The iPhone 7 has been headlining rumor articles for quite some time now, just a few days after the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were launched, actually. There’s always hype when it comes to future Apple products and I already discussed the implications, consequences and structures of rumors in an article last month. This time, we’re going to leave prejudice about rumors aside for a bit, and talk about what the iPhone 7 will be like, eventually. Apple hasn’t come forward with official information about the iPhone 7 or the alleged iPhone 6S, so this piece is going to be about what was leaked so far and from what we can draw inspiration in order to gain some insight on the workings of Apple.
Apple will definitely launch a flagship this year, a statement which isn’t debated that much online, as the company is unlikely to skip a year when it comes to smartphone releases. Especially since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus managed to sell in record numbers in the first few weeks after their official release. The more interesting part about the future Apple flagship is that it might not come alone. By that we mean that the number of rumors surrounding the iPhone 7 AND the iPhone 6S has grown significantly in the past few weeks. That being said, there are various media outlets confident that an alleged iPhone 6S would be the first Apple smartphone to see the light of day this year.
The iPhone 6S will supposedly be an upgraded version of the previous two iPhone 6 units, and rumors say it might be launched as early as April, alongside the new Apple Watch. While it’s rather unlikely for Apple to launch a new flagship six months after they launched two, we can’t deny that the number of rumors around the April release date point towards the philosophy of “where there’s smoke, there’s fire”. Consequently, if an iPhone 6S is indeed planned for an April launch, as an accompanying gadget to the Apple Watch, we don’t expect it to be much different than the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. With regard to the timeline, we only expect two major improvements to surface on the iPhone 6S, if it is launched as early as April: a bigger battery and more RAM.
Apple fans have been rather vocal about the small battery and small amount of RAM in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and that’s the most likely flaw Apple would address if the company were to launch a smartphone so soon after the initial release of the 2014 flagship smartphones. iOS 8.2 will definitely be launched when the Apple Watch is revealed, as the software update will contain optimization for devices so that they can interact with the new smart watch correctly and without problems. Otherwise, we are only sure that the Apple Watch will be launched in April. If an iPhone 6S surfaces at the keynote event, we don’t expect surprises.
On to the iPhone 7, the more hyped device of the year. The iPhone 7 will supposedly be launched in September or October 2015. The company hasn’t discussed the flagship yet, so we can’t be sure about its name, but we do like to follow a numbering sequence generally, so iPhone 7 seems like a suitable name for the next Apple flagship smartphone. One of the best sources of inspiration when it comes to guessing (because that’s what everybody’s doing right now) what the iPhone 7 design, specs and display will end up looking like are patents filed by Apple in the past. Leaks are few at the moment, because the smartphone doesn’t even seem to have entered production, which means there’s no way one would be able to snatch some spy-shots of the iPhone 7 from factories and manufacturing centers.
We’ve sorted through various patent filings from Apple and picket out a few that might be relevant to the iPhone 7 design, specs and special features. Before talking about these patents and what they might mean for the iPhone 7, we should get a few things out of the way. Since we’re talking about an Apple product, we can predict a few things that will definitely characterize the iPhone 7. For starters, TouchID is a must on the iPhone 7, although it will most likely end up being a much improved biometric sensor with added security features. The fingerprint sensor on Apple smartphones and now tablets is crucial to the company and its fans, as it offers a secure way of accessing one’s gadgets, as well as data stored on them, online or making online payments and payments through Apple Pay. Identification through biometric sensors is no longer a concept of science-fiction, as the most on-hand devices in our home, our smartphones, already offer that possibility.
Another thing I don’t think needs discussing is software. Most likely, the iPhone 7 will also mark the launch of iOS 9 or something similar from Apple. Addressing what features the new operating system from Apple should or shouldn’t include once it is released will be covered in a different article later on, when we find out more about what Apple is planning in the software department. iPhone 7 specs will most likely omit a microSD card slot, as usual, but an NFC chip is sure to be included. When talking about the NFC chip in the iPhone 7, we should mention that Apple will probably open up the feature to developers by the time the handset is launched, as the company did the same with TouchID. The Lightning port will also be present on the iPhone 7, unquestionably actually. Now on to what we don’t know.
Apple filed numerous patents for features that we haven’t seen materializing in their products, such as sidewall displays, configurable buttons, force-touch (will be there in the Apple Watch), curved display, flexible display and body, facial recognition technology, joystick in the home button, super-resolution photos, 3D photos, interchangeable lenses, TouchID display, attack detection mode, refocusable photos, pull gesture, haptic feedback and many more. Out of these, some might seem far-fetched for current technology, but they are intricately detailed in the filings, so we might see them show up in Apple devices in the future. We’ve selected a few of these patents that might be relevant to the iPhone 7 so that we can get an idea of what Tim Cook and co. could be planning for the future.
Patents filed by Apple last year suggest that the iPhone 7 display will be similar to the one on the Galaxy Note Edge or to the concept Xiaomi Arch device we’ve seen online. The company filed “sidewall display” patents which detail how a device would have edge displays on both sides. Adding that to the iPhone 7 would make it more expensive, to be fair, but it would certainly be interesting to see how Apple would make use of that display. In the patent filing, the company suggests various uses, most of them similar to what we can do with the Galaxy Note Edge display and talks about developers creating applications for the sidewall display. While we don’t know if the patent was filed with the iPhone 7 or any smartphone in mind for that matter, we do think it is a likely feature to appear in the next Apple flagship. With sidewall displays on the iPhone 7, one could control music, check apps, access apps, view weather and social media information, unlock the phone, get notifications and many more, depending on what app developers can come up with.
Next up, the iPhone 7 could embrace the new trend when it comes to curved displays, as seen on the LG G Flex, LG G Flex 2 and Samsung Galaxy Round. While these curved phones aren’t as popular as regular flagships, they do come with a few ergonomic benefits as well as durability improvements. With the recent #Bendgate scandal surrounding the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple implementing a self-healing technology in the iPhone 7, similar to that on the LG G Flex 2 could lead to an extremely popular device. Durability is always key to a smartphone, as replacing your phone every year isn’t very cost-effective. If the iPhone 7 design would include a curved body and a self-healing panel on the back, we expect people to jump at the occasion of having an Apple phone that they won’t destroy as easily as they do regular smartphones. Imagine the number of tests that would show up on Youtube! That alone makes the prospect of a curved iPhone 7 interesting to say the least.
Flexibility is something many smartphone makers are talking about, too. A flexible iPhone 7 (and iPhone in general) has been the talk of the town for a few years now, but technology is finally arriving to a point where a flexible display, battery and body are actually close to being possible. Samsung and LG have both been working on flexible displays and batteries, so we don’t see why Apple would miss out on this. Having a flexible iPhone 7 would benefit users massively, depending on the degree of flexibility and durability of the materials and technology used to create the phone. You could actually shape the iPhone 7 to fit in your palm or a hidden pocket in your jacket or purse, but you could also use the flexibility of the phone in specially designed apps and games, for example. The degree of flexibility that is possible with smartphones is limited, though, so we don’t expect much if the iPhone 7 turns out to be flexible, bendable and shapeable. Maybe we would be able to shape it as much as to create a stand out of itself, but we’re not sure much more would be possible at this time. But you never know!
Programmable, customizable buttons are also pretty popular among technology and smartphone enthusiasts, since everybody is looking to have technology that gives them the possibility of customizing their devices to suit them perfectly. If you don’t use your volume buttons to activate the camera when the phone is sleeping, you would certainly rejoice in the possibility of adding a different function to replace that, for example launching a game or a certain application. Or just a different camera application than the one programmed would be enough customization. At the same time, patents filed by Apple talk about buttons that have touch sensors embedded in them. If that technology were to be implemented in the iPhone 7, the buttons would be able to tell the difference between skin and other materials, thus preventing accidental presses of buttons when the iPhone 7 is in your pocket or somewhere else.
TouchID could be replaced in the iPhone 7 with a fingerprint sensor embedded within the display. With that in mind, you would be able to use the basic functions that are available with TouchID directly on the iPhone 7 display/screen. Embedding the fingerprint sensor into the iPhone 7 display would open up a few other possibilities when it comes to the design of the phone. If you were able to use the screen instead of TouchID by activating an app or some kind of feature, then there would no longer be a need for a physical home button. Instead, Apple could replace the home button with a joystick or remove it altogether, so that the iPhone 7 in its entirety could benefit from a design overhaul. Imagine having a flexible iPhone 7 with no physical buttons and no bezels! That would be the biggest hit of the year, we’re sure.
One neat feature we might see in the iPhone 7 is something called Mobile emergency attack and failsafe detection. That means that the iPhone 7 could be able to detect when a user in danger or is experiencing an emergency situation and call for help automatically without user intervention. Much like various security apps, users would be able to designate emergency numbers that the iPhone 7 would be able to call when it detects that the user has been involved in a car crash, shootout or some other dangerous situation. The emergency call or text would be able to send location data that would be crucial to emergency services in finding the owner that is in trouble.
The iPhone 7 could come with quite a few camera enhancements, judging by various patents filed by Apple. The iPhone 7 camera would be able to make use of optical image stabilization in order to create so called super-resolution photos. The technology that would be used is pretty simple, as the camera would take shots at different angles and then stitch them together to create these photos. The feature isn’t new and certain developers have already made applications that function on similar principles. Still, it would be nice to see the iPhone 7 camera come with such a native feature. At the same time, Apple could be taking pointers from the HTC One M8 and introducing a refocusing feature in the iPhone 7, which would be a nice and simple addition to the iOS camera.
These were all the patents filed by Apple that we found relevant to the iPhone 7 design, display and features, but there’s no guarantee that any of them will be used in the manufacturing of the new flagship. Still, they provide us with insight on what Tim Cook and co. are planning for the future. Since most of these patents are based on existing technologies, we don’t see them just fading away into patent files. If the company doesn’t use them in the iPhone 6S or iPhone 7 design, they are sure to use them in other future devices. Besides the patents, we can also base assumptions on various rumors and leaks that have surfaced online.
One very requested and rumored feature of the iPhone 7 is wireless charging, and we see the implementation of the technology as a distinct possibility for the future Apple flagship. Many are also talking about a bigger battery and a display that would be just perfect for one-handed use, measuring exactly 5 inches. Now we can’t speak for everyone when it comes to smartphone size and display preference, but a 5 inch display embedded in a smaller form would be an improvement indeed. An upgraded processor manufactured by Samsung is also said to be included in the iPhone 7, and the smartphone will definitely come with more RAM memory.
What do you expect from the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 7 if they both turn out to be real? Would you prefer a thicker body and a bigger battery instead of a thin phone? Would you enjoy having a joystick on the iPhone 7 or would you go for the bezelless look? Do you think Apple will give in and unlock the NFC chip in the iPhone 7 or do you think it will take the company more time to do so? Do you think Apple will launch both the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 7 this year or will they limit themselves to one new smartphone? If you already own the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, what features would determine you to upgrade if Apple were to launch the iPhone 6S or iPhone 7 as soon as we predict? Feel free to sound off in the comments below, your opinions and comments are always appreciated!
5 Reasons You NEED To Play The Final Fantasy VIII Remaster
After many years of fans begging Square Enix to remaster Final Fantasy VII, they finally listened and did just that. There were numerous excuses as to why the game’s re-release had lagged behind the re-releases of both VII and IX, with the most common excuse being that the game’s original code was lost years ago. However, the company made it happen and the game is finally available for modern audiences to play on modern hardware today. We’re going to give you 5 reasons why you should do just that.
First time available on modern hardware
As we’ve already said, this is the first time that the game is available on modern hardware. While the game originally launched for PS1 back in 1999, it later got a PC port in 2000. That means that is has been a whopping 19 years since a new version of the game has been available for purchase, and that wait was a brutal one. However, it is finally over and you can now play this classic game on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch along with PC. If the lack of modern hardware support was stopping you from checking out, that excuse just got thrown out the window.
The visuals look better than ever
Thankfully, Square Enix did not just slap this port together quickly and throw it out there to shut everyone up. They did a terrific job of putting on a shiny new coat of paint for the game, with the character models in particular looking much better. While things like environment textures didn’t get quite the same amount of attention, this is nevertheless the best that the game has ever looked. It also helps that the game is simply beautiful from a design standpoint, with the game’s world being gorgeous to behold even though we’re dealing with the hardware limitations of 1999.
Quality of life improvements
While those who played the game 20 years ago will still be getting what is essentially the same experience, Square Enix did add some quality of life improvements to put it more in line with current JRPGs. These changes include the likes of increasing battle speed by 3 times, shutting off random encounters completely and even a cheat to give you max HP and limit breaks. While these may seem minor, these will go a long way to ease some of the tedium that many feel after some particularly long gaming sessions. Max HP and Limit Breaks will also make the incredibly tough Ultima and Omega Weapon boss fights a lot easier to deal with.
The Final Fantasy series is known for having its fair share of enticing side quests and mini games, but there isn’t a single one that is as addicting as Triple Triad. The game is essentially a card game that is played on a 3×3 grid, and each card has a certain number on the top, bottom, left and right sides. You need to place your cards in a manner that the numbers on your cards are higher than your opponents, and seeing as your card can be attacked from four different sides this can be tricky. You’re able to challenge many different characters to a match throughout the course of the entire game, and doing so comes with plenty of nice rewards that will make your quest easier.
The game is awesome
While our previous points focused on specific elements of the game, this one is a simple fact that has been true since 1999: the game is awesome. Unfortunately, releasing immediately after Final Fantasy VII (a watershed moment for gaming) put it under a very cruel microscope, with many knee jerk reactions simply saying it “isn’t as good as VII.” However, in the years that have passed people have revisited the game, and the consensus has definitely changed. This adventure that Square created is unlike any other in the series, being host to an ambitious and bizarre plot filled with some of the best characters the series has ever seen. If you’ve played the game before then this is the perfect time to experience this masterpiece all over again, and if you haven’t then what are you waiting for?
10 Huge Games Still Coming In 2019
2019 has been yet another good year for gaming so far, with several games releasing that will be big contenders for game of the year once the curtain closes. However, despite the year already being more than halfway over, there are still some huge titles on the horizon that are sure to make their own dents on the coming best-of lists. This article will list the 10 biggest games that are still coming in 2019.
A new game from Remedy Entertainment is always highly-anticipated, and Control is no different. The game is an action-adventure game in the same style as Alan Wake or Quantum Break, but with a supernatural twist. Players will control Jesse Faden, who possesses a variety of supernatural abilities like telekinesis, levitation and more. She will be using her abilities in order to defeat an enemy known only as the Hiss, which has corrupted reality. Control launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on August 27th.
It has been many years since the last game in the Borderlands series released, but the hiatus is finally coming to an end very soon. Those who have played previous games in the series will feel right at home with this game, as it’s once again a loot-driven FPS. The game will offer more zany characters and a charming and insane world to explore, all while dealing with new antagonists Troy and Tyreen Calypso along with their Children of the Vault cult. Borderlands 3 launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 13th, with a Google Stadia port release date being TBA.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series is returning soon with Breakpoint, which will serve as a continuation of previous game Wildlands. The game is set in an open world environment called Aurora, which is a fictional island in the Pacific Ocean. Players will control Lieutenant Colonel Anthony “Nomad” Perryman, who is a special forces operative that was sent to the island to investigate a series of disturbances in the area. Breakpoint launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 4th, with a Google Stadia port coming in November.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Each new installment in the Call of Duty series is always huge, but Modern Warfare’s release marks a first for the long-running franchise. It will be the first game in the series that is reimagining of a previous game in the series, taking 2004’s original game and updating its mechanics and themes to match today’s world. The game will still have some of the beats that the first game had, but will also incorporate lots of surprises to make it a fresh experience. Modern Warfare launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 25th.
The Outer Worlds
Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds is one that will be very highly-anticipated for fans of Fallout: New Vegas, as this game serves as a sort of spiritual successor to that game. It will be an open world RPG that allows you to explore many unique areas crawling with plenty of deadly foes. Players will also be able to encounter and recruit NPCs as companions that have their own personal missions and stories to take part in. The Outer Worlds launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 25th, with a Switch port also being in the works.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
It seemed very unlikely that Luigi’s Mansion would become a recurring franchise for Nintendo following the original GameCube game, but here we are. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is coming to Switch, which also means it will be the first home console release since the original game back in 2003. This time the game is set in a haunted hotel rather than a mansion, and Luigi has some new tricks up his sleeves to take down all those ghosts. Luigi’s Mansion 3 will launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on October 31st.
If you’re looking for the most ambitious (and weirdest) game still coming in 2019, then look no further. Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding has perplexed gamers ever since its announcement, and each new trailer that releases just brings more and more questions to the table. It is Kojima’s first game since breaking up with Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phanton Pain (and the cancellation of Silent Hills), and it looks like Kojima has taken the newfound complete creative control to deliver something truly original. Death Stranding launches exclusively for PS4 on November 8th.
Pokemon Sword & Shield
At this point we all know what to expect from a new Pokemon game, and Sword and Shield seems poised to deliver even more cute creatures for players to capture and battle very soon. What sets Sword and Shield apart from its predecessors is that it will be the first home console release for the series, which is saying something considering the series has been around for over 20 years. Pokemon Sword & Shield launches exclusively for Switch on November 15th.
If you’re a fan of Shenmue then nothing needs to be said for the inclusion of the upcoming third game on this list. Fans of the series have been waiting nearly two decades for a follow-up to the second game, and in just a couple of months that will finally be delivered to them. Brought to life thanks to an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, the game continues the adventure of protagonist Ryo Hazuki as he hunts down his father’s killer. Shenmue III will launch for PS4 and PC on November 19th.
id Software’s DOOM 2016 was one of the best FPS games to come along in years, so it’s a no-brainer that the follow-up would be on this list. Eternal is set to offer yet another intense FPS campaign for players to plunge into, while also offering a multiplayer component that greatly improves upon the last game’s underwhelming multiplayer mode. There will also be twice as many demon types than there was in the last game, meaning that the chaos level just got that much higher. DOOM Eternal launches for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and PC on November 22nd.
5 Most Exciting Announcements From The Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference
Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference has officially come to an end, and with it came plenty of big announcements to get excited about. Some new games were announced, whereas previously-announced games got new footage and/or release dates. In this article we’ve narrowed it all down to the 5 most exciting announcements.
New Xbox “Project Scarlett” Coming Holiday 2020
We’ve known for a while now that a new Xbox was in the works, but now we know when to expect it. Microsoft’s fourth console (which hopefully has a better official name than Xbox One did) will be a big step up from the previous console. Things like much faster load times, an AMD Processor that is four times more powerful than the Xbox One X, 8K Resolution and 120 FPS were all mentioned. A price and exact release date weren’t mentioned. It will also be launching with…
Halo Infinite Coming Holiday 2020, Launching On Both Xbox One and Project Scarlett
The wait for the next Halo game has been longer than ever before for series fans, and the announcement at E3 revealed that the wait will continue. Halo Infinite will not be launching until Holiday 2020, meaning it will have been 5 years since the previous game released with Halo 5. It will also be launching on Xbox One and Project Scarlett, meaning the new console will have a big launch title for fans to get pumped about.
Cyberpunk 2077 Coming April 2020, Stars Keanu Reeves
It’s hard to pick a game that people have been more excited about than Cyberpunk 2077, and after Microsoft’s press conference we’re even more excited. Not only is it coming in April of next year, but Keanu Reeves himself will be playing a “key” role in the game. Everything shown from the game has looked great so far, so hopefully it all pans out and we have another classic from CD Projekt RED come April 2020.
FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin Collaboration Elden Ring Announced
This one was actually leaked prior to the presentation, but Dark Souls developer FromSoftware and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin are collaborating on a new game. The game is called Elden Ring, and it will be a departure from the developer’s most recent games as it will be open world. Very little information on the game is known at this point, as it is still in the early stages of development.
Phantasy Star Online 2 Is Coming West
It took a very long time, but the popular MMORPG is finally coming west. The game is coming to Xbox One in a free-to-play form in Spring 2020, so the wait won’t be that much longer. “There will be no limitations on game experiences,”says Sega, because they want to “provide all players with a fair and exciting experience.”
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