8 Apple iPhone 8 Alternatives To Buy That Are Also Apple


For a moment between the leaks and rumors, when I was actually able to consider it all — I thought about saving up and buying an Apple AAPL +0.37% iPhone 8. The Apple iPhone 8 could finally be the iPhone that looks less like an iPhone and more like a Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 screen leaks are pretty close in size and OLED greatness as the iPhone 8 screen leaks. My point is, that even with a insanely high price point and an inter-dimensional quandary, the iPhone 8 could be worth it.

Then again, it might not. $1200 for a cell phone? That’s a little wild. I literally just bought a 1998 Subaru Legacy for $1200. Of course, the price point is not only what the market will bear, but come the September keynote, something that tech journalists and fans will be cheering. Even with production delays, the iPhone 8 is still expected to be released at the same time as the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus.

Also see: Apple Finally Invents Instagram, Revolutionizing Your iPhone Photos

Gordon Kelly, who writes most of the iPhone leak articleshere at Forbes, suggests auctioning the iPhone 8 if you are able to get one before Christmas. He says this is the sensible option. While I’ve done that type of thing before (with a pair of Yeezy Boosts), perhaps you are just better off spending your $1200 on something else. Though, you’d still want something Apple related right? Well, here are eight Apple products well under $1200 you might want to buy instead of an iPhone 8:

  • Apple Newton MessagePad 2000. You can get one on eBay for under $200 in working order. Stylus pens are making a comeback, so why not be a total tech hipster and attend your morning stand-up meetings with this retro device in hand?
  • Apple Bandai Pippin. One of the worst video game systems of all time was limited to under 42,000 units actually released before it royally failed. Still cheaper than many modern cell phones. Plus you know you have a hankering to play Gus Goes to the Kooky Carnival in search of Rant.
  • Apple MacBook Air. Sure, we like our computing power in our pockets, but you can get two refurbished MacBook Air laptops for the price of one iPhone 8. Totally worth it and perfect for back to school.
  • A bag full of iPod Shuffles. Recently discontinued, now is the time to stock up on used iPod Shuffles. You can probably get about 40 4th generation iPod Shuffles for the cost of one iPhone 8. This was a great little device, I still have two. One of my favorite Apple products ever.
  • Macintosh Portable. I figure if typewriters are making a comeback, it’s only a matter of time before people start lugging around 16 pounds of 1 MB SRAM.
  • An Apple Watch. Just kidding. Apple Watches are terrible devices. Buy a Swatch instead.
  • Apple iPod Touch. Oddly enough, even with phones on the market with more storage than a base model iPod Touch, Apple still makes this. It’s not like you use your phone for actual phone calls anymore. If you hate your data plan and use WiFi like a boss, save some coin and get an iPod Touch for a fraction of the cost.
  • Around 3600 actual apples. It’s August, which means apple season is starting. Let’s say at 99 cents a pound, about three apples to a pound, you can get more than 3600 hundred apples for the price of an iPhone 8. That is some quality fiber and vitamin C right there.

Before you start taking out my knee-caps in the comments, I agree, this is total fluff. I just told myself at the start of the week that I needed to write some sort of silly tech listicle. I understand that I am no better today than the junk advertorial articles you see grouped together at the bottom of a Huffpo article.

Disclaimer aside, we are an always connected culture, consuming content in pace with our breathing. The Apple iPhone 8 will be another consumption device, programmed to be beautiful and wallet draining. It’s luxurious and smooth. So consider this instead — you can buy some nostalgia, or fruit.

Or you could just buy an iPhone 7S or iPhone 7S Plus. These will most likely be cheaper phones with a more traditional Apple iPhone design. There is a bit of wariness when considering the total sea change in design elements of the iPhone 8. I think I’ll stick to drawing on my MessagePad 2000.


SEO: 8 Free Sources of Content Inspiration

Researching keyword and social chatter can uncover content ideas — and sources of new revenue. That's what happened with Elmer's glue when it discovered children used the glue for "slime."

One of the hardest aspects of providing meaningful content on ecommerce sites is trying to determine what your audience members read as they’re shopping.

Coming up with ideas for new and compelling content isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Identify consumer desires and problems and solve them. Relax, and explore.

To be sure, generating a content idea is much different than turning the idea into, say, an article, or video, or infographic. But at this point, forget execution and lose yourself in finding the trends and patterns that indicate interest.

When you look for the trends, sometimes you find a windfall. The Elmer’s glue folks hit a home run when they saw the spike in their sales and dug into the source: the “slime” trend. Kids all over America were turning vast quantities of white glue into stretchy goop that can be pulled and twisted without making too large a mess. All Elmer’s had to do was ride the slime wave and offer great kid- and parent-friendly content that people searched for in droves.

When you’re ready to find your own slime-sized content trend, here are eight inspiration sources to investigate.

Sources of Content Inspiration

Keyword research. The first place to start when you’re looking for any content-based concept is Google Keyword Planner. Even though it only contains Google data and not information from the other engines, as the largest search engine it covers a sample size of primary data that’s unmatched by any other keyword tool. To learn more about keyword research, read “SEO How-to, Part 5: Keyword Research in Action.”

Autocomplete suggestion and question tools. As you type a search, Google shows suggestions for phrases it thinks you might be typing based on what other people have typed before you. Mine those other phrases using tools like Ubersuggest and KeywordTool. They return lists of keywords that, unlike keyword research, have no numeric value of search demand associated with each word. You can’t tell how many people are searching for each phrase, but it’s reasonable to assume that there’s enough volume behind the searches or Google wouldn’t bother to suggest them. Answer the Public offers a unique variation on the autocomplete arena, in that it returns all question-based keyword suggestions. These are especially good for determining which burning questions your customers might have regarding your products.

Competitors. What are your competitors doing? What are they missing and how can you do it better? Merely copying what the competition is doing won’t enable you to leapfrog ahead. So look for ways to improve and build on the concepts they have already begun. Let it be a source of initial ideas, not the end product.

One of the best ways to find out who your competitors truly are in natural search, and to identify what they’re doing, is to search for them. Any company that ranks anywhere on page one of the search results, or ahead of you, is a competitor regardless of what industry or niche they’re in.

Amazon questions and reviews. You may or may not sell products on Amazon, but it’s a good bet that someone sells something close to what you sell there. Scan those product reviews for areas that especially please or anger customers, and read the questions for areas that cause confusion. Those are all excellent places to identify customer passions that you can tap into to.

People do not write a review for something they don’t care about. When they do write a review or ask a question, they’re sending anyone who cares to look a signal about what’s really important — positive or negative. When enough of those signals combine on a single topic to interest you, you have something to write about.

Social listening. Social listening is a lot like keyword research — people ask or write about what they care about and push it out to anyone listening. Using free listening tools like Keyhole and Social Mention, enter keywords to identify how people are sharing related information across social networks. Depending on the tool, you’ll see sentiment, gender, related keywords, volume of activity, and the posts themselves. Try using especially interesting keywords you’ve sourced from your keyword research or autocomplete research in your social listening tool.

Sales trends. Dig into areas where your sales exceed expectations, or disappoint. You may already know what some problems or successes are around your product offering, but it’s likely you’ll uncover more using these methods. In addition to using them to create content that your customers will value, share your findings with management. A startling number of companies are blind to customer sentiment in their business strategies. Your research could fuel a larger and necessary change.

Customer service. Just as companies are blind to customer sentiment, marketing tends to be blind to customer support. Those teams work day in and day out with customers who are really excited, or more likely, really angry, about something. Learn what those somethings are. Set up a regular dialog. Creating content that speaks directly to customer support issues — answering the exact questions and complaints they receive the most frequently — will also help reduce the burden on their beleaguered support teams.

Friends and family. Don’t overlook the value of asking around. While they are nowhere close to a representative sample of your customer base, they probably have opinions about things. Ask them what they love and hate about your products or the process of buying your products. Ask them how they would find the products or information you think you want to generate.

What would they search for, and how would they talk about it in social media? Where would they buy it? Or would they even buy it, and if not, why? Promise them you won’t get mad — and keep that promise.

What’s Buzzing?

So many other places exist to find content ideas. Forums specific to your niche, customer-survey data that either has already been collected or will be collected soon, internal search keyword reports, and more.

Much of this is open-ended, free form data that needs to be trawled through and analyzed subjectively. The volume can be overwhelming. Be the judge of when you have enough data to make decisions.

Remember, you’re not looking to identify and solve every problem. You’re looking for a list of likely topics that can be turned into creative concepts. Other potential ideas can be explored in a phase two or three. This is not a one and done. Pick the biggest three or five or 10 and get rolling.

The best way to identify a truly interesting content area is to gather data from multiple sources and look across them all for trends that keep popping up. If people are buzzing about a topic in search, on Amazon reviews, in social, and on YouTube, or across other sources, it’s a pretty safe bet that there’s a large enough audience to target with your content.


This AR gaming demo has me seriously excited for the iPhone 8

iOS 11 FeaturesAugmented reality is one of the main features of iOS 11, Apple confirmed at its WWDC event last month. The iPhone maker already released the tools developers need to come up with various AR apps that will work on a variety of supported devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and we already saw a bunch of impressive demos of ARKit apps. A short video shows us what it’ll be possible for games when AR is included, and the iPhone 8 might offer us a gaming experience that’ll have no rivals.Posted on Twitter, the following video shows us a game built on the Unreal Engine platform, and adapted to work with Apple’s ARKit:

The app uses ARKit to overlay game graphics over an object in the real world, turning the entire game into an unparalleled experience.

Moving around the table or getting closer to the action will change the whole perspective, far beyond the zoom in and zoom out features that would be available in a traditional non-AR game.

These experiences should be available on a variety of devices, not just the iPhone 8. But Apple’s 2017 iPhones will feature faster chips and better graphics, which should turn them into devices that are even better suited to consume graphics-intensive AR content like the game above.

The only downside to the whole experience is that you still have to hold the iPhone in front of you and touch the screen to interact with objects. But even so, AR gaming already looks incredible in these demos.


Non-Apple chip suppliers seeing slowdown as Apple chain builds up to ‘iPhone 8’

Although chipmakers in the Apple supply chain saw their orders accelerate in June, suppliers for non-Apple devices have encountered unexpectedly slow orders this year —possibly because device makers are waiting to see what the “iPhone 8” and/or “iPhone 7s” will bring to the table, according to a report.

Story image for Apple from AppleInsider (press release) (blog)

Supply firms like MediaTek and HiSilicon have been dealing with decelerating orders, and are warning about disappointing phone chip shipments outside the Apple sphere in the third quarter, DigiTimessources said on Monday. The people claimed that orders for non-Apple devices should have gathered steam between April and August, but that instead, suppliers don’t expect orders to rise significantly until the fourth quarter —after a likely September announcement of new iPhones.

Apple’s main processor manufacturer, TSMC, has seen its non-Apple clients favor 12-nanometer chips instead of 10-nanometer ones, the sources added. The “iPhone 8” and/or the “iPhone 7s” are expected to use a 10-nanometer “A11” processor, and in fact the sources suggested that iPhone sales will likely fuel demand for TSMC’s 10-nanometer technology through the first quarter of 2018.

Multiple reports have hinted at production delays for new iPhones, particularly the “iPhone 8.” That device is expected to have an edge-to-edge, 5.8-inch OLED display, swapping out a physical home button for a virtual one. Flexible circuit boards as well as embedding Touch ID into the display may be creating issues —it has even been suggested that Apple could replace Touch ID with the phone’s rumored 3D facial recognition technology.

While a September announcement is widely predicted, it’s possible that Apple won’t actually deliver the “iPhone 8” until October or later —or it might only have a small number of units ready in September.


8 fitness Instagrammers to follow for inspiration

Image result for 8 fitness Instagrammers to follow for inspirationInspiration! What is it? Where can you find it? What does it mean to you?

Many of us follow certain people specifically for inspiration. I have been doing it for years, and I’ll continue to seek out others who motivate me.

That is one of the great thing about today’s world — we have no shortage of inspirational people that we can gain access to simply by giving them a follow on social media. My favorite social media outlet just happens to be Instagram. If you’re looking for some new motivation or quite simply some really extraordinary people to follow, here is a list of my six favorite fitness Instagrammers.

1. The Rock (@therock)

I’ve never met the Rock but would love to hit the gym with him some day. The only problem is his 4 a.m. wake-up call. As the most popular actor in the world, this guy has to get up before dawn if he wants to make it happen. His schedule is hectic, but his dedication is unwavering. He never misses his gym time, and he knows how to grind. His positive attitude is contagious. He really is on another level.

2. Alexandra Raisman (@alyraisman)

Talk about working the room! Aly has been my favorite gymnastics star to follow over the past several years. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and has blossomed into a gem of a woman. She is sweet and positive, not to mention an amazingly well put-together athlete. After working with a gymnastics coach over the past few years, I can’t imagine the hours of training she had to go through to get to that level. Her years of training really paid off for her. Did I mention she’s a rock star?

3. Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold)

One of the fiercest competitors on the planet, Jordan is an Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion wrestler. The guy knows how to get the job done. Jordan, who wrestled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a true student of his sport and never takes his time for granted. Especially his training time. His goals are as big and lofty as they come. Despite his unwavering confidence, he is down to earth and humble. Just the way a champion should be!

4. Coco Ho (@xococoho)

Talk about an absolute babe! Coco is professional surfer who lives and trains in Hawaii. Needless to say I’m jealous of both her lifestyle and her tan. She hits the water often and is always super adventurous. She truly embodies the Aloha spirit, and I just adore her. I started following her after attending the Surfer Poll Awards a few years back. She is such a positive and hard working soul.

5. Kerrie Walsh Jennings (@kerrileewalsh)

Every volleyball player, whether you play court, mud, or sand, knows who Kerri Walsh is. Dubbed the “greatest beach volleyball teammate of all time,” this three-time Olympic gold medalist and mother of three is still pounding away, blocking her way and serving up aces at age 38. She maintains her athleticism by hitting the gym often. What an inspiring mama!


Apple Leak ‘Confirms’ iPhone 8 Is Massive

Supersized smartphones is clearly the trend of 2017: massive new displays crammed inside phones with super skinny bezels. And the iPhone 8 looks set to make the biggest leap of them all…

Following multiple design leaks and cases sent to me from third parties, new information from Weibo (via Slashleaks) again illustrates exactly how Apple AAPL -1.43% will radically enlarge the iPhone in 2017.

iPhone 8 design with enlarged display based on leaked leaks. Image credit: iDrop News

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iPhone 8 concept with massive new display based on multiple leaks. Image credit: iDrop News

As you see below the new leaked protective panels (like leak after leak in recent weeks) perfectly matches renders, schematics and third party cases – some of which are already on sale showing the level of confidence Apple’s peripheral partners have.

iPhone 8 leaks continue to consistently match leaked cases, schematics and renders


iPhone 8 leaks continue to consistently match leaked cases, schematics and renders. Image credit: Weibo

And what all these cases, images and schematics show is a dramatic shift from the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 to a 5.8-inch iPhone 8. This 1.1-inch increase is larger even than Samsung’s jump from 2016’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to the new ‘Infinity Displays’ on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

That said it is expected iPhone 8 users will lose some of this extra space to a new ‘Function Area’, a bottom notification and shortcut area in iOS 11 which will replace the home button and space lost to the ‘cut-out’ on the top bezel which houses the front facing camera and sensors. Regardless it is a dramatic size increase.

Concept of the iOS 11 'function area' for the iPhone 8 which is expected to be used for contextual controls and notifications. Image credit: iDrop News

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Concept of the iOS 11 ‘function area’ for the iPhone 8 which is expected to be used for contextual controls and notifications. Image credit: iDrop News

Needless to say, sceptics will (perhaps correctly) point out it is only when Tim Cook holds the iPhone 8 aloft at its official unveiling that we can know these changes are 100% real. But I think we’re fast approaching a level of consistency and certainty (especially combined with the historical accuracy of leaks in recent years) where we can say this is what the new iPhone will look like.

In fact I’m calling it: this is what the new iPhone will look like.

iPhone 8 leaked schematic again matches perfectly. Image credit: Benjamin Geskin