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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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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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