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iPhone 6 and 6 plus

What to expect from the newest iPhone(s) in 2016

22 Mar 2016
Amanda - amaysim blogger


amaysim's digital geek

It’s seems like it was only yesterday that I was watching the shopfront shenanigans unfold for the iPhone 6 launch.

I was actually one of the first at amaysim HQ to get my hands on the iPhone 6, so news of an Apple event on 21 March only got me more excited about what to expect from the next-generation iPhone.

With the Apple rumour mill in overdrive, it’s particularly difficult to pin-point exactly what might be revealed. Are we going to say good-bye to the headphone jack? Will we be #blessed with two rear cameras? And let’s not forget all the chatter surrounding the rumoured 4-inch iPhone. Let’s take a look at what the newest iPhone(s) might behold.

Naming Rumours: iPhone 7, iPhone 5se, iPhone SE

With a few names being tossed around like iPhone 7 and iPhone se, it’s looking to me like Apple might release three new iPhone models later this year – two of them could be immediate successors to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus (I’m thinking the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus), which would make, in my opinion, a deviation from the traditional chronology of iPhone model releases possible (hey there, iPhone se).

It’s become Apple’s style over the years to “surprise” us all by dropping multiple new models at once – the iPhone 6 release was accompanied by Apple’s first attempt at a phablet device, the iPhone 6 Plus in September 2014, and the year prior they launched both the iPhone 5s and 5c.

So what do I think we expect to see from the release of these three seemingly different mobiles?

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Rumours: The Basics

Rumours about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have been flowing through thick and fast. Here are some of the main ones that’ve piqued my interest:

iPhone se Rumours: The Basics

Speculation has been a lot quieter surrounding the smaller and potentially cheaper iPhone se. There’s one rumour however that’s remained pretty consistent – that this could be a 4-inch iPhone and significantly cheaper than the flagship iPhone 7.

While history would indicate that the iPhone se will share all the same features as Apple’s flagship smartphones, it could potentially have the same A9 processor as the iPhone 6S. So could it replace the outgoing iPhone 5S? It’s not entirely out of the question.

Camera Rumours: Dual Lenses?

Since Apple launched a patent application for a dual-lens smartphone camera earlier this year, the focus has been on whether there’ll be two camera lenses instead of one.

So how would it work? I imagine they’d be used separately or simultaneously, and when used together your photos would come out with better depth and focus. It’s probably not out of scope to suppose that each lens would have slightly different functions – one would capture a standard image while the other would have stronger focussing capabilities so you could better zoom in on details without distorting your photos. Either way it’s interesting to not that Apple bought the company that makes the tech possible for a dual-lens (make of that what you want).

Reports don’t agree on whether this would feature across both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus or just the latter. Regardless, it looks like we’re in store for super high-quality camera specs this time around – and who’d complain about that?

Body Rumours: Thinner, Better, Faster, Stronger?

But speaking of complaints, we can’t seem to escape the rumours that Apple will be removing the headphone jack on the next-generation iPhone.

Hate the idea? You’re not alone – just under 300 000 people have signed a petition to keep the standard headphone jack, but that won’t necessarily stop Apple from removing the feature. It seems to be a move to spruik Bluetooth wireless headphones (remember, Apple owns Beats electronics), but also a way around making their iPhones even thinner.

But your worries that all your headphones will suddenly become redundant might be misplaced – well, that’s if you reckon that Apple are further developing their all-in-one Lightning connector. The Lightning connector currently used as a charging port could be used for headphones if a separate adaptor is developed. And while you’ll have to fork out a little extra cash for the adaptor, it’ll be friendlier on your wallet than splurging on Bluetooth headphones.

Another major rumour? That the next-generation iPhone will be waterproof and shatterproof. Word of a new “sapphire” display and coating around the device could make it at least water-resistant instead of completely waterproof, as well as shatterproof. Breathing a sigh of relief? Even if you don’t believe the rumour, it would be a smart move for Apple – both Samsung and Sony have already launched water resistant phones, so Apple do have a bit of catching up to do there in my opinion.

Keeping Up with the Pack: Wireless Charging

Speaking of catching up, there have been a swirl of rumours that Apple will finally delve into wireless charging. While some seem to think that wireless charging will come in 2017 rather than accompany the launch of the next-generation iPhone, others have focussed on long-range wireless charging instead. But just like all the murmurs surrounding the new iPhone(s), we’ll have to wait a little longer to see how they play out.

What are you most excited to see on the next iPhone? Believe any of the rumours flying around? Let me know in the comments below – I’m keen to hear what you all think.

Amanda - amaysim's web geek.


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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.