Rumors of the iPhone 8

One of the constants of tech news is that there will be iPhone rumors, and this year has been no exception. 2017’s iPhone may actually be one of the most anticipated yet, with it being the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone’s release. What’s been interesting about it this time around is that while there have been plenty of rumors floating around, there hasn’t been much evidence to support any of the claims. For the most part, we have no idea what to expect from Apple this fall.

However, this week we’re starting to see some evidence that lends credence to a few of the rumors, and it came from an unlikely source: firmware for the Apple HomePod.

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The OnePlus 5 vs …

There are plenty of in depth “Pixel XL vs iPhone 7 Plus” and “GS8 vs G6” comparison posts across the Blogosphere. You’d be hard pressed though to find a quality “Moto G5 vs iPhone 7 Plus” article. There’s good reason. These phone don’t compete. How is it then that the new phone from OnePlus will inevitably be held to account in comparison to both mid-range and high end phones.

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WWDC 2017: Apple’s Mobile-Related Announcements

Apple’s WWDC developer conference kicked off this week, and as usual Apple held a keynote on Monday to announce updates in its hardware and software offerings. This was an unusually long keynote and Apple didn’t leave very many of its products untouched, so there is a lot that I could potentially talk about. In the interest of keeping our articles to a reasonable length, this post is going to focus on mobile-related announcements. For all of the other WWDC announcements, check out our other post here.

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Samsung Galaxy S8: Thoughts From An Apple Fan

The biggest recent news in the smartphone world took place at an hour-long press conference on March 29 when Samsung revealed its latest flagship Android phone, the Galaxy S8. The community has been anticipating the new phone for quite a while, but now that it’s been released we can put the rumors to rest and take a real look at what Samsung has been working on. And it’s looking pretty good.

Before continuing, I might as well acknowledge that it’s strange for me to be writing about this–between the two of us who write for Backlights & Buttons, I’m definitely not the one with the most Android experience. In fact, I’ve never used an Android phone for more than a few minutes. But I think it’d be interesting to write a few thoughts about the Galaxy S8 from my view on the other side of the fence. I’m going to try to put my biases aside and examine the phone the same way I would evaluate any potential tech purchase. This isn’t a review of the S8, and it’s not even a fully comprehensive look at the phone–it’s just a few thoughts about the standout features and what they say about Samsung’s direction.

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Will The Next iPhone Really Have a USB-C Port?

The Internet has been buzzing recently about a rumor published by the Wall Street Journal that the next version of the iPhone will have a USB-C port. Rumors about future iPhones are a dime a dozen, but the WSJ is a credible enough source that people are taking a serious look at whether this is something Apple might actually do. Is it actually plausible that Apple might ditch the Lightning connector for USB-C?

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