Virtual reality (VR) is exploding right now. The PlayStation VR just launched for the PS4, and there are other interesting products out there, including Facebook’s Oculus, and HTC’s Vive. But Apple will have none of it, as it thinks the future is elsewhere: augmented reality (AR). More →
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 problems are just getting started. The Korean giant will lose plenty of money following the disastrous Galaxy Note 7 launch, but that’s the least of its worries right now. Regaining the trust of consumer is top priority for the company, and Samsung might completely kill the Galaxy Note series in an effort to put this disaster behind it. More →
The iPhone 7 Plus is currently the best iPhone money can buy. The handset has a better camera and more RAM than its smaller counterpart, which is a first for Apple. Previous iPhone pairs including the iPhone 6/Plus and iPhone 6s/Plus had nearly identical feature sets, with only minor differences existing between them (screen and battery size, and optical image stabilization). But the iPhone 7 Plus is still a very big device — too big for some people — and the size is unavoidable due to Apple’s current design.
Next year’s iPhone 8 Plus is also expected to be the better version of the iPhone 8, but the phone doesn’t necessarily need to be as big as the iPhone 7 Plus. More →
Many tech companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter said they had not helped governmental agencies spy on their users like Yahoo did. Some said outright that they never received such orders and others insisted that they’d never comply if they did. Following Reuters’ initial discovery that Yahoo secretly spied on its Yahoo Mail users for the government, a new report reveals that it’s fairly easy for any of Yahoo’s rivals to do it, too. And you won’t even know it’s happening. More →
Google unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones yesterday, more expensive Nexus replacements intended to compete directly against the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The devices are already available for preorder and will launch in stores in the coming weeks. Some Android enthusiasts might be thrilled to see these Galaxy S7/Note 7 alternatives and Google appears to have done an excellent job with its new mobile initiative. But the Pixels aren’t perfect, and the worst thing about them has nothing to do with hardware, design or specs. More →
Google unveiled several new hardware products on Tuesday during a special media event, making us forget for a moment that Google isn’t actually a hardware company. But if you really stop to think about them, none of them are original. They are just Google’s own versions of other top-selling products. Google copied Apple’s iPhone 7, Amazon’s Echo, Eero’s router, and it came out with a VR headset that many companies already make.
So why is Google just copying every single hot gadget in town? Because the best new product Google showed off on Tuesday wasn’t something you can touch.
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.