Case Molds Compare iPhone 8 Size to iPhone 7

Molds used to shape cases for future devices never come directly from Apple. Apple gives measurements to case manufacturers, and they make their cases to the precise specifications. Often, they’ll use molds like the ones pictured above for testing their cases out. With the detailed leaked schematics that have been floating around, one Weibo (Chinese Twitter, essentially) user leaked their molds for the iPhone 7s Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone 7s. We can’t be certain that these are definitely based on the design for the iPhone 8, but if the leaks have been accurate, this leak shows, for the first time, the size comparison between Apple’s new device and their older designs. 
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Physical Mockup Shows the iPhone 8’s Design

These photos reveal yet another iPhone 8 mockup, this one in physical form, based on leaked schematics. We can see similar design elements across leaks now, and it’s starting to look like Apple has finalized their designs. There’s an edge to edge screen, stainless steel sides (which will likely be painted black to make the iPhone look like one seamless piece of glass), the vertical dual camera array, 2.5D curved glass on the front and back, and even that weird elongated screen lock button. There’s also no sign of a Touch ID sensor on the back of the device (see below), and of course, there’s no headphone jack present. However, there is one worrying design trend with a majority of these leaks, something that almost ruins the excitement for me: it still looks just like an iPhone 6 without a home button.
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iPhone 8 Could Feature 3D Cameras and Facial Recognition

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In 2013, Apple acquired a company called Primesense. The company was known for using cameras and software to create 3D representations of the world around us. Some of that technology can be seen on the back of the iPhone 7 Plus, which has a portrait mode, capable of discerning the difference between your subject and your background, and applying a large aperture effect thought only possible with much larger cameras. The end result is a blurred background with subjects that “pop,” a dramatic look that’s perfect for portraits. I’ve been using an iPhone app, Big Lens, for years to manually create the same effect. Rumors are surfacing that claim dual camera technology will also move to the front of our iPhones with the iPhone 8. Not only do they say this will make our selfies look fantastic, but it also means Apple could use the “depth perception” the two cameras create to generate 3D images of a user’s face for facial recognition, which could have a number of uses in iOS or macOS. 
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Apple Could Reveal Standalone Siri Device at WWDC

Perhaps alongside the new 10.5″ iPad Pro, we may also see a new standalone Siri device during WWDC. This would be a device that runs some version of iOS for third party software integrations, and comes with powerful Beats branded speakers, and, of course, Siri. It’s been rumored to share a similar form factor with the current cylindrical Mac Pro, which would make it look a lot like Apple’s competitors from Amazon and Google, but with an Apple spin on the design. Amazon was first on this scene with it’s Echo devices, powered by their own voice assistant, Alexa, and with a wide range of third party integrations that boost the capabilities of the platform. While Google’s Home is catching up, Amazon’s Echo is still, by far, the head of the pack when it comes to third party integrations and capabilities. Plus, I think the Echo looks cooler. Google’s Home serves the same purpose, using Google’s Now technology to build a voice assistant. Both can operate devices around your home, both can answer questions as well as follow up questions, they can search the web, dim the lights, play music, and, in the case of the Alexa, even order you a pizza. 

Is Siri in over its head?
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10.5 inch iPad Pro Could Be Revealed Early Next Month

The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is Apple’s chance to reveal their new operating systems and software that developers can use to make new apps and services. Huge changes come to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, as well as the tools we use to make apps for these platforms, like Xcode. Apple has also occasionally used this as an event to introduce new products. These are rarely hardware focused events, but if Apple’s introducing new hardware that developers will have to change their apps for (or create completely new apps), then it’s a good time for a reveal. Apple has revealed new iPhone models, Macs, Intel integration, and more at these events. While WWDC keynotes are typically focused on new software for developers to leverage, they do occasionally introduce new products or product categories. That’s where this latest rumor comes from. Apple didn’t completely overhaul their iPad lineup in the spring as they usually do. Instead, they introduced a new low cost 9.7″ iPad and stopped selling older models. The current 9.7″ iPad Pro (review) was released in March of 2016. The 12.9″ iPad Pro was released in November of 2015. The iPad mini was released in September of 2015. These are devices that have gone more than a year, almost two for the iPad mini, without even a modest spec bump. Apple’s products are due for an update, and if Apple’s revealing a new leap forward for the iPad Pro, WWDC, starting on June 5th, may be the perfect time to do it. 
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Verizon Posts Video Full of Lies to Ease People’s Minds Over the Death of Net Neutrality¬†

Call it a sign of the times, when those in power don’t to worry about people fact checking. They use their platform to say whatever they want, and assume people will believe it. Verizon, one of the biggest opponents to net neutrality, has posted a video claiming to not be working against net neutrality. In fact, we’re supposed to believe that the company that sued the government over net neutrality laws, won, and lead to companies instantly taking advantage of the lack of net neutrality isn’t against internet freedom. The entire reason the internet had to be declared a Title II protected service was because of Verizon’s lawsuit. To claim now that they’re not against net neutrality is preposterous on its own, but this video is something else entirely. It completely misrepresents public property as their own private property, ignores their monopolies, and completely misrepresents the issue and the conflicts of interest of those involved.

Verizon is trying to have their cake and eat it too. They’re trying to fight net neutrality while simultaneously retaining a public image that won’t disgust people. They may be underestimating our intelligence by just a little bit. 

The video is attached below. You can find a full breakdown of every misleading comment or outright lie over at The Verge. If you care about internet freedom, you likely won’t be able to make it through the video without feeling uncontrollable rage, so you’ll want to check out The Verge’s breakdown
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Felix Gray vs Gunnar: Computer Glasses Review and Comparison

The other day I was sitting at my desk, pouring over some code. I had on my Gunnar glasses with amber lenses. I always use computer glasses at work, to protect my vision, keep my sleep schedule in check, and prevent eye strain (all about how that works below). The frames aren’t too bad looking, but the lenses are an obviously yellow color, and it definitely stands out in a bad way. A friend walked by and said “Hey, Danielle, heading to shop class?” It took me a moment before I remembered the yellow tinted goggles of shop class and laughed. These yellow computer glasses do look a little silly, and have a reputation for only being worn by huge nerds. Facebook advertisements for Felix Gray computer eyewear caught my eye. These are glasses that promise all the benefits of other computer glasses such as Gunnars, but without looking silly. They have no obvious yellow tint to them, but you can tell they filter out blue light. To look at them, they look just like normal glasses. You can even get a pair without magnification of any kind, unlike some other brands, which means you can wear them all the time. I wanted glasses that could protect my vision, keep me from getting headaches, and look stylish enough to look like any other pair of glasses so I could wear them anytime I was looking at a screen. Felix Gray seemed to have the perfect solution for me, so I bought a pair. 

I’ve since spent every day over the past week using them whenever I’ve been looking at a screen, which is quite some time. As a computer programmer by day, news junkie by night, NYC subway commuter, and as someone capable of binging an entire show in a few days, I spend a lot of time staring at screens. This is my third pair of computer glasses, the first two being two generations of the fantastic Gunnar lenses, and, if I’m being honest, these might be my favorite pair yet. 
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