iPhone


ON: BY: Christopher Hannah

Gordon Kelly, writing for Forbes:

The consistently reliable site reports further iPhone 8 problems exist with the integration of Touch ID into the display, the supply of OLED for the display itself and operation of the new front facing “3D sensor” camera - which will bring unlocking via facial recognition.

In fact these problems are reported to be so severe that several of the functions will not be available when the phone launches, forcing Apple to enable them later via a software update...

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“By all accounts, it’s late in the game for Apple to be wrestling with problems as big as those described above,” concludes Fast Company and that’s certainly true. With mass manufacturing usually starting three months prior to release (and a September unveiling locked in stone) solutions are needed, and quickly.

I'm not sure if they just needed to get an article out about the future iPhone 8, but in my opinion it's a load of rubbish.

Sure, Gruber also said that the charging feature may be sold separately, or just released with a later version of iOS. But it's not a real problem, that warrants writing about a "serious problem". The device isn't even announced yet, let along being released.

I'm really not a fan of rumour posts, and normally I'd just ignore it, but this if Forbes! I would of thought they'd had better things to write about.

ON: BY: Christopher Hannah

I had my third experience triggering Emergency SOS on my Apple Watch this morning, but this one was the most annoying.

If you haven't heard of it, then iMore has a good guide on what it is and how to set it up. But basically, it's something that when triggered, will start beeping loudly while it counts down from 10, and when finished it will call your local emergency services, and share your location with a rather urgent message to your emergency contacts.

To be honest, it sounds really useful. Not something that would get used 99.9% of the time, but it's nice to know it's there if you need it. However the action to trigger it, is by holding down the buttons on your watch. Which I believe, is a terrible idea.

As I mentioned before, I've accidentally triggered this a few times. I was pretty sure that I saw somewhere that the latest betas had an issue with cancelling it, I'm not sure if this is still true, but nothing I did stopped everything from happening. So my watch beeped loudly on the train for 10 seconds, the (not so equal to 911) emergency services were dialled, and my location was shared with a few people. All because I was leaning on my wrist in a weird way when trying to get off the train.

It's a nice feature, and is vital to someone in an emergency. But it should be harder to trigger.

ON: BY: Christopher Hannah

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:

iPhones that have undergone any third-party screen repair now qualify for warranty coverage, as long as the issue being fixed does not relate to the display itself, according to an internal memo distributed by Apple today. MacRumors confirmed the memo's authenticity with multiple sources.

Finally, this should of been the case since the start.

Read the full article on MacRumors

ON: BY: Christopher Hannah

Rene Ritchie along with Serenity Caldwell, has put together a quick video review of the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

When Serenity Caldwell and I took a look at how we wanted to shoot our iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus review video, we new we couldn't just spout the specs in a room or street set. We had to take to the streets. So, we took the iPhones 7 out and shot with the new wide angle and telephoto cameras, tested the new water resistance, abused the better battery efficiency, tried out the new Home button, and otherwise put them both through their paces and then some — on the streets of New York City!

I don't really ever get around to reading long reviews, so this video was perfect.

If there's one iPhone review you're going to watch, make sure it's this one. Either watch it below, or follow this link to YouTube.

ON: BY: Christopher Hannah

Just so I can have it "in writing" if they turn out to be correct.

As I mentioned on Twitter, the dates for the next iPhone (probably iPhone 7):

  • Announcement: 7th September
  • Pre-Order: 9th September
  • Launch: 16th September
  • Launch: 16th/23rd September (Updated: 20th August)
ON: BY: Christopher Hannah

9To5Mac have shared a few 3D renders of what a potential iPhone 7 would look like in Space Black. This comes after the previous rumours about a Deep Blue colour being added, but the same source has since reported that it was mistaken for a darker grey/black option.

The renders show an iPhone 7 in a dark, Space Black colour option. The antenna lines have also been redesigned in the renders, as has been rumoured will happen, while the camera module is also larger.

I absolutely love the idea of having at least a near-black iPhone again, Space Grey just isn't dark enough for me. It also adds more reason for a dark theme in iOS!

I also wish that this Space Black colour (if it would be called that), be added to their range of MacBooks, as I'm a strong admirer of the BlackBook.

The renders were done by Martin Hajek, and you can find loads more on his blog.