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IPhone 7 : Unveiled

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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
6.6

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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            xXx – Return of Xander Cage : Downgraded action

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            Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.


            #MM RECOMMENDATION


            It’s like the mummy classics, you hope the next sequel will be better than the last but then the last one becomes the only reason you keep watching the new releases! We would not want anyone to believe we hate Vin and we sure love him but this sequel downgraded the action acclaimed xXx from an action movie.

            We had to re-watch the first make to actually get to give a review of this latest addition. Forbes may have it as a success in figures as well as rating agencies but this is a movie that does not weigh in very well with xXx fans. Let us start with the least expected on the scene, and that is Deepika Padukone. She definitely would be nicer in a love story or a Chickasaw remake but not an FX action movie and she brings out the disconnect in the movie. Ice Cube coming to the play at the end was also not a very smooth play, as one almost forgot he was part of the xXx franchise. The director could have placed him mid scene and maybe the fire could have cached on well. Vin Diesel should stick the o Fast and Furious franchise, 2002 XXX was much better. Rest of the star cast is assembled to just please the producers “Shanghai Movies”.

            We sure believe everyone has to see the movie to understand why we downgraded the movie from an action all star it was in the first make. The FX are still good but the story-line is awful and it shows that less work was put into getting an actually story out but the director sure wanted to create some action scene without the blend of a story to balance it.  Die hard fans could easily manage the movie but anyone hoping to get a feel of the fast and furious delivery would be disappointed, this is not the movie and we believe this affected the sales of the movies as we saw at the cinemas. But Strange enough the average action lover would still manage it well.

            It really didn’t get the best movie we have watched and it is not going to win any awards but still would be a good watch for friends and families, definitely not for lovers or the curious, you might just doze off.

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            Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Hogwarts wizardry rescripted

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            Holding a mysterious leather suitcase in his hand, Newt Scamander, a young activist wizard from England, visits New York while he is on his way to Arizona. Inside his expanding suitcase hides a wide array of diverse, magical creatures that exist among us, ranging from tiny, twig-like ones, to majestic and humongous ones. It is the middle of the 20s and times are troubled since the already fragile equilibrium of secrecy between the unseen world of wizards and the ordinary or “No-Maj” people that the MACUSA Congress struggles to maintain, is at risk of being unsettled. In the meantime, the voices against wizardry keep growing with daily protests led by Mary Lou Barebone and fuelled by the increasing disasters ascribed to a dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. At the same time, by a twist of fate, Newt’s precious suitcase will be switched with the identical one of an aspiring No-Maj baker, Jacob Kowalski, while demoted Auror, Tina Goldstein, arrests Newt for being an unregistered wizard.

            #MM RECOMMENDATION

            Walking into the theater, we were a bit apprehensive. Rowling’s magical world is as alluring and fun as ever! the best thing about this movie is exactly that. Exploring this world.

            In the Harry Potter saga, with the exception of Deathly Hallows, most of the action was confined in Hogwarts. When we were taken out of the school, the main characters, being underage, were not allowed to do magic. The novelty in this movie is that we get to follow a fully fledged adult wizard in an entirely new environment and observe the dynamics and workings of the magical society.

            Said wizard is New Scamander, a magical zoologist that traveled the world in order to find and document rare creatures, which he carries in his magical suitcase. When this suitcase gets mixed up with one that belongs to muggle Jacob, some of Newt’s creatures escape and cause problems in New York.

            Eddie Redmayne shines in this movie. He plays a very clearly British, endearing and slightly awkward Newt, but the character’s kindness is obvious by the loving and friendly way that he treats his magical creatures. Dan Fogler does a great job as Jacob Kowalski, the muggle who is suddenly thrown into a world of wonder that existed beside him all along. He is the one the audience can best relate to, since he mirrors our sense of marvel. Katherine Waterstone and Alison Sudol also do a good job as the two vastly different magical sisters, who aid Newt in his adventure. If we had a small gripe, it would be that the excellent Colin Farell was in our opinion under used.

            All in all, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a solid and visually stunning movie that manages to achieve three things.

            First, although it takes place in the Harry Potter universe, it stands apart and has its very own story, which can be enjoyed separately from that of the famous young wizard. Second, it drops quite a few hints and names, which not only tie in nicely with the stories that we know, but also serve to set up the next installments, which are rumored to document Dumbledore’s past and connection with Grindelwald. Finally, the movie features a bustling 1926 New York, which coupled with the intriguing character dynamics, offers a brand new insight into Rowling magical world and leaves us poor muggles asking for more.

            After following Harry’s adventures, many of us were left wanting to see much more of the story and luckily for us, it seems Rowling has that much more to offer. Personally, we can’t wait for the next movie, great job!

            Lovers of harry potter triology would love this movie!

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            Doctor Strange: Weird, Amazing and surprisingly good

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            Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

            #MM RECOMMENDATION

            Wow! One of the most unsettling patch of scenes, it almost feels as if the world has a mirror view. DOCTOR STRANGE is an incredible mindtrip. Its VFX alone makes Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’ look like some kind of beta test. And this film is so much fun, it’s hilarious, it’s got some of the most complex, most elaborate action sequences I’ve seen all year, and I can’t stop geekin’ out about the cloak of levitation. This is Benedict Cumberbatch making his grand entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

            Directed by Scott Derrickson who helped provide the script, DOCTOR STRANGE is about a successful, talented, arrogant neurosurgeon, Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Suddenly, a tragic car accident leaves Strange’s hands permanently damaged, which means he can no longer perform surgery. After trying western medicine, he hears of a man who was badly injured and then got miraculously healed, this leads Strange to the secrets of a hidden world of alternate dimensions. Under the teaching and guidance of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) Strange unleashes metaphysical abilities and ultimately takes on the responsibility of protecting earth from mystical threats.

            Created by Marvel’s legendary artist, Steve Ditko, the character Doctor Strange is a very unique one because he’s not a product of some kind of technological armor, he’s not a nordic god nor a space alien, and he doesn’t get his powers from super serum nor gamma rays, and so kudos to Marvel Studios for taking a chance on this one of a kind character because it makes for an unbelievably fantastic origin story on screen that’s just different from the rest of the bunch that Marvel has introduced to us so far. And there’s just something refreshing about that.

            What a great cast, they could not have picked a better lead star, Benedict Cumberbatch knocks it out of the park. Whenever Strange gets a bit cocky, you can see a little bit of Cumberbatch’s Sherlock attitude kicking in there. But Strange is more quick to sensibility whereas Sherlock would still have to put them all through his reasoning filters. And Cumberbatch’s sense of humor is absolutely sharp. There’s a ton of funny moments in this film but they never take away from the problem at hand or what Strange has to tackle at that very moment.

            Mind tricks, imaginative trips and a lot of illusion makes it some trick of a movie. It really doesn’t get more of a movie magic than DOCTOR STRANGE. Best movie for adventure lovers.

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