Dr Mac on iPhone 7 Plus, camera rocks, managing Siri, Skype, watchOS 3 Dock


Dr Mac’s first impression: iPhone 7 Plus — Bob LeVitus has been using a Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB of storage and testing it side-by-side with its predecessor, an iPhone 6s Plus with 128GB ever since. Here are his first impressions of iPhone 7 Plus after just 48 hours, including noticing that the stereo speakers on the iPhone 7 Plus are louder and clearer, and sound way better than any iPhone before it. Bob also writes “…let me close by saying the iPhone 7 Plus camera is the best I’ve ever seen, and its new Portrait camera mode (now in beta) is nothing short of astonishing. Check out this example and see if you can figure out which one was shot using Portrait mode.”

And that’s not surprising, since Apple’s iPhone 7 camera tops competition despite smaller sensor in DxOMark review — Imaging specialist DxO recently wrapped up its evaluation of Apple’s iPhone 7, noting the new smartphone flagship raises an already high bar set by previous models thanks to Digital Cinema (DCI-P3) colour gamut support, class-leading image stabilisation, fast autofocus and other enhancements.

Managing Siri’s third party app voice control in iOS 10 — iOS 10 opens Siri to third party apps so you can say things like, “Hey Siri, get me an Uber.” If you don’t want Siri calling rides for you, or Siri says it can’t, it’s time for a trip to your iPhone’s Settings to manage which apps Siri can control. Read on to learn how.

Skype adds Lock Screen and Siri integration on iOS 10 — With version 6.25, Skype for iOS brings two iOS 10 features forward: lock screen and Siri integration. Now when you get a Skype call, your iPhone rings just like it would for a normal phone call.

Configure your new Dock in watchOS 3 — Melissa Holt points out that you may have heard that watchOS 3 eliminated the Friends view, which you used to be able to access by pressing the side button once. Now pressing that button will instead bring up the Dock.