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Apple set to release three new iPhones

Apple set to release three new iPhones

Apple is rumoured to be releasing 3 new iPhones later this year, the iPhone 7S, 7S Plus and a tenth anniversary iPhone 8. While the 7S and 7S Plus will be the updated versions of the current iPhone 7, the third new iPhone will supposedly showcase the latest smartphone technology. Considering the 10th anniversary of the Apple iPhone is coming up this year, we’re not surprised that Apple has been holding back some major updates and improvements for the iPhone 8.

Apple set to release three new iPhones

Design

With glass bodies becoming a huge trend in 2017 devices, it’s been suggested that the Apple iPhone 8 will have the appearance of a ‘glass sheet’, taking Apple’s premium designs to a whole new level. It’s also likely that the display will be edge-to-edge, to rival with Samsung’s new handsets. Further design changes include the removal of the traditional home button, which may be replaced with a touch-sensitive digital button.

“This year, Apple will use OLED display only in its premium handset, which will offer a high screen-to-body ratio without the iconic home button,” wrote Nikkei’s Debby Wu, citing two industry sources.

The iPhone 8 is rumoured to sport a OLED display, while the 7S and 7S Plus on the other hand are set to continue the liquid crystal displays until Autumn 2018 when they too will be upgraded. Unfortunately for Apple fans, the shift to an OLED display is only going to increase the price of the next iPhone. Using OLED (organic light emitting diode) will cost Apple twice as much as using regular LCD panels giving the iPhone 8 potential for the being the most expensive iPhone yet.

iPhone 8 features

Most awaited however are the whispers that the new iPhone will feature a “revolutionary” 3D camera system that could be used for 3D selfies and facial recognition. Further rumours include an Iris scanner as seen in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, that will use eye-scanning technology to allow iPhone users to unlock their phone just by looking at it. Final rumours suggest that the iPhone 8 will be designed with a variety of wireless charging options.

Feature Overview

  • 5.8″ OLED display
  • Faster A11 processor
  • Glass body
  • Edge-to-edge display
  • Camera and Touch ID integrated in display
  • No Home button
  • Facial recognition technology
  • Wireless and fast charging
  • Three models – One OLED, two standard
  • 64GB/128GB/256GB

iPhone 8 pricing and release date

As always, it’s likely Apple will keep up with tradition and release the new iPhone/s in September this year, however there could be a delay until October.

Apple Siri Smart Speaker Rumours

Apple Siri Smart Speaker Rumours

Rumour has it, Apple will be releasing a Siri Smart Speaker to compete with Amazon’s Alexa-enabled Echo speaker and the Google Home Speaker. It’s expected that the new iOS device will be announced at the WWDC (Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference). The 2017 conference will be held from June 5th – 9th.

WWDC

Apparently the new device will use Siri as a voice interface to stream music, control HomeKit, report weather and news and even perform Web searches. The HomeKit feature of the Speaker would include the ability to control smart home accessories like lights, locks, and curtains all through voice activation. It’s also believed that the new speaker will carry some form of Beats technology, unsurprisingly after Apple bought head-phone maker Beats electronics for $3bn back in 2014.

Image result for beats technology

Apple Maps integration is also a possibility, which Apple is considering so Siri could alert you exactly when to leave the house for an appointment. Finally, it’s rumoured that the device will also feature facial recognition after Apple’s acquisition of Faceshit and Emotient, which may help the device act based on who is in a room or by your emotional state. The Siri Smart Speaker would notably be the first new piece of Apple hardware introduced since the Apple Watch and we can only hope Apple will go ahead with the release and combine Beats renowned audio capabilities with your own personal assistant.

Limited Edition Product Red Apple iPhone

Limited Edition Product Red Apple iPhone

To celebrate it’s 10 year partnership with RED – the organisation that fights for a HIV/AIDS‑free generation by creating (PRODUCT)RED merchandise, Apple has released a vibrant red version of it’s flagships, the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. For every red iPhone sold, a percentage of gross profits will go to the Global Fund to help fund AIDS programmes in Africa.

Special Edition iPhone

The Global Fund uses the money solely for the programmes with no overheads taken out. The programmes include counselling, testing and medicine that prevents the transmission of HIV from a mother to her unborn child. So far, RED has generated $456 million to support The Global Fund, with Apple’s current contribution at more than $130 million since it’s partnership in 2007.

Spec overview

iPhone 7

  • 4.7″ Display
  • A10 Fusion Chip
  • 12MP Rear Camera
  • 7MP FaceTime Camera
  • 4K Video
  • Touch ID
  • Splash, water and dust resistant
iPhone 7 Plus

    • 5.5″ Display
    • A10 Fusion Chip
    • 12MP Rear Camera*
    • 7MP FaceTime Camera
    • 4K video
    • Touch ID
    • Splash, water and dust resistant

We offer the Limited edition Red iPhone on the EE network, please get in touch if you are interested via email: sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352.

Top 5 iPhone 7 Plus Camera Tricks

Iphone 7 Plus Camera

1) Snap in portrait mode

Portrait Mode is a new camera option, exclusively for the iPhone 7 Plus. Portrait Mode is accessed, like Photo, Video, Slo-Mo and the rest, via the rotating swipe menu at the bottom of the Camera app interface. Swipe left one step in the rotating menu so that Portrait is highlighted in yellow.

2) … Without doubling up

When you click a Portrait shot, iOS saves a normal version of the photo, in case you don’t like the Portrait mode photo. Although this can be helpful, it also means you’re using double the storage space for a single image. To avoid this, you can go into “Settings” -> “Photo & Camera” and disable “Keep Normal Photo” from under the Portrait Mode section.

3) Shoot in 4K

4K screens have four times the number of pixels compared to HD screens and offer twice the resolution, making for pretty impressive viewing. Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus offer 4K video recording, however it’s not turned on by default. If you’re in good lighting and want to film a special occasion, we highly recommend you switch to 4K – but not all the time(!) 4K videos can take up a lot of storage. To do so, head to your Settings, go to “Photo and Camera”. From “Record Video” option, switch to “4k at 30 fps“.

4) Lock your lens while recording

Now that the iPhone 7 Plus has a zoom lens, there’s a new setting available to lock the lens when recording a video. This means the zoom won’t re-adjust itself every time there’s a flickering image or a light issue. You can find the “Lock Camera Lens” option in the same “Record Video” section.

5) Optical Zoom

The iPhone 7 Plus offers 2x optical zoom, thanks to the secondary telephoto lens at the back. To activate it, all you have to do is tap on the “2x” button above the shutter key. You can also swipe around to go from 1x to 10x, for finer control. Anything above 2x is software zoom.

New Apple iPhone 8 Rumours

New Apple iPhone 8 Rumours

With the 10th anniversary of the Apple iPhone coming up this year, it’s expected that Apple has been holding back some major updates and improvements for the iPhone 8. In fact, rumours have suggested Apple will be releasing 3 devices to celebrate the decade of iPhones – the flagship iPhone 8, the iPhone 7S and the iPhone 7S Plus.

iPhone 8 design

With glass bodies becoming a huge trend in 2017 devices, it’s been suggested that the Apple iPhone 8 will have the appearance of a ‘glass sheet’, taking Apple’s premium designs to a whole new level. It’s also likely that the display will be edge-to-edge, to rival with Samsung’s new handsets. Further design changes include the removal of the traditional home button, which may be replaced with a touch-sensitive digital button.Apple iPhone 8

iPhone 8 features

Most awaited however are the whispers that the new iPhone will feature a “revolutionary” 3D camera system that could be used for 3D selfies and facial recognition. Further rumours include an Iris scanner as seen in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, that will use eye-scanning technology to allow iPhone users to unlock their phone just by looking at it. Final rumours suggest that the iPhone 8 will be designed with a variety of wireless charging options.

iPhone 8 pricing and release date

As always, it’s likely Apple will keep up with tradition and release the new iPhone/s in September this year. However, it has also been rumoured that the iPhone 8 will be the most expensive Apple device yet – so hopefully Apple pulls through on many of the suggested new  features to match the value with the price tag.

How to use Apple ‘Bedtime’

How to use Apple ‘Bedtime’

Apple ‘Bedtime’ was introduced in iOS 10 to offer you helpful alerts and reminders pre-bedtime to let you know it’s time to un-wind and get to sleep on time. Alongside reminders, Bedtime keep’s track of your sleeping habits. The new Bedtime alarm can be found and adjusted via the native clock app where you’d normally go to set your alarm.

Getting set up

Tap Bedtime, select Get Started

Open the Clock App > Tap the Bedtime tab > Tap Get Started

Choose your time, days of the week, and sleep hours

Select your desired wake-up time and tap Next > Select which days of the week your alarm should go off and tap Next > Choose how many hours of sleep you want and tap Next >

Choose alert time, wake up sound, and save

Choose when you would like your Bedtime Reminder and tap Next > Select your wake-up sound and tap Next > Hit Save in the upper right corner of the screen >

Once set up, you can change your settings by heading back to the Clock app > Bedtime tab > then tap Options in the upper left corner of your screen. Here you can adjust days of the week, your bedtime reminder, wake-up sound, or volume of said wake-up sound. You can also drag the moon icon to change your bedtime, and the bell icon to change your wake up time on the Bedtime dial.

Change bedtime or wake up time

Not only does Bedtime calculate how much sleep you’re supposed to get each night, it also figures out when you actually wake up by monitoring when you pick up your phone and move around,  giving you a far better idea of your sleeping habits. The feature also uses new alarms that steadily increase in volume, and new vibration patterns for a more pleasant wake up.