Apple just launched a website that features a series of videos teaching users how to take the best photos using their iPhone. Full of informative tips and tricks, the site offers advice on how to capture action photos, low-light photos, unique angles, a backlit photo and much more. With a ton of scenarios, you’ll surely learn a tip or two on how to improve those Instagram shots. Check out the full site here.
As we’re sure many of you are locked in to Apple’s current keynote, which is of course much about the upcoming iPhone 7, we have some new info regarding the phone to bring you. The company has announced that one of the standout updates for the iPhone 7 is that it will be water-resistant.
In addition, the iPhone 7 boasts a rounded aluminum body, very similar to the 6, coming equipped with a dual camera system, stereo speakers and a darker black color scheme.
Also worthy of note, the new iPhone does not have a headphone jack, as previously speculated.
Apple has also disclosed that the iPhone 7 will be releasing on September 16, as pre-orders begin today.
Be sure to check back with us for more from Apple’s keynote event.
It’s official: The iPhone 7 is being announced next week, likely sans a headphone jack and any mention of Barbra Streisand. Here’s what we know so far about the new phone, the Apple Watch, and what you can expect from both.
The iPhone 7
First and foremost, the headphone jack is dead, or at least Apple is trying to mortally wound it in favor of Lightning headphones. Much of the discussion surrounding the iPhone 7 has hinged on Apple’s removal of the jack, as that’s really the biggest external change. Considering how much chatter has surrounded this, expect Apple to spend a lot of time talking up the virtues —including waterproofing — of making your earbuds obsolete.
Outside of the disappearing headphones, little has actually changed, according to leaks. Expect more subtle antenna lines, more color options, a ginormous iPhone 7 Plus, and, externally, that’s about it. Internally, Apple might finally drop the 16GB model and make 32GB the minimum amount of memory on an iPhone, a change that many see as overdue. Apple will also likely debut the new, faster A10 processor, as it’s tended to upgrade hardware in the line with each new iPhone.
In terms of iOS 10, expect lots of Snapchatty type features, and little tweaks that take more advantage of the hardware. Apple has been prepping for the tenth anniversary iPhone 8, so any really big changes to iOS are likely waiting a year. Still, don’t rule out Apple dropping in a few surprises. Finally, when preorders open, it seems likely you’ll get your new iPhone September 30th. Thanks, Babs.
On the Apple Watch front, expect Apple to talk a lot about health. The watch is due for a general upgrade in the first place, and it’ll likely be receiving a faster processor and a GPS chip, making it ideal for step-tracking and collecting health data. Apple just bought a health records startup, Gliimpse, that specializes in tracking chronic health issues like diabetes. It’s also spent the last year improving HealthKit, its consumer-facing health software that fits all your calorie counting and fitness tracking under one interface, and ResearchKit, its industrial-grade health-tracking software doctors use to manage studies.
Considering that fitness trackers have clung to market share even as the rest of the wearables market has slumped, it’s not the most surprising move. But Apple is in an unusually strong place to combine consumer health and technology to a degree we haven’t seen before. They may not announce that fully next week, but expect to see a strong emphasis on health in the near future.
When is the iPhone 7 coming out? Finally, we have an announcement date: Sept. 7, according to Apple scoop king Mark Gurman at Bloomberg. The phone will be available for preorder Sept. 9 and released Sept. 16, according to reputable reports.
New features on the iPhone 7 will likely include an improved camera, larger hard drive on the low-end model, possibly a new color, stereo speakers and no headphone jack. Wireless charging and a stronger Gorilla Glass 5 screen are also rumored.
We can also expect an updated MacBook Pro line, which is exciting for Apple laptop users — we haven’t seen big improvements on the Pro in more than four years.
Via Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the matter:
The updated notebooks will be thinner, include a touch screen strip for function keys, and will be offered with more powerful and efficient graphics processors for expert users such as video gamers.
The new MacBook Pros aren’t quite as thin as the new MacBooks — they’ll still have a sturdier “Pro” feel, apparently. It seems they’ll be a good bet for power users who need more RAM, speed and storage.
New rumors from China have hit the web today, indicating that Apple is experimenting with no fewer than five different iPhone 7 models. Although the release date is a while off, speculation on the net is pointing to a number of prospective changes for the next generation iPhone, and while some seem more feasible than others, here are several features that may be integrated into the forthcoming iPhone 7.
Goodbye Lightning, Hello Reversible USB Port
In place of Apple’s signature Lightning connector, the new iPhone could be the first iPhone to integrate a reversible USB Type-C port, a feature that is already found on Apple’s new MacBook.
Wireless Charging Finally Arrives
It’s unclear whether this advent will be compatible with existing wireless charging docks (unlikely) or if Apple plans to introduce their own charging console, but if Apple waited this long to build in wireless charging, this time they better do it right.
Multi-Touch 3D Touch…?
Combining two existing Apple features – the gesture-based commands like “pinch-to-zoom” with 3D touch from the latest iPhone 6s and 6s Plus – this integration may seem confusing and impractical, but the idea of Apple adding more functionality to 3D touch is certainly exciting.
Optical Zoom With Dual Rear Cameras
Dual rear cameras on the iPhone would allow for optical zoom instead of the relatively obsolete digital zoom feature in the current iPhone range.
Fingerprints Recognized on the Main Display
Adding fingerprint recognition capabilities to the main display screen only makes sense, as Apple could then discard the home button and fit future iPhones into a smaller frame, if they so choose.