Assembled Apple iPhone SE goes on sale selected stores in Bengaluru: Reports

Cupertino based tech giant Apple has finally started selling Assembled iPhone SE in selected stores in Bengaluru at Rs 27,200 for a 32 GB variant and Rs 37,200 for a 128 GB phone.

Powered by According to a report by ET, the iPhone SE boxes have this imprinted on them: ‘Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in India. Apple partnered with Wistron Corpis for setting up a plant in Bengaluru to focus solely on assembling iPhones.

Assembled Apple iPhone SE goes on sale selected stores in Bengaluru

It was reported earlier that the company is also planning Apple is likely to launch its online store in the country by the end of this year. Apple will initially start its online store by selling iPhone SE and the company is hopeful to start the online store in India around Diwali,” ET quotes an Apple executive as saying.

It is expected that the company will also sell some accessories which will be sourced from India. At present 50-55 percent of iphones are sold through the online platform in India compared to the industry standard of 30 percent.

The report also says that the company does not require any foreign direct investment as the Indian Government allows companies to directly sell online

Apple iOS 11 public beta update released: How to download and install the update

It was at WWDC 2017 conference that Apple announced its new iOS software version iOS 11 and boy it was something exciting as it brought several new features and functionalities with it.
Well, if you have been waiting eagerly to try out the new software version and its features then there is some good news for you. The Cupertino-based tech giant is now releasing the first public beta version of iOS 11 for everyone. Also, it means that you can now download the update and experience the features hands-on. The download is free. Basically, the upgrade will take the software version to iOS 11 from your existing iOS 10.3.2 installation. The good thing here is that Apple has made it simple for you to downgrade back to the more stable iOS if you face any problems with iOS 11 or encounter a lot of bugs. But that is is the point of the beta versions. It’s usually to find the bugs as well as test new features on a large group of users. And while the company has released this version, we will be seeing a few more beta updates in the coming days.

Apple iOS 11 public beta update released: How to install the update

On the other hand, if you are planning to install this iOS beta update then make sure to back up all the data if you are using your primary smartphone. However, it is best advised that you should install the iOS beta on any other testing iPhone or iPad. This way, even if the smartphone crashes your data will be safe. How to get the new update? In any case, if you want to try out the new iOS 11 features then you can visit this website and register your compatible iOS device for the Beta program. So once you are done with all the formalities, you can update iOS like a normal software update. Well, you will have to install a configuration or public beta profile on your device. The instructions are provided by Apple. Then, you’ll have to go to the Settings app and update to iOS 11 Public Beta 1. It is mostly the same iOS 11 Beta 2 that developers got last week.

Finally, you will need to reboot your device and that’s it. You are ready to use the new iOS 11. So if you have downloaded the new beta update do let us know about the new features and what are the changes that you see.

Steve Jobs Created The iPhone Because He Hated A Microsoft Employee: Here’s The Story

The iPhone, Apple’s flagship device and arguably one of the most important inventions of the century, has long been attributed as a product of the genius of Steve Jobs. Apparently, though, it is also a product of his hate.

Scott Forstall, the co-inventor of the iPhone and former Apple senior VP of iOS, revealed that Jobs started working on the now-iconic device due to a feud with a Microsoft employee.

How Was The iPhone Created?

In an interview at the Computer History Museum, and in his first public appearance since his controversial exit from Apple due to the failure of Apple Maps in iOS 6, Forstall revealed the events that pushed Jobs to create the iPhone.

“It began because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft. That is the actual origin,” Forstall said. That person was not Jobs’s longtime rival and sometimes friend Bill Gates but rather an unnamed Microsoft employee.

The Microsoft employee was the husband of a friend of Steve’s wife, Laurene. The couples often met in parties and other functions due to being in the same social circles, and every time Jobs ran into the man, “he’d come back pissed off,” Forstall narrated.

Setting the creation of the iPhone into motion happened at a weekend party, when the man told Jobs that Microsoft had “solved computing” through its early foray into tablet PCs. These devices, similar to the tablets of today, were lighter and smaller compared to computers and featured touch displays.

The fact that Jobs hated the most about the tablet PCs, leading to his irritation on the Microsoft employee’s comments, is that the devices only worked with a stylus. The Monday after, Jobs launched “a set of expletives” before starting to work on a touchscreen device that would outdo Microsoft’s tablet.

“First thing is, they’re idiots. You don’t use a stylus,” Jobs said, according to Forstall. Jobs said that users are prone to losing them, and they are counterintuitive considering that people are born with 10 styluses on their two hands.

The project started as a tablet, with Apple finding success in creating multi-touch displays. However, around 2004, Apple shifted from developing a tablet to creating a mobile phone after Jobs and Forstall entered a coffee shop. Jobs found that many customers were using their mobile phones, but they didn’t seem happy at all about it. Jobs considered it an opportunity and asked Forstall if the multi-touch display on the tablet that Apple was working on can be fitted on a mobile phone.

It was a “herculean” challenge to decrease the size of the multi-touch display, but Forstall knew that Jobs was right when the iPhone was completed.

“This is how phones need to be made,” Forstall said. The rest is history.

The Evolution Of The iPhone

The iPhone, ever since its announcement in 2007, has continuously evolved. The premium iPhone 8, which Apple is expected to reveal in September, is now a much more powerful and useful smartphone compared to its first iteration.

It is interesting to know that the creation of the iPhone was equal parts an emotional response and unique insight into consumer products. Nevertheless, Apple’s flagship product will not go anywhere as it evolves according to the needs of its users.

 

Apple Weighs Down on Clone and Spam Apps on the App Store

Apple has been weighing down on dormant apps since last year, and has removed hundreds of them in a bid to clean up the App Store. Now, a fresh report claims that Apple is also focusing on clone and spam apps in the App Store, apart from dormant and 32-bit apps.

TechCrunch reports that a new rule 4.2.6 in the App Store Review Guidelines claims that “Apps created from a commercialised template or app generation service will be rejected.” While this would imply app assembly and development suites are under attack by the company, TechCrunch speculates that suites like PhoneGap and TapJet are safe, and that Apple is “not trying to kill app-creation tools that allow people to customise and publish apps without knowing or writing all of the code.” Instead, the company is aiming to go after apps that essentially clone another’s functionality or feature a near identical interface, the report speculates.

This means Apple will be on a lookout for clone apps like the ones made after Flappy Bird became a huge success, as well as other apps that copy others using a one-click template. Apple will weigh down on these apps and reject them.

Apple Weighs Down on Clone and Spam Apps on the App Store: Report

The prevalence of cheap junk apps that use basic templates to create knock-off versions of paid or popular apps has gone off the charts in the past recent years, and Apple wants to be a bit more stringent about what is available on the App Store.

The report also talks about music app knock-offs that stream illegal content in order to make a quick buck. “There are hundreds of copies of music-streaming apps that shill pirated content to make it harder to track them down one by one and allow for single-shot bursts of revenue capture before they’re found out or retired.”

While there was always a ‘do not clone’ rule in the App Store Review guidelines, this new one is more explicit and tougher than before. The report claims that hundreds of thousands of apps that have been cleaned up from the App Store also include clone apps, apart from dormant and 32-bit apps as well.

How to Record iPhone Calls for Free

Recording phone calls is a pretty straightforward process on Android, but that’s not the case on iPhone. The App Store has some call recording apps, but we haven’t found any that work in India. None of the call recording apps on the US App Store which actually work are free, so you’re going to have to shell out some cash up-front if you want to record phone calls.

Now, recording phone calls is a bit of a grey area. We strongly advise against recording a phone call without permission. If you are recording a phone call, always let the person on the other end of the line know that you are doing so. You wouldn’t record a video without permission, and the same basic principles apply to recording phone calls. There are several cases, such as telephonic interviews, when recording a phone call can be very useful. It could even be to record a recipe that someone narrates over the phone or a set of instructions that you know you’ll forget. As long as the other person is fine with you recording the call, you’re good to go.

Now that you are ready to record calls, let’s start by talking about a simple hack you can try. When you are on a call on your iPhone, you can just put the phone in speaker mode and use a second phone or a voice recorder to record the conversation. The quality will be poor but at least you will have a recording. If that’s not an option, follow these steps.

How to Record iPhone Calls for Free

How to make and receive phone calls using a Mac
The only other reliable and free way to record phone calls via an iPhone requires a Mac. Before you begin, check whether your Mac is able to make and receive calls using your iPhone. Your Mac should be on OS X Yosemite or newer, and your iPhone needs to be on iOS 8 or newer versions of the OS. Now, these steps will help you record phone calls on your iPhone via the Mac.

On your iPhone, go to Settings > Phone > Calls on Other Devices.
Enable Allow Calls on Other Devices.
Below this, under Allow Calls On, tap the switch next to your Mac so that it turns green and is enabled.
Now make sure that your iPhone and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Sign in to the same iCloud account on both devices.
Sign in to FaceTime using the same iCloud account on both devices.
Ensure that your iPhone is near the Mac and both devices have Bluetooth switched on.
Now when you receive a call on the iPhone, you’ll see a notification on the Mac and you can answer the call on the laptop or desktop. Similarly, you can even make phone calls from the Mac.
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How to record phone calls on iPhone using a Mac
These steps will help you record phone calls via your Mac.

Free software suck as QuickTime didn’t work to properly record the call. Instead, download Audio Hijack on the Mac. It’s a powerful audio recording app from indie app developer Rogue Amoeba. Audio Hijack costs $49 (roughly Rs. 3,200) but the free trial lets you record for up to 20 minutes in one session.
Open Audio Hijack and press Cmd + N or click Session in the top bar and select New Session.
This will ask you to select a session template. Double-click Application Audio.
On the left side, you will see three blocks — Application, Recorder, and Output. Click the Application block and select FaceTime from the drop-down under Source.
Now when you make or receive a phone call from your Mac, just hit the big record button in Audio Hijack. It’s on the bottom left of the app window.
When you’re done recording hit the record button again to stop. You can access the recorded file by clicking Recordings on the bottom-right of the app window.
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You can record up to 20 minutes for free, but after that the app adds a large amount of noise to the recording. To get around this, you can stop the recording before 20 minutes are up and start a new session and record again. However, if you like the app and are happy with the quality of call recordings, we advise that you support the developer by buying Audio Hijack.

This method of recording calls won’t work if you’re not in Wi-Fi range, so it’s best suited for recording when you are at home or in office. However, it works very well if you have Wi-Fi, and the quality of recordings is good too. If you’ve been looking for a way to record phone calls on your iPhone in India, this method is probably your best bet. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

iPhone Storage Isn’t Going as Far as It Used To

Nearly every iPhone owner’s been there: you’re snapping pictures or getting ready to download a new game, and you get that dreaded message warning you that your storage is almost full.

So much for watching that movie on the plane.

If you feel like your storage is filling up faster than it used to, you may be on to something. An examination of the most-installed apps for iOS from mobile analysis firm Sensor Tower has found that the size of those apps is, on average, 11 times bigger than they were in 2013.

And some apps have grown far more than that, said Randy Nelson, Sensor Tower’s head of mobile insights. Take Snapchat, for example, which now takes up 51 times more space than it did in May 2013. Facebook is the largest of the apps Nelson looked at, now clocking in at 388MB – up from just 32MB at the start of Nelson’s analysis period.

Nelson said that there are multiple reasons for the upward creep in app size. For one, apps – particularly social media apps – have been adding new features regularly, to keep up with each other. Snapchat is an excellent example of this, Nelson said. At first, the features of Snapchat were pretty streamlined with its close focus on ephemeral messages. But now it’s locked in a feature war with Instagram and Facebook, and has added things such as the Discover tab, or an ever-expanding array of filters. Games grow for a similar reason; new levels or features in Candy Crush take up extra space, as do prettier graphics that want to take full advantage of the iPhone’s screen technology.

There are also some technical reasons that app size is ballooning, Nelson said. The iPhone and iPad have more screen sizes than they used to, for example, which means that developers often design their apps to adapt to all those different sizes. Supporting a broader range of devices automatically means an app’s size will go up, even though the person downloading the app only sees one version. As developers drop support for older devices, app sizes may go down again, Nelson said – but it may not be by very much.

iPhone Storage Isn't Going as Far as It Used To

The upshot for consumers is that, yes, your phone’s storage isn’t going as far as it used to. And there’s not a clear solution for consumers about how to solve this issue. We can, of course, rely more on the mobile web or simply use fewer apps. But app creep is particularly hard to deal with, because it means that even if you aren’t downloading new apps, the old ones you have are still taking up progressively more space.

Apple has announced some features that may be able to help with this problem down the line. In iOS 11, due out in the fall, there is a feature that lets you “offload” apps you use less often – deleting the apps themselves from your phone, but retaining enough data so that you don’t have to set them up again.

Nelson has not run a similar analysis for Android, though growth causes such as additional features would logically apply there as well.

With app sizes only poised to keep growing, Nelson said the problem is unlikely to go away any time soon. Mobile apps are generally becoming more complex and more graphically advanced, not less. So, if you keep running up against your storage limits, it may be a hint to think bigger for your next phone purchase.

“It is more ammunition for that decision to pull the trigger on buying a phone with more capacity,” Nelson said. “If you know that you’re going to have an eighth of your storage taken up by the top 10 apps, you’ll probably push to pick up a larger phone.”

Paytm Smartphone Sale Offers Include iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, Google Pixel Cashbacks, and Other Deals

After its Pre-GST sale last week, Paytm has now kicked off another sale particularly targeted at the smartphones with fingerprint scanners. Under the sale, Paytm is offering a cashback of up to Rs. 10,000 in the Paytm wallet on a range of smartphones including iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, Google Pixel, Oppo F3, Vivo V5s, and HTC Desire 10 Pro among others. In order to avail the cashback, buyers will have to apply promotional codes while making a smartphone purchase on a dedicated page.

The Paytm sale is currently live and will wrap up on Sunday, June 25. Without further delay, let us quickly jump to the cashback offers on the smartphones in the sale.

Cashback offers on iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone SE
Paytm is offering a cashback of Rs. 9,999 on the iPhone 7 Plus 256GB Jet Black and (Matte) Black colour variants, which are currently listed at a price of Rs. 91,800 plus Rs. 199 delivery charge, making a total of Rs. 91,999. On applying the promo code ‘A10K’, you will start seeing the cashback amount tag of Rs. 9,999 next to the mentioned price in the cart. The effective price after the cashback is Rs. 82,000 but you will have to pay the full amount of Rs. 91,999 while making the purchase on Paytm.

Similarly, the iPhone 7 Plus 256GB Silver, Rose Gold, and Gold are being sold at Rs. 79,900, Rs. 79,984, and Rs. 78,698 respectively with Rs. 199 additional shipping charges. After applying the same promo code on each of the iPhones, the effective prices for iPhone 7 Plus 256GB Silver, Rose Gold, and Gold will be 70,100, Rs. 70,184, and Rs. 68,898 in the respective order.

The iPhone 7 Plus 128GB in Rose Gold and Gold colours are available at the same price of Rs. 70,999 with Rs. 199 shipping charge. For the 128GB storage models, Paytm is offering a cashback of Rs. 6,250 on applying the code ‘MOB6250’ – making the effective price of the aforementioned iPhones at Rs. 64,948. On iPhone 7 Plus 128GB Silver, Black, and Jet Black colour models, the price tag is Rs. 68,998, Rs. 66,999, and Rs. 65,766 clubbed with Rs. 199 delivery cost, which after the application of the cashback of Rs. 6,250 will give them an effective price of Rs. 62,947, Rs. 60,948, and Rs, 59,715 in the respective manner.

Paytm Smartphone Sale Offers Include iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, Google Pixel Cashbacks, and Other Deals

With the 32GB storage and colour models of iPhone 7 Plus, the cashback amount is reduced to Rs. 5,750 on the application of code ‘MOB5750’. However, Paytm website shows a cashback of Rs. 7,000 on the Silver and Gold models on applying the same promo code, but when we tried purchasing them, the suggested cashback of Rs. 5,750 was applicable. The effective prices of iPhone 7 Plus 32GB Gold, Silver, Black, and Rose Gold currently being sold at Rs. 58,359, Rs. 58,598, Rs. 58,949, and Rs. 58,629 will be Rs. 52,808, Rs. 53,047, Rs. 53,398, and Rs. 53,078 respectively.

The cashback amount on iPhone 7 256GB storage model in Silver, Black, Gold, Rose Gold, and Jet Black colours is Rs. 5,000 after applying ‘A5K’ code, after which the effective prices will be:

iPhone 7 256GB Silver – Rs. 70,393 after the cashback on the price of Rs. 75,194 (includes Rs. 199 delivery charge)
iPhone 7 256GB Black – Rs. 57,198 after the cashback on Rs. 62,198 (includes Rs. 199 delivery charge)
iPhone 7 256GB Gold – Rs 55,189 after the cashback on Rs. 60,189 (includes Rs. 199 for delivery)
iPhone 7 256GB Rose Gold – Rs. 56,099 after the cashback on Rs. 61,099 (includes Rs. 199 delivery charge)
iPhone 7 256GB Jet Black – Rs. 56,099 after the cashback on Rs. 61,099 (includes Rs. 199 delivery charge)
The iPhone 7 with 128GB storage is being sold at Rs. 53,409 for Gold colour, 53,344 for Rose Gold colour, Rs. 53,990 for Jet Black, and Rs, 52,999 for Black colour variant, with additional Rs. 199 for delivery. The effective prices after the cashback of Rs. 5,500 on applying code ‘MOB5500’ are Rs. 48,108, Rs. 48,043, Rs. 48,689, and Rs. 47,698 in the respective order as above.

The cashback offer on iPhone 7 32GB storage is Rs. 4,500 on the application of ‘MOB4500’ as the promo code. The original prices including delivery charges followed by the effective prices after cashback are as below:

iPhone 7 32GB Black – Rs. 46,199 will become Rs. 41,699
iPhone 7 32GB Rose Gold – Rs. 46,647 will be Rs. 42,147
iPhone 7 32GB Silver – Rs. 46,599 will become Rs. 42,099
iPhone 7 32GB Gold – Rs. 45,498 will be Rs. 40,998
The iPhone SE 64GB in Rose Gold colour is being sold at Rs. 27,299 with the Rs. 199 delivery cost. After you apply the promo code ‘A3K’, you will be entitled for a cashback of Rs. 3,000 on the device and the effective price will become Rs. 24,498. The iPhone SE 32GB variant in Rose Gold, Gold, and Silver colours is selling at Rs. 22,999. On applying the promo code ‘MOB2000’, you will receive a cashback of Rs. 2,000 and effective price will be Rs. 21,198.

The iPhone SE 16GB Rose Gold colour variant is listed at Rs. 20,498, which features a cashback of Rs. 2,250 after applying ‘MOB2250’ as promo code. Its effective price will be Rs. 18,447 (after including the Rs. 199 delivery charge). The Gold and Silver colour variants for iPhone SE 16GB are being sold at Rs. 21,499 and Rs. 21,490 in the respective order. After the cashback, they will cost you Rs. 19,448 and Rs. 19,439 respectively, including Rs. 199 delivery charge.

The Red colour models of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are also available for purchase but without any cashback offer.

Cashback offers on Google Pixel, Oppo F1s, Vivo V5s, and other Android smartphones
The Google Pixel 32GB storage variant is currently being sold at Rs. 42,750 for the Quite Black colour and Rs. 40,500 for the Very Silver colour model. You can get a cashback of up to 15 percent of the listed price that can reach a maximum Rs. 9,999. The Google Pixel 128GB storage model in Very Silver colour will cost Rs. 50,239 while the Quite Black colour variant is currently out of stock.

Google Pixel XL in 32GB for Quite Black and Very Silver colours is listed at Rs. 50,369 and Rs. 50,368 with a 15 percent cashback offer up to Rs. 9,999. The 128GB storage models cost Rs. 60,490 for the Quite Black colour and Rs. 63,990 for the Very Silver colour variant. In order to get the 15 percent cashback, buyers will have to apply the code ‘MOB15’.

Other popular smartphones like Oppo F3 and Vivo V5s are also available in the sale. The Oppo F3 64GB Gold colour is listed at Rs. 18,821 with Rs. 99 delivery charges. After applying the code ‘MOB14’, you will be entitled to receive a cashback of 14 percent of the amount not exceeding the Rs. 9,999 limit. The Vivo V5s Matte Black in 64GB will also get you a 14 percent cashback amount on the listed price of Rs. 18,200 with Rs. 99 as delivery charges.

The HTC 10 Pro is being sold at Rs. 21,094 for Black and Rs. 19,999 for Polar White colours with additional Rs. 99 as delivery charge. Paytm is offering a cashback of 12 percent on this smartphone when you apply ‘MOB12’ as promo code.

You can check all other smartphone with fingerprint scanners on the Paytm’s sale page where you will find more offers on smartphones. A thing to remember here is that you cannot make Cash on Delivery (CoD) option while applying the promo codes. So you’ll be required to use debit, credit cards and netbanking options to make the purchases.

iPhone 8 Dreaming in Full Swing

Apple’s latest iPhone was barely out of the gate when rumors began percolating about the company’s next new phone.

Although the iPhone 7 garnered mostly tepid reviews when it was released this summer, initial inventories sold out quickly, and the company had to scramble to meet demand.

That demand may have peaked, though, which may be why chasers of the next big thing are looking down the road.

“You can rest assured that next year being the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone, Apple will come out with something special,” said Wayne Lam, principal analyst for telecom electronics at IHS Markit.

“Whether it’s a completely new 10th anniversary model in conjunction with the regular iteration model of the iPhone 7, we’ll have to find out — but most likely, there will be drastic design innovation coming with the iPhones in 2017,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“Historically, Apple likes to make a big deal out of decade-length anniversaries,” observed Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

“Since 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, it’s easy to assume the company will use the opportunity to prove that it hasn’t lost a step, and continues to lead the industry in both design sophistication and delivering value to its customers,” he told TechNewsWorld.

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Block of Glass and Aluminum

Anticipation for the next model may be higher because the iPhone 7 failed to tick off many items on the wish lists of Apple fans.

“My impression is they were holding back on the 7, so they could make a whiz-bang splash on the 10th anniversary,” said David McQueen, a research director at ABI Research.

The next iPhone will be Apple’s vision of the smartphone of the future, he added.

“Long term, what the iPhone will be is a block of glass and aluminum with as few buttons, bumps and holes as it can have,” McQueen told TechNewsWorld.

Apple may be taking a step toward that phone of the future with the display rumored for the next iPhone. It reportedly will be an OLED display that will occupy most of the front of the phone — or all of it, by wrapping over its sides.

The OLED part of that rumor is a solid bet, maintained IHS’ Lam.

“Apple’s move to OLED display is all but assured through our supply-side intelligence,” he said. “This opens up lots of design possibilities for them on next year’s groundbreaking iPhone design.”

Edge-to-Edge Screen

OLED screens have better contrast, brightness and deeper blacks than LCD displays, and they’re also more flexible, which would allow Apple to create a curved phone with an edge-to-edge screen.

“I find the edge-to-edge display most credible,” Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy, told TechNewsWorld.

Embracing OLED technology will help Apple keep pace with its competitors.

“Samsung has been doing curved OLED screens for years, so it’s not a cutting-edge phenomenon by any stretch of the imagination,” noted Bob O’Donnell, chief analyst at Technalysis Research.

“This is Apple just playing catch-up to other people,” he told TechNewsWorld.

The beauty of the edge-to-edge screen is not expected to be marred by a home button or fingerprint reader. Both will be built into the screen itself, rumor has it.

“I’m particularly intrigued by the idea of a display-enabled fingerprint reader,” Pund-IT’s King said. “That could simplify both the phone design and authentication processes.”

Glass Body

Some Apple watchers, including widely respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, believe there will be three iPhone models: two conventional models with 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays, and one with an edge-to-edge rounded screen.

All of the units will have glass bodies to facilitate wireless charging.

Apple’s wireless charging is expected to be truly wireless. Existing wireless chargers require a phone to be placed on the charger. Apple’s charger will charge a phone through the air for short distances.

“Wireless charging that requires no contact would be a technology innovation,” Technalysis’ O’Donnell said.

There are some drawbacks to charging devices through the air, he added. It’s very inefficient, so it’s not the greenest way to charge a phone.

Then there are possible safety issues.

“Power signals flying through the air could freak people out,” O’Donnell said.

Need for a Home Run

Many of the rumors about the next iPhone may be unfounded, suggested Kevin Krewell, a principal analyst at Tirias Research.

“The iPhone 8 rumors are all over the place,” he told TechNewsWorld.

The phone seems to have every item from everyone’s wish lists.

“It’s likely two or maybe three of these ideas will come to pass in the next iPhone, but none of them are groundbreaking innovations,” Krewell pointed out.

“They’re all very nice enhancements and will keep Apple’s iPhone competitive with phones from other vendors,” he added.

However, that may not be what the company needs with the next iPhone.

“With sales slipping and margins reportedly under pressure, it’s important for Apple to come out swinging with the iPhone 8. The company needs to prove that it’s still an elemental force in mobile innovation — not just one of many companies delivering quality products,” noted Pund-IT’s King.

“Apple is so profitable and so deeply embedded with millions of customers that the company could survive and even thrive if the iPhone 8 fails in the marketplace,” he added, “but the same might not be true of company executives tied to the new device. If the iPhone 8 fails to hit a home run, any number of execs could be headed for the showers.”

Apple Reveals ‘Best of 2016’ Apps, Books, Games, Movies, and TV Shows

Apple Reveals 'Best of 2016' Apps, Books, Games, Movies, and TV ShowsIt’s December, which means Year Enders will now be an everyday affair. Soon after Google Play released its ‘Best of 2016’ lists, Apple has released its ‘Best of 2016′ charts for the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store. Each country has its own lists (except for the iBooks Store), and we’ve concentrated on the US and India lists.

Starting with India, on the top of the pedestal are Prisma – which won the iPhone app of the year – and Clash Royale – which won the iPhone game of the year.

For those unaware, Prisma is the art filter app launched in June (Review) that gained popularity in a very short time because of its impressive machine learning technology. Clash Royale was introduced by the Clash of Clans makers, and is a real-time multiplayer card duelling game. Both these apps have made it to the top of the list, while the famous mask app MSQRD and swipe game app Reigns take the runner-up spots in the app and game charts.

The others on the ’10 Best Apps of the Year’ list include Fitso Fitness and Running app, Folioscope, Hyper, Tinycards, Memrise, Meditation Studio, Quartz, and WiFire. The ’10 Best Games of the Year’ list includes Chameleon Run, FIFA Mobile Football, Plants vs Zombies, BLUK, Rodeo Stampede, PKTBALL, Rubek, and Steppy Pants apps. The Top Paid app in 2016 was the DSLR Camera app, while the top free app was WhatsApp Messenger. The app that made the most amount of money is Clash of the Clans. There’s a separate section for iPad apps and games as well, with different picks.

In the Mac App Store (US), the best selected Mac apps and games list includes Spark, Polarr Photo Editor, Mini Metro, Doo, XCOM 2, Darkest Dungeon, Day One, Layers of Fear, and OmniGraffle 7. As for India, the Mac App Store (India), the best apps and games include Human Resource Machines, Complete Anatomy, Filters for Photos, Infinite Tanks, Evoland 2, and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga.

The iTunes and iBooks Stores (US) have listed the best music, TV shows, movies, and books lists as well. The ‘Best Movies of 2016’ list for India includes Sultan, Sairat, and Deadpool. The ‘Best Songs of 2016’ list includes Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s title song and Cheap Thrills from Sia.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Affected by ‘Stuck’ Battery Percentage Bar, Confirms Apple

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Affected by 'Stuck' Battery Percentage Bar, Confirms Apple

If your iPhone is not showing you the accurate battery level, you’re not alone. Apple has acknowledged a bug affecting iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones that is preventing the battery percentage bar from showing real-time information. The issue, as you can imagine, is misguiding people of the exact battery level they have left on their iPhone.

Apple wrote in a support document that the system time on the iPhone is apparently triggering the issue. When a user makes changes to the system time, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus stop updating the battery level. The issue is also affecting users who’re travelling from one time zone to another.

The issue has been reported by a number of users on Apple’s official forum. Several complaints on the thread go as back as October 20, 2015. “My iPhone 6s Plus battery percentage gets stuck frequently. Like for example, it will say 87 percent all day, and then I’ll plug it in for an hour, and it will still say 87 percent,” a user wrote. “The only fix I’ve found is to power the phone off and then turn it back on. Then the percentage will update correctly, and will usually continue to update properly for awhile. But eventually it gets stuck again.”

While Apple works on a fix, the company has shared a workaround. It asks affected users to restart their iPhone and then ensure that the system clock time is being automatically set. To do this, go to Settings > General > Date & Time and check if the Set Automatically option is turned on.