Apple iPhone 7- Speculations and insights

Indeed, Apple iPhone is ready to burst into the streets! And this time, it’s going to be totally different from what it used to be, when an iPhone was launched. With pre-order beginning from September 7, followed by a launch on 16th September, less than a month is left before the next ‘big thing’ arrives in the market.

It seems like since time immemorial, brands have consistently brought up new and improved gadgets and services much to the pleasure of the general folk i.e. the end users. However, it is worth noting that there is one brand out there which ‘thinks differently’, a phrase which came right from the horse’s mouth – Steve Jobs. That brand is Apple! Yet again with its latest flagship edition of the iPhone 7, the brand intends to captivate loyal followers all across the world.

But here’s what’s trending about this upcoming technology super model:

  • With current dimensions being 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm, the iPhone 7 will come with Nano-SIMs and long strengthened glass having oleophobic coating to allow 3-D Touch display. The iPhone will arrive with sensors such as Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and barometer.
  • What’s so New:
    1. A Dual Lens Camera for your iPhone plus will help you become the photo shoot hero of your cohort.
    2. This version of iPhone will now be fully water-resistant mostly and will come along with less chances of your iPhone being the bait of your wet hands.
    3. The Design will only go very small changes from iPhone 6, just to add a little more elegance.
    4. The antenna bands have been redesigned for more efficiency and faster operation.
    5. The processor has been upgraded to ensure much more work efficiency and lesser operation time.
    6. The iPhone 7 will come in two screen sizes for you to choose from- 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch.
    7. The camera will not protrude much outside the body.
    8. You will now see a longer earpiece cut out along with a relocated ambient light sensor and flush touch-based home button.
    9. When iOS 10 is available only to developers, it is assumed that it may be released with the forthcoming iPhone 7.
  • The iPhone 7 will come with 2 GB RAM while iPhone 7 Plus will be coming with 3 GBRAM. Also, iPhone 7 Plus will be using two cameras with 2-3x zoom optically and have a great performance in conditions of low light.
  • The battery will be upgraded to 1,960 mAh which means that there will be a 145% increase in battery life.
  • Wireless charging will be another cool thing to look forward to, in the iPhone 7.
  • iPhone 7 will be supporting 256 GB of space and will be offering a lot of space for new apps and videos.
  • Earphone Revolution:
    1. This year, the iPhone won’t be coming with a 3.5 mm jack, which usually allowed all kinds of headphone to be used.
    2. Instead, a new thinner lightning port will be developed which will ensure faster and better performance. While, Bluetooth headset will connect wirelessly you will be able to buy the lightning-equipped Earpods as well with your iPhone.
  • A New and unknown feature called Smart Connector will also be joining the list of amazing features in iPhone 7. The connector is normally designed to provide power and data connection to the accessories like keyboards in iPad Pro, though the purpose of Smart Connector on this 5.5 inch handset is yet not clear.
  • A redesigned Home button will also be seen in iPhone 7 which will be based on ‘Force Touch’ Technology and a motor to sense when it is being pushed physically.
  • A new technology called transparent fingerprint sensor will also be incorporated into iPhone 7 which has three sensor technologies, one of them being ultrasonic imaging.

See what some of the reputed analysts are speculating

Indeed, a lot has been going on over the last one year, including rumors, patent applications and much more. iPhone 7 has grabbed a lot of attention, before its launch and is expected to break sales records as well. Moreover, upgrade options and many more offers for current iPhone users will also show up to facilitate more sales.

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The Apple iPhone SE & the 9.7-inch iPad Pro-Newest Kids on the Block

Merry Christmas everybody! Well, Christmas definitely came early this year with the coinciding launch of 2 worthy products coming right out of the extensive repertoire of Apple, which is simply the most recognizable symbol on the globe. Apple has officially launched the iPhone SE and the highly anticipated 9.7-inch iPad Pro in the country and we’re all more than thrilled.

As always, these products can be availed through the official company website or through the many certified retail partners functioning in an offline manner.

 Money Money Money!

First things first, let’s talk money! Well, the iPhone SE can be bought in 2 variants – the 32 GB variant costs around 39,000 INR and the 64 GB comes at a not so shy price of 49,000 INR.

The iPad Pro comes in a total of three variants – 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. Moreover, it comes in 2 models for each variant – Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular models.

Wi-Fi Only Model:

  1. 32 GB – 49,000 INR
  2. 128 GB – 61,900 INR
  3. 256 GB – 73,900 INR

Wi-Fi + Cellular:

  1. 32 GB – 61,900 INR
  2. 128 GB – 73,900 INR
  3. 256 GB – 85,900 INR

iPhone SE Sneak-Peek

iPhone SE

iPhone SE

Coming equipped with an impressive 4-inch IPS LCD display with is LED-backlit, the Apple iPhone SE supports resolution of up to 640×1136 pixels. Powered by the ultra-fast and smooth Apple A9 chipset, the phone will surely satiate your multi-tasking and robust needs. Furthermore, for all the tech aficionados out there, the chipset also comes with a M9 motion enabled co-processor.

What’s even more impressive is the availability of a high powered 12 MP rear camera which is complemented by the 1.2 MP front camera along with Touch ID. Running on the latest Apple iOS, it comes in highly attractive colours which include the likes of Gold, Gray, Silver and Rose Gold.

iPhone SE Pros:

  • Geo-tagging enabled
  • Simultaneous 8 MP image and 4k video recording
  • Touch focus enabled
  • Face and smile detection
  • HDR (Panorama and photo
  • Latest iOS
  • Dedicated mic
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Document, audio, video and photo editor
  • Siri service

9.7-inch iPad Pro Sneak Peek

iPad Pro

iPad Pro

Coming with a big screen of 9.7 inches, this one’s definitely an upgrade on the previous iPad edition – the Apple iPad Air 2. Supporting a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels and an impressive pixel density number of 246 ppi, the new and improved iPad Pro is essentially 25% brighter than its predecessor.

Its biggest USP is the inclusion of the advanced True Tone technology which makes the screen all the more eye-friendly and healthy with the change of surrounding conditions by keeping a constant track of the ambient light temperature and the overall brightness.

9.7-inch iPad Pro Pros:

  • Comes with the Apple pencil (stylus)
  • Siri service
  • Audio, video, document and photo editor
  • Geo tagging enabled
  • Simultaneous 8 MP image and 4k video recording
  • Face and smile detection
  • Stereo speakers (4 in total)
  • True tone display
  • Scratch resistant glass with oleophobic coating
  • Large battery backup

The Second Apple Wave

The launch of these 2 products in India forms the second wave of the overall worldwide launch, first one targeting no less than 13 countries which included UK, USA, Canada, France, China, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Germany, Puerto Rico, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand and the US Virgin Islands.

The second wave includes over 47 other countries barring India, which includes some big names like Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Oreland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, Thailand and UAE. Also, it is worth mentioning that the official Apple distributors of these 2 new products in the country are Redington India and Beetel Teletech Limited.

Apple iPhone SE Specifications

Network:

  • Technology – GSM/ HSPA/ CDMA/ LTE/ EVDO
  • SIM – Nano SIM

Body:

  • Dimensions – 12.38 x 5.86 x 0.76 cm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in)
  • Weight – 113 grams

Display:

  • Type – Capacitive touch-screen, LED-backlit IPS LCD Display, 16M colours, Multi-touch enabled
  • Resolution – 640 x 1136 pixels (Approx 326 ppi pixel density)
  • Size – 4 inches

Platform:

  • OS – iOS 9.3
  • Chipset – Apple A9 Chipset
  • CPU – Dual core 1.84 GHz Twister
  • GPU – PowerVR GT7600 (Six-core graphics)

Memory:

  • Internal – 32/64 GB
  • RAM – 2 GB RAM

Camera:

  • Primary – 12 MP

Primary Camera Features – Dual LED flash, phase detection auto-focus enabled

  • Secondary – 1.2 MP

Secondary Camera Features – HDR enabled, Face detection, FaceTime accessibility

  • Video – 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 1080p@120fps, 720p@240fps

Comms:

  • WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot
  • Bluetooth – v4.2, A2DP, LE
  • USB – v2.0, reversible connector
  • GPS – A-GPS, GLONASS

Sensors:

  • Sensors enabled – Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Battery:

  • Status – Non-removable battery
  • Battery Specs – Li-Po 1624 mAh battery (6.21 Wh)
  • Stand-by – Up to 240 hours on 2G / Up to 240 hours on 3G
  • Talk time – Up to 14 hours on 3G
  • Music Play – Up to 50 hours

9.7-inch iPad Pro Specifications

Network:

Body:

  • Dimensions – 24 x 16.95 x 0.61 cm (9.45 x 6.67 x 0.24 in)
  • Weight – 437 g (Wi-Fi) / 444 g (LTE)

Display:

  • Type – Capacitive touch-screen, LED-backlit IPS LCD display, 16M colours, Multi-touch enabled
  • Resolution – 1536×2048 pixels (Approx 264 ppi pixel density)
  • Size – 9.7 inches

Platform:

  • OS – iOS 9.3
  • Chipset – Apple A9X Chipset
  • CPU – Dual core 2.16 GHz (Twister)
  • GPU – PowerVR Series 7 (12-core graphics)

Memory:

  • Internal – 32/128/256 GB
  • RAM – 2 GB RAM

Camera:

  • Primary – 12 MP: Primary Camera Features – Dual LED flash, Phase detection autofocus enabled
  • Secondary – 5 MP: Secondary Camera Features – Face detection, HDR, Panorama enabled
  • Video – 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 1080p@120fps, 720p@240fps

Comms:

  • WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot, dual-band
  • Bluetooth – v4.2, A2DP, EDR
  • USB – v2.0, reversible connector
  • GPS – A-GPS, GLONASS (Valid for Wi‑Fi + Cellular model only)

Sensors:

  • Sensors Enabled – Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer

Battery:

  • Status – Non removable battery
  • Battery Specs – Li-Ion battery (27.9 Wh)
  • Talk time – Up to 10 hours with multimedia

Verdict

The iPhone SE which is short for Special Edition will certainly live up to its billing. Though it is miniature in size, but it packs a huge punch thanks to its uniqueness and standout factors like the widely improved battery life, the crystal clear video displays, eccentric colours and a lot more.

If you own an iPad which belongs to the older versions than the iPad Air 2, the iPad Pro is a massive upgrade and worth every penny. However, if you already own an iPad Air 2 and you can make good use of the Apple pencil, then you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

Top 7 iPhone Game Apps This Holiday Season

Believe it or not! More than a mobile phone which connects people, an iPhone is primarily used for the ease of playing games. You’ll surely side with me if you’re an Apple preacher like myself. And if you’re not, well then you can never get it! An iPhone is not just a phone in many ways.

Given the frequency of new and improved games being rolled out every day, one is often spoilt for choice. Plus, you can’t possibly fill your phone repertoire with multiple apps as that will take a toll on you processing speed and user experience.

Here are the top 7 gaming apps which will definitely make you an even busier gamer without one shadow of a doubt.

ELF Command

ELF Command

ELF Command

EIF command creates a real festive mood with deliverables taken out of the factory in a creative and fun filled manner. The robot elves help you to deliver items such as trees, gifts, peppermints and so on. The exciting part about this game is the fact that each robot can deliver items only on its side due to the two conveyor belts. There is also a time limit involved. You need to pick as many items as possible before time runs out.

Super Mega Worm vs. Santa

This super cool game is challenging our beloved Santa in ways more than one. Have you felt that Santa is not giving you the gift you always wished for? Don’t worry; this super mega worm is there to take revenge. This effective time killer game has a mammoth 15 difficult levels. This makes sure that you stay hooked for a long time.

Holiday Havoc

Save your gifts! Those live toys are here to take it away. Santa defends the toys using snow cannon without hitting the elves. Sounds Interesting right? This cool game is created with pixel art and fun for you gamers to feast on! No game is more worthy this holiday season.

Cut the Rope Holiday Gift

Do you like fully action packed games? If yes, then this is something that deserves your attention. It is essentially a free game involving rope cutting action as the name suggests. To create a highly festive mood, backgrounds are filled with Christmas trees. Interestingly, you can also take your snaps using Om Nom, the protagonist of this game. Moreover, it comes equipped with 25 different levels.

Angry Birds Seasons

Angry Birds Seasons

Angry Birds Seasons

Well, the less we say about this, the better it will be. For most people, the name says it all! One of the most popular games on the face of the earth, Angry Birds Seasons will definitely give your festive spirits a big time boost. You would be happy to know about its newly added 25 wintry levels in the wreck! You will find festive related funny elements roaming around the game like pigs roaming around with cute Santa caps. A healthy tip – This game is a test of your patience. Simply play well and keeping unlocking new levels!

Super Dreidel

Celebration of Hanukkah is the theme of this game as you might have guessed. If you wish to challenge a conventional Jewish top, then this game is tailor made to suit your needs. The difficulty level is not that high which is just the icing on the cherry one needs.

Kick the Buddy Episodes

A complete fun filled Christmas game that you would love to play – Kick the Buddy Episodes! Smacking that sack doll can be challenging and exciting in its entirety. You need to earn your worth in this game. The more you destroy, the better it gets!

Well, most of these festive themed games are just a click away! What are you waiting for then?

Apple iOS9 Review: To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade!

It is almost a fortnight since the release of Apple’s latest operating system’s update iOS9 and tech pundits have anatomized the features to pass the verdict. Many were disappointed for lack of any revolutionary features in the latest upgrade with it being only an incremental one over its predecessor iOS8. However, a more nuanced look at the improvements leaves you convinced that while the iOS7-esque gloss is missing; essential is the word that does justice to this new offering. It evinces Apple’s focus on ‘making things easier’ for the everyday use.

Let us delve deeper and discover what clicked and what flopped and whether the new update is worth a try.

  • To begin with, some minor changes in the visuals include change of font from Helvicta to San Fransisco which is tad bit bolder and offers well-spaced typography.
  • Photo app comes loaded with a mini-slideshow that make browsing through the pictures smoother and you know what is coming next (in case you wish to avoid an embarrassing one coming to the fore).
  • Besides, iOS9 offers major improvements to its notifications, Siri and Maps.
iOS9 Review

iOS9 Review

A Respite from the ‘Ever Irking Notifications’:

  • Finally Apple decided to instill some sense to its notifications feature and results show the change. It is now no more a random affair of notifications being displayed App-wise but are shown chronologically. The screen smoothly wheels in all the notifications upon ‘swiping down from top of screen’ and hence saves from the obvious accidents of shifting time sorted notifications to App based collection in the previous version.
  • Recent Menu is also revamped with better format and location. However, essentials like customizing/removing the apps in recent menu are missing and much needed.

Find a More Reliable Partner in Siri

  • One thing which Apple definitely has got right is to give Siri, its virtual assistant and navigator that responds to voice commands, a shot in the arm. It is efficient and faster than its previous avatar and lives up to Apple’s claim that it is ‘40% faster and 40% more accurate’.
  • You call out to Siri with commands like bring up photos from Goa or from July 2015 and it will do so instantly. Similarly the search commands do not restrict themselves to Apple Apps but are including third party apps as well, thanks to greater flexibility offered to developers in this version of iOS.
  • These are some achievements spur it to the league of Google Now and Cortana but there is still much more to be done in that regard.

No More Getting Lost With Apple Maps

  • The Maps feature has seen improvement in terms of offering a better ‘Nearby’ shortcut, a feature that draws upon Yelp’s review filled menu to suggest eating outlets and gas stations. It has expanded its accuracy and coverage for suggesting Public Transport transit but it still falls short to Google’s dominance in this area. Their rivals are obsessed with even the smallest details on their Maps which make it an unrivalled feature on Android.
  • Also, it is high time that coverage area for the features see an expansion. Keeping in mind the slew of acquisitions Apple had done in past in navigation and GPS technology, we were expecting something much better.

iOS9 is still in its beta version but has lesser bugs than the time of release of iOS8. While the experience maybe bumpy at some places, we are sure that Apple is taking notice and will deal with them in the future updates.

As far as the verdict goes, 9 silently heralds the beginning of new OS. New generation products like iPad Air 2 gets a boost in multi-tasking capabilities. At the same time Apple has not let go of its erstwhile releases like iPhone 4S. And it is worth a try since the file is only 1.4 GB which will go soft on the limited 16GB devices.

The reason why Apple is one of the most recognized symbols on the planet is because it turns on the music time and time again. And it has definitely struck the right chord with the iOS9 as well.