It’s almost that time of year again– the release of the next generation of iPhones.
This year, analysts predict three phones will be released on the third or fourth week of September:
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11R
- iPhone 11 Max
Apple hasn’t officially announced the names of these phones and may opt to use roman numerals (example: iPhone XI Max). Each phone is a successor of the previous generation of iPhones.
Historically, newly released Apple phones have been expensive. In 2018, the new iPhones cost $1,000 for the lesser-specced option and $1,370 for the full-specced option.
It’s reasonable to expect that the 11th generation of iPhones will be similar in price if not slightly more. But, of course, the question on everyone’s mind is “What will these new iPhones offer?”
One of the most common trends for iPhone releases is to first provide dummy phones. Apple produces these dummy phones so companies can create appropriately sized iPhone cases.
And they tell us a lot about what the new iPhones are like:
1. Triple lens camera bump
The camera received an upgrade with an additional lens. There’s the standard, telephoto, and now the ultra-wide.
The 2018 iPhone cameras were 7 megapixels, but the 2019 iPhones will get an increase as high as 12 megapixels.
Users will be able to take extremely high-quality photos and videos, as well as have a variety of camera options. Including 3x optical zoom, better performance in low light, and better 3D sensors for augmented reality.
This will be significant for Instagram-users, photo-lovers, and augmented reality-gamers.
The downside is that the camera has a “bump,” meaning it’s not flat with the rest of the back. Due to its size and protrusion, the camera looks clunky and inelegant.
The front side still has a selfie camera and a small-notch for quick facial recognition.
2. Lightning charge only
The dummy phones reveal that the new iPhones have lightning charge ports. Unfortunately, they do not have any kind of USB type C port.
There are a lot of different ports pioneered by manufacturers. Lightning is designed by Apple.
The significance of a USB type C port is that it’s universal and not proprietary. Meaning, they can be used anywhere and by anyone.
Many tech giants are beginning to release products with USB type C ports, believing they are the future universal port.
But with Apple’s lightning-only iPhone 11, this means users must always use an Apple-specific cord to charge their phone.
3. No more 3D touch
3D touch debuted with the iPhone 6 generation. This introduced a pressure-sensitive screen, which allowed iPhones to distinguish between “light” touches and “heavy” touches.
This meant users had more options when touching their phones. For example, a user could open an app with a light touch or open the app’s menu with a heavy touch.
Many Apple users have long suspected 3D touch would be removed from iPhones. It received largely negative reviews for being unnecessary and a lot of iPhone carriers simply do not use it.
It’s rumored the iPhone 11s will do away with the feature altogether. Theoretically, this should lower the company’s cost of production.
4. Similar size and color
The iPhone 11 appears to be similar in size to its predecessors. They’re easy to hold in one hand, fit in a pocket, and seem to have the same screen size as an iPhone 10.
Approximately, the iPhone 11 is 5.8 inches and the iPhone 11 Max is 6.5 inches.
iPhone 11s have the same sleek design as previous iPhones, maintaining that metallic case and dark glass front we’re familiar with.
5. Circular mute switch
The buttons and speakers are similar to previous iPhones, but the mute switch is different.
Instead of a thin oval, the mute switch will be circular. Users frequently mute and unmute their phones, even in a single day.
A circular switch makes the process easier and more natural than attempting to find a tiny button hidden on the phone somewhere.
6. Shipped with iOS 13
It is not confirmed but almost guaranteed that the new iPhones will arrive with iOS 13.
Earlier this year, Apple released iOS 13 beta testing to the public. And since then they have improved the software with additional updates.
This means the new iPhones will have the latest and most cutting-edge software that Apple has to offer.
A few announcements, leaks, and beta-testers have revealed a few noteworthy features with iOS 13:
7. Significant speed boost
Apple Vice President Craig Federighi spoke at WWDC, saying, “nothing is more important to our iPhone users than performance. So this year, we worked top-to-bottom making everything faster that you do the most.”
Here are the specific statistics Apple claims about iOS 13:
- App downloads will be 60% faster
- App launching speeds will be twice as fast
- Face ID unlocking will be 30% faster
One of the biggest expectations for the iPhone 11 is a significant speed improvement.
8. New Siri voice
With the iOS 13 debut, there’s now a new Siri voice that sounds less robotic and more human. Apple claims users will notice this particularly with longer sentences, such as reading the news.
Siri also totes some new features. For example, Siri can now discern between voices. If a user says, “Siri, what’s my schedule,” it will pull up that specific user’s schedule, rather than someone else’s schedule.
9. Sign in with Apple
Apple is now competing with Facebook and Google by offering users to sign into third-party accounts. Therefore users won’t have to give their email to unknown parties when signing into apps and websites.
Users do not have to give Apple their own private email either. They can create a unique email for Apple’s services.
This adds an extra layer of security and privacy for users.
10. Dark mode
Beta testers for the iOS 13 have reported that there’s a nifty feature called dark mode.
With it activated, the screen now automatically changes white backgrounds into black or dark gray on supported apps.
Phone users will be able to use their devices at night time without blinding themselves with bright white backgrounds.
11. Silence unknown numbers
With iOS 13, the iPhone 11 will be able to automatically silence unknown numbers.
Spam cold calls are becoming more common for mobile users and annoying thousands of people. Apple is responding with this feature.
Siri scans your recent calls and contacts to see if it recognizes the incoming number. If not, it goes straight to voicemail.
12. Changes to camera and portrait mode
iOS 13 enables users to change the intensity of light when taking photos and videos. Something Apple users have wanted for a long time.
Users will also have more options and control when navigating and editing photos. For example, the photo gallery allows easier navigation with pinching and holding photos.
The photo gallery will have a new tab that holds the user’s best photos for each week, month, and year.
Beta testers report a more user-friendly camera and photo editor. iOS 13 finetunes photo editing, giving the user more filters, effects, and options for rotating and cropping.
13. More formatting options for email
Up until now, email text has limited options. Users can’t send a hyperlink via email and instead have to copy and paste an obnoxiously long URL right into the email.
With iOS 13, users can send a hyperlink and customize their text more. This includes more control over font size, style, color, alignment, and indenting or outdenting text.
Users will also have more options with bulleted and numbered lists.
14. More customization for memojis
Memojis are the emojis of the Apple world. They were immensely popular in the previous generation of iPhones.
Apple empowered users to customize their own emojis. The iPhone 11 will capitalize on their popularity and expand customization.
Apple announced a wider selection of emojis will be available by fall of 2019. And many users anticipate the ability to customize their memojis on a detailed level with the iPhone 11.
For example, users will be able to apply make-up and add piercings or headwear to their memojis.
Once a memoji is created, the iPhone 11 can create a sticker pack of various expressions of the memoji. The pack would live in a small menu on your keyboard and would be shareable across different media and apps.
It appears the biggest features to the iPhone 11 are the additional camera lens and the expectation of iOS 13.
The design is roughly the same as previous iPhones, but will likely cost the same or slightly more.
Do you plan on buying the iPhone 11?
Entertainment Companies and Retailers Could Face Mass Extinction
Whether or not the country decides to enact official lockdown measures in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus, some cities like Los Angeles New York City are taking their own measures to try and halt the spread.
Mayors in both cities ordered bars to close and restaurants to only offer take-out and delivery services.
On top of that, movie theaters and concert venues in both cities have been ordered to close.
How other cities handle the coronavirus outbreak remains to be seen, but it’s clear that any business that relies on people gathering in one place could face a serious survival threat in the coming weeks and months.
Here are a few industries and businesses that could face extinction in the coming months if the coronavirus outbreak become a full on pandemic here in the US:
The first ones to come to mind are theater companies if the order to close becomes widespread. The largest two are Cinemark (NYSE: CNK), AMC Entertainment (NYSE: AMC). Also consider National CineMedia (NASDAQ: NCMI) which runs all the ads you see before a movie.
Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities says “There is a genuine concern that [coronavirus] will limit theatrical attendance globally, whether driven by theater closures or fear of contamination.”
Also look at financial pressure being put on companies in the food and entertainment space like Dave & Buster’s (NASDAQ: PLAY).
Particularly vulnerable could be Diversified Restaurant Holdings (NASDAQCM: SAUC), which operates 64 Buffalo Wild Wings Franchises. With restaurants forced to shut down, the company could focus more on take-out orders for it’s popular wings and appetizers.
However, with nearly every major sports league shut down, including the upcoming NCAA March Madness tournament, there’s little need for large orders of wings to feed family and friends at home.
Most vulnerable could be the already struggling retailers like Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ: ASNA) which owns brands like Ann Taylor, Loft and Lane Bryant.
JCPenney (NYSE: JCP) has managed to hold on a lot longer than many predicted, but this latest blow could be the final one for the company originally founded in 1913. The company’s footprint is now so small that any drop in business due to shoppers staying away could be fatal.
The last retailer is GNC (NYSE: GNC), the seller of supplements and vitamins. This one might be a “beating a dead horse” type of investment as the share price has already plunged from 98% in the last five years. But there’s never any foot traffic in the stores despite near-permanent sales and discounts, so this could be the final straw.
On the other side of the coin, if there are quarantine efforts put into place, it’s clear that a vast majority of Americans will simply double or triple their orders from Amazon for all their purchases. We will also likely see viewing time on Netflix soar.
Also expect a massive uptick in business for delivery companies like GrubHub (NYSE: GRUB).
RetailMeNot’s Five to Buy in February
The wintry temps may make you cold, but February deals are sure to warm your heart. It’s not only a great time to shower your valentine with roses and gifts, but it’s a great time to make other smart and timely purchases as well.
The shopping and trends expert for RetailMeNot, Sara Skirboll, agrees. “With the biggest football game of the year, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day on the horizon, retailers will offer tremendous savings on a variety of categories — from TVs and TV dinners to all of your Valentine’s Day needs.
1. Play Cupid
With Valentine’s Day this month, shoppers might be struggling to find the right present that symbolizes their love. You can never go wrong with a customized gift made especially for them. This month, shoppers looking to go the extra mile for their loved one will save an average of 40% on items like personalized photo albums, picture frames, wall art and more. You name it, they make it — and just because it’s customized doesn’t mean it will break the bank. Turn to retailers like Shutterfly who is offering a RetailMeNot exclusive for 28% off your regular priced purchase.
2. Ding-Dong Deals
While some might make dinner reservations at the fanciest restaurant in town, many will opt to eat at home. Those who do can take advantage of special promotions and discounts. In fact, diners can save an average of 30% off all month long, so be sure to search the food delivery deals from RetailMeNot. Right now, DoorDash is offering 25% off your first purchase and Postmates is offering $15 delivery credit for existing users.
3. Flower Power
Everything’s coming up roses! According to a recent RetailMeNot survey, 46% of shoppers plan to buy flowers for Valentine’s Day this year, up from 34% in 2019. Many florists will be offering promotions and discounts to help shoppers prepare for the holiday. This year, retailers like 1800Flowers are having up to 40% off flowers & gifts and FTD is offering a RetailMeNot exclusive offer for 20% off sitewide.
4. Get Your Game On
Attention sports fans: Discounts on electronics are not strictly reserved for Black Friday! In fact, February is the second-cheapest time of year to buy a new TV. With the big game right around the corner and March Madness close behind, manufacturers will use those big-time events to highlight big savings on big-screen sets. Another reason for the markdowns is that new models will be released next month, so retailers will be looking to make room for new inventory. Shoppers in the market for a new TV should head to Samsung where they can get 10% cash back with RetailMeNot, and Best Buy where they can find up to 64% off clearance items.
5. Meet Your (Price) Match
Life can easily get in the way of finding “the one,” but online dating sites and convenient mobile apps are here to help. Those looking for love are in luck: Dating sites can offer up to 75% off enrollment fees to encourage singles to put themselves out there. Dating sites like eHarmony are offering 35% off all subscriptions and OkCupid is offering free membership.
STUDY: Being Wealthy Adds 9 More Healthy Years to Your Life
Being wealthy adds nine years to healthy life expectancy: a life free from disability and pain, according to transatlantic research.
The 10-year study, conducted across the UK and US, looked at all the social and economic factors behind the reasons why people sink into ill-health as they age.
“We found that socio-economic inequalities in disability-free life expectancy were similar across all ages in England and the US but the biggest socio-economic advantage in both countries and across all age groups was wealth,” said Dr Paola Zaninotto, a professor in epidemiology and healthcare at University College London, which led the research.
Published on Tuesday in the Journal of Gerontology, the data from 10,754 UK adults aged 50 and older, and 14,803 US adults over 50, examined how long people can expect to live free from disabilities and to what extent socio-economic factors play a part.
The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the US Health and Retirement Study both found that while life expectancy is a useful indicator of health, the quality of life as we age is crucial to determining our health.
“By measuring healthy life expectancy we can get an estimate of the number of years of life spent in favourable states of health or without disability,” said Zaninotto.
“We know that improving both the quality and the quantity of years that individuals are expected to live has implications for public expenditure on health, income, long-term care of older people and work participation and our results suggest that policy makers in both England and the US must make greater efforts into reducing health inequalities,” she added.
In both countries people in the study were divided into groups based on total household wealth. Comparisons were made between the richest and least wealthy groups.
The paper shows that at 50 the wealthiest men in England and the US lived about an additional 31 healthy years, compared with about 22 to 23 years for those in the poorest wealth groups.
Women from the wealthiest groups from the US and England lived around an additional 33 “healthy” years, compared with 24.6 and 24 years from the poorest wealth groups in England the US respectively.
Recent ONS statistics also showed that those aged 65 are seeing their healthy life expectancy increase: since 2009, men in England and Wales aged 65 have gained 31.5 weeks of life and 33.5 weeks of healthy life. Women of the same age have gained 17.4 weeks of life and 23.3 weeks of healthy life over the same period.
But the data also revealed that children born today are likely to spend a larger proportion of their lives in poor health than their grandparents.
They will also benefit from substantially smaller increases in their life expectancy than those born a few years earlier, in the first decade of the 21st century.
In contrast, the proportion of life expected to be spent in good health in the UK has decreased between 2009-11 and 2016-18, from 79.9% to 79.5% for males and from 77.4% to 76.7% for females.
This article’s headline was amended on 20 January 2020 to more accurately reflect the content of the article.
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