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Which Features Will Make it in the Next iPhone?

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The 10th anniversary iPhone will have a plethora of previously unseen features, Reuters reports-- including a higher resolution display, wireless charging and 3D sensors.

Qi chargingSuch additions are hardly industry firsts, even if they were never implemented in an Apple smartphone. Such "relatively slow" adoption by the company of new technologies "reflects and reinforces" a slower smartphone replacement cycle. In fact, according to analyst Cown & Co over 40% of iPhones on the market are over 2 years old, a historical high. This means ther is "pent-up demand" for a new iPhone, even one without breakthrough technologies.

"When a market gets saturated, the growth is all about refresh," Technalysis Research adds. "This is exactly what happened to PCs. It's exactly what happened to tablets. It's starting to happen to smartphones." IDC confirms such a trend, since global smartphone sales grew by just 2.3% in 2016.

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Harman Implements Wireless CarPlay

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Harman announces "a first for the connected car industry"-- the implementation of Apple CarPlay in-car infotainment systems through wireless connection.

Harman wirelessThe system uses both Bluetooth and wifi, with Bluetooth handling the connection to the iPhone while wifi takes care of data transfers. Harman adds the system provides flexibility between native and CarPlay Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), and allows the simultaneous operation of head unit functionality and CarPlay navigation.

CarPlay provides the control of various iPhone functions, including calls, music playback, mobile office and navigation, through the car display. It also adds voice-based controls via Siri.

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Samsung Upgrades Gear VR at MWC

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Samsung presents an upgrade on the Gear VR headset-- one complete with a physical controller accessory promising "quicker selection and interaction" in virtual experiences.

Gear VR controllerThe actual headset is more or less identical to the Gear VR designed for use with the recalled Galaxy Note 7. It offers a 101-degree field of view and is compatible with both USB-C and microUSB Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 Edge+, S6 and S6 Edge.

Meanwhile the controller (imaginatively named "Gear VR Controller") is the result of a collaboration with Oculus. Designed for single-hand use, it has a touchpad and trigger for in-game actions, as well as integrated home, volume and back buttons for immersive media controls.

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A Leather Grip for the Apple Pencil

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Case and accessory maker Pen & Quill announces the Leather Apple Pencil Grip-- a self-descriptive means for users to get a better hold of the Apple stylus while working on the iPad Pro.

leather pencil gripThe grip comes in 2 pieces. One is put on the bottom to provide the actual holding grip, while the other is put towards the top to provide a clip and Lightning cap holder. Construction is in full-grade American leather, and is designed to age and break with age, making each grip unique.

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Acer Monitors the Air at MWC

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Mobile World Congress 2017 sees Acer announce the Air Monitor-- a connected device providing real-time air quality analysis through companion app and a colour-changing LED embedded in the chassis.

Acer Air MonitorPart of the company's "Internet of Beings" (IoB), the Air Monitor tracks 6 air quality indicators, namely TVOC (Total Volatile Organic Compounds), carbon dioxide, PM2.5, PM10, temperature and humidity. The smartphone app allows users to easily access the measured data, and it can also send warnings via push notifications when indicators exceed predefined thresholds.

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