iPhone 7 Plus teardown: 3GB of RAM, faux speaker grille, bigger battery & more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2016

Repair wizards over at iFixit flew out to Japan to obtain their iPhone 7 Plus (in Rose Gold), performing their ritual teardown dance which has helped confirm what we’ve been suspecting all along: that a second grille at the bottom doesn’t house a second speaker.

Other interesting observations gleaned from peeking under the hood of the iPhone 7 Plus include a replaceable Home button, a lot bigger Taptic Engine than in the iPhone 6s, a bigger 2,900 mAh battery, dust and water-proofing measures and other tidbits. Read More

 

7 screen protectors for your new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

By Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2016

If you pre-ordered the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, or are hoping to score one in-store during launch weekend, you’re going to want to start thinking about accessories. We’ve already recommended some good cases and Bluetooth headphones, and now it’s time to talk about screen protectors.

Despite its largely familiar design, the iPhone 7 features a few tiny changes (wider earpiece, for example) that likely mean your iPhone 6 and 6s screen protectors won’t fit properly. But never fear, we’ve rounded up some great, inexpensive options to help keep your screen scratch-free. Read More

 

Apple’s free app of the week: Super Phantom Cat

By Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2016

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Super Phantom Cat. This means that for the next 7 days, you can download this popular retro platformer for both iPhone and iPad for free—a solid savings of $2.

This charming side scroller is beloved for its beautiful retro graphics and whimsical character design, retro styling, and easy Mario-esque controls. It also features an awesome chip tune soundtrack, unlockable characters, and bonus levels. Read More

 

iPhone 7’s second grille at the bottom is for the mic, not a second speaker

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2016

One of the smaller but no less important features included in both new iPhone 7 models is an entirely new and “immersive” stereo speaker system that Apples claims provides twice the sound. Risking to be chastised in comments for bringing this up, I do feel we need to clear up the confusion and reiterate that a second speaker grille at the bottom of the phone does not actually house a speaker and is there purely for cosmetic reasons. Read More

 

Motorola is telling supposed real-life iPhone loyalists to “Skip the Sevens”

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2016

Remember Motorola? Yes, they’re still in the business and some of the handsets they make come with cool features, like quick customization modules that snap onto a phone using integrated magnets to add features like powerful speakers, external battery packs and so forth. It also made the first Android handset with a special low-power chip which made possible an always-listening “OK Google” mode.

With the iPhone 7 sales about to kick off, the Lenovo-owned company is now telling customers to “skip the sevens” and has produced a video in which supposedly genuine Apple fans express their disappointment with incremental iPhone 7 improvements like “a little better camera” and “a little faster processor”.

What happens next is a typical marketing crap. Read More

 

Oz: Broken Kingdom, an RPG game demoed at iPhone 7 keynote, just hit the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2016

At each iPhone introduction, Apple would usually invite one or more game developers on stage to demonstrate titles which show off the power of its latest chips. This month’s iPhone 7 introduction was no exception. To showcase what’s possible with the new A10 Fusion chip, Apple invited This Game Studio co-founder Heather Price on stage to show off a mobile game called Oz: Broken Kingdom, which just launched in the App Store as a freemium download.

A new take on Oz, Broken Kingdom sports crisp and detailed Metal-driven graphics that take full advantage of the A10 Fusion chip, although it supports older devices as well. Read More

 

Here’s a new “Meet the new Home Button” step in iOS 10 installer on iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2016

With less than 24 hours left until first iPhone 7 shipments start hitting customers’ doorsteps, YouTuber Marques Brownlee has put together a nice unboxing video featuring both new black options for the device, a supper glossy variant called Jet Black and its matte counterpart, referred to by Apple as simply Black.

The video offers interesting observations regarding the RAM, CPU performance, non-moving Home button and a new “Choose Your Click” Home button option. Read More

 

How to prepare for your iPhone 7

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 15, 2016

Many anxious Apple customers are anticipating their new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus handsets and are scheduled to receive them as early as this Friday.

Some customers are dealing with shipping times extending as far out into the future as October or November, but regardless of how long you’ll be waiting, everyone who bought an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus has one thing in common: we should all be preparing for the day when it arrives. Read More

 

Apple: iPhone 7 launch supply very limited, Plus and Jet Black models sold out

By Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2016

Apple late Wednesday night issued a statement to several news outlets regarding launch day supply of its new iPhone 7. We’ve got the full text below, but the gist of it is that it doesn’t sound like you’ll be able to walk into an Apple store on Friday and buy an iPhone 7 Plus or any model in the new Jet Black colorway. Read More

 

MKBHD unboxes iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

By Cody Lee on Sep 14, 2016

Popular YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee, known by many as MKBHD, has posted an unboxing video for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The 5 minute clip offers an up-close look at both handsets, in Black and Jet Black respectively, as well as the design and contents of their packaging. Check it out below. Read More

 

iOS 10 gains convenient cellular data shortcut with a little help from 3D Touch

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2016

iOS 10 takes 3D Touch, a pressure sensing technology which debuted a year ago on the iPhone 6s, to plenty new places throughout the operating system. With 3D Touch, you can clear all notifications in one fell swoop, rename folders quickly, prioritize downloads, interact with notifications and more.

You also get useful 3D Touch shortcuts upon pressing app icons in Control Center (sadly, 3D-touching Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles does nothing).

Worse, Control Center continues to inexplicably lack a dedicated cellular data toggle. But worry not, as Apple has found a way to slip in that sought-after cellular data shortcut with a little help from 3D Touch. Read More

 

YouTube for iPhone picks up 3D Touch shortcuts

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2016

To say that YouTube, one of my favorite mobile apps from Google, has poor 3D touch support would be an understatement: it’s been now a full year since the iPhone 6s introduced the world to 3D Touch and yet support for the technology is literally non-existent in YouTube for iOS.

Conveniently ahead of the iPhone 7’s arrival, Google yesterday moved to assuage some of the concerns of users who have been craving for 3D Touch in the app, releasing a small update which enables some interesting shortcuts on the Home screen. Read More

 

WhatsApp rolls out its iOS 10 update with Phone/Siri support & more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2016

WhatsApp is one of the showcase apps for CallKit, Apple’s new framework allowing VoIP calls to integrate with iOS 10’s Phone app and behave like cellular calls. Today, WhatsApp has rolled out its anticipated update which enables integration with Phone and Siri on iOS 10 while bringing out half a dozen other features and improvements like forwarding multiple chats at once, a new iOS 10 widget that lets you go to a recent WhatsApp chat or see which chats have unread messages, and more. Read More

 

Poll: Did you update to iOS 10?

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 14, 2016

Apple officially launched iOS 10 to the hands of the public this week with more than 100 new features for iPhone and iPad users.

It looks like an exciting update, but we know some people are still wary of updating this early in the game. So to find out where you stand, we’ve launched another poll you can participate in. Read More

 

Twelve South launches updated HiRise 2 stand for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2016

Twelve South designs some of the finest premium accessories built exclusively for Apple devices. The HiRise, its versatile charging stand for the iPhone and iPad, was updated today with refreshed design and some engineering changes to allow for new features.

The HiRise 2, a new version of the original charging stand, sports refined design, comes in two new colors, has reduced footprint and boasts increased stability with larger iOS devices. Read More

 

Watch Apple’s iPhone 7 ad highlighting dual cameras, water resistance & more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2016

Apple ahead of the iPhone 7’s arrival on Friday began airing a new commercial which highlights various signature features of the device, such as water resistance, dual cameras, stereo sound and more. The advertisement ditches Apple’s typically light concept with upbeat soundtrack in favor of an unusually dark-theme styled ad without narration, but it’s still cool to watch. Read More

 

How to view song lyrics in the Music app in iOS 10

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 14, 2016

Before iOS 10, the only way you could see lyrics from your Music app on your iPhone or iPad was to manually add the lyrics with iTunes.

iOS 10’s redesigned Apple Music app, on the other hand, is much more intuitive and lets you view the lyrics of songs you play with the tap of a button. Read More

 

100+ new iPhone and iPad features in iOS 10

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 13, 2016

iOS 10 is here and it’s a massive, easily the most significant update to the mobile operating system powering the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 10 packs in important new core technologies like Differential Privacy, plus a bunch of improvements across most stock apps.

Apple has opened up additional aspects of iOS to developers, turning Siri, Phone, Messages and Maps into extensible software platforms in their own right. It also fixes a number of pain points, makes expanded use of 3D Touch and haptic feedback and completes Apple’s overhaul of iOS, that began with iOS 7, with its refined look and subtle design changes.

There’s a lot to look forward to in iOS 10 and this massive roundup is our attempt at giving you guys a comprehensive overview of the more than a hundred new capabilities and enhancements that you’re going to fall in love with. Read More

 

15 iMessage apps and sticker packs to download on iOS 10

By Cody Lee on Sep 13, 2016

One of the headlining features in the just-released iOS 10 update is the new Messages app. It now includes support for iMessage animations, sketches, enhanced emoji, and third-party apps and sticker packs.

As such, there has been a number of app updates and new releases today with a focus on the new iMessage platform. And we thought it’d be handy for our readers if we rounded up 15 of our favorite downloads.  Read More

 

How to disable ‘Press Home to Unlock’ on iOS 10

By Sébastien Page on Sep 13, 2016

iOS 10 has introduced a new way of unlocking Touch ID-capable devices, now requiring you to press the Home button to unlock the device and get to the Home screen. This, coupled with the new Raise to Wake feature can make for a nicer experience, but like every new interaction, it can be confusing, annoying, or just hard to break the habit.

Users who don’t like this new ‘Press Home to Unlock’ feature will be happy to learn that there is a way to turn this off and take things back to the way they were before iOS 10.  Read More