The wait is finally over. The Smartphones iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were finally released in a glittering ceremony in San Francisco. As Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, unveiled the mobile devices which come with a host of new features, the Internet was inundated with reviews of the new devices.
As a technology-enabled learning professional, I believe Apple’s new Smartphones can help deliver better experiences to mobile learners. The new devices come with three best in class features.
- Powerful cameras (a 12 megapixel camera on the rear and a 7 megapixel camera on the front)
- Bluetooth stereo speakers
- A high speed A10 processor
Let us now see how these features of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus help deliver good mobile learning.
Creation of high quality learning videos is now simple
Videos can be rendered very well on mobile devices and are used extensively by creators of mobile content. According to a report published by Cisco, mobile video traffic accounted for 55 percent of the total mobile data traffic in 2015, and this figure is likely to increase to 75 percent by 2020. Mobile learning designers are taking full advantage of the video medium to deliver engaging, effective training.
The cameras of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus go a long way in producing videos of high quality. The 12 megapixel camera is power-packed with advanced optical image stabilization capabilities, a 28mm wide-angle lens with a f/1.8 aperture, and a sensor that can operate 60 percent faster than before. Furthermore, the mobile devices come with LED-backlit IPS LCD, which Apple claims to provide superior viewing experiences, even in low-light situations. 1
Delivery of movie-like learning experiences is now possible
Remember the movie Jaws? The audio cues, indicating something is going to happen, kept us on the edge of our seats. Many mobile learning designers intend to use sound effects similar to these to make learners excited and ensure high levels of engagement. A powerful stereo speaker can be very useful to deliver these sound effects well.
Apple’s new products come with Bluetooth stereo headphones that help ensure movie-like experiences to their users. Although high power speakers have been commonplace in the world of mobile devices, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are trendsetters in this regard. 2 Apple states the iPhone 7 delivers twice the volume and a wider frequency range than the previous iPhone. These devices indeed deliver better experiences. 3
Issues of loading are now things of the past
One of the major challenges in ensuring good learner experiences on mobile devices is issues in loading of videos, graphics, and other “heavy learning material”. These issues often frustrate learners, resulting in poor learning. The solution to this problem is a high power microprocessor that can deliver better multimedia performance.
Apple’s new products finally seem to bring these problems to an end. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus utilize Apple’s very powerful processor, the A10 Fusion. It is a 64-bit quad-core processor that’s 40 percent faster than the A9 in the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The first two cores enable high-performance actions, while the remaining two ensure high-efficiency. 4
Apple’s latest Smartphones iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus facilitate effective mobile learning. They have two powerful cameras that help shoot learning videos of high quality. They come with stereo headphones that provide highly engaging movie-like experiences. The microprocessor used in these devices is the A10 Fusion, which is very fast and resolves loading problems. Which other features of these Smartphones do you think are useful? We’d love to know.