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Apple just unveiled the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at its press event


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
    Apple releases watchOS 4 with improved Activity & Workout tracking, revamped Music app, Siri watch face, gym equipment integration, and more — The Apple Watch interface has been refined and improved with Tuesday’s launch of watchOS 4, including a new vertically scrolling app dock …

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    iPhone protip: How to check which apps work on iOS 11 before updating

    Several months after Apple announced the new and improved iOS 11 at Wolrdwide Developers Conference, the company is at long last gearing up to release the revamped version of its operating system for mobile. But there might be a nasty surprize in store for some iPhone users.

    While Apple has been running beta tests with the latest iteration of iOS for some time now, updating to the official version 11 could slow down – and perhaps even make unusable – a series of apps that are yet to be optimized for the new release.

    As spotted by some users on Twitter, Apple has added a section in Settings where you can view which apps are already compatible for iOS 11.

    To access this information, follow these steps:

    Head to Settings
    Select General and find the About tab
    Click Applications
    You should see a list of apps that might not yet be compatible with the latest iOS version

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Can’t send email on iOS 11? Apple working on fix for and Exchange mail accounts

    Whilst the launch of iOS 11 yesterday has been mostly plain-sailing, there has been one issue flagged up regarding some email accounts no longer sending messages in the Mail app. This bug was found by testers during the beta period but has not been fixed as of the latest iOS 11.0 public release.

    Apple says that Microsoft email like addresses, Office365, or other email accounts hosted on Exchange servers, are affected by the bug.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit
    Apps are gonna break. Plus of course, Apple always screws up the first iteration

    Apple’s latest iOS version is out today – iOS 11 – but before you rush into updating, you’ll want to check that it doesn’t destroy any of your favorite apps.

    This version will insist on running only 64-bit apps and will kill support for 32-bit apps. That means several things: for one, if you have anything earlier than an iPhone 5S in your pocket, you will not get the update at all (and your phone is going to slowly die); but most importantly it means a fair number of old but useful apps that are stuck in 32-bit mode are going to stop working

    Apple being Apple, it has decided it doesn’t care very much if your apps crap out. After all, it’s the developers’ fault for not loving Apple and its fans enough to update their code – and programmers have had plenty of warning.

    In late 2014, Cupertino told developers that from February 2015 onwards, all iOS apps must run on a 64-bit OS, and since mid-2015, all new and updated 32-bit-only apps have been turned away from the App Store.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Apple Admits To Apple Watch LTE Problems Just Before It Ships

    Apple’s new Series 3 smartwatch starts shipping this Friday, and the biggest feature change between last year’s model and this new Watch is that it has built-in cellular capabilities. Except, that cell service isn’t entirely reliable. While writing my review of the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE capabilities, I experienced notable connectivity issues. The new Watch appeared to try to connect to unknown WiFi networks instead of connecting to cellular,

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed:
    iPhone 8 review: should be called iPhone 7s as many of the upgrades, like camera sensor and True Tone display, are subtle; Qi charging only works when centered

    I Tried The iPhone 8 — And It’s Better, But Mostly The Same, As The 7

    I want to be clear. I’m not an iPhone H8r.

    But I’m going to call the iPhone 8 what it really is: the 7s that never was.

    Every other year, Apple has, historically, released an “S” version of the iPhone, like the 5s and 6s. The “s” stands for “better, but mostly the Same” (which I made up but doesn’t take away from its truth). This year, Apple skipped the “S” model of the 7, and went straight to 8.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Lauren Goode / The Verge:
    Apple says Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE has cellular connectivity issue caused by watch trying to join unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks, exploring software fix — The “handoff” isn’t working like it’s supposed to — Apple’s new Series 3 smartwatch starts shipping this Friday …

    Apple admits to Apple Watch LTE problems just before it ships
    The “handoff” isn’t working like it’s supposed to

    Apple’s new Series 3 smartwatch starts shipping this Friday, and the biggest feature change between last year’s model and this new Watch is that it has built-in cellular capabilities.

    Except, that cell service isn’t entirely reliable.

    While writing my review of the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE capabilities, I experienced notable connectivity issues. The new Watch appeared to try to connect to unknown WiFi networks instead of connecting to cellular, when I was out and about without my phone.

    Unfortunately, we still don’t know when that software release is expected, or exactly how it will fix the issue of the Watch connecting to cellular networks when it’s supposed to.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Lauren Goode / The Verge:
    Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE review: faster processor but has connectivity problems, no Apple Music streaming yet, battery drain with LTE, and unreliable Siri

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Aren’t Fully Disabled When Toggled Off in Control Center on iOS 11

    Apple has confirmed that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are not fully disabled when toggled off in Control Center on iOS 11.

    Even when toggled off in Control Center on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 11 and later, a new support document says Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will continue to be available for AirDrop, AirPlay, Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, Location Services, and Continuity features like Handoff and Instant Hotspot.

    Toggling off Bluetooth or Wi-Fi in Control Center only disconnects accessories now, rather than disabling connectivity entirely.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple’s LTE Watch fiasco
    Kludge takes shine off ever-improving Watch

    Just as the Apple Watch was set to go mainstream, bugs and poor design choices have taken the shine off the latest version of the hardware.

    Apple Watch has been the only Apple product to get a price cut since Brexit, which saw some prices rise by over 20 per cent. The Series 2 42mm was £399 prior to the product launch last week, but now the equivalent Series 3 is £359 (the 2015 original drops to £249 and £279).

    In two and a half years, Apple has improved the battery life and UI enormously, focused on health and is pushing those benefits hard at businesses with the sinister-sounding “Corporate Wellness” scheme.

    So all was set for the Watch to appeal to a broader demographic than Apple and gadget enthusiasts. Watches that don’t tell the time have been normalised. But what Apple hoped would be a differentiator – LTE – now threatens to tarnish the brand.

    As I wrote after the first rumours of an LTE-capable Apple Watch surfaced, a 4G Watch is “fun… for about ten minutes”. Only analyst Richard Windsor was bold enough to point out that 4G cellular makes a product worse, not better.

    “Putting an LTE modem is pointless and could even harm what little appeal the product has,” he predicted six weeks ago, and reading the first reviews of the Watch, his reasoning was spot on. Uncannily so.

    “A modem will cause deterioration of the user experience for no perceptible improvement,” he foretold, and importantly, the modem “will improve the functionality of the Apple Watch for only a tiny percentage of the user’s day.”

    That said, the bugs and design choices are very unlike Apple, and largely unenforced.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Big Push For 3D Sensing With iPhone X
    Inside the market for 3D sensing technologies.

    3D sensing is a buzzword that has been thrown around quite a bit this year in connection with the rumors surrounding the tenth-anniversary iPhone. Although the iPhone X will be the first large-scale consumer push for 3D sensing, the technology has been around for years, particularly in industrial applications such as machine vision. 3D sensing is already used in the PC – think Intel’s RealSense 3D camera. For the iPhone X, the TrueDepth 3D camera will be used for facial recognition, referred to as Face ID, replacing Touch ID as a method for unlocking the phone and for mobile payments.

    3D sensing is accomplished with either Time of Flight (ToF) or Structured Light technologies. Gesture recognition is achieved by passing an infrared light source through an optical device to spread the light through an entire space, such as a room, to measure the light reflected off of objects. It enables users to control a device without touching it or using an input device like a remote control. In order to be precise enough to track small movements anywhere in a room, “time-of-flight” techniques are used. Time of flight has the advantage over other ways of tracking reflected light that rely on the quantity of light reflected back; black targets will reflect back less light than white ones, even though the distance from the sensor is the same. Time of flight tracks how long it takes the light to reflect off the target and back to the sensor.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    If you need to replace anything other than your iPhone 8′s battery or display, good luck
    And things are looking even worse for the X

    iFixit’s teardown of the new iPhone 8 confirms that the screen and battery remain relatively replaceable, despite the addition of Qi-compatible wireless charging coils in the unit.

    Overall the site gives the 8 6/10 for repairability… the same score as last year. The iPhone 3GS in 2009 was given a 7/10 and only needed three tools, and one screwdriver. It’s a different story these days.

    Externally the 8 looks the same as the 7, and the 6s and 6 before it; the design has not really altered since 2014.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Austin Mann:
    iPhone 8 Plus camera review: Portrait Lighting, HDR in Portrait Mode, and Slow Sync are major improvements this year

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    iPhone users charged up over iOS 11 battery drain

    Another Apple launch has been and gone, and as usual, there are some teething problems as users adjust to the latest updates. One of those issues bugging people to the core is iOS 11 battery drain.

    Reportedly, within about a minute of Apple’s iOS 11 release, it was already installed on more devices than the latest version of Android. And it’s easy to see why people were eager to install it.

    iOS 11 boasts some impressive new features, enhancements, and our favorite – security patches. But here’s the catch.

    Some iPhone and iPad users are reporting installation problems, slow speed, issues with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and one that caught our eye specifically – faster battery drain.

    Apple iOS 11 Starts Causing Problems

    iOS 11 is packed full of features (including many secret ones), but following reports of several bugs my Upgrade Guide advised iPhone users in particular should hold off updating. This now looks a wise move because iOS 11 is causing problems…

    A new report from mobile security firm Wandera exposes the issue: iOS 11 a battery killer.

    Cutting through the usual subjective battery life complaints iPhone and iPad users often post online after an iOS update, Wandera found concrete evidence of serious degradation.

    Breaking this down, Wandera reports iPhones running iOS 10 can be used for 240 minutes on average before the battery dies. Meanwhile iPhones running iOS 11 last just 96 minutes on average – a massive 60% decline.

    But realising the limited potential of these options, Wandera accepts: “low power mode may be your best option until Apple pushes out new updates that will hopefully address excessive battery drain.”

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    iPhone 8: Apple has CPU cycles to burn
    A referee would have stopped this fight

    While the iPhone 8 retains the same unremarkable design for the fourth year running, the internals are a different story. Thanks to extraordinary improvements in semiconductor design, it has been able to shrink the capacity and size of its battery pack, while opening up a significant performance lead over Qualcomm and Samsung.

    The six-core CPU A11 is now complemented, for the first time, by an Apple-designed GPU.

    Apple can now support 4K at 60 frames per second (fps) and 1080p video at 240fps. Top consumer camcorders costing around $1,000 from Sony and Panasonic can’t match either frame rate. They don’t even come close.

    Last year Apple extended its benchmark lead over Samsung; in single core tests, the 2015 Apple iPhone 6s outpaced Samsung’s 2016 Galaxy S7.

    But this year it has simply become embarrassing.

    On Geekbench 4, tests conducted by Tom’s Guide show the iPhone 8 is 54 per cent faster than the Galaxy Note 8 (which uses Samsung’s own silicon), and the OnePlus 5 (which uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, the choice of many Android flagships). The new iPhone 8 also comfortably outperforms laptops: a MacBook Pro 13-inch A5 and a Dell XPS 13.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Preparing for (and Profiting from) Apple’s Wireless World

    As Apple goes wireless with its latest iPhone, here are some tips and answers to questions you may be asking yourself.

    Having been involved with the wireless power industry since before the first mobile phone adopted wireless charging and before the Qi or AirFuel standards existed, here I hope to provide some clarity and tips to companies looking to capitalize on the opportunity that Apple is magnifying.

    Apple’s adoption of wireless power in the new iPhone will amplify the demand for public charging points.

    Some companies like Chargifi and AirCharge are providing mobile apps that show people where their nearest wireless charging stations are located. Chargifi has found that the average charging session on their network is 43 minutes and 17 seconds.

    . However, there has been some apprehension for a wide-scale rollout due to uncertainty over wireless power standards. Apple’s decision to join the Qi standard ends the debate. Wireless power adds safety, convenience, and one-handed drop-and-go charging versus two-handed plug and un-plug operation. Wireless charging removes potentially dangerous cords from the car’s cabin and it lends naturally to consumer behavior to place phones in the center console or cup holder—now with the benefit of charging their device while doing so. I believe that wireless power will become nearly as ubiquitous as cup holders inside of vehicles.

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Apple Watch Series 3 shows little change from Series 2 Watch, some redesign to accomodate LTE, and 1.07 watt-hour battery, up from 1.03 in Series 2 Watch — Tools Featured in this Teardown — Introduction — The Apple Watch is one step closer to a super spy accessory with its Series 3 capable of making phone calls.

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    iPhone 8 / 8 Plus Teardowns: As Tough as Glass
    With innovations like wireless charging under the hood, can the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus overcome the pesky repairability issues of their new glass backing?

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Apple loves frantic terms for the techniques it uses. For the latest iPhone, one of the new terms was TrueTone, which is better referenced to the eye-color display. It is based on the sensor circuit of the Austrian ams.

    It’s about the XYZ sensor of the surrounding light, which ams officially introduced last week. It senses the surrounding light five times more precisely than the RGB sensors so far.

    The TCS3430 sensor can be used for display management, automatic white balance and color management. In practice, the sensor eliminates problems with present-day smartphone and other displays to produce eye-catching colors under different lighting conditions.

    Jennifer Zhao, head of the optical sensors group at the ams headquarters in Graz, said that the XYZ sensor distinguishes image information on five channels: X, Y, Z and two infrared channels. The latter two are handled to detect the light source.

    The Y channel measures the green area of ​​visible light and produces a color force value, which allows the TCS3430 to act as a sensor of ambient light.

    Where the RGB sensor only distinguishes red, green, and blue, the XYZ model better matches the ability of human eye cell cells to see the colors and the shades close to the main colors. These shades change according to the color temperature of the surrounding light.


  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    iPhone 8 Plus Is Much Slower than iPhone 7 Plus in Real-World Test
    The benchmarks have completely different results

    A real test with all-day applications that pitted the iPhone 8 Plus against iPhone 7 Plus, shows that the new phone from Apple is actually slower than the previous generation.

    “iPhone 7 Plus is faster, but why?”

    On paper, the iPhone 8 Plus is better in pretty much every way than the previous generation of devices from Apple. On the other hand, in a day-to-day scenario, it turns out that it’s slower and not all that well optimized.

    Besides finishing a full minute after the older iPhone, Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus also seems to lack proper memory management, closing apps opened in memory to make room for others. It’s quite possible that the phone will be better with further updates and optimizations.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is also doing better than iPhone 8 Plus, so those optimizations need come really quick if they exist.

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    IPhone X’s success enriches Samsung

    Samsung has a great opportunity to make money with Apple’s iPhone X smartphone. According to the research firm Counterpoint Technology Market Research, up to $ 110 each for the iPhone X sold.

    Based on Counterpoint’s estimate (Apple’s payment), Apple will sell some 130 million iPhone X smartphones, with which Samsung can receive more revenue than the approximately 50 million Galaxy S8 smartphones that the company sells itself.

    Samsung also manufactures iPhone X’s display as well as the device battery and capacitors, Softpedia writes. Samsung Says Counterpoint estimates that approximately $ 202 per piece of Galaxy S8 smartphone itself is manufactured. Taking into account iPhone X’s expected sales volumes, Samsung is in the hands of a real gold mine.


    Why Apple Rival Samsung Also Wins If iPhone X Is a Hit
    South Korean giant stands to make billions of dollars supplying screens and chips for competitor’s new phone

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The new iPhone charger is tirelessly slow

    With the latest iPhone 8 models, Apple has introduced a revolutionary fast download that has been on the Android and Windows side for a long time.

    iPhone 8 comes with only 5 watt Base Charger. If you want to use a power-delivery USB-PD (Quick Delivery) solution, you need to hook up the adapter between the USB-C connector and the iPhone Lightning connector. With this kind of cable, the iPhone can connect Apple 29, 61 or 87 watts to USB-C chargers.

    The Appleinsider test also included a Belkin wireless charging platform that Apple markets. Its power is 7.5 watts. In addition, the download speed was tested with the 12-watt charger supplied with the latest iPad Pro models.

    The results are quite expected. USB charging with a 29 watt charger is clearly the fastest. In 30 minutes, the quick charge will fill the iPhone 8 battery by 52%, which means that Apple’s promise is even slightly exceeded.



    Comparing iPhone 8 charging speeds with fast charge, wireless and more

    By Max Yuryev
    Monday, October 02, 2017, 08:22 pm PT (11:22 pm ET)
    With the launch of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Apple introduced its smartphone user base to fast charge technology capable of delivering an up to 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes. AppleInsider takes a closer look at the technology and how it compares to traditional — and wireless — charging methods in this video.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Apple Watch Packs Q’comm LTE
    SiP packs more components in same space

    Qualcomm supplied the LTE modem in the Apple Watch Series 3 as well as a handful of other wireless chips, according to a teardown from TechInsights. The latest watch appears to continue to push the boundaries of system-in-package design, packing a dozen major chips and dozens of discretes.

    The new watch uses the same size SiP as the existing device. However, the Series 3 clearly packs more components, TechInsights said.

    TechInsights found the Qualcomm MDM9635M, a Snapdragon X7 LTE modem in the 42mm sport band model A1861 with GPS + cellular it opened up. The same LTE chip appeared in the iPhone 6S/6S Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and other handsets. The modem was mated in a package-on-package with a Samsung K4P1G324EH DRAM in the watch.

    Initial reviews found problems using LTE on the device, Apple’s first watch with cellular connectivity. However, Apple issued an update of its WatchOS said to have eliminated the problems.

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Apple’s New iPhone X Has A Nasty Surprise

    Apple AAPL -0.07%’s hotly anticipated iPhone X will launch soon, right? Wrong. Thanks to a highly credible new leak, the reality is everyone who wants the most radical and expensive iPhone ever made is in for a nasty surprise…

    MacRumors brings us this depressing news after it obtained a new report from Ming Chi Kuo, widely regarded as the ‘best Apple analyst on the planet’. Kuo states that iPhone X stock will be extremely limited until well into 2018 and that will cause Apple to miss its widely predicted 2017 “super cycle”.

    Why? Kuo says Apple has run into significant problems mass producing the ‘TrueDepth’ camera sensor the iPhone X uses for its Face ID facial recognition system.

    Consequently Kuo believes sales of Apple’s new 2017 iPhones (iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X) are unlikely to break any records with total iPhone sales for 2017 coming in at 210-220 million units.

    The better news is Kuo states iPhone X production issues will be “significantly addressed” during the first three months of 2018 and this will see shipments “pick up strongly”.

    It is worth pointing out stock of new iPhones is often limited straight after launch, but never to this extent.

    Ming-Chi Kuo Says iPhone X Supercycle Won’t Really Happen Until 2018

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Apple ARKit app downloads top 3M

    Apps using Apple’s new ARKit, an augmented reality (AR) framework, have been installed more than 3 million times worldwide since iOS 11 launched on 19 September, according to Sensor Tower.

    The category with the most ARKit-only apps is games, comprising 35 per cent of total installs and 62 per cent of total revenue.

    “We expect to see a more diverse range of app types as developers have more time to explore new concepts suited to AR,” the company said.

    Australia-based PlaySide Studios created a virtual pet app called AR Dragon which Sensor Tower said is “the breakout hit of ARKit-only offerings available”. It accounts for more than 20 per cent of downloads among the top ten free ARKit-only apps.

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Apple said customers can now browse in-app purchases directly on the App Store and start a purchase even before downloading the app, helping it to gain exposure.

    Developers can promote up to 20 in-app purchases, including subscriptions, on the product page.

    App Store customers have now downloaded more than 180 billion apps and the platform receives more than 500 million unique customer visits every week.

    The tech giant recently revealed developers earned more than $70 billion since the App Store launched in 2008, and overall downloads grew more than 70 per cent in the 12 months to 1 June.


  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Apple’s Upgrade Program offers a ‘head start’ on iPhone X
    It doesn’t guarantee the phone will be in stock.

    While initial pre-orders for the iPhone X are still a week away from opening, some Apple die-hards will be able to get started early. Apple’s installment-based Upgrade Program that lets customers get a new phone every year will, just like it did with the launch of the iPhone 8 / 8 Plus, allow members to get their loan paperwork in order starting on Monday.

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
    Apple says iPhone X will be available for walk-in customers at retail stores on launch day, Friday November 3, encourages customers to “arrive early” — Apple today announced that stores will have iPhone X available for walk-in customers, who it encourages to arrive early, on launch day.

    Apple Says iPhone X Will Be Available for Walk-In Customers at Stores on Launch Day

    iPhone X will go on sale in more than 55 countries and territories on Friday, November 3. On the same day, the first deliveries will begin to customers. iPhone X pre-orders begin this Friday, October 27 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time.

    Due to a mix of reported production issues and strong demand, in-store availability of iPhone X will likely be extremely limited. Prospective buyers should be prepared for the possibility of waiting in long lines.

  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
    Apptopia data shows Apple’s “App of the Day” App Store section, introduced in iOS 11, has boosted downloads by 1,747% on average and 792% for games

    Apple’s ‘App of the Day’ featuring boosts downloads by 1747%, games by 792%


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