Opinion: What’s the best iPhone 7 to buy?

With the release of the iPhone 7, customers have a lot of choice when it comes to purchasing the best iPhone for their personal circumstances. If you’re in the market for a new iPhone 7, which new iPhone should you consider buying? Have a look as we break down the possibilities inside.

STORAGE SPACE

Now that 32GB is the base amount of storage space in the iPhone 7, users can get away with virtually any storage variety without encountering an extreme storage space conundrum. That said, 32GB is still a small amount of space for anyone who plans on getting the most out of their new iPhone.

After some thinking, I’m convinced that the new sweet spot for storage space is the 128GB version of the iPhone. 128GB lends users a high storage ceiling. Only the most prolific storage users might look into the 256GB models of the iPhone 7. But if money is no issue, it certainly can’t hurt to opt for that much storage.

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128 GB is the new storage sweet spot

Another thing that you’ll want to consider is resell value. In the resell market, I imagine that 128GB will be the most sought after model. With 256 GB, you’re reaching a level of diminishing returns as far as resell value goes. I don’t picture most buyers being in the market for a 256GB iPhone 7, and for that reason, it may be hard to recoup the extra money paid for the additional storage.

Conclusion: Easy. Get 128GB.

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COLOR

Color is highly subjective, but there are some definite things to consider here as well. Do you want to make it obvious that you have the latest and greatest? If so, then Black and Jet Black are your best options.

Do scratches and micro abrasions make you freak out? Then you’ll want to avoid the Jet Black version of the iPhone 7.

Do you use your iPhone naked, i.e. without a case? If so, and you aren’t worried about scratches and micro abrasions, then the Jet Black iPhone is by far the best feeling iPhone from a tactile perspective. I’ve long held the opinion that the plastic iPhone 5c was the best handling iPhone up until this moment in time, but the Jet Black model easily dethrones it.

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As far as tactile feel goes, the Jet Black finish is by far the best

If you want to play it safe with regard to potential resell value and durability, then the regular matte Black iPhone 7 is probably the safest bet. It looks good too, but it’s just not as pretty or as grippy as the Jet Black iPhone 7. Of course, you could also opt for an iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case or one of Apple’s Silicone or Leather cases.

Something you’ll also want to consider is availability. There’s way more Gold, Rose Gold, and Silver iPhone 7s available than there are Black and Jet Black iPhone 7s.

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Black (matte) looks great as well, and is less prone to scratches

Conclusion: Most people should get Black, but if you can handle scratches and abrasions and are willing to go naked, Jet Black is the hands-down winner from a tactile standpoint. If availability is the deciding factor, then you might have to choose Gold, Silver, or Rose Gold instead.

SIZE

Should you buy the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 7 Plus? This is a question that many of you have no doubt pondered over. I’ve been in the regular-sized iPhone camp for some time now, but the Plus model, with its new iSight Duo camera is quite the compelling option.

Yet, even with such a wanted feature, the Plus model is simply too big for some users. If you’ve tried a Plus before and hated the experience, then the presence of the iSight Duo camera isn’t enough to make up for that in my opinion.

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The iPhone 7 Plus isn’t for everyone, but features distinct advantages

However, if you’re comfortable with the Plus model, or even if it’s just a satisfactory experience, the extra camera features are a big draw. This is especially true if you take iPhone photography seriously.

The all new Portrait mode allows users to get that highly desirable depth of field effect in portrait shots with virtually no effort. The presence of the extra 56mm telephoto lens is also wonderful for close up shots and macro photography.

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Portrait mode is an iPhone 7 Plus exclusive

But don’t forget that the regular iPhone 7 is no slouch when it comes to camera optics. It features the same ƒ/1.8 28mm wide angle lens that’s found on the iPhone 7 Plus, and it also features optical image stabilization, something previous 4.7″ iPhones lacked.

The iPhone 7 Plus has another big advantage, though, and that’s screen size. The Full HD display allows you to see more content on screen at once, and many apps are designed to take advantage of the extra real estate in exciting ways.

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You’ll find many apps that take advantage of the iPhone 7 Plus’ extra real estate

Conclusion: This is by far the hardest decision of the three, but if you can handle the large size, and iPhone photography is of the utmost importance to you, get the iPhone 7 Plus. If you dislike large phones or find them uncomfortable to use, or if the new camera options don’t move the needle for you, you should consider opting for the iPhone 7.

FINAL ANSWER

First Option Secondary Option
Storage 128GB You should really get 128…(…unless you’re an extreme prolific/anemic storage user.)
Color Black (Matte) Jet Black(If going caseless and you don’t care about scratches)
Size iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 7(If you dislike large phones, and photos take a back seat)

Which iPhone did you end up ordering? Do you agree with most of these points, or do you recommend a different configuration? Sound off down below in the comments section.

If you’d like to see more of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus’ top features? Be sure to watch our full overview video below:

How to set up Apple Pay Video.

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Apple has released iOS 8.1 and with that, we have Apple Pay support. This is Apple’s new mobile payment platform that takes advantage of the NFC capabilities of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This will allow you to make purchases in stores that support Apple Pay using supported cards from a growing list of banks. Setting up Apple Pay is very simple and we’ve put together a quick tutorial to walk you through the process…

In order to take advantage of Apple Pay, you’ll need to make sure that your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 3 has been updated to iOS 8.1. If you’re not sure, head into the Settings app, tap on “General,” then tap “Software Update.” If an update for iOS 8.1 is available, you’ll be able to download and install it here. You can also quickly verify by tapping on “About” within the General section of the Settings app. Keep in mind, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will only be able to use Apple Pay in apps as neither device features NFC.

Check out our Apple Pay setup tutorial video below:

Apple Pay will store your credit/debit cards virtually within Passbook. Personal information will not be revealed within Passbook, but an image placeholder will be shown for each card along with the last four digits of the card number.

Next up, jump back into the Settings app and tap on “Passbook & Apple Pay.” Here you’ll find the option to “Add Credit or Debit Card” along with the ability to set transaction defaults for a specific card and information such as your billing/shipping address, email, and phone number. Starting out, you’ll want to tap on the option to add a credit/debit card. You’ll be able to add the existing card on file with iTunes or enter a new card. You can also start this process within Passbook if it’s currently empty. You’ll have the option to add new passes or set up Apple Pay.

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If you’re going with the iTunes card route, you’ll need to verify the security code from the back of the card before you can proceed. Otherwise, enter a new card using the fields available or snap a photo of your card with the camera icon next to the card number field. You’ll need to accept the terms and conditions and proceed with the verification process. Each card issuer will have its own card verification process so your experience may differ, but most of the time it will be as easy as verifying information associated with your account or it may be done automatically if you have your bank’s app installed.

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Once the card has been added, you can enter additional billing/shipping information, email, and phone number. This information will be specifically helpful when it’s required through a merchant, in-app purchase, or online store. After this information has been entered, you should be all set up and ready to go. As mentioned above, your card will be stored in Passbook, but only as a virtual version. No real card information will be associated with the card shown in Passbook.

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If you’d like to delete a card associated with Apple Pay, navigate back to the Apple Pay section within the Settings app and tap on any card available that you’d like to remove. At the bottom of the following screen you’ll have the option to “Remove Card.” Simply tap that button and verify that you’d like to remove it.

Hopefully this helps you get up and running with Apple Pay. For a closer look at the setup process, check out the above video. I’m looking forward to using Apple Pay out and about in the future. Let us know what you think about the setup process and if you plan to use Apple Pay.

iOS 7 user guides available on iBookstore.

With the release of iOS 7, Apple has published its iOS 7 user guides on the iBookstore.

Apple has released guides for its mobile operating systems for a good number of years now, with readers obtaining guidance on a swathe of iOS features. Because iOS 7 is so similar to iOS 6 in terms of ease of use and basic functionality, it’s highly likely that all of you upgrading from iOS 6 will be able to continue using your device as is nothing has changed, with almost no learning curve. The guides will be much more useful for those entering the world of iOS for the first time. However, iOS is so easy to use that for all but the most complex of tasks, even most new users will find that they don’t need to consult these guides in any great detail.

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Currently, there are guides available for the iPad touch and the iPad, however with two brand new iPhones to be released alongside this software, expect an iPhone guide very soon.

iPad User Guide For iOS 7
iPod touch User Guide For iOS 7

Source: TodaysiPhone.

Good Morning, Your Mac Keeps A Log Of All Your Downloads.

The terminal is a pretty powerful tool in Mac OS X. Hardcore server nuts can fly through preferences and settings tweaks without ever touching a GUI. Then there are some things you can do in the Terminal that are just straight out important. This is likely one of the latter, though it does present a bit of a privacy issue. According to OS X Daily the Launch Services quarantine keeps a list of every file you’ve ever downloaded on your Mac, as that’s what triggers the warning dialog about opening files from the Internet. Oddly enough, even if you’ve disabled this in the command line, the database is still keeping track.

To see this in action, simply paste this code into your terminal:

sqlite3 ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.QuarantineEventsV* 'select LSQuarantineDataURLString from LSQuarantineEvent'

You should get something that looks like the image at the beginning of this article. This will be a list of everything you’ve downloaded on your Mac, regardless of which program you used. The only exception to this is apps from the Mac App Store.

If you’re looking for specific file types you can sort them by adding “ | sort” at the end of the command. You can actually do a bit more with the database if you’re confident. (Seriously, don’t email us if you mess up your computer.) Since this obviously shows everything you’ve downloaded, it can be a privacy risk, especially if you are dealing with confidential information from your employer. So to scrub this file you need to simply enter this command:

sqlite3 ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.QuarantineEventsV* 'delete from LSQuarantineEvent'

This clears out the file. Paste the first command a second time to verify that this works. This is pretty light as far as privacy risks go, but there are more than a few of you who’d like to clean this up. Create this script in Applescript Editor and run it as often as you’d like.

do shell script "sqlite3 ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.QuarantineEventsV* 'delete from LSQuarantineEvent'"

You can also schedule the script to run using Automator and iCal. Please let us know in the comments if you’d like a tutorial on using Automator to schedule tasks on your Mac.

Source:Macgasm.

How To Enable Emoji Keyboard On iPhone iOS6.

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Once you’ve set up your new iPhone 5 and downloaded a few epic games to dominate — the next step is to enable your Emoji Keyboard so you can start texting and emailing with real symbolic emotions.

The Emoji or Emoticons icons are really simple to activate if you know exactly where to look in order to turn them on.

Open your Settings app > scroll down and select International > select Keyboards >thenAdd A New Keyboard > scroll down and select Emoji.

Close Settings and then access the new Emoji by selecting The Globe on the right of your numbers key [123] using an iMessage text or email. You’ll discover multiple rows of Emoji to choose from.

TIPhone_5_Emojihe small microphone next to the globe allows you to talk out your texts — just tap done when your message is complete then add emoji to your text message.

Even though some consider Emoticons to be an annyoying habit — I think they are an iPhone essential.

Source: iPhone Savior: .