Want a jet black iPhone 7 or any iPhone 7 Plus? Better order online; Apple Store supplies will be low

According to TechCrunch, Apple has released a statement saying that customers can expect limited quantities of iPhone 7 in Apple Stores when the phones go on sale Friday morning. And the iPhone 7 in the new jet black color is completely sold out, as are all colors of iPhone 7 Plus.

With news that Sprint and T-Mobile have seen records during the pre-sale period, it seems that customers are buying up the multiple improvements in iPhone 7 in droves and are not as concerned as some of us media folks were that Apple did not deliver the complete redesign that many of us wanted.

Incidentally, ordering a standard black iPhone 7 (32 gb Verizon version) on Apple’s website Thursday morning yielded a home delivery between Sept. 30 and Oct. 4. Ordering the same color in the Plus yielded a 2-3 week delivery zone.

Below is Apple’s statement.


We couldn’t be happier with the initial response to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and we are looking forward to beginning sales through our retail stores and partners around the world.
Beginning Friday, limited quantities of iPhone 7 in silver, gold, rose gold, and black will be available for walk-in customers at Apple retail stores. During the online pre-order period, initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus in all finishes and iPhone 7 in jet black sold out and will not be available for walk-in customers. Availability at partner locations for all finishes may vary and we recommend checking directly with them.
Customers can continue to order all models in all colors on apple.com. We sincerely appreciate our customers’ patience as we work hard to get the new iPhone into the hands of everyone who wants one as quickly as possible.

Special effects in Apple’s new iOS 10 not working? Here’s how to fix them

Yesterday, Apple released its much anticipated iOS 10 software for its users. The software will come standard in the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which will hit stores Friday. But users of some older iPhones and iPads can take advantage of a series of software-based improvements that will make their older devices more useful.

Of course, some users had issues with the software causing their hardware to crash Tuesday, though by Tuesday evening Apple seemed to have that under control.

But one other problem some users appear to be having is that they are unable to use the new special effects suite in iMessage that allows users to send flying balloons, use “invisible ink” and other fun little tricks.

Good news? It’s a simple fix.

The problem is the iPhone’s “Reduce Motion” setting is togged on. Because these are, well, motion effects, you need to turn it off to get them work.

How to do that? Go to Settings, then General, then Accessibility and then Reduce Motion. Slide it off and you can send all manner of special effect texts to all of your iMessage friends.



In advance of iPhone 7, X-doria releases suite of new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases. We examine

Ok, so you ordered your new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus last night and you’re probably, like many folks, thinking about the best way to keep it looking nice. And if you bought the new Jet Black color, do know that Apple says it is prone to scratching, so it’s best to find a case for it.

So on the morning of the official iPhone 7 preorder day, X-doria sent us a whole suite of cases to try out. Of course, we don’t have the iPhone 7 to put them on, but we did have a few iPhone 6s and 6 Pluses to put the cases on and try out.

So let’s dig in and see some of what X-doria has to offer.

Defense Lux Series


At $50, this is the king of the X-doria line, but the defense lux series is relatively thin with all the cutouts for the new speaker system and larger camera window, and it’s really much larger than in the past. img_2397


It comes in four colors — black carbon, blue gold, black leather and rose gold — and has a grippy backing to it that just feels good in the hand. More importantly, it doesn’t add a ton of bulk.

The case has a soft rubber inner-layer and a harder polycarbonate backing with an aluminum outer frame. It’s got metallic button covers, too.

It’s got a raised lip in the front and is designed, X-Doria says, to withstand 6-foot-6 drops to concrete. Best of all? It’s not ultra-bulky. Attached to the iPhone 6, this case looks sharp. Only the camera hole just looks Donald Trump HUUUUGGEEE on the older model.





At $29.99, this case has a polycarbonate back to cover the rear, and ours was clear so you could show off your color. The front has a fold-over leatherette covering with slots to put credit cards inside. It’s got a nice clean look and it’s not too expensive. It doesn’t provide the most protection in the world, but does give you the option to go sans-wallet in a pinch.














A little surprisingly, our favorite case of the bunch was the $24.99 Impact Pro. It’s a clear case with colored edges, which is best to show off your shiny black iPhone 7 and keep it protected.img_2380

X-Doria says it’s got two layers of impact protecting rubber: a clear outer edge lining that helps you grip the phone (we can attest this works very well) and an inner layer of what it calls PolyOne shock absorbing polymer. This helps, the company says, deflect the force of impact away from your phone.

On the back side there is a hard shell and the case has a raised lip.img_2379

It’s a handsome case and a pretty decent little bargain.

To see the full line of X-Doria cases, visit their website.