Will the next iPhone be fully wireless?

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The leaked invitation for the 2017 Apple event suggests wireless charging. Of course the image can be fake. 

However, could the iPhone 7s, 8 or 10 be fully wireless? Last year, Apple showed the world that it’s willing to make its customers life difficult by removing ports. The MacBook Pro removed all the usual ports like MagSafe, USB type-A and SD card reader and added a couple of USB type-C ports. The new MacBook Pro still carries the Pro add-on despite losing all the Pro it had.

Later in the year, Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone. This way they were able to make it water resistant and sell more Lighting headphones. The sound was supposed to be better and some fanboys and audiophiles can definitely hear the difference when closed into a noise free bunker. Everybody still listens the normal quality streamed music, not the fancy high bitrate stuff.

Now that everyone has a Lighting cable, it’s time to make the iPhone completely wireless by removing the charging port, creating a new wireless charging standard and forcing everybody to buy a few new chargers. That would be so typical post-Jobs Apple.

Making the iPhone cable free would mean that the data cable is also gone. This could be justified by safety, as there would no longer be a way to the storage via USB. All data transfers would be wireless. No more movie downloads from iTunes via USB-cable.

And imagine what that would mean to our charging habits. If the phone has to stay on top of a charging pad for hours because of  the slow amps. How would Apple get around that?

I’ll tell you how, with a cable. They’ll just add a wireless charging pad with magnets at the end of the cable instead of a Lightning jack. That way you can keep using the phone while charging and that way its way different from the others for Apple to patent it.

Of course they will make their own standard. What did you think? Apple is the only company so selfish that they make their own everything. Can’t use USB, can’t use 3.5mm headphones, now can’t use existing wireless charging standards. Now the other manufacturers need to buy Apple’s wireless charging standard because they have patented magnets and others can’t use their wireless charging phones while charging.

There are just too many 3rd party Lighting cables. This time Apple will make sure that the phone only accepts the real Apple $89 wireless charger. Just add wireless tag of some sort that confirms it’s the real deal. They will make some serious cash with that.

Aside the wireless charging, what phenomenal new innovations will the next iPhone bring? Well, OLED display. Finally the Apple users can enjoy the black that’s actually black. The phone can be made thinner because the individual pixels light themselves up and don’t need the backlight module. Also, the display might be curved, never seen that before either.

With all these innovations, Apple is probably going to make what Samsung did with the Note 7… no no not that… the order number skipping thing. The next iPhone is called iPhone 10. Because it’s 2017, the 10th anniversary of the iPhone of course. And don’t forget the price, it’ll obviously go up.

Apple reveals new iPhones and Watch

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Apple has made their yearly update to the iPhone lineup. They also updated the Apple Watch.

Design of the iPhone 7 is very similar to its predecessor. The biggest visual changes are the new Jet Black (Fingerprint Black) color and the mat black color that replaces the Space Grey. The camera lens is larger and still protruding and the antenna lines have been redesigned to be a little less visible.

The displays are still the same IPS LCD displays but like every year Apple has been able to squeeze just a little bit more brightness and color reproduction out of that aging display technology. They had to leave something for next year, I guess.

Under the hood, the updates have been more noticeable. The new A10 chip now has four cores, two high-performance and two power saving cores. This has bumped the battery life by 2 hours on the iPhone 7  and 1 hour on the Plus model. The 2 GB RAM has been proven to be enough on iOS. The base model storage is finally 32 GB, the upgrade options being 128 and 256 GB.

The iPhone 7 Plus has the typical Plus upgrades over the standard model. It has a bigger 1080p display, bigger battery and camera improvements. For the last two years the camera improvement has been OIS but the iPhone 7 also has it. The Plus model gets a dual camera setup. One camera is typical 12 MP F/1.8 shooter that can be found on the back of the iPhone 7 but alongside it there’s another camera with narrower lens. This combined with some software magic provides what Apple calls a true 2x optical zoom. The FaceTime camera has been updated to 7 megapixels.

The fingerprint sensor home button has been updated to Force Touch with no moving parts. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are now IP67 certified against water and dust and as predicted, Apple has ditched the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Luckily the new iPhones ship with Lightning headphones and a 3.5 mm adapter. It looks like recharging the phone is not possible while using headphones. The earpiece now acts as second speaker creating some kind of a stereo experience.

The 32 GB iPhone 7 costs $649 and the 7 Plus $769. 128 GB upgrade adds 100$ and 256 GB $200.

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Apple also updated the Apple Watch. The new series 2 models are swimproof which means 50 meters of water in normal terms. The sluggish chip of the original model has been updated to S2 dual core one and the graphics performance has been doubled. Probably the most wanted new feature is the built-in GPS. The pricing remains pretty much the same. The series 1 model is updated with the S2 chips and gets a price drop.

Source: Apple

Smaller iPad Pro revealed

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Apple finally updated the 9.7″ iPad and for some reason named it iPad Pro.

The new iPad gets many of the Pro features from its bigger brother. Apple Pencil support and the Pro display are on board but there are some new features as well. For example the new Pro has the least reflective display glass on any iPad. It also packs a 12MP camera with 4K video recording for those who like to be that guy.

Pricing starts at $599 for the 32GB model and goes all the way up to $899 for the 256GB model. The iPad Pro will be available on March 31st and preorders start on March 24th. The new Pro will be available in four colors, grey, silver, gold and rose gold.

Apple releases the iPhone SE

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Apple has released the new iPhone SE, a 4″ iPhone that looks exactly like an iPhone 5 or 5S.

The new and highly anticipated 4″ iPhone is now here. Apple has recycled the design of the iPhone 5 and 5S, bumped up the specs and added new colors. The result is iPhone SE.

The iPhone SE packs the specs from iPhone 6S but with obviously smaller display and battery. The display also lacks the 3D Touch feature. They must leave something for next year, though.

Pricing starts at $399 for the 16GB model and goes up to $499 for the 64GB variant. The iPhone SE will be available on March 31 and preorders start on March 24.

iPad Air 3 case promises quad speakers

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iPad Air 3 is probably going to get some iPad Pro features. This 3rd party case has some new holes in it. 

It’s been a while since Apple has updated their regular size iPad. The iPad Air 3 is rumored to be released during the first half of 2016 and now we have some images of a 3rd party case. A Japanese Apple blog Macotakara has revealed photos of a case that has cutouts for quad speakers and the new Smart Connector introduced with the iPad Pro.

The speakers are still side firing but at least there’s four of them. This will create much better sound much like in the iPad Pro. The Smart Connector will allow accessories like keyboards to be connected without Bluetooth. There is also a cutout for a flash on the back. It would be a first time an iPad has a flash but do you really want to be the one taking pictures with an iPad?

Source: Macotakara

The new 4″ iPhone shows up on a video

Apple is rumored to bring back the small iPhone. Now a video shows the device.

Recent rumors have suggested the return of the 4″ iPhone in Q1 or Q2 this year. Now we finally get the first look at the possible device. The design is very similar to the iPhone 6 and 6S and therefore the expected name is 6C.

The display seems to be 4″ that we were used to with the iPhone 5 and 5S back in 2012 and 2013. According to the rumors, the 6C would not have A9 chip or 2GB of RAM but A8 and 1GB instead. Especially the RAM would be a disappointment but luckily Apple Pay will be onboard. No word on the 3D Touch yet, though.

The iPhone 6C would be a big addition to Apple’s lineup as many customers are still running 5’s and 5S’s because of the added size of the newer models. We were just wondering, how tiny the battery is going to be?

Source: M.I.C. Gadget

Apple launches a battery case for iPhone

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Apple has silently launched a battery case for iPhone 6 and 6s. The case doubles the battery life with a horrible design. 

iPhone 6s Smart Battery case is very similar to the official silicon cases but has an 1877mAh battery built in. It’s more than double of the iPhone 6s battery capacity.

Compared to some third party cases, the official battery case has some advantages and some disadvantages. For example, the Apple case is charged via a Lightning port as the third party cases use USB. The Apple case also redirects the speaker to the front, which is always better than bottom. Unfortunately Apple didn’t add a feature to turn the case off. That means that the iPhone is always charging from the case and user can’t save the juice in the case.

The design is really quite bad. The battery is just thrown to the back of the case and it’s quite bulky. This design could be great for some cheap third party case but this official case costs $99 and carries the official Apple logo. This is yet another design flaw for Apple this year. First the Magic Mouse 2 and Apple Pencil charging solutions and now this.

Source: Apple