iPhone 7s: 5 Reasons to Wait & 3 Reasons Not To

iPhone 7s: 5 Reasons to Wait & 3 Reasons Not To is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re looking to buy your next smartphone it might be a good idea to wait for Apple’s rumored iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus to arrive.

As we approach the month of September, iPhone 8 rumors are starting to grow louder. Apple hasn’t sent out media invites yet but rumors suggest the company will take the curtain down and announce three new iPhone models including a flagship iPhone 8 next month.

Apple’s iPhone 8 will reportedly be accompanied by two new models that we’re calling the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. Others think they might be called iPhone 8/iPhone 8 or iPhone/iPhone Plus. Whatever the case may be, we should see two devices accompany the company’s next flagship to shelves this fall.

The iPhone 8 might be the device everyone is talking about but we expect the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus to deliver exciting flagship features. Rumored features include large high-resolution displays, wireless charging, upgraded internals, and three color options.

Now that we’re cruising through the month of August, most people looking to buy a new phone should wait for Apple to make its fall announcements. With that said, there are some reasons why you might just want to cave and pickup an iPhone or another device in August.

Our guide will take you through some of the best reasons to wait for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus and some reasons why you might want to buy another phone right now.

iPhone 7s Release Date is Close

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iPhone 7s Release Date is Close

The first and perhaps best reason to wait for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus is the simple fact that Apple's event is probably just a few weeks away. 

iPhone rumors haven't been able to pinpoint an exact date just yet but most point to a launch sometime next month. September is the standard for new iPhone launches. 

We fully expect invites to the annual fall media event to go out in late August or early September. We expect the event itself to take place in early-to-mid September followed by an iPhone 7s release in mid-to-late September. 

If these rumors aren't convincing enough, Apple and its carrier partners have already started prepping for the iPhone 8 release date with policy changes and iPhone 8 reservations. We aren't the only ones expecting a launch to go down next month. 

If you wait, you give yourself three more iPhone options to compare to the current crop of devices. Choice is never a bad thing when it comes to buying a new device. 

This type of iPhone launch only happens once a year so most of you should hold out and what to see what Apple's got in store for 2017. 

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iPhone 7s: 5 Reasons to Wait & 3 Reasons Not To is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

You Can Reserve an iPhone 8 Right Now

You Can Reserve an iPhone 8 Right Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple hasn’t confirmed the iPhone 8 release date but one carrier is allowing shoppers to reserve an iPhone 8 right now.

The iPhone 8 release date is still up in the air but rumors point to an arrival sometime in September alongside the iOS 11 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

iPhone 8 pre-orders probably won’t start until next month but a carrier in Germany is letting its customers make a reservation to buy the next iPhone.

German carrier Telekom has posted a reservation ticket page on its website that lets prospective buyers reserve a place in line to buy upcoming devices like the iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8.

The company doesn’t specify the iPhone 8 or Galaxy Note 8 by name but it does call out upcoming phones from “Samsung, Apple, Huawei, etc.”

Once these phones arrive those who put make a reservation can redeem a ticket to pre-order and “automatically benefit from a preferred delivery.”

Telekom’s strategy does come with at least one important caveat. These reservation tickets can only be redeemed by new customers signing up for a data plan. Existing customers will need to renew their plan in order to take advantage of this early offer.

To signup, customers need only fill out a brief form and submit it to the carrier. Telekom will send a confirmation email and then inform customers (via SMS, email, or the Wallet app) when to use the ticket provided.

Telekom isn’t the only company outwardly preparing for the iPhone 8 release date. Apple itself is also starting to make some public changes ahead of the iPhone launch.

Apple’s updated its sales policy in Hong Kong starting that all products purchased at Apple online and retail stores in the country on and after August 15 can no longer be exchanged or returned. It’s not clear how long this will last but it will probably extend through the iPhone 8’s launch.

The company says it will still take exchanges for defective products.

Apple took similar steps last year ahead of the iPhone 7 launch date though it made the change to its return policy in September, on the iPhone 7’s launch day.

Apple hasn’t confirmed an iPhone 8 release yet but all signs point to a launch sometime next month alongside two other iPhone models.

Samsung, one of Apple’s competitors, is expected to launch the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 at a media event on August 23rd. The Galaxy Note 8, like the iPhone 8, is expected to arrive sometime in September.

Germany was one of the first countries to get the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the fall of 2016.

iPhone 8: 5 Reasons to Wait & 4 Reasons Not To

Wait If You Want the Best iPhone Software Support

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Wait If You Want the Best iPhone Software Support

If you want the best iPhone software support money can buy in 2017, you'll want to hold out for the iPhone 8. 

If you're the type of person that upgrades your phone once every three years (or so), it makes sense to wait for the iPhone 8. 

Apple probably won't confirm this on stage but this year's iPhone model will likely get at least four years of software support. That means four years of bug fix updates, milestone upgrades, new operating systems, and security patches. 

While it might be tempting to go with a cheaper option like the iPhone 5 or iPhone 6, their software support will be coming to an end much sooner. The iPhone 5 won't get upgraded to Apple's iOS 11 update this fall and the iPhone 5s will likely lose support next year. 

The iPhone 8's hardware will also ensure that the device gets all of the new features coming in the iOS 11 update and beyond. 

If you love getting all of the latest features and bug fixes and value your device's security, you probably want to wait for the iPhone 8 release.

It'll feature the most robust version of iOS 11 and it'll be well-protected with security patches and bug fixes for years to come. 

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You Can Reserve an iPhone 8 Right Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Pokémon GO Legendary Raids Extended 

Pokémon GO Legendary Raids Extended  is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Pokémon GO Legendary Raids will continue for another two weeks. And, gamers can try their hand at catching one of the most powerful creatures to ever feature in a Pokémon game or movie with new Exclusive Raid Battles soon.

Niantic, Pokémon GO’s developer, said it would extend Pokémon GO Legendary Raids on August 14th on the Pokémon GO Blog. It also revealed the new Exclusive Raids system. The game lets players collect and battle their favorite creatures from the franchise’s television shows and movies. Until recently, it was impossible to find any legendary creatures in the game at all.

Pokémon GO Legendary Raids let gamers in the same area team up to battle dangerous creatures. Niantic says that Legendary Raids will continue until August 31st, giving players nearly three weeks to add four must-have flying Pokémon to their collection. Originally, players would have lost any chance to catch Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and Lugia on August 14th.

Read: 7 Pokémon GO Hacks & Secrets from an Expert

Niantic’s second announcement today caught a lot of gamers by surprise. Raids arrived earlier this summer as a way to encourage cooperative play. Before they launched, setting lures and hanging out at PokeStops was the only thing that Pokémon GO players could do together.

Read: 6 Pokémon GO Raid Tips

The new Exclusive Raid Battles system that’s coming with the next Pokémon GO update excludes some players from this cooperative experience. Gamers need invites to participate in Exclusive Raid Battles, and they randomly appear at Gyms around the world. If that wasn’t enough, only gamers that already finished a regular Raid Battle get access to Exclusive Raid Battles.

Exclusive Raid Battles are simple when you have an invite. Invites come with all the information you need to participate. Niantic sets a date and time for the Raid Battle so that you can plan your day around it. You do need to physically be where the Raid Battle is happening. All the title’s gameplay requires that though.

Read: Summer 2017 Pokémon Go Update: New Features & Changes

As they do with regular Raids, Exclusive Raid Battle players don’t know what Pokémon they’re trying to capture until the Raid Egg hatches. As of August 14th, everyone that successfully finishes an Exclusive Raid Battle can add Mewtwo to their collection. Niantic says other powerful Pokémon will hatch out of Exclusive Raid Eggs soon

Unfortunately, Niantic did not announce when the update that adds Exclusive Raid Battles will arrive. However, the company doesn’t reveal new features too far from their launch. Because of that, it is possible that Exclusive Raid Battles could start by the end of August.

Pokémon GO Legendary Raids Extended  is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

iOS 11 Release Date: 10 Things to Watch For

iOS 11 Release Date: 10 Things to Watch For is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

As we approach the iOS 11 release date there are a few things you’ll want to watch for.

Apple still hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 11 release date but all signs point to an arrival sometime next month. The company’s new iPhone 8 is heavily rumored for September and new iOS software always arrives alongside new iPhone hardware.

With an iOS 11 release date probably just a few short weeks away, now is a good time to start preparing to transition your device from iOS 10.3.3 (or whatever you’re currently on) to Apple’s new operating system.

We’ve been keeping a close eye on Apple’s ongoing iOS 11 beta and we recently released some early iOS 11 release date tips which include a few things you should do before the update arrives.

Today we want to show you about a few things you should be keeping track of if you own an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that’s getting the bump up to iOS 11 this fall.

iOS 11 looks similar to Apple’s iOS 10 update but there are some major changes you’ll want to be aware of as the release approaches.

There are also some smaller events and details you should keep an eye out for as we move through the month of August into the month of September.

Watch for New iOS 11 Beta Updates

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Watch for New iOS 11 Beta Updates

The first thing you'll want to keep an eye out for on the road to the iOS 11 release date are new iOS 11 beta releases from Apple.

Apple continues to refine the iOS 11 update as we approach the final release. The latest release, iOS 11 beta 5, delivers bug fixes and some essential tweaks. It's also stripped away the update's highly anticipated iCloud Messages feature. 

If you aren't trying the iOS 11 beta on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch it's important to get familiar with these changes ahead.

Monitoring the iOS 11 beta will also provide you with essential feedback about the update's performance on your device. This feedback could prove to be extremely valuable, especially if you're using an older device like the iPhone 5s. 

Newer software can often ruin performance on older devices so make sure you dig into Apple's final iOS 11 beta updates for information about potential benefits and problems. 

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iOS 11 Release Date: 10 Things to Watch For is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

iPhone 8 Release Date: 5 Things to Expect & 4 Things Not To

iPhone 8 Release Date: 5 Things to Expect & 4 Things Not To is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

While we wait for Apple to send out media invites to its annual iPhone launch event, here are a few things you can expect from Apple and its heavily rumored, highly anticipated, iPhone 8 release date.

As we push deeper into the summer we continue to hear about Apple’s plans for the fall. The company is rumored to have a slew of new products up its sleeve including a batch of new iPhones.

iPhone 8 release date rumors haven’t settled on a particular date yet but those rumors should emerge in a few weeks as Apple’s plans firm up. While we wait for Apple, it’s a good idea to start setting realistic expectations about Apple’s iPhone 8 launch and release.

We don’t know the exact iPhone 8 release date but we can take you through some things to expect based on the current batch of rumors and our many years covering iPhone launches.

Our iPhone 8 release date predictions will help you set your own expectations and help guide you as we push closer to the company’s inevitable iPhone announcement.

This guide includes a look at the iPhone 8 release date itself, the devices we expect to emerge alongside the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 pre-orders, iPhone 8 deals, and a whole lot more.

Expect an iPhone 8 Release Date in September

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Expect an iPhone 8 Release Date in September

Let's start with the iPhone 8 release date itself. 

Apple still hasn't confirmed its plans and rumors have (thus far) failed to outline a specific date to look forward to. Anything is possible but at this point, those of you in the hunt for a new iPhone should circle September on the calendar. 

iPhone 8 launch rumors currently point to Apple's announcements taking place sometime next month. If you're new to this, Apple's used the month of September to launch the last five iPhones (iPhone 5-iPhone 7) so the timing makes a ton of sense. 

If the company sticks to the standard release protocol we should see an event happen sometime within the first two weeks of September with a release a few days later. 

Look for Apple to confirm its iPhone event in late August or early September

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iPhone 8 Release Date: 5 Things to Expect & 4 Things Not To is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.