Here’s A List Of Things You Should Do Before the iPhone 7s Launch

Here’s A List Of Things You Should Do Before the iPhone 7s Launch is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re planning to buy the iPhone 7s or iPhone 7s Plus, two of Apple’s three rumored 2017 iPhones, there are a few things you’ll want to do prior to Apple’s announcements.

Nothing is confirmed but it sure looks like Apple will announce three new iPhones in September. Rumors point to a flagship, an iPhone 8, and two complimentary devices that might be called iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.

The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus might not come with the same high-end features Apple puts on the iPhone 8 but they should come with a solid combination of hardware and software. They’re also expected to be cheaper than the iPhone 8.

If you’re gearing up to buy a new iPhone now would be a good time to start preparing for September and the rumored, but inevitable, iPhone 7s launch date. This checklist will help you do exactly that. Let’s start with some basics.

Brush Up on the iPhone 7s

If you’re interested in picking up a new iPhone this fall it would be a good idea to stay on top of the latest iPhone 7s details.

For many of you, this is a no-brainer. You’ve been tracking the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus rumor mill and you’re already ready for Apple’s announcements.

Many others haven’t been following along and the September launch will be their first interaction with the new devices. If that’s the case, you’ll have only a few days to decide if you want the phone. Don’t be this person.

Dig into iPhone 7s rumors right now so that you set proper expectations ahead of the company’s launch. Rumors could also outline some of the key dates (pre-order, release) ahead of time, something that will help you better prepare.

We also recommend digging into the latest iPhone 8 rumors in order to compare the three devices before September arrives. The more you know the better off you’ll be come launch day.

Go Hands-on with the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are widely expected to have the same screen sizes as their predecessors. Apple might tweak their designs a bit but we expect the overall size of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus to be similar to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

If you’re on the fence about whether to buy the iPhone 7s or iPhone 7s Plus, it would be a good idea to go find friends who own these phones and compare them.

This will help you decide which one is right for you. If you don’t have friends with iPhone 7’s, go down to a local retailer to get hands-on and ask questions.

Decide between the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s now so that you aren’t struggling with the decision when pre-orders go live next month.

Research iPhone 7s & iPhone 7s Alternatives

Now would be an excellent time to start researching the competition.

The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will face stiff opposition when they arrive. Starting with Apple’s devices, it’s a good idea to look into the current phones like the iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6. Maybe you decide you don’t need to pay top dollar for a phone experience that suits your needs.

If you’re willing to move away from Apple’s ecosystem, it would be wise to look into the various Android competitors out there. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+LG G6, LG V30, and HTC U11.

And then you have rumored devices like the Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is confirmed for August 23rd and it’ll be one of the top iPhone 7s Plus alternatives in 2017 and beyond.

Get Familiar with iOS 11

If one thing is certain it’s that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will run Apple’s new operating system, iOS 11. If you haven’t done so already, make sure you get familiar with iOS 11 before the iPhone 7s launches.

There are a few ways to do that right now. You can load up the iOS 11 beta on spare device and give it a whirl. Or, and this is the route most people should take, you can dig into feedback from those testing the iOS 11 update. Like us.

We’ve put together a walkthrough video that takes you through the changes on board iOS 11. We’ve also released a guide that showcases the key differences between iOS 11 and iOS 10.

Get acquainted with iOS 11 because the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will run it, not iOS 10, out of the box.

Check Your Upgrade

Make sure you keep an eye on your upgrade(s) as we approach September.

Some of you are probably coming off of contracts that locked you into a specific carrier. These plans typically require specific device upgrade dates.

In some cases, you’ll still be able to upgrade into a contract but in many others, you’ll need to buy your device on a brand new payment plan.

The upgrade process can be extremely confusing so it’s important to get a handle on it right now before Apple takes the stage.

You can quickly check your upgrade using your phone or you can check via Apple’s website though you’ll need to have very specific information on hand to do so.

Make a Plan for Your Current Phone

It’s time to start making a plan for your current device.

Some of you might have it easy. Maybe you know a family member who needs a new iPhone or maybe a friend’s already offered to buy your old phone when the new iPhones come out.

If you don’t have someone ready to take the phone off your hands, you might think about looking into re-sale sites like Gazelle and Nextworth. Trade-in prices through these sites are typically a lot better before new iPhones arrive.

You might also think about holding onto your phone to take advantage of potential trade-in deals. Carriers typically take old phones in exchange for money toward a new iPhone and we could see some early iPhone 7s trade-in deals emerge in September.

Start working out a plan now so that you aren’t scrambling come September.

Track iPhone & Android Deals

If you aren’t completely set on buying the iPhone 7s or iPhone 7s Plus it’s a good idea to look into the current deals on iPhones and Android devices.

As we approach the fall we’re starting to see retailers and carriers offer some outstanding deals on flagships and mid-range devices.

We’ve gone over the best iPhone 7 deals and best Galaxy S8 deals and we’ve also seen deals on other popular devices like the iPhone 6s and LG G6.

You might even be able to find a steal on sites like Craigslist or eBay if you’re patient.

Start Saving

The iPhone 8 will probably command top dollar but that doesn’t mean the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will be cheap.

Rumors haven’t confirmed iPhone 7s pricing yet but we expect pricing for the two upcoming models to look something like this in the United States:

  • iPhone 7s Price – $649
  • iPhone 7s Plus Price – $769
  • iPhone 7s price – $27/mo
  • iPhone 7s Plus Price – $32/mo
  • iPhone 8 Price – $45/mo

Remember, the upfront cost of buying a new iPhone probably won’t be the only charges you rack up in September.

You might need to make one last payment to your carrier. You might need to pay an upgrade fee. You might need to buy new cables. You might need a new case. Or a screen protector. Or AppleCare. You get the point.

There’s a good chance you’ll have to spend more than you think you’ll have to spend so make sure you have your financial situation sorted ahead of the announcement and the start of pre-orders.

Dig Into Carriers & Data Plans

Make sure you start researching carriers, data plans, and network coverage right now. They’re confusing and you’ll want to narrow down your options before you buy.

The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will probably come to a wide range of carrier in the United States. Expect AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon to be among the carriers that offer the new iPhones.

If you aren’t tied to a specific carrier, dig into network size and coverage in the areas you frequent the most.You’ll also want to look into the different data plans and pricing so that you know what you’re getting into once you place a pre-order.

Finding the best carrier and plan for you and your device can be extremely tricky and time consuming so get ahead by taking care of this now.

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

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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Here’s A List Of Things You Should Do Before the iPhone 7s Launch is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

iPhone 7s Release: 5 Things to Expect & 4 Things Not To

iPhone 7s Release: 5 Things to Expect & 4 Things Not To is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the iPhone 7s release date inching closer it’s important to set realistic expectations so you aren’t disappointed or caught off-guard by Apple’s announcements.

iPhone rumors continue to heat up as we approach the fall. Apple is reportedly planning three new iPhones including a flagship iPhone 8.

The other two devices are currently dubbed iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus but some believe they could be called iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (with an iPhone 8 Pro) or simply iPhone and iPhone Plus (with an iPhone Pro).

The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus might not have the same internals as the flagship model but they should still suit the needs of many smartphone buyers. The two devices are rumored to have camera upgrades, the same processor as the iPhone 8, and large high-resolution displays.

While many people have their eye on the iPhone 8, others are interested in the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. Their rumored price points probably have something to do with that.

If you’re interested in picking up an iPhone 7s or iPhone 7s Plus you’re probably wondering when they’ll launch and when they’ll hit shelves. Apple hasn’t announced anything yet but we expect that to change soon.

This guide goes over a few things you can expect from the iPhone 7s release including a look at the release date, pre-orders, and a few things to keep in mind for release day.

If you’re in the hunt for a new phone, keep these things in mind as we approach the month of September.

Expect the iPhone 7s Launch in September

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Expect the iPhone 7s Launch in September

You shouldn't have to wait too much longer for Apple to confirm the iPhone 7s launch date. 

Nothing is confirmed but iPhone rumors point to an arrival sometime in September. The exact date hasn't leaked but we should get a firm date soon. Either from rumors or from Apple itself. 

If Apple is planning a September launch event, and there's no reason to believe it's not at this point, invites should go out within the next few weeks. Last year, the company sent out invites for an early September event in late August. 

Unless something drastic happens behind the scenes, it's safe to expect an iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus launch, and release, sometime in September. For some people. 

Apple will almost certainly release the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus in stages. Countries like the United States always get new iPhones on day one while smaller markets typically have to wait.

Most countries got the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in 2016 but the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus didn't hit Indonesia until March of 2017. 

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iPhone 7s Release: 5 Things to Expect & 4 Things Not To is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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.

How to Take Pictures of Solar Eclipse With Your Phone

How to Take Pictures of Solar Eclipse With Your Phone is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the 2017 Solar Eclipse set to take over the sky on August 21st we are hearing from friends and family asking, “Can I take a picture of the solar eclipse with my iPhone or Android phone?” This is how to take pictures of the solar eclipse with your phone so that your eyes and your phone are safe, and what you need to do this the right way from experts at Celestron and NASA.

No matter where you are in the U.S. you will see some of the eclipse, but you will only see a total eclipse in specific places. Whether you are traveling to see the total solar eclipse in the path of totality or simply heading outside where you are, this is how you can take pictures of the solar eclipse with your phone.

You can use these glasses to shield your phone camera to take pictures of the Eclipse.
You can use these glasses to shield your phone camera to take pictures of the Eclipse.

If possible go to the 100% eclipse area. Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office says, “The difference between a 95% eclipse and a 100% eclipse is literally the difference between day and night.With any partial eclipse, you don’t experience the “awesomeness” of totality. It’s hard to put into words, but once you experience a total eclipse, you understand the difference. At 95%, you will barely notice anything going on — just some slight dimming of daylight.”

Keep in mind your Solar Eclipse smartphone picture won’t be as nice looking as something from a professional, but it’s personal and it’s going to be on Facebook and Instagram in seconds of the eclipse ending.

What You Need to Take Pictures of the Solar Eclipse on Your Phone

Just as you shouldn’t look directly a the solar eclipse without the right protection for your eyes, you shouldn’t take pictures without the right protection. NASA warns that normal sunglasses are not safe to use to look at the eclipse and you shouldn’t rely on them for smartphone pictures of the eclipse either. You need ISO 12312-2 compliant eclipse glasses and or a solar filter sheet. You can put the shade from solar eclipse glasses over your phone camera lens to keep it safe and get a better picture.

NASA shares on how you could damage your camera or phone camera if you don’t use the right equipment stating, “The argument for it not being safe is that some of the more recent smartphones use larger and faster lenses (f/1.7 to f/2.0) to get better resolution, and that can be a problem.” The agency goes on to say, “there is no reason why you would want to photograph the unfiltered solar disk because you will see nothing but sensor blooming.” That’s a fancy way of saying your photo will look awful and you might damage your smartphone camera if you don’t use the right tools.

In addition to what you need, you should also look into getting a telephoto lens for your phone like those from Olloclip and you should invest in a tripod or tripod adapter for your phone. While you don’t need these items, they will help you take a better picture. If you have a DSLR or camera with a larger zoom, that’s going to offer a better result. The tripod above is from Arkon and works with a wide range of phones.

How to Take Pictures of Solar Eclipse With Your Phone

This guide works for taking pictures of the 2017 Solar Eclipse with the iPhone and with Android smartphones. Keep in mind that you will only have 40 seconds to 2 minutes and forty seconds to see the eclipse and take photos. You can practice these steps taking photos of the moon for a similar target. If you are in the path of totality, it will literally look like night, which is why you should practice on the moon.

You’ll want to hold the solar lens or glasses over the lens on your phone and point the phone at the eclipse. If you are taking pictures before the total eclipse make sure you are wearing solar eclipse glasses so you don’t get eye damage while looking at it. Here’s a handy walkthrough video from Best Buy.

Once your phone is set up with an Olloclip or other telephoto lens, a solar filter and on a tripod or beanbag to keep it stead you are ready to go.

The screen will show a bright white blob because it is trying to automatically set the exposure. On iPhone, you need to tap in the center and slide up or down on the sun to the right of the square. This will adjust your exposure. On Android you may want to find a manual mode or simply look for a small slide to adjust the exposure.

Take pictures as the eclipse happens with the filter on. You will need to move your phone some to keep the sun in frame. If you have optical zoom like on the iPhone 7 Plus use it, but you may not want to use digital zoom, which can add blurring. If you are in the Totality zone, once that happens you can remove the filter and take photos that way. Once the eclipse starts to recede, put the filter on or put your phone away and simply watch the rest.

Optionally, you can use an app like VSCO for iPhone or AZ Camera for Android to capture your picture in RAW format which will let you edit it for a better result on your phone or on a computer.

Featured Image Credit NASA

Best Selfie Apps for 2017

Camera+

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Camera+

Camera+ is an iPhone only app that helps you turn your selfies into amazing photos with the tap of a button. You can use Camera+ to take a better-looking Selfie with the camera portion of the app that allows you to control many other features, or you can simply rely on it to edit your photos for an upgraded look., 

There is a Clarity filter that will brighten up selfies that are too dark and a Portrait filter that smooths your skin slightly and adds light to the background of the photo for an impressive upgrade to any selfie. 

Other tools allow you to fully edit your photos and make changes so that you end up with the best-looking selfie you can. You'll also find cropping options, frames and array of filters. 

$2.99 on iPhone and $4.99 on iPad

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How to Take Pictures of Solar Eclipse With Your Phone is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.