Tag Archives: iPhone

Speakers and video, 2 free games, Harry Potter, best puzzlers, Workflow, Lynn Uni, InVisage acquired

(Image from iFixit)

Apple’s iPhone X speakers sound off louder than iPhone 8 Plus — Despite sharing many features under the hood, the iPhone X’s speakers appear to be more powerful than what you hear on the iPhone 8 Plus. There’s also a video comparison of Apple’s iPhone X speakers vs Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, with the iPhone X’s stereo speakers having a clear advantage in built-in audio over Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone.

FStoppers Video compares iPhone X vs Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 4K video — One of the first tests that almost everyone does with a new iPhone is to try out the camera, as it’s usually better than the previous iteration. FStoppers went one step further, doing side-by-side 4K video comparisons with the iPhone X and a 2017 Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5. The site concludes “The iPhone X has dual cameras on the back (24mm and 55mm equivalent) and both of them performed shockingly well.”

Free-to-play South Park: Phone Destroyer and PES 2018 Mobile iPhone games land on the App Store — Two games from very different franchises arrived in the App Store this week, with South Park: Phone Destroyer introducing crude humor to the card collection genre, while PES 2018 Mobile’s annual refresh adds real-time multiplayer with friends.

Niantic follows up Pokemon Go with Harry Potter AR game for iPhone — Game developer Niantic’s follow-up to the popular Pokemon Go could end up being a similar game but within a different major franchise, with Harry Potter: Wizards Unite being prepared for launch sometime in 2018, complete with augmented reality and travel-based gameplay elements.

techconnect’s 12 best iPhone and iPad puzzle games — Give your brain an enjoyable workout with these varied, brilliant puzzle picks.

Apple updates Workflow with iOS 11 & iPhone X optimisations — Apple has updated its Workflow automation app for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch with optimizations for the iPhone X, as well as support for various iOS 11 features.

Lynn University named an Apple Distinguished School for its iPad learning program — Lynn University has been selected as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017–2019 for its iPad-powered learning program. This marks the third consecutive time that Lynn has been named a Distinguished School for continuous innovation in learning, teaching and its environment and for showing documented results of academic accomplishment.

Apple acquires photo sensor technology company InVisage — Apple has apparently purchased decade-old InVisage technology, a company behind the QuantumFilm technology that takes up less space than traditional camera sensors and with better performance characteristics.

iPhone X gestures, wallpapers with notch

Video of all iPhone X gestures and interactions in under 5 minutes — The home button is now a thing of the past with Apple’s flagship iPhone X, leaving users with new gestures and interactions to get the job done. AppleInsider shows you all of the new iPhone X gestures and interactions, including Reachability Mode.

Template avoids the iPhone X Notch in custom wallpapers — Designing around the iPhone X display notch when designing custom wallpapers can be a little annoying if you aren’t exactly sure how much of your graphic it’ll hide. The Mac Observer has a free template that takes out the guess work, and it’s free to download.
The notch is the back area at the top of the iPhone X display where the front-facing cameras and Face ID sensors sit. The image on the display wraps up on either side of the notch making the horns. You can see your wallpaper in the horns, but not the notch.

Best phone, 14 more countries, ElevationDock 4, market control, more profits, Indian manufacturing

iPhone X camera comes out well too

iPhone X Super Retina HD gets A+ from DisplayMate: “best performing smartphone display we have ever tested” — In evaluating the new iPhone X display, Dr Raymond M. Soneira of DisplayMate called it the “most innovative” and “best performing smartphone display we have ever tested,” noting in particular its leading absolute colour accuracy, the highest full screen brightness for an OLED smartphone, highest full screen contrast rating in ambient light and highest contrast ratio, with the lowest screen reflectance and smallest brightness variation with a viewing angle.

DxOMark: the iPhone X is the best smartphone for taking still pics — With a Photo score of 101, the Apple iPhone X achieves the best results so far for still images, edging out the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the previous joint leaders in DxOMark’s Photo ranking, by one point. DxoMark is an industry standard for camera and lens image quality measurements.

iPhone X availability expands to 14 more countries before the end of November — Following what appears to have been a blockbuster first weekend of sales of the iPhone X, Apple has announced it is expanding sales of the device to 14 more countries on November 23 and November 24.

ElevationDock 4 is first MFi-certified Lightning dock to work one-handed — Accessory maker ElevationLab is back at it with a fourth-generation iPhone and iPad charging dock, using an integrated Lightning connector, adjustable plug and back, and micro suction cups to allow for sturdy one-handed undocking.

Analysts claim iPhone continues to control US smartphone market in Q3 — Apple is continuing to lead other smartphone manufacturers in terms of smartphone shipments to the United States in the third quarter, according to Strategy Analytics, despite an alleged dip in iPhone shipments during the period, and an overall year-on-year contraction of the US smartphone market.

Apple reaping higher profits from each iPhone X sold than iPhone 8, analysis claims — Despite the expense of technologies like a 5.8-inch, edge-to-edge OLED display and a 3D facial recognition camera, the iPhone X is actually more profitable per-device than the iPhone 8, according to a research estimate published on Monday.

iPhone assembler Wistron reportedly looking to expand its facilities in India — Wistron, Apple’s primary assembler in India, is is scouting for about 100 acres of land in Bangalore to expand its facilities, reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

New iPhones selling well, iPhone X tip, temp fix, NHS app in the UK, X ‘most breakable’, online training, neighbour app

Dark Mode on iPhone X lengthens battery life

iPhone 8, iPhone X active use data suggests that the pair crush iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 first-week metrics — A new study about actual users of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X shows that combined adoption of the two models during the first few days of use as a percentage of the total user base is higher than that of the iPhone 6s or 7 at the same time in rollout.

iPhone X tips: maximize battery life with ‘dark mode’ inverted colors and grayscale — Apple’s switch to an OLED display on the iPhone X means users who dig into the settings of the device can squeeze out more battery life, reducing the power consumption of the screen and extending the time needed between charges. AppleInsider tells you how to do it.

Apple offers temporary fix for iOS 11 ‘i’ bug until future software update arrives — Apple has acknowledged the existence of a bug in iOS 11 concerning the autocorrection of the letter ‘i,’ by offering affected users a work around via its support pages until a software update is released that solves the issue.

Always on call: UK’s NHS pilot provides video consultations via iOS app — The National Health Service in the United Kingdom is piloting a scheme that would allow patients to be seen by a local doctor using a video call on an iPhone, a move that could help reduce the waiting times for patients to see a doctor, as well as reducing the need to visit the physical doctor’s surgery.

SquareTrade iPhone X drop-test video disagrees with iFixit’s repairability assessment — Device insurance purveyor SquareTrade calls the iPhone X the “most breakable iPhone ever” in a series of drop tests —but the assessments that the company did of the repairability differ with iFixit’s teardown of the device.

Apple offers 30-minute online training sessions to iPhone X purchasers — To acclimate users to the iPhone X, Apple is offering a phone conversation with an Apple Specialist, while watching a video on a computer to “help you go further” with the new device. [Does anyone know if this is also offered in NZ?]

Getting to know your neighbors with an app — The days of everyone in a neighbourhood knowing and helping each other are over. Nowadays, especially in the suburbs, it’s common for neighbors living right next to each other to not know each other’s names. Nextdoor is a free iOS app that’s attempting to turn this sad state of affairs around by using an easy-to-use social network to chat with neighbours.

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.

iPhone X now on sale, rise of iOS 11, new GarageBand, surgeon diagnoses his own cancer with iPhone, smartphones in space

You can get it if you really want: iPhone X now on sale — Apple has been emailing New Zealanders saying we can now buy iPhone X.

However, it’s a bit different thanks to a new layout — Here’s how to use Fast App Switching: while you double-press the Home button on your iPhone or iPad to see the App Switcher, the iPhone X doesn’t have a Home button, so read on to learn how you do this with a X.
Here’s how to use animoji on Apple’s iPhone X.

iOS 11 overtakes 10.3 in less than a month — Apple’s iOS 11 has overtaken its former version iOS 10.3 less than a month after release according to web analytics company Statcounter. iOS 11 reached 42% of all iOS versions worldwide in October compared to 35.5% for iOS 10.3. On a daily basis, iOS 11 overtook 10.3 on Oct. 12, less than a month after its release on September 19.
“Even by Apple’s high standards of migrating users, the rapid take up of iOS 11 has been impressive,” says Statcounter CEO Aodhan Cullen.

GarageBand for iOS brings new Sound Library and classic Beat Sequencer — Apple has announced an update to GarageBand for iOS that provides even more creative options for making music on iPhone and iPad. For instance, it introduces a new GarageBand Sound Library, where users can select and download a variety of free sound packs featuring new instruments and loops.
Beat makers can tap into a new Beat Sequencer instrument inspired by classic drum machines. The app also features new Asian Touch Instruments and updates to Drummer, including six additional players.

Surgeon uses iPhone ultrasound machine to diagnose his own cancer — Vascular surgeon John Martin had just joined a startup called Butterfly Network early this year when he decided to test the company’s product, the US$1999 Butterfly IQ. It’s a solid-state ultrasound machine that uses a unique semiconductor chip to create the high-frequency sound waves used to see what’s in the human body, and it uses an iPhone to view the imagery. Martin quickly saw something he didn’t want to see; a three-centimeter mass on his throat, which turned out to be squamous-cell cancer.

Can you use your iPhone in space? Digg tries to answer.

Fast Face ID, using iPhone X, X cases, GarageBand update, Watch music

Face ID on iPhone X is just as fast, if not faster, than Touch ID — Much has been said about Face ID on iPhone X, but prospective customers are wondering how the new face-based recognition system performs against Apple’s established Touch ID system. In Apple Insider tests, Face ID is as fast, or in some cases faster, than its predecessor.
Meanwhile, Apple has emphasised again that Touch ID for iPhone X was never an option, company all-in on Face ID.
Here’s how to enable and use Reachability on iPhone X, and how to invoke Control Center and Notification Center on iPhone X (since the cutaway at the top changes the real estate somewhat).

First look: Apple’s official iPhone X leather and silicone cases — Though Apple is holding back deliveries of the iPhone X until its official launch on Friday, the company has placed no such restrictions on official cases for the highly anticipated handset, as customers have now been receiving Apple’s official iPhone X protective cases.

GarageBand 2.3 for iOS adds classic drum sequencer, Taiko drums, iPhone X Super Retina support — Apple has released an update for the iOS version of GarageBand, with the new version taking advantage of the Super Retina display on the iPhone X, as well as adding a new sound library and a ‘classic’ beat sequencer.

How to use Apple Music and Radio Streaming in watchOS 4.1 — 
watchOS 4.1 makes Apple Watch music playback a lot easier and fulfills a promise Apple made when it first showed off the operating system earlier this year. Now you can get at your complete Apple Music library from your watch whether you’re on Wi-Fi or LTE. Read on to learn how Apple Watch music playback works with this new update.

Cochlear app, iPhone X reviews, object detection, Qualcomm conundrum, KRACK fixes, watchOS 4.1, Siri commands, Kindle for iOS

Cochlear Nucleus 7 is the world’s first and only cochlear implant sound processor that’s Made for iPhone — Recipients can stream sound from their compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch directly to their Nucleus 7 sound processor. Users can reconnect with friends over the phone, FaceTime with their children, dial into work teleconferences and even stream maps while driving.
Unlike hearing aids which amplify sounds, cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain.
Earlier this year the New Zealand Government acknowledged the life changing benefits cochlear implants offer and boosted funding for adult cochlear implants to NZ$14.93 million for this calendar year. This means the number of adults who will have these operations payed for will rise from 40 to 100 people. Key features and benefits of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor include:
It is 25% smaller and 24% lighter than the previous generation of Cochlear implant
Users can control, monitor and customise their hearing on their compatible Apple devices via the free Nucleus Smart App Talking on the phone, listening to music in high-quality stereo sounds, watching videos and making FaceTime calls easily accessible
The new Hearing Tracker records coil-off time (when the external coil component of the sound processor is not attached or sending a signal to the internal electrode) and time in speech – information that’s especially helpful to parents trying to track their child’s hearing
The Find My Processor feature helps locate a lost processor by using Location Services to determine the last place the processor was connected to the paired iPhone or iPod touch

iPhone X reviews start to appear — Here’s Steven Levy’s on Wired (“The iPhone X is a big screen in a compact form factor – Cinerama in a phone booth…”),  AppleInsider has a hands-on Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone X, and offers a closer look at the new edge-to-edge OLED display, Face ID biometric system, and much more with this in-depth video overview. There’s also a first look.
Helping to support Apple’s accuracy claims, a video published on Tuesday shows the iPhone X’s Face ID system reacting as intended, even when confronted with identical twins.

Internet discovers Apple’s Photos object detection feature, controversy inevitably ensues — Twitter on Monday caught wind of how specific a now year-old object recognition feature in Apple Photos can get, with users expressing concern over the system’s ability to detect “brassieres.”
The Photos feature in question introduced at WWDC in 2016 integrates machine learning and AI technology to detect and tag faces, objects and places in user photos. The key word here is tag; no data is offloaded, no folders are created and no images are “collected.”

Apple designing iPhones, iPads without Qualcomm modems after key testing software withheld — In an international legal fight against Qualcomm, Apple is said to be mulling a decision to drop the chipmaker’s modems in next year’s iPhone and iPad models after it was denied access to software used to test key communications components.

Apple iOS 11.1 now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch with 70 new emoji, other improvements — After a month-long testing process, Apple has made available iOS 11.1 including a fix for the KRACK wi-fi exploit, and a large amount of accessibility feature fixes.

Apple outs tvOS 11.1 for Apple TV with fix for KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability & minor changes — Apple has released tvOS 11.1, a maintenance update for the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K that nevertheless includes one important addition: a fix for the KRACK WPA2 vulnerability in devices with Wi-Fi.

Apple releases watchOS 4.1 with support for LTE music streaming on Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular — Delivering a feature that has been showcased in advertisements for the Apple Watch Series 3 since it launched in September, Apple has released watchOS 4.1, giving users the ability to stream Apple Music and an iCloud Music Library without a phone near by.

Watch the 50 most useful Siri commands — Apple’s Siri understands a huge number of commands and queries, from relatively simple tasks like turning on HomeKit-connected lights to more complex requests like translating words into foreign languages. AppleInsider went through the list and picked out 50 of the most useful.

Kindle iOS app update is the most dramatic in years, and brings new reading tools — Light mode and improvements to Page Flip are welcome but it’s still the number of books available that make the latest version of Amazon’s Kindle app for iPhone and iPad a must.

iPhone X news, Apple’s next decade, Control Center, iPhone 8 growth, 8+ compared to Lumix, YouTube TV app

Apple shares up on reports of strong iPhone X sales — Apple shares were up 0.66% premarket after analyst reports show high iPhone X demand after preorders started on Friday. The first units are due to arrive this Friday, November 3.

Early iPhone X video roundups examine build quality, Animoji, gestures — Early examinations of the iPhone X have started to pop up on YouTube, with everybody who has seen the device as a result of early delivery or at retail commenting on build quality and speed of the phone.

Original iPhone early reviewer Steven Levy heralds iPhone X as kicking off Apple’s next decade — One of the first four reviewers of the original iPhone has been granted permission to publish his assessment of Apple’s effort 10 years down the road —the OLED iPhone X. [‘Permission’ from who? Journalists need permission now? And I’m starting to think Apple is moving into the luxury goods market, and away from consumers. Is that what the next decade offers? Apple is the Leica of computing; the Gucci of carry-tech? I’d be interested to see how prices stack up vs average incomes compared to former big Apple releases.]

How to customise the Control Center in iOS 11 — iOS 11 lets you customise the redesigned Control Center so you can change the settings for the things you do most. [I figure this is worth repeating.]

Apple’s iPhone grows by 40% after six consecutive quarters of decline in China — Chinese smartphone shipments registered another quarter of decline as the market contracted 5% in the third quarter of  017 to 119 million units, according to Canalys. Apple’s declining streak in China has come to an end, as shipments grew 40% from eight million in quarter three 2016 to about 11 million this quarter. [At least one country likes the 8, which is an awesome iPhone, imo.]

Comparison: 4K 60fps video shot on iPhone 8 Plus vs Panasonic’s Lumix GH5 mirrorless camera — With iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Apple introduced the ability to capture 4K video at 60 frames per second, a major accomplishment for such a small device, but how does the compact lens and camera module fare against a proper prosumer rig? AppleInsider takes a closer look by pitting iPhone 8 Plus against Panasonic’s GH5 mirrorless camera in this video.

YouTube TV coming to the Apple TV in ‘coming weeks’ — YouTube TV will a get a native Apple TV app within “coming weeks,” according to The Verge. It will also be rolling out on the Roku device and smart TVs from Samsung, Sony, and LG, the article adds.

iPhone Xm Citizens 1 snafu, engineer fired, X orders and sales, Indian warranty, camera privacy loophole

Photos, video show off pre-release unboxing of Apple’s iPhone X — Images and video posted to Twitter on Saturday are said to show units of Apple’s iPhone X preparing to ship —as well as the unboxing of a silver model.

Apple says ‘working hard’ to get iPhone X orders to iPhone Upgrade Program customers after Citizens One snafu — Apple this weekend is contacting iPhone Upgrade Program customers who stayed up, or woke up, to order an iPhone X early Friday only to find the company’s financial partner, Citizens One, was unable to process loan applications.

Apple sacks iPhone X engineer after daughter posts hands-on video to YouTube — Apple has reportedly fired an engineer who worked on iPhone X after his daughter posted a hands-on video of the device to YouTube, breaking the company’s non-disclosure agreement policies. [Thats going to be one tense family dinner!]

This week on AI: iPhone X preorders sell out fast, Apple preps family-friendly TV & more — The iPhone X of course was the leading story this week, instantly selling out of launch-day units when preorders opened on Friday. Rumours also swirled around compromises Apple may have made, and the company’s plans for big-budget TV shows.

Canada’s Rogers sees ‘tremendous’ demand for iPhone X, upgrades iPhone 8 status to ‘good’ — After calling iPhone 8 demand “anemic,” Canadian wireless carrier Rogers Communications on Friday upgraded the smartphone’s status to “good,” while touting interest in iPhone X as “tremendous.”

Apple calls on developers to update apps for iPhone X — Hours after Apple initiated preorders for iPhone X, the company (on Friday) called on developers to submit updated apps built to take advantage of the new flagship’s advanced capabilities – and unique design.

Apple announces non-warranty service pricing for the iPhone X — Apple has updated its website with non-warranty service pricing for the iPhone X. In the United States, Apple will charge flat rates of US$279 for screen repairs on the next gen smartphone and US$549 for any other damage to the device – unless it’s a manufacturing defect covered by Apple’s standard one-year limited warranty. The fees vary in other countries, such as Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
[In New Zealand we are covered by the Consumer Guarantees Act, of course, at home at least, for the accepted life of the device after the standard warranty period ends.]

Apple introduces international iPhone warranty for Indian customers alongside iPhone 8 & X — Apple has reportedly introduced an international warranty for iPhone buyers living in India, letting them get an iPhone outside the country and still receive support at home.

What you need to know about the iOS Camera Access Privacy Loophole — A Google engineer who does security research on the side has found something worrisome about iOS Camera permissions. Felix Krause detailed in a blog post (via The Next Web) how granting permission to an app to use your camera allows that app to take photographs or videos of you without your knowledge. It’s a privacy loophole that could be serious.

Preordering iPhone X, fixing iOS 11, Indian shipments double, Family Sharing, 3rd party keyboards, and how to ‘Sketchnote’

How to preorder iPhone X with Apple’s battle-tested Apple Store app — Apple’s iPhone X is by far the most hotly anticipated device of 2017. With all signs pointing to a quick sellout of initial stock, prospective buyers will have to go into Friday’s preorder process with a game plan.
Apple changed the preorder dynamic when it introduced the Apple Store app for iOS. The software grants quick and easy access to Apple’s online storefront. Over the past few major hardware launches, the app has proved to be the most stable and often most responsive channel for placing orders. [Has anyone tried this here in NZ? I doubt it works since we don’t have Apple Stores.]

How to fix problems with iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad — For some, iOS 11 has proven to be problematic, but not for everyone, and not on every device. Here are a few things to try to (hopefully) clean up some issues before Apple issues a fix in software.
While some of these steps may seem obvious, when a device you rely on for whatever the reason is not functioning well, you might skip a step. Here, in order of least to most intrusive, are some troubleshooting steps to try to clear up iOS 11 issues.

iPhone shipments in India more than double in the third quarter — India’s smartphone market shipments grew 23% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2017 to reach just over 40 million units. India has now overtaken the US to become the world’s second largest smartphone market after China, according to the Canalys research group.

How to set up Family Sharing in macOS High Sierra — With macOS High Sierra, you can share a single iCloud storage plan, and give everyone in the family their own private space to store their backups, documents, and photos.

How to Install Third Party Keyboards on your iPhone in iOS 11 — There are plenty of great third party keyboards on iOS, but installing them may not be obvious. There are several steps to get started aside from downloading the app. Keyboards can be installed on your iPhone and iPad. Here’s how to install them on either type of device.

Sketchnoting in educational settings: using your iPad as a window — During the opening day of the 2017 Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC), Vanessa Perez, technology integration and library media specialist for Clinton Public Schools, Clinton, Oklahoma, presented a session on using Sketchnoting as a different way of taking notes.

MagBytes 92 is here, free for download

MagBytes 92 is here, just before iPhone X finally appears. News, tips, tricks and views, plus some new software and hardware. Enjoy – as always, MagBytes is free to download, pass on and keep.

Download MagBytes 92 from this link —> Issue 92 October 2017

(Back issues are available all the time from the MagBytes Newsletter link over there on the right.).

iPhone X makeover, New Zealand acquisition, Kinect killed, long exposure Live, Gold Wing CarPlay, Nintendo game, HEVC video, Messages fun

Apple homepage gets iPhone X makeover ahead of Friday preorders — Apple has updated its homepage [pictured above] with dynamic graphics and links touting various iPhone X features like the TrueDepth camera and Face ID to advertise the handset ahead of a start to preorders this week.

Apple iPhone X app switching mechanics shown off in short video — As the launch of iPhone X approaches, videos showing off Apple’s new flagship smartphone are making their way to social networking sites. The latest offers a brief look at the revamped app switcher, a multitasking UI element that lets users cycle through full-screen apps.

Apple denies the rumor that it’s easing Face ID accuracy to improve iPhone X production — Apple is allowing suppliers to reduce the accuracy – “if only a little” – of Face ID to speed up production of the iPhone X, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed sources. But Apple denies this.

Apple acquires wireless charging specialist PowerbyProxi — Apple on Wednesday local time announced the purchase of PowerbyProxi, a small New Zealand-based firm specialising in wireless charging technologies based on the Qi wireless standard. In a rare comment confirming the acquisition, Apple SVP of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio said the “team will be a great addition as Apple works to create a wireless future,” according to Stuff.

Microsoft kills Kinect just as Apple dives into facial recognition with iPhone X Face ID — With days until the launch of the iPhone X and its Face ID camera array, Microsoft’s own motion sensing and facial recognition system for Xbox, dubbed Kinect, has been officially discontinued after a long period of languish. AppleInsider explains how Apple and Microsoft’s separate facial recognition technologies – one failed, one upcoming – both share common roots.

How to turn on the long exposure Live Photo effect — A cool new feature that Apple introduced in iOS 11 is different Live Photo effects. Live Photos were introduced in iOS 9 with the iPhone 6s/6s Plus. When you take a Live Photo, the iPhone’s camera records data before and after the shot. Then, when you 3D Touch the photo, you see some brief animation. Here’s how to turn on the long exposure Live Photo effect on iOS. You can also edit Live Photos on macOS High Sierra.

Honda’s 2018 Gold Wing is first CarPlay-compatible motorcycle — Honda’s Gold Wing has a reputation among motorcycle enthusiasts as a gadget-laden – read bloated – trailer on two wheels. For 2018, the company is looking to sharpen the edges while retaining many of the comfort-forward features for which the platform is known, which for 2018 includes Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for iOS in November — Japanese gaming giant Nintendo on Tuesday announced that an all-new Animal Crossing game is slated for release on iOS and Android in late November, bringing with it a condensed version of the franchise’s popular elements.

Comparing HEVC versus H.264 video file sizes — It’s time now to run a comparison of HEVC versus H.264 file sizes. Chances are, you’ve heard about the H.265 video codec, otherwise known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). You’ve likely heard that it is, in many ways, superior to H.264, its predecessor. If you hadn’t heard about those factoids before, you have now, but they were first talked about in reference to the Mac during the macOS High Sierra announcement at WWDC 2017. HEVC is also the default recording mode for iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. Any videos you record with your iPhone running iOS 11 will use the new H.265 codec. One of the goals of this new format is to create smaller files, but does HEVC live up to that claim?

Messages now has all sorts of added features — MacObserver has a rundown.