The world of tech is constantly changing, so much so that whatever is trending now will most likely be old news in a week. That said, we are going to do our best to fill you in on five of the biggest tech stories that have excited us recently!
The Decade of the iPhone
Photo by The Mercury News
Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Apple first released the iPhone? Actually, can you believe it’s ONLY been 10 years? It’s hard to remember what life was like before Steve Jobs introduced the world to what he called “a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough internet communications device.” Since the original iPhone first went on sale on June 29, 2007, Apple has gone on to become the world’s most valuable brand, and the iPhone has been the driving force behind this rise to prominence, accounting for 63% of the company’s revenue. The iPhone has changed our lives in countless areas, from the way we take photos and surf the web, to the way we consume media and even the way we work.
This video from the tech gurus over at Recode sums up the impact of the iPhone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
While Apple’s iPhone was busy blowing out birthday candles, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 attempted to steal the limelight, but not all the feedback has been positive. Leaked information revealed that the Galaxy Note 8 is going to be HUGE, and it also promises to be one of the year’s best smartphones; however, these improvements will come at a hefty cost. The phone is expected to retail for over $1,100! Will it be worth it? Let us know what you think in the comments. In the meantime, we’ll be getting some Large Inslips ready… just in case!
Galaxy Note 8 concept based on latest leaks, by Concept Creator
$14 Billion Spent Repairing iPhones since 2007
That feeling after you break your iPhone screen!
Perhaps the Galaxy’s higher price tag will be offset by increased durability? That would certainly help it compete with the iPhone. Square Trade released a report claiming that iPhone users have spent $14 billion dollars on repairs during the phone’s 10-year existence… 14 BILLION!!! That is a lot of money spent fixing broken screens. Coincidentally, we know a GREAT product that will help with that!
Safe and secure selfie-taking with the Inslip!
iOS11 Augmented Reality
Watch this video!
Ok, back to Apple! That seems to be the trend in trending tech right now. More and more info keeps surfacing about the upcoming release of iOS11, and it just keeps getting cooler. As shown above by Felix Lapalme, they have apparently added a VR mode to Maps, which is being referred to as “Godzilla” mode. You’ll be able to navigate certain major cities around the world using virtual reality to control where you go and what you look at. This is all powered by Apple’s ARKit, which stands for Augmented Reality, and it’s quite an improvement on the Flyover feature that was added with iOS8. You move in your living room, and your view of the city in Maps changes accordingly, but from the perspective of a super tall monster, aka Godzilla.
This picture from Huffington Post in 2014 may or may not have inspired Apple’s “Godzilla Mode”.
Super Nintendo Classic Arrives in September
Lace up your running shoes, because there will be a race to get these when they release! A blast from the past is trending in today’s tech news, as Nintendo announced they will be releasing a smaller version of the popular ‘90s Super Nintendo console, paired with 20 classic games, and one previously unreleased sequel: Star Fox 2. They say the systems will hit shelves on September 29, 2017, and they will retail for $79.99. If you want one, be prepared! The NES Classic Editions released in the Fall of 2016 and sold out almost instantly. Despite Nintendo’s claims that they are ramping up production, Forbes experts expect these to do the same.
Here’s a little preview courtesy of IGN NEWS.
There you have it! While these five things may not be trending for long, we still think they will be cool, and we hope you will too. One thing is certain: Smartphones continue to dominate the tech world, which means you ALL need an Inslip!