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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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18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

Let’s dive straight into the list…

1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

    If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

    Download Rescue Time

    2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

      If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

      Download Remember the Milk

      3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

        This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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        Download Focus Booster

        4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

          This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

          Download Toggl

          5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

            There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

            Download Dropbox

            6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

              Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

              Download Evernote

              7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                Download Mind42

                8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                  This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                  Download SnycBackFree

                  9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                    Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                    Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                    10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                      This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                      Download 1Password

                      11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                        When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                        Download Pocket

                        12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                          This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                          Download [email protected]

                          13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                            This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                            Download Launchy

                            14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                              This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                              Download Forest

                              15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                Download Trello

                                16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                  Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                  Download Wunderlist

                                  17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                    This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                    Download Time Tree

                                    18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                      Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                      Download Todoist

                                      The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                      Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

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