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The iPhone 7 is Made with Pricey Materials

Check out this article from bgr.com to learn how much it costs to make an iPhone 7. The smartphone’s pricey materials my surprise you.

 

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iPhone 7 costs more to build than any other iPhone in history

By Yoni Heisler

The bill of materials (BOM) for Apple’s new iPhone 7 checks in a little bit higher than previous models, with IHS Markit revealing that the total cost of components in an entry-level 32GB iPhone 7 comes out to about $219.80.

“Total BOM costs for the iPhone 7 are more in line with what we have seen in teardowns of recent flagship phones from Apple’s main competitor, Samsung, in that the costs are higher than in previous iPhone teardown analyses,” Andrew Rassweiler of IHS Markit said in a press release. “All other things being equal, Apple still makes more margin from hardware than Samsung, but materials costs are higher than in the past.”

As to the increased cost of components, IHS notes that Apple’s eradication of the 16GB iPhone model played a role even while the price of NAND flash has fallen over the last 12 months.

The most expensive iPhone 7 component, not surprisingly, is the display which costs an estimated $43. Following that, the iPhone’s collection of baseband chips from Intel, Broadcom and others comes out to $33.90. Other component costs of note include Apple’s A10 processor which costs $26.90 and the iPhone 7’s camera system (including the front and rear modules) which costs an estimated $19.90.

An Excel spreadsheet listing out all of the iPhone 7’s components along with the corresponding cost for each can be viewed over here.

To be fair, it’s worth noting that the figures above simply lay out the cost of an individual iPhone’s components. They do not, we should emphasize, represent how much it truly costs to develop and manufacture an iPhone. Aside from raw component costs, there are R&D costs, prototyping expenses, machining and tooling costs, transportation costs and more. Nonetheless, looking at the iPhone 7’s components is instructive insofar as it gives us a barometer by which to measure the BOM relative to previous iPhone models.

Apple of course won’t comment on these teardown estimations, though Tim Cook did note during an earnings conference call in April of 2015 that most teardowns are way off the mark.

“And I haven’t even seen this, but generally, there’s cost breakdowns that come out around our products that are much different than the reality,” Cook said. “I’ve never seen one that is anywhere close to being accurate.”

Lastly, and for some additional context, the iPhone 5’s BOM supposedly came in at around $199.

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Reasons Why You Should Use Wi-Fi Calling

After reading this article from Techlicious, you’ll definitely start using Wi-Fi calling in certain situations.

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What is Wi-Fi Calling and Why You Should Be Using It

By Kaitlyn Wells

Most of us spend time in at least a few places where our phones just don’t work, whether it’s a room or two at home, a favorite basement coffee shop or some other signal-blocked location. That’s where Wi-Fi calling can save the day. Instead of relying on the cellular phone network, Wi-Fi calling and texting uses an available Wi-Fi network to place your call over the Internet.

Clearly, if you don’t have a cellular signal or it’s spotty, the ability to make Wi-Fi calls comes in handy. But that isn’t the only reason you’ll want to use Wi-Fi calling.

Wi-Fi calling is perfect for overseas travelers because there’s typically no roaming or international charge for making calls or sending texts back home. Sprint doesn’t charge for Wi-Fi calls to your family back in the United States, but Wi-Fi calling isn’t supported in some countries, including Australia and China. T-Mobile doesn’t charge roaming fees for Wi-Fi calls but will deduct your call minutes for calls made between U.S. lines if you don’t have an unlimited plan. And Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile will still charge an international rate if you call an international line using your U.S.-based smartphone.

How to make a Wi-Fi call

Wi-Fi calling isn’t automatically enabled on smartphones. To turn yours on, go to the Settings menu. On iPhones go to Settings > Phone and then toggle on Wi-Fi calling. On Android, you’ll generally find Wi-Fi settings under Settings > Networks > Call, where you can then toggle on Wi-Fi calling.

Once you activate Wi-Fi calling, you dial or text as usual. The routing of your call or text is handled automatically in the background.

Does my carrier offer Wi-Fi calling?

All major cell phone carriers now support Wi-Fi calling, with support for the most recent iPhones and Android phones. And, the feature will inevitably become more widespread. “Wi-Fi calling exists because it’s a great way for the carriers to offload their network traffic and increase coverage without having to pay for it,” Michael Bremmer, CEO of TelecomQuotes.comwrote in an email.

So when will you get Wi-Fi calling? Here’s the latest on Wi-Fi for each of the major carriers:

Sprint Wi-Fi calling is available on most recent Android devices and iPhones, starting with the iPhone 5C, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus and 6s and 6s Plus with iOS software v8.3 and higher. Check your phone’s settings menu to see if it’s supported.

T-Mobile offers 38 different phones with Wi-Fi calling, including recent iPhone models, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7, the LG G5 and HTC 10.

AT&T has rolled out Wi-Fi Calling to 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus with iOS software v9.0 and higher and is starting to roll out to Android devices, beginning with the LG G4.

Verizon Wireless has rolled out Wi-Fi calling to 14 devices including the iPhone 6, 6s and 6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7, HTC 10, LG G4 and G5.  

Or course, if your handset doesn’t support Wi-Fi calling, you may be able to find some workarounds. Apps like FaceTime, Google Voice, Line, Skype and WeChat allow you to make voice and video calls over Wi-Fi as well as send text messages.

How Wi-Fi calling compares to cellular

Thanks to the growing popularity of free public Wi-Fi hotspots, you may not need to pay another dime to make a call again. In fact, Cisco VNI predicts global hotspots will increase sevenfold from 2014 to 2018, resulting in 109 million hotspots in North America alone.

But a cheap price tag doesn’t always equate with high quality. “Trying to get the best signal for a Wi-Fi call is challenging,” said Anurag Lal, president and CEO of telecommunications company Infinite Convergence. “Many times, [the quality of service is through] individual users with a Wi-Fi network, and there is no guarantee for a particular bandwidth.” Lal adds that signal strength can diminish as more people attempt to use the same network, such as at hotels, airports or athletic stadiums.

Consumers may have another gripe with Wi-Fi calling service: there may be a 1- or 2-second delay in the conversation. Think of the delay you hear with the echo of the same news broadcast aired on different TVs in your home. If you’re accustomed to receiving an immediate response using traditional phone service, a conversation over Wi-Fi may annoy you.

While it doesn’t make sense for most people to switch to a Wi-Fi-only provider like Scratch Wireless, Wi-Fi calling can make a big difference if you have limited minutes, get poor reception or travel abroad.

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74 New Emojis Could Be Heading Our Way This Summer

An article from realsimple.com explains the possibility of 74 new emojis that could grace your texts and social media posts this summer. Read about it below, or see the original article at realsimple.com.

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Get Ready for 74 New Emojis

Acocado, bacon and fingers crossed emojis might be coming your way soon.

By Sarah Yang

Emoji-lovers, you’re in luck: You might be able to up your vocabulary with plenty of new characters later this year. The Unicode Consortium (the organization that regulates and standardizes text and characters for all computer systems) has accepted 74 new characters that are in the running to become official emojis. Unicode will determine the final batch in a meeting in the second quarter of this year and will debut the new characters this June. Then, it’s up to the phone manufacturers (like Apple and Android) to add them to the devices through software updates. There’s speculation that the batch could be included in Apple’s iOS 10 release in September.

The new emojis include a nauseated face, a drooling face, a face palm, a dancing man (similar to the dancing woman in a red dress), a selfie hand, and a hand with fingers crossed. New food characters include a croissant, an avocado, a baguette, a falafel pita, and a salad. And some potential animals are a fox, an owl, a shark, and a butterfly. Emojipedia created mockups of the potential characters, which we’ve pictured in this article.

Make Tomato, Spinach & Ricotta Casserole.

Most of the new characters were created by popular request—and anyone can create a proposal for one, just be warned that you’ll need to back it up with plenty of data (like usage frequency and software compatibility).

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