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  • Top 7 iPhone 8 Rumors

    iPhone 8

    Another year, another iPhone. If Apple decides to follow the pattern they’ve established over the past couple of years, then we’ll probably get to see a new phone sometime this Autumn. With a new iPhone just around the corner, you’re probably wondering what features the iPhone 8* could possibly boast over the previous models. Furthermore, since 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, you know that Apple will want to mark the occasion with something big. And since it’s Apple we’re talking about, you probably also know that the rumor mills are churning in over time as we head into the summer. So without further ado, here’s everything we know so far.

    Radical Redesign

    Every iPhone that comes out has a new, sleek design to go along with it. When it comes to the iPhone 8, the rumors have all been consistent in saying that it’ll be a much more marked redesign than the “incremental approach” sported by the “not-that-different-than-the-iPhone-6”, iPhone 7.

    So what exactly will be new about it? How does an edge-to-edge display sound to you? Imagine the possibilities afforded by a full-screen display that actually takes up every piece of physical real estate on your device!

    The device is rumored to be keeping the same dimensions as the iPhone 7 (4.7 inches) and 7 Plus (5.5 inches) except that the iPhone 8’s base model’s screen will be as large as the 7 Plus’ due to the (implied) fact that it won’t sport a bezel.

    It’s also rumored that the aforementioned screen would be curved on both sides just like the Samsung Galaxy S7, but new information has been released that suggests that it’ll look similar to the iPhone 7 albeit with a slight curve.

    Flexible Plastic OLED

    Typically, the iPhone came with an LED screen, however, rumors suggest that Cupertino has decided to opt for a flexible plastic OLED screen instead. This allows the device to be thinner in size and consume less battery which, in turn, will allow the display to be brighter and display even more realistic colors.

    Typically, the iPhone came with an LED screen, however, rumors suggest that Cupertino has decided to opt for a flexible plastic OLED screen instead. This allows the device to be thinner in size and consume less battery which, in turn, will allow the display to be brighter and display even more realistic colors.

    Touch ID

    There won’t be the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that was featured at the bottom of the bezel with previous models. Instead, it’ll be built directly into the display. What this means is that there won’t a physical Home button that you’ll be able to press. Instead, you’ll have your fingerprint scanned right on your screen and everything on this phone will be accessible via virtual buttons on your screen.

    Glass Body

    Apple is allegedly deciding to move away from the aluminum body that was used in the iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 7 and SE models, making a triumphant return to the use of glass. If you forgot what the glass body iPhone looked like, it’ll likely be somewhat similar to the design of the iPhone 4/4S models. The glass body will be built around a stainless steel frame, a design cue which they’ve used previously when building the Apple Watch.

    Water Resistant

    Not completely revolutionary given that the iPhone 7 is water resistant as well. However, Apple is reportedly making going further than it did with its previous device. While the iPhone 7 was IP67 rated, the new iPhone 8 should be able to withstand rain, submersion in water, and all manner of splashes.

    Not completely revolutionary given that the iPhone 7 is water resistant as well. However, Apple is reportedly making going further than it did with its previous device. While the iPhone 7 was IP67 rated, the new iPhone 8 should be able to withstand rain, submersion in water, and all manner of splashes.

    Wireless Charging

    Palm Pre fans, rejoice. The one feature that was the hallmark of webOS devices half a decade ago has finally made it to Apple devices, should the reports be believed. The iPhone 8 is supposedly going to have a 10-nanometer chip that’ll make the phone work faster and perform better. That same chip will also allow the phone to charge on a pedestal-type device. That’s right, the iPhone 8 may not even include an in-wall charger in the box.

    Palm Pre fans, rejoice. The one feature that was the hallmark of webOS devices half a decade ago has finally made it to Apple devices, should the reports be believed. The iPhone 8 is supposedly going to have a 10-nanometer chip that’ll make the phone work faster and perform better. That same chip will also allow the phone to charge on a pedestal-type device. That’s right, the iPhone 8 may not even include an in-wall charger in the box.

    3D Sensing Front-Camera

    Undoubtedly, the best feature of the iPhone is its camera. Apple’s phones produce shots that are clean, crisp, and always featuring eye-popping colors. So, with that being said, rumor has it that the front-facing camera will have 3D sensing capabilities that’ll use PrimeSense technology. What does that mean? By using PrimeSense technology, the iPhone 8 will be able to find the location of a given object or person as well as achieve facial and iris recognition. It’ll even know how far away objects are from the camera! In addition to working on PrimeSense tech, they’re also trying to improve the front-facing FaceTime camera as well as exploring the idea of a vertical rear camera.

    Undoubtedly, the best feature of the iPhone is its camera. Apple’s phones produce shots that are clean, crisp, and always featuring eye-popping colors. So, with that being said, rumor has it that the front-facing camera will have 3D sensing capabilities that’ll use PrimeSense technology. What does that mean? By using PrimeSense technology, the iPhone 8 will be able to find the location of a given object or person as well as achieve facial and iris recognition. It’ll even know how far away objects are from the camera! In addition to working on PrimeSense tech, they’re also trying to improve the front-facing FaceTime camera as well as exploring the idea of a vertical rear camera.

    While hundreds of other rumors exist, we’ve brought you the ones we think are most likely to be included with the new 2017 iPhone. Knowing how unpredictable Apple can be, however, be sure to expect some surprises.

     

    What feature do you want to see on the new iPhone 8? Make sure to leave a comment below.

    *Logic would dictate that this phone should be called the iPhone 7S. Still, since it’s the 10th year anniversary of the first iPhone, many on the internet have taken to calling it the iPhone 8.

  • Siri Getting A Voice Upgrade

    Siri Getting A Voice Upgrade

    We all love using Siri as much as possible. From setting alarms to asking it to Google something for us, it feels great to have a digital assistant. Plus asking it for help means we won’t have to put in the extra ten seconds it would take to look something up on our own. Those are seconds we could be sleeping. One of the defining qualities of Siri has always been the robotic quality of its voice. Well, that might be seeing a pretty interesting change pretty soon. What does the future of Siri hold? Let’s take a look.

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    What’s Happening?

    Since the premiere of Siri, it’s had pretty much the same voice. While there are some variants in terms of gender and accent, Siri would always have a robotic sound to its voice to almost give it an “android” feel. And no, not an Android phone feel. With iOS 10 on the horizon, Apple is going to make a change to the system’s voice. Let’s see what will be different with the new update.

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    What Will Be Different?

    The main change coming to iOS 10 will be to give Siri a more realistic sounding voice. The change will be done through a deep neural network, or DNN for short. What is a DNN? I’m not totally sure. But it appears to be a magic portal that turns robots into humans. Whoa, that would be an awesome movie. I’m writing that down.

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    What Do I Think?

    To be totally honest, I really enjoy Siri’s voice just the way it is. The robotic feel of the voice makes me feel like I have a cyborg assistant to help me Google what movie celebrities were in. Once it gets too realistic, it might feel kind of strange. Well, like it or not, the more human-ish Siri is on its way.

    Siri's voice to benefit from machine learning improvements in Apple's iOS 10

  • Panorama Mode Now On Windows10 Mobile

    Panorama Mode Now On Windows 10 Mobile

    One of the greatest things that smartphones every replaced is cameras. I still remember the dark days of people having to bring their digital cameras everywhere, upload the photos onto their computers, and tag everyone on the popular social media of the time. You’d have to wait weeks just to see low resolution pictures of yourself at a party. Truly those were difficult times. However, mobile phone cameras have not only replaced the old portable cameras, they’ve added so much more. Let’s talk about one great feature in particular that’s coming to cameras on certain Windows Phones.

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    What’s The Deal?

    Well, here’s the deal. All Windows 10 mobile phones will now have panorama mode included. For the uninitiated, a panorama is when you take a photo and extend the view in a wider shot. So it’s kind of like if you taped three different cameras together and took one wide photo. However, with the new panorama mode on Windows 10, you won’t need to tape all your cameras together any longer. What a relief!

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    Should You Use It?

    Personally, I have never used a panoramic camera. However, I have seen friends use them and, I must admit, they’re pretty cool. Being able to take a wide photo without trying to squeeze everyone in is a fun, innovative idea. And hey, it’s better than having to carry around a selfie stick.

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    The Bottom Line

    Overall, new features are always good news for Windows phones. With applications such as WhatsApp coming over to Windows and plenty of new features such as panorama being added, things look good for current Windows users and those looking to make the switch alike. And, considering the importance of photography on modern smartphones, it’s a good move on Windows part. Now about getting Pokemon Go on the Windows Store...

    Panorama mode now available on all Windows 10 Mobile devices

  • How Did Angry Birds Get So Big

    I feel like being an adult and seeing the insane amount of Angry Birds merchandise flowing through stores in recent years must be what my parents felt when Power Rangers came out. All of a sudden, there’s an extremely large amount of Angry Birds merchandise spilling out. And, as somebody that had a non-smartphone (dumbphone?) when the phase started, I felt very out of the loop when I saw everyone with Angry Birds shirts, shoes, and umbrellas (probably). So why has the war between birds and pigs gotten so big? Here’s a few reasons why:

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    The Games Are Pretty Good

    Let’s begin where it all started: the games. The concept is pretty simple: birds vs. pigs. You know, just like in real life. You slingshot your bird at the pigs and try to make them explode (wow, I would have loved to have seen that pitch meeting.) It’s all about gravity with a bit of puzzle strategy thrown in there. It’s basic addicting arcade style gaming that’s perfect for a casual audience. In other words, it’s a good time killer. It’s like Pac Man fever, except instead of teens wasting all their allowances in an arcade, anyone can play it anywhere.

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    The Characters Are Marketable

    It all started with Angry Birds. And then we started getting Angry Birds Transformers, Angry Birds Star Wars, and I believe Angry Birds Mr. T is coming out soon. Clearly, the world of Angry Birds is easy to market with colorful characters and a world that can have so many different tie-ins. But it’s also branched out into non-bird-flinging genres. For example, Angry Birds Go! mixes the Angry Birds characters with classic kart racing. Angry Birds Epic acted as an RPG imagining of the birds vs pigs war. But perhaps you don’t want to play Angry Birds, maybe you’d rather watch them. They now have cartoons and even a movie dedicated to the avian slingshots.

    And, be honest, you would totally play Angry Birds Mr. T Edition.

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    It’s All Free

    On Android devices, the core Angry Birds games are absolutely free. This makes it extremely approachable for the general audience. Unlike something like Mario or Halo, any 7-year-old borrowing their mom’s phone can try it out. And when they try it out, they’ll want the other games. And when they play the other games, they’ll want the merchandise. Then the endless cycle begins again. Trust me, I used to collect Yu-Gi-Oh cards.4

     

    As somebody that got caught up in every craze of the 90’s and 2000’s, I can understand why Angry Birds went from time-wasting phone game to a multimedia phenomenon. Need proof? The crates of trading cards and action figures in my parents’ attic will back me up.

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