Is the iPhone 7 Worth It?

The new iPhone 7 is here, and just as we expected, people are lining up to purchase it. By now, a fair number of people have gotten their hands on the device and have quite a bit to say. If you’re still trying to figure out whether you want to drop some cash on the iPhone 7, here are a couple of aspects of the device to consider:

Pro: Camera

Apple’s executives have been talking about how precise these cameras are, and they weren’t kidding. While camera review sites such as the DPReview have not yet put these cameras to the test, it’s clear that these are the best smartphone cameras to ever exist. The only cameras that come close are Samsung’s cameras on the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy Note 7, though it’s hard to say which of these Galaxy devices comes in second for camera quality after the iPhone 7.

Professional photographer Austin Mann reviewed the camera and took some truly mind-boggling photos. But perhaps you don’t believe the quality of the camera from this review. After all, Mann is a professional. But typical users can capture images just as impressive. If you don’t believe me, check out some incredible iPhone 7 photos from Reddit here.

Con: “Hissgate”

You may remember that the iPhone 6 evoked a phenomenon called “Bendgate”, named after the fact that the phones were bending. This, of course, was a result of people either putting their phones in their back pockets, or intentionally bending their phones to make a point. The controversy soon died down and people flooded in to buy the new iPhone 6 regardless.

After the release of the iPhone 7, “Hissgate” may be the new “Bendgate.” A number of people have complained to Apple that their phones are letting out a strange humming sound when using processor-intensive apps, like gaming apps. People have even tweeted clips of their phones creating the sound. We will have to wait and see how Apple handles these complaints, and whether this deters people from buying the iPhone 7.

The long-anticipated iPhone 7 is finally here and, like all new devices, it is being met with mixed reviews. We’ll have to see how well the product does, but if the track record of most other Apple devices is any clue, the iPhone 7 will probably sell just fine.

The Internet of Things Is Drastically Changing Retail

The Internet of Things is beginning to make its mark on various industries. Most large companies are using IoT (Internet of Things) technologies or are planning to use them. IoT technologies can be used to gather data in order to help companies better serve customers and to be more efficient. But there is an industry that has already incorporated IoT technology to a large degree. That industry is retail.

Venkat-Janapareddy-bag-839602_960_720The landscape of the retail industry is rapidly transforming due to IoT technology. This revolutionary data-sharing technology has created a number of new opportunities in customer service, in brick-and-mortar stores, in the supply chain and more. IoT technology has also made its way into a number of home-based connected platforms. IoT technology has also been used to track inventory through the installation of smart shelves that can detect when inventory is low. Goods can be tracked throughout the supply chain using RFID sensors.

IoT technology has played a large role in shifting the consumer experience. In today’s world, consumers expect to have a seamless shopping experience, whether they are on an e-commerce site or if they’re shopping at a brick-and-mortar store. Many steps are being taken to shape what a connected store would look like and to make that dream a reality. Some stores have systems that send shoppers personalized digital coupons when they come into the store. Electronic shelf labels with dynamic pricing are also a key part of IoT technology’s role in the consumer’s experience. Other examples include self-checkout using smartphones and interactive digital signs that sense who is in front of them in order to tailor promotions to that individual.

This potential for growth utilizing IoT technology is largely thanks to long-range, low-power Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi and other indoor location-based technologies let retailers bring IoT technology into the store and experiment with the ways that it can improve the customer experience while still maintaining the customers’ privacy.

IoT technology is also altering retail supply chain and delivery operations. In the world of retail, there is a need to understand where the goods are and how up-to-date they are. IoT technology can provide a lot of this information. It allows for better visibility and can also help to prevent the loss of goods. IoT technology can also be utilized to measure how environmental factors like heat are affecting goods. When goods are damaged, IoT technology can help people figure out the exact location and time of the damage, therefore making it possible to identify what party is responsible.

IoT technology is also able to help automate and optimize the supply chain. Shelf sensors can be installed in stores and warehouse systems so that they can re-order products when inventories reach low levels. This can lead to increased accuracy of inventory accounting as well as a reduction in out-of-stocks and a decrease in product loss.

Like all new advances in technology, the Internet of Things does come with its challenges. The biggest challenge is simply how quickly it is evolving and the wide variety of technologies that can be connected. The largest issue regarding IoT technology in retail is figuring out how to analyze, manage, and act on the large amounts of data that are coming in from all of the connected devices.

IoT technology will truly become a key part of the retail industry when merchants realize that the goal of IoT technology is to change business outcomes. IoT technology has the power to create a new revenue stream, new customer experiences, and new business models. It’s only a matter of time before IoT technology transforms the way we think about retail.