iPhone 7 – A simple List of Expected Features

It’s all speculation until Apple actually officially announce the iPhone 7, which is expected to bring new design and new features.The iPhone 6S was unveiled in September, and it’s likely that the iPhone 7 will see a similar launch date. To save you a bit of time we have made a list of all the rumors around the iPhone 7, some of them quiet likely, some of them… plausible and some maybe not!

Image via Engadget
Image via Engadget

 

 

Possible and not so possible iPhone 7 Features – A List

  • Phase out of the 16GB model?
  • Waterproof?
  • Stronger frame – no more bendgare
  • Removal of the  headphone jack?
  • Increased water resistance?
  • Dual-lens camera for iPhone 7 Plus?
  • Larger Camera?
  • Possible Smart Connector for iPhone 7 Plus?
  • Design similar to iPhone 6s?
  • New antenna bands?
  • Upgraded processor?
  • Ditch the home key? – we say not this version – possibly the next version.
  • Two screen sizes – similar to the iPhone 6 6 Plus?

The Most impressive features in iOS 10 in a simple list

  • Widgets – FINALLY – Swipe left from the home screen, or even from the lock screen.
  • Redesigned Control Center, including support for 3d touch.
  • Raise to wake.
  • Hide stock apps – they don’t actually delete but they are hidden and their data is removed.
  • Redesigned music app, less confusing than before.
  • Siri Voice sounds slightly more like an actual person.
  • Siri is now open source, so apps can support it, no longer limited to stock apps.
  • A dedicated Home Kit app to manage your smart home appliances.
  • Clear all notifications in one go!
  • Photos app can search for objects and for people based on their face.
  • Copy and paste across various iOS devices – copy on your iPhone, paste on your mac.
  • Swipe to the left to use the camera from the lock screen.
  • iMessages updated to include: effects, emojis recognition, etc including 3rd party apps support for iMessage
  • Reply to messages from the home screen in a widget

How to Sync Media between your iPhone and iTunes

If you want to sync iTunes with your iPhone or iPod without any wires, you first need to turn on the iTunes Wi-Fi Sync. Then, sync your iPhone with the computer by connecting both the mediums to the same wireless network. It is important to keep both the computer and iPhone turned on. You can practically sync everything including books, movies, photos, documents, notes etc. However, larger amounts of data will consume more time.

To sync your iPhone and iTunes without the help of any wires though, you do need to follow a series of steps mentioned below:  

  • Firstly, take your computer or Mac and connect with the iPhone. Open iTunes, and click on the Summary tab, check ‘Sync with this phone over Wi-Fi’. Click Apply. Disconnect your iPhone from the computer. The device will still appear in the pop-up menu. Establish a connection with a wireless network. Meanwhile, go to Settings, choose ‘Network’, then choose ‘Wi-Fi’, and select your specific wireless network. Enter your password.
  • If you want to be sure about whether the wireless sync has been successful, you can also plug your iPhone into a power source. After that, open the settings app and tap ‘iTunes with Wi-Fi Sync.’
  • You can also manually sync your iPhone by clicking ‘Add To’ and drag items to the right place. After that, click ‘Done’. To keep a check on whether the device is properly syncing or not, check on the spinning icons on iTunes.
  • Once your iPhone is synchronized, click the type of content you want and begin to add albums, songs, podcasts, movies, audio books and ringtones to your device without syncing again, as long as the device and iTunes are within a given range to each other. Choose whatever media you want, add or drag it to the sidebar of your iPhone or iPod. And you’re done!

How to save space on your iPhone – 6 Tips

One would suspect (hope) that from the next generation of iPhone, expected towards the end of this year, that Apple will abandon the 16 GB version of the iPhone – Even with cloud and streaming services, once you have a few apps and games on your iPhone, it is not long until you need to save space on your iPhone. If you are here, then it is too late! But if you have a choice always go for the extra storage, it is of course much more expensive,  but for most people a necessity. Below are 6 tips  on how to save space on your iPhone. Continue reading How to save space on your iPhone – 6 Tips

Octagon – A Minimal Arcade Game with Maximum Challenge – Free this week from the app store

Octagon is a minimal arcade game where you have to move fast or be left behind, and it’s free for this week only, normally about 2 euro. Get it while you can. And try not to get a headache with all those turns and twists!

You are trapped inside the Octagon, a megaplex of hallways, platforms, and gaps—and the clock is running. Can you survive the mad race through this trippy 8-sided tunnel?

“Octagon is like Temple Run but on steroids and with much cooler music and graphics. If you’re a Temple Run or Impossible Road fan, you definitely want to check out Octagon for iPhone or iPad.” – Allyson Kazmucha, iMore

“Some of the most fun I’ve had with my iPhone this year.” – 9/10 Arcade Sushi
“Fast, tough game that doesn’t give a darn about your feelings. Go for it!” – 4/5 Cult of Mac
“If you love these impossible reflex games, then you don’t want to miss out on Octagon.” – 5/5 AppAdvice

Octagon is a minimal arcade game where you have to move fast or be left behind. As the floor moves beneath you, spin your world around to dodge speed bumps. Flip upside-down to avoid holes, surf on top of the Octagon—whatever you can do to survive the mad race through this trippy 8-sided tunnel. An energizing soundtrack by Sqeepo and psychedelic color bursts keep you in the zone on your race to the finish. But with each round over after just 60 seconds, only super-fast reflexes will beat this very challenging game.

Features:
– Classic, Endless and NEW Daily mode
– Unlimited number of randomly generated levels
– Dynamic procedural graphics with a minimalistic iOS7 look
– Original soundtrack by Sqeepo
– Universal App with iCloud syncing
– Pure challenge with no in-app purchases or cheats

Pocket for iPhone

Pocket for iPhone is an application, where you wonder how you survived this long without it! Essentially, it is a bookmarking application, but it is more that that too. Bookmarks are too 90’s for this little application – Pocket for iPhone, allows you to tag your bookmarks and when you return to the application you can access articles (offline and online) that you previously bookmarked in a reader friendly interface. How many times have you see a wonderfully written article, and thought to yourself, too long i’ll read later? But, that never happens now that you have this little application.

It’s easy to use your iPhone’s share functionality to share any article with Pocket for iPhone, without actually exiting what you are doing –  i.e You don’t have to open the Pocket for iPhone application every time just to save an article, which is what makes this app a winner!

So how do you save an article to Pocket for iPhone?

You will need an account to use pocket, there is a web-interface too, so this is handy for accessing your articles from a desktop too.

  • From your news application of choice, or safari. Locate the article you would like to share.
  • Select the share icon and choose Pocket, if it’s not there, you may need to select “more” and add it to the share list.
  • Tap on the Pocket icon and you will see a short notification that says “shared”. That’s it essentially!
  • The article is now available for you to read when read from the application.

Pocket was founded in 2007 by Nate Weiner to help people save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It can be viewed while waiting in line, on the couch, during commutes or travel — even offline.

 

How to enable night shift mode and what exactly does it do?

Night shift mode was introduced with iOS9.3. It proposes to limit the blue light emitted by your device, to assist you in getting a good night’s sleep. According to an article on Harvard health “Blue wavelengths—which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood—seem to be the most disruptive at night. And the proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, is increasing our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown.”

Many studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. Night Shift uses your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location, then it automatically shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum.1 In the morning, it returns the display to its regular settings. Pleasant dreams. – Apple Website

But does this Night Shift Mode help? Some are reporting it does, many are skeptical, but if you want to give it a try yourself here is how.

Night Shift Mode - iPhone
Night Shift Mode – iPhone
  • In the settings application, select Display and Brightness option.
  • Select Night Shift.
Night Shift Mode
Night Shift Mode
  • You now have two choices, either enable Night Shift Mode manually until tomorrow, or select a schedule.
  • If you select a schedule, you need to set a time, I have mine set from 10 pm to 7 am, which I find works well for me.
  • You additionally, have to option to reduce the color change intensity, increasing it more, may have an impact of the performance of onscreen motion.

Sources

http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side

How to save iPhone battery life with low power mode

It seems, over time the battery performance on your iPhone degrades, one theory suggests this relates to the regular security patches and upgrades. While some of these updates can improve the functionality of the iPhone software, they can also significantly impact the iPhone battery life.  So is there an easy way to mitigate or reduce the power drain. Is it possible to get a full day from your iPhone, while using it?

Low Power Mode

One possibility is Low Power Mode which was introduced with iOS 9 and is only available to iphones with a least this version of iOS. You can enable ‘low power mode’ at any time under the battery settings. Additionally, once your iPhone reaches 20 percent battery power you will get a prompt asking if you wish to enable it, allowing you to squeeze the last bit of juice from your iPhone.  You can enable low power mode prior to this alert at any time.

Without Low Power mode activated, an iPhone 6 Plus scored 1606 on the single-core processor test and 2891 on the multi-core processor test. (Source: Macrumors)
Without Low Power mode activated, an iPhone 6 Plus scored 1606 on the single-core processor test and 2891 on the multi-core processor test. (Source: Macrumors)

So why is low power mode useful? If you are going on a long trip and want to ensure a longer battery life, and you can still receive calls and text messages in this mode. However, there is a caveat to enabling this mode, obviously, if low power mode reduces the performance of your iPhone, to save battery, there is going to be an impact in functionality. Enabling lower mode  limits or stops mail fetch, background app processes and certain visual effect are disabled, also, the time out of the screen display is reduced.When Low Power Mode is on, the battery in the status bar will be yellow.

How save iPhone battery life with low power mode – How To Enable Low Power Mode

  1. Open the settings application
  2. Select Battery from the menu
  3. From this screen turn the switch button to enable it.

Worth Considering

Low Power Mode reduces or turns off these features:

  • Email fetch
  • Hey Siri
  • Background app refresh
  • Automatic downloads
  • Wi-Fi associations
  • Some visual effects

Sources

Geekbench results

Turn off simple Passcode on your iPhone for better security – iPhone 101 series

If you think think it’s a little too easy for someone to guess four digit numeric password, you might want to consider disabling “simple passcode”. Disabling simple passcode means you can use a full keyboard to create a password of your choice. If you have iOS4 running on your iPhone then it is easy to do this.

lock-screen

1. You need to open the settings app on your iPhone, under the General heading select “Password Lock”, if this is currently enabled you will be prompted for your current password, enter it.

2. You will now see the “Simple Passcode” which is turned on by default, if you switch this to off, you will be prompted for a full keyboard password, you will need to confirm your old password first if you had one.

3. Select your password, and confirm it. You are now using the more secure password of your choice. You can also change the “require password” time for a length of time that meets your needs. There is more on using passcodes in this post.

iPhone 101 is a series of blog posts by iPadiPhoneBlog.com that makes no assumptions. If you are new to smart phones, iPhones or mobile phones, you will find this guide straight forward to use.