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by Maura at Sep 19, 2017
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Ars Technica has a great article today about how iOS 11 runs on the slowest device that supports it, the iPhone 5s. It’s a really helpful article for anyone who is nervous about installing iOS 11 on their trusty iPhone 5s.

According to the benchmark tests performed by Ars Technica on the iPhone 5s, while the phone is slower when opening key apps in iOS 11 that it was with iOS 10.3.3, it is not significantly, or unworkably slower, with Ars Technica concluding that “using iOS 11 on an iPhone 5s doesn’t feel bad.” However, they do admit that performing background tasks such as updating apps or downloading music does make the phone feel somewhat “sluggish.” As far as performing everyday duties such as taking pictures, sending e-mails, and scrolling through your apps is concerned, it is “more than responsive enough to be usable.”

And when comparing the load times for various apps on the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4s with iOS 10 or iOS 9, the iPhone 5s is still much faster, even on iOS 11.

Benchmarks table: Ars Technica

Source: iOS 11 on the iPhone 5S: Slower, but not quite slow
by Maura at Sep 19, 2017
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The big day is finally here, with iOS 11 now available to download for compatible iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch, bringing with it many changes and improvements. At the time of writing, iOS 11 is one of the top trends on Twitter worldwide, and judging by the most popular comments on there, the main issue around the world appears to be how long it takes to download, and how big the update is (2.5GB, approximately), with a Twitter moment titled “The iOS 11 Struggle is Real if You Have Full Storage :(.”

AppleInsider has a great round-up report on the many changes ushered in by the update, including ARKit, a revamped App Store, deep learning for Siri, Do Not Disturb While Driving, a new Music app, h.265 for video, a redesigned Control Center, indoor mapping for Maps, and AirPlay 2.

You’ll need to have iPhone 5s and upward or iPad mini 2 and upward, iPad Air and upward, and all iPad Pros, as well as the iPod touch sixth generation, in order to download the software.

Source: Apple's iOS 11 available to all, brings better Siri, ARKit, H.265, AirPlay 2, more
by Maura at Sep 18, 2017
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Following last week’s announcement from Sprint that it would be offering 50% off an 18-month lease for the iPhone 8, the company has gone even further today by announcing that it will give trade-in customers a free iPhone 8.

Proclaiming “We simply won’t be beat by other national carriers,” Sprint’s new offer includes a free 64GB iPhone 8 (cost $699), when a new or existing customer trades in either an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus on the Sprint Flex plan. You can also still get the 50% off offer by trading in an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, or iPhone 6s Plus.

Sprint is very quick off the blocks here, making it the first carrier to offer a free iPhone 8 to its customers.

So basically, if you live in an area with good Sprint coverage, you could get a free iPhone 8 alongside the company’s other current great deal of five unlimited lines for $90, which is still available until October 31.

Source: Get a free iPhone 8 with Sprint’s upgraded trade-in offer
by Maura at Sep 18, 2017
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According to the latest note to investors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, via MacRumors, demand for the iPhone X is so high that it is “very likely” to cannibalize pre-orders for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Kuo points to the fact that it is still possible to get an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus for launch day delivery, whereas iPhone pre-orders have usually sold out at this point in September in past years.

“We believe this is because there is a strong likelihood that iPhone X demand will cannibalize iPhone 8 pre-orders,” said Kuo, and it looks like this belief is definitely on the money.

However, while high demand for the iPhone X is all good news for Apple, the fact that the phone is not available until November could have a detrimental effect on Apple’s fourth-quarter earnings results.

Kuo has more good news for Apple as far as the Series 3 Apple Watch is concerned, stating that demand for the LTE watch is “significantly stronger” than expected.

Source: Kuo: Apple Watch Series 3 Demand Higher Than Expected as iPhone X Anticipation Cannibalizes iPhone 8 Pre-Orders
by Maura at Sep 18, 2017
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AppleInsider reports today that newly posted official benchmarks from Geekbench for Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip, which is used in the iPhone X as well as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, have revealed the chip to be blisteringly fast.

The figures show that the A11 Bionic is not just way ahead of last year’s A10 Fusion chip used in the iPhone 7, as might be expected, it also blows away not just the latest chips from Apple’s mobile competitors, but also the base Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 of the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Of course, just because the A11 Bionic chip is faster than the MacBook Pro’s Intel Kaby Lake chip it doesn’t mean that the iPhone X or iPhone 8 can do everything that a MacBook can do, and it has to drive a much more bigger display with a much higher resolution, but still impressive results, even so.

As far as the A10 Fusion is concerned, the benchmark results show that the A11 Bionic is 25% faster in single core and 80% faster in multicore scores, all this while also coping with new neural net, camera ISP, and GPU capabilities.

Source: With iPhone 8, Apple's Silicon Gap widens as the new A11 Bionic obliterates top chips from Qualcomm, Samsung & Huawei
by iDan at Sep 18, 2017
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Coming this fall with an update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4, Apple Pay users will be able to send and receive money from friends and family quickly, easily and securely. Pay and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they have in Wallet. When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash card in Apple Wallet and can use the money instantly.

Is this something you could see yourself using?
by iDan at Sep 18, 2017
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The only thing more predictable than iPhone hot takes - like this one - is the desperation of writers to declare that the new iPhone of Note 8 is "massively expensive". However after a closer look it may be a massive bargain.

The video features of the new iPhone are incredible. The fact a phone can shoot 4K at 60 frames per second is insane. To give you an idea, for most TV applications you'd shoot 30 frames per second. With the iPhone X you can shoot at double that, which means you can get the smoothest motion possible or use those extra frames to slow the footage down by 50% without a significant drop in motion quality.

Continue Reading @ forbes
by Maura at Sep 15, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in his first note to investors since the iPhone X and iPhone 8 were announced on Monday, Apple will not be able to keep up with demand for the iPhone X until at least the first half of 2018. Bearing this in mind, Kuo has also cut his projections for the number of iPhone X units built to 40 million rather than his previous projection of 50 million.

However, Kuo has also increased his 2018 shipment estimate to between 80 million and 90 million iPhone X units.

Generally speaking, Kuo sounds impressed with Apple’s new product line-up, stating his opinion that Apple’s proprietary structured light technology will provide a high level of security. He also revealed that the iPhone X has the highest screen-to-body ratio of any smartphone currently on the market.

Kuo also praises Apple’s augmented reality ARKit, saying that competitors will find it hard to match Apple’s software and hardware innovation and integration.

In what was overall a very positive note to investors, Kuo said that anyone worried about the market accepting Face ID and the $999 entry-level price can stop panicking, stating

“Amid mixed market views, we expect shares of the Apple supply chain to be volatile or even corrected in the near future. We recommend investors seize the opportunity to accumulate supply chain shares.”

Source: Apple isn't expected to catch up to iPhone X demand before first half of 2018
by Maura at Sep 15, 2017
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AppleInsider reports today on a new Mashable interview with Apple senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, and senior vice president of Hardware Technologies, Johny Srouji, in which they talk about the philosophy behind the design process of the newly announced iPhone 8 and iPhone X A11 Bionic processor.

Typically for Apple, the two executives did not want to get too bogged down in describing technical specifics about the chip, instead talking in the main about how much better it is to have a chip that is entirely made by Apple, and not comprising separate parts from different suppliers.

According to Schiller and Srouji, using an Apple-developed three-core GPU, rather than one developed by Imagination Technologies, as it has done previously, means that Apple is now much more able to control and refine the whole design and manufacturing process from software stage to hardware stage.

“It’s not just Lego pieces stacked together,” Schiller told Mashable. “The team designed [The A11 Bionic components] to work together.”

By all accounts, and certainly as far as the early benchmarks are concerned, this has indeed been a move that has paid off for Apple, with the A11 Bionic coming out as much faster overall than the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 processors.

Source: A11 Bionic processor in iPhone 8, iPhone X contains first Apple-designed GPU, new secure element
by Maura at Sep 14, 2017
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According to AppleInsider, Face ID on iPhone X will only recognise one person per device. This means that unlike with Touch ID, where you can save several fingerprints, only the one user will be able to unlock the phone using this method. This could be quite annoying if you’re showing someone a picture on the phone, for example, and the phone keeps locking and you have to keep taking it back and staring at it in order to unlock it.

However, as you might expect, Apple has devised a way of avoiding this and other potentially annoying scenarios. According to another story on AppleInsider, Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi has said that Face ID can be temporarily disabled by pressing buttons on either side of the iPhone X when you hand it to someone else. This was in response to a question from Yoke Remote CEO and developer Keith Krimbel, who emailed Federighi to ask what was to prevent a thief snatching your iPhone X then pointing it at your face to unlock it before running off with it unlocked.

“There are two mitigations: it you don’t stare at the phone, it won’t unlock,” wrote Federighi in his reply to Krimbel. “Also, if you grip the buttons on both sides of the phone when you hand it over, it will temporarily disable Face ID.”

Federighi also answered Krimbel’s question about whether Face ID would work when the user is wearing sunglasses, stating, “Most sunglasses let through enough IR light that Face ID can see your eyes even when the glasses appear to be opaque. It’s really amazing!”

Sources: Face ID on Apple's iPhone X will be limited to one person per device

Gripping buttons on both sides of iPhone X disables Face ID, recognition works with most sunglasses