Xiaomi just announced the iPhone 8 we’re expecting next year
Next year, Apple will come out with an iPhone design that will be unlike any iPhone the company made to date. That is if current reports are accurate. The iPhone 8 should have an all-screen design, complete with a virtual home button that will replace the iconic physical home button, and an OLED screen. The display may be curved, in which case the side buttons could also disappear. Some people expect Apple to move from metal to ceramic for the phone’s exterior shell, although Apple surely can’t manufacture ceramic cases to meet actual iPhone demand. Moreover, the wildest iPhone 8 rumor yet says Apple will launch a clear all-screen iPhone next year.
But until that happens, there’s already a company that came out with a smartphone concept that looks very much like an iPhone 8 prequel, one that you’ll be able to buy in November for just over $500.
Xiaomi on Tuesday introduced the Mi Mix smartphone in the image above. It’s got a bezel-less display, and the 6.4-inch screen occupies 91.3% of the front side of the phone.
The front-facing camera has been relocated to the bottom bezel, but you’ll be able to rotate the phone to take regular selfies. The proximity sensor has been replaced by ultrasound, The Verge reports, and the front speaker was swapped for a piezoelectric speaker that uses the metal frame to generate sound.
The back of the phone and the side buttons are al made of ceramic.
The innards of the phone are equally impressive. We’re looking at a Snapdragon 821 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage – that’s what you’ll find inside Google’s Pixels as well. The phone also has a 16-megapixel rear camera, headphone jack, fingerprint sensor on the back, 192Hz / 24-bit DAC chip, dual-SIM support, and a 4,400 mAh battery.
The base configuration costs around $516 and ships on November 4th. For $590, you’ll get 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. However, it’s unlikely that Xiaomi will have enough units to go around. After all, this is labeled as a concept phone by Xiaomi. The company probably wanted the “world’s first” title real bad.
Yes, Apple just announced that huge 12.9-inch iPad Pro the web has been buzzing about for months. The huge device is Apple’s biggest tablet yet, a gadget that’s clearly geared towards business professionals looking for a fast way of dealing with various work-related computing chores. That doesn’t mean the Retina MacBook-sized tablet isn’t made for at-home use, far from it. The device can certainly be used as one’s main computer thanks to a large plethora of apps and additional features that were not available so far on iPad.
In what follows we’re going to take a close look at the iPad Pro’s specs.
iPad Pro Specs:
Size: 6.9mm thin
Weight: 1.57 pounds
12.9-inch Retina display
64-bit 16-nanometer Apple A9X processor (1.8x better than the A8X chip it replaces)
M9 motion coprocessor
32/128GB of storage
8-megapixel iSight camera with f/2.2 aperture, 5-element lens, True Tone flash and 4K video recording
Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO
LTE up to 150Mbps
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Touch ID fingerprint sensor
Battery life (10 hours of video/Wi-Fi browsing)
iOS 9 with special tablet-friendly multitasking features
Apple Pencil stylus
Special keyboard for iPad Pro — the Smart Keyboard
Colors: Gold, Silver and Space Gray
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In the wake of "Carpool Karaoke" and "Planet of the Apps," a new report suggests that Apple may be looking at expanding unique scripted content, to draw users to the iTunes and iPhone ecosystems, and boost Apple Music subscriptions
According to the Wall Street Journal, and "people familiar with the matter", Apple is planning to build a "significant new business" in original programming, including serialized drama and feature-length pieces. Reportedly, the content would be made available to subscribers to Apple Music.
The report claims that Apple has been negotiating with producers in recent months to purchase the rights for scripted television, as well as examining marketing executives to see if they were willing to come on board to help promote Apple-distributed content.
According to the Hollywood sources, Apple is seeking to offer the content before the end of 2017.
Potentially holding up any deals, the same Hollywood sources claim that Apple is still working out details of a business strategy built around the content. Apple has reportedly told producers that it would share details on how many people are watching the content, data that Netflix does not reveal.
Apple has three projects underway for unique, if not necessarily scripted, video content.
On Tuesday, the "Carpool Karaoke" spinoff had some details revealed by the producers. The first batch of 16 episodes will features Metallica, John Legend, Alicia Keys, and Ariana Grande in four episodes, with more announcements yet to come.
Apple's "Planet of the Apps" reality show was scheduled to start filming in Los Angeles in late 2016, and continue through early 2017. The show will feature developers cranking out apps for the program, and highlight not only the development process but also any deal-making that goes on between the coders and producers Gwyneth Paltrow, will.i.am, and Jessica Alba, amongst others.
Few details are known about semi-biographical "Vital Signs," which has been in production for some time. The series is said to be six episodes long, each running for 30 minutes, chronicling Dr. Dre's rise through fictional vignettes.
"The Score" from Vice media debuted in March 2016, and covered local music scenes throughout the world. And the documentary "808: The Movie" premiered on Apple Music in December.
A 9.7-inch iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch piece of paper over it
Apple is rumored to be working on a new iPad Pro that adopts an edge-to-edge display, and while it's said to be somewhere around 10 inches, there are a lot of mixed rumors about the specific size of the tablet.
Studio Neat designer Dan Provost yesterday wrote a post on Medium (via Daring Fireball) making the case for a 10.5-inch iPad. His math is solid and his argument makes sense, framing all of the iPad Pro rumors in a new light.
When introducing the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2015, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller explained that Apple settled on that size because the width of the tablet matched the height of the existing 9.7-inch iPad. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro, he said, was similar to having two 9.7-inch iPads side-by-side.
Provost takes this concept and applies it to the iPad mini. The width of a 10.5-inch iPad would match the height of the iPad mini screen, and furthermore, a 10.5-inch iPad would use the same resolution as the 12.9-inch model, with the same pixel density as the iPad mini.
"The math works out perfectly. This new 10.5" iPad would have the exact same resolution as the 12.9" iPad Pro (2732 x 2048), but the same pixel density of the iPad mini (326 ppi instead of 264 ppi). Crunch the numbers, do a little Pythagorean Theorem, and you end up with a screen 10.5" diagonal (10.47" to be precise, but none of Apple's stated screen sizes are exact). In terms of physcial dimensions, the width of this 10.5" screen would be exactly the same as the height of the iPad mini screen."
Existing rumors all agree that the upcoming iPad Pro will be in the neighborhood of 10 inches, but we've heard everything from 10.1 inches to 10.9 inches, suggesting Apple could be testing multiple prototypes.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo originally suggested the tablet would be 10.5 inches, but recently revised his statement to say that it could be anywhere from 10 inches to 10.5 inches.
Japanese site Mac Otakara has released two separate reports, one mentioning a 10.1-inch tablet and the other suggesting the display will measure in at 10.9 inches, while rumors from the Taiwanese supply chain suggest a 10.5-inch display.
While we can't yet say for certain the iPad Pro will feature a 10.5-inch display, it's the size that makes the most sense and fits well into Apple's lineup.
The upcoming iPad Pro is said to be a new flagship model that will be sold alongside the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. It's said to feature an edge-to-edge display with no Home button and a small top bezel.
Apple is building a "significant" business centered around creating original, scripted television shows and possibly even movies, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal. The content would be made available on Apple Music, falling in line with previous reports and accompanying already-announced projects for the music streaming service, including Carpool Karaoke and Vital Signs.
Apple executives have told Hollywood that the new original content will launch by the end of 2017, according to the new report. In terms of specific genres, HBO's Westworld and Netflix's Stranger Things were both used as comparisons for what Apple is aiming to produce on Apple Music. These proposed series and movies "don’t have any particular relationship to music," unlike Carpool Karaoke and Vital Signs.
Rumors about Apple meeting with Hollywood executives to create original TV shows for Apple Music or iTunes have existed since last year, and now Apple is even looking into producing original films for the service, "though those plans are more preliminary," according to people familiar with the matter.
The company is said to have been in talks with producers over the past few months about purchasing the rights to scripted television programs, as well as seeking out marketing people to come on board and promote the new content. The move is looked at as a way for Apple to gain an edge in its competition against Spotify, rather than become a streaming contender alongside Netflix and Amazon Prime.
"Because it is looking at just a handful of carefully selected shows, and potentially films, it doesn’t appear Apple is preparing to spend the hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars it would need to spend annually to become a direct competitor to Netflix Inc., Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Video or premium cable networks.
Rather, it would escalate the arms race between Apple Music and Spotify, which both offer essentially the same catalog of tens of millions of songs, by adding other content that could distinguish Apple’s service."
Although most of Apple's plans are still steeped in secrecy, the company has reportedly told producers an advantage it hopes to offer is that it would share its viewer and demographic data on the people who watch the new shows. Netflix has remained infamously private about the specific number of viewers who watch its streaming shows, making it hard to tell what is a successful launch or not, "which has been a source of contention among some in Hollywood."
Last Summer, Eddy Cue said that Apple is "not in the business of trying to create TV shows" when asked about the future of the company and its past relationships with Hollywood, where it once spoke with network programmers to get a live-streaming TV bundle launched before ultimately shelving the plans. At the time, Cue said that Apple would "help" producers whenever it had the chance and that any TV project would serve as "complimentary to the things we're doing at Apple Music."
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