It’s been awhile.. Well, it’s been years since I posted here. It was long enough that there’s already a new 10th anniversary iPhone.
I’ve been a switcher to Plus size iPhone since the 6 Plus. Right now I’m using the 7 Plus which I got early this year and was fairly new from September of 2016. But Apple just decided to have a special edition iPhone this year which is now called the iPhone X. The iPhone X is thinner and shorter than the Plus and a little bit taller and wider against the iPhone 6, 7 and 8 models.
I just can’t hide the fact that it’s an interesting phone for an upgrade path in the far future (hopefully I can hold on). So with some extra time and quick compositing, I took the actual photos from Apple’s comparison page and made this overlay mock-ups.
Based from the mock-up above, I can say that if you are accustomed by the actual frame size of the iPhone 6, 7 and 8 you will love the X model with a bonus of bigger screen and higher resolution. And if you love the Plus size models just like me, you will be tempted because the (tad) narrower screen could be a good compromise for a better hand holdable / pocketable experience.
As of this writing, I’m really not looking forward on upgrading to it anytime but the 4K 60fps video is tempting since I use my iPhone 7 Plus sometimes for video work as our C / B cam. Other than that, I can live with my 7 Plus for the meantime.
Note: I hope Apple’s photos are in the same ratio of each of the models so that this mock-up will give us a near accurate estimate of the size differences.
Apple teased the September 9 event with a “Wish we could say more” line. The event is believed to be the unveiling of the new iPhone which happens every year during September. If you’ve been following the tech blogs chances are you’ve already seen the leaked iPhone 6. Rumors says that there will be two versions of the iPhone, one with 4.7 in screen and the other one is 5.5 in.
I’m very excited with the announcement since I’m due for a re-contracting this coming January and my iPhone 5 really needs a replacement because of its damaged screen panel.
Theres a rumored “iWatch” too so this event is will be a packed one if its true. This rumored “iWatch” doesn’t excite me much but if it can call, shoot photo, monitor my health independently then my money will probably negotiate.
Apple may finally be releasing iOS 8 on this event if not today maybe within this week. We’ll see!
This Apple event will start at 10:00 AM Pacific time on September 9 so here in Philippines it will be on September 10 at 1:00 AM.
So Apple please say more and excite us!
The popular iOS camera app Camera+ 5.0 is now available. It has some new exciting features like the Clarity Pro which can be found with an abundance of new tools in The Lab.
Best part is you can upgrade your existing Camera+ free of charge!
Take a look at the new features here
Twitter has been busy since its IPO offerings. They are trying a lot of new features to its platform. Today version 6.0 of its iOS app comes out.
There are some new design tweaks in this release plus the ability to send and receive photos via DM. See my screenshot above to know more about the entire release notes.
Unfortunately Tweetbot will still be my primary Twitter client.
Its coming! iPad Air and iPad Mini Retina to be available from Smart. There’s a teaser on Smart‘s website and a sign-up button too that doesn’t work right now. Its going to be interesting on how much will Smart sell these new Apple tablets.
While Globe on the other hand announced it via DJ Mo Twister’s Twitter account that they will sell it starting December 19. See the tweet below.
Now time to lock the wallet and forget that it will be available this December.
Comparison Specs and Prices of new iPad Air, iPad Mini Retina and Other Retained Models
Take a look at the complete comparison here
Waze goes flat design and thin fonts with its latest update today. It surely readying up for the iOS7 release rumored to be out on Sept. 10.
Emoji’s are now compatible on Android, at least on Jelly Bean OS. It doesn’t display as colorful as iOS but you can clearly see what the icon is. See my above screenshots.
It is a bright move by Android since it is very popular on Instagram to use Emoji’s.
Evernote the powerful note taking App now has reminders and due dates. This update comes with various fixes too. As of this writing there is no Android update yet.
Fire up you App store update tab on your iOS device so you’ll receive the update.
Google Talk a.k.a. Gtalk is now gone. Last week at the Google i/o event, Google launched its unified messaging app called Hangouts. It is part of Google’s strategy in streamlining its overlapping products. Hangouts is capable of sending and receiving images and videos. It is now also the messaging app to handle video calls.
Hangouts is planning on to be the 1-for-all messaging and video calling needs. It is available on both Android and iOS including on desktop PC’s.
One of the cool features is the Hangouts On Air – think Ustream.
You can read more about Hangouts here
Apple’s iPad Mini is officially available now at least on the Apple online Philippine store. The link to ‘Buy Now’courses the buyer to a list of Apple resellers though. According to the main page of the store the 16gb can be had for P15,990.
Aside from the Mini, the 4th gen New iPad was also released. You’ll also notice that the new thin iMac’s is available for order.
Its a nice Christmas gift for those who are waiting for these devices to be available here in Manila.
Fruit Ninja for iOS both for iPhone and iPad is free today. Download it now
Apple ditched Google Maps in the upcoming iOS 6 to be released on Sept 19 worldwide. The big A will be deploying its own mapping app simply called Maps, same name but different back-end. Maps got some good set of features from 3D flyover, turn-by-turn navigation, traffic and local search. You can use these features if you live in the US and other countries listed here. Unfortunately if you live in the Philippines we can only use some of the goodies.
Here are the only features we can use here in the Philippines
- Standard map views and search
I’m happy that we can still use Directions and thats good enough for me. I’ll just use Waze with my turn-by-turn navigation needs. By the way, since Apple will have its own mapping app, we can expect Google releasing a standalone Google Maps app for iOS.
Hong Kong and Singapore are the countries to be included in the first batch of iPhone 5 release this September 21 and these countries are the only ones who sell factory unlocked units among Asian countries. There are no prices yet posted on Apple Store Hong Kong site so I headed to Apple Store Singapore to check. Here are the prices without GST.
Conversion rate at $SG1 = Php33.90 (Singaporean dollars converted to Philippine pesos)
- 16GB – Php 32,140
- 32GB – Php 36,886
- 64GB – Php 41,972
I suspect an October release of the iPhone 5 here in the Philippines because both Globe and Smart made some teaser on their websites.
Source: Apple Singapore
In case you missed it, VLC the king of play-all-you-want media has been updated to 2.0. Its a major update that now has a new UI well, it actually looks like iTunes in its early design. Its a must have app if you are a Macintosh user. Download it here.