The real reason Apple dumbed-down the iPhone 7 camera

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 08:00
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Opinion

I agree 100 percent with Chris Smith’s post on BGR about how the iPhone 7 is about to become inferior to the larger iPhone 7 Plus in a very significant way.

The iPhone 7 Plus' dual-camera vs the single camera in the 7. (Photo:

The iPhone 7 Plus’ dual-camera vs the single camera in the 7. (Photo:

I greatly prefer the 4.7-inch form factor iPhone and won’t buy the larger “Plus size” iPhone because it’s too bulky and it can’t be used with one hand. Plus, my iPad Pro and MacBook usually aren’t far away for when I need a larger screen.

In his article Smith lists several possible excuses Apple might trot out for omitting the dual-lens camera from the iPhone 7, but the real reason is after the jump.


Parallels Desktop 12 announced, will be released August 23rd

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 07:54
Category: macOS, News, Software, Windows


The perpetually useful Parallels Desktop has just hit version 12.

The new version arrives with support for macOS Sierra alongside a new standalone app called Parallels Toolbox, which allows users to perform some simple tasks that aren’t necessarily tied to virtualization.

New features include a Windows 10 “always on” function wherein Windows 10 continues to run in the background and apps can be instantly launched. the ability to schedule incremental backups and Windows updates, the ability to assign special behaviors to Windows apps, improved integration for Microsoft Edge, Outlook, and Office 365, and Xbox app support. Additionally, Parallels has partnered with Blizzard to provide specific support for the hit game Overwatch.


AT&T introduces higher-end data plans, removes overages ahead of next-gen iPhone launch

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 05:39
Category: iPhone, News, wireless


Just ahead of the next-gen iPhone release, AT&T on Wednesday announced new data plans that finally eliminate overage fees for heavy users.

The new plans, which go into effect this Sunday, retail for $30 per month for 1 gigabyte, $40 for 3 gigabytes, $60 for 6 gigabytes, $80 for 10 gigabytes, $90 for 16 gigabytes, $110 for 25 gigabytes, and $135 for 30 gigabytes. The 25- and 30-gigabyte plans are significantly cheaper than before, having previously hit $175 and $225, but the bottom tier now has half the data of its old equivalent, and others have been replaced or removed, such as the $20/300-megabyte and $50/5-gigabyte options.

The new plans will have users’ speeds throttled once they hit their data cap. With previous plans, the company was charging $15 for an extra gigabyte after exceeding any rollover allotments.


Rumor: Apple won’t use “iPhone 7 Pro” name for next-gen handset

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Date: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, 07:15
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


According to the current rumors, the “iPhone 7 Pro” monicker may never come to be.

A number of sources have said that Apple is following this name scheme to avoid confusion of having back-to-back iPhones with “S” in the name, even though the iPhone 7 will largely be a minor update over the iPhone 6s.

The new report nixes the additional third tier/”Pro” name, which had been a rumored dual-lens alternative to the single-lens “iPhone 7 Plus” that had been mentioned months ago. The less-powerful camera option was said to be created by Apple as a fallback in case the dual-lens technology didn’t pan out. Now that everything seems to be going well for the company in this area, and mockups have repeatedly shown a dual-lens camera enclosure, it makes sense for Apple to revert to the well-known “Plus” moniker for its next-generation 5.5-inch dual-lens iPhone, and drop any reference to “Pro” altogether.


Apple rolls out iPhone carrier billing systems in Taiwan, Switzerland

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Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016, 07:17
Category: iPhone, News, retail


This could be helpful if you’re traveling.

Apple on Tuesday launched a new carrier billing options in Taiwan and Switzerland that lets users charge iTunes purchases directly to their monthly cellphone bill.

Like carrier billing systems already available in Germany and Russia Apple’s Taiwan rollout lets customers pay for apps, music, Apple Music subscriptions and more using their phone number.

The same features have also been rolled out in Switzerland and in Taiwan, the alternative payment plan will first be available to monthly contract customers for area telecom Far EasTone.


Twitter holds discussions with Apple to create Apple TV that allows for NFL live streaming

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Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016, 05:57
Category: Apple TV, Fun, News, Software


If you love your Apple TV, football and Twitter, you’ll love this.

Twitter is apparently in discussions with Apple to launch a Twitter app for the Apple TV that would let Twitter’s users watch the NFL games on Apple’s set-top box.

Twitter has directed [Chief Financial Officer] Mr. [Anthony] Noto, a former Goldman Sachs banker with deep ties to the sports media industry, to lead the charge on live streaming and has assigned an engineering team to create its streaming video player. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, considers streaming a critical component of the company’s focus on “live” experiences, along with Periscope, its app that allows smartphone users to live-stream video.

As such, Twitter is in talks with Apple to incorporate Twitter into an app that allows for the streaming of NFL games.


Apple releases iOS 10 public beta 6, developer beta 6

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2016, 12:15
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software


If you’re a fan of the iOS 10 betas, this is your lucky day.

On Monday, Apple released iOS 10 beta 6 to the developer community and the iOS 10 public beta 5 to the beta tester community.

The new betas feature assorted bug fixes and changes, all while still working towards the 1.0 release.


Rumor: New Space Black iPhone 7 shots emerge

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2016, 07:26
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor


Some new photos of a Spack Black iPhone 7 have surfaced and they’re starting to look good, even at lower quality.

Since June, the idea of a Space Black color has been floated and considered to be a fairly credible rumor. Other color possibilities, such as a dark blue next-gen iPhone, seem to have gone by the wayside and become that much less likely. Still, this one is holding on and gaining credence at this point in time.


Niantic announces crackdowns, bans on Pokémon Go hackers, cheaters

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2016, 05:06
Category: Fun, Hack, iOS, News, Software


Pokémon Go players who are found to be cheating have begun facing both punishment and permanent bans.

Game maker Niantic, the developer behind mobile sensation Pokémon Go, is now issuing permanent bans to players who violate its terms of service. Though TOS violations vary, these bans appear to be directed at cheaters who rely on GPS spoofing, bots, and other software techniques that allow Pokémon Go to be played beyond the realm of Niantic’s design parameters.

For instance, GPS spoofing lets you trick a smartphone into thinking you’re located in a different country, allowing you to catch pokémon that may be more easily located in that area or restricted to certain regions. Bots, on the other hand, let you automate portions of the game.


Iran may begin allowing iPhone imports, timeline for this yet to be be announced

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Date: Friday, August 12th, 2016, 07:07
Category: iPhone, News, retail


It looks like the iPhone may finally be coming to Iran.

The local media has reported that Iran is preparing to allow local retailers to import iPhones legally for the first time. Just last month, the country was threatening to ban the devices in what it was calling an anti-smuggling move. All that threat did in turn, however, was drive up the price of iPhones already in the country and actually increase smuggling.

The nation’s trade industry has requested licenses from the Traded Promoted Organization and requested licenses for nine Iranian companies to import the iPhone. Apple does not have any kind of presence within Iran itself, so this is a bit strange.