Friday, September 16, 2016

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus


The iPhone 7, as launched in the recent Apple event, brings a lot of improvements from its previous iPhone models such as its advanced camera features, increased battery life, more powerful processor, brighter display, splash and water resistance, better speakers and sleeker design.

Available in colors, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and an additional finish which is Jet Black, the new iPhone 7 is splash and water resistant. It is constructed with strong 7000 Series aluminum.

The new Home button is responsive and pressure sensitive. It works together with the Taptic Engine for precise tactile feedback when you press it. Running iOS 10, this iPhone model also has Touch ID, a fingerprint sensor, that offer ease and security.

The iPhone 7 boasts its improved camera features. Its 12MP rear camera comes with optical image stabilization that lessens blur due to handshake and motion. It also has a sensor that provides up to 3x longer exposure compared to iPhone 6s and with a ƒ/1.8 aperture, it can take excellent low-light photos. It also has four smart LEDs that flashes 50% brighter than the iPhone 6s.


The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, has 12MP two cameras: one wide angle and one telephoto camera. Its cameras have an optical zoom at 2x and digital zoom at 10x. With this dual camera system, it can produce DSLR-quality photos.


Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have Retina HD display with wide color gamut and 3D Touch. It is 25% brighter and can display cinema‑standard colors.


The A10 Fusion chip powering both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has two high‑performance cores and two high‑efficiency cores that can run at up to 2x the speed of iPhone 6. Aside from a powerful processor, these iPhones have longer battery life than its previous models.


In terms of audio, it now comes with a speaker system which is 2x louder than the iPhone 6s. It also has earpods with a lightning connector and AirPods, the new wireless headphones.

The iPhone 7 offers 3x faster LTE connection than the iPhone 6 up to 25 bands and speed up to 450Mbps. With this feature, you can enjoy worldwide roaming. It also supports  Wi-Fi connections.

Here's a quick look on the features and some specs:


Watch this video of the iPhone 7/7 Plus introduction:




So, did the features mentioned above convince you to buy the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus? Shop at MetroSix!


Sunday, September 4, 2016

iPhone 7/7 Plus Specs, Features and Design Rumors

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus announcement, as part of the big Apple event to be held on Sep. 7, 2016, is a much anticipated event for iOS phone lovers.


According to TechRadar, it’s going to be slimmer than the iPhone 6s with improved water resistance and no antenna bands. The screen sizes would be 4.7 inch  for the iPhone 7 and 5.5 inch for the iPhone 7 Plus. CNET and MacRumors mentioned that there’s going to be 5 colors available: Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Rose Gold and the new addition, Space or Gloss Black.


The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will also have two higher-quality camera lenses and extra LED flashes in Engadget’s article. It will also be powered by an A10 chip. It will run iOS 10 as it is also expected to be launched on the same day, says TheVerge.


In Forbes’s and MacWorld’s article, the storage capacities would be 32GB to 256GB with 2GB of RAM. Battery capacity will also be increased. There will be no more 3.5mm audio jack for wired headphones but according to IBTimes there’s going to be a wireless bluetooth earphones, “AirPods”, developed by Apple. There will also be a lightning cable port for charging.


There’s also a possibility of an iPhone 7 Pro release according to Digital Trends.


For quick look, here’s a list:

Available Colors:
Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Rose Gold
and Gloss Black (others call it Space Black)
Screen Sizes:
4.7” and 5.5”
Storage Capacity:
32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB
RAM:
2GB and 3GB
Processor:
A10 Chip
iOS:
iOS 10
Cameras:
Dual lense camera for 5.5”, 12MP rear and 5MP front
Headphones:
Wireless Bluetooth (EarPods or AirPods)
Ports:
Lightning port for charging
Other Features:
Touch ID, improved water resistance, improved speakers, additional LED flashes, improved battery capacity


Here's CNET’s video on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Top 5 updated rumors:





We will soon find out if these rumors or leaked information are true.

Visit MetroSix for other iPhone models on sale and watch out for our iPhone 7 and 7 Plus promotion.



Monday, January 18, 2016

Makeblock Robot Kits


Makeblock robot kits are gaining popularity among robot enthusiasts wanting to share their passion for building and programming robots to their children. These are highly-recommended toys that improve children’s intellectual and logical abilities, as well as creativity. The robot kits also promote quality bonding time with their parents while finishing the projects. Adults can also enjoy these impressive devices.
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The mBot is an all-in-one educational robot designed to help kids learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) during assembly. Kids can enjoy hands-on experience about programming, electronics, and robotics.




The kit contains 38 assembly parts, color-coded RJ25 ports for wiring, tools, an instruction manual and a follower map. The kit is very easy to assemble. you can even do it in 10 minutes!
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Easily program your mBot using the drag-and-drop software mBlock. It is based on Scratch 2.0 that lets children learn programming, control the robot and discover different functions from the robot. This robot kit comes with different basic pre-assembled options like obstacle-avoidance car, line-following vehicle and remote control car. It can also be used in some games.


The mBot offers infinite extensibility as it is compatible with other Makeblock and most of Lego parts. Its electronic parts were designed and developed based on the Arduino open source ecosystem. This is definitely not just a toy!


Here are some downloadable tools for your mBot:
  1. mBot User Manual: although already included in the kit, you can still download the manual anytime.


  1. mBlock: a graphical programming environment based on Scratch 2 which is an open source code that makes it easy to program robot kits.


  1. mBlock Kids maker rocks with robots: a 12-chapter guide for programming mBot; it has game scenes for learning graphic programming, electronics, robotics.


  1. Scratch 2.0 The Adventures of Mike: a 9-chapter guide for Scratch 2.0 with interactive stories, games and animation.


  1. mBot App: free app specifically designed for the mBot robot; lets you pair your mBot with a cellphone via bluetooth. This app is available in Apple App store and Google Play; compatible with iOS 7.1 or above and with iPhones 5 or above, iPads, iPod touch, Android 2.2 and higher.


  1. mBlockly: free app that lets you control your mBlock using iOS system; available to download at Apple store; requires iOS 7.1 or above. Compatible with iPads except iPad 1 and iPad 2.

The Starter Robot Kit is an excellent choice for those that are starting the robot assembly hobby. It has beginner-friendly step-by-step easy to follow instructions. Easily learn electronics, graphic programming (Scratch) and Arduino programming. This kit can be assembled as a robot tank or a three-wheeled robot car. It is available in 3 versions: Bluetooth version, IR version, and No Electronic version.


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The kit comes complete with assembly parts such as mechanical parts, sensors and electronic modules, tools and an instruction manual. There's no need to solder as it features easy wiring.

The Starter Robot Kit is also compatible with mBlock and works on Scratch 2.0. You can program your robot by simply dragging and dropping function blocks.


Get these Makeblock Robot Kits at MetroSix at discounted prices.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

iPad Pro


The iPad Pro is the newest tablet from Apple, released in November 2015. Compared with the iPad Air 2, it is thicker by only a few millimeters, at 6.9mm thin. It is larger with its 12.9-inch diagonal display and weighs 1.57 pounds. The new iPad Pro comes in silver, gold, or space gray finish. The Wi-Fi models are available with 32GB or 128GB storage capacity, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular models are available with 128GB storage capacity.
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Here is a list of its features:

Larger and Better Retina Display
The iPad Pro has a 12.9” screen with a 2732x2048 screen resolution which is 78% larger than the iPad Air 2. View remarkably lifelike colors and deeper blacks with the highest-resolution display of any iOS device.

Multi-Touch Subsystem and Apple Pencil

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The iPad Pro has a Multi-Touch feature that makes the screen sensitive to bolt tilt and pressure and with that, the Apple Pencil (sold separately) can be used to make pixel-precision contact.

A9X Chip
This latest iPad model is powered by the new A9X chip, a third generation chip with 64-bit architecture, having similar performance to that of desktop computers. It delivers up to 1.8x the CPU performance and 2x the graphics performance of the iPad Air 2.

iOS9
iOS9, the latest, most intuitive, advanced and secure mobile operating system, delivers improved features with Siri, Multitasking and Spotlight Search. It also has new features such as Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture. Read the iOS9 article to know more about this operating system.

Slim and Light Design with Strong Enclosure
The iPad Pro has a strong and durable unibody enclosure despite its slim and light design.

Four Speaker Audio
This new iPad has four innovative speakers that have been machined directly into the unibody enclosure. The speakers provide 61% more back volume compared to previous iPad audio designs and a wider frequency range.

New Smart Keyboard

The new iPad Pro Smart Keyboard (sold separately) has a surface that is formed from a single sheet of custom-woven conductive fabric, laser ablated to precisely form each key. That conductive fabric is capable of allowing two-way flow of power and data that makes this keyboard free from batteries, cords, or on/off switches. It is fully portable and connects to the iPad Pro with a Smart Connector.
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Touch ID
The new iPad Pro also uses Touch ID technology wherein your fingerprint serves as your authentication. This advanced level of authentication makes your purchases via Apple Pay more secure.

iSight and FaceTime Cameras
Take selfies with the 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera and videos with its 720p HD video recording. The iPad Pro also has an 8MP iSight camera with Autofocus, Panorama capability of up to 43MP and 1080p HD video recording.

Wi-Fi + LTE
The iPad Pro connects to fast Wi-Fi and cellular networks and supports a wide range of LTE bands. Browse the web, download movies and share documents everywhere.

Long Battery Life
Enjoy using the iPad Pro up to 10 hours surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos or listening to music.

Shop for the new iPad Pro at MetroSix.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

iPad mini 4




The new iPad mini 4 is a welcome improvement on its previous model, the iPad mini 3. Like its predecessor, the iPad mini 4 is available in three colors: Gold, Silver and Space Gray, and with storage capacities of either 16GB, 64GB or 128GB.

Here are its features:
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Thinner and Lighter
The iPad mini 4 is only 6.1mm thin, which is 18% thinner than the iPad mini 3. The Wi-Fi only models weigh 0.65 pounds and the Wi-Fi + Cellular models weigh 0.67 pounds.


7.9-inch Retina Display
This new iPad features an anti-reflective coating that reduces glare by 56% compared with previous iPad displays. It offers 2048 ×1536 resolution and 3.1 million pixels, producing clear pictures.


A8 Chip and M8 motion coprocessor
The A8 chip with second-generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture powers the new iPad mini 4. It offers 30% faster CPU and 60% faster Graphics. With this advanced chip, you can work faster and play harder. The new M8 motion coprocessor also improves power efficiency.


10-Hour Battery Life
Work, play and do everything in between for 10 hours with the iPad mini 4.


iSight and FaceTime HD Cameras
The iPad mini 4 has an 8MP iSight with 3264×2448 native resolution and a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera that offers 720P HD video. Shoot, edit, publish and share photos or even make a timelapse video with ease.


Dual Microphones
Its dual microphones offer noise-reduction and the microphones switch too when you switch the cameras.


Touch ID
Touch ID uses the fingerprint technology for authentication which makes purchases via Apple Pay more secured. It can also instantly sign you in to secure apps with just a touch of a finger.


Fast Wireless Connectivity
The iPad mini Wi-FI only models offer Wi-Fi with advanced 802.11ac Wi‑Fi technology and MIMO support that provide connectivity with speeds up to 866 Mbps. The Wi‑Fi + Cellular models offer speeds up to 150 Mbps via LTE and support 20 LTE bands. It offers up to 50% faster cellular connectivity. Wherever you go, as long as you have Wi-FI or Cellular data, you can stay connected or even share your data connection via a personal hotspot.


If you're in the USA, you have the option to purchase the device with an Apple SIM where you can get a cellular data plan for your iPad.


iOS 9
The iPad mini 4 runs the latest mobile operating system, the iOS 9. It is the most intuitive, advanced and secure OS. It offers new features such as Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture. For more details on this iOS, read the iOS 9 post.


Built-in Apps
iPad mini 4 comes with Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, and GarageBand. You can easily install apps from the App Store.


Environment Friendly
This is made from highly recyclable materials like aluminum which has a mercury-free LCD display, arsenic-free display glass and recyclable aluminum enclosure. It is also free of BFR, PVC and Beryllium.


Shop for the new iPad mini 4 and previous models of iPads at MetroSix.