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Here’s your best look at the iPhone 8 based on all the rumors

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Tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee, also known as MKBHD, got his hands on a dummy model of Apple’s next-generation iPhone, which has so far been known as the iPhone 8.The dummy iPhone 8 model is a culmination of all the rumors and “leaked” details surrounding the iPhone 8’s design. It’s essentially a physical rumor.

As credible and reputable as the rumors’ sources are, this is not the iPhone 8. It’s just a dummy, and the special iPhone that Apple will reportedly unveil during its iPhone event in September could be totally different.

Still, it’s interesting to see a physical manifestation of the rumors we’ve heard.

Check out Brownlee’s iPhone 8 dummy, and his video at the bottom:

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YouTuber Marque Brownlee, or MKBHD, got a hold of an iPhone 8 dummy that’s based on all the credible rumors about the iPhone 8.

YouTuber Marque Brownlee, or MKBHD, got a hold of an iPhone 8 dummy that's based on all the credible rumors about the iPhone 8.

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Brownlee edited the iOS 11 home screen onto the dummy model using Adobe’s After Effects software to see what the phone might look like while powered on.

Brownlee edited the iOS 11 home screen onto the dummy model using Adobe's After Effects software to see what the phone might look like while powered on.

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The screen is supposedly an OLED display, which looks a lot better than the LCD display on previous iPhones. We know OLED displays are better because Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has an OLED display, and it’s much nicer than the iPhone 7’s display. The colors on OLED displays are more vivid and the color black is deeper, which makes for astounding contrast.

The iPhone 8’s display will purportedly have a 1125 x 2436 resolution, which is sharper than the 1080p resolution on the iPhone 7 Plus.

As rumors claim, the iPhone 8 will have an edge-to-edge display that does away with the majority of the borders around the current iPhone’s display. It makes for a higher screen-to-body ratio that’s becoming more prevalent in flagship smartphones, like the Galaxy S8.

As rumors claim, the iPhone 8 will have an edge-to-edge display that does away with the majority of the borders around the current iPhone's display. It makes for a higher screen-to-body ratio that's becoming more prevalent in flagship smartphones, like the Galaxy S8.

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Brownlee also noted how recent rumors are pointing towards a 3D facial recognition system for unlocking the iPhone 8 instead of a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

And it’ll have a “notch” at the top for sensors and the front-facing camera. This is probably where the rumored 3D facial-recognition camera would be located.

And it'll have a "notch" at the top for sensors and the front-facing camera. This is probably where the rumored 3D facial-recognition camera would be located.

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As the rumors claim, the iPhone 8 is said to come with a glass back, much like the iPhone 4 and 4S, versus the metal backs we’ve seen since the release of the iPhone 6.

As the rumors claim, the iPhone 8 is said to come with a glass back, much like the iPhone 4 and 4S, versus the metal backs we've seen since the release of the iPhone 6.

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Apart from being a throwback to the glass-backed iPhone 4 and 4s design, the glass back on the iPhone 8 would allow for wireless charging, which has been one of the biggest rumors as of late.

Having a glass back also eliminates the need for antenna lines, which are one of the least popular design features in the iPhone 6, 6s, and 7.

Some rumors say the iPhone 8 will have metal edges.

Some rumors say the iPhone 8 will have metal edges.

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We’ve also heard about a new vertical design for the dual-lens camera system. On the iPhone 7 Plus, the dual-lens camera is oriented horizontally.

We've also heard about a new vertical design for the dual-lens camera system. On the iPhone 7 Plus, the dual-lens camera is oriented horizontally.

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Remember, this is only a dummy, and it’s essentially the same thing as a rumor.

Remember, this is only a dummy, and it's essentially the same thing as a rumor.

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Nothing about the iPhone 8 is certain until Apple itself reveals the final details. We expect Apple to announce the device during its annual iPhone event in September.

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Microsoft’s new standalone keyboard has one the best new features from Apple’s MacBook Pro

One of the best new features that Apple added to its 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro is a Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the keyboard. And now, Microsoft has also added a fingerprint scanner on its new Modern Keyboard to work with Windows 10 computers.

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The fingerprint sensor on Microsoft new $129 Modern Keyboard, called Fingerprint ID, has its own button on the right of the right “Alt” key.

Microsoft already offers an easy keyboard-less way to unlock your computer called Windows Hello, which uses a webcam and facial recognition to unlock your computer. That’s great for computers that have built-in webcams, which many laptops have. However, the monitor I use on my Windows 10 desktop doesn’t have a built-in webcam, so I can’t use Windows Hello. And because typing in a password every time I want to unlock my computer is a pain, I don’t use a password, which is a terrible, insecure idea.

Microsoft’s new Modern Keyboard with a fingerprint scanner is the solution.

windows hello Windows Hello on a Windows 10 computer. YouTube/Microsoft

Touch ID on the MacBook Pro, and now Microsoft’s new Modern Keyboard, cuts out the need to type in your password to log in to your computer. If that doesn’t seem like a big deal, look at your smartphone and imagine if you had to tap in your PIN number every time you wanted to unlock it instead of using its fingerprint scanner. Seems like a pain, doesn’t it?

It might be true that you don’t unlock your computer as often as you unlock your smartphone, but your computer password if likely longer than your smartphone PIN, which could include four to six numbers. With that in mind, the fingerprint scanner on Microsoft’s new keyboard is a great shortcut to unlock your computer.

The Modern Keyboard costs $129 and will be available to buy soon.

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8 reasons why Google’s Pixel is better than the iPhone

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I’ve been using Google’s Pixel XL smartphone for a few weeks, and it’s been highlighting the iPhone’s glaringly lacking key features.You should note that everything here is subjective. The iPhone has great features that the Pixel doesn’t have, and the Apple ecosystem is in a league of its own.

But damn the Pixel is good.

You should also note that I’m comparing the Pixel XL experience with my iPhone 6s and not the iPhone 7 series. That’s because I have more experience with the 6s Plus, as it’s been my phone for the last 9 months. On top of that, the iPhone 6s Plus isn’t that much different, as a whole, than the iPhone 7. The performance between both phones is still comparable, and the 7’s camera upgrades aren’t as important as some of the Pixel’s more functional features.

Check out what I think makes the Pixel a better phone than the iPhone:

The Pixel is lighter.

The Pixel is lighter.

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My iPhone 6s Plus’ weight (192 grams) never bothered me until I picked up the Google Pixel XL (168 grams). The iPhone 7 Plus is slightly lighter than the 6s Plus at 188 grams, but only by 4 grams, so I’d still consider the 7 heavy compared to the Pixel.

The Pixel’s lighter weight has no ill effect on its reliability, and it’s easier to manage in your hands.

The Pixel’s screen is stunning.

The Pixel's screen is stunning.

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Above, the Pixel XL and iPhone 6s Plus are showing the same photo on full brightness (taken with the Pixel, by the way). The iPhone’s LCD screen is nice, but the colors aren’t as rich, and the contrast isn’t as pronounced as on the Pixel’s AMOLED display.

The Pixel’s design is more utilitarian than it is beautiful, but its sharper AMOLED screen outshines the iPhone’s Retina display.

The iPhone 7 Plus has a 1080p screen that’s fine and sharp enough, but the Pixel’s 1440p screen is sharper.

More importantly, the Pixel’s AMOLED screen makes everything it displays look better than on the iPhone’s LCD display. Pictures, videos, and apps pop with inky blacks and vibrant (but not oversaturated) colors on the Pixel, which makes for a more premium and modern look overall.

The Pixel has a clever way to add grip.

The Pixel has a clever way to add grip.

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I don’t like cases, but I have to use one for my iPhone. As nice as the iPhone’s metal back and edges are, they don’t offer any grip, and I’ve dropped and dinged my iPhone a couple times as a result.

The glass inlay on the Pixel’s back doesn’t look particularly nice (it looks better on the white model), but it’s actually a great grip for your index finger, which makes the Pixel feel more secure in your hands as you hold it.

Fast charging.

Fast charging.

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Above, SuperSaf TV, a tech YouTube channel, tested the charging times of the Pixel XL, iPhone 7 Plus, and Galaxy S7 Edge with the chargers included in each phone’s packaging. After two hours of charging, the Pixel XL is nearly 100 percent charged while the iPhone 7 Plus is dragging its feet at 72 percent. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S7 wiped the floor with the other two, having charged to 100 percent after an amazing one hour, 29 minutes.

Fast charging is actually a huge deal. The Pixel’s USB-C fast charging is faster than the iPhone’s comparatively slow charging, and it’s one of the harder things to adjust to when I switch back to the iPhone.

I can choose to make the Pixel work faster.

 

I can adjust Android to make it feel faster than iOS by cutting down, or removing altogether, the animations when I open apps and swipe between screens.

iOS, on other hand, won’t let me touch its animations.

Pixel has better battery life, thanks to Android.

Android’s Doze feature is exceptionally effective. It does a fantastic job of reducing the Pixel’s power consumption when I’m not using it compared to iOS on my iPhone.

The Pixel is slightly smaller, but has the same size screen.

The Pixel is slightly smaller, but has the same size screen.

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The difference is slight, but it’s there and noticeable on a device you hold and use multiple times a day.

The iPhone is in the lower end in terms of screen-to-bezel ratio (67.7 percent) compared to the Pixel XL (71.2 percent).

I prefer Android overall.

I prefer Android overall.

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I simply get along better with Android than I do with iOS.

Apple still hasn’t figured out how to show me notifications in iOS as well as Android does. They’re easier to manage from the Android lock screen, where I can clear notifications away with one swipe compared to iOS’ swipe-and-tap to clear. I can also pull down on the notifications to peek at more details compared to iOS, too, which doesn’t show me very much.

Notifications also manage themselves better in Android. For example, when I open a new email or Hangouts conversation on my computer, Android will automatically clear those notifications on the Pixel, whereas the notification remains on my iPhone until I manually clear them.

It’s also impossible in iOS to swipe up the control panel for things like changing the brightness when the on-screen keyboard is on. On Android, I can easily swipe down from the top of the screen to get access to the most important settings from any app, whether the keyboard is on or off.

The universal back-button that simply brings you back to the last screen or page you were on is incredibly useful, as it’s always in the same placeOn iOS, the back button for apps and screens can differ from app to app.

There’s also the usual “I can hide my apps in the app drawer and put them wherever I want on the home screen” customization argument, which has been a classic Android argument since its release.

Finally, for those who use voice-activated assistant, Google’s Assistant has proven to be far more advanced than Siri, too.

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Forget the iPhone 7 — here are 10 reasons the 2017 iPhone will blow everyone away

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Next year marks the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone, and all rumors are pointing to a radical redesign.

This month, there was a pretty considerable spill of information by a top industry executive regarding two new features. We also saw rumors about a a third model with a new screen size, as well as some current rumors reinforced by fresh leaks.

Check out the latest rumors surrounding Apple’s next NEXT iPhone.

This will not be an “S” model of the iPhone 7.

This will not be an "S" model of the iPhone 7.

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MacRumors spotted a report from an analyst at Barclay’s that claims Apple will skip the “S” model this year, which has historically followed each new phone version, and jump directly from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8, or possibly “10,” in 2017.

Since 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, it wouldn’t be surprising if Apple does something special to mark the anniversary of its most important product.

The front surface will be all display with no borders or bezels.

The front surface will be all display with no borders or bezels.

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Rumors that the iPhone 10 will have an all-display front surface first emerged from John Gruber, the plugged-in Apple blogger and podcaster from Daring Fireball.

Gruber claims he has heard insider scuttlebutt that the iPhone 10’s front won’t have any bezels or borders, and that it’ll be one large display.

It will mostly be made of glass with an aluminum frame.

It will mostly be made of glass with an aluminum frame.

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A report from Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo, who often accurately predicts new Apple products and features, says that the iPhone 10’s body will be made of glass. If so, it could have a similar aesthetic as the iPhone 4 and 4s, both of which had a glass back.

A recent report from Japanese news site Nikkei claims that Apple is, indeed, ditching the metal back design for an all-glass back and metal frame.

There will be a third “high-end” model with a larger screen with a stainless steel frame.

There will be a third "high-end" model with a larger screen with a stainless steel frame.

A custom iPhone 5s made to look even more premium than the original models.Gold genie

A report from Kuo predicts Apple will release a third “high-end” model with a larger 5.8-inch screen compared to the Plus model’s 5.5-inch screen.

Kuo also claims it’ll have a stainless steel frame rather than the aluminum, which is more often used than steel in smartphones.

Others say the “third” iPhone model will have a 5-inch screen.

Others say the "third" iPhone model will have a 5-inch screen.

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Nikkei’s report claiming that Apple will use glass instead of metal for the upcoming iPhone’s back also claimed Apple will release a model with a 5-inch display.

If true, Apple would have a decently comprehensive lineup that caters to a wide range of screen-size preferences. We’d have the 4-inch iPhone SE (and its potential successor), as well as 4.7, 5, and 5.5-inch iPhones.

The home button will be invisible.

The home button will be invisible.

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Gruber claims the home button, which also houses the fingerprint sensor, will be embedded into the front glass panel, making it invisible.

Gruber’s claims line up nicely with rumors posted by tech site i4u that a future iPhone will have an embedded home button.

Recently, Chinese tech giant Xiaomi released new phones with the same technology that Apple described in a patent for alternative home buttons, which could give us an idea of how a future home button on the iPhone 10 could work.

It will have an incredible screen.

It will have an incredible screen.

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Rumors from The Korea Herald news site suggest the 2017 iPhone will have an AMOLED display, which would look better than the LCD display in current iPhones.

And most recently, Sharp President Tai Jeng-Wu talked to students at the University of Taiwan about future iPhones, saying that new devices will include OLED screen technology.

It will have wireless charging.

It will have wireless charging.

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The Barclay’s analyst report summarized by MacRumors claims that the iPhone 10 will have wireless charging.

We also know that Apple is looking into the technology from a patent filed on September 9.

The latest information spill from Sharp President Tai Jeng-Wu to University of Taiwan students included wireless charging.

It won’t have a headphone jack.

It won't have a headphone jack.

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Since the iPhone 7 doesn’t have a headphone jack, we can expect future iPhones won’t feature a headphone jack, either.

The smaller model will not get the a dual lens camera like the iPhone 7 Plus.

The smaller model will not get the a dual lens camera like the iPhone 7 Plus.

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Ming Chi Kuo believes the dual-lens camera will remain an exclusive feature for the larger iPhone models from 2017 onward.

There might have been a glimmer of hope that the dual-lens camera would make its way down to the smaller iPhone model, as the optical image stabilization (OIS) that was exclusive to the iPhone 6s Plus trickled its way down to the regular iPhone 7. But if Kuo’s predictions are true, this will not be the case.

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GoPro just unveiled 3 new action cameras and a new drone

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GoPro just announced its new action cameras, called the Hero 5 Black, Hero 5 Session, Hero Session, as well as a new drone called Karma.

 Here are some new features and details of the new $399 Hero 5 Black action camera:

  • Water-proof without a housing down to 30 feet
  • A touch-display
  • 4K video
  • GPS
  • Voice control
  • 12-megapixel photos
  • RAW photo support
  • Wide Dynamic Range video
  • Improved image stabilization

The new $299 Hero 5 Session has a smaller cube-like design and has similar features as the Black model, including 4K video recording. However, it has more basic features and specs. The main differences are:

  • 10-megapixel photos
  • No display
  • No GPS
  • No RAW support
  • No Wide Dynamic Range video

There’s also a $199 Hero Session model:

  • 8-megapixel photos
  • 1440p video recording
  • Water-proof down to 30 feet

The new Karma drone costs $799 on its own, and can be bundled with the Hero 5 Black Session for $999, and the Hero 5 Black for $1,099. The Karma drone features a removable 3-axis gimbal to stabilize footage captured by a GoPro on the drone itself, in your hands, or when a GoPro camera is mounted on your equipment. The Karma will also work with the Hero 3, and Hero 4 GoPros.

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