iPhone X November 3, Portrait Lighting, BNZ Apple Pay, Snowden on iPhone encryption, training Siri, HomeKit Hue, cars with wireless charging

Siri and you both benefit from a little training

Apple stores [in countries where Apple stores exist, ie now New Zealand] will have iPhone X launch units for walk-in customers but arrive early — Apple has revealed it will have limited inventory of the iPhone X available for walk-in customers the day of its November 3 release. However, the company added that prospective buyers are “encouraged to arrive early,” as availability will be limited.
Preorders for the iPhone X begin Friday in the following countries ahead of the Nov. 3 launch: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, the US and US Virgin Islands.

iPhone X video shot at Apple HQ shows practical use of Apple Pay, Animoji — A YouTube video shot inside the One Infinite Loop Apple headquarters Caffe Macs restaurant depicted the iPhone X “in the wild,” being used to pay for a meal with Apple Pay, as well as other basic uses. Soon the video was removed, but remained on Reddit.

Apple posted two video tutorials for Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus — Apple has added two video tutorials to YouTube, guiding people through the Portrait Lighting mode on the iPhone 8 Plus.

BNZ flips switch on Apple Pay in New Zealand — The Bank of New Zealand on Tuesday NZ time activated Apple Pay integration for customers living in New Zealand, making it the second major financial institution to provide support for Apple’s service in the region after the ANZ [both banks are actually owned in Australia]. 

Snowden says FBI doesn’t really need Apple to unlock iPhone — Edward Snowden slammed the FBI on Friday for its claim that only Apple can unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone that the agency is battling over in a federal court.

Using the New Live Photos Bounce Effect in iOS 11 — One of the latest features for Live Photos is the ability to add effects to your animated images. For example, you can now make your Live Photos have a ‘bounce’ effect, where the animation runs continuously forwards and backwards. Watch as Jeff Butts shows you how to achieve the new Live Photos Bounce Effect in this video tutorial.
You can also take Live Photos during FaceTime calls.

How to use and train Apple’s Siri for Messages, Calendar, and iTunes Music on your iPhone — Between new users, and long-time iPhone owners just getting into Siri, there are a lot of people trying out Apple’s voice recognition technology every day and getting upset it’s not exactly like a Star Trek computer.
Siri does need training to be as good as it can, and to assist in that endeavour, here is a series of phrases and query construction tips to get started with.

How to customise Philips Hue Dimmer Switches to control any Apple HomeKit devices — A recent firmware update for the Philips Hue lighting lineup has given HomeKit compatibility to the company’s affordable dimmer switches. That means you can now customise the switches to your liking, making them control a multitude of HomeKit accessories beyond Hue bulbs. AppleInsider shows you how to do it.

Apple identifies automakers with wireless charging supporting iPhone 8 & 8 Plus — Apple has issued a new support document identifying which auto brands —and in some cases, specific vehicles – offer iPhone 8-compatible wireless chargers. [I honestly fail to understand what the big deal is here. You really can’t plug a little cable in, it’s too much effort?]