iPhone 8 Tipped to Cost Above $1,000 Thanks to OLED Display

There’s been a lot of speculation about the iPhone 8 with specifications and design changes being at the forefront. However, a fresh report sheds some light on the price vicinity the iPhone 8 could fall in. Reportedly, the premium device making Apple’s ten year anniversary could well be priced north of $1,000 (roughly Rs. 67,100) – thanks to the introduction of OLED displays. Furthermore, the report also says that Apple could call it the iPhone X instead of the largely speculated iPhone 8.

iPhone 8 Tipped to Cost Above $1,000 Thanks to OLED Display

Fast Company cites people familiar with the matter to claim that there will be three variants that will launch in this fall. The first two variants will be presumably be – a 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and a 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus – which will sport LCD displays. The iPhone 8 will be sport a 5.8-inch OLED display that stretches till the edges. The Home Button will be integrated within the display, and the battery will be much larger than its other counterparts. The device will sport a dual camera setup just like the iPhone 7 Plus.

As OLED displays are twice as expensive as LCD displays, Apple’s celebratory device will be priced above $1,000 (roughly Rs. 67,100), according to the report. This doesn’t come as a surprise as Apple is known for this kind of pricing, and its most premium variant of the iPhone 7 Plus costs $969 (Rs. 92,000 in India).

The report further adds that Apple has been working with Lumentum to bring a unique 3D-sensing technology. This technology will bring some sort of facial recognition, better image resolution for the camera app, or some form of augmented reality application. However, the actual advantage of this technology is not known yet.

Lastly, the report adds that the edges of the iPhone 8 will be made of the less expensive stainless steel, and the back will be all-glass. The side buttons may also go away, replaced by touch-sensitive inlays in the metal. Previously, the iPhone 8 has been rumoured to feature improved 3D Touch, and advanced wireless charging technology as well.

We recommend you to take all of this with a pinch of salt, as Apple tends to change features even mid-production cycle. Apple is slated to follow tradition and unveil the device in fall, and ship it soon after.

The best calendar apps for iPhone and iPad

In the age of the iPhone, the art of managing a calendar is so efficient  that we barely have to spend any time thinking about it. Like a high-priced personal assistant, our calendars work even when we’re not staying on top of them, dutifully pulling dates from emails and messages, and making sure we never forget a friend’s birthday. The smart, sophisticated iOS interface has turned calendar-keeping from an active, urgent responsibility into a passive one, and pretty much everyone who owns an iPhone now partakes in some form of day planning.

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The best iOS calendars in the field don’t just look great, they offer their own unique concepts, distinguishing themselves by how they handle and present our data. Whether it’s event input, intelligence, social integration, or notifications, calendar app makers have added a wealth of features and functionality to the stock iOS calendar, to the point where Apple has even begun to borrow popular features just to keep up.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the impending shutdown of Sunrise (which was scheduled to fold on Aug. 31, but Microsoft stayed its execution). When it launched back in 2012, it offered a refreshing spin on the classic calendar. With a variety of app integrations, it combined events from places like Facebook, Eventbrite, LinkedIn, and Foursquare to create a complete picture of your work and play commitments. Smart, slick, and stylish, its color-coded events and minimal monthly view set a new standard for digital day planning, showcasing the enormous potential of multitouch and the untapped power of iOS. A steady stream of updates made it one of the best and most popular calendars in the App Store until Microsoft bought it in 2015 and subsequently announced that Sunrise would shutter this week. The company delayed the move to bring more features to Microsoft’s Outlook email app.

But while bits of Sunrise can be found in Outlook, its influence can be felt on calendars all over the App Store. Its sleek design and unique concept paved the way for generations of digital day planners, and dejected devotees won’t have to look far to find a worthy replacement. Here’s our list of favorites.

Winner: Fantastical

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There are calendar apps, and then there is Fantastical ($5 for iPhone, $10 foriPad). What started as a Mac utility for die-hard date keepers has turned into the measuring stick for all other mobile calendar apps. From its perfectly-calibrated views to its downright pleasurable input screen, Fantastical doesn’t just live up to its lofty name—you’d be hard-pressed to find a flattering adjective that doesn’t apply.

Fantastical’s main screen has a definite Sunrise-style feel, with a chronological list of appointments displayed below a full or partial calendar month. Instead of a choose-your-own-account method, Fantastical piggybacks on Calendar, displaying only the accounts you’ve subscribed to in Settings. Serious Eventbrite and Facebook users won’t miss the in-app integration, however, as they likely have those events already plugged into their Google or iCloud calendars.

Its interface is simple enough to grasp in seconds, but that’s not to imply that Fantastical is merely a basic calendar. There are three views to choose from: The patented DayTicker, which boils your calendar down to only days that have events, a full dot-style monthly calendar, and a week view that offers an hourly overview of your upcoming schedule.

fantastical2The DayTicker puts your events on full display, so you can check in and quickly get on with your day.

But while Fantastical can certainly function as a regular calendar, it’s not as much about days as it is about events. Where other calendars will show blank slots between appointments, Fantastical’s event list focuses solely on what you need to do. In fact, the only place you’ll see free time is in the weekly view, and that’s mainly for fixing scheduling snafus. It’s not unlike a to-do app in that regard, and it’s one of the many subtle ways that Fantastical sets itself apart from its competitors.

Event creation is an overlooked aspect of many calendar apps, but Flexibits spent considerable time on it. Foremost is its natural language engine. It might not be as novel as it once was (especially since more than a few of its peers have adopted the concept on their own way), but it’s still delightful to watch it parse a jumbled string of words into a sensible event.

Fantastical requires separate purchases for the iPhone and iPad, but the money is well spent. Whether you have a mini or a Pro, Fantastical makes the most of the extra pixels, adding support for Split View and Slide Over, as well as an expanded design that puts a greater emphasis on the calendar. And if you own an Apple Watch, you can get reminders and add events right from your wrist. But the iPhone app is the star here, offering excellent on-the-spot event creation and at-a-glance scheduling all in one of the most beautiful interfaces you’re likely to find. And if that’s not fantastic, I don’t know what is.

Runner-Up: Calendars 5

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No matter which view you choose, Calendars 5 will give you complete control over your events.

Readdle has been selling a calendar app for nearly as long as Apple has been making the iPad, and that experience can be felt all throughout Calendars 5 ($7). Powerful, versatile, and just a little bit fun, the deluxe day planner will dutifully track your day with power and panache that defies its mobile status.

A variety of views is common among most top-tier calendar apps, but Readdle leaves no stone unturned, offering calendars in all shapes and sizes: You can choose to see your day, week, or month, a list of your events, or filter down to just tasks. While you won’t find anything to rival Fantastical’s DayTicker among the fairly standard display options, its variety of views is a testament to just how well Calendars anticipates and responds to its users’ needs.

Like Fantastical, Calendars picks up all of your iCloud entries, but a separate sign-in gives Google users a bit more control over syncing. All of the usual features are present here—recurring events, reminders, alerts, etc.—but Calendars employs a natural intuition that makes the whole process quite enjoyable. For instance, you can tap on an event to open a floating window that will tell you more about it (or let you change something). Or double-tap a box when in full calendar mode to quickly shift to that day’s view. Or my favorite: If you want to reschedule an event, simply drag its tiny colored rectangle to a different date.

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Even without dials or sliders, Calendars 5 lets you create appointments quickly and easily.

And drag-and-drop isn’t the only desktop-caliber feature. Very little about Calendars feels much like a mobile app, and its utilitarian yet still elegant interface would be right at home on OS X. Even on the iPhone, Calendars’ user experience belies its tiny screen, with smart gestures and slick navigation that make scheduling a breeze.

When it comes to event creation, Calendars excels there too. While its natural language engine isn’t quite as mesmerizing as Fantastical’s, it does well to understand what you type or say, whether it’s a simple lunch meeting or a weekly task. And if you want to do things the old-fashioned way, Calendars’ date selector is one of the best you’ll find, eschewing dials for a grid method that eliminates any fumbling and lets you create even custom recurring events in seconds.

And that, in a nutshell, is Calendars’ main appeal. Everything about it is designed for speed and simplicity, and after using it for a few days, Calendars just might be the sole calendar you’ll ever need.

Best for Android switchers: Google Calendar

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Android switchers will instantly know their way around Google Calendar on the iPhone.

When you’re in a strange land, a little familiarity is always welcome. The same is true with OSes. There might be a fair amount of overlap with Android and iOS, but switchers still have a lot of new stuff to learn. Thanks to Google, a calendar isn’t one of them. Google Calendar on iOS (free, iPhone only) is pretty much a carbon copy of the version it offers for Android users. While it may look out of place next to the calendars here that follow Apple’s interface guidelines, Google’s Material Design isn’t without its charms. And with iOS’s lag-free scrolling and touch response, Android users might actually get a better experience than the one they’re used to.

But more than that, Google Calendar is as good of a calendar on the iPhone as it is on a Galaxy. Switchers can see all of their appointments and birthdays without learning a new interface, and even veteran iPhone users will appreciate its colorful card-inspired look that gives  events an extra degree of glance-ability—just so long as they don’t mind admitting that Android might not all bad.

Best for long-term planning: Informant

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With notes, photos and checklists, Informant will let you meticulously plan all of your events.

While any of the calendars here are as adept at planning next month’s vacation as they are with scheduling tomorrow’s business lunch, if you’re looking to chart out a serious long-term life plan, they might not fit the bill. But Informant (free to install, subscription required) will. Not only does it offer bountiful customization options that let you differentiate from things happening now and further down the road, it expands your events far beyond simply when and where they might be happening. If you’re scheduling a project, for example, you can add to-do reminders or you can easily attach a packing list to a future trip. You can also add memos and sub tasks to make sure nothing is forgotten.

But what makes its planning abilities truly awesome is its text editing. Surely it’s not the only app to offer in-event notes (in fact, even Apple’s own calendar has them), but Informant’s text capabilities are more than a mere extra field. You can write and edit full pages of rich text and attach images to create a complete picture of your event. Informant’s iPad interface could use a little updating, but if you’re an obsessive long-term planner, its impressive tools and customization options will let you hammer out every last detail of your event.

Best for short-term planning: Timepage

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Timepage’s slick, carefree interface is perfect for casual calendar keepers.

If you only use your calendar for the most important events in their life, many of the apps here are probably too much calendar for your needs. But if you still want an alternative to Apple’s standard Calendar, Moleskine’s Timepage ($5, iPhone only) might be just the ticket. Straddling the ever-thinning line between a to-do app and a calendar, Timepage doesn’t overwhelm you with features or options—rather, it offers an elegant spin on the day planner with a beautifully crafted, minimal interface.

Timepage utilizes a series of color-coded circles to illustrate your busiest days—a system vastly superior to the classic dot method, especially if you’re a casual calendar user. At a glance you can quickly see when your events are taking place, and scheduling a new one utilizes a delightful scroll bar that makes the process easy and fun. Events themselves get weather forecasts and travel estimates, all of which are also available on its companion Apple Watch app.

Best for your social life: UpTo

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If you want to know what’s going on in the world around you, just give UpTo a pinch.

No matter which calendar you choose to make your own, there’s one thing that’s consistent across all of them: They’re only as useful as the data you feed into them. UpTo (free) takes a different approach. While you can use it to plan your schedule just like a regular calendar, it’s not just for tracking the things you have to do—it also keeps you up to date on stuff you want to do.

UpTo is kind of like a page-a-day calendar for the digital age. With a variety of community calendars to choose from, the app does a remarkable job of turning your boring calendar into one you’ll want to visit each day. Along with your personal dates, UpTo shows you important dates in history, TV premiers, sporting events, concerts, and anything else worth knowing about. And it doesn’t clutter up your calendar to do it—to access your social calendar, simply pinch out on your main calendar to see what’s happening in the world beyond your own.

Others of note

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Cal puts less of an emphasis on what you’re doing and more on who you’re doing it with.

Much like the hundreds of wall calendars that fill the shelves of that kiosk in your local mall each December, the App Store is loaded with more calendars than you can shake a stick at. And while there might not be any that feature tiny kittens doing adorable things, you’re almost certain to find one that fits your tastes.Anyone who enjoys the sleek stylings of Any.DO’s task management will love Cal’s (free, iPhone only) simple, breezy take on day planning. With a slick, speedy interface that puts a heavy focus on the people in your life, Cal turns calendar keeping from a chore into a downright pleasure.

If Cal isn’t minimal enough,Peek ($3, iPhone only) ditches the calendar format altogether. Clean and hyper-focused to the point where it barely looks like a calendar at all, Peek turns the traditional square grid on its head with a gesture-driven interface that will change the way you schedule and view your events.

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WidgetCal is a must if you send a lot of time in your lock screen’s Notification Center.

If your life revolves around your calendar,24me (free) wants to be at the center of it. More than a calendar, 24me keeps tabs on all of the things you need to remember—dates, to-dos, lists, notes and even bills—with a neat interface and a keen eye for organization. Like a personal assistant, 24me gets smarter as you use it and makes sure you never forget or blow off an important event.

Several of the calendars here offer widget companions to their main calendar, but WidgetCal (free) is devoted to it—and it shows. With a bright, colorful design and a surprising amount of customization, WidgetCal puts a complete picture of your life right in the Notification Center. And if it didn’t have to rely on Awesome Calendar for inputting events, it would actually be powerful and flexible enough to be your main calendar.

That’s not to say being forced to use Awesome Calendar ($7) is a bad thing. Packed with loads of features, including to-dos, checklists, notes, and photos, the all-in-one scheduling app overcomes its somewhat stale interface by handling your tasks and events with swift precision.

How Apple Could Make Its Next iPhone Totally Waterproof

When the iPhone 6S first came out, a few folks who like to live on the edge just threw it in some water. You know, just for fun. As it turns out, the iPhone 6S is actually pretty water-resistant, and this might be how Apple finishes the job and makes its next phone completely waterproof.

As you’ll find out if you tear one apart, the iPhone 6S gets its waterproof superpowers thanks to some silicone sealant and rubber gaskets that guard its more important inner bits. The problem is that the ports are still wide open and just asking to be flooded if you drop your phone in a fishtank.

 A new patent filed by Apple today, however, offers a solution to that problem. Basically, Apple would plug up its ports with a “self-healing elastomer,” a small, sort of rubbery, gummy plug. When you plug something in, the male end would actually cut through this plug and meet with the female port underneath. Then, after you take it out, the rubbery plug would heal itself up.

This sort of material already exists. Over the past couple of years, scientists have come up with all kinds of self-healing polymers that can be sliced apart and rejoin with just a little time.

And by using a material like this inside a port, Apple could fix the most annoying thing about many waterproof phones that already exist: those annoying rubber caps you have to jam into the ports when you aren’t using them.

Of course the standard patent warnings apply; tech companies patent stuff that they never really plan to use and they do it all the time, so there’s no guarentee this tech is coming soon or at all. That said, Apple is clearly making strides to waterproof its phones and just hasn’t mentioned it because the process isn’t complete yet. These little plugs look like they could be the missing piece, so it only makes sense that they’ll get put to use if Apple can find the right material to use and can manufacture it in large enough quantities. Here’s to hoping, because every phone should be waterproof.

iOS 9.2 – all the new features for your iPhone

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You’ve just heard that Apple is bringing out a new version of iOS, and now you can’t sleep, eat or think about anything else until you learn about what’s coming down the line.

Apple has quietly released the latest update to iOS, the iPhone and iPad operating system. Version 9.2 brings with it a handful of new featuers along with some crucial bug fixes. To get it – simply head into settings on your device, and go to the “software update” section, where you’ll be prompted to download and install it.

But what exactly do you have waiting for you? Here’s a rundown of the new features.

Photographer Lisa Bettany compares every iPhone camera in ultimate test

Side by side … Photographer Lisa Bettany compares the camera in every iPhone ever made.

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THIS is the ultimate test of the iPhone camera.

Photographer Lisa Bettany, who created the filters for the iPhone photographer appCamera+ which has long been a top-seller in the app store, put the 12 megapixel camera in the iPhone 6S to the test.

In a series of side-by-side shots, Bettany took identical images so you can see the differences.

On a wide scale, the change in the ability of the camera since the first iPhone was launched is stunning.

But looking at the details, and it’s clear that Apple has done a lot more than just added a better sensor to the new iPhone 6S.

LIVE PHOTOS: This is the killer feature in the iPhone 6S

The difference in colour separation between the iPhone 6, which is the world’s most popular camera, and the iPhone 6S is dramatic. The new camera is clearer and the images have far less noise.

Apple highlighted the abilities of the camera in the iPhone 6 with the popular “Shot on iPhone 6” campaign which used images shot by ordinary iPhone users in advertising and billboards around the world. (Disclaimer: one of my photographsfeatured in that campaign.) It’s not yet clear if it plans to extend the campaign with the iPhone 6S.

“Each year I do this comparison, and each year I am impressed at how much the iPhone camera technology has improved,” Bettany says in summary to her test.

“The iPhone has made it easier to capture and share our memories. Each new phone gives us a better tool to capture better quality images and create incredible photographs.

“The improved sensor, software updates and new A9 processor on the iPhone 6s has made this camera the best yet. There is an apparent increase in the speed of auto focus and improvements to colour accuracy, details and sharpness, especially in low light.”

The proof is in the pudding. To appreciate the capabilities in the new iPhone 6S camera, check out Lisa Bettany’s test.

Apple to unveil second-gen Apple Watch, 4-inch iPhone in March

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Apple is expected to host a media event sometime in March in which it’ll unveil the successor to the first generation Apple Watch. Sources also claim that Apple may use the event to reveal its smaller iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 6c.

9to5Mac broke the story on Tuesday, citing sources familiar with knowledge of Apple’s plans. If true, Apple would likely ship the Apple Watch 2 the following month, thus putting the wearable on a yearly release cycle similar to the iPhone.

The publication claims Apple has been working on technology for future Apple Watch models long before the first generation shipped this past April. Expected upgrades may include a FaceTime camera, additional health tracking capabilities, sleep tracking and increased independence from the iPhone.

The iPhone 6c, meanwhile, is expected to feature a smaller 4-inch display for consumers that insist the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, respectively, are simply too large. Rumors cropping up last week suggest the smaller iPhone will be powered by Apple’s own A9 Soc from Samsung and TSMC, the same chip that powers the latest models.

It’ll likely arrive at a cheaper price point to reflect the smaller screen and the fact (well, not a fact, but rumor) that it won’t have 3D Touch capabilities. The iPhone 6c is also expected to use the 8-megapixel rear and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera from the iPhone 5s versus the newer modules in the 6s.

Awful battery on your iPhone? This official battery case will sort that

Battery cases for your phone are nothing new – but this official case for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6 is one of the few that actually look good. And it should keep your latest iPhone battery in the green rather than dropping to black.

Low battery is the biggest problem for smartphones users the world over and this is the first official attempt from Apple at helping the problem.

It looks as good as the company’s official range of cases and slips over the top like other cases, but this time it’s a little bulkier to fit in the battery.

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That said, it still looks nice and isn’t going to damage your street cred all that much.

Apple hasn’t announced the official specs for the battery element of the case, but it has said it will give an extra 25 hours talk time and an extra 18 hours on LTE internet.

You can buy the Smart Battery Case from the official Apple Store right now for £79.99 but you’ll have to wait for shipping, or you can pick it up in an official store for the same price.

Can Apple TV be the iPhone of television industry?

Siri virtual assistant software built in Apple TV allowed for natural language searches for shows, such as asking for something funny or a certain actor by name.
SAN FRANCISCO: The new Apple TV unveiled this week has the potential to do for television what iPhone did to mobile phones, while claiming a starring role in home entertainment.

Updated Apple TV hardware set for release in late October wasn’t expected to revolutionize the television industry, but it could strike a blow to cable companies that have been in a power seat when it comes to delivering shows and other content.

“It turns out fears surrounding the long-term prospects of the cable industry were well warranted,” said Yahoo senior vice president Simon Khalaf, whose mobile analytics company Flurry was bought last year by the internet pioneer.

“We believe that the industry is facing a perfect storm: apps, app stores and Apple.”

While the unveiling of a new Apple TV on Wednesday did not come with word of deals to stream shows or films from networks or studios, it will have a version of the App Store that has been a hit on iPhones.

“We believe the future of television is apps,” chief executive Tim Cook said.

Apple released a software kit for outside developers, and showed off early versions of Apple TV applications being crafted by streaming services Netflix, Hulu, and HBO.

The product launch “sent a warning shot at the cable industry in particular and the media industry in general,” Khalaf said in a blog post.

“Now rather than having dozens of channels to watch, US consumers will have thousands of apps to enjoy on their flat panel TVs ranging from games, to e-sport apps, to live entertainment apps, and to whatever these developers will cook up over the next year.”

Siri virtual assistant software built in Apple TV allowed for natural language searches for shows, such as asking for something funny or a certain actor by name.

Analysts keyed in on the fact that Siri will search across applications on Apple TV, meaning that where shows or films come from should be unimportant to viewers.

People should also be able to see what they want on-demand instead of being at the mercy of cable broadcast schedules.

A Flurry report found that for the first time ever, people in the US in the second quarter of this year spent more each day using mobile applications than they did watching television: A daily average of 198 minutes versus 168 minutes.

“Just as they did on the iPhone and iPads, consumers will download these apps and spend plenty of time on them, leaving the dozen or so cable channels lost in a sea of apps,” Khalaf said.

By letting media companies keep control of their content in apps, Apple could find new money-making models while sidestepping worries studios might have about distribution rights.

Since games consistently rank as the most popular apps on mobile devices, the genre is expected to be thrive on Apple TV.

An Apple TV remote control features a touchpad along with sensors that allow it to act as a motion controller similar to those that transformed video game play as part of the original Nintendo Wii console.

Apple TV lacked the kind of computing power and storage capacity found in hard-core video game consoles but was fine for the kinds of “casual” game apps that have rocketed to success on mobile devices, according to analysts.

“I think Apple TV will usher in an era of casual games in the living room,” said Gartner analyst Brian Blau.

The new Apple TV will launch in late October at a starting price of $149.

Apple TV has lagged rivals with similar devices. According to the research firm Parks Associates: Roku leads the US market with a 37% market share, to 19% for Google Chromecast and 17% for Apple TV. Amazon’s Fire TV devices have 14%.

Apple shares rebounded a day after a lukewarm market reaction to the US tech giant’s launch of upgraded iPhones and other devices.