Products Of 2016: iPhone 7 And Microsoft HoloLens

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus weren't huge upgrades, but the iPhone 7 will allegedly have a completely updated design.

In 2015, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were pretty underwhelming upgrades. The biggest disappointment was that both phone still had the same screen resolution of previous versions, but that may change in 2016. The iPhone 7 (and iPhone 7 Plus) are said to go through some major design changes.

According to Forbes, we could finally see a waterproof iPhone — this would be great, especially given all the times people have accidentally dropped their iPhones into toilets. However, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have already made improvements in terms of being waterproof, even though they aren’t specifically certified as waterproof phones.

Forbes and several other sites report that both new iPhones won’t have antenna stripes. This is significant; it will allow Apple to make a thinner iPhone. Allegedly, Apple will now design the new iPhones with “smart aluminum” that allows wireless signals to pass though them without any of the antenna stripes.

Whether or not these rumors are true, many are betting that the iPhone 7 will be a huge upgrade. Apple’s sales, although still great, are faltering. Apple is not way ahead of the curve as they used to be and the Cupertino company will certainly try to prove skeptics wrong with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Speaking of skeptics, the amount Microsoft has gained over the past decade has been astronomical. In the past couple of years, however, Microsoft has gained back a lot of its mojo — first with the Surface Pro laptop/tablet hybrid and then with Windows 10. Microsoft now hopes to be a pioneer in the world of augmented reality, which, unlike virtual reality, adds holographic objects to your already existing world.

The HoloLens could be a revolutionary product.

The HoloLens is as futuristic as a device can be, although many complain that the FOV (field of view) is too small and takes away from the experience. Still, developers will be able to try out an early version for $3000 in early 2016. Microsoft is “taking applications” for the product now, but you can bet they will easily ship out the HoloLens to anybody who is willing to part with $3000 for a beta product.

The HoloLens could either be a revolutionary device or could become the next Google Glass. However, shooting flying saucers that come out of your living room wall does sound cool. The HoloLens has a lot of capabilities beyond gaming that will hopefully come to full fruition.

 

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Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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