toughest iPhones Apple has ever made. They add IP67 dust and water resistance to the tough Series 7000 aluminium chassis introduced last year and both easily survive being fully submerged in water or taken into the shower (more handy than you might think). Other phones have done this for some time, but its an important catch up and Apple has done it well.

Both the iPhone 7 (pictured) and iPhone 7 Plus are certified to withstand will submersion in water. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Both the iPhone 7 (pictured) and iPhone 7 Plus are certified to withstand will submersion in water. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Also adding durability is the move to a fixed, capacitive touch home ‘surface’. The old moving home button on previous iPhones was one of the parts most prone to failure (Apple developed Assistive Touch to aid broken handsets out of warranty) and the good news is its capacitive replacement feels great.

An enlarged ‘taptic’ motor successfully simulates the feeling of a press (with three options of vibration intensity). I’ve seen some reports saying it feels unnatural, it doesn’t and you’ll soon forget you ever used anything else. Interestingly, that’s also only half the story.

The other half is Apple has opened up the taptic engine to app developers so they can program it to enable custom vibrations. This could be a gimmick, but the quality of app developers is so high these days that I suspect something fun, clever or even educational may eventually come out of it.

The taptic fixed home buttons quickly feel natural. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

The taptic fixed home buttons quickly feel natural. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

More superficially, Apple has also removed the antenna lines from the backs of both phones which gives them a cleaner look and offered new Black and Jett Black colour options while retiring Space Grey. My advice on Jett Black:Do Not Buy It. In hand it actually feels nicest of all the finishes due to a surprisingly sticky texture that provides grip, but it is both a fingerprint and scratch magnet (something Apple even admits).

As such my experience of my iPhone 7 Plus jett black review sample was that, even handling very carefully, I quickly picked up a multitude of scratches that would break the heart of anyone who spent a lot of money on it (jett black is only available on 128GB and 256GB models). You can put it in a case, but that destroys the point of this head turning finish in the first place. So stick to the other colours or accept the consequences.

The jet black iPhone 7 Plus is a fingerprint magnet and quickly picks up scratches. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

The jet black iPhone 7 Plus is a fingerprint magnet and quickly picks up scratches. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

And this brings me to my other design related complaint: these phones are starting to look old. Yes they are as well put together as every previous iPhone (despite doubts surrounding the sapphire components) and yes they are somewhat iconic. But there’s also a lack of progression here. Slimmer bezels are needed for more compact designs, they could be more ergonomic in hand like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge and it all whiffs – rightly or wrongly – of stagnation.

We know big changes are coming in 2017 but until then these new iPhones are not head turners and the iPhone 7 Plus remains far more cumbersome than its needs to be for a 5.5-inch device.

Winner: iPhone 7 – the iPhone 7 Plus is simply far too big for a smartphone with a 5.5-inch display. The 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge is a fraction of the size

Goodbye Headphone Jack, Hello Apple Profits

And yet the controversy of Apple continuing to stick with an ageing design is nothing compared to the controversy over the one big external change it has made: the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The move has been coming (I predicted it 2 1/2 years ago), but does it really do anything to devalue either the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus on a technical level? Well yes and no.

The headphone jack is missing from both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

 The headphone jack is missing from both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Before we get into this though, what we must do is cut through the disingenuous message Apple is pushing behind its removal: that it is old technology with inferior audio quality and needs to be removed to enable water resistance.

Firstly yes, the headphone jack is old technology (the phono connector is it based on is over 100 years old) but that only means it is ubiquitous and it isn’t remotely close to hitting the limitations of its audio potential. Why? Because just like Lightning, the headphone jack is capable of reproducing 32 bit audio which contains frequencies even dogs cannot hear.

Companies like LG are taking advantage of this as well as the new V20 comes with a 32 bit DAC. What’s inside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus? The same as previous iPhones: a 16 bit DAC. So you can see the quality limitations argument falls through completely.

The headphone jack has not been replaced by dual speakers on the bottom. One is the mic, the second speaker is an amplified earpiece speaker at the top of both phones. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

The headphone jack has not been replaced by dual speakers on the bottom. One is the mic, the second speaker is an amplified earpiece speaker at the top of both phones. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

And when it comes to water resistance, Samsung has already set the precedent: the headphone jack remains in the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 7 (when not exploding) and all three phones are rated at IP68 – a level above the jackless iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Of course there’s the counter argument: So what, just use wireless or just use the bundled adapter?

Well for starters wireless headphones are more expensive, Bluetooth is lower bitrate (destroying the quality argument yet again) and it’s another thing to charge. Meanwhile the bundled adapter is a) an inconvenience many will forget or lose – especially as you have to keep taking it off to use your headphones with other audio sources like laptops.

And b) Apple’s bundled adapter contains its own DAC (yes 16 bit and lower quality) than the one in the iPhone so all 3.5mm headphones are receiving slightly truncated audio – great if you have already invested a lot in a premium pair.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus bundled 3.5mm headphone jack adapter - get used to carrying it around. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus bundled 3.5mm headphone jack adapter – get used to carrying it around. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

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To move beyond this you’ll need to wait for third parties to make adapters with higher quality DACs (potentially 32 bit making 3.5mm headphones superior again to Lightning headphones that use the 16 bit DAC through the phone) which will be expensive. Or buy new 3.5mm headphones with the DAC built in, which also raises costs.

So what happens if you give in and buy a new pair of Lightning headphones? (since the EarPods Apple bundles are rubbish) – surely you then win, right? Wrong. You’ll also need adapters, just the opposite way round when using them with all your other devices. Meanwhile if you want to experience full 32 bit audio then you’ll still need to buy Lightning headphones with an expensive DAC in them to bypass the 16 bit DAC in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Meanwhile there’s an additional question for Lightning jack headphones of reliability. This is because as an all digital connection, Lightning is controlled by software so bugs in iOS updates can cause audio output to crash, or glitch (and that’s already happening).

Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now have amplified earpieces which act as second external speakers. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now have amplified earpieces which act as second external speakers. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Yes, it’s a mess and the only company to profit from this situation is Apple who will now charging Lightning licensing fees to millions of headphone companies, which they will in turn pass onto you.

So while in the next few sections you’ll learn about many great new aspects to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and strong reasons to upgrade, right now draw a line through the headphone jack excuses and don’t swallow Apple’s claim that removing the headphone jack was about “courage” and “old technology”. It’s a self serving move which is an indulgent step backwards.

More to the point, what would have shown real courage if Apple is insisting on an ‘all digital’ future (overrated given our ears only hear sound frequencies which are analogue) would be switching the iPhone to USB Type-C. This offers the same all digital functionality, support for 32 bit audio and a universal fast charging standard powerful enough to work on phones, tablets and even laptops.

Winner – Both lose

Displays – Ageing Tech Pushed To A New High

And now we come to an interesting contradiction. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus ditch the headphone jack because it is ‘old’ technology, despite being nowhere near its technical limitations. But Apple has stuck with LCD in its displays despite it being an ‘old’ technology which is clearly reaching its technological limitations.

And yet what the company has achieved here is a revelation:

  • iPhone 7 – 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi), 65.6% screen-to-body ratio
  • iPhone 7 Plus – 5.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi), 67.7% screen-to-body ratio

Look at the specs and you see the same 750p and 1080p resolutions and LCD panels which lag behind the 2K OLED panels of Apple’s competitors. But what the specs don’t reveal is Apple has pushed LCD to its very limit to hit new highs these panels have never reached before.

Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus displays are bright, vivid and very color accurate pushing LCD to its limits. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus displays are bright, vivid and very color accurate pushing LCD to its limits. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

The key to it in this generation is Apple’s adoption of a wide (P3) color gamut and much improved colour management with 25% greater brightness thrown in for good measure. The end result is the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have the most accurate color reproduction I’ve ever seen. True, they don’t ‘pop’ like OLED screens but they are more natural and seeing the 750p panel on the iPhone 7 in particular perform like this is remarkable.

That said, put side-by-side with the very best OLED displays and you will see the constraints of LCD, which is why Apple is hotly tipped to finally move to OLED with the 10th anniversary iPhone in 2017.

But back in the here and now which new iPhone is better? Easily the iPhone 7 Plus. It’s 1080p panel can match everything the iPhone 7’s 750p panel achieves, but it is also sharper thanks to the significantly higher pixel density.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus screens deal with reflections well like the Galaxy S7 Edge (middle). Image credit: Gordon Kelly

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus screens deal with reflections well like the Galaxy S7 Edge (middle). Image credit: Gordon Kelly

As for the iPhone’s other major display technology – 3D Touch, there isn’t really much to say. There’s no noticeable improvement compared to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus and it is still a guessing game as to what elements of the UI support it. The potential for 3D Touch to be a game changer remains, but iOS needs to work out a way of making it more intuitive and less about guesswork.

Winner: iPhone 7 Plus – both phones have surprisingly great LCD displays, but 1080p should be the absolute minimum resolution in a smartphone in 2016.

Performance – Two Rocket Ships

Much as Apple deserves plaudits for eeking out the very best from LCD, it arguably deserves even more credit for the remarkable performance of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus:

  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus – Apple A10 Fusion chipset: Quad Core CPU, 2GB of RAM
  • iPhone 7 Plus – Apple A10 Fusion chipset: Quad Core CPU, 3GB of RAM

There are two takeaways from these specs. Firstly that this is the first time Apple has put quad core processors into its iPhones and secondly that the iPhone 7 Plus has 50% more RAM than the iPhone 7 for the first time.

So how does this pan out? On paper the improvements are impressive. Apple claims a 40% increase in CPU performance over the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus and a 50% boost to graphics. Given the 2016 models still fly, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are rocket ships.

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

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

In fact in conjunction with iOS 10, the two phones deliver a level of speed and smoothness (a combination which should never be taken for granted, Samsung) that is unparalleled and I suspect even 2017’s Android flagships will struggle to live with them. Quite simply, nothing slows the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and I can’t imagine anything doing so for a few years. Apple is so far ahead of the curve here it is arguably overpowering its handsets at this point.

So why does the iPhone 7 Plus have 3GB of RAM? Primarily this is to aid the image processing of its new dual camera (more next) rather than general system performance, but you will find background apps stay in memory slightly longer before they reload and it helps drive the extra pixels in the iPhone 7 Plus display.

As these iPhones age more differences may start to show – especially if iOS 11 can take full advantage of the extra RAM – but right now it’s no big deal.

Elsewhere Apple has upgraded the 4G modem on both phones from 300Mbit to 450Mbit (not that you’ll notice in real life) and Touch ID is just as fast and reliable (but no more so) compared to last year’s models, despite the switch to the capacitive home button.

Winner: iPhone 7 Plus – both new iPhones fly, but in terms of long term future proofing the extra RAM of the Plus gives it a very slight advantage

Apple promises game changing cameras in the iPhone 7 and (in particular) the dual camera iPhone 7 Plus, but do they deliver? Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Apple promises game changing cameras in the iPhone 7 and (in particular) the dual camera iPhone 7 Plus, but do they deliver? Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Cameras – Are Two Better Than One?

The missing headphone jack may be the biggest talking point of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but coming a close second is their cameras as Apple tries to reclaim the smartphone camera crown it lost to Samsung in recent years.

And it is here where the iPhone 7 Plus steps into the limelight:

  • iPhone 7 – Rear: 12 megapixel wide angle sensor, f/1.8 aperture, Focus Pixels, Optical Image Stabilisation, quad-LED (dual tone) flash, 4K video recording. Front: 7MP sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p recording
  • iPhone 7 Plus – Rear: Dual 12MP wide angle and telephoto sensors (f/1.8, 28mm & f/2.8, 56mm), Focus Pixels, OIS (2x optical zoom – wide angle only), quad-LED (dual tone) flash, 4K video recording. Front: 7MP sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p recording

There are a raft of changes to both iPhones here: a larger f/1.8 aperture (to let in more light), optical image stabilisation (to reduce hand shake) on both models for the first time, a quad LED flash (two sets of warm and cool light LEDs now), a higher resolution front facing camera and an all new 6-element rear lens which replaces the 5-element lens in the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

A composite picture showing the iPhone 7 (left) vs iPhone 7 Plus (right) and Galaxy S7 (bottom). Image credit: Gordon Kelly

A composite picture showing the iPhone 7 (left) vs iPhone 7 Plus (right) and Galaxy S7 (bottom). Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Then, of course, there is the biggest selling point of the iPhone 7 Plus: its dual rear camera. One is a standard wide angle lens identical to the iPhone 7 and the second is a telephoto lens fixed at 2x magnification to deliver a kind of optical zoom.

So do they come together and once again proclaim Apple as the new camera king? No, but the gap has closed.

The big win for Apple compared to last year is color accuracy and low light. The former is the best I’ve seen on a smartphone camera and it makes great use of the wide color support in both iPhones’ displays. In particular the shots of flowers are dead on with what my eye saw in real life. As for low light, iPhones had been struggling in this area for some time and the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus right a lot of wrongs.

Composite photo: iPhone 7 (left), iPhone 7 Plus (right) and the 2x telephoto lens of the iPhone 7 Plus in full crop beneath. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Composite photo: iPhone 7 (left), iPhone 7 Plus (right) and the 2x telephoto lens of the iPhone 7 Plus in full crop beneath. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

But they aren’t the best in either category.

Firstly in good shooting conditions you will notice in the shot of the garden path that the Galaxy S7 still captures more detail. True there is some oversharpening here (a Samsung image processing trait), but it is clearly crisper. Meanwhile the Galaxy S7 colors – while less accurate (which will annoy some) – are richer and it makes for a more satisfying shot with the iPhone 7 looking washed out by comparison.

Composite photo - garden path. Galaxy S7 (left) vs iPhone 7 Plus (right) is a clear win for Samsung with a richer, more detailed photo. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Composite photo – garden path. Galaxy S7 (left) vs iPhone 7 Plus (right) is a clear win for Samsung with a richer, more detailed photo. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Then there’s low light and here the differences between undoubtedly the best iPhone in low light and the best low light smartphones (the Galaxy S7 range, Note 7 and Nexus 6P) become more apparent. For example, in the shot of the street you will see the Galaxy S7 photo inset into the iPhone 7 Plus photo and the S7 is clearly crisper and less blown out.

Composite photo - low light street. Galaxy S7 photo (inset) is a lot more detailed than the iPhone 7 Plus performance in the same scene. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Composite photo – low light street. Galaxy S7 photo (inset) is a lot more detailed than the iPhone 7 Plus performance in the same scene. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

It is a similar story in the low light shot of the church where the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus produce strong images, but you only notice the detail they are missing when the Galaxy S7 image is cropped onto the far right illustrating additional detail around the hotel sign. The Nexus 6P achieves a similar head-to-head victory.

Composite photo - in isolation the iPhone 7 (left) and iPhone 7 Plus (middle) look good, but the Galaxy S7 (right) brings an extra level of clarity and detail in low light. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Composite photo – in isolation the iPhone 7 (left) and iPhone 7 Plus (middle) look good, but the Galaxy S7 (right) brings an extra level of clarity and detail in low light. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

And what about the iPhone 7 dual camera – compared to the iPhone 7 how much difference does it make? Not as much as you might think. In good light you’ll see from the second version of the flower shot the extra level of zoom the telephoto provides compared to the wide angle, but the original photo wasn’t lacking in detail in the first place and the full resolution crops on both are fairly close.

iPhone 7 Plus images showing the 2x telephoto camera (left) and its zoom proportional to the standard wide angle camera (right). Image credit: Gordon Kelly

iPhone 7 Plus images showing the 2x telephoto camera (left) and its zoom proportional to the standard wide angle camera (right). Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Meanwhile the dual camera doesn’t really help in low light. This is because the telephoto camera has a small f/2.8 aperture which struggles to take in enough light and it lacks OIS to stabilize it for longer exposures.

And this is where the smart tech behind Apple’s dual camera system tries to ride to the rescue. What happens behind the scenes when you take a 2x telephoto shot is the iPhone 7 actually snaps photos with both the telephoto and the wide angle cameras. It then automatically selects which is best and – guess what? – in low light EXIF data reveals most of the time you’re just getting the wide angle camera’s photo with a digital zoom.

That’s right: in low light you might as well just buy an iPhone 7 and digitally zoom in – or take the standard shot and crop it, like everyone has been doing for years.

iPhone 7 Plus shooting in 2x chose to use the wide angle camera with digital zoom here, instead of the telephoto lens with struggles in low light. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

iPhone 7 Plus shooting in 2x chose to use the wide angle camera with digital zoom here, instead of the telephoto lens with struggles in low light. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Consequently right now the iPhone 7 Plus dual camera feels like something of a novelty rather than a game changer. The telephoto camera is fractionally more detailed in good light than the wide angle with digital zoom, but the reverse is true in low light because – quite frankly – the specifications on the telephone lens make for the worst camera Apple has put on an iPhone in several years.

So where do the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus fit into the wider smartphone competition?

In short, they are very good. But neither phone can topple Samsung’s Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge (which are due an upgrade in February) and in low light they also lag behind Google’s Nexus 6P and 5X (which are due their annual upgrade in October). I stress again, this doesn’t mean the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are bad, they are excellent cameras, but they are not the photographic game changers Apple is marketing.

It’s a similar story with the selfie camera. Shots are a little more detailed with the step up from 5MP to 7MP, but they retain the same f/2.2 aperture which means they still struggle in low light like last year’s models when competitors are pushing f/1.8 and f/1.7 front facing cameras.

iPhone 7 (pictured) and iPhone 7 Plus selfie photos are improved, but still become grainy and a little washed out in low light. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

iPhone 7 (pictured) and iPhone 7 Plus selfie photos are improved, but still become grainy and a little washed out in anything but idea lighting. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

On the plus side, video fans will be happy. Adding OIS to both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus wide angle cameras means you get far smoother 4K recording on the smaller model than the iPhone 6S offered last year and Apple’s slow mo and timelapse modes still return some of the best results in the smartphone sector.

Meanwhile I hope there’s still room for improvement on the cameras of both new iPhones. This is because Apple admitted new software for them (complete with a bokeh – background blur – enhanced portrait mode) was not ready for launch. That should soon change as the functionality (and hopefully a few more image processing tweaks) are being fitting into iOS 10.1 which just entered beta testing.

Winner: iPhone 7 Plus – but the dual camera system is not a major advantage over the iPhone 7. At least not yet…

Battery Life And Charging – Minimal Upgrades, Major Differentiators

So while the dual camera system is not the big differentiator between the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus many expected, what does remain heavily in the latter’s favour is battery life.

iPhone 7 Vs iPhone 7 Plus battery life is a clear with for the larger iPhone. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

iPhone 7 Vs iPhone 7 Plus battery life is a clear with for the larger iPhone. Image credit: Apple

These official figures come down to a substantial difference in the two phones’ battery capacities. The iPhone 7 Plus has a 2900 mAh battery while the iPhone 7 is almost 1,000 mAh smaller at 1960 mAh. The larger display and higher resolution of the Plus do eat up some of the advantage, but it still lasts substantially longer.

So whereas the iPhone 7 is running low at the end of the day following moderate usage, the iPhone 7 Plus still tends to be going strong and may even get you through a second day. With heavy usage you’ll also definitely be topping up the iPhone 7, but the iPhone 7 Plus is very unlikely to let you down before bedtime.

And yet the good news for iPhone 7 users is the gap has closed. This is because the iPhone 7 received a proportionately bigger battery upgrade than the iPhone 7 Plus this year (245 mAh vs 150 mAh) and so the 4.7-incher does have more staying power than the disappointing iPhone 6S. It is no stamina king and the iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge (in particular) all have it beat, but I still welcome the improvement.

What is less desirable though is Apple’s decision to keep ignoring both native fast charging and wireless charging.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have removed the antenna bands from the back, but there's still no support for wireless charging. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have removed the antenna bands from the back, but there’s still no support for wireless charging. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

The former leaves me incredulous as Apple still refuses to supply a range of smartphones starting at $650 with the fast charging plug it ships with all iPads (which can cut charge times by almost 50%). While no wireless charging is disappointing firstly because many rivals have had it for years and secondly because the removal of the headphone jack was the perfect moment to give customers an alternative charging method so they could easily use wired headphones and charge their phones without needing a $50 accessory.

Apple must do better here, and at least the rumors suggest that in 2017 it will…

Winner: iPhone 7 Plus – far longer lasting, but the lack of slow charging and wireless charging on both phones makes topping up battery life more arduous than it should be.

Storage And Price – Apple Steps Up

So Apple’s charging technology may remain behind the curve, but it has at least stepped up to the competition (and actually stepped ahead) when it comes to native storage.

  • iPhone 7 – 32GB ($649), 128GB ($749), 256GB ($849)
  • iPhone 7 Plus – 32GB ($769), 128GB ($869), 256GB ($969)

Yes, it is finally goodbye to the worthless 16GB model and Apple has doubled storage at every price point to keep the upsell appealing to customers. It’s a great move. No there still isn’t microSD, but Apple will never adopt it so if that is a deal breaker for you then please move on.

Don't bother looking for microSD slots on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple is not interested in expandable storage. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Don’t bother looking for microSD slots on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple is not interested in expandable storage. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

As for the pricing itself, in the US the iPhone 7 Plus has received a minor $20 price bump across the range while the iPhone 7 is unchanged. That isn’t the case in many other countries though, most notably in the UK and India where models received eye watering increases of 15-29%.

Interestingly, however, the other big factor to consider is Apple’s generosity with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus lines. These now come in two tiers: 32GB and 128GB for $100 less than the equivalent iPhone 7 models. Given than means you can get a 128GB iPhone 6S Plus for the same price as a 32GB iPhone 7 Plus and the 6S retains the headphone jack, it will be a tempting proposition for many.

Winner: iPhone 7 Plus – its extras are worth the additional $120 (especially when spread out over a two year contract) but only just.

Bottom Line

2016 sees Apple at its most boring and yet also its most provocative.

Of course ‘Boring’ in the context of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is not necessarily a bad thing. Three generations of the same design is getting a little old, but these are superfast, beautifully made devices that make the very best of their LCD displays and they are the longest lasting iPhones yet. The cameras are also a modest step up from the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, even if they don’t reclaim top dog status from Samsung.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are fine handsets in their own right, but not must have upgrades for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S owners. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are fine handsets in their own right, but not must have upgrades for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S owners. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Less welcome is the ‘provocation’. Rivals have managed to increase battery life (the Galaxy S7 had a 450 mAh jump from the Galaxy S6) and add water resistance without losing the headphone jack and you’re being pushed into an era where you will have to pay more for decent headphones due to their need for an integrated DAC and/or Lightning licensing.

Meanwhile the dual camera on the iPhone 7 Plus isn’t the game changer many expected with low light shots in particular typically ditching the telephoto lens due to its small aperture and omitted OIS in favour of just digitally zooming into images from the wide angle camera. That’s not a revolution and Apple has cut corners with the telephoto camera which iOS 10 updates will do well to conceal. Dual cameras are the future of smartphone photography, but the two cameras need to be more evenly balanced if they are to fulfil their potential. 

So which new iPhone would I recommend you buy? Customers are right: it is the iPhone 7 Plus, but only by a whisker. The sharper display and longer battery life are tangible differences while the extra RAM should give it more longevity and the dual camera has advantages – even if they aren’t as great as expected.

All in all, I would suggest iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus owners skip the new iPhones and I think that’s also true for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners. There’s simply not enough here to warrant the substantial cost of an upgrade, even if both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are impressive in isolation.

Besides major changes are coming to the iPhone range next year and you’ll want to be free to upgrade then. In the meantime the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus find Apple at its ‘Most Apple’ in all the very best and very worst interpretations this phrase can mean.

Source : forbes

Categorized in Science & Tech

Every iPhone 7 is the same, right? Wrong

Shaking customers’ belief that the only difference between iPhone 7 models is their storage capacity is a new video from tech’s most popular YouTuber Lewis Hilsenteger aka Unbox Therapy – and it shows 32GB iPhone 7 owners are getting a very raw deal indeed. 

In the video Hilsenteger reveals the entry level 32GB iPhone 7 delivers dramatically worse performance than both the 128GB and 256GB models – and his test results are so significant they may change your purchase plans or even motivate you to exchange your 32GB model.

Here’s the recap: both app benchmarking and straight data transfers show the 32GB model of the iPhone 7 has been equipped with storage which is far slower than the more expensive models.

So how does this translate into real life? A good example is Hilsenteger demonstrates copying a high definition movie to a 32GB iPhone 7 takes 40% longer than to a 256GB iPhone 7. Meanwhile benchmarking the two models shows the 32GB option (which managed 42.4 megabytes per second) is almost 9x slower than the 256GB model (341MB per second). 

I can add a further benchmark to this, having tested the 128GB iPhone 7 it delivers write speeds of 298MB/s – slightly slower than the 256GB option, but clearly emphasising a seismic gap to the 32GB cheapest model.

Interestingly Hilsenteger claims that the 32GB models of the $100 more expensive iPhone 7 Plus perform just as badly as the 32GB iPhone 7, but he doesn’t demonstrate this on video. I contacted Apple for a response to these revelations, but following a two day wait the company declined to issue a formal statement. I will update this post if that changes.

What To Think?

So how bad is this? In short, it’s not great.

On the one side there is a defence: solid state storage (which all smartphones use) operates with chips that run in parallel. Consequently the more chips (aka more memory) you add, the more chips can operate together and the faster they can go. Therefore there is no reason the 128GB and 256GB versions of the iPhone 7 should not be able to perform faster than the 32GB model.

And yet this isn’t a full defence, in fact it’s rather disingenuous. To use this argument ignores the fact that 42.4MB/s is not remotely near the limits of what 32GB solid state storage can achieve. Need an example? The 32GB Galaxy S7 Edge is benchmarked at 150MB/s while I benchmarked Google’s new 32GB Pixel XL which achieved a mouthwatering 301MB/s:

Google Pixel XL 32GB write speeds illustrate 32GB should not be a limiting factor on performance. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Google Pixel XL 32GB write speeds illustrate 32GB should not be a limiting factor on performance. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

All of which causes cracks to appear. 42.4MB/s speeds will not make your iPhone 7 work at a snail’s pace, but this is a clear road bump waiting to happen when considering how future proof you want your shiny new iPhone 7 to be.

On top of this questions have to be asked about how Apple is marketing its 32GB, 128GB and 256GB iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Its website does have a footnote beside the ‘Capacity’ listing for its models, but all the footnote says is:

“Available space is less and varies due to many factors. A standard configuration uses approximately 4GB to 6GB of space (including iOS and built-in apps) depending on the model and settings.”

Nowhere is there a hint that there is a major performance discrepancy between the models and when asking your customers to part with $649 (32GB iPhone 7), $749 (32GB iPhone 7 Plus) or sign a multi year binding carrier contract, they have the right to be very angry indeed.

Source : forbes

Categorized in Science & Tech
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