Posts tagged: iPhone

Apple Planning iPhones With Touchless Gesture Controls and Curved Screens

There have been unconfirmed reports that in an effort to stand out in the smartphone world, Apple is planning to incorporate “touchless gesture control” and curved screens into future iPhone models.

 

The touchless control feature would apparently let iPhone owners navigate iOS “by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it.” This technology, if the reports are correct, would still be about two years away, unless Apple finds even better tech to come out with instead.

 

The curved iPhone display feature would curve inward “gradually from top to bottom,” unlike Samsung’s smartphones that curve down and away at the edges of the screen.

 

Along with these claims comes reports that Apple will expand OLED technology to more devices, releasing a larger model iPhone later this year with a 6.5-inch screen, up from the 5.8-inch size in the current iPhone X.

 

The company is also apparently working on an update to the iPhone X’s size and a new, lower-cost LCD model.

Apple to release an even bigger iPhone?

Apparently, Apple will release three new smartphone models this year, to be announced in the Fall.

 

What could they possibly be?

 

Well, we’re essentially, probably, maybe, looking at a more affordable iPhone X, an updated iPhone X, and one high-end model that could be the largest iPhone ever, featuring a nearly 6.5-inch edge-to-edge display. The body of the device will be roughly the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus, but the display will be about an inch larger.

 

The updated iPhone X will reportedly  feature a next-generation processor, maybe a gold color option, and maybe a dual-SIM card capability. Here’s hoping?

 

The cheaper iPhone X model would have an LCD screen, a glass back, and aluminum edges.

 

All of this, obvs, is rumorific. But, it always is. We kind of like the ideas in this particular batch of rumors, though.

 

 

 

Do you still have a 4-inch iPhone? You’re not alone!

Some data was just released by a mobile analytics company called Mixpanel that show that about 32.22% of active iPhone users have a 4-inch screen. For those of you playing at home, that’s an iPhone 5, 5c and 5s, as well as the rumored 5se – a new 4-inch iPhone that is said to be released in March this year.

 

By the way – iPhone 5se? Like Fivesy? Isn’t that a bit too cute? Or is it exactly cute enough….

 

According to the data, the iPhone 5S represents 20% of current active iPhones, the iPhone 5 is at 7.53% and the iPhone 5C sits pretty and plastic at 5.66%.

 

Are you still using a 4-inch screen? Do you want to be? A lot of people love the size  and usability of the 4-inch, but as the last few iPhone updates were bigger, those people are left using 2 year old technology, even if it is on a perfect sized screen for them. That’s why the iPhone Fivesy. (5se) Coming in at a purported $500, this little guy has a lot of people considering the upgrade.

 

Will you be upgrading from your 4-inch screen to the Fivesy? Or will you make the leap to the iPhone 7 at the end of the year?

 

Either way, when you decide to upgrade, make it a little easier and sell your stink old iPhone to us!

 

 

 

iPhone, hero is thy name.

Magic phone machine, sound system, camera, video system, social media manager, and… bodyguard?

 

We’re talking the iPhone here, folks. And yeah, this time, it was a literal lifesaver… not the delicious mint, but an ACTUAL HUMAN LIFESAVER.

 

Woah.

 

A dude in Britain nobly went to confront a group of less noble dudes who had shut off the water to a block of apartments. During that confrontation, one of the teenagers, a young 19 year old in fact, shot the noble dude!! Wot!

 

According to ITV news

 

“Fortunately, the victim’s mobile phone took the brunt of the shot, and, as a result of this, he survived,” Gary McIntyre from the Cheshire Police told the news site, which has pictures of the damaged phone. “This is remarkable — had that phone not been in his pocket at that time he would undoubtedly have died.”

 

Woah. Here’s the damage the iPhone took to the back in order to save the dude’s life:

 

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Photo Credit: Cheshire Police

 

 

The shooter has since been found guilty of attempted murder as well as possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and is due to be sentenced on 10 July.

 

The iPhone, meanwhile, was mortally wounded but will be forever remembered as the hero that all little iPhones dream of.

 

 

 

Apple’s new iPad Ad debuted during the Oscars

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Apple debuted their new iPad Ad last night during the Academy Awards, and as per usual it was an uplifting and inspiring look at what the iPad can do to improve your life. In this case, it was focusing on Artists and in particular, filmmakers.

 

Because it was shown during the Oscars. And they’re filmmakers, you see? And pretty much about 75% of people who watch the Oscars think about how nice it would be to be up on that stage, holding a little golden statue and saying ” You like me! You really like me!”

 

Apple wants everyone to achieve that dream! And use your iPad while you’re at it!

 

The Ad, called ” Make a Film with iPad’,  featured Martin Scorcese in a resonant voiceover and a bunch of students from a Los Angeles County high School using iPads to create films and other art. It finishes with the phrase  “Everything changes with iPad”. The ad was apparently itself completely shot on an iPad Air 2.

 

Check out the App store for the new featured section highlighting the Apps that can help student filmmaking, and check out the ad below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple earnings call & Apple Watch release update

 

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Tim Cook has had a busy day. But – a pretty good one by all accounts. He had to make the earnings call which covered the first fiscal quarter of 2015. In it, he told financial analysts and investors that not only did Apple sell about 9 million more iPhones than what was expected and forecast, but that they also had reported earnings of $3.06 per share on revenue of $74.6 billion which is way more than anyone was expecting.

 

According to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters, analysts had actually expected Apple to report earnings of about $2.60 a share on $67.69 billion in revenue.

 

Yeesh.

 

The iPad was the only soft note in the earnings call, with sales hitting a quieter 21.4 million units instead of the 22.2 million unit estimate. However, Apple’s cash rose to almost $178 billion, up 15 percent from the prior quarter.

 

Again – Yeesh.

 

So – to the best news! Straight from the Sauce, Mr Cook himself –

 

“Development for Apple Watch is right on schedule, and we expect to begin shipping in April… My expectations are very high on it. I’m using it every day and love it and can’t live without it.”

 

Bam. Bam. Bam. April. Early April, Apple Watch, tech we apparently can’t live without. Excellent! And with a battery that can be charged just by thinking good thoughts. Right Tim?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t microwave your iPhone, please.

So some guys from 4Chan have been doing their dastardly best to throw the iPhone owning world into chaos. You might have seen this floating around the interwebs:

 

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A very nicely produced ad designed to look like it came direct from Apple, introducing an amazing feature that means  you can charge your iPhone in the microwave.

 

Last year they used their super viral internet ninja skills to spread the world that the then new iPhone 5C and 5C were waterproof, leading to Trusty McTrusterson people all over the world trying to see the proof for themselves. Of course, they weren’t waterproof.

 

And putting your brand new shiny iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in the microwave will NOT charge your phone. It will kill your phone, in a horrible, sparky McDeath way.

 

So please, admire these guys for their ninja viral internet skills, but don’t trust them. They be dastardly.

 

 

 

 

Tip of the day! Screenshots edition

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So this is an oldy but such an important goody!! We’re talking SCREENSHOTS PEOPLE!!

 

So much of our lives are lived on our computers and devices these days (which we are all for, btw, as long as it’s not on the Kim Kardashian App…) and sometimes it’s just NECESSARY WITH CAPITALIZATION to show someone what’s going on in your deviceland. And maybe it’s just us here at iPhone Antidote, but sometimes it’s stupidly hard to remember how to take a screenshot, so here’s what you do:

 

For your iPad/iPhone: Press the top right hand power button at the same time as the Home button which is in the middle at the bottom of the phone. BAM MAGIC PHOTO SAVED RIGHT INTO YOUR PHOTOS APP

 

For your Mac: Press and hold the Command button,  the Shift button and the number three button all at the same time. BAM YOUR WHOLE SCREEN IS FROZEN IN TIME AND ACCESSIBLE ON YOUR DESKTOP AS A FILE

 

For your PC: If you’re using  Microsoft Windows XP,  click the window you want to capture. Press and hold down the Alt key and  the Print Screen key at the same time. BAM YOU”VE GOT A SCREENSHOT ON YOUR PC BUT WHY ARE YOU USING A PC AGAIN?

 

For your iWatch: Oh wait, that doesn’t exist yet, our bad. Don’t tell anyone we know stuff from the future k? K.

 

 

 

 

 

Command Key by Walt Stoneburner is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Just sent a text you didn’t mean to? We got you!

Ever have that moment of sheer panic when you realize that you just sent a text to the person you were talking about, not the person you were talking to?

 

Yuck.

 

Here’s something you can try the next time you realize you sent a message and you realllly don’t want it to be actually sent.

 

Put your phone into airplane mode IMMEDIATELY. Like, faster than your little fingers have ever moved before kind of immediately. If you’re successful, the message will fail to send, allowing you to delete the message into the ether, never to be seen by any human’s eyes again.

 

 

Just a word of warning- there’s a great chance it might not work. Your phone/network might be too fast, and then you’re on your own, guys. Plead temporary insanity, drunkiness, or a badly played off joke. Or you could be, like, honest we guess, people say that’s a good thing don’t they?

 

OR OR OR, OR – someone kidnapped you, took your phone, and is using it to torture you by screwing your life up in very minute ways…

 

Remember: Text responsibly!

 

 

 

iPhone Tip Of The Day!

Forgotten how to use the search function on your iPhone? Trying to find that weird app you kind of remember downloading but can’t quite lift the fog on where it is among your vast collection of ( all necessary btw) apps?

 

It happens to the best of us!

 

For owners of an iDevice that has iOS 7 and above, you can access  the Spotlight search function by dragging your finger downwards anywhere on any home screen page.

 

 

Spotlight search will now appear and you can search for apps, texts, or any other content that is ( or that you think is) on your device.

 

For owners of a device that hasn’t yet been updated to iOS 7, swipe left from the first home screen to access Spotlight.

 

For owners of a device that has iOS 8, please call us, cos we would love to know how that whole thing is going…

 

 

 

Image courtesy of iMore.com