iPhone 7 Rumours: Fact or Fiction?

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With the next model of iPhone expected to roll out in the autumn of 2016, many of us are curious to know what we can expect.  In true Apple fashion, the developers have dropped a few hints from time to time; ultimately to keep us waiting for the next update.  Still, things are much clearer now than only a few months ago.  There are even some who feel that the name “iPhone 7” may be dropped in favour of the more streamlined “iPhone Pro”.  Of course we will have to wait and see. What are some of the predicted features that are slated to define this newer model?  Let’s take a more in-depth look.

A Sense of Familiarity

Apple has learned from the mistakes of others that radical design changes can actually be quite off-putting to the average customer.  So, we should continue to see the same basic body that has characterised the other models.  A few points to note here is that the camera lens may protrude less than previous models while the antenna bands found on the back of the unit have been removed.  They will continue to be found along the sides, the top and bottom of the iPhone.  Perhaps most importantly from a user-friendly point of view, the new model will keep its 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens (for both the 7 and the 7 Plus).  Viewing texts, videos and photos will take place much in the same way as it did with the 6 and the 6 Plus.

No Headphone Jack

This next rumour seems to have already been confirmed by a number of different sources.  The lack of a headphone jack will actually make the phone much easier to handle and its thickness may also slightly decrease as a result.  Apple has chosen to utilise a lightning port wirelessly connected to Bluetooth earphones.  The presence of EarPods could also be in the works.

Processing Power and Cameras

This category tends to be the most difficult to predict, as Apple does not release such data until the phone itself goes public.  We should nonetheless expect the processing power to be at least as robust as the previous version.  It is speculated that A10 processors will be added.  These can provide even more robust levels of power and it is not out of the question to see the iPhone 7 Plus come fully equipped with up to a massive 3 GB of RAM.

Finally, it is expected that this newer variant will employ two different cameras as opposed to one which offers a 3x optical zoom feature.  The option of two cameras is said to increase clarity as well as functionality when utilised within low-light conditions.

All in all, we can expect much of the same in regards to the release of the iPhone 7.  Still, increased processing power, a streamlined design and the notable lack of a headphone jack will certainly be welcome departures for many fans of this brand.  As the release date approaches, we should expect more data to emerge bit by bit.

A Review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

In terms of sheer size and versatility, samsung has come out with some truly amazing phones over the years and the Note 3 is no different.  Boasting a massive 5.7-inch screen and a ridiculously fast processor, the Note 3 is ideal for those who are satisfied with nothing less than the best (and can afford such an option).  What are some of the stand-alone features of this model?

Physical Characteristics

Boasting a departure from previous Note phones, the first feature to be noticed is the screen size of 5.7 inches.  The S Pen and the S Note have both been improved while the phone itself is slightly slimmer.  This arose from the fact that some users complained that other versions were a bit too bulky to comfortably use.  What is arguably most notable is that while the size is only slightly larger than the Note 2, it weighs less while still being able to incorporate a wider screen.  Sleek and streamlined, the physical appeal of this phone is undeniable.

Software and Usability

The Samsung Note 3 utilises Android 4.3 Jellybean software; the most recent version.  While this OS is impressive in and of itself, some have found the UI (user interface) to be a bit difficult to work with.  Complaints have revolved around the settings menu and the navigation bar.  This is likely due to the fact that the company has packed the unit full of so many features.

Camera

Those who were fans of the camera on previous Note models will be pleasantly impressed with this version.  Offering a resolution of no less than 13 megapixels, it is actually very similar to the unit attached to the Galaxy S4.  An LED flash ensures crisp and sharp photographs while the colours are quite vibrant.  There are also numerous customisation options built directly into the software.

Processing Capacity

This is another feature which cannot be overstated.  The Note 3 contains a cutting-edge 2-3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor; one of the most powerful on the planet.  Seeking to keep in line with the upcoming iPhone 7, this is backed up by 3 GB of RAM alongside 32 GB of internal storage capacity.  This is much higher than similar models such as the S4 and the HTC One.  So, you can expect to enjoy lightning-fast response times when they are required the most.  This feature makes the Note  perfectly capable of handling 4G speeds.  In fact, tests have shown that the unit can download up to 5 megabytes of information in a truly blistering eight seconds.

The only downsides are a size that may be a bit difficult to handle for some and the fact that the Note 3 is one of the most expensive models currently on the market.  Still, those who are interested in processing power, a streamlined design and a massive screen size will not be disappointed with what the Note 3 has to offer.