So you just bought an iPhone X. It's fast, gorgeous, and everything you could ask for in an absurdly priced consumer device. There's just one problem. As good as it looks, it's way too precious for life without some kind of protection. You're going to need a case, but what kind should you get? Plastic is for peasants and leather is for murderers, so what is a responsible iPhone X owner supposed to do?
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While Apple continues to address the fallout of performance throttling on iPhones with older batteries, the company now has another issue to worry about, this time in regards to its pricey iPhone X.
Steve Jobs was a notorious case-hater. He once looked at Wired's Steven Levy with disgust when the journalist pulled out an iPod with a case on it. "I think stainless steel looks beautiful when it wears," Jobs said. For my own reasons, I've never used a case on my iPhone. The glass on my $1600 iPhone X, however, does not look beautiful when it wears. And let me tell you, it wears way too easily.
It looks like iOS 12 won't be as flashy or fun as Apple originally wanted it to be. Following months of embarrassing bugs and performance issues, the company is reportedly pushing some features originally slated for this year's iOS 12 update back to 2019. Engineers will be focusing on quality and reliability instead.
It sucks when a new technology comes along and creeps everybody out. It sucks even more when that technology is so good, so life-changing that even the most discerning consumer sets that anxiety aside and says, "Who cares if Apple owns detailed biometric data about my face?" That's what Face ID has done to me with the iPhone X. And if you're not already using it, you're next.
Since Apple announced animoji in September, the digital animated masks seem to have chiefly served as a way for iPhone X users to make silly karaoke videos. But with the upcoming release of iOS 11.3, animoji might finally have its killer app: A cartoon skull that lets you pretend you're a chattering pile of bones as might be found in a haunted house or on a pirate ship.
While analysts are divided over the future demand for the latest iPhone, some are now prophesizing that hey, consumers might be turned off by a stupid expensive price tag. Like a $1,579 smartphone. Sinolink Securities analyst Zhang Bin walked back his iPhone X sales forecast on Monday, predicting in a report that Apple will ship 35 million of the devices in the first quarter of 2018, which is about 10 million less than his original estimate.
A few weeks ago, I tested almost every one of Apple's wired charging solutions to find out which one was best. Job done, right? Well not quite, because this year's crop of iPhone's are Apple's first handsets to have built-in wireless charging too! Then, to make things even more confusing, Apple's most recent software update for iOS 11.2 came along and changed the amount of juice Apple's iPhone's could suck up wirelessly. So to figure out what's really going on, we tested a range of wireless chargers priced from $US12 to $US90 to see how much cable-free charging you're really getting for your money. And don't worry, in the process we found one that stands well above all the rest.
Did you ever play Frogger and think, "this is great with a joystick, but what would really be awesome is if I could just use my face?" No. You did not. That would have felt like a stupid request unless you're a game developer exploring new modes of input. But don't worry, developer Nathan Gitter made it happen anyways. Rainbrow is a new game that lets you navigate a rainbow using nothing but your eyebrows.
Tech giant Apple brought the iPhone X to market this year, but not without significant production stumbles that resulted in predictions of supply shortages for retailers and consumers. Reports on Wednesday show that Apple is moving quickly to ensure future access to some of the device's more elaborate parts to decrease the odds of that happening again in the future.
Ever since it launched in September, iOS 11 has been riddled with glitches, bad UI decisions and general lack of attention to detail. On Friday night, Apple's problems got a little worse with a notifications bug that sent iPhones and iPads running the software into a constant cycle of crashing and rebooting, forcing Apple to issue an immediate update.
Your iPhone can charge a lot faster than you thought. When Apple announced the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the company glossed over the fact that all three of its new handsets were capable of fast charging - similar to what Android phones have been doing for years. Even now, if you go the spec page for Apple's latest phones, all you get is a single line saying fast charging can add up to a 50 per cent charge in 30 minutes, but without getting a magnifying glass out and reading item nine of the fine print, you would have no idea how you're actually supposed to accomplish that.
Hon Hai Precision Industry, more commonly known as Foxconn, came into the public consciousness earlier this decade when a salvo of exposés described the degrading and often dangerous conditions its poorly-paid workers endured to build expensive trinkets such as the iPhone. Today, the Financial Times reports that illegal labour practices persist.
The $1579 iPhone X has the best tech Apple could put in a phone. It let the company remove Touch ID and replace it with a 3D sensor that shoots out thousands of little infrared dots so you can unlock your phone with your face. It's also the tech behind Apple's Animoji, the iMessage app that lets you make and share cute animated faces - or so we thought.
iOS 11, the fancy new version of Apple's OS that shipped just about two months before the launch of its latest line of expensive phones, introduced some changes to Control Center, its app which streamlines the annoying process of changing settings by putting the most commonly tweaked ones on a single swipe-up menu. One issue? The changes included buttons that appeared to be convenient Wi-Fi and Bluetooth switches, but in reality simply disconnected phones from nearby devices and networks instead of turning the chips off.
Let me tell you something about the 2018 crop of iPhones: Apple's gonna sell a bazillion of them! Why am I talking about next year's iPhones, when most people haven't had the opportunity to set eyes on the flashy $1579 iPhone X that just came out? Because KGI Securities is already looking ahead to next year's lineup. OK, so you want to talk 2018 iPhones? Let's talk 2018 iPhones.
Apple's new Face ID security for the iPhone X has sparked a number of concerns, with the biggest being how secure the biometric system really is. The tech giant says that while the facial recognition system is intended for convenience rather than absolute security, it's less vulnerable than its Touch ID predecessor - though testing has shown that the system generally works, but has a number of faults and unexpected behaviours.