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iPhone 7

The best iPhone 7 rumours

04 Jun 2016
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It’s almost time for a new iPhone to hit the market and the rumour mill has never been busier.

Amanda kept us up to date back in March on the updates to expect for this September’s launch, and while a few new rumours have been doing the rounds, including an all-glass exterior and the removal of the headphone jack, it's the software that has got tongues wagging lately.

Just this past June, iOS 10 was announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

Here are just some of the great new features, as well as a couple of other rumours that’ll take your iPhone experience to the next level:

Mouth-watering photography

LinX imaging was purchased by Apple last year and it’s rumoured they’ll be utilising its camera technology in the new handset. LinX developed smaller sensors that deliver DSLR-quality images, whilst also enhancing imagery in darker environments (for perfect cocktail shots at your fav bar) by keeping exposure times short to avoid motion blur.

Another rumour is we’ll enjoy 21 Megapixels this year, a huge jump from the previous 8 Megapixel in the iPhone 6. Get ready for the mega likes and shares of your dreams!

iPhone 7 will have as much storage as the iPad Pro

There hasn’t been a storage upgrade since the iPhone 5 in 2012 and our storage needs have changed significantly since then. Plus, how annoying is it when your phone gets full and you have to choose photos and apps to delete – having to decide whether to part with classic apps like Fruit Ninja is an intense decision but fingers crossed this will soon be a thing of the past.

The rumoured iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro will start at 32GB with the largest capacity topping out at 256GB, the same amount as the iPad Pro. How about getting those tax returns in early to make sure you can afford that extra storage?!

Guaranteed message replies

Messaging has had a huge makeover for iOS 10 and the rumoured iPhone 7. The app now has a multitude of rich content options to enhance interactions, all accessed from a new App Drawer functionality within messaging.

  • More emojis, including predictive emojis
  • In-app camera
  • Handwriting feature
  • Stickers
  • Entire screen animations
  • Write in two languages in the same message with multilingual typing
  • Even more predictive typing with QuickType

You'll also be able to integrate with third party programs like Square Cash, to repay your mates (for all those cocktails) while you're still in the app. This is a space to keep your eye on…developers will be keen to tap into this and create some exciting apps to use within iMessage!

On the topic of quick response

Late night texting and browsing in bed are counted as a hobby, right?

With Raise to Wake and new notification capabilities, reading and responding become so much quicker. View photos and videos, scroll through the conversation and type back right from the notification itself. Simply use the new Raise to Wake feature and the screen will light up when you lift it to reveal your notifications. *Sleepy eye squint*.

Now the fanciest phone ever is just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with the old one...

How about, using it:

  • In the car as a dedicated GPS (neatly connected with a SIM from amaysim of course).
  • At home as your music player using your home WiFi.
  • Or give it to one of your little siblings (hand me downs were never so good when I was a kid).

Whatever you do, when your hands get sweaty from all the excitement on big reveal day, don't be like this guy.

Will you be investing in the rumoured iPhone 7 when it launches? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

Cheers,
Tipo - amaysim's content guy

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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.


Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.

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