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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Take an In-Depth Look at iPhone 8 Specifications

Apple is estimated to release the next generation of iPhone in Fall of this year. The year of 2017 marks the tenth anniversary for Apple Inc. Back in 2007, Apple rolled out its first generation of iPhone. Until now, Apple has offered many iPhone models, iPad models, and iPod models. The latest iPhone models available on the market are iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, featuring a 4.7 inch and a 5.5-inch screen respectively. Three new iPhone models are projected to be launched on September, 2017, including a long-awaited iPhone 8 designing with the removal of Home button, the other two being iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.
Although there are many leaks and rumors circulating about Apple's iPhone 8 flagship and the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, the information is unconfirmed. Here we get some sources from a market research firm TrendForce that issued a new research note based on supply chain information that dives deep into the hardware and design of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7s models.

According to TrendForce, the iPhone 8 will be the first iPhone to be equipped with an AMOLED screen. The home button will be removed for larger screen, and the button's features will be integrated into the display. Having the same size as 4.7-inch iPhone 7, iPhone 8 will have a 5.8 inch screen as the result of Home button removal. The OLED display will have 2K resolution and a display ratio that could exceed 2:1. TrendForce says the iPhone 8 display will not feature curved edges, as "there are issues with the 3D glass regarding production yield and drop test results." The iPhone 8 is expected to have 2.5D glass on the front, just like current models. The iPhone 8 will also pack 3D sensing technology that can be used for facial recognition and augmented reality (AR) features.

The iPhone 8 will supposedly pack 3GB of RAM and come with just two storage options, 64GB and 256GB. Pricing for the iPhone 8 could go up to $1,000, or even higher, according to a report published by TrendForce, which is in line with earlier pricing rumors.

The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will have the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens you'd expect, just like their predecessor. They will feature 2GB and 3GB of RAM, respectively, and ship with the same storage options we have now on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

The iPhone 7s might be even cheaper than the current iPhone 7, as Apple will "likely make significant differentiation between the 4.7-inch model and the other two models" due to increased competition in the smartphone business, according to the firm.

TrendForce estimates that the iPhone 8 will drive "a huge wave of replacement demand," as existing iPhone users who have not upgraded since 2014 might be attracted to the "significant innovations" in the upcoming new iPhone.  iPhone users who would like to purchase new iPhone are suggested to back up data on old iPhone with an iOS transfer program.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sony Adds "Boost Mode" for PS4 Pro to Fastly and Smoothly Run Some Older Games

Sony is rolling out the beta preview of the PlayStation 4's latest firmware update, version 4.50, and it includes a pretty great new feature for early owners of the PS4 Pro console. In short, many older PS4 titles will run better on the new hardware — even if they've not been optimized to do so by developers. Once you've installed the software upgrade, you'll find a new "Boost Mode" option in the settings menu. This is exclusive to the more powerful Pro console and won't appear on the regular PS4.

When activated, Boost Mode "lets PS4 Pro run at a higher GPU and CPU clock speed in order to improve gameplay on some PS4 games that were released before the launch of PS4 Pro," a company spokesperson revealed. “Games that have a variable frame rate may benefit from a higher frame rate, and load times may be shorter in some games too."

Sony is by no means promising those benefits for all titles, but Boost Mode still represents a nice attempt to help PS4 Pro buyers get a little bit more out of the beefed up console. So if 4K gaming and HDR weren't enough, well, now some of the games you've had for years might start playing a little better the next time you return to them. Sony advises that Boost Mode might cause unexpected behavior in some instances with the PS4 Pro running at full speed; turning off the setting should resolve any glitches. For now we're not sure if there are any limitations around Boost Mode. Can you just keep the console running at full speed all the time? Does it result in the PS4 Pro getting hot or using more energy than normal?

Aside from Boost Mode, the upcoming 4.50 firmware update will add support for external hard drives to all PS4 models, introduce some redesigned menus, and let players watch 3D Blu-rays in PSVR.
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