Reasons You Should Wait For the 2017 iPhone

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are barely a few months old, but that won’t stop the rumors from spreading about the 2017 iPhone. 2017 will mark the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, which is why speculation about the phones expected then are already here.


The latest rumors, most of which come from a Nikkei Asian Review report, include several details that might make it worth holding off from buying the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

1. Three new iPhone models: Not two, but three new iPhones will arrive in 2017. The sizes include: 4.7 inches, 5.5 inches, and one that is 5.5 inches or larger.

2. Say hello to curved screens: The reason for a third model? Apple will bring a curved screen to the third one. You can find examples of a curved screen on the Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge and Note 7.

3. Finally, the OLED screen: And of course, to make a curved screen reality, Apple would need to switch to OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens — a rumor previously reported by Bloomberg. An executive at Sharp, a Japanese company that is one of Apple’s suppliers, confirmed the switch in a new Nikkei Asian Review report.

4. The end of the home button: A new report from Bloomberg states that the iPhone in 2017 will no longer have a home button, because Apple wants to “focus more heavily on the display.”

5. A new era of charging: In another leak from an Apple electronic supplier, Foxconn, a source told Nikkei Asian Review that they are testing “wireless charging modules.” Whether it will make onto to phone is up to the feature’s “yield rate,” a way to measure how many good products were in one batch. If the wireless charging “module” has a poor yield rate, Apple could decide to nick the feature.

iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus Hands-on Review

Smart Communications has opened its registration web page for those who want to pre-order Apple’s newest iPhone landing on our shores real soon.


No postpaid nor prepaid plans have been revealed as of this moment, but one thing’s for sure is we’re bound to get all available variants as listed on the local telecommunication company’s website. While the release date has yet to be announced, information from various sources point out to a mid-November launch in the Philippines, akin to recent iPhone launches the past few years, which may be the reason for the out-of-nowhere appearance of the local telco’s registration page.

For those who are interested purchasing the phone on Smart’s prepaid or postpaid plans, you may register your interest here. You can also read more about our full review of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, just in case you need to decide on which Cupertino phone is best to pick this holiday season.

iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus Hands-on Review Youtube Video Here

The Apple Iphone And Its Future In The Years To Come.

Let’s talk about some figure here. Apple has already reported a staggering 12.992 million units of the iPhone 3GS sold since its unveiling and release.

They have also reported an estimate of around 1.7 million units of the new iPhone 4 since its release last June 24 in only a matter of 3 days. So just by these numbers alone, we can be sure that the iPhone mania may still be well positioned in the next 5 years or so.

Though through out its history, it wasn’t really that perfect, receiving some negative comments from users about connection issues, it still managed to get the attention of many patrons world wide.

Particularly the new iPhone 4, we have heard of reports of its poor connection and reception problems that were actually acknowledged by Apple. They apologized and even offered a free update on the software that is supposed to correct the low signal in the signal bar of the phone.

They have already told their clients that if they are just completely not satisfied with their iPhone, then they can simply get a refund on their money providing that they return the unit only within 30 days upon purchase with out damage.

But despite these weaknesses, a majority of customers in the US, Canada and UK are still fans of the popular smart phone and according to recent surveys, 83% would still chose an iPhone than use another brand of mobile phone and would purchase iPhone insurance along with their brand new unit.

Though in Japan, they have a more different way of looking at the iPhone. It is very unpopular amongst Japanese citizens due to the fact that they are more into pictures and videos which are some what weak points in the Apple iPhone.

Some say that it will almost be impossible to tap the Japanese market since the majority of them don’t want to use foreign brands.

But in other countries, definitely the demand and popularity of the iPhone is still there specially in Europe and America because there is still a continuous demand for accessories and iPhone insurance is a regular search in Google.

This ever continuing demand for the iPhone and iPhone insurance are signs that indeed this Apple smart phone will be here to stay in the next 4 -5 years. We can expect some improvements like maybe a upcoming iPhone 4i or a iPhone 5 version. But will Apple still retain the famous design that made them millions in sales? Let’s just wait and find out.

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How to Download and Install iOS 10 on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

iOS 10 is out and available as a free download on a wide range of Apple devices. Installing the updated is pretty simple, but if this is your first time, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.


While recent iOS 10 builds have been quite stable for us, the final version could have a few bugs that will be fixed in later updates. If you’d rather wait for that, then stop reading now. However if you are like us and always prefer updating to the latest version as soon as it is released, read on. Don’t forget to backup your iOS device before you download and install iOS 10.

How to download and install iOS 10
If you have enough free space on your iOS device you can update easily via these steps.
1. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
2. Tap Download and Install.
3. When the download is complete, tap Install and tap Agree when Apple shows you its Terms and Conditions.
4. Your iOS device will restart and iOS 10 will be installed.

Download iOS 10 via iTunes
If you don’t have enough free space on your iOS device, you can install the update via iTunes. Here’s how.

1. If you don’t have iTunes installed on your PC, first download and install it.
2. Open iTunes.
3. Connect the iOS device to your PC or Mac.
4. In iTunes select your device’s icon on the top bar.
5. Click the Summary tab and then click Check for update.
6. Now click Download and update.
7. Follow the simple on-screen instructions to install iOS 10.

What are your thoughts on iOS 10? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, visit our How to section.

Simple iPhone Tips And Tricks To Free Up Storage Easily

Storage space on any mobile device is precious, and running low on memory can be quite annoying, especially on iPhone, where there is no option to further expand it through a microSD card.

Lack of storage space can feel quite limiting, more so when you wish to store more media or install apps.

Here are a few easy tips and tricks that will help free up precious storage on your iPhone with ease.


Stop Storing Text Messages

Did you know that your text messages are stored by default on iOS 9? This invariably takes up plenty of precious memory. To resolve this unnecessary consumption of memory, do the following:

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > Messages > Keep Messages.

Step 2: You will espy the options where you can keep the text messages natively on your iPhone for 30 days, a year or forever.

Step 3: Click on the 30 days option. A prompt to delete all messages that are more than 30 days old will appear. Delete the same.

You now have sufficient space for new apps!

Clear Cache

Clearing your history and website data is another easy way to save space on your iPhone. Simply go to Settings > Safari browser and then the Clear History and Website Data option. Click on the same and you have saved some precious space on your handset by removing the cookies, browsing data and history!

This process basically deletes the temporary files and clears the cache as well.

Optimize Camera Roll

Optimizing your camera roll will help free up some space on your iPhone. Doing this makes the format of the stored photos on your iPhone smaller. The full-resolution pictures are stored in iCloud.

To do so, go to Settings > iCloud > Photos > Optimize iPhone Storage. Remember, the Photos option appears only when the iCloud Photo Library is switched on.

Bonus Tip

Hold down the home and power button together (similar to what you do for reboot) for 10 seconds. The Apple logo will appear. This would clear the cache memory and RAM.

How To Manage Storage

To find out the amount of storage space you’re using, navigate to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage.

The figure that is shown below Storage — not iCloud — is categorized as Used, Available and Manage Storage. Used is the amount of space you have used up locally. Available is the space remaining.

Click on the Manage Storage option. You will see a list of apps get populated, which are ranked from the biggest to the smallest. On this list, check for apps that are not useful and delete them. This will also free up storage space.

How to tell if an iPhone is Locked or Unlocked to a specific network

When buying a new (or second-hand) iPhone you should always check that it is unlocked. An unlocked iPhone can be used on any phone network, and is worth more money than a locked iPhone. This feature looks at how to check if an iPhone is locked or not.


How can I tell if an iPhone is unlocked? Does it say in the Settings somewhere?

It’s important to know how to check an iPhone’s network status. Apple iPhones come in two flavours: locked and unlocked. An unlocked phone can be used on any phone network, while a locked phone can only be used on the network the phone is locked to.

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An iPhone that can be used on any network is described as “unlocked”. The iPhones you pay full-price for (typically from the Apple Store) are unlocked by default. But an iPhone bought from a network, usually as part of an on-going network plan, is locked. This is normally for a set period, 18 or 24 months, and the cost of your contract covers part of the cost of the iPhone device.

Which iPhones are locked and unlocked?
It’s not possible to tell, just by looking at the handset, whether an iPhone is locked or unlocked. Apple does not allow other phone companies to brand iPhone devices. You don’t get Three- or EE-branded iPhones, for example.

To confuse matters even further, some phones are locked when sold, but are unlocked at a later date when the original owner has paid for the initial contract.


The simplest method of checking if an iPhone is locked or unlocked, and the one we’ll use first, involves a quick look in the Settings app.

You’ll need to be able to power up the iPhone and access the cellular settings (you may need to enter the four-digit passcode). Follow these steps to check in iOS if an iPhone is unlocked:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Mobile (if the device is set to American English it will say “Cellular” instead).
  3. Check for an option named Mobile Data Network (or Cellular Data Network)

If you see an option for Mobile Data Network then your iPhone is most likely unlocked. This option should not appear on locked iPhones.

This method is reportedly not 100 per cent effective, however. If you need to know for sure – if you’re buying a second-hand iPhone, for example, and want to know if you’re paying a fair price – you should use a SIM card to check that it is unlocked. We’ll walk through that method next.

How to check if an iPhone is unlocked using a SIM card

It’s best to have two SIM cards, from different networks. One is usually the SIM card you own, and then other will be the one in the iPhone. Follow these steps to check that the iPhone is unlocked:

1. Make a phone call using the current SIM card. Make sure it connects.
2. Power off the iPhone. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button and use the Slide to Power Off option to switch off the iPhone.
3. Use the SIM-card ejector tool (or a paper clip) to eject the SIM card from the iPhone.
4. Insert your new SIM card.
5. Press the Sleep/Wake button to wake up the iPhone.
6. Make a phone call. Check that the iPhone can connect a call using the new SIM card.

If the phone call does not connect with the new SIM card, then the iPhone is locked.

iPhone Tricks Most Users Fail To Realize

The iPhone is amazing. Apple has crafted an exquisite product that combines quality hardware and software, bringing a totally fluid and satisfying user experience.


However, not every iPhone user is aware of all the cool features and characteristics the smartphone has up its sleeve. And if you want to know them, read on.

1. Don’t expose your iPhone to too much heat or cold. Instead, you should always try to keep your phone at room temperature so that it will not shut done and get damaged.

2. Your iPhone also contains so many germs. The more you and other people touch an iPhone, the more it gets filled with germs. You might even sneeze on it. Thus, clean it using a soft, lint-free cloth from time to time.

3. Too many apps will drain your iPhone’s power. If you are no longer playing Angry Birds or Plants Versus Zombies, maybe you can delete it to save space and power.

4. Don’t let your GPS kill your phone’s battery life. If you aren’t using the “Find My iPhone” app that’s useful if you ever lose your phone or any other app that actually needs a GPS, turn it off.

32GB iPhone 7 significantly slower than more expensive versions

Not all iPhone 7s are born equally, according to new tests, which appear to show the cheapest, 32GB versions are significantly slower than the more expensive 128 or 256GB versions and that some have much poorer 4G reception.


Testing by both GSMArena and Unbox Therapy found that the speed of the storage within the 32GB iPhone 7 is significantly slower than that in the more expensive 128GB iPhone 7. Reading data from the storage of the 32GB version of the iPhone 7 was 200Mbps slower than the 12GB version, 656Mbps and 856Mbps respectively. The difference in read speed over 600Mbps is unlikely to be noticeable in day-to-day usage.

However, writing to the storage – saving data including photos, videos, music, apps or any other type of file – was found to be significantly slower on the 32GB iPhone. The 128GB iPhone 7 wrote to memory at 341Mbps, but the 32GB iPhone 7 was over eight times slower at just 42Mbps.

GSMArena found similar results in its testing of the iPhone 7, with a 32GB iPhone 7 Plus reaching write speeds of only 39.6Mbps compared with a 128GB iPhone 7 writing at speeds of 308Mbps.

Meanwhile, testing of different versions of the iPhone 7 Plus have also apparently revealed discrepancies in their cellular performances. According to New York-based Cellular Insights, which conducted tests using networking equipment, the iPhone 7 Plus smartphones with model numbers A1778 and A1784, including those available in the UK and Europe, performed noticeably poorer than those with model numbers A1660 and A1661, including those available in the US.

A1778 and A1784 iPhone 7 Plus smartphones have an Intel modem chip that connects them to the 4G network, while the A1660 and A1661 models use a modem supplied by Qualcomm, a common supplier of modems and processors to many Android smartphones, including the new Google Pixel.

The Intel iPhone 7 Plus models showed at least 30% worse network performance, and in some cases as poor as 75% worse, than the Qualcomm iPhone 7 Plus models. This performance gap means that the Intel iPhone 7 Plus models will have poorer 4G reception than the Qualcomm versions and slower download and upload speeds.

Milan Milanović from Cellular Insights said: “In all tests, the iPhone 7 Plus with the Qualcomm modem had a significant performance edge over the iPhone 7 Plus with the Intel modem. We are not sure what was the main reason behind Apple’s decision to source two different modem suppliers for the newest iPhone.”

In Cellular Insights further testing, it showed that the Intel iPhone 7 Plus models had worse reception than the iPhone 6S in the majority of signal conditions.

Most of the time users blame mobile phone operators when the signal drops out on their smartphone or data speeds are slow, but the testing indicates that depending on smartphone model, it might not always be the fault of the network provider.

Apple Confirms New MacBook Pro Launch Details

It’s time for the venerated MacBook Pro line-up to get some fresh blood, and this evening’s simple “Hello again” from Apple means we won’t have to wait long.


Apple has sent out the friendly invites asking the media to join Tim Cook and his team on Thursday October 27th at the Apple Campus in Cupertino. It is expected that a new line-up of MacBook Pro machines will be announced, and there is a strong chance that the MacBook and MacBook Air line-ups will also be refreshed.

Recent Mac and MacBook launches have seen a relatively long lead time between the official announcement and pre-orders being taken in various territories, although I would expect customers in the US and the main EU territories to receive the first units in time for Christmas 2016.

The full MacBook range has not received a huge amount of love from Apple in the last few years. Apart from the launch of the ultrathin MacBook last year, the MacBook Pro range’s last update was a token specs bump during 2016. In contrast to the iPhone and iPad lines Apple continues to sell a MacBook Pro model that was launched over four years ago in 2012.

Cook is expected to reveal a MacBook Pro which continues the ethos of dropping ports and old solutions that saw the headphone jack removed from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Apple’s push for minimalism and advancing new connectivity options will be achieved by dropping both the older USB ports and the Magsafe power cord from the new MacBooks. The hardware will rely on USB-C and Thunderbolt connections for power and peripherals, just as Apple achieved with last year’s new MacBook. The major addition to the design could be a programmable touch-sensitive OLED display strip above the keyboard offering a mix of information and redefinable function keys.

The new MacBook Pro design is expected to be available in both 13 inch and 15 inch form factors. The MacBook Air could see an updated 13 inch model as well, but there are strong indicators that the 11 inch model of the Air will be discontinued. That would not be a shock as the 12 inch MacBook is ruling this space and the smallest Air is lacking any unique features that could help it stand out.

Apple reportedly wants to use changeable E Ink keyboards

Apple’s plans for advanced laptop controls may extend beyond that rumored OLED touch strip. Both 9to5Mac and TrustedReviews report that Apple has been in talks to use a laptop version of Sonder Design’s dynamic keyboard technology, which uses E Ink to change key labels on the fly.


Just how Tim Cook and company would implement the hardware isn’t clear, but it might work the way these keyboards have operated since the days of Art Lebedev’s Optimus Maximus. If so, you’d get handy labels on keys as you switch contexts, such as brushes in an image editor or different characters when you switch languages.

Although Sonder has confirmed that talks have taken place, it’s not saying whether or not it has a deal. It only adds that it’s “closing B2B procurement contracts” with three laptop makers, and that Foxconn (which helped get Sonder off the ground) and E Ink are helping.

Given the timing, you probably aren’t going to get a MacBook with this keyboard any time soon. Even if Apple has a contract in place (there’s no guarantee that it has), you probably wouldn’t see these livelier keyboards until 2017 at the earliest.