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iPhone X selling, iFixit teardown, Wall Street, iPad sales up, Watch sales up too


Apple’s first iPhone X sales began in Australia & New Zealand — Apple’s first retail sales of the iPhone X were underway from Friday, having begun wolrdwide at stores in Australia and New Zealand.
CEO Tim Cook tweeted “a big thank-you to all our customers in Sydney,” [where there are actual Apple Stores, not licensed Resellers as in NZ] sharing a photo of two of the first customers, both of whom bought a pair of iPhones. The iPhone X is an expensive prospect in New Zealand, starting at $1799 [or US $1243] and in Australia, A$1579 or about $1218 – both well over the $999 it costs in the US.
The debut brought enthusiastic lines to Union Square in san Francisco, and if you got one, here are tips and techniques to get you started. Here’s how to add a virtual Home button, a Guided Tour video walks users through iPhone X Face IDApple Insider posted an ‘ultimate’ Face ID test, Animoji, and more,
Apple has seeded iPhone X-specific version of iOS 11.2 beta 2 to developers.

Dual batteries, layered logic boards revealed in iPhone X teardown — The customary teardown of the iPhone X by iFixit, within hours of its release, reveals Apple has made considerable changes to the internal design of the smartphone, including its layered logic boards and the use of two battery cells, a first for the product line.

Wall Street raises targets as Apple wows with iPhone 8 launch quarter, and as hype rose for iPhone X — With a better-than-expected iPhone 8 launch quarter, and a highly anticipated debut for the flagship iPhone X, investors on Wall Street are riding high on Apple stock, pushing shares into uncharted territory as analysts increase their forecasts to trillion-dollar market cap levels. Apple’s iPhone 8 has done better than expected, Cook claims.

iPad sales are up, but the overall tablet market declined 4.5% in the third quarter — The third quarter of 2017 (3Q17) closed with 40 million tablets shipped globally, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. And Apple’s iPad did better than most.

The Apple Watch sees its third consecutive quarter of 50% growth — Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the Apple Watch saw unit growth of over 50% for the third consecutive quarter during Apple’s fiscal 2017 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 30. As usual, he didn’t mention how many units were sold.
Apple Watch laid the foundation for iPhone X, claims Apple Insider.

iOS 10, iPhone 7, ExoLens, Apple Watch Series 2


The US $250 ExoLens Pro Telephoto Kit has Optics by ZEISS
The US $250 ExoLens Pro Telephoto Kit has Optics by ZEISS

iOS 10 — At first glance, the lock screen hasn’t changed much in iOS 10. But once I started poking around in the public beta, it was obvious there was more than meets the eye. Apple has made a number of additions, improvements, and changes to the iOS 10 lock screen, and some of them might be a little disorienting. Just because you can technically install and run iOS 10 on an iPhone 5 and 5c doesn’t mean you’ll be able to use all of its features. Obvious limitations like 3D Touch and Apple Pay aside, here are some of the iOS 10 features you’ll miss if you’re running the iPhone 5 or 5c.
With the launch of iOS 10, there is Voicemail Transcription [Voicemail wasn’t properly supported in NZ as a telco policy]. Apple has made one very important change that could affect the lives of millions of other people, too: users can now register to become an organ donor directly from within the Health app, at least in the US. And Apple cracking down on gif search terms in iOS 10 Messages after porn discovery.

iPhone 7 — Apple fans have lined up worldwide for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2. Apple’s iPhone 7 & 7 Plus survive early drop and water testsThe iPhone 7 solid-state home button works on capacitive touch, gloved users take note. Apple updated its iconic home button from a mechanical push-button design to a solid-state sensor stack, meaning it requires direct contact with skin, or a capacitive glove, to operate. The gang at iFixIt took a look at what contributes to that stellar IP67 rating. Here’s how to force reboot your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, since the procedure has changed.

ExoLens previews new products for the iPhone 7/7 Plus — ExoLens has announced four new products for the iPhone 7/7 Plus. The $199.99 ExoLens Pro Wide-Angle Kit (pictured) with Optics by ZEISS is a pro-level, mobile accessory lens for photographers, artists, and journalists. Camera app makers tap into RAW power with iOS, and look forward to dual lenses.

iFixIt tears down the Apple Watch Series 2 — The gang at iFixIt, who tears apart tech products so you don’t have to, has completed its teardown of the Apple Watch Series 2. They say that, or the most part, the Series 2 is a typical second revision Apple device: it looks almost exactly the same on the outside, but it’s super refined and a bit easier to work with on the inside. And here’s a closer look at Apple Watch Series 2 and the long path Apple took to the world of wearables.