More iPhone 7 Details

Every year we see another selection of technology released, sometimes contain new technologies and sometimes old technologies are continued into the next selection of hardware released. One market that keeps moving forward is the mobile market and Apple looks to continue with its iPhone 7. With rumours about it being waterproof spreading, it was only a matter of time before we got more iPhone 7 details, something we now have.

A source that is said to have had knowledge of the plans detailed several features that have long been rumoured. The big one will be that the iPhone 7 will come without the standard 3.5mm headphone jack and will instead use a propriety headphone jack built into the lightning port and created in collaboration with Wolfson Microelectronics. With rumours flying around since their patent application for the new headphone connection, the new system is said to feature noise-cancelling technology created by Wolfson Microelectronics both within the phone and the headphones themselves in order to help reduce background noise. The source continued to say that other companies would need to buy a licence to use the technology within their own models.

The source states that they are also putting in wireless charging technology (after considering it in their last two iPhones) into the iPhone 7, alongside the new waterproof status that its said to carry.

While it is still several months before the phone begins production, many iPhone users will no doubt worry about the need to buy expensive headphones or an adapter in order to listen to music on their iPhone without wireless headphones.

Marshall Announces Their Very First Music Dedicated Smartphone

When you hear of Marshall, you are thinking about speakers, headphones or dedicated music gadgets for your instruments. But a Marshall smartphone? That’s something completely new and somewhat interesting.

While Marshall is just ‘borrowing’ the name and not building the actual handset, the thing itself looks pretty good. However, the specs seem a bit low for what they are asking for the flashgrip. It is said that it bears a 4.7-inch 720p IPS LCD screen, Quad-Core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8-megapixel camera and a removable 2500mAh battery. Oh yeah, and it also has a MicroSD slot to help extend your storage, should you want to put more music on it.

The flashgrip’s key parts, being a Marshall and all, stand in its music-oriented parts. The handset is said to come with two (loud) front-facing speakers, two headphone jacks, a dedicated button for launching your favourite music app at the top and, surprisingly, a volume rocker to adjust the handset volume. Also, Wolfson seems to handle the audio hub, coming with a Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub. If you haven’t heard about them, they seem to be named the best in the mobile audio solutions.

What we haven’t mentioned is that the flashgrip is powered by the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OS and comes with a lot of customized music apps. The Marshall handset will be released in the UK, Scandinavia and Baltic states on August 21st, with a price tag of £399. But really now, is it worth the money they ask for what they offer? What do you think?

Thank you Arstechnica for providing us with this information

Vivo X5 MAX – The World’s Thinnest Phone

Vivo are set to release their world-first smartphone as has been confirmed thanks to leaked photos being posted by news networks around the globe.

Vivo’s chief marketing officer Lei Feng, recently broke the news on their new X5 MAX device, claiming a thickness of only 4.75 mm and still managing to utilize a 3.5 mm audio jack allowing for users to enjoy a Hi-Fi quality audio experience.

Apparently no compromise has been made in the name of being thin, as is often seen within weight-reducing car brands or people looking to loose a few Christmas kilograms. Vivo has claims their motherboard design accounts for only 1.7 mm of thickness within the device and the 4.75 mm total thickness also utilizes a metal framed design.

Some reports are claiming that this phone will be rated at 3.75 mm thick on release, unfortunately we have received very mixed results when trying to browse for an exact answer. Whichever answer is right, one thing is clear – this phone is going to be super slim either way. Currently Oppo hold the record with their R 5 phone, sitting pretty at 4.85 mm – it seems that relatively unknown Vivo is looking to take this up a notch, most likely as a marketing scheme (and rightfully so).

Unfortunately there is no announced release date or product pricing yet for this new piece of tech, but we will endeavor to report as the story develops.

Image and information courtesy of MyDrivers

Xbox One Headset Adapter Not Expected Until 2014

In a recent press release announcing an extended partnership with Microsoft, audio product manufacturer Turtle Beach stated that its upcoming XO FOUR and XO SEVEN headsets for the Xbox One will not be available until 2014 because Microsoft isn’t ready with the adapter.

“Turtle Beach expects to launch the XO FOUR and XO SEVEN headsets for the Xbox One console in the first quarter of 2014. Microsoft has informed its partners in the Xbox One console launch that the Xbox One Headset Adapter, being built by Microsoft and provided to Turtle Beach for inclusion with new gaming headsets, will not be available until early 2014. Both companies will leverage the additional time to build supply to meet anticipated high-demand when the headsets launch.”

The Xbox One uses a proprietary headset jack which makes the use of 3rd party headsets that are not specifically designed for it, as well as existing Xbox 360 headsets, unable to be used with the console without an adapter. Turtle Beach’s announcement is a little surprising as one would think that headsets destined for the Xbox One would be designed to use the native interface on the console, but perhaps Turtle Beach wants people to be able to use them on other devices.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.