Apple Mac mini Review

Apple has updated the Mac mini with the latest technologies and a new lower output price, so the most affordable Apple Mac offers a quality / price ratio even better. Mac mini now includes Intel Core processors fourth generation integrated graphics up to 90% faster, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 2 and computer remains the world’s most efficient desktop. All new Macs come with OS X Yosemite, the latest and powerful version of OS X redesigned to detail with a renewed and modern look. This operating system releases very useful apps and Continuity incredible performance, allowing switch between Mac and iOS devices with a fluidity never before seen.

The new Mac mini delivers new levels of graphics performance, expansion and connectivity. The new HD Graphics 5000 and Intel Iris Graphics are graphics performance up to 90% faster than the previous generation. Mac mini now includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, each with up to 20 Gb / s bandwidth and next-generation 802.11ac connection, which is up to three times faster when connected to an 802.11ac base station. The Mac mini computer remains the world’s most efficient desktop: sevenfold improvement Energy Star 6.1 requirements and consumes only 6 watts of idle power.

iMovie, GarageBand and package iWork apps are free with every new Mac. iMovie allows users to edit incredible movies, and GarageBand can compose music or learn to play the piano or guitar. The iWork productivity apps -pages, Numbers and Keynote- to create, edit and easily share documents, spreadsheets and impressive presentations. Redesigned iWork includes new look, compatibility with iCloud Drive and many innovative features such as the new view of comments Pages. The iWork for iCloud beta allows users to create a document on iPad, edit on the Mac and collaborate with peers while using a PC.

Apple Mac mini Price & Availability
The Mac mini will begin to be available from today. There are three standard models:
• Processor Intel Core i5 dual-core 1.4GHz, Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and 500 GB hard drive at a recommended retail price from 499 euros with VAT included.
• Processor Intel Core i5 dual-core 2.6GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, Intel Iris Graphics and 1TB hard drive at a recommended retail price from 699 euros including VAT .
• Processor Intel Core i5 dual-core 2.8GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory, Intel Iris Graphics and 1TB Fusion Drive a recommended price from 999 euros including VAT .

iPhone X Review

The owners of the latest IPhone X are complaining that the device is not rendering them as they expected. They alert two problems, the most serious of which, depending on where one lives, is that the new mobile stops working at low temperatures.

Internet users have written on Reddit, forums and social networks that the long-cherished phone hangs and does not respond to touch when temperatures drop from zero, reports Forbes magazine.

Apple supports the problem and in all sincerity recommends users to use their devices at temperatures between 0 ° C and 35 ° C to avoid temporary failures. The company has also indicated in a statement that they are aware of the contrariety, which happens when the temperature change is fast, and are currently working to solve it through ‘ software ‘.

But the cold is not the only disappointment of IPhoneX users, who also complain of a green stripe that appears on the right edge of the screen, reports the portal in Gaget.

One of the owners of the ‘ gadget ‘ has indicated in a forum for Apple ‘ fans ‘ that the strip does not disappear or restart the device. Another person who acquired the IPhone X has reported on his Twitter that the AppStore changed the phone when he notified this problem.

Various users of IPhone X have resorted in recent days to social networks and specialized forums to report a technical problem that suffers the latest release of Apple. The complaints began to appear within a few days after the new IPhone device went on sale on November 3 with an initial price of US $999.

This is a green line that crosses the left side or — in other cases — the right of the screen from the top to the bottom. This unwanted visual element has already been described by some Internet users as “The Green Line of death”, and its origin has not yet been explained by Apple.
According to the affected users, the Green line seems not to affect its functioning, but, without a doubt, it is an annoying situation, and more when one of the main attractions of the best iPhone of the year is precisely its 5.8 inch OLED screen.

The good news is, surely, this is a hardware problem, so customers can replace their defective cell phone with a new one. This situation is added to an ever-longer list of bugs related to the IPhone X. Simply, today it was announced that the display of Apple’s new phone, apparently, freezes when it gets in contact with low temperatures.
According to the report, the LCD model will be 6.1 inches; One of the OLED models will be identical to the iphone X of 5.8 inches current, while a third will arrive at 6.5 inches and would be the Plus model of the iphone x. The analyst Kuo is usually very successful in his reports on Apple.

Also, the three models for next year would have the same front tab for TrueDepth, so face ID facial recognition would make the leap to those three models, says Kuo. The iphone of LCD would cost between US $649 and US $749, but the iphone x Plus would exceed US $999 that costs base model of the current iphone x.

Apple Watch Review

With Apple, the Cupertino company enters the area of a rectangular shapes, rich smartwatch biometric sensors and high customizability. Three types are available: Apple Sport Watch (for activities such as fitness), Apple Watch (outdoor) and Apple Watch Edition (voted for elegance and luxury).

The event of 9 March, Apple has unveiled the pricing and release dates of the three models of its smartwatch: Apple Apple Apple, aluminum Sport Watch Watch Watch Edition (gold). The deployment began on 24 April in some countries of the world (Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom and USA) while in Italy the debut was set for June 26, 2015.

  • Apple Watch: 419 euros for 38 mm, 469 for the 42 mm;
  • Apple Watch: from 649 euros (38 mm) in 719 euros (42 mm) with strap Sport; from 769 euro (38 mm) at 819 euros (42 mm) with Classic, Modern, mesh or leather strap; from 1119 euros (38 mm) in 1169 euro (42 mm) and bracelet; from 1219 euro (38 mm) in 1269 euros (42 mm) with stainless steel mesh bracelet black space.
  • Apple Watch Edition: 11200 euro per 18400 euros for the version from 38 mm to 13200 to 16400 euros for the version from 42 mm.

The device is a smart watch with a rectangular shape and rounded corners, available in two case dimensions – 38 and 42 mm – as well as in three editions of design. The shell is characterized by a rounded appearance and cambered, finished with a Sapphire Crystal glass or ion (Variant) slightly curved corners and, not least, fully interchangeable straps. On the right side of the device two physical buttons: the digital Crown — a wheel that allows you to zoom the interface or select functions, and a quick recall of key contacts. The case involves the configurations to three different materials, as well as from list:

  • Apple Watch: shiny stainless steel, natural or black coloured sidereal;
  • Apple Watch: anodised aluminium in silver or in space grey;
  • 18 carat gold Apple Watch Edition: made with a special process that makes it twice as hard and strong relation to gold classic.

The screen is a retina display with high pixel density for make as much image quality, but especially with Force technology Touch can distinguish a quick tap from a stronger and more prolonged pressure (discerning the meaning of interaction to interpret it in different ways). The Taptic Engine included in the box also generates a small vibration which serves to return to each tap a tactile sensation making it more comfortable and secure the use of the interface.

As mentioned, each shell can be paired with a long strap option, so that we can personalize your clock according to your mood or outfit worn. So can be summarized:

  • Metals: the classic mesh bracelet and magnetic coupling or the original mesh;
  • Skin: Classic, modern security attachment straps or loops completely magnetic leather;
  • Plastic straps in different colors, from bright green to red, made of fluorelastomer, flexible and resistant. The engagement is in this case with a special clip, similar to those already in use on iPod Touch for attaching the wrist lanyard.

The hardware of the smartwatch is characterized by three major groups of main elements: the main circuit, sensors and touch, followed by additional components. Here are the details:

  • Main circuit: a comprehensive chip, dubbed S1, which contains within it a multilayered architecture inspiration desktop. In addition to compute units, contains the GPU, WiFi and receiving induction charging connectors.
  • Beside this component, isolated by a special metal roof, is the battery;
  • Sensors: on the back of Apple Watch, wrist area skin contact, special 4 infrared LEDs that are in natural light.
  • These are able to constantly measure the pulse, frequency and other data on the blood circulation. There are not much vociferati glucose detectors and the exposure to UV rays;
  • Touch: on Apple Watch are housed two different types of detectors. The first capacitive, as well as on any iDevice, each other, to understand the power that the user gives with your fingers on the Panel.

Among the additional components include instead a Retina display, a speaker and a combined system of vibration, pulsation and sounds to send to the user is a haptic feedback that tactile functions. Called Taptic Engine, is a unique element, because it plays almost faithfully the feeling of human touch on the skin. Finally, there is also a microphone to interact easily with Siri, and a MagSafe magnetic inductive charging.

Apple Watch is compatible with all devices running iOS 8.2, released to coincide with the announcement of the availability of the smartwatch. Compatible devices in particular are covered between the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and 6.

Apple amazes Watch more for its interface and for its design, the latter perhaps not too original, considered as the smartwatch is gradually abandoned the rectangular dials to land on the universe of those circulars. To turn on the screen of the device simply lift the wrist or press one of the buttons: you find yourself immersed in a GUI especially familiar, with icons that closely resemble those of iOS 8. With your fingers you can move these icons, grouped in a sort of cloud, to choose a favorite. To enter or quit an application, you do not only act on the digital zoom with the Crown. Using instant, easy and therefore appears quite fluid.

Are not yet available in all the applications that you will be proud smartwatch, many of them by third parties – such as Twitter and Facebook – with the opening of a special section of the App Store. Before looking at some of the many, it is worth remembering how the smartwatch is not standalone: will the combination to an iPhone by, from iPhone 5 and higher (up to the current iPhone 6), with WiFi and GPS active.

  • Calls: Apple Watch lets you make hands-free calls using microphone and speaker. Not being equipped with SIM tray, the feature is only available in paired with an iPhone;
  • Messages: you can participate in conversations iMessage or send SMS from your device, always paired with a melafonino. To insert text dictation is used, the only keyboard available is that of emoji;
  • Mail: Similarly to messages, you can look up their mail, to be answered again with voice dictation;
  • Maps: maps are very similar to those of iOS and OS X 8 Yosemite, keeping in mind how the iPhone’s GPS localization function needs to operate properly. Similarly, you can enable a Navigator stepper;
  • Fitness: the smart watch can subdivide the healthy activities in fitness exercises or real workout. Monitors the movement, the quantity and quality of daily activities and encourages them to not be too sedentary using special alerts. It can also keep track of intensive workouts or cardio sessions like running or stationary bike, calculating heart rate and calories burned;
  • Sharing Digital Touch: Apple Watch may communicate with each other with a system not only innovative but also particularly sensual. By invoking the contact with the appropriate side button, you can first draw to screen some sort of message to be sent to the questioner: a letter, a smiley, a short sketch. There are also emotional communication: with a twist you can make it clear to someone I thought, while keeping pressed two fingers on the screen is sent to the partner’s own heartbeat, which is faithfully reproduced by the recipient thanks to haptic feedback. For the most demanding, finally, there is the possibility to use Apple Watch as an impromptu walkie talkies;
  • Camera roll and room: accessing photographs of iOS 8, you’ll end up in front of a mosaic. With the digital Crown just zoom to enlarge each of these photographs. In addition, there is the possibility to control the distance the rear camera of the iPhone;
  • Weather, calendar and Passbook: as is evident from the home screen, the smartwatch can easily access all the information stored on weather, calendar and Passwork, also from iCloud;
  • Personalization and glance: Apple Watch interface can be highly customized to show dials according to your mood based on preset colors or designs, from classic hands at satellite pictures, passing for Mickey. Glance functions let you set of screens of information, from weather to time zones, to display just by swiping your fingers from bottom to top in the display.

Apple iPad Pro 9.7 Review

Apple has presented the new iPad 9.7-inch Pro, which weighs less than half a kilo and incorporates a new Retina display with a gloss top, a wider range of colors, less glare, Night Shift mode and new screen technology True Tone with dynamic adjustment of the white balance. The new iPad Pro delivers impressive performance thanks to its 64-bit A9X chip that competes with many portable PC, a sound system with four speakers and twice the power, a new 12 megapixel camera iSight camera to make Live Photos and video even faster 4 K, a FaceTime HD Wireless technologies and 5 megapixel camera. And, it is compatible with the fantastic Apple Pencil and a new Smart Keyboard made to measure.

The new iPad 9.7-inch Pro has advanced technologies like screen True Tone, using new sensors of four channels to adjust with respect to light white balance and make sure it has a more natural look, as if it were on paper. The Retina display is 25% brighter and reflects 40% less that that of the iPad Air 2, that is best both indoors and outdoors. Use the same colour range as the iMac with Retina display 5 K, with 25% more saturation for vivid colours. Custom timer, the alignment of pictures and oxide TFT offer incredible colours, contrast and quality. Night Shift in iOS 9.3 uses clock and the geolocation of the iPad Pro to automatically adjust screen colors to the warm side of the spectrum when it’s dark, and can even help you sleep better.

The new iPad Pro only measured 6.1 mm thick and weighs less than half a kilo, and yet delivers performance, connectivity and versatility impressive to perform to the most difficult tasks. The powerful chip A9X of third-generation 64-bit architecture offers graphics that rival many laptops and consoles, and still has battery for all day. Ultra-fast wireless keeps you connected wherever you go thanks to the Wi-Fi 802. 11ac with MIMO technology, compatibility with networks 4 G-LTE Advanced even faster, data connection up to 50% faster and more bands 4G – LTE than any other tablet. Apple SIM is now integrated in the new iPad Pro, so you have it easier to connect to data plans from the device itself in more than 100 countries and territories.

The iPad Pro has an advanced sensor in the iSight’s 12-megapixel camera with Focus Pixels for a more precise focus, the image signal processor designed by Apple, advanced noise reduction, localized tones mapping of third generation and better face detection. The result is images, Live Photos and panoramic 63 megapixel which is missing a single detail. True Tone helps make photos with low light and scan documents. The new iSight camera supports 4K, so the new iPad Pro is the perfect device to record, edit and share professional quality videos. And FaceTime front 5-megapixel camera is perfect for making video conferencing or chatting with family and friends.

Four speaker system delivers stereo sound clear, full of nuances and more than twice the power. Integrated sensors automatically adjust audio and optimize it in any situation. iOS 9.3 adds compatibility with video encoded with Dolby Digital Plus and output multichannel with Lightning to Apple digital AV connector adapter.

Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard (sold separately) offer a precision unparalleled with iPad Pro. Apple Pencil advanced sensors measure pressure and inclination to make drawing and note-taking more natural than ever. The new iPad 9.7-inch Pro also has a Smart Keyboard made to measure with a fine and durable keyboard that do not need to load or link by Bluetooth and that becomes a super Smart Cover sleeve. The new card reader SD lightning and Lightning 3 USB connector for camera adapter makes it easy to move photos and videos from a digital camera to the iPad Pro, and new wires of Lightning USB-C of 29 W Apple power adapter and USB-C are ideal for charging at full speed.

Apple iPad Pro price & availability
• The new iPad 9.7-inch Pro will be available in silver, space grey, gold and a new pink gold finish. Part of a price of 679 euros (VAT included) for the model 32 GB with Wi-Fi and 829 euros (VAT included) for the 32 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular. Both the iPad Pro models offer capacities of 32, 128 and 256 GB. The latter is a novelty and the highest capacity on any iOS device.
• Apple Pencil is available at a price of 109 euros (VAT included) and the Smart Keyboard on gray charcoal 169 euros (VAT included). Smart Cover of polyurethane and Silicone Case covers for iPad Pro are available for 59 euros (VAT included) and 79 euros (VAT included) respectively and in a wide range of colors.
• The Lightning cameras SD card reader is available for 35 euros (VAT included), the Lightning adapter into USB 3 to Chambers for 45 euros (VAT included), USB-C adapter 29 W for 59 euros (VAT included), the Lightning USB-c (1 m) cable for 29 euros (VAT included) and Lightning USB-c cable (2 m) for 39 euros (VAT included).
• All customers who purchase the Pro at Apple iPad can enjoy personalised online settings or in the shop that we will help them customize your iPad Pro setting up email, teaching them new apps from the App Store and much more.
• Customers who are interested in knowing more about the Pro iPad and iOS 9 can sign up for free workshops offered by stores Apple Store.

Apple iPad (2017)

Apple launched during March 2017, the new version of the classic 9.7-inch iPad. Perfect heir of iPad 2, especially at the level of design, this device was created to position itself in the entry level market of tablet from Cupertino, differing from the Pro line. More powerful and versatile, the device is available in classic forms only WiFi and WiFi + Cellular, with shells in traditional colors gold, silver and space grey. Here, all the details.

The new 9.7-inch iPad inherits the aesthetic from the previous iPad 2, from body colours: there are, in fact, the classical tints of gold, silver and space grey. With a thickness of only 7.5 mm, and a width of 240 and a height of 169.5, the device also features a weight quite content: 409 grams for the WiFi only version and 478 for the WiFi + Cellular.

The back housing is made of anodized aluminium, with appropriate slots for the camera, microphone, and the side volume buttons slightly recessed so that the profile can remain as level as possible. The front surface is occupied mainly by the 9.7-inch Retina display, accompanied by the camera and sensors, and the fingerprint reader Touch ID. The connector type is Lightning, housed on the underside of the device, accompanied by a double row of slots for speakers.

The renewed 9.7 inch iPad sees the characteristics quite similar to its processor, with a few internal changes, but more than enough to ensure a great power. The tablet is a processor from the same family, used in iPhone and iPhone 4S 6S Plus, combined with a co-motion processor M9. The screen is an LCD Panel with 2,048 × 1,536 pixels, IPS technology, amounting to 264 ppi resolution. The battery, from 32.4 Watt hours, is capable of delivering up to 10 consecutive hours on WiFi network, while 9 using LTE.

Very interesting is the photographic sector, represented primarily by the 8-megapixel rear camera. A ƒ/2.4 and five lenses for autofocus, the lens delivers excellent images with a good light sensitivity and not fully lit environments. With digital image stabilizer, the camera also allows you to shoot shots in HDR, as well as to take advantage of an integrated system for face recognition. The video recording capabilities, however, are conducted with the possibility of capturing scenes in 1080 p resolution, up to 30 fps, or the slow motion up to 120 fps. The front lens is a classic FaceTime HD optimized for video calls, and indexed, from 1.2 megapixel and openness from ƒ/2.2.

Complete the equipment a Touch ID fingerprint reader, a digital compass, accelerometer, barometer, three-axis gyro and ambient light sensor. Should you choose LTE networks communications-enabled version, you can also use the assisted GPS or GLONASS navigation system.

The 9.7-inch iPad by 2017 Edition comes with preloaded iOS 10, the latest mobile operating system from Apple, launched in the fall of 2016. Ideal continuation of the path begun with the predecessor iOS 9, this version adds tools certainly useful, as a renewed and animated iMessage, new display mode Night Shift not to tire out the sight in low-light settings, System Notifications, a redesigned and new QuickType context features, able to regulate itself according to the habits of the user. Of course, even this iPad uses all the peculiarities of the Syrians, including “Hey Siri” even if the Terminal is not connected to the mains.

Of great interest are the features combined with Touch ID, fingerprint reader available on the front surface of the tablet. In addition to the ability to quickly identify the owner of the device, boring and complicated password wrong, the instrument is also required for payment services Apple Pay, short coming also in Italy. In particular, the iPad version 2017 could become the perfect companion for online shopping, with the ability to make artists simply with a quick scan of the fingers.

March 24, 2017 2017 will be orderable from 16.01 the iPad from the official Apple Store. Prices vary depending on the selected storage capacity – 32 or 128 GB – and the choice between a version only WiFi or WiFi + cellular. The first sees a price list from 409 euros, the second from 569 euros.

Apple MacBook 2016 Review

Appearance, size and weight have not changed: the new MacBook is the usual, wonderful design object. 280.5 x 196.5 x 13.1 mm thick, which become just 3.5 mm in the vicinity of the wrist rest. The weight is only 0.92 kg, twice as much as an iPad Air.

The novelty of this year aesthetic resides only in the new rose gold color, in addition to the classic gray sidereal, silver and gold. For the new MacBook there was a slight but significant improvement in the technical specifications: the combined test, the base model has a SoC with Intel Core CPU m3 1.1 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.2 GHz), 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM at 1866 MHz and 256 GB SSD. The integrated Intel GPU is the HD 515, with 1536 MB of dedicated RAM, for supporting an LCD panel 12-inch Retina in 16:10 format with resolution 2304 × 1440 32-bit color depth. To complete the budget there are a module Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac to 867Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0.

There are two other versions of the MacBook, respectively, with Intel Core m5 at 1.2GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz) and Intel Core m7 at 1.3 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz), both with 8 and 256 or 512 GB internal storage memory – PCI express flash drives of third generation.

As with the first model, this MacBook has a single USB-C port on the left side and a headphone jack on the left side. The USB port is 3.1-C January 1, with transfer rates up to 5Gbps that natively supports DisplayPort video output (Thunderbolt 1), VGA output and HDMI output, but you need the dedicated adapters, sold separately.

The FaceTime camera has not changed at all, the same as 480p, with the defects already known, especially in low light conditions.

The keyboard and trackpad Touch Force remain the same: the first has a key stroke of only 0.5mm, so it requires an adjustment period, while it is large and comfortable, but still can not find a specific use for third-party apps.

The software is the core operating system Mac OS X El Captain. Thanks to software optimizations, but also to change Intel architecture (now Skylake), this MacBook is very fast, able to withstand intense writing sessions in addition to browser windows, music playback and app in fullscreen without hesitation.

The average use of intensive testing, no impairment whatsoever slowdowns with 4 Google Chrome windows open (including 3 on two different desks and in fullscreen) with a total of 21 active tab, Fantastical and iTunes in fullscreen, music playback with iTunes, a Finder window, a Telegram, a Slack, a native iMessage and WhatsApp. In these conditions, the transition from one desk to another occurred without lag, as also the passage in Mission Control.

Also of note the temperature of the body, which never rises considerably, allowing you to keep the notebook on your lap without any discomfort.

Surprisingly, the model being tested did not even hesitate when faced with audio editig operations with GarageBand and video editing with iMovie. Apple sempbra then have learned from previous mistakes. It also shows the lack of those annoying graphical glitches that plagued the previous model.

Of course, for this MacBook is the fully-wireless setting: the only USB-C port discourages the use of cables, in fact, but they do not really feel the need. Wi-Fi is fast and Instant Hotspot with iPhone lets you surf without even pull out your smartphone from your pocket.

With a battery with approximately 5400 mAh capacity, or about 10% better than the previous model, Apple claims that the new MacBook has a maximum range of 10 hours.

In tests carried out during the trial period, with mixed use of video playback on Netflix (about 2 hours), word processing sessions (approximately 2 hours), instant messaging (about 1 hour in total), and playing music with iTunes (playback continues in background for about 5 hours), the battery runs out after less than six hours.

This test just described, it is good to specify it, is not a typical situation, but one of the worst scenarios in terms of energy consumption. The natural setting, ie without video playback from the web, with low music listening, less windows in fullscreen and, above all, opening the navigation sessions with Safari and Chrome do not (which is one of the largest sources of energy consumption for laptops in general, but especially for the Apple laptop), you can go up to 8-9 hours. To be fair, at no time our tests have given the 10 hours reported.

If last year the statement “MacBook is a hybrid for those seeking both a MacBook and an iPad that wants everything in one device” was true, now it no longer is.

Between MacBook and iPad, now, have hindered the two 9.7 and 12.9 inch iPad Pro and the new MacBook seems to have a new specific target: those who do not need to install complex video dual stream or manage more than two windows at the same time.

But it can do so even iPad Pro. So where is the essential difference. Obviously in the desktop operating system.

Moreover, the computational power does not offer the best performance for a machine of the same category, and 12 “display provides a large space for the arrangement of the elements.

The price is also very high: Starts at € 1,499 for the base model (described in this review), which increases to about € 1,300 if you take advantage of the student discount. If you think that for the same price you can get a good car like the MacBook Pro (although more bulky and heavy), you end up with more than a doubt.

The only thing clear at the moment is that, for Appple, the MacBook is the future of laptops, but, as usual, has a few years ahead of its time.

iPhone 6 Review

The iPhone 6 has finally arrived on the world markets, bringing with it the usual responsibility to represent once again the absolute best in the smartphone and the large user expectations sector, giving also a worthy heir to what is one of the technology tools most loved and used ever.

Starting from the new premium-diagonal screen sizes up to highly-new design, the sixth-generation iPhone brings many changes compared to the previous 5 and 5s, probably representing the net change of direction that the iPhone ever made, and the most ambitious challenge of ‘was Tim Cook.

The iPhone 6 equips the new A8 processor, as always owner of Apple: it is a 64-bit chip, 1.4 GHz dual-core, to which are alongside a graphics card quad-core PowerVR GX6450 and a Secondary M8 processor dedicated to the management of all the data coming from the large sensor package of which this smartphone features.

The integrated RAM is 1 GB, storage of the minimum of 16 GB Cutting then increased to 64 (must therefore disappear from the 32 GB version) or 128 and the battery, as always nonremovable, is 1,810 mAh.

Its data sheet, compared to what is offered by other top of the line, might seem not very competitive (especially regarding RAM and battery). It is known that the optimization of resources and the search for balance are major talents of Apple, which generally is able to offer superior performance to those that the specifications on paper would seem to indicate.

The greatest revolution than in the past, of course, is the screen: the iPhone 6 abandons 4 “of his predecessor and now integrates a much larger 4.7-inch IPS LCD panel. The resolution is unusual: 1,334 × 750 pixels (therefore slightly greater than the standard 720p), for a total density of 326 ppi, which fully complies with the definition of “retina”.

As regards the already mentioned sensors, there are accelerometers, gyroscope, electronic compass, GPS, and a barometer. Also present was the now inevitable touch ID, allowing you to unlock the phone and activate other functions with fingerprint recognition.

The antennas include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC (used exclusively for Apple’s new payment system Pay), and a part that offers telephone support for 4G LTE networks (up to 150 Mbps download), 3G and 2G multi-band to access data in HSPA + and calls. The SIM is adopted in nano size.

The rear camera is 8 megapixels, records video up to 1080p 60fps and slow motion up to 240 fps. The sensor integrates new pixels dedicated to the recognition to autofocus phase, to improve performance.

Design

The design of the iPhone 6 is clearly revolutionized compared to that of previous models, partly for the needs inherent to the presence of such a large panel. The first thing you notice is the thickness, really very contained: just 6.9 mm. The other dimensions are more generous, with 138 mm high by 67 mm wide: values very close to those of other top of the range Android or Windows Phone. It weighs 129 grams and gives the phone a very solid feeling, but not excessive.

Industrial design, overall, is great. The materials used are, as usual, the highest level, with an aluminum body and the lovely rounded edges (a partial return to the rounded design of the first iPhone models) and a front glass that curves gently to coincide perfectly with the profile phone, providing a result both elegant and pleasant use.

The only design flaw regards the aim of the rear camera, which protrudes by a few mm from the body and is therefore subject to possible chipping, besides giving a not quite perfect balance to the telephone when the latter is placed on the back surfaces flat, entailing also the risk of scratching the most delicate ones (glass or wood).

Regarding usability, it should be emphasized that the difference between the 4-inch screen of the old and the new 4.7 is quite large. Who was used to having a very agile telephone and perfectly manageable, even with one hand might initially be displaced from usability of the iPhone 6. The new feature called reachability, which is activated by a quick double tap on the home button and lowers the screen to make it more accessible with the thumb, is certainly a welcome addition, but can not completely erase the physical fact: the iPhone 6 is much larger than its predecessors, and it is still necessary to use one hand more trained , however nothing that can not be overcome with a little ‘practice.

Software and performance

The operating system used is the new iOS 8, which represents a refinement of the previous iOS 7, it maintains its most aesthetic and by going to integrate new functionalities, as you can see in this special on iOS 8. It is no surprise that the performance offered on the new hardware are absolutely extreme, bordering on perfection threshold.

The browsing experience on the home screen is always extremely fluid, the launch of several ultra-responsive applications and intensive multitasking shows no slowdown. Web browsing is also the highest level: the most graphic pages load quickly, and operations such as pinch-to-zoom and panning are instantaneous, extremely fluid and pleasant, as Apple tradition.

The performance of the antennas seems optimal, with each signal received with good intensity, including the GPS, which provides a hook rather quickly and accurately to the satellites. The Touch ID sensor performs well, recognizing precisely and safely enrolled fingerprints, even when you go to impress at an angle different from the original.

The performance in the field of pure graphics power are not discussed: the benchmark 3D Mark are absolutely maximized, indicating a performance at the top, and even the gaming experience with complex and heavy 3D titles, such as the classic Real Racing 3, returns ultra-smooth playability and the highest levels.

The A8 processor is undoubtedly helped by having to move “only” 1,334 × 750 pixels, or about half that of a 1080p screen, but the results in terms of performance is absolutely at the top of the smartphone category.

The excellent work of balancing also allows you to get the most out of battery, which, although not large capacity, offers a good range and average usage conditions allows you to get through the day without too many problems. Obviously, doing long gaming sessions or holding the screen on for long periods at high brightness, you will still need a recharge by the afternoon / evening.

Multimedia and camera

Speaking of the screen, it should be stressed as the lack of a full HD panel is not substantially perceptible. The density of 326 ppi on the HD retina panel 4.7 “iPhone 6 returns a definition of virtually perfect image and makes it almost impossible to distinguish with the naked eye or the individual pixels. Also the screen is also excellent in all other respects: brightness, color reproduction and especially viewing angle are among the best ever seen in a device of this class.

The audio department is very attractive. The single speaker located on the bottom of the device plays a powerful sound, crystal clear and characterized by a good bass. It is certainly above average quality offered by the other top of the range smartphone.

The rear camera still offers an 8-megapixel sensor and a lens with an aperture of f / 2.2. Images taken are certainly among the best obtainable with a smartphone, both for retail and for contrast and color fidelity. The presence of pixels dedicated to the auto-detection does not appear to produce particularly revolutionary results, but the AF offered iPhone 6 is still fast and accurate. The software allows you to create very simply normal shooting, Full HD video, panoramic images, clip in slow-motion and time-lapse from the major impact, all with more and excellent quality results for a smartphone.

The front camera captures shots at a resolution of 1.2 megapixels and record movies up to 720p30 format. The results obtained are always very good in terms of color and exposure, with a detail that reflects necessarily the less powerful sensor, but that is fine overall, providing long lasting selfies with satisfaction, thanks to a very quick and quite accurate autofocus in the identification and tracking of faces.

The iPhone 6 is without doubt one of the best smartphones on the market today. The new screen, finally to large diagonal, gives a media character to rival that of the best top competitors range, while the set of technical specifications, design, features and performance is well balanced and reaches virtually every area the leaders of the smartphone category.

The cost of 729 euro is, as usual for Apple devices, avowedly “premium”, but all the qualities of the iPhone 6 amply justifies.

All fans of the iPhone that has long desired a more fashionable product with screen sizes have finally found what they’re looking for. However, those who loved the iPhone because of its extreme quality in a compact form-factor, perhaps, will initially disoriented from usability of this new model, but in all likelihood will eventually get used very quickly to never look more back.

iPhone 5se Review

iPhone 5se Review
iPhone 5se Review

Although from Cupertino does not reach any confirmation, it seems that the production of the new iPhone 4 inches has entered into. And it also seems that expectations are very high: according to some Asian sources, in fact, Apple would add a new vendor to normal production chain by Foxconn. It would involve Wistron, Californian company with which the Group has already worked in the past.

The rumors were supplied by DigiTimes, online publication with a fluctuating rate in terms of weather, on-going, Apple turned out to be true. As stated, Apple decided to diversify the production of the future iPhone 5se, including a new supplier, in order to reduce any risks due to high demand.

In addition to Foxconn, therefore, would have also added Wistron, company that will however a small portion of the total orders for the device. This choice also would respond to a precise strategy of Cupertino: the company would grow Wistron to be always in the future less dependent from Pegatron and Foxconn.

Meanwhile, there are no other news on the face of this iPhone 4 inches, designated by some as the iPhone 6 c. According to the latest rumors 9to5Mac, the device could be presented next March 15, to arrive in stores since September 18, at least in the United States. Mystery on prices, although analysts are betting on a threshold of around 500 bucks a piece.

In terms of hardware features, remain valid the rumor surfaced to date: with a design halfway between iPhone 5S and 6, your smartphone will feature a family A9 processor, the latter with a GB of RAM. Complete the equipment an NFC chip, to enable Apple’s Pay functions, then a 8 megapixel camera with high sensitivity in low light conditions. Should not be present, instead, 3D Touch or pressure force recognition technology introduced with iPhone 6S.