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IPhone 7 : Unveiled

Metrosmag,SA

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The iPhone 7 might look like the iPhone 6s before it, but Apple has actually included several improvements that make it a better phone overall – and one of those is the new home button. Unlike Apple’s previous handset, the iPhone 7’s home button has no moving parts, and instead uses a taptic engine to simulate the feel of clicking – just like Apple’s new MacBooks.

That lack of mechanical parts means it’s less likely to go wrong, but it also means that when it does, Apple can use software to detect the problem and create a neat workaround. Over the weekend, a MacRumors forum member discovered that if the new home button goes wrong, the iPhone 7 is able to detect the issue, and give users an onscreen button instead. The button appears along with a fault warning telling the new user to get their new phone fixed. While a broken home button is the last thing you want to see on your new iPhone 7, at least you’ll still be able to use it, well you have to manage. 

1. The iPhone 7 is fast

As you’d expect, the iPhone 7 uses a brand-new processor, but its A10 Fusion is much faster than we thought it’d be. Apple claims that the quad-core A10 Fusion processor at the heart the iPhone 7 makes the new handset twice as fast as the iPhone 6, but also achieves those speeds while giving you better battery life. It does that by using two efficiency cores and two high-performancee ones, and intelligently assigning tasks to each. That way, you should get a seamless mix of power and stamina.

2.  Much faster than the iPad Pro

Apple’s latest handset has been benchmarked, and according to new Geekbench results, it’s actually faster than Apple’s own 12.9in iPad Pro.

3. Not much money will be made by Apple 

According to component analysis by IHS, an entry-level 32GB iPhone 7 costs $224.80 to make, while a similar iPhone 6s cost Apple $200 to manufacture last year. It’s important to remember that the price of the iPhone 7 has remained the same as the iPhone 7, and that means Apple is actually making less on its latest handset. According to IHS, the reasons for the decrease in profit come from several different areas, not just the camera, or the new screen for example.

4. It is gold dust right now 

This time around, the larger iPhone 7 Plus has a few more features that set it apart from the smaller handset, and that’s made it extremely popular. So popular, in fact, that getting an iPhone 7 Plus right now is nigh on impossible. If you take a look at Apple’s reservation programme website, you’ll see that iPhone 7 Plus handsets are sold out across the country. Apple suggests checking back at 6am every day, but even then, I’ve haven’t seen any iPhone 7 Plus handsets pop up.

5. You’ll want a jet black iPhone 7… Probably

The iPhone 7 comes in silver, gold and rose gold – just like the iPhone 6s before it – but Apple has also decided to introduce two new finishes to the mix. The new iPhone will also come in a matte-black finish debuting alongside a super-glossy jet black finish, too. However, the latter finish comes with a durability warning, and Apple claims it’s liable to small “micro abrasions”. In other words, if you’d prefer to have a phone that looks great for longer, it might be best to steer clear of the Jet Black finish.

6. The home button is totally different – but the same

The iPhone 7 features a completely redesigned home button, even if it does look identical to the one on the iPhone 6s. This time round Apple has removed the mechanical workings of the home button, and replaced them with a Force Touch-enabled sensor with haptic feedback. That means users should be able to customise the sensitivity of the new button, and it also means third party developers will be able to use haptic feedback in interesting new ways. Although the changes sound drastic, we’ve already tested the new home button, and somehow it feels just like the old one.

7. Two powerful speakers with  no headphone jack

Apple has removed the 3.5mm on both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, but it’s throwing a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter in the box for free. However, it’s clear that Apple wants us to go wireless with the iPhone 7, so the company has released its own AirPod earphones, as well as three new Beats models. Interestingly, each of these Apple-made headphones use a W1 chip, which Apple says will change how we think about wireless connectivity. In addition, the iPhone 7 now has dual speakers too, so you can listen in stereo without headphones.

8. Much-improved cameras

The iPhone 7 includes big improvements to the camera, whether you buy an iPhone 7 or an iPhone Plus. The standard iPhone 7 comes with a 12-megapixel camera at the rear, but the iPhone 7 Plus comes with a dual-camera system, comprising of a wide-angle and telephoto lens, too. That means you’ll be able to 2x optical zoom, and also get a neat bokeh effect on your pictures. This time around, Apple has given both phones optical image stabilisation, and the front-facing camera is a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera.

9. Comes with powerful sapphire lens

The results of a recent scratch test suggested the iPhone 7 didn’t feature a sapphire lense, but Apple has since clarified the specs of the new iPhone 7 camera. “Apple confirms the iPhone 7 camera lens is sapphire, and under proper testing conditions, achieves the hardness and purity results expected from sapphire.”

Sapphire is supposed to be virtually unscratchable – one of the reasons it’s used in high-end watches and camera lenses – but in this case, the lense looked to be damaged. So what happened? iMore suggest that the lens was fractured rather than scratched, and that this can happen when “you have something so incredibly thin — unlike the much thicker watch used for comparison — and you apply pressure with no level of control.”

10. The  battery life is better

Most importantly, the new iPhone should have significantly better battery life. Apple says the new iPhone 7 will “two more hours on iPhone 7 and one more hour on iPhone 7 Plus than the previous generation”. That equates to 14 hours of talk time for the iPhone 7 and 21 hours for the iPhone 7 Plus, or ten days’ standby for the regular handset and 16 days’ standby for the Plus.

11. It is water-resistant, not waterproof

We’ve seen water-resistant phones from the likes of Sony and Samsung for a while now, but the iPhone 7 marks Apple’s first attempt at a handset that laughs in the face of swimming pools. Both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are IP67 rated, which translates to “splash, water and dust resistance” in tech speak. However, water damage isn’t actually covered by Apple in the iPhone 7’s warranty, so it’s probably best to avoid dunking your new iPhone in water if you can.

iPhone 7

R12,999.99
iPhone 7
66

DESIGN

8/10

    INTERFACE

    6/10

      SOFTWARE

      6/10

        BATTERY LIFE

        7/10

          SECOND HAND VALUE

          6/10

            Highs

            • Beautiful screen
            • Unique camera
            • Solid battery life
            • Class-leading performance
            • Potent speakers

            Lows

            • Expensive
            • No headphone jack
            • Largely unchanged design

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            Kingsman: The Golden Circle review

            David Aladegbaiye Patricks

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            Release Date in South Africa Theatres –  29 September 2017


            Storyline:


            Kingsman headquarters got destroyed and the world held hostage with an insane drug virus, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and save the day.


            #MM RECOMMENDATION


            This film is pure entertainment and one of the few movies with a justifiable big spend.  Mathew Vaughn has delivered yet another great movie. It begins just as the last film ends with an impressive if not opportunistic car chase in the Taxi throughout London ending with Eggsy swimming through the London sewers all so that he can see his mates in Camden one last time and set the drug-fuelled story of this film rolling.

            It’s brilliant because the script did not lose its unique British vernacular that set the first film apart from so many other spy comedies. It’s still a British film dominated by British acting. This film will only hold out as long as America can laugh at its stupid stereotypes, which are meant to be funny for all, as Brits do in most Blockbuster movies.

            Overcompensated CGI effects were glaringly obvious throughout the film and were slightly painful in certain scenes, but it allowed the film to create these brilliantly imagined and engaging action scenes in which the first film based it success upon. Without it, the action scenes would be gun fights like we have seen hundreds of times before. Although there is no scene on the same level as the church scene in the first film, the Diner scene at the end does come close with Pedro Pascal’s “skipping rope” as a weapon adding something new and slightly sickening as he cuts through one Italian guard like a hot knife would through butter.

            Finally, this being a year for big failed celebrity cameos in movies and TV (Ed Sheeran in GOT and David Beckham in King Arthur in particular), Elton John in this film is hilarious and plays a much bigger role than expected, which was all for seeing. His Kick ass fight scene and the part scene of him and Colin Firth killing the Robot Dog is a loveable scene.

            If you take this movie too seriously with some again comparing it to 007, you will be disappointed as of course, it’s not going to have the same class or sophistication as Fleming’s novels. That is what makes it different as it does not try to copy that or make a mockery of it either. The Kingsman films now stand on their own.

            If you like action comedy movies, then this is a must. This movie would be great for friends, lovers but due to the vulgar and violent scene would not fit a family movie.

            iPhone 7

            R12,999.99
            iPhone 7
            66

            DESIGN

            8/10

              INTERFACE

              6/10

                SOFTWARE

                6/10

                  BATTERY LIFE

                  7/10

                    SECOND HAND VALUE

                    6/10

                      Highs

                      • Beautiful screen
                      • Unique camera
                      • Solid battery life
                      • Class-leading performance
                      • Potent speakers

                      Lows

                      • Expensive
                      • No headphone jack
                      • Largely unchanged design
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                      Reviewed: The Emoji Movie

                      Metrosmag,SA

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                      Release Date in South Africa Theatres –  22 September 2017


                      Storyline:


                      The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak. Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.


                      #MM RECOMMENDATION


                      If movies were reviewed only on creativity this would be a whopping 101 but considering all elements, it fell short in some aspects and the first being that anime are usually assumed to be created for family.

                      This one is not for the whole family, if Tim was 5 then he would be clueless or rather blank on the screenplay most of the time, and this makes the movie loose some of it’s viewers. When we saw the average rating we were not sure why but after watching the movie we sure got it. The movie started with a very interesting introduction, fifteen minutes into the movie and it became a motivational movie that encourages people to follow their hearts and not the norms. The Creativity around the cast (giving life to each emoticons) and the humors were excellent except most kids would not comprehend the level of communications.

                      The movie dwelled on Gene’s journey to self discovery that was followed by a stream of other hopefuls that deepens into the untouched world of spams, virus, hacks and some major red flag areas that should be filtered down. If it was created for Kids there are couple of red flags but computer geeks, phone lovers and some techy people would love it.

                      Out of the 12 kids at the movie, only 3 got the story-line, others were waiting for the funny scenes and lost the plot.

                      If you like comedy movies, you should see this. We would not call this a family movie but something for young adults and teenagers. Over protective parents would feel their Kids are being sold the mobile world and would get more clued to their cellphones.  It’s a decent watch for friends.

                      iPhone 7

                      R12,999.99
                      iPhone 7
                      66

                      DESIGN

                      8/10

                        INTERFACE

                        6/10

                          SOFTWARE

                          6/10

                            BATTERY LIFE

                            7/10

                              SECOND HAND VALUE

                              6/10

                                Highs

                                • Beautiful screen
                                • Unique camera
                                • Solid battery life
                                • Class-leading performance
                                • Potent speakers

                                Lows

                                • Expensive
                                • No headphone jack
                                • Largely unchanged design
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                                The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Laughable Action

                                Metrosmag,SA

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                                Release Date in South Africa Theatres –  25 August  2017


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                                From Summit Entertainment. The world”s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) gets a new client: a hit man who came in from the cold (Samuel L. Jackson). They”ve been on the opposite ends of a bullet for years. Now they must team up and have only 24 hours to get to The Hague to bring down a murderous dictator (Gary Oldman)


                                #MM RECOMMENDATION


                                It had been a while since an action comedy screened and Renoylds just sticks well with funny comedy action movie. This was by far the most exciting old fashion action movie seen in the past few months. It was fun, got lots of funny moments especially when we saw the interaction between Ryan Reynolds (Bryce) and Samuel L. Jackson (Kincaid). It was actually not a new recipe where two people of different background had to work together to be safe from the bad guys (a little bit similar formula in the movie Bulletproof with Damon Wayans and Adam Sandler). However, this movie was having a lot more awesome ridiculous stunts and a lot more brutal. Yes, the killings were pretty violent but not up to the level of horrifying.

                                The movie had got an R rating mostly I think due to the profound language (countless times we would hear the “F” word being used in here) and some of the action sequences. The main attraction in this movie was definitely the amazing chemistry between Bryce and Kincaid’s characters. It was really wonderful to see how difficult Bryce who was a methodical full of planning type had to deal with Kincaid who always did anything based on instinct. Surprisingly also, Salma Hayek’s character as a totally violent person was very fun to watch.

                                The money is so fun and action packed in so many scenes, there was no dull moment in the movie, except maybe the first 10 mins into the action scenes. For a movie of almost 2 hours, it sure filled us with lots of entertaining scenes. Just when you thought that it was over, there seemed to be something else again. And if you wait till the end credit scene, you can see a quite funny scene before it ended.

                                Another factor that made the movie so fun to see was the use of some 80s songs to accompany the “romantic” scenes such as Hello by Lionel Richie or I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner. The explosion effects and the sound effects were great. All in all this film was a really entertaining movie that gave us lots and lots of fun.

                                If you like comedy and action type movies you should like see this. We would really recommend this one for you to see in the cinemas near you. If you are longing for a good fun comedy action movie, then you have got to see this. It’s a very decent watch for friends.

                                iPhone 7

                                R12,999.99
                                iPhone 7
                                66

                                DESIGN

                                8/10

                                  INTERFACE

                                  6/10

                                    SOFTWARE

                                    6/10

                                      BATTERY LIFE

                                      7/10

                                        SECOND HAND VALUE

                                        6/10

                                          Highs

                                          • Beautiful screen
                                          • Unique camera
                                          • Solid battery life
                                          • Class-leading performance
                                          • Potent speakers

                                          Lows

                                          • Expensive
                                          • No headphone jack
                                          • Largely unchanged design
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