A few days ago, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger talked about the studio’s franchises including Star Wars. He revealed that a new movie is scheduled for 2020 and more Star Wars movies could follow after 2021. He also talked about Rogue One, the first Star Wars story Disney is making, and said that while interest in the film is high, he doesn’t expect the movie to match The Force Awakens’ box office take. More →
There are two major things happening in the mobile world right now, and they both favor Apple. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are about to launch, and some carriers already expect record sales. Meanwhile, Apple’s main rival is dealing with a massive Galaxy Note 7 problem that’s been getting worse and worse for the company with each passing day.
We were so busy focusing on Apple’s announcements last week, which came just a few days after Samsung announced its unprecedented Galaxy Note 7 recall, that we missed Apple’s brilliant reaction to the exploding Galaxy Note 7. More →
Apple introduced the iPhone 7 on Friday, showing images and videos of an iPhone 7 Plus and repeatedly calling an iPhone 7 in the process. For a few minutes, I was actually thrilled at the idea that the rumors were wrong. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus might actually share the same dual-lens camera after all! But Apple would soon squashed my dream by revealing marketing images that showed the 4.7-inch sporting a single-lens camera. Then Apple explained its new camera tech for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, insisting that both of them are some of Apple’s finest work.
But the company failed to explain why the iPhone 7 doesn’t have the same amazing DSLR-like features as the iPhone 7 Plus. After all, nobody wants to buy a big phone just because it has the better camera. And this is the first year that Apple is telling us that the best iPhone you can buy has to be the biggest one it makes.
So why did Apple have to settle? Let’s look at the various reasonable explanations, at least from Apple’s point of view. Because, as a consumer, I don’t find this decision reasonable at all. More →
Apple on Thursday unveiled the iPhone 7 family complete with release date and prices. In the process, Apple discounted the aging iPhone 6s, while the even older iPhone 6 was discontinued. There’s nothing out of the ordinary with that. That’s exactly how Apple does things. But the iPhone maker came out with an iPhone version that so many people wanted last year, a 32GB iPhone 6s that Apple never made, choosing instead to somewhat force buyers to pick the next best thing, a 64GB iPhone priced $100 extra.
Apple is finally killing the 16GB iPhone this year, which is a great thing for buyers. I praised leaks suggesting that 32GB will be the entry-level storage option for new iPhones, starting with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. But that doesn’t mean you should buy a 32GB iPhone. In fact, when the iPhone 7 is made available for preorder next week, definitely don’t purchase the 32GB model. More →
What is Apple trying to say with the image on its official media invite for the iPhone 7 event? The company usually hides clues in all its media invitations, which everyone then tries to decipher. We’ve seen a few example of silly interpretations, but there’s also one that makes a lot of sense. If it’s accurate, the interpretation suggests that Apple has big plans of its new iPhones this year. More →
For years, Apple has been held to a completely different standard than the rest of the tech industry. Whereas a company like Google can pursue and then shutter any number of ambitious “moonshots” and ultimately be applauded for their efforts, Apple is routinely criticized for not coming up with a device as revolutionary as the iPhone every 5 years. In a broad sense, Apple is forced to endure a level of criticism that no other tech company on the planet has to deal with.
How can I compare the popularity of Google’s recently launched Duo video chat app to Android malware apps that many consider not to be a thing? That’s preposterous, heresy even. But I’m just going to show how much our perception is altered when talking about market share in the mobile business using Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai as a benchmark. More →
There are just a few weeks left before Apple finally unveils this year’s new iPhones, and we already think we know what the company has in store for us. By all accounts, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are going to be so much more exciting than you think. Disregarding all the leaks and rumors, and looking at how Apple does things when it comes to the iPhone, I can tell you a few things about the iPhone 7. It’ll have better cameras and a better CPU/GPU than any previous iPhone – and these are two things Apple always insists on while presenting a new iPhone. And while Apple might not make this point on stage, I’ll bet you a rare Pokemon that the iPhone 7 will be the fastest smartphone in town this year. What makes me so sure? It’s all because of that iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy Note 7 speed test video we saw yesterday. More →
When Tim Cook assumed the CEO position at Apple five years ago, he was faced with an impossible task: follow in the footsteps of Steve Jobs. Indeed, given Jobs’ remarkable track record within the tech industry, it’s widely accepted as gospel that no one on earth could ever truly replace Jobs. Looking back, Jobs helped spearhead not one, but three technological revolutions, first with the Mac and later on with the iPod and the iPhone.
With Tim Cook currently at the helm of Apple, it’s still curiously popular, not to mention intellectually lazy, to reflexively point out that Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs. In fact, any time Apple runs into trouble, we’re inundated with pundits and talking-heads who still love pointing out that Tim Cook lacks the vision that Steve Jobs famously boasted in spades.
I was minding my own business earlier this week – read: wasting time online – when a fresh email caught my attention. It was from Netflix, titled “Important Membership Information.” I clicked on it immediately only to discover it was a notification of a price hike. Apparently, my number was up, and Netflix told me that beginning next month, I have to pay more than I used to for my Netflix fix.
What happened next is pretty straightforward — I did the only thing one should do in this situation.
I am an iPhone user, and I think the iPhone 7 will be the best smartphone for iOS fans come this fall. Apple’s next-gen smartphones may have the same “old” design, but everything else is getting a lot better. However, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus won’t be identical, and I already wrote that Apple might make me buy an iPhone I don’t want this year, as the iPhone 7 Plus might be the worst thing about the iPhone 7.
With all that in mind, I can’t wait so see Apple’s silly explanation for the huge difference between the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch new iPhones.
It took Apple many years to finally come around and embrace the phablet market with larger iPhone models, and when it did it launched two distinct iPhones. For the first time in the history of the iPhone, Apple unveiled two new models at the same time in September 2014, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, following the exact same recipe in 2015. This year, the company is also expected to have two brand new smartphones in stores come September – though until recently, Apple may have considered launching three distinct devices.
However, there’s one huge change coming to the new iPhone this year that will annoy plenty of longtime Apple fans. More →