For those out there who share my unspoken wish and hope of a greater color selection when it comes to your iPhone design, count your lucky stars because Apple has announced earlier this month that the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be offered in a special edition (PRODUCT)RED finish, it’s now available for purchase in stores and online as of March 24th, 2017. You can see a sample of the red shade’s appearance with the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus build in the image to the left.
Besides providing iPhone users with a fun new color to use, all Apple (PRODUCT)RED merchandise sold will contribute to the non-profit, charity organization (RED)’s goal of ending AIDS in Africa. Apple has a history of supporting the (RED) organization in the past with a (PRODUCT)RED line that includes iPad Nano’s to Beats products and various accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. (RED) CEO Deborah Dugan has confirmed that Apple is the most significant contributor to the fund, totaling over $130 million as of 2017. The funds will help provide meaningful Antiretroviral medication (abbreviated as ARV) to patients in Africa. A combination of ARV drugs can suppress and even cease the HIV disease in those infected. The official (RED) Facebook page states,”90 million cases have been impacted” thorough their program.
Apple claims, “100% of the profits raised by (RED) goes to the global fund that supports HIV/AIDS grants that provide testing, counseling, treatment and prevention programs.” Which initially sounds reassuring that funds from the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 release will go directly to the cause — however the multi-national tech company failed to specify a contribution amount. It raises some concerns that Apple may not be as charitable as they’re acting out to be. With their steep projected earnings from the (PRODUCT)RED line they could easily outweigh their contributions to the cause they’re using to market a new product. Especially if their unnamed contribution numbers are minimal, to say the least.
There’s a reference of iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 colors above that you can compare. It’s undeniable that Apple has nearly doubled it’s color choices with it’s latest iPhone release. The (PRODUCT)RED color is the first bold choice they’ve offered thus far and I’m excited to try it out when I upgrade from my iPhone 6s Plus soon, just in time for the colorful Spring season. As for measuring how far my purchase will go towards saving lives — I’ll have to wait and see if Apple will ever tell.
You might have caught one of Google’s frequent advertisements recently, either online or between cable shows, nonchalantly announcing their new Pixel and Pixel XL phones capability to store unlimited photos and videos. When I saw the commercial I had this weird image in my head; of a large Google sign in a bar deciding to buy rounds for everyone in there — for life.
Now I’m one of those rare people who believes you can find free things in life. But only if you actually search for them or have someone who loves you enough to give them to you. So when Google suddenly walks up and says as long as you use this new phone I’ve built you can take as many snapshots of your brunch as you’d like and die happily, I’m just a teensy bit doubtful.
I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking, what’s the catch?
Well, there really isn’t one because this is Google we’re talking about. They help you navigate the internet in seconds, not to mention the world’s traffic-ridden streets using Google Maps. Don’t forget Youtube, arguably the most popular video viewing/sharing website in the world. Then we have Gmail, the email account everyone expects you to have when you give them a hotmail or (heaven forbid) a Yahoo! address.
Unlike the Google Photos app the tech company also offers, the Pixel phones allow you to store photos at original quality while the free version of the app requires you to upload in high quality which compresses the images. If the photos are larger than 16 megapixels you can expect them to be compressed and that can be an issue for some.
As long as the photos or videos are taken with the Pixel then there is a smart storage feature that will automatically upload them when you reach either the 23GB space limit for the normal Pixel or 128GB for the Pixel XL. The data won’t count towards your account quota and you can see that by going to Settings > Storage > Manage Storage. You can enable/disable Smart Storage feature from there and customize the removal frequency from 30, 60, or 90 days.
So you do get unlimited storage on the Pixel phones, not to mention in high resolution at any size. Which I’ll admit is very appealing, when I think about my own never-ending iPhone 6S storage issues. Just imagine it, uploading multiple videos and photos on a Pixel phone and having them automatically uploaded to cloud storage. No need for an elimination process, deciding which photos to save and which to delete to spare the future headache of being blocked with a storage capacity alert, right as you’re taking the perfect selfie.