Leaks From Apple Show the Newest iPhones To Be A New Approach

10/19/2017

It seems hard to believe that the smartphone has been around for over a decade. When Apple rolled out the first iPhone in 2007, it triggered a momentous shift in the way people access information. Over the past 10 years these devices have gone from somewhat of a novelty to a staple of modern computing. More data is transmitted and accessed by smartphone than by any other means, and Apple has been at the forefront of this computing shift from its inception.

The world’s most profitable consumer technology company is said to have something special in mind for their 10th anniversary flagship smartphone, while still rolling out two additional phones. Deciding to scrap the iPhone 7s, Apple has recently introduced the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X. For all those Apple aficionados out there, which device will you have to get your hands on?

All three phones feature Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip, which brings a more efficient device performance--a qualification that every user willing to shell out a pretty penny for a new iPhone consider. The A11 comes equipped with two performance cores, which are up to 25 percent faster than the ones found in the iPhone 7, Apple’s most recent device offering. Additionally, the new chip offers four high-efficiency cores, which allow less resource-intensive applications to run efficiently to preserve the device’s battery life.

The two versions of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X have many similarities (as you’d expect), but one major difference the iPhone X offers is the display. The iPhone X not only features the use of an OLED display, it also takes a page from other smartphone manufacturers and removes the famous bezel and home button every other iPhone has featured. Traditionally, OLED displays offer perfect blacks and much more vivid colors than LCD displays (which have come standard on every iPhone for some time). The OLED display on the iPhone X is Dolby Vision and HDR 10 capable and has a resolution of 2,436 x 1,125--far superior to the 1080p display of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The iPhone X also has a small cut-out at the top that actually dips into the screen a bit. This bar houses sensors and the front-facing camera of the device.

As far as software goes, all three of the new devices run iOS 11. iOS 11 features a litany of new features that include a much-improved Siri, a new Control Center, and a redesigned App Store. Since the iPhone X does not come equipped with Apple’s standard Touch ID system, some tweaks in iOS will allow the edge-to-edge display to have a virtual home button. As a result, the iPhone X features Face ID, which scans a user’s face for authorization opening the phone, and more amazingly as a way to authenticate App Store purchases.

The cameras on the devices are much improved. While the iPhone 8 has a single 12MP sensor, the cameras on both the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus have dual 12 MP cameras with an extra sensor that acts as an optical telephoto zoom lens. The iPhone X’s sensors both have optical image stabilization, while the iPhone 8 and the 8 Plus, only has it on one. As with the previous iPhones, all three options are IP67 water and dust resistant, and feature 7 MP front-facing cameras.

The iPhone X absolutely wins in a design contest, but for functionality, the choice between these options will largely come down to price. With 64 GBs of onboard memory, the flagship iPhone X starts at a whopping $999, the iPhone 8 Plus at $799, and the iPhone 8 at $699. Can you justify paying the more than $1000 price tag on a device you will likely upgrade in one or two years? One thing is for certain, plenty of people will.

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Tip of the Week: You Can Use Your Android Device As An External Hard Drive

10/03/2017

Does your business have trouble keeping data on the company network? This can be an issue if your employees use their mobile devices to do work while on the go. In order to keep this from becoming an issue, you should encourage your employees to not keep sensitive data on their mobile devices, and establish policies that give you control over your data and email on personal devices. That said, let’s show you how to get your data off of your Android device and back on your network, where it belongs.

Android to PC File Transfers
Android devices are neat because they allow you direct access to its filing system. You can essentially access the internal storage of the device, allowing you to use it in much the same way as you would an external hard drive. You can use your charging cable to connect your device to the PC via a USB port. Once you’ve done this, you can transfer data from your computer to your device while it’s charging.

First, however, you’ll notice that a little notification window has popped up on your device, which will tell you that your device is charging. If you tap this notification, a menu will pop up providing you with the various functionality that comes from connecting the device to a PC. You need to select Transfer Files from this menu. Once you’ve done so, a menu for File Explorer should open on your workstation. You’ll be able to see your device in the explorer, which should allow you to transfer any files as you see fit.

But What About Security?
Using this type of solution comes with various concerns, chief among which is security. How can you make sure that using an Android device in this fashion doesn’t put your company’s device at risk? The problem here is that employee mindfulness can only get you so far--you’ll need to implement a Bring Your Own Device policy to ensure that your staff’s use of mobile devices doesn’t put your business at risk.

Does your business need a hand with managing mobile solutions? We can help you come up with the best BYOD policy out there, tailored to your business’ specifications. To learn more, reach out to us at 877.799.APEX.

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Cyber Security Compliance Lunch & Learn: The Facts Behind Cyber Crime

08/31/2017

Join us for a Cyber Security Lunch & Learn

September 14, 2017, 11:30 am

 

Apex IT Group HQ

525 Fellowship Rd, Ste 300 

Mount Laurel, NJ

 

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Thanks for Making Our Grand Opening a Huge Success!

08/24/2017

 

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Tech Tip: Microsoft Outlook Is Easier With Shortcuts

08/24/2017

Microsoft Outlook can be a fantastic way to communicate, but only if you know how to best use it. When you’re using it to reach out to clients or vendors, you need to consider all of the best practices and shortcuts you can to make the most of it. We’ll discuss some of the best ways that you can use Microsoft Outlook to help your business function better as a whole.

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Apex IT Group Ranks in the Top 250 List of MSPs Worldwide

07/25/2017

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Here’s Why OneNote Should Be Your Go-to Tool for Getting Organized

07/25/2017

If you have the latest version of Windows or Office, chances are that there is a tool called OneNote. OneNote is a very dynamic tool with many features that let it shine in the business environment.

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The Top 5 Online Threats Facing Every Business

06/23/2017

It doesn’t matter which industry your organization falls into. Your business will always be susceptible to threats in some way, shape, or form. 

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Official Grand Opening and Open House!

06/20/2017

To celebrate our partnership and introduce you to our new headquarters in Mount Laurel, you are invited to join us for an Open House on Thursday,   July 27 from 10 a.m - 4 p.m. 

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Tip of the Week: How to Set Your Windows Apps to Automatically Open in Full Screen

06/20/2017

Here’s something that you might have noticed about opening Windows applications on your desktop; by default, they will generally open in a smaller window, giving you the ability to customize their size as you see fit. If you want a full size Window, it’s as easy as clicking on the maximize button in the top-right corner, but what if you didn’t want to go through this every time you open the app? There’s a solution for this, and we’ll help you find it.

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