Galaxy Note 7 vs. iPhone 6s real-life speed test proves specs aren’t everything

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 23, 2016

In spite of running Qualcomm’s latest 64-bit Snapdragon 820 processor with four CPU cores, Adreno 530 graphics and 4GB of RAM, Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 7 phablet delivers embarrassing real-world performance when pitted against almost-a-year-older iPhone 6s and its in-house designed A9 chip with two CPU cores and just 2GB of RAM.

As seen in this side-by-side video comparison from YouTuber PhoneBuff, the iPhone 6s easily beats the latest Note when it comes to loading apps and games, thanks to the combination of efficient iOS software and Apple’s custom-designed hardware. Read More

 

3D Touch controls have come to Jetpack Joyride

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2016

Jetpack Joyride by Halfbrick Studios, one of the few games I still play and always keep on my phone thanks to regular content updates, has been refreshed on the App Store with support for 3D Touch, letting you press the display on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus to control the character.

Thanks to 3D Touch’s ability to sense multiple degrees of pressure, the harder you press, the faster you’ll jetpack.

In addition, the game introduces a new Hardwood costume whilst ditching the rolling inventory, which means you can now buy any extra item whenever you want. Read More

 

This music video was shot on iPhone 6s in 13 countries over the course of one month

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 12, 2016

A troubled teen growing up in the United Kingdom, Shirazee moved to South Africa as a refugee, living there for four years and dabbling in music before signing to Island Records, represented by Universal Music in South Africa.

His debut single, “Different”, is out now on Apple Music and iTunes, with the accompanying music video shot entirely on an iPhone 6s over the course of 31 days in a total of thirteen countries, including the five he has lived in. Read More

 

iOS 10 tidbit: deleting text faster with 3D Touch

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 11, 2016

Here’s a time-saving enhancement discovered in the previous beta of iOS 10: deleting text faster—a lot faster—with 3D Touch. Although this very cool feature originally flew under our radar, we’re letting you guys know about it so that you’re kept in the loop. Owners of an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus should be especially pleased with iOS 10’s expanded use of 3D Touch gestures for things like clearing all notifications, sharing apps and renaming folders. Read More

 

OtterBox uniVERSE review: the Swiss army knife of iPhone cases

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 8, 2016

Many people who have cases on their iPhones know that not every accessory will work with it. Some cases are too thick to allow for some accessories, don’t have the room for larger port connectors, or simply aren’t compatible with other accessories because they conflict.

OtterBox wanted to do something about this without compromising your iPhone’s protection. Hence, the OtterBox uniVERSE system was created. We’ll take a look at the OtterBox uniVERSE case system in this review, along with some of the compatible accessories. Read More

 

Google Photos gains 3D Touch shortcuts and storage optimization feature

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2016

Google today issued a minor refresh to its native Photos app on the App Store, introducing 3D Touch shortcuts for the Home screen and a much-needed new feature designed to optimize storage space on your device. Bumped to version 1.13, Google Photos for iPhone and iPad produces a 3D Touch menu upon pressing its Home screen icon, giving you access to the following shortcuts: I’m Feeling Lucky, Free Up Space and Make Shared Album.

In addition to these 3D Touch shortcuts and the new storage-optimization feature, this edition of the app packs in unspecified performance improvements. Read More

 

Deutsche Bank analysts think iPhone 7 will ship with Lightning-to-audio dongle

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

The next iPhone, which sources in China think could be marketed as ‘iPhone 6SE’ to reflect its iterative nature, may ship with a Lightning-to-audio dongle and still end up selling better than the current-generation iPhone 6s, which hasn’t quite lived up to Apple’s internal expectations.

That’s according to a Deutsche Bank research note issued to clients last week, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider. The investment bankers also shared their predictions for the next iPhone’s features, based on their supply checks. Read More

 

Blurry video out of China compares claimed Rose Gold iPhone 7 rear shell to iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2016

Earlier in the week, a video out of China gave us a nice look into iPhone 7 dummies in Gold, Rose Gold and rumored Space Black. It’s time for another iPhone 7 video as we head out into the weekend.

Brand new footage, which surfaced last evening on Chinese social media, offers yet another comparison between a claimed iPhone 7 rear shell in rose gold finish and a Rose Gold iPhone 6s. Read More

 

ThinCharge for iPhone review: an extremely slim battery case with a few big caveats

By Cody Lee on Jul 21, 2016

A lot of manufacturers like to claim they make “thin” iPhone battery cases, but it’s really just a marketing gimmick. I’ve tried dozens of iPhone cases with built-in battery packs over the years, and despite having words like “ultra-slim” and “air” in their branding, most of them were still far too bulky to carry on a daily basis.

Enter the ThinCharge case by ChargeTech. The company sells the case as the “thinnest iPhone 6/6s battery case on the market,” and I have to say they might be right. I’ve been using the case on and off for the past several weeks, and I can confidently say that this is—by far—the thinnest iPhone battery case I’ve ever tried.

How thin are we talking? Well the case itself measures just 11mm thick. So if you consider that the iPhone 6s is 7.1mm thick, then the ThinCharge is only adding around 3.9mm of thickness, which is super impressive. Additionally, there’s no ugly chin to be found down around the Lightning port, like on most other cases.

Having said all of this, the ThinCharge is no where near perfect. I ran into multiple issues during my testing, including slow charging rates for both the case and my iPhone, as well as a finicky cover over the charging port and other annoyances. So is the thinness of the case worth these caveats? Read on for my full review. Read More

 

Apple posts two new ‘Shot on iPhone’ videos showcasing camera capabilities

By Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2016

Following up the two clips it released earlier this week, Apple on Tuesday posted another pair of new ‘Shot on iPhone’ videos to its YouTube channel. The new ads follow the now-familiar structure with 15-second runtimes and catchy soundtracks paired with engaging footage.

The first video, shot by Robert S. in Bregenz, Austria, shows a first-person view of Robert zip-lining. The second video has more of an artsy vibe. Shot by Mark Z. in Manhattan, New York, it features a young woman with her hair flowing in the wind, captured using slow motion. Read More