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Poll: Will you buy the upcoming 4-inch iPhone 5se?

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With Apple’s much rumored upcoming iPhone 5se on the horizon— an upgraded version of the iPhone 5S that retains the 4-inch display size for diehard fans of the model— we want to find out if you plan on upgrading when the new device launches. That’s the question we ask in today’s poll, in addition to what device you’re upgrading from (or downgrading, depending on how you look at it). 

There are a few things to consider unlike usual Apple and iPhone product launches. It looks like the iPhone 5se, as we previously reported is the current plan for the device’s moniker, will break up Apple’s usual fall release schedule with a mid-year iPhone refresh. It will also be unusual in that Apple is releasing an upgraded model of an already aging iPhone, the iPhone 5S. The thought is that the model will cater specifically to diehard fans of the smaller 4-inch display that was last included in a flagship model with the iPhone 5S. It will also get the usual upgraded internals— new processors, cameras on par with the iPhone 6, NFC, upgraded Bluetooth, Wi-Fi chips, etc— and color options that resemble Apple’s current iPhone 6s lineup. 

But apart from the 4-inch display, will the upgrades that the 5se packs in be enough for you to upgrade from your current 4-inch iPhone, or perhaps even make the switch from a larger iPhone model?

And will it matter that Apple isn’t planning to make the iPhone 5se part of its most advanced, top of the line iPhone lineup— Apple is planning a design that is said to closer resemble the old 5S than the newer, rounder design of the current iPhones apart from cover glass with more modern curved edges. And adding to that, it might not exactly be the most desirable or freshest design for an iPhone around, especially by the time the iPhone 7 inevitably drops sometime later this year in the fall. Also keep in mind, as we noted in our original report, that Apple plans to discontinue the current 5s with the 5se available around the same price points. 

Apple is currently planning on using its March Apple Watch 2 and iPad Air 3 press event to also introduce the new iPhone 5se and likely announce shipping and availability details.

So are you planning on upgrading to the iPhone 5se? And will you be upgrading from the 4-inch iPhone you’re currently using? Switching from a larger iPhone now that Apple has a new 4-inch model? Or holding off to see what iPhone 7 has to offer?


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 4-inch, event, iPhone 5se, March, pricing, release date, Shipping, specs

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February 2nd

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Poll: Will you buy the upcoming 4-inch iPhone 5se?

IPhone-lineup-2016

With Apple’s much rumored upcoming iPhone 5se on the horizon— an upgraded version of the iPhone 5S that retains the 4-inch display size for diehard fans of the model— we want to find out if you plan on upgrading when the new device launches. That’s the question we ask in today’s poll, in addition to what device you’re upgrading from (or downgrading, depending on how you look at it). 

There are a few things to consider unlike usual Apple and iPhone product launches. It looks like the iPhone 5se, as we previously reported is the current plan for the device’s moniker, will break up Apple’s usual fall release schedule with a mid-year iPhone refresh. It will also be unusual in that Apple is releasing an upgraded model of an already aging iPhone, the iPhone 5S. The thought is that the model will cater specifically to diehard fans of the smaller 4-inch display that was last included in a flagship model with the iPhone 5S. It will also get the usual upgraded internals— new processors, cameras on par with the iPhone 6, NFC, upgraded Bluetooth, Wi-Fi chips, etc— and color options that resemble Apple’s current iPhone 6s lineup. 

But apart from the 4-inch display, will the upgrades that the 5se packs in be enough for you to upgrade from your current 4-inch iPhone, or perhaps even make the switch from a larger iPhone model?

And will it matter that Apple isn’t planning to make the iPhone 5se part of its most advanced, top of the line iPhone lineup— Apple is planning a design that is said to closer resemble the old 5S than the newer, rounder design of the current iPhones apart from cover glass with more modern curved edges. And adding to that, it might not exactly be the most desirable or freshest design for an iPhone around, especially by the time the iPhone 7 inevitably drops sometime later this year in the fall. Also keep in mind, as we noted in our original report, that Apple plans to discontinue the current 5s with the 5se available around the same price points. 

Apple is currently planning on using its March Apple Watch 2 and iPad Air 3 press event to also introduce the new iPhone 5se and likely announce shipping and availability details.

So are you planning on upgrading to the iPhone 5se? And will you be upgrading from the 4-inch iPhone you’re currently using? Switching from a larger iPhone now that Apple has a new 4-inch model? Or holding off to see what iPhone 7 has to offer?


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 4-inch, event, iPhone 5se, March, pricing, release date, Shipping, specs

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February 2nd

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New reports claim to share details of upcoming iPhones, 4-inch specs, waterproofing & more

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Two new reports today from publications with mixed track records claim to share details of Apple’s upcoming iPhone lineup including the much rumored 4-inch iPhone “6c” and plans for the company to bring waterproofing and other new hardware features to future iPhone models. 

The first report comes from Chinese blog MyDrivers and claims to have more specs for an upcoming 4-inch iPhone 6c courtesy of what they call reliable supply chain sources. Specifically, the report claims the new device will have a 1642mAh battery, which is notably larger than Apple’s latest 4-inch iPhone, the iPhone 5c. In addition, the site backs up other recent reports noting an A9 processor, 16GB of storage, Touch ID, and 2GB of RAM as other specs reportedly planned for the device.

If Apple is to introduce the new 4-inch iPhone 6c (or whatever they decide to call it), it’s possible it could arrive at the company’s next press event that we reported earlier this month that is currently scheduled for March.

In a separate report today, this one from Chinese publication Commercial Times (via Digitimes), Apple is reportedly planning waterproofing features for upcoming iPhones. The detail is mentioned in a report on Apple supplier Catcher Technology, which going into next year will “remain as the largest chassis supplier for Apple’s upcoming new iPhone products.” 

It doesn’t specify which new models if not all would receive the waterproofing, but adds that upcoming iPhones will also receive a “new compound materials to hide the antenna”, which has been unsightly on recent iPhone designs.


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Jordan Kahn

December 29th

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Garmin Rino 650t Review: GPS Navigator And Radio In One

The ultimate way to stay in contact with your friends while in the wilderness? This Garmin Rino 650T allows you to track each other’s positions and communicate by voice or text, outside cell service.

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November 2nd

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How The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus Stack Up Against The Competition

Please never buy a phone on specs alone. In the grand scheme of things, most don’t matter. But if you’re looking to see how well Apple’s playing the specs game with its two new iPhones, you’ve come to the right place.

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Sean Hollister

September 9th

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The Final Oculus Rift Will Need an $800 Gaming PC

We’ve always known that good virtual reality wouldn’t come cheap. From the beginning, Oculus used beefy gaming PCs to show off its VR headset. Now, the company is revealing the specs you’ll need to get those experiences on the final Oculus Rift —and it looks like you’ll be spending $800+ just for the desktop computer.

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Sean Hollister

May 15th

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FourSevens MMU-X3R Review: 2,000 Lumens Of Handheld Flashlight Power

The MMU-X3R is FourSevens’ brightest handheld flashlight yet. At 2,000 lumens, it’s brighter than my car’s high beams and is small enough to fit into the palm of my hand. But, is it the right light for you?

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April 27th

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BioLite’s NanoGrid Is a Lantern, Battery, and Flashlight All In One

This new BioLite NanoGrid functions as a hanging work light or lantern, a multi-point area light, a powerful flashlight and a portable power source for your electronics, all in a single $100 product. The ultimate camping gadget? I got my hands on a unit to find out.

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Wes Siler

February 25th

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This Tesla Model S Spec Is How You Do Automotive ‘Fan Videos’

Okay, so, I don't now much about Specs. In fact, I had to ask Torchy exactly what the heck a Spec was, but I have made some pretty awesome anime music videos in my time, so I understand the labors of love that are fan videos. And the folks at Digital Giant apparently really, really love the Tesla Model S.

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Kat Callahan

February 14th

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Details on Apple’s upcoming Lightning port specs for third-party accessories

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We previously told you that Apple will be licensing its female Lightning port to third-party accessoriesfollowing an announcement to Made for iPhone licensees late last year. Since then, the company has released specs for the Lightning port that details exactly what Apple hopes to achieve by opening it up to third-parties, including how it could improve accessories.

Many different accessories will use the female Lightning port. According to manufacturers briefed on Apple’s specs, the company is hoping that a number of accessories adopt the Lightning port standard instead of micro-USB, including docks, battery cases, game controllers, headphones, and Bluetooth speakers. In these cases, Apple will allow the port to draw power from Apple or MFi-certified power adapters. The port may also be beneficial for manufacturers of Lightning cabled headphones, which are just starting to appear after announcements from JBL and Philips during last week’s CES.

The port can directly charge, as well as offer passthrough charging and syncing. Apple will notably also allow passthrough charging and syncing of iOS devices connected to the Lightning accessory. According to Apple, passthrough-enabled accessories could include headphones, smart cases, and battery power banks. The iOS device would connect to the accessory via a built-in male Lightning plug (say, the connector inside a Mophie charging case), while a female Lightning port on the accessory’s bottom would provide power via a Lightning cable to USB power adapter. Passthrough could also allow an accessory such as a dock to charge the iOS device while the user is simultaneously listening to Lightning headphones.

One port per accessory. Accessories can only include one Lightning port, according to Apple’s specs, which might limit the ability to connect multiple devices to an accessory via Lightning. For example, multiple Lightning ports would otherwise in theory allow a splitter dongle — like those available for traditional headphones— to connect multiple sets of Lightning headphones to a single iOS device, or create a multi-port hub akin to a USB hub. Apple most likely wants to eliminate power drain and the potential for interference by reducing the number of simultaneous connections.

Fewer cables and power supplies. We noted in our previous report that using the Lightning port— opposed to USB— would reduce costs for manufacturers and simplify the product experience by allowing users to charge any Apple accessory using the Lightning cable that originally came with the device. Accessories wouldn’t have to include a separate power supply and cable.

Faster charging. Another benefit of Lightning, according to Apple, is the ability to charge accessories faster than with USB. Apple notes that using the same Lightning cable plugged and power adapter that came with your iPhone (or a MFi-certified USB power adapter) allows charging of internal batteries at higher rates than with USB options, including the micro-USB port currently used for charging on most accessories. Accessories drawing power must be capable of pulling at least 1.0A from a power adapter, but Apple recommends 2.4A.

Apple doesn’t detail specifics on limitations of charging via Lightning, but USB charging limits were thought to be amongst the reasons Apple went with its own Lightning connector in the first place. At the very least, accessories will be able to utilize the 12W USB charger Apple has available for iPads, which can step down to lower power output as necessary. Faster charging would be ideal for accessories with larger internal batteries, with Apple specifically mentioning game controllers, headphones and speakers as products that will benefit.

An uncertain timeline. Currently, the Lightning port is available in sample quantities for development purposes, but its specs for the component currently remain in Developer Preview mode; any products being developed will have to be tested with upcoming final specs before hitting the market. Some sections of the specs are listed as “to be determined.” To the best of our knowledge, no third-party accessories with female Lightning ports were shown at CES this year.

The female Lightning port component provides yet another advantage to accessory makers enrolled in Apple’s licensing program, but we’ll have to wait to see if manufacturers adopt it. It’s possible that the first accessory to take advantage of the port will come from Apple itself, as the company’s Beats Electronics division could include it for recharging Bluetooth headphones. There are plenty of other applications, including ones that Apple hasn’t yet disclosed, which could be even more interesting.


Filed under: iOS Tagged: Accessories, Apple, faster charging, Lightning, made for iPhone, MFi, port, receptacle, specs, USB

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January 12th

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