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iPhone 16 2024

Since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, the smartphone has not only been hugely successful but also influential to the industry. Apple’s flagship product has a market share in excess of 15%, and millions of people eagerly await the latest model each year. The company launched the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro to great reviews at the end of 2022, and it is expected that the latest version of the smartphone will hit store shelves before winter this year. It isn’t just the iPhone 15 that has people excited. The iPhone 16 and its variations, which will likely launch near the conclusion of 2024, are already the subject of many rumors.

With Apple still to officially launch the iPhone 15, there is no clear information from the company about what might be included in the 2024 smartphone. Rumors suggest that larger versions of the iPhone could well be on the way, as well as the introduction of under-display Face ID. There’s also the possibility that the iPhone 16 could include solid-state buttons for controls such as volume and power.

Another key rumor that may have Apple lovers looking to skip the iPhone 15 and wait until next year is the possible introduction of an iPhone 16 Ultra. This version of the upcoming smartphone would be the most expensive offering and include features not seen in other models. Some have suggested this could include things like a larger screen, more powerful hardware, and a design without any ports for charging. All of these features would certainly make the iPhone 16 something to look forward to.

Apple Watch Ultra 2 – Trail Loop


Apple Watch Ultra 2 Trail Loop

Dimensions49 x 44 x 14.4 mm (1.93 x 1.73 x 0.57 in)
Weight61.4 g (2.15 oz)
BuildSapphire crystal front, ceramic/sapphire crystal back, titanium frame
IP6X certified
100m water resistant (WR100)
40m swimproof/diving (EN13319)
MIL-STD 810H certified
ECG certified (region dependent SW application; HW available on all models)
DisplayRetina LTPO OLED, 3000 nits (peak)
Size1.92 inches
Resolution502 x 410 pixels (~338 ppi density)
ProtectionSapphire crystal glass
Always-on display
OSwatchOS 10
ChipsetApple S9
Card slotNo
LoudspeakerYes, with dual speakers (86-decibel)
3.5mm jackNo
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth5.3, A2DP, LE
Loop ColorGreen/Gray, Blue/Black, Orange/Beige

PHOLED televisions 2024

Over the last decade or so, televisions have significantly improved to utilize new types of technology. With advancements such as HD screens and higher resolutions, 4K displays are now commonplace with streaming services, television networks, and video game consoles showing content to viewers in stunning 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution. However, in the last two years, the adoption of 8K televisions has been relatively slow, suggesting that customers want something else to get excited about in the TV space.

OLED televisions are now the screens of choice for many people, and that technology could see a significant upgrade in 2024 as PHOLED becomes more widespread. In fact, there are indications that major brands such as LG and Samsung are both developing PHOLED televisions, and other companies will likely follow suit. PHOLED, which stands for “phosphorescent organic light emitting diode,” is a new way of manufacturing televisions that replaces the common fluorescent subpixels with phosphorescent ones. The end result is a far more efficient television that uses far less energy but is also brighter and more vivid.

Many OLED televisions currently use some phosphorescent subpixels, but creating blue phosphorescent material has proven difficult. However, manufacturer Universal Display Corporation claims to be ready to mass produce its blue phosphorescent material, giving television brands the opportunity to create fully PHOLED televisions. For consumers, that could mean lower energy bills and brighter television screens.

Fully Charged: Nike’s power-lacing shoes are finally real, and PlayStation 4 price drops

Nike’s Back to the Future shoes are real

At the start of the year, Nike said it hoped to release the real power-lacing shoes from Back to the Future Part II by year’s end. Last month, a former employee at Nike’s PR firm teased 21 October as the date we’d see them. And yesterday? Well, sure enough, it happened.

The 2015 Nike Mag won’t actually release until next year, but they’re very real: actor Michael J. Fox, who portrayed Marty McFly in the seminal film series, just demonstrated the first pair on American TV overnight. A previous 2011 release for charity was a non-functioning replica, but the 2015 Nike Mag shoes feature real power laces that tighten on their own.

Good luck ever getting your hands on them, however. Nike will release them in the spring solely via auctions – same as last time – with all proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. And each pair is likely to command many thousands of pounds. But if you’ve got the money, these long-awaited dream shoes are finally a reality.

Apple’s watchOS 2 releases, bringing native apps and more to Apple Watch

Delayed from last week’s original date, the big OS update is now live for all

Last Wednesday was supposed to be the big launch day for both iOS 9 and watchOS 2, but just hours before the intended release, Apple delayed the latter. The culprit? A serious bug discovered very late in the preparations.

Apple said the delay wouldn’t be long, and we suppose five days isn’t that much in the grand scheme of things. That’s right: you can now download watchOS 2 for the Apple Watch, and the update delivers a slew of upgrades and enhancements large and small for Apple’s five-month-old wearable.

You’ll need to grab the update via the Watch app on your iPhone. Assuming you didn’t have the beta or GM version on your phone, the update weighs in a bit over 500MB in size, and you’ll need your Apple Watch connected to its charger, with the battery at 50% or higher, and in range of your Wi-Fi connected iPhone to begin the process.

What’s new in watchOS 2? The biggest enhancement – in terms of quality of use – is surely the ability for developers to run apps natively on the Apple Watch itself instead of streamed from your phone. That should make them run faster and smoother, plus developers can now utilize more of the Watch hardware, including the digital crown and button on the side.

Also noteworthy are the new faces, which include time lapses of major international cities, and customisable Photo and Photo Album faces. More of the face complications (the little interactive bits) are tweakable now, as well, and a new “Time Travel” feature lets you twiddle the crown to see what’s ahead on your schedule. And there’s a nightstand mode for when the Watch is sideways and charging.

All told, it’s a robust-sounding set of updates that should make the Apple Watch an even more useful and personal device. Stay tuned for more coverage of watchOS 2 in the days ahead.

best gifts for photographers for Christmas 2023

Christmas is a wonderful time for photographers. From frosty landscapes to candid portraits of merry relatives, there’s no end of subject matter to inspire your creativity. And in our gallery of the best gifts for photographers, you’ll find the best tools to give passionate shutterbugs a seasonal upgrade.

From smartphone gimbals to tabletop tripods, we’ve trained our lens on the top presents for photography fans. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or your favourite shutterbug, snap up something in this list and it should yield a smile worthy of a self-portrait.

Panning around for additional inspiration? If movies are more your medium, try our list of the best Christmas gift ideas for film fans. Or if you’ve got the gift of rhythm, try our round-up of tech treats for music lovers.

Our pick of the best gifts for photographers for Christmas 2023


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