Apple: Why This Isn’t ‘Peak iPhone’

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dreaming of a tech Christmas? Spoil yourself….

Adobe is on a tear as we near the end of 2015, releasing a slew of new apps designed to help you be more creative in your photo- and video-editing projects. I’ve tested around 3,000 apps in the last 12 months, including apps in new categories like video webcasting and Apple Watch apps, and I’ve seen a surge in short-term vacation rental apps, plus increasingly minimalist graphics across all categories. For small business owners, bloggers, and other folks who need to promote themselves on social media, Post is a free, easy-to-use tool to create graphics like the one below: “Being social savvy is hard,” says Thibault Imbert, Adobe’s principal product manager. “It’s hard because not only do you need to create beautiful things every day to engage with your followers, but you need to do it a lot.

Getting started is simple: Choose a base photo from your Camera Roll, search public domain photos, comb through your Lightroom or Creative Cloud libraries, or shoot a new image. Our technology expert picks 9 tech gadgets well suited to the Irish executive lifestyle There is a lot of evidence showing that iPhones have replaced BlackBerrys as the default standard work phone in Irish companies. The “self-healing” part of the phone works in conjunction with waterproofing the iPhone, so it’s not like we’re going to see the same type of material used on the “self-healing” LG Flex back in 2014. To make it even easier on yourself, you can remix an image from the app’s inspiration board, which is separated into categories like seasonal, food, travel, and business. Right now, if you’re considering an Android smartphone, you have two options: a small-sized handset that doesn’t perform very well, or a large-sized handset with all the bells and whistles.

This simple two-dimensional infinite scrolling game puts you in control of a character skiing down an endless, never-repeating mountain while collecting runaway llamas, sliding along rooftops, somersaulting over chasms and, when you progress far enough, soaring like a bird above the snow. Every aspect of a Post image can be tweaked, from the text, which automatically changes shape and size as you adjust the size of the box, to the color palette, opacity, text alignment, and spacing. Seriously, it’s ridiculously difficult to get a small Android smartphone that will give you a great camera, excellent battery life, lag-free performance, and a vibrant high-def screen.

The “self-healing” stuff comes from a patent—which is far from being anything certain for next year’s iPhone, let alone any other iPhones down the road. I used a design filter for the righthand image below, and started from scratch with the image on the left: One irritating feature: Like some other free image-editing apps, Adobe Post watermarks your photo with a hashtag, as you can see in the photos above. A new feature, ‘3D Touch’, lets you press harder on a screen to see a shortcut menu pop up for certain apps such as Instagram, Photos, Camera or Mail. Now, that’s a really good phone, but let’s not kid ourselves, it can’t match up to the iPhone 5s on multiple fronts: camera, battery life, and performance. So this rumored smartphone with a Snapdragon 810 and 4.6-inch screen (even smaller than an iPhone 6s) is definitely possible, I just don’t think we’ll see this guy anytime soon.

This bit of hearsay got a little bit of traction this week: Like the iPad Pro, the rumored iPad Air 3 may not get 3D Touch, the touch-sensitive tech currently found in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus that basically unlocks touch-sensitive functions in apps and the home screen. Adobe is trying to capture the next generation of photo-editing geniuses by releasing visual storytelling tools like Post, the iPad app Slate, and the video-editing tool Voice. The most popular visual apps are Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat, none of which offer the breadth and depth of editing tools that Adobe mastered long ago.

If any tablet could make use of 3D Touch it would be the iPad Mini, but the increased surface area on the Air and the Pro would turn 3D Touch from a semi-useful shortcut, to kind of a nuisance. The company is smart to supplement those social networks with artsy apps like Post, which Adobe says was designed with millennials in mind, but will really appeal to everyone. The current thinking is that Apple is going to buy GoPro because “stocks.” The mere rumor that Apple was sniffing around GoPro sent the prices soaring, but aside from that, GoPro’s been trending downward in value and Apple’s never been much of a bargain bin buyer. There’s also the added fact that literally neither company has given any hint, leak or otherwise, that this is happening and it’s all pure speculation.

Originally designed around a vertical video format to match how you naturally hold a smartphone, Periscope is effectively a social network for watching and sharing short live videos. Its 1080p HD recording and 140-degree angle of shooting is complimented by a motion sensor that is activated whenever it detects movement close to the car when it is parked. The biggest bottleneck you’ll find is in the RAM, which can prove to be insufficient if you’re a power user, especially while browsing several tabs or if you are doing something while having multiple Facebook Messenger conversations (that app really eats up your available resources!). You may find yourself accidentally pressing “record” — though you do get a warning before you go “live,” to save you from potentially embarrassing moments. Coming off the success of the 6P, it wouldn’t be too crazy to think that Google would tap Huawei to make their next tablet seeing as companies like Samsung and HTC have made Nexus phones and Nexus tablets before.

Apple has now decided that 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch are the two new device sizes they want to support, so third-party accessory makers will concentrate on making cases, speaker docks, and other devices for those sizes; not on the now-defunct 4-inch size. Though the app’s clear interface may remind you of the kind of simple image adjustments and filters you can achieve in other apps like Instagram, Enlight lets you apply complicated effects like adjusting the image color curves, fixing errors and reducing noise. Rating:

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