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Jack adapter, iPhone 7 Home button, using AirPods, iPhone 7 faster than MacBook, Wide Color, Jet Black, Galaxy Note banned, Apple Watch Series 2


Really, everyone, you didn't expect a solution like this to appear?
Really, everyone, you didn’t expect a solution like this to appear?

Belkin announces the Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar for the iPhone 7/7 Plus — Belkin has announced the Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar adapter for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Developed closely with Apple, it plugs into the Lightning connector making it possible to use Lightning Audio headphones or the Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter and charge your iPhone at the same time.

Hands-on with iPhone 7 Home Button: disappointing Haptic Feedback, increased functionality — Apple had two major changes in iPhone 7 beyond incremental improvements. The first is the much-talked about lack of an auxiliary port for headphones, but the other will effect the way we do things far longer than the transition to Lightning audio. That’s moving from a physical Home Button to a touch-sensitive, stationary Home Button. Here’s what Bryan Chaffin found about the iPhone 7 Home Button during my hands-on session at Apple’s media event.

Hands-on with Apple’s AirPods wireless headphones — AppleInsider offers a closer look with this hands-on video.

iPhones now faster than Macs — It’s official, well at least according to reported Geekbench scores spotted in the wild! iPhones are now faster than Macs! The latest, and most recently updated, 2016 12” MacBook is slower than the iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple’s Wide Color screen on the iPhone 7 will lead to more faithful color reproduction — Apple has implemented many different changes to graphics presentation over the years, but none may be more dramatic and have a more lasting impact than the ongoing shift from older technologies to the new Wide Color standard as found in the iPhone 7 family.

How Apple achieves the high-gloss ‘jet black’ colour on the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus — Apple made something of a fuss about the iPhone 7’s new ‘jet black’ colour during this week’s press event in San Francisco, going into depth about the nine-step process needed to achieve that look. Here’s how it’s accomplished.

Voice Record Pro is a solid replacement for Apple’s Voice Memos app — Sometimes, Apple’s Voice Memos app is perfect for quickly grabbing a spoken word note or recording a meeting. On the other hand, it’s quite limited in capability, so users may find themselves wanting more. Voice Record Pro 7 is a viable replacement to Apple’s native voice memos app, providing more options to record, playback, and upload to cloud storage.

Explosions prompt FAA to warn airline passengers against using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in flight — With just a week to go before Apple’s jumbo-sized iPhone 7 Plus hits the market, its chief competitor – Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 – continues to deal with the fallout from faulty batteries, including a safety warning issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration. [I can tell you anecdotally that they have to be turned off in Air New Zealand flights, too – this reported by a family member last night coming back from Melbourne.]

Hands-On with Apple Watch Series 2: faster, better, prettier — Bryan Chaffin checked out Apple Watch Series 2 (AWS2) at Apple’s hands-on demo after Wednesday’s media event, and was impressed. “There’s a lot to like in this second generation device, and I’ve gathered my hands-on impressions …” [Apple Watch series 2? That’s way too long a name, Apple. Can’t you just drop ‘Series’?]
But preorders have already slipped from two to three weeks.

iPhone 7 … it’s here: no headphone jack, waterproof, much better cameras


(Image from the Apple NZ iPhone 7 page.)
(Image from the Apple NZ iPhone 7 page.)

Apple announces water resistant iPhone 7 with pressure-sensing home button, dual cameras, jet black finish — The just-announced iPhone 7 series features a number of upgrades throughout, including a new jet black glossy finish option (shown above), a click-free pressure sensitive home button, and the best mobile cameras Apple has ever offered.
One model has a new glossy jet black finish, plus there is aluminium with a black logo, and gold, silver, and rose-gold finishes [‘pink’ doesn’t sound as good.] They all have subtle, integrated antennas.
The home button has been completely reengineered with a force sensitive design and new generation Taptic Engine. This features quick actions like moving widgets, messages, notifications, and ringtones and it can be programmed by third-party applications with the release of a new Taptic Engine API.
IiPhone 7 is water resistant, keeping out liquid and dust to prevent damage.

No headphone jack — As strongly rumoured, iPhone 7 has no headphone jack. It will ship with Lightning-connected EarPods in the box, as well as a Lightning-to-headphone adapter for those using preferred headphones/earbuds. Apple will sell separate AirPod Bluetooth headphones alongside the iPhone 7.

Camera — iPhone 7 has optical image stabilisation in all models with a larger f/1.8 aperture lens letting in 50% more light. There’s also a new six-element lens, and a high-speed 12-megapixel sensor that’s 60% faster and 30% more energy efficient.
The True Tone flash features four LEDS that put out 50% more light. It has a ‘flicker sensor’ that reads the flickering of artificial lighting to compensate for it in photos and videos.
The camera is powered by an Apple-designed image signal processor that detects faces and bodies, sets exposure, sets white balance, captures wide color, reduces noise, and much more.
The forward-facing [ie, Selfie] FaceTime HD camera has been upgraded too, to 7 megapixels (up from 5). It also includes new pixel technology like deep trench isolation, and can capture wide-colour-gamut images and has auto image stabilisation.
The bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus ups the ante with two 12-megapixel cameras. One has a wide-angle lens, the other is telephoto. This allows users to change the focal length of the lens, bringing optical zoom to the iPhone for the first time.
Combined with software zoom, images can be enhanced up to 10x, doubling that of the previous iPhone’s capabilities. Optical zoom maxes out at 2x. (As cribbed from Apple Insider.)

NZ prices availability (from the official Apple press release) —  iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in silver, gold, rose gold and the new black finish in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models starting at RRP NZ$1199 inc.GST for iPhone 7 and RRP NZ $1429 inc.GST for iPhone 7 Plus, and the new jet black finish will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models from Apple.com, Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers.
• Customers will be able to order iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus beginning Friday, 9 September, with availability beginning Friday, 16 September, in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US.
• The new Apple-designed wireless AirPods including charging case will be available for RRP NZ$269 inc.GST from Apple.com beginning in late October. All iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models will include EarPods with Lightning Connector and a Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter, also sold separately at Apple.com for RRP NZ$49 inc.GST and RRP NZ$15 inc.GST, respectively.
• Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colours will be available starting at RRP NZ$59 inc.GST and iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case will be offered in black and white for RRP NZ$169 inc.GST from Apple.com. Lightning Docks in several colour-matching metallic finishes will also be available for RRP NZ$95 inc.GST.
• Every customer who buys iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup online3, to help them customise their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store® and more.