iPhone 7 outlasts Samsung Galaxy S7 in 35-foot water immersion

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 20, 2016

When it comes to competition in the technology world, there’s nothing fiercer than that of what exists between Apple and Samsung.

Apple’s new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus handsets are water resistant, and recent water resistance testing has shown that it’s probably under-rated at IP67, but Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is rated to IP68 standards. So how do they compare? Read More

 

Here’s how to force restart and enter DFU mode on the new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 19, 2016

Every so often, iPhones have a brain fart and you may have to force them to restart or use DFU mode to restore because they either stop responding or start behaving sporadically.

With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which no longer have a Home “button,” there is a new process to force restart your device or enter DFU mode. These are both essential parts of any troubleshooting process, so it’s good to know how how to do them. Read More

 

A look at how the new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus perform in drop tests

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 17, 2016

Every year when a new iPhone comes out, you can expect to see drop test videos that see just how durable the device is.

In this post, we’ll show you some of the best drop test videos for the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus. Read More

 

Just how water resistant is the iPhone 7?

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 17, 2016

As revealed at Apple’s iPhone 7 keynote, the new handset is water resistant (not waterproof), and this means it can supposedly handle some water splashes and light submersion and come out unharmed.

Now that the iPhone 7 is officially available to the public, you can probably imagine some people have already started putting the device through water tests. So how did it do? Read More

 

Some iPhone 7 & 7 Plus owners report an odd ‘hissing’ noise when the CPU is pegged out

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 17, 2016

Only one day after the official launch date of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets, users are already reporting problems.

The latest comes from those who are putting heavy loads on the new A10 Fusion CPU, which reportedly causes the handset to exhibit a strange hissing noise. Read More

 

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both sport larger batteries

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 13, 2016

Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are said to sport higher-capacity internal Lithium-Ion batteries than their predecessors.

No official battery capacity specs are listed on Apple’s website, but they do say that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are supposed to get 2 and 1 additional hour(s) of battery life respectively, in what are supposed to be after effects of the new power-sipping A10 Fusion chip combined with the efficient iOS 10 firmware.

On the other hand, a higher-capacity internal battery may also have something to do with it. Read More

 

Geekbench benchmark reportedly confirms iPhone 7 Plus has 3GB of RAM

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

New Geekbench benchmark test scores have surfaced online and appear to confirm the rumor that the iPhone 7 Plus comes with 3GB of RAM, the highest amount of memory ever built into an iPhone to date. Read More

 

Apple Watch Series 2 is a bit thicker and heavier than the original Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

Although they look just about the same on the outside, the new Apple Watch Series 2 is built just a little bit thicker and heavier than the Apple Watch Series 1 and the original Apple Watch.

The findings might be a deal-breaker for some people who already thought the original Apple Watch was too thick to begin with. After all, many were hoping Apple would thin out the footprint of the next-generation Apple Watch, rather than make it thicker. Read More

 

Apple Watch Series 2 tech specs

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

The Apple Watch Series 2, which was announced at yesterday’s keynote, is Apple’s answer to improving on what was already one of the best-selling smartwatches on the market today.

In this piece, we’ll recap all the technical specifications of the new Apple Watch lineup. Read More

 

Poll: Which iPhone 7 configuration will you buy?

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

There are two new iPhones in Apple’s iPhone lineup: the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Both are power-houses, but each has its differences. With that in mind, we’re curious about what iPhone configuration you’re planning to buy. Read More

 

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus tech specs

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are Apple’s latest and greatest handsets that will be going on pre-order Friday, September 9th, and will be available for official purchase starting on September 16th.

Of course, before you go out and buy something new, it’s always great to do a little research on the hardware specs. In this piece, we’ll recap the specs of both Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Read More

 

Poll: Will you be upgrading to iPhone 7?

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 7, 2016

Apple’s newly-unveiled iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are truly stunning in visual appeal and new features, and many of you are undoubtedly going to be either pre-ordering this Friday or lining up at your local stores to try and get one when they’re available. Read More

 

Weight, size, and battery life: iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6s

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 7, 2016

Apple’s iPhone lineup just got even better as of Wednesday’s product unveiling. Not only are the devices super fast, more power-efficient, and available in new finishes, but they also come with a slew of new finishes that owners of previous-generations of iPhone will drool over.

In this piece, we’ll compare the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 6s so you have an idea of the differences in size, weight, and even their expected battery life. Read More

 

Geekbench 4.0 launches with refreshed UI and new benchmarks

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 30, 2016

Geekbench, a popular hardware benchmarking app for various platforms by Primate Labs, has been updated to version 4.0 on Tuesday.

The update brings enhancements to the look of the UI and adds a number of new benchmarks to help you get an idea of how fast your computer or mobile device really is. Read More

 

Why and how to safely eject media drives from your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 26, 2016

Every time you connect an external peripheral to your Mac, such as an SD card, an external hard drive, or a USB flash drive to transfer files, you should safely eject it when you’re finished using it.

In this post, we’ll talk a little bit about why it’s important to follow this process, and we’ll also show you various ways of doing it. Read More

 

Finding your Mac model number

By Anthony Bouchard on May 6, 2016

Not too long ago, we shared how you can find out what version and build of OS X you’re running on your Mac, but another important piece of information you should know is the model number of the Mac you’re using.

This is an important piece of information that is used by Apple to identify exactly when your computer was launched and what hardware it has inside of it.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can find the model number of your Mac. Read More

 

Developer manages to run Windows 95 on an Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 30, 2016

A developer for the Apple Watch has found a way to emulate the Windows 95 operating system experience on Apple’s flagship wearable accessory.

Albeit nothing more than a concept, it really does show off how powerful the Apple Watch‘s internal hardware really is. This is just one of those things you have to see to believe.

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iFixit tears down the 2016 Retina MacBook, finds minor hardware tweaks

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 25, 2016

Just last week, Apple launched the second generation of its Retina MacBook lineup with a bump in CPU and SSD speed performance, as well as in battery life.

iFixit has now torn down the new 2016 Retina MacBook to reveal what kinds of hardware gems could be hidden inside of the very familiar aluminum enclosure.

Unsurprisingly, they have torn down the new rose gold-colored model. For the most part, a lot of the internals are similar, although there are a few tweaks to the design and internal hardware that users will love and hate. Read More

 

Upgrading your MacBook Air/Pro storage capacity with the OWC Aura Pro SSD

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 22, 2016

Other World Computing unveiled their Aura Pro PCI-e drop-in SSD upgrade kits last month for 2013 and later MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air model notebooks.

OWC’s Aura Pro SSD storage upgrades start at $399.00 (introductory price) for a 480GB module and and go up in price from there.

Sure to be a popular seller for those that want to upgrade the on-board storage in their expensive Macs without buying an all-new Mac, we’ve decided to try it out and share with you exactly what we think about it.

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iFixit tears down iPhone SE, reveals some interchangeable 5s parts

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 31, 2016

Following the first day of availability of the iPhone SE, iFixit has gotten their hands on their own unit and has started their ritualistic practice of disconnecting every little screw, cable, and hinge that comes on it.

The iFixit teardown comes a day after Chipworks’ version, which revealed a lot of familiar parts in the iPhone SE that could be found in previous iPhone models, such as the 5s, 6, and 6s.

iFixit has not only confirmed these findings from Chipworks, but also provides some new insight about the iPhone SE‘s parts that is sure to interest its consumers. Read More

 
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