Ars Technica’s review of the Apple Watch Series 2 says that although people may be unsure about the kind of value in a smartwatch, there is at least some value in a connected fitness device on your wrist. The GPS-equipped, waterproof Series 2 running watchOS 3 is Apple’s best attempt at making a fitness wearable that pulls double duty as one of the most connected fashion accessories around.
A hands-on with the unreleased Portrait mode from Techcrunch tells us about how the feature works by separating the foreground and background. By combining images from the regular and telephoto lenses in the iPhone 7 Plus, the camera system can automatically determine which parts of the image are in the background, apply a slight blur effect, and stitch it all back together. There are plenty of examples of how the feature works, and they’re not bad.
It’s macOS Sierra release day, and there’s a lot to cover, so let’s get right into it. If you’re planning on upgrading today, there’s a guide on a few things you should be thinking about doing before making the jump. Provided your Mac runs macOS Sierra (there are additional requirements if you want to have your Apple Watch unlock your device or play with Apple Pay or the Universal Clipboard), you should at the very least be doing a Time Machine backup in case things go wrong.
Analysis of the new display in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus from DisplayMate reveals a screen that’s visually indistinguishable from perfect, which is about as high praise as you can get. Apple is currently one of only three smartphone manufacturers that features a wider colour gamut on its displays, which also features a record high contrast ratio for IPS LCD displays and a record low for screen reflectance, despite not having the same anti-reflective coating as the iPad Pro.
Teardowns of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus reveal the inner differences between the two devices, although it’s pretty much what you’d expect. There’s rubber gaskets and seals everywhere, along with redesigned internals to prevent any kind of water from coming in. The removal of the headphone jack frees up some space inside for a bigger battery, as well as what Apple says is a barometric vent where the headphone jack used to be.
Happy new iPhone day! Our friends across the pond have already started receiving their deliveries, and in under an hour our own Apple stores will open for the iPhones to fly off the shelves. I mean, sure, people will be buying the new Apple Watch Series 2 today as well, but it’s all about the iPhone.
If yesterday was all about the iPhone and iOS 10, then today is about the Apple Watch Series 2 and watchOS 3. John Gruber’s review of both the hardware and software starts off with the shortcomings of both, then goes on to count the ways they’re either completely eliminated or almost entirely mitigated thanks to new hardware and software. Apple knows what people do with their Apple Watch, and they’ve made sure that both are front in centre in both releases.
John Gruber’s review of both iPhone 7 models doesn’t say as much about as the improvement as it does the detractors to the iPhone experience this time around, but that’s nothing compared to the one-word mention he gives the lack of a headphone jack in passing when referring to Beats headphones. He points out that the Home button on the new iPhones doesn’t feel as good as the physical clicknesss its predecessors, but it’s a minor blemish for an otherwise all-round improved device.
The first images from the iPhone 7 Plus have been show off on Sports Illustrated, who took the dual-camera system for a spin at a NFL game. Unsurprisingly, the photos look great — even if they come without the special portrait mode that will add background blur.
John Gruber’s thoughts and observations on last week’s iPhone 7 event say that for all the leaks, Apple were still able to pull out a few surprises in the form of Super Mario Run and resurrecting iWork from the grave and granting it +1 to collaboration. He spends a fair few more paragraphs talking about the new Apple Watch lineup, mostly because there just isn’t much to say about the new iPhones, given that Apple improved basically every aspect of the device.