iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 “Actual” Size Differences

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.

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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. 

 

Monument Valley – A Game of Trickery

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I maybe late in the game downloading this fantastic app. Monument Valley is what games should be in touch gadgets such as tablets and smart phones. Its a puzzle-like game with 3D illusion trickery for you to be able to get through the path and gates. The $3.99 vector rendered game looks really cool on the iPad Air, but what makes it even more awesome is the in-game sounds that makes vibration-like experience whenever a scenario demands it.

So far I’m on level 3 because my eldest son kidnapped my new “toy”. Hopefully I get to finish it this sunday when work mode is turned off. Are you playing Monument Valley too?

Save 50% on bandwidth with the newly updated Chrome iOS

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Google Chrome for iOS is now updated with the intriguing “50% bandwidth savings” feature. How true? We still don’t know yet.

If you want to track it then go to your Chrome settings and tap on the Bandwidth option. For Android users, you should have this already because Chrome Android released this last January 16.

Fire up your app updates now!

Camera+ 5.0 takes iPhone photography to the next level

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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

Simplified Waze Update

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Waze version 3.2.2 iOS update is out. Auto typing completion will soon hit your search box. Waze simplified the menus too which I think a very wise UI tweak. This is rather minor but very helpful update and if you are like me who use Waze on a daily basis this is a very welcome improvements. Continue reading Simplified Waze Update

Official Twitter App Turns v6.0

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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.

Reply, RT and Favorite Buttons Now in Twitter App’s Timeline

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As I enjoy my return to Tweetbot as my primary Twitter client. The official Twitter app has been updated today and shows the Reply, Retweet and Favorite button in the timeline view. My point is, I like the old way, buttons should be hidden to have more timeline space.

Also, in this update Twitter made the image previews large and prominent occupying more timeline space. Luckily you can disable it in the settings.

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This update makes my Tweetbot 3 love affair stronger. Ciao for now official Twitter app.

Instagram Adds Video

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Facebook’s Instagram now adds 15 seconds video recording. The famous all-in-one social sharing app will be going head to head with Twitter’s Vine app.

Just like Vine the Instagram video can record and pause so you can ‘film’ several cut scenes without even touching a post-production app. Aside from this, it also features 13 filters that will provide your clips a ‘cinematic’ or ‘nostalgic’ feel.

Unfortunately the recording feature is only available on iOS. Android version will surely follow soon.

For me, I feel Vine’s 6 seconds is more practical. Time will tell who will win this battle

Update:

Android version of Instagram (4.0) now has video too

Emoji on iOS Can Now be Seen on Android

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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.

iOS 6 Maps Feature Availability (Philippines)

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
  • Directions
  • Satellite

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.

Source: Apple

iMessages for the Mac is here

Apple just made our connected life seamless again! With the Mountain Lion OS X preview release last night, the Cupertino billion dollar company releases a Beta version of Messages on the Mac. It’s a heaven sent for Mac – iOS users like me, it syncs messages to all your devices with the same Apple ID.

Be warned though that it will replace iChat app but don’t worry it will restore your chat history and you can still use other IM services like Google Talk. Now the wait for Mountain Lion OS starts now.

 

Five Reasons Why You Might Need a US iTunes Account

The Philippine iTunes Store is limited to buying iOS apps only. Many of the prime features are not available due to copyright reasons. Here are the five reasons why you might need a US iTunes account.

Continue reading Five Reasons Why You Might Need a US iTunes Account

Do You Love Movie and TV Trailers? Try Wall of Video for iOS

Wall of Video provides an easy way playing thru a wall of movie and TV posters. It’s a clever idea because many times we remember the poster art work than the movie titles. Obviously Wall of Video library comes from Apple because when you click on the download button it directs you to the iTunes Store.

This app is available on both iPhone and iPad as a universal app.

 

UPDATE: Not all of the videos comes from Apple