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10 Things You Need To Know About iPhone 7

10 Things You Need To Know About iPhone 7

Every year, Apple’s new iPhone event attracts top concern from around the world. Since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has changed its one-handed mobile operating experience and started to offer its fans a large screen. However, the poor design of the appearance has been criticized a lot, especially the bulging camera. Recently, rumors about iPhone 7 have been everywhere online. What would the next iPhone get and what changes would Apple deliver to its fans with the iPhone 7? The below 10 things will help you learn a whole lot more about this upcoming handset.

Anticipated September release

Taking the release date of iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into consideration, it’s quite possible that Apple would release its new flagship product this September. Also, according to a leaked Vodafone email to its staff, the iPhone 7 release date was more specifically unveiled to be September 25th. The leaked email even revealed that people could pre-order this new iPhone device from September 18.

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iOS 9 based new iPhone model

Without any question, the next iPhone will certainly come with iOS 9. This was announced at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2015 on June 8, 2015. Compared with the release date of previous iOS versions, the official release date of iOS 9 should be September, 2015. It’s already a regular rule for Apple to release iOS beta versions before officially releasing the final version. The new iOS is always prepared for a new iPhone release event.

Front camera: full 1080P at 240fps

“iOS 9 is hinting at future device front cameras having: 1080p resolution, 240fps slow mo, panoramic capture, flash”. This information comes from developer Hazma Sood’s Twitter, which has also unleashed a big clue upon the next iPhone’s front-facing camera. This clue also indicates that the new device would be able to capture panoramic images, 1080p video and slow-motion clips at 240 frames-per-second. This is a big improvement since the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus only support 720P video shooting for FaceTime talking. The main camera is also expected to get an upgrade from 8-megapixel to 12MP. No doubt, the upgraded camera would be a big appealing feature for those selfie-mad snappers.

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Flash light for facing camera

Currently, any iPhone model is not available with a flash on its front camera. However, this would be changed in iPhone 7. For selfie-lovers, iPhone 7 is a fantasy also because of its newly added flash light for front camera, improving self-capturing experience greatly for dark or low-light circumstances.

Force Touch screen design

According to the report from Macotakara, Apple’s next iPhone would be 0.15mm longer and 0.2mm thicker than existing ones (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) because it’s adopting the Force Touch screen board, which has been adopted by Apple Watch. From the tech blog 9to5mac report released last month, Apple would apply this touchscreen board to enhance iMessage, keyboard and Apple Pay performance.

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More powerful processor

The next iPhone model would come with Apple’s A9 processor, which is highly likely to feature 2GB of RAM – twice of what’s available in the iPhone 6. According to AppleInsider’s inside man, the new phones will go on sale with a 2GB chip. “Additional RAM would allow iOS to leave background tasks and tabs in Safari open for longer without a need to reload or refresh,” it says. “But additional RAM can also come with costs to battery life, as memory constantly consumes power.”

Better battery performance

Apple iPhone’s battery performance has been long criticized. Since the screen becomes larger, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus battery performance get even worse. Currently, there’s no information on which battery iPhone 7 would adopt. But at least one thing is for sure: there’s now a Low Power Mode built into iOS 9 to help it last even longer. Also, it’s been reported that the new iOS 9 and A9 processor would play an important role on improving iPhone 7’s power and battery performance.

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More models available

It’s quite obvious that there would be at least 2 models of iPhone 7, featuring with 4.7″ and 5.5″ screens respectively, just like iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Big screen fans would feel disappointed if Apple gets its 4″ iPhone only on schedule. But it’s reported that Apple would include a 4″ screen iPhone 7 to continue its classic design on iPhone 4S and iPhone 5S. That’s to say, there might be 3 new models of iPhone 7 – 4-inch, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch.

Color of iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 will still be available in 3 colors, in line with the Watch. That means people could get a darker space grey, a stronger yellow gold, and a new rose gold model of iPhone 7.

Price

There’s no word or official announcement on the cost of the next iPhone. However, taking the specs of the new iPhone and Apple’s price strategy into consideration, the new iPhone would be available at an entry level price of £539 for a 16GB 4.7-inch model, and £619 for the 5.5-inch plus model. The price would be even higher if Apple has been stimulated by its rivals like Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and HTC One M9. Other larger storage iPhone 7 models – 64G and 128G would probably start from £619 and £699 respectively.

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11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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