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How To Preorder iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Tonight

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At 12:01am PDT tonight, the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will go on sale for pre-orders. Both of these products were announced at a special event yesterday with fresh internals and an upgraded design. If you are considering pre-ordering, here is what you need to know.

How to Pre-order

The pre-order event starts at 12:01am PDT (or 3:01am for those of us on the East coast.) You can pre-order the iPhone 7 directly on Apple’s website, on your carrier’s website, or online/in store at Best Buy and other retailers at this time. The phone will then be shipped out for delivery on Friday, September 16th or later depending on stock. Typically iPhones sell out quickly and shipping slips to one week, two weeks, or even four weeks after release date. Your best bet is to go to bed late/wake up early and order your phone the second it is available for pre-order.

Tip: Plan multiple ways to purchase in case one supplier sells out or the website goes down. Apple is pretty great at pre-orders but they have been known to have problems in the past with pre-orders.

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Colors, Storage, and Pricing Options

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come in five colors: rose gold, gold, silver, black, and jet black. Jet black is limited to the 128GB and 256GB storage sizes though, via Apple.

The phone comes in five colors with varying amounts of storage. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come in jet black, black, silver, gold, and rose gold and storage capacities of 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The jet black iPhone is limited to only the 128GB and 256GB sizes though.

The price of the new iPhones depends upon how to plan to pay for it. The iPhone 6 in any of the four colors with 32GB of storage starts at $649 for full retail price. To lower this cost, the phone can be purchased with a two-year contract at $199, with installments of $27.04/month for 24 months, or part of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program for $32.41/month. The Upgrade Program includes AppleCare+ as part of the price. Any phones purchased from Apple’s website are unlocked, though they may be tied to a contract for a specific carrier. This means that after the iPhone is paid off, it can be used on any carrier without going through an unlocking process.

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Pricing options for an iPhone 7 with 32GB, via Apple.

The iPhone Upgrade Program is available to qualified customers in the United States, China, and the United Kingdom with a credit check and U.S. credit card. There is no interest on iPhones purchased on the plan or with installments. Sales tax of the full retail price, though, must be paid at time of purchase.

If the iPhone 7 is not purchased with the iPhone Upgrade Program, AppleCare+ can be bought alongside the phone or within 60 days of purchase. It is available for $129 and extends the hardware/software repair coverage for two years with up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage. Each incident is subject to a $99 service fee or $29 for screen damage. It covers the iPhone, battery, included accessories, and software support. This service includes the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as well.

Tip: Favorite the iPhone you plan to pre-order now so it is faster to order when you go online tonight.

 

What’s Included in the Box

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Inside the box, there are also Apple stickers, a quick guide, and fresh Foxconn air, via Apple.

Inside the box, there is the iPhone, EarPods with Lightning connector, Lightning to USB cable with 5W USB adapter, and the new Lighting to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter. The adapter can also be purchased separately for $9 if it gets lost.

 

What You Need to Pre-order

To pre-order the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, you will need your carrier information with the billing zip code and the last four of the account holder’s SSN. You may also need your personal information. If you are trading in your iPhone, it will need to be in good condition. Apple may charge an incident fee for phones that are damaged.

Tip: Check out your carrier’s website ahead of time to make sure you can pre-order. There is nothing worse than waking up at 3am only to find you cannot upgrade or you have to pay full retail price.




Apple Updates AppleCare+ Pricing, Screen Repairs Only $29

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On Wednesday, Apple announced the next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus but skipped over the new pricing for AppleCare+. The repair coverage now offers new prices for screen damage and regular damage instead of one price for all repairs. There is also new pricing for phones without AppleCare+.

AppleCare+ Pricing

AppleCare+ extends complimentary one-year warranty coverage to two years and adds two incidents of accidental damage coverage. Under the new pricing structure, the service fee for screen damage like cracked screens, touchscreen issues, and damage LCD’s is only $29. All other damage like non-charging batteries and broken buttons are subject to a $99 service fee. Previously phones, no matter the damage, had an $99 service fee but now Apple has broken it up depending on the phone’s issue. This is not just for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus; it extends the new prices to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE.

The coverage can be purchased alongside the iPhone or it can be bought within sixty days of the original purchase date of iPhone. If bought afterwards, it requires a remote diagnostic to be run for purchases online or over the phone or a physical inspection for purchases at the Apple Retail Store.

In regards to the new pricing structure for screen damage, Apple provides a few disclaimers in their fine print. First, the iPhone cannot have any other damage, like a bent or damaged enclosure, that would prevent a screen replacement. If it does, the iPhone may cost the regular price of $99 for the screen repair. The iPhone may also be repaired on-the-spot by an iPhone technician at the Apple Retail Store or at an authorized Apple repair service. If no technician is available, the iPhone may be shipped out to another store or repair service. The phone may be repaired with new or refurbished parts that have the same performance and reliability. In addition, Apple may erase your iPhone and update it to the latest software update.

Phones that are not covered by AppleCare+ also have a new pricing structure. Screen damage on the  iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6s can be repaired for $129, and $149 on the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus. For screen damage with additional damage, or any other damage, the prices vary based on the model. The iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, and iPhone SE can be repaired for $269, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s for $299, and the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus for $329. Phones that are mailed in to Apple regardless of their AppleCare+ coverage are subject to a $6.95 shipping fee.




Sept. 7th Event: Apple Announces iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

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Earlier today, Apple kicked off their first fall event by announcing a plethora of new products. They announced the rumored iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2.

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The next-generation iPhones, called ‘iPhone 7’ and ‘iPhone 7 Plus,’ were just announced. The phones looks relatively similar to the iPhone 6/6s series, but they have plenty of new features and design updates to differentiate them. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are available in a high-gloss jet black finish, a much darker space gray simply called black, and the normal gold, silver, and rose gold. The phone is also water resistant with IP67 protection standard.

As rumored, the iPhones have several new features related to the Home button, camera, headphone jack, and performance. The Home button mechanism has been replaced with force-sensitive pad. It works with the Taptic Engine to provide vibration feedback with quick actions, messages, notifications, and ringtones. It is also customizable with third-party apps. The front camera on both phones have been upgraded to 7MP (up from 5MP) and the rear cameras are staying at 12MP. The iPhone 7 has a single wide-angle 12MP camera that is 60% faster and 30% more energy efficient. The iPhone 7 Plus has two 12MP rear cameras with the first being the same as the iPhone 7’s camera and the second a telephoto camera.

In a controversial move, Apple has removed the headphone jack on their new iPhone. They have replaced it with stereo speakers that are located on the top and bottom of the iPhone. The phone will now use wireless via Bluetooth and Lightning for audio. In the box, there is a pair of Lightning-powered EarPods and a special adapter for Lightning to analog (AUX). Apple has also designed their own AirPods, which are a new version of their EarPods, except they are wireless.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are powered by the quad-core A10 Fusion processor with 6-core graphics. This allows the phone to be 40% faster than the iPhone 6s and three times faster than the iPhone 6. The battery life has also been improved with up to two extra hours.

The iPhone 7 starts at $649 (or $27/month) for 32GB and the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769 (or $32/month) for 32GB. The phones are also available in 128GB and 256GB configurations. Pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus start Friday, September 9th and the phones will be released on Friday, September 16th.

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come in five colors: rose gold, gold, silver, black, and jet black.




 

Apple Watch Series 2

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The second-generation Apple Watch was finally announced after the first version has been available for more than a year. The new Apple Watch looks identical to the first Apple Watch, but it was completely reengineered to be waterproof. Inside the watch, there is a much slimmer and brighter display and more powerful processor. The new dual-core processor is up to 50% faster with 2x the graphics. As rumored, the watch also has a built-in GPS that will measure pace, distance, and location without the iPhone.

In addition, there is a new case material available and several new models. The Apple Watch Series 2 will come in aluminum, stainless steel, and now white ceramic. The ceramic case is four times stronger than stainless steel. Apple has also partnered with Nike to design the Apple Watch Nike+ which has exclusive bands in four colors and the Nike logo on the watch.

The Apple Watch Series 2 starts at $369. Pre-orders start Friday, September 9th and the watch is released Friday, September 16th. The special Nike+ watch also starts at $369 and will be available in late October. The current Apple Watch is renamed to Apple Watch Series 1 and it has been upgraded with the new dual-core processor.

 

Other Updates

iOS 10

The next-generation software update was announced today. It comes with several features and it is available on Tuesday, September 13th.

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The next-generation software update for Apple Watch was announced today. It comes with several features and it is available on Tuesday, September 13th.

 

Additionally, Apple has announced that Pokemon GO is coming to the Apple Watch and Nintendo is bringing Mario to the iPhone sometime before the end of the year. We will have more in-depth posts about the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 in the next couple of days.

Expectations for Sept. 7th Special Event: new iPhones, Apple Watch 2, and More

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Apple’s highly anticipated fall special event is set to start tomorrow around 10am. They will be taking the stage in San Francisco to reveal many new products. While many of the designs for their products will look familiar, they are expected to set themselves up for entire product line refreshes. Here are our expectations for their event.

iPhone 7

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Fully functional iPhone 7 rear shell design, credit: Sina

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The iPhone 7 is practically guaranteed to be announced at the event on Wednesday. Rumors, leaked pictures, and specs have led us to this very moment where we know most everything about the phone. It will come in two sizes (4.7″ and 5.5″) and look similar to the iPhone 6s. The smaller 4.7″ iPhone 7 will have a single and larger rear facing camera, while the larger 5.5″ iPhone 7 Plus will have a two rear cameras. All the camera sensors will remain at 12MP, though. Both phones will have a tactile Home button that uses Force Touch to simulate the physical mechanism of a moving button. Additionally, the phones will not have the headphone jack but instead rely on Bluetooth and Lightning for audio. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will start at 32GB, be powered by the A10 processor, and have better battery capacities. In place of the headphone jack, there will be a second speaker grill which will be house an amplifier. Pre-orders are expected to begin on Friday, September 9th and the phone will either be released on Friday, September 16th or Friday, September 23rd.

 

Apple Watch 2

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Apple Watch, credit: Apple

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Leaked images and inside rumors suggest the second-generation Apple Watch will be coming at Apple’s event this week. The watch will look relatively similar to the current generation Apple Watch, except the internals will be highly upgraded. The new processor (or SoC) will be much faster and provide better battery life, the battery capacity will increase due to a thinner display, and the watch will be less dependent on the iPhone. Instead of relying on the phone to track location and speed, the watch will use the new GPS chip. It will still be dependent upon the iPhone for full functionality, though. The current Apple Watch will also be updated with the new processor and continue to be available for sale. The Apple Watch 2 is expected to be released in either September or October.




 

Software Updates

iOS 10

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All-new Music in iOS 10 from WWDC 2016

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The newest operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is also practically guaranteed to be announced. Historically, Apple announces the latest iOS at the keynote at WWDC in June and then releases it to the public in the fall. With the amount of beta versions given to developers (we are on #7 now), this shows the final version is underway and will be available to the public soon. The update brings many features to Messages; a fresh design to Music, Maps, and Photos; a new layout for widgets, the Lock screen, and Control Center; and new settings. iOS 10 will likely be released on Wednesday, September 14th.

 

watchOS 3

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The Apple Watch running watchOS 3 from Apple website

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The third-generation operating system for the Apple Watch was announced in June at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference and is expected to come out alongside iOS 10. The update brings faster apps with Background App Refresh, new watch faces that are easier to switch, fitness for those in a wheelchair, an optimized keyboard for writing letters, and a SOS feature. The SOS feature will allow the Apple Watch to automatically call for help with local emergency services and notify friends/family that you’re in need of help. Another feature will allow you to unlock your Mac when you are in close proximity to it wearing the Apple Watch. This update will likely come out on September 14th as well.

 

tvOS

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The new tvOS has a Dark Mode so the background is no longer blinding you when watching TV before bed from Apple website

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The next-generation operating system for Apple TV (4th generation) will likely be announced at tomorrow’s event. The software update brings a few features to the Apple TV like single sign-on for multiple apps that require your TV provider’s subscription credentials, a special Dark Mode (versus the current bright and all-white “Light Mode”), redesigned Music app, and more advanced search with Siri. It is expected to be released on September 14th.

 

New Accessories

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The Lightning to Headphone Jack adapter to connect to the new iPhone 7, credit: Tinhte.vn

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Apple is expected to reveal Lightning-powered EarPods, wireless headphones called ‘AirPods,’ and a few Lightning-powered headphones under their Beats by Dr. Dre brand. Also, there will be a new adapter for Lightning to headphone for those users who still have traditional headphones but plan to upgrade the headphone jack-less iPhone 7. These should come alongside the iPhone 7 or be available before the phone is released.

 

iPad Pro 2

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The rumored 10.5″ iPad Pro will fit nicely between the 9.7″ (on the left) and 12.9″ (on the right), credit: Laptop Magazine

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The second-generation iPad Pro is currently in development and may be announced at tomorrow’s Apple event. Unfortunately this is more want, then based on any fact. Rumors suggest an announcement in October, or more than likely, some time next year. The iPad Pro will have a faster display technology for smoother scrolling, panning and zooming. There will also be three models released all based on screen sizes: 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch with the smallest size offered as a low-cost option. The iPads will also have expanded support for the Apple Pencil.

 

iPad mini 5

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A collection of iPad minis from Apple website

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There have been no rumors for the fifth-generation iPad mini and the consensus is this tablet will be discontinued soon. It is very similar in size to the 5.5-inch iPhone Plus and lacks support for the new iPad Pro features.

 

Apple TV Internet Streaming Service

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Apple TV concept for Internet Streaming Service

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The Internet TV streaming service was expected to be announced alongside the Apple TV (4th generation) last year, but it was not ready yet. The service was rumored to be available for $30-$40 per month and come with about twenty-five channels from major networks. A year after the expected announcement date, the streaming service has not been made public and is likely a tabled idea. Perhaps we will see it in the future.

 

Other Updates

Apple may also follow their new tradition last year and jam pack all Mac updates into this special event, or have another event planned in October. Apple will announce macOS Sierra (the rebranding of OS X plus the new operating system name) alongside a refresh of their Mac lineup.

 

The special media event will kick off at 10am PDT, or 1pm EST, in San Fransisco and it will be live-streamed for all to watch.

How to Watch Apple’s iPhone 7 Special Event Tomorrow

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Watch Apple unveil the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 on your Mac, iPhone, or Apple TV.

Tomorrow, Apple will be hosting a special media event where they are expected to reveal the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2. Despite the similarity of the devices to their predecessors, this special event will not be an event you will want to miss. The event, as confirmed by Apple, will be live-streamed. The fun starts at 10am PDT (or 1pm for those of us on the East Coast) and ends roughly two hours later. Here is how to watch the iPhone 7 special event:

Mac/PC

To watch the event on your Mac or PC, please go to www.apple.com/live. For your Mac, it must be running at least OS X 10.8.5 with Safari 6.0.5 or later. On your PC, you must be using Microsoft Edge with Windows 10. Any other software may not be compatible with Apple’s live streaming.

 

iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

To stream the event on your iOS device, please visit www.apple.com/live. Your device is required to be running at least iOS 7. This is a slight change from the WWDC Keynote which worked on older devices running iOS 6. To see what software you have on your device, go to the Settings app, General, and About. The number next to Version should be at least by 7.0, and if so, you are all set to stream.

 

Apple TV

There is a special dedicated channel on the Apple TV called “Apple Events” that will stream the keynote when the time is ready. If your Apple TV is a 2nd or 3rd generation, it is required to be running software at least 6.2. If you have the 4th generation Apple TV, any software version will stream the event.

 

Android or any other non-Apple devices

Unfortunately, this year’s September special media event will only be streamed on Apple products with the exception of the PC. If you have an Android device and still want to catch the announcements, you can view live blogs from those in attendance or watch your Twitter feed. Using Twitter is usually the best since pictures are posted immediately and from several angles when Apple announces something new.

Analyst Sums Up Every Detail of iPhone 7 in New Report

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A few days before the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus announcement date, a new report surfaces by KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo that details everything about the iPhone 7. The processor, RAM, and storage sizes will all be upgraded, the camera, the design will be improved and there will be five colors available.

For the internal performance of the iPhone 7, Kuo suggests an upgraded A10 processor, increased RAM, and new storage tiers. The A10 processor will be a SoC (system-on-a-chip) like the Apple Watch. It will drastically increase the speed and performance of the phone. The iPhone 7 is expected to retain 2GB of RAM like the iPhone 6s, but the iPhone 7 Plus will have 3GB of RAM. Additionally, Apple is dropping the 16GB (finally!) and 64GB storage tiers. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will come in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

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Leaked SIM card tray for iPhone 7 show piano black, silver, dark black, rose gold, and gold colors.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available in five colors, but there will not a blue version this year. Apple is keeping the gold, rose gold, and silver colors for their lineup. The space gray will be replaced by two colors: a darker space gray that may be called ‘dark black’ and a glossy black called ‘piano black.’ SIM card trays for the new colors were leaked this past week. The glossy black one reminds me of the iPhone 3G. Perhaps Apple is preparing us for the tenth anniversary of iPhone next year by going back to one of the first iPhone colors.

There will also be upgrades in the display for the new iPhones and their sensors. While the screen sizes and resolutions will remain the same, the displays will render wide-color imagery like the iPad Pro 9.7″. The proximity sensor, which causes the screen to go black and the touchscreen to shut off when on a phone call, will switch to a laser. This will allow the sensor to be more accurate and faster with longer recognition distances. It will also support hand-waving gestures.

As rumored, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have rear camera upgrades. Both camera sensors will still be 12MP, but the aperture and lens size will increase. The iPhone 7 Plus will also have a second camera that will increase the image quality. One of the cameras will be a wide-angle camera while the other will be a telephoto camera and they will both use optical zoom. Also, the new phones will have optical image stabilization, which was previously only available on the Plus series. There is a new flash near the camera that will house four LED lights (two cool and two warm) for a better True Tone flash.

The report continues with Apple’s plans for removing the headphone jack. This will create extra space in the phone which Apple plans to fill with a better Force Touch recognition system and an amplifier. The phone will appear to have a dual speaker system with two sets of speaker grills, but there will only be one speaker. The amplifier will carry music from the main speaker out both grills.




Apple will include new Lightning-powered EarPods in every box along with a Lightning to Headphone Jack adapter. This will allow those with normal headphones to connect them to the new iPhone 7.

Finally, Kuo concludes with the long-rumored waterproof capabilities of the iPhone. The iPhone 7 will be waterproof with an IPX7 rating, which means the phone can be submerged in up to one meter of water for thirty minutes. This is same rating the Apple Watch has.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be announced on Wednesday at a confirmed special event. Pre-orders for the phones is expected to start on Friday, September 9th and then they will be released on either Friday, September 16th or September 23rd.

via 9to5Mac

Apple Regulatory Filing Shows ‘AirPods’ and Two New iPhone Models

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While the best confirmation of rumors is an actual announcement by Apple, the next best thing is official paperwork filed by the company. A new document was leaked this week that shows Apple’s regulatory filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). The document reveals new wireless headphones, two new iPhone models, and ten new Apple Watch models.

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Regulatory filings indicate new wireless headphones called ‘EarPods,’ two iPhone models, and ten Apple Watch models. Credit: AppleInsider

Apple filed the paperwork earlier last week, but the Russian website Mobiltelefon.ru (via AppleInsider) did not discover it until this week. The documents were filed with the EEC, which is the main regulatory body for Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. They filed for certification with wireless headphones called “AirPods,” two iPhones with model numbers A1784 and A1778, and three sets of Apple Watch models for a total of ten.

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Concept for AirPods, credit: Miroslav Majdak

“AirPods” is likely the name Apple has chosen for their rumored wireless EarPods. Since the iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack, the phone will rely on Bluetooth and its Lightning port for audio. Apple is rumored to be working on two sets of headphones under their name (versus until their Beats by Dr. Dre brand). The first will connect with Bluetooth, which are likely the registered “AirPods,” while the other will connect with Lightning. Apple will include one of them in the box and list the other for sale. Rumors have gone back and forth as to which one goes where, though.

Apple has also registered two new iPhone model numbers, A1784 and A1778. These will correspond to the iPhone 7 models, with one for the iPhone 7 and the other for the iPhone 7 Plus. This confirms that only two models will be announced, not three as previously rumored. The model numbers also follow Apple’s system with “A” as their identifier and first two numbers indicating the year of announcement. While they do not correspond to the numbered year (i.e. 16 for 2016), all devices released have the same number. The iPhone SE, for example, was launched in spring 2016 and its model number starts with “A17.” Additionally, the registered numbers do not correspond to any current iPhone generation.




Finally, the document indicates three groups of Apple Watch models for a total of ten. This could correlate to the three Apple Watch versions: Sport, stainless steel, and Edition. Two of the versions will be updated with four new models, while the other version will only have two new models. Apple is likely not expanding the $10K+ Edition with four new watches, so these are meant for the Sport and stainless steel versions. The company is expected to re-introduce the first-generation Apple Watch with an improved processor and a second-generation model with a GPS, barometer, and better battery next week.

Apple’s Sept. 7 Event Invitation Hints at New Cameras & Colors for iPhone 7

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For the past several events, Apple has hidden clues about what they will announce in their invitations. They use subtle word play and specific images that are related to their upcoming announcements. For example, the September 2013 invitation said “this should brighten everyone’s day” which was referring the bright colors of the new iPhone 5c. In their September 2014 invitation, a shadow was created with the leaf of the Apple logo similar to a sundial. Unexpectedly, they announced the Apple Watch. This year’s event invitation is no different and I have a few ideas what Apple is hinting towards.

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Looking at the lights and words written, Apple is likely hinting towards the camera upgrades on the iPhone 7. The out of focus lights show a rough image of the Apple logo; however, the event invitation says it will see us. If something is blurry and out of focus, there is not much seeing going on. The best way to see something out of focus is to refocus or to use a better camera. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are both rumored to have a larger rear camera. While the specifications of this new camera have not been leaked, the overall size will be visibly larger. It will also be located much closer to the left edge like on the iPod touch. Additionally, the iPhone 7 Plus will have a second rear camera. It will allow the phone to have better clarity that increase picture quality.

The play on words also hints towards the iPhone 7 having the name of ‘iPhone 7’ and not ‘iPhone 6 SE.’ Despite my great case for the phone’s name to retain the ‘6’ number, Apple appears to be moving on to ‘7.’ The event invitation says Apple will see us on the 7th, which obviously points towards the 7th of September. Using the logic above, though, the ‘see’ is likely referring to the new iPhone’s cameras and the ‘7th’ could also refer to the 7th iPhone. Not necessarily the 7th generation since we already passed that, but the 7th design of iPhone. Apple will see all of us (the world) on the 7th iPhone. It is very likely since all the Apple executives may already be using the iPhone 7.




Finally, the event invitation is very similar to the September 2013 invitation when Apple announced the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Although this was not discovered until afterwards, many of the colored circles stood for the color lineup for the iPhone 5c. The other circles stood for the new colorful interface of iOS 7 and the white circles outline in gray were for the iPhone 5s’ new Touch ID Home button. It was significant since it was the first iPhone generation with a black Home button. Considering the afterthoughts of the Sept. 2013 invitation compared to this one, there are multiple circles that could be matched up the rumored colors of the iPhone 7’s lineup. There are rose gold, gold, silver, and space gray circles. There are also a few blue and and darker black ones. While the deep blue circle maybe more based on hope than fact, the space black circle is separated off to the side. This cannot be a coincidence since this is the exact color which is rumored. Apple could be saying ‘there’s one additional color this year.’ Also, the other colors match well with the colors of iOS 10 like the centered orange circle for the new Home app.

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Some of the colored circles may hint at colors of the iPhone 7, while others may be for the apps with iOS 10.

Whenever an Apple event invitation is released, I enjoy deciphering the clues that Apple has hidden with their use of words and images. This year looks to confirm the iPhone 7 name, upgraded cameras, and new color lineup for the phone. In addition, the phone is expected to look similar to the iPhone 6s without a headphone jack. It will have internal upgrades as well with the more efficient A10 processor and 32GB minimum storage size. This year’s event will take place on September 7th at 10am PDT (or 1pm EST.)

Apple Announces Special Event on September 7th for New iPhones

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Apple just confirmed the rumored special event planned for September 7th. It will be held at 10am PT (or 1pm ET) at the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Fransisco. The company is expected to announce the iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2, and release date for iOS 10. Also, the event will live-streamed; mark your calendars here.

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Apple just announced their next special media event, which will take place on September 7th at 10am PT.

The iPhone 7 is expected to have a similar design to the iPhone 6s sans the headphone jack. Like its predecessor, the phone will have a curved aluminum rear shell that transitions to a curved front glass display. The antenna lines on the back will be limited to the top and bottom edges, the rear camera will be larger and closer to the left side, and the Home button will be upgraded from a physical button to a tactile button.  There will only be one rear camera on the iPhone 7, but the iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual rear camera system. The physical Home button on both phones will be removed in favor of a tactile button that uses haptic feedback like the 3D Touch display on the iPhone 6s. With a press, it will simulate the sensation of pressing a button, but the mechanism will not move. This increases the water resistance of the iPhone since there are less gaps for water to seep into.

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Dummy units for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, credit:

Additionally, the iPhone is rumored to come in new storage sizes and colors. Apple is finally dropping the 16GB storage size for the entry-level model. Instead, the iPhone 7 will start at 32GB and may have storage options up to 256GB. The iPhone will come in rose gold, gold, silver, space gray, and a new darker space gray perhaps called ‘space black.’ The phone may also come in a deep blue color similar to the 6th generation iPod touch. The phone should be available for sale on either September 16th or 23rd, with pre-orders starting September 9th.

In the absence of the headphone jack, the iPhone will rely on Bluetooth and its Lightning port for audio. Apple is expected to include a special adapter in the box for regular wired headphones. Pictures of the adapter were leaked and look similar to the 30-pin-to-Lightning adapter that was for sale when the iPhone 5 was released. The company may also include a special version of EarPods that are wireless and release new Lightning-powered EarPods.

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The Apple Watch 2 will look similar to the current Apple Watch will a better processor and larger battery.

Apple is also expected to announce the second-generation Apple Watch. The watch will look similar to the first-generation, but it will have a larger battery, more powerful processor, and GPS. The new watch is still going to be dependent on the iPhone, but it will use GPS to track distance and speed. The current Apple Watch is tethered to the iPhone for the majority of its functions, including tracking location. The Apple Watch may come out in either September or October.

Finally, Apple will announce the release date for the new iOS 10 software update. It comes with many new features like an updated look to the Lock screen, Notification Center, and Messages. It also has many more functions for 3D Touch.

Apple Releases iOS 9.3.5 with Important Security Updates

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On Thursday, Apple released another (and likely the last) update to iOS 9 that fixes a few serious security exploits. According to the New York Times, the exploits where found by NSO Group and it exposes contacts, calls, texts, and emails without first unlocking the device. The update is available for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models that are running iOS 9. This update is likely the last of its kind for iOS 9 since Apple is planning to release their next-generation software, iOS 10, next month. This update brings a great refresh with updates in Messages, Notification Center, Photos, and more.

ios 9.3.5

The iOS 9.3.5 update is highly recommended and can be installed over-the-air or through iTunes. Here’s how to update your phone.

Note: only devices already running iOS 9 can update to iOS 9.3.5.

Over-the-Air

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to General
  3. Go to Software Update
  4. Tap Download and Install

Your device must be connected to Wi-Fi and have at least 50% battery power/be plugged in.

 

iTunes

  1. Plug in your device to your PC or Mac
  2. Open iTunes
  3. Click on your device
  4. Open Summary tab
  5. Click Check for Update

iTunes will now download the update and install on your device.

 

This update is relatively small therefore it should only take a few minutes to download and install. It is recommended for all users to update their devices.