Sketchy Video Shows What ‘Jet White’ iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Might Look Like

Back in November, a report from Japanese site Mac Otakara suggested Apple would add a sixth “Jet White” color option to its iPhone 7 lineup, and while no Jet White iPhone has surfaced as of yet, a video making the rounds tonight hints at what a Jet White iPhone might look like if Apple does indeed release such a device.

The video, shared by Sonny Dickson, appears to depict an iPhone 7 and an iPhone 7 Plus, both with white casings. While the iPhone 7 Plus features an Apple logo, the iPhone 7 model does not, suggesting it is very likely fake.

Similar iPhone 7 and 7 Plus casing replacements can be found on various auction sites like Alibaba, so it seems the iPhones in the video are sporting third-party shells rather than representing actual forthcoming iPhone models.

Should Apple decide to release a glossy white color option to sell alongside the glossy Jet Black iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, both of which have proven to be highly popular with customers, it could potentially look something like the shells of the devices in the video.

Mac Otakara did not indicate when Apple might release its white iPhone 7, and suggested the information, obtained from supply chain sources, could be “unreliable,” so it continues to be unclear if and when we will see actual “Jet White” iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models.

Barbra Streisand calls Tim Cook to fix her biggest gripe with Siri

Barbra Streisand

Getting iPhone bugs fixed is apparently super-easy if you’re a world-famous diva.

Barbra Streisand says she recently had a huge bone to pick with Apple over the way Siri pronounces her last name. So the singer did what only Barbra Streisand could do: She dialed Tim Cook’s personal phone number.

“She pronounces my name wrong. ‘Streisand’ with a soft ‘s’ like sand on the beach — I’ve been saying this for my whole career,” Streisand told NPR in a new interview.

“And so what did I do? I called the head of Apple, Tim Cook, and he delightfully agreed to have Siri change the pronunciation of my name finally, with the next update on September 30th. So let’s see if that happens, because I will be thrilled.”

Of course, Streisand could have just taught Siri how to pronounce her tricky last name on her own, but that’s not how divas roll.

Apple’s Back to School 2016 promotion is latest signal for future without headphone jack

Earlier today Apple announced the start of their annual Back to School promotion for 2016. This year eligible purchases of a Mac, iPad, or iPhone will come bundled with a pair of wireless Beats headphones. This is reminiscent of last year’s Back to School promotion, save for the fact that during this year’s promotion for the wireless headphone is the default and doesn’t require an extra $100 expense. The small, but obvious connectivity choice signals a new direction in which Apple wants its customer to think.

This year’s Back to School promotion gives customers the opportunity to receive a pair of Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear headphones or Powerbeats2 Wireless with an eligible purchase using their education discount. While Beats has gotten flak in the past few years for being overpriced, receiving a free pair of wireless “pro-sumer” headphones isn’t an offer most would turn down.

The headphones themselves are more than good enough for most use cases, and I honestly believe most consumers would be happy to receive them alongside their Apple products. Zac Hall said it best in his Beats Studio Wireless Headphones review“…they’re certainly the best headphones I have owned, and I think that’s the point. I’m not an audiophile and I’m really not certain I would know how to recognize and appreciate something more high-end.”

This introduction into the higher end headphone market also allows Apple to push more users onto one of its biggest acquisitions yet. More importantly it validates that Apple is taking a serious push in the wireless headphone demographic, and this is what makes this Back to School promotion so interesting overall.

After receiving a tip today (thanks Jason Kaplan) pointing out that all the offered headphones in the promotion are wireless, I realized that Apple is serious about wireless headphone connectivity, or at least attempting to push customers into that mentality. In the comment section of our Back to School 2016 post, kaplag also noticed this change and believed it could be done to clear out past inventory for a potential refresh in the fall. None of which is out of the ordinary or unexpected for Apple products, but how significant a refresh to the Beats headphones could be is important too.

Back to School 2016 Hero Image

If a company like Apple can seemingly give customers “free” wireless headphones that are above their expectations, then their expectations for all competing headphone manufacturers may rise too. Pushing out past inventory before a refresh in the fall makes great sense business-wise. This is all accounting for the fact that a potential refresh wouldn’t be too significantly different from what is currently present and available to all consumers. If the refresh introduces significantly different technology in headphones (unlikely), then many of the Back to School promotion customers won’t have much to feel except for cheated.

Regardless of the potential in a wireless headphone refresh, this all helps lay the precedent for all the rumors we’ve discussed lately regarding Apple removing the headphone jack from their next iPhone. Despite the evidence, I personally don’t believe Apple is willing to remove the headphone jack in their next iPhone release just yet. It would feel too rushed and abrupt for something that so many user’s have become accustomed to. This holds especially true if a viable replacement option hasn’t yet come to fruition. An AUX to Lightning adapter feels like a definitive cop-out to solving a problem, and not one I’d be happy with.

do believe the headphone jack will eventually be removed, and most likely with next year’s iPhone release. This gives Apple the appropriate amount of time to push the idea of wireless connectivity in their listening experiences without pulling the rug away from anyone.

iPhone Mockup with no headphone jack

Then again, Apple pulled the rug out from so many people when they removed the FireWire ports out of the MacBook, and then the optical drives from the MacBook Pros. In the case of the former, Apple didn’t follow up with a technology to replace it because in Steve Job’s words, “Actually, all of the new HD camcorders of the past few years use USB 2.” In the case of the removal of the optical drive, Apple signaled their beliefs on it long before the removal. Apple’s Mac App Store push made it evident that they believe apps no longer belonged on discs, but rather on the Internet where they were more easily distributed.

If a push to hand out free wireless headphones with the Back to School promotion isn’t at least some sort of sign in the tea leaves, then I don’t know what could be. It’s entirely possible that in 5 years we’re strictly using wireless headphones, and not even Bluetooth ones at that. Bluetooth could just be the technology Apple decides to start with, and once users are acclimated to it, they could introduce a better and newer wireless technology even more suitable for audio.

iPhone Controlled Air Conditioner Looks, and is, Cool

As long as your window air conditioner does its job and keeps your place cool, that’s pretty much all that matters—until you see the Noria. The diminutive air conditioner is 18.25-inches wide and just under 6-inches tall, but cools a room as effectively as many larger units, and it looks so much better. It’s programmable, includes an iPhone app for remote control, works with single- and double-hung window frames, and is surprisingly easy to install. It’s a Kickstarter that’s already met its minimum pledge goal with a month left to go, which means you won’t have one in time for this summer’s heat. But by next summer you’ll good to go—and pretty chill.


Now you can charge your iPhone with fire — really

Best iPhone Accessories FlameStower USB Fire Charger

Let’s say you’re stranded on a desert island or even just camping, and you want to charge up your phone. There are obviously no outlets around, which means you’re out of luck, right? Wrong. As long as you have the ability to start a fire, you’ll be able to charge your phone as long as you have a device called the FlameStower USB Fire Charger. As YouTuber Jonathan Morrison demonstrates in a new video, this nifty gadget really does work, although you shouldn’t expect it to be especially fast at charging your device.

How can you charge your iPhone using fire, you ask? It works like this: A blade that protrudes from the device is placed directly into the fire and absorbs its thermal energy. It then transfers that energy to a generator that is kept cool by a reservoir of water at the top of the device. This creates enough juice to charge an iPhone, although Morrison found that it charged at basically a snail’s pace. That said, if you’re out in the woods camping or stranded on an island, you will have plenty of time to just let your phone sit and power up.

Check out the full video below and you can buy the FlameStower for yourself at this link.


Lego iPhone Case Drop Test | POPSUGAR Tech

It seems like we’re on an eternal hunt for the latest, greatest iPhone case . . . but the solution to all of our woes has been under our noses the entire time. When YouTuber TechRax DIYed an iPhone 6S case out of Lego bricks and decided to drop-test it from 100 feet, we were almost positive that the whole situation would end up a disaster — after all, stepping on Legos is some of the worst pain we can think of. But we were pleasantly surprised! Watch the video to see how the Lego case worked out for the device, and it might inspire you to make your own.

Entry-level iPhone SE will have premium battery life

iPhone SE pricing

Apple’s new iPhone might be tiny, but its battery packs a mighty punch.

Early stress tests on the iPhone SE have revealed that battery life on the Apple’s new 4-inch device is actually better than the iPhone 6s as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S7.

To see how well the new iPhone stacks up to its predecessors, Geoffrey Fowler at the Wall Street Journal put an iPhone SE review unit through a battery test and found that battery life has significantly improved from the previous model.

“In my lab stress test, which cycles through websites with uniform screen brightness, the SE lasted 10 hours—more than two hours longer than both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 5s, and nearly three hours longer than the Galaxy S7,” writes Fowler.

The iPhone SE’s simplified design is likely the reason why battery life is so good. The device’s 4-inch panel boasts an 1136×640 resolution which draws significantly less power than the 1334×750 screen found on the iPhone 6s. The lack of 3D Touch and other features also helps improve battery life, even though the iPhone SE has an A9 chip.

Pre-orders for the iPhone SE went up at 12:01AM this morning. Apple Stores will start selling the device on March 31st, with prices starting at $399 for the 32GB model and $499 for a 64GB unit.