Iphone 7 : 15 things you need to know

iPhone-7 It’s that time of the year again – the time when Apple readies its latest iPhone model for launch, and tech enthusiasts go into overdrive while trying to guess (and second guess!) all the new features and attractions that the new flagship smartphone will have. We are less than 3 weeks away from the start of pre-ordering for iPhone 7, and here is a roundup of all things of note about the eagerly anticipated new Apple smartphone:

 

  1. Mark the dates – Traditionally, September has been the month when new iPhone models are launched (at least, from the days of iPhone 5). This year, there is not going to be any exception. Professional Apple software and iOS app developers have confirmed that iPhone 7 will be launched on the 16th of September, with pre-orders being taken from September 9. The official announcement should come a couple of days before that, on the 5th, 6th or 7th of September.
  2. Dual camera lens for the phablet – Huawei P9 had it, LG G5 had it, and Apple looks like it will finally implement dual camera lens in its upcoming flagships. It should be noted that the feature is more likely to be present on iPhone 7 Plus – the phablet – and not on the iPhone 7. The dual camera will allow users to merge two separate shots, and create crisper, better visual effects. Digital zooming, something that the iPhones do not do as well as some Android devices, will receive a boost as well.
  3. iPhone 7 will look a lot like iPhone 6 – And that is precisely why there are rumours that this year’s handset might be called ‘iPhone 6SE’, and not ‘iPhone 7’. 2016 was originally supposed to be a ‘tock’ year in the ‘tick-tock’ Apple release cycle (the ‘tick’ years being the ones when the ‘S’ variants are launched). However, reports suggest that, Apple is ditching its 2-year redesign cycle in favour of a 3-year cycle. The move makes sense, since the percentage of iPhone users who upgrade their handset every year is very low. Yes, the iPhone 7/iPhone 6SE will have certain interesting changes in its form-factor, but don’t expect something radically different from iPhone 6.
  4. Goodbye, Home button? – Those who make mobile apps and software on a professional level seem almost sure about this. In the latest range of Macbooks, the trackpad responds to pressure (i.e., haptic feedback). The older, movable trackpads have given way – and the laptop-using experience has become smoother due to this. Apple Inc. seems all set to do the same with the upcoming iPhone 7 model. The good old ‘Home’ button will be replaced by a touch-capacitative button which will work on haptic feedback. Presumably, the new Home button will do more than just unlock the iPhone.
  5. iPhone 7 might be water-resistant –  This is no more than an outside chance, but Apple is certainly working on making waterproof smartphone models. With many Android phones being water-resistant from as early as 2012, it is high time that the Cupertino tech giant adopted this technology as well. If the iPhone 7 is indeed water-resistant, it will add to the longevity factor of the device. And that’s a prime concern for end-users, after all!
  6. iPhone 7 to start from 32GB – This one is pretty much certain. iPhone app developers and general smartphone enthusiasts have reported that the base model of iPhone 7 will have 32GB storage space. This, obviously, means that the line of 16GB iPhones will be discontinued. With Apple phones not having SD card support, this tweak also makes a lot of sense. People will now be able to take more photos and share them all in their devices, without having to worry about running out of storage.

Note: There is a possibility that iPhone 7 will also have a 256GB variant. If Apple indeed releases it, the model will be priced at a significantly higher level than the models with lower built-in storage.

  1. Three versions instead of Two? – There was the iPhone 6 & the iPhone 6 Plus, and the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. This year, Apple might just spring a surprise by launching a premium-range iPhone 7 Pro model (in addition to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus). It will be designed on the lines of the iPad Pro, and should be compatible with the already much-talked-about Smart Connector. Certain leaks of the touted iPhone 7 Pro have already been shared by sources like uSwitch.
  2. iPhone 7 in at least one more colour – Earlier this month, a Facebook post from China Unicorn – a major carrier partner of Apple Inc. – showcased an all-new ‘deep blue’ coloured smartphone. Since then, rumours have now shifted towards the probability of iPhone 7 being available in ‘Space Black’ – the colour that has already been used in Apple Watch. There have not been much movement on the colour front since the arrival of the ‘Rose Gold’ iPhone, and the news about the new colours have fueled the excitements around iPhone 7 further.
  3. iOS 10 to arrive with iPhone 7 – Okay, this one is stating the obvious. iOS 10 beta 6 has already been seeded to iPhone app development experts, and the fifth public beta of the platform has also been released. The final stable release of iOS 10 will be on iPhone 7. There is a fairly large number of interesting new features and improvements in iOS 10

Note: Apple will be desperately hoping to avoid a rehash of the iOS 8 fiasco. That update, which debuted on iPhone 6, had many glitches – and became stable only after the 8.4 update.

     10. The headphone jack is likely to be gone – This has been a constant buzz on various leading online Apple sources and mobile app development forums. Probably in a bid to make iPhone 7 slimmer than its predecessors, Apple will do away with the conventional 3.5 mm headphone jack (the one with all of us are so familiar with). In its place, there will be a Bluetooth-based solution and/or a Lightning Port for users. Users will be able to plug-in their EarPods to the Lightning Connector, for listening to music. What’s more, there will be an option for charging iPhone 7 while playing music. The news of the headphone jack being ditched has not been universally kindly received, and there has even been a petition to keep it – but it seems that Apple will be launching new audio solutions in the new flagship.

11. Processor and RAM – The iPhone 6S has the 2GB Samsung LPDDR4 RAM. Tim Cook and his team are looking to take things up to the next level this year, by giving iPhone 7 a 3GB RAM. This will be the biggest RAM space in the history of iPhones, and the soon-to-be-released handset will also have the breakthrough A10 chip (by TSMC or Samsung), along with the M10 co-processor. The bigger RAM and the faster-than-ever A10 chip should make iPhone 7 a really powerful device.

   12. Better battery performance – Neither Apple nor Google have quite cracked the smartphone battery puzzle till now, but both are trying their level best. The improved battery of iPhone 7 is the latest endeavour in this regard. According to a recent report, the upcoming Apple flagship phone will ship with a 3100 mAh battery – nearly 13% more powerful than the battery present in iPhone 6S Plus. The battery capacity of iPhone 7 should be in the region of 7.05 Wh (Watt-hours), which is also about 6.5% more than that of iPhone 6S.

    13. Wireless charging – The chances of iPhone 7 having an wireless charging option cannot be ruled out. The company’s arch-rival, Google, has already introduced this feature in the Galaxy S7 phones. A fairly large number of new prototypes – each with a novel feature (USB-C connector, screen fingerprint scanner, multi Force Touch, wireless charging), and it is difficult to say which (or how many) of these prototypes will actually be implemented.

Note: The Lightning Connector, if present in iPhone 7, should serve as a suitable tool for wireless charging.

    14. A bezel-less display screen – The screen resolution of iPhone 6 is 1334×750 – a fairly weak figure when compared with the 4K displays that many high-end Android phones have. It can be reasonably expected that Apple will address this, by going back to glass-on-glass display – which will enhance the resolution level. The display will have no bezel, according to a report from DigiTimes. The remodeled screen of iPhone 7 will go well with its new, haptic feedback-powered ‘Home’ tab.

     15. The pocket pinch – Apple generally prices its new flagship iPhones in the same range as the preceding ‘S’-variant, while decreasing the price of the latter somewhat. This convention will be followed this year too. The price tag of iPhone 7 will be roughly similar ( ~$649 for the lowest storage model) to what the iPhone 6S costs now. Of course, the ‘lowest storage model’ here refers to the 32GB device, since there will be no 16GB iPhone 7.

The iPhone 7 is reported to be marginally slimmer than the iPhone 6S (0.28’ vs 0.282’). The phone camera will also have additional sensors, taking up the overall camera functionality. This year’s new iPhone is more likely to be some sort of an incremental update, with bigger changes coming along in 2017.

After all, 2017 marks ten years of the iPhone – and Apple won’t miss the opportunity to surprise fans on the occasion.

 What do you think of the Iphone 7 ?



IOS 9.3.4 is available now

Apple has released iOS 9.3.4 download for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch users with important and critical security fixes. Here are the direct download links.

iOS 9.3.4 Is An Extremely Crucial Update, According To Apple

Pretty much out of nowhere Apple pushed out an update for iOS devices today. It’s pretty apparent that the release focuses on none other than security, which means it’s an important update to have. And we’re quite certain this update will patch the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak, therefore please stay away from it if you’re looking to liberate your device.

The complete changelog of the update is as follows:

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There are two routes you can take to update to iOS 9.3.4 – over the air and iTunes. The OTA route is quick and easy and takes no more than a few minutes to follow up. Simply connect your device to a working WiFi network, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update, and tap on the ‘Download and Install’ button when iOS 9.3.4 download pops up.

The iTunes route is also available and completely optional. This ensures that you get the maximum performance out of a particular update but with the expense of losing all your files and data. Of course, you do have the option to backup everything using iTunes or iCloud, but the hassle of restoring everything back is well, a hassle.


Downgrade iOS 9.3.4 To iOS 9.3.3 – iPhone, iPad Tutorial

If you’re taking the iTunes route to install iOS 9.3.4 download, then the direct links for the IPSW files are embedded below.

iOS 9.3.4 final IPSW download links for iPhone:

iOS 9.3.4 final IPSW download links for iPad:

iOS 9.3.4 final IPSW download links for iPod touch:

Remember, if you care about your jailbreak, do not update to iOS 9.3.4. It will highly likely lay things to rest and you’ll be left with no jailbreak apps or tweaks to play around with.


3 easy ways to make Touch ID more accurate

3 Easy Ways to Make Touch ID More Accurate on iOS

Have you ever attempted to use Touch ID on your iOS device, only to have it not recognize your fingerprint? It can be annoying, but you’re not defenseless! Here are 3 quick and easy things you can do to make Touch ID better at reading your fingerprint each time you want to unlock your phone.

Separate Entries per Finger

This one is real easy to do. Just take the finger you want to use to unlock your device, and create a second entry for it. Follow the process again, taking special care to hit different parts of your finger than you did the first time.

This way, when you scan that finger, the phone will have two different fingerprint scans to pull from, thus increasing the chance that it gets it right.

Take a Damp Scan

If you use your phone at the gym, you’ve no doubt experienced an issue with unlocking your phone while your finger is sweaty. To fix the problem, create a fingerprint scan while your finger is damp.

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Don’t soak your finger in a bathtub before you scan it and say that Dave from MakeUseOf told you to slather a wet finger all over your phone. Just a tiny bit of moisture to simulate how wet your finger would be during a workout will do the job.

Scan Your Cold Finger

Some users have reported issues with their device reading their fingerprint when it’s cold. If this happens to you, make your finger cold (stick it on some ice, hold a cold drink, go outside in the cold, etc.), and then create a scan.

This will help the phone get the feel for your finger when it isn’t at your normal body temperature.




Turn your Iphone into a scanner

Office Lens for iPhone

Microsoft Office Lens turns your iPhone into a scanner

 

Last year Microsoft introduced an innovative tool for Windows Phone called Office Lens. The app, which enables you to use your smartphone camera as a sophisticate mobile scanner—is now available for iOS and a preview version is available for Android users.

Microsoft claims that Office Lens has been one of the most popular free apps in the Windows Phone ecosystem. It has an average rating of 4.6 stars—and with more than 18,000 reviews that’s actually an admirable feat. Now Office Lens is available on the two mobile platforms that make up more than 90 percent of the smartphones in use.

Office Lens integrates with OneNote and turns your smartphone into a scanner to capture information. Anyone can just take pictures of a business card, or document, or notes on a whiteboard and refer back to the picture. A picture speaks a thousand words and all that, but Office Lens delivers much more than just a picture.

This video from Microsoft describes why Office Lens is so awesome:

Microsoft provided an overview of the best features and capabilities of Office Lens in this blog post:

· Recognizes the corners of a document and automatically crops, enhances and cleans up the image.

· Identifies printed text with optical character recognition (OCR) so that you can search by key word for the image in OneNote or OneDrive.

· Converts images of paper documents and whiteboard notes into Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and PDF files for easy editing and reformatting (see more details here).

· Captures business cards and generates contacts you can add to your phone.

· Inserts images to OneNote or OneDrive (as DOCX, PPTX, JPG or PDF format) and gives you options to save, export and share the image.

Try that with your iPhone camera.

Microsoft is also making a preview version of Office Lens available for Android smartphones. It’s a beta release but the features and capabilities are similar to Office Lens for iPhone. To install the preview of Office Lens on your Android device follow these steps:

    1. Go to Office Lens Android Preview in the Google+ community.
    2. Click Join community in the upper right-hand corner.
    3. Under About this community, click the Become a Tester link and then follow instructions on the page.

OneNote is a very powerful tool in and of itself. The fact that it’s available on virtually every device and platform and automatically syncs information so it’s available wherever you are make it invaluable. Office Lens—and the integration with OneNote—just makes OneNote that much better. Download Office Lens for iPhone

Wats next in IOS 10

Every year, Apple holds its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, where the company defines its software roadmap for the year to come. Apple sells more iPhones than any other product and delivers its updates free of charge usually at the end of September.

If you didn’t see the announcement, or you’re only interested in the important bits, here’s what you missed.

Delete Stock Apps

While this wasn’t mentioned by Apple, users running the beta are reporting it’s possible to delete stock apps in the iOS 10 beta, and a bunch of Apple’s own apps have appeared on the App Store, which seems to corroborate this. Some of the apps users can remove include: Calendar, Weather, Maps, Videos, Notes, Reminders, Stocks, iTunes Store, Home, FaceTime, Tips, Calculator, and more.

 

It’s always possible that Apple will reverse their decision, but it’s also something users have been wanting for a while. In addition to allowing you to customize your iPhone more than ever before, this would allow users struggling for space to delete the apps they never use. Whether or not you can “replace” a stock app like Mail with a third party app like CloudMagic and have it act as a default is not clear yet.

If this is included in the final release sometime this fall, it’s just another example of the company listening to users and providing the features they want to see.

Other Apps Can Now Use Siri

While it might not sound like a big deal on the surface, Apple announced the arrival of the SiriKit API for developers. This means third party apps will be able to take advantage of third-party apps in the same way first-party apps do.

So while it’s not a big deal right now, by the time some of your favorite app developers get their hands dirty, you’ll be able to do things like order an Uber to your location by shouting at your phone, control Spotify or other streaming services in a similar manner to Apple Music, dictate notes straight to your preferred note-taking app rather than Apple Notes, and even send WhatsApp or Facebook messages using the smart assistant.

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As the feature depends on third-party developers, you’ll have to wait for them to implement the technology first — but Apple just provided the toolbox that makes it possible.

New Messages Features

Probably the biggest list of changes in iOS 10 belongs to the Messages app, which, though functional, hasn’t evolved all that much over the last few revisions. Users can now use emotive message bubbles that “shout” or “whisper” and canned animations for things like “Happy Birthday” that display over the whole screen. You can even add markup, like bold and italic to your messages.

Like many other messaging apps, rich text inking has been added, which allows you to send messages in your handwriting, or scrawl badly illustrated pictures to contacts. These handwritten notes will be animated on receipt, so it’s just like you’re writing (or drawing) on the screen.

The use of end-to-end encryption already makes iMessage a relatively secure platform, and now Apple has added a feature called Invisible Ink to better protect privacy too. It allows you to send messages or photos that are pixelated until the recipient swipes them.

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Links you receive will now be displayed in-line, so you don’t have to leave Messages to play a YouTube video or Apple Music songs. You can also respond to anything with a quick in-line response, which allows you to “like” a message with a thumbs-up or add a “ha ha” instead of typing lol.

In addition to being three-times larger than they currently are, emoji can now replace words with a simple tap. Messages can highlight certain words that match a particular emoji, and tapping on them will convert them to a symbol. Developing the theme further, Facebook-style stickers have been included and can be plastered on your message bubbles (no word on premium sticker packs yet).

Finally, you can also access apps within messages, which allows you to do neat things like share app content (think notes, locations, contacts) without having to leave your conversation. Apple says you can even make payments this way, and who knows what else developers will add?

Revamped Notifications & Lock Screen

iOS 10 includes a brand new lock screen, which includes a more condensed time and date view to allow your notifications to shine and take up most of the screen. You can now access the camera a lot quicker by sliding to the right, or slide to the left to access your widgets (the ones you currently see on iOS 9’s Today screen).

Sick of pressing the home button to wake your device, only to have TouchID automatically unlock and bypass your notifications? A new Raise to Wake feature means you only need to pick your phone up to wake it and display your notifications.

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Notifications now look cleaner (which is a bit of a theme with this release) and can also update in real-time, so you can see exactly where your Uber is. You can also respond to notifications with a squeeze of 3D Touch, which makes notifications much more interactive. Peek at photos or entire message threads without unlocking your phone, though how this will work on non-3D-Touch devices remains to be seen (a long-press, maybe).

Apple Music Overhauled

Apple Music was previously a streaming service shoe-horned into the old iOS 8 Music app, but all that’s about to change. The interface has been updated, and music you’ve downloaded is no longer hidden in an obscure menu. There’s a lot of white space, and album art is larger, but it’s likely we’ll see tweaks between now and the final release anyway.Apple Music Connect takes a back seat, while the For You tab gets more frequently updated suggested playlists (once a day), a Discovery mix, and all your recently played tracks. The first tab you’ll now see is Library, providing fast-access to your collection.

What many of us really want is performance improvements, easier ways to populate our collection, and a generally more pleasant experience. Hopefully the update goes some way toward improving usability too.

More Powerful Maps

Apple Maps has come a long way over the years, and though it still lags behind Google in many respects, it’s good to see the company is dedicated to improving the experience over the longterm. In iOS 10, this takes the form of an improved search functionality, which includes listings for new points of interests like gas stations.

The Maps app can now predict where you want to go based on your routine, calendar appointments, and current location, and traffic conditions will now prompt the app to change your route in the interest of avoiding traffic jams. You can also move around while navigating, pinch to zoom, and even search for points of interest along your route.

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The interface has been tweaked with the addition of what Apple calls Quick Controls, which change based on what you’re doing. In addition to traffic conditions, Maps can also help you avoid toll roads too.

And just like Siri, maps is now open to developers — so you can do things like book a table or order a ride within the app, but you’ll have to wait for third-party developers to implement the feature. In China, Apple has even added an air quality meter (the irony of China’s role as Apple’s country of choice for iPhone production shouldn’t be overlooked).

Photos Improvements

Photos adds Google Photos-style sorting, but the key difference is that Apple’s processing takes place directly on your device rather than in the cloud. The new tech can identify objects, places, people, and more, and it allows you to sort and search your pictures by these criteria.A lick of paint makes your photos look better, and a better Auto Enhance feature should help too. The camera itself gets a new interface on the iPad, and stabilization and filters have been added to Live Photos too.

News Updates

Like many other iOS 10 apps, News is getting a makeover, including a new tabbed design that takes its cues from Apple Music. A “For You” tab breaks up stories into sections like Trending and subjects like Sport, which provides some much-needed order to the news aggregator introduced with iOS 9.

Also new is the ability to subscribe to a particular news source, which means you’ll never miss a post. This is something that has been missing since Newsstand was retired with the last major iOS release. A new Featured News section provides curated stories direct from Apple, so there’s always something to read.

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And lastly, the app now includes breaking news alerts via push notifications (because you probably don’t get enough of those).

Make Phone Calls Too

One of the biggest areas of  improvements that’s truly worthy of your attention comes with your iPhone’s most basic feature. The Phone app has added a new voice-over-IP (VoIP) API that allows apps that use VoIP to behave like a real phone call rather than appearing as an easy-to-miss notification. The feature should allow apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, and so on to appear on the lock screen, complete with a “slide to answer” bar and everything.

Improvements to FaceTime mean less time waiting for a call to connect, and iOS will now also start screening your calls for spam, which should help you avoid scammers and telemarketers.

For those of you who hate voicemail, a new voicemail transcription feature converts audio messages into text, so you can read them in noisy environments or choose to reply by text message instead.

All The Small Things

As with any iOS release, there are many smaller changes that Apple didn’t have a chance to mention on stage, and a few that just aren’t as interesting as those above. Among them is QuickType suggestions, allowing text prediction to do things like answer where you are or provide phone numbers for known contacts with a tap.

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Apple’s connected-device API HomeKit gets its own stock app called Home, which allows you to control all of your HomeKit devices from one interface. And of course, there’s a bunch of pretty new wallpapers which iDownload Blog has already pinched and put online for you to enjoy.

Just like iOS 9 and previous releases before it, a lot of work will have gone into iOS 10 under the hood too.

Can Your Device Run It?

If you want to run iOS 10, you’ll need one of the following:

  • iPhone: 5, 5c, 5s, SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus
  • iPad: 4th gen, Air, Air 2, Pro, mini 2, mini 3, mini 4
  • iPod Touch: 5th & 6th gen

While Apple’s own Preview page states that the original iPad mini and fifth generation iPod Touch are also compatible, that wasn’t what the company announced on stage. Even so, it’s a pretty impressive list of compatible devices, just remember that performance may suffer on older devices. iOS 10 marks the first time the iPhone 4s and third generation iPad aren’t supported — devices that were released in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

The iOS 10 beta has been released to developers, but you’ll want to be careful installing it on devices that aren’t registered with an Apple Developer account. These earlier builds can be really buggy, and core functionality can suffer, so I wouldn’t recommend installing it on your main iPhone.

Instead, you can sign up for the iOS Preview, which gives anyone with a compatible device the opportunity to download a preview build at a later stage. If you don’t fancy being a beta tester, you’ll have to wait till the fall — usually around the very end of September, when new iPhones arrive — to try it out for yourself.

What do you think of the upcoming changes in iOS 10?