It’s Not Adding Up: Will the iPhone 8 be Overpriced?

You’ve heard about the large display, the face detection, the new rear facing cameras, the wireless charging, but there’s one rumor about the iPhone 8 that I haven’t discussed at much length yet: the price. Steve Kodachrome of Business Insider believes the iPhone 8, if it’s the device it’s rumored to be, will be overpriced. The rumored cost for the device is currently upwards of $1,000, with one potentially reliable report claiming $1,200. This didn’t strike me as unreasonable at first. After all, I had to buy my iPhone 6s off contract for almost $900 (I went with the maximum storage option at the time, 128GB), so a 128GB iPhone 8 that costs over $1,000 didn’t sound too outlandish to me. If I bought an iPhone 7 Plus today with 256GB of storage, it would cost $969, and that’s the most expensive iPhone you can buy. Would the iPhone 8 still be worth potentially hundreds of dollars more than that, even with half the storage space and a smaller battery? Maybe if we’re thinking of it as a huge leap forward for phones, but it’s only a huge leap forward for iPhones. When you consider other Android manufacturers already have many of the rumored features of the iPhone 8 and charge just a little over half of $1,200, you may have to wonder if Apple’s infamous Apple Tax has finally gone too far.
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iPhone 8 is on Schedule, May Only Come in 3 Color Choices, Including a New One

KGI’s Ming Chi Kuo is at it again, and this time, at least one of his his predictions may have already been proven true. Kuo claims the iPhone 8 will be released in September, alongside the iPhone 7s, on schedule. Apple may have had to sacrifice features, such as an under-display fingerprint scanner, but with that aside, they’ve been able to secure production for a timely release. However, we can’t yet know if demand will outpace Apple’s supply, as it seems there may be shortages of Apple’s newest iPhone.

Beyond the usual release date, Kuo claims the iPhone will come in three distinct colors. The iPhone 7s comes in five, jet black, matte black, gold, rose gold, silver, and red. The last is my favorite finish, but is unfortunately marred by a white face plate. Also unfortunate, is that there will be no red iPhone 8, at least not at launch. However, Apple will introduce a new gold finish, a copper gold, which will replace the other varieties of gold. In some way, it’s almost a combination of all the finishes besides silver and black/gray that the iPhone has come in. The iPhone 8 will come in black, white, and copper gold.

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Apple Showed us the iPhone 8

It’s not often Apple leaks the next iPhone themselves. Once, an engineer forgot his iPhone 4 prototype in a bar, it was picked up and sold to a blog, who posted photos of it online. Apple went one step further this time, mistakenly releasing firmware for the Apple HomePod earlier than expected, which contained information on the new iPhone. Lots of information, it would turn out. Apple confirmed many rumors surrounding the iPhone 8, including its form factor, the size and shape of the screen, the resolution of the screen, the lack of a home button, facial recognition, AI powered cameras, and more. That photo above? That’s directly from Apple. That’s the iPhone 8.

Apple may as well have revealed the thing already.

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iPhone 8 Could Use Lasers for Augmented Reality and Autofocus

Apple introduced ARKit in iOS 11 during WWDC, and developers have already had some fun playing with it. The system uses the iPhone’s and iPad’s motion sensors in combination with the camera to figure out what the device is “looking” at and overlay information or fun photos, videos, or games over the actual setting. In the future, such technology could help doctors perform complex surgeries, your mechanic diagnose and fix your car (or perhaps you can do it yourself!), give you directions to your job interview, even through the building, and more. It’s data, information, and games overlaid over the real world around you. Since Apple hasn’t introduced any glasses (yet), it’s confined to your phone right now, and our phones are surprisingly ill equipped for this. Apple’s been able to get by nicely with current technologies thanks to clever software, but for more advanced augmented reality, Apple’s going to have to improve the sensor tech on iPhones and iPads. This will likely include multiple rear facing cameras (which they’ve already done on one device), as well as an array of distance measuring lasers that can better “scan” your surroundings. 

Apparently, the iPhone 8 may come with these improvements already.
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You Can be Sued for Blocking People on Twitter… if You’re the President

Some people hurt the president’s feelings and were blocked on Twitter. Turns out Donald Trump may have violated their first amendment rights by doing so. 

Say you’re the president of the United States (POTUS). You won the Electoral College election, but lost the popular vote by a wide margin. Most Americans do not want you to be the president of the United States. You don’t have any political experience, you have archaic social beliefs, you’re a poor orator, you’re violating the emoluments clause of the constitution, you’ve got suspicious ties to a foreign government, you’ve criticized freedom of the press, and perhaps worst of all, you’re quick to anger. What do you do if people start commenting on your Twitter posts in ways that contradict your statements with facts or mock your inexperience? You block them! That’s what you do if you’re @realDonaldTrump, you block the mean people saying true mean things about you. But the president of the United States needs to have a level mind and thick skin. They need to respond to criticisms, the voice of the people, in a dignified manner, not silence them. By shutting down a means of communication between the electorate and the public forum that Donald Trump himself set up willingly, Trump silenced voters. Turns out, that could be a violation of their First Amendment rights. 
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Safari 11 Really is the Fastest Mac Browser

The Ares-6 JavaScript Benchmark. Lower is better.

Safari 11 will be released with macOS High Sierra this year. If your primary concern when browsing the web is doing so quickly, you’re going to want to pay attention. While many Mac users have switched to Chrome or Firefox, either for speed or their extensions, the extreme speed of Safari in High Sierra could bring users back to the browser. Apple claimed the new browser would be the fastest Mac browser available, but Macworld wasn’t willing to accept that as fact without testing it first. They ran a number of browser benchmark tests meant to test the speed of the browsers in a number of ways, including JavaScript performance, HTML5 performance, graphics, speed of user interface interactions, and many more web features using a generalized test. Safari crushed the competition in every test they threw at the browser but one, taking second place in an HTML5 test. Head over to Macworld to read their whole writeup and check out the benchmark scores for yourself. 
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Don’t Open Pandora’s Beta Box

There are developer and public betas out for Apple’s upcoming operating systems. You could, right now, put iOS 11 on your iPad or iPhone, macOS High Sierra on your Mac, or tvOS 11 on your Apple TV 4. But you’d be opening Pandora’s box of operating system woes, unleashing unstable, often broken operating systems on your devices. These are works in progress. You wouldn’t climb scaffolding on a building in construction just to see what it’ll look like from the top once it’s completed, would you? Perhaps if you’re a daredevil, seeking out an adrenaline rush, but certainly not if you intend to keep yourself safe. Those who have used iOS 11 on their devices have found it rapidly drains their batteries, often crashes, and that not all apps work with the operating system. This is perfectly normal for software that’s in development. Apple’s beta operating systems won’t truly be “safe” to install until the golden master. Personally, I’m usually willing to take the risk around the time of the 4th public beta, but even then, I’ve frequently come across random issues, like apps not working and crashes. The new operating systems may be tempting, but you must resist. 

Now, if you’re an app developer or you have a spare iOS device laying around, then, by all means, check out what Apple’s working on. But do not risk your only or most important device on incomplete software, you will regret it.