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iPhone X is all about that customer sat | iMore
97% of iPhone X customers say they're satisfied with Apple's latest flagship. 85% say 'hold our beer... while we check the VERY box'.
There's been a lot of angst in the media and some financial circles over how well iPhone X has been performing compared to previous, less expensive, less audacious models. According to a new study, though, customers are happier with Apple's flagship phone than ever before.
iphoneX  customer_sat  survey 
2 days ago by rgl7194
Top Takeaways From Studying iPhone X Owners – Tech.pinions
Last month, we conducted a study on iPhone X owners. Most of the respondents in our survey were from the US, but we did have pockets of respondents from many parts of Europe. Our study intentionally focused on the early adopter part of the market due to this cohort being one of the larger majority groups of iPhone X owners. We knew focusing on this cohort would yield the highest volume of owners and we were right. That being said, we did capture enough non-early adopters to generate some insights on mainstream views of iPhone X, but for this article, I will focus on early adopters.
iphoneX  survey  customer_sat 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Apple Pay — How to pay with Face ID on iPhone X— Apple - YouTube
Apple
Published on Dec 14, 2017
Face ID on iPhone X makes it easier than ever to pay securely in millions of stores. Just double-click the side button, glance at the screen, and hold the top of your iPhone X near the reader. Learn how Apple Pay makes going cashless effortless at http://apple.com/apple-pay.
Category
Science & Technology
License
Standard YouTube License
apple_pay  faceID  iphoneX  youtube  howto 
8 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Four Snappy New iPhone X Apple Pay Ads
It’s funny that these debuted the day after I called for Apple to release new Apple Pay commercials, and all four of these are very clever — they each tell a complete story in about 10 seconds. But I don’t think they solve the problem of educating about just what Apple Pay is, and especially why it’s more secure than using a credit or debit card.
What I’m thinking Apple ought to do to get Apple Pay skeptics on board is create a series of explain-it-to-me-like-I-have-no-idea-what-it-is spots like the original iPhone ads.
UPDATE: This video on Apple’s YouTube channel is more along the lines of what I think they need to put on TV, at least content-wise.
apple_pay  iphoneX  commercials  daring_fireball 
8 days ago by rgl7194
Adam Mason's iPhone X setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Adam Mason, a Washington DC Wedding Photographer and storyteller. I use photography to tell stories of people and organizations around the world while promoting goodness, hope and joy. I’m also a former Apple retail employee!
iphoneX  setup  instagram  podcast  calendar  evernote 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple Promotes Face ID with a Video That Asks What if You Could Open Anything by Looking at It? – MacStories
A new tongue-in-cheek ad from Apple highlighting the power of Face ID has been published on YouTube. The ad begins with a girl walking through the halls of a high school who looks startled when she unlocks her iPhone X by looking at it. Next, she looks at a locker in the hallway that unlocks too, spilling its contents onto the floor. From there, the girl runs through the school unlocking and opening everything in sight, wreaking havoc to the beat of Bang Bang by Pete Cannon, a single that was released on Apple Music today.
The video is fun way of promoting Face ID by imagining what it would be like if you could unlock anything with just a glance.
faceID  iphoneX  commercials  security  privacy  music 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Mike Allan's iPhone X setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Mike Allan, and I’m currently a dispatcher at a local trucking company, while being a videographer, student of life, and constant tinkerer on the side. For some reason, I’ve always been interested in other people’s iPhone setups, so when I found this site and its interviews section, I bookmarked it right away. I’m constantly looking for new apps that will improve my life and simplify things.
What iPhone do you have?
The phone I’m using right now is a 64 GB Space Gray iPhone X, and I could not be happier. I’ve had an iPhone since the 3GS days, but when the new Pixel 2 came out, I traded in my iPhone 6s and made the switch to Android to see what it was all about. Roughly a month later, I sold the Pixel and moved back over to iPhone again. It’s safe to say I’m here to stay.
setup  iphoneX  calendar  gmail  GTD  notes_app  spotify  podcast  messaging 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Uses This / Emily Griffin
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Emily Griffin! I grew up in a suburb of Houston, Texas and relocated to Brooklyn about 2.5 years ago. I've been styling for Stitch Fix while balancing and growing my illustration career.
I studied marketing and minored in art, with a focus in watercolor. Though I was never encouraged to pursue art professionally, it has been a constant for me. When I moved here, I began painting more by making watercolor avatars for friends on Twitter. That side hustle grew into making couple and family portraits, and more recently, pet portraits! Art is now a consistent part of my work schedule, which I am incredibly grateful for.
setup  macbook  ipad_pro  iphoneX  chrome  safari  email  smart_home 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Josh Ginter's Mac and iOS setup for 2018 – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
Hi everyone! My name is Josh Ginter. I’m first and foremost a husband and father, which is the funnest job I’ve ever undertaken. By day, I am a public practice accountant and continue to work towards my CPA designation. By night, I am the editor-in-chief of The Sweet Setup, a writer for my own blog, a podcaster, and an administrator on a regional ice hockey executive. I love to play baseball and golf in the summer, and I particularly enjoy hanging around the barbecue on a warm summer evening.
What is your current setup?
I use a 2016 15” MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It has a 2.6 GHz Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and the higher-end (in 2016) Radeon Pro 460 GPU with 4GB of VRAM.
I recently picked up the LG UltraFine 5K Display, which pairs quite wonderfully with the 15” MacBook Pro. I use a Satechi USB-C adapter for connecting SD cards and an extra USB device or two. I intend to pick up a USB-C to Ethernet adapter in the future when the house gets wired for fiber internet.
setup  macbook  backup  GTD  writing  journal  finances  photo  editing  1password  calendar  slack  email  itunes  icloud  iphoneX  weather  instapaper  RSS  instagram  twitter  analytics  ipad_pro  netflix  news 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Mike Alexander’s Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Mike Alexander, and I’m a teacher of Modern Languages (German and Spanish) at James Gillespie’s High School in Edinburgh, Scotland.
What is your current setup?
My Mac isn’t actually that new. It’s a 2011 MacBook Pro running High Sierra. A year or two ago I upgraded the HDD to an SSD, and since then it’s been as fast as the day I got it. Since I bought my iPad Pro, I use the Macbook more as a media and file hub. It has an archive of all my files from high school, University, and all the materials I’ve created in 10 years of teaching, as well as my iTunes library and all of my photos (I’m a bit of an amateur photographer.)
setup  macbook  ipad_pro  itunes  email  gmail  productivity  photos_app  google_photos  instapaper  passwords  notes_app  iphoneX  twitter  podcast  weather  music  whatsapp  messaging  evernote  journal 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Halide 1.7 Brings New Depth Photography and ARKit Features, Darkroom Integration – MacStories
We first reviewed Halide, the powerful third-party camera app by Ben Sandofsky and Sebastiaan de With, when it debuted in the summer of 2017, providing a powerful and elegant alternative to Apple's Camera app that fully embraced RAW photography and advanced controls in an intuitive interface. We later showcased Halide's iPhone X update as one of the most thoughtful approaches to adapting for the device's Super Retina Display; to this day, Halide is a shining example of how the iPhone X's novel form factor can aid, instead of hindering, complex app UIs.
While Halide was already regarded as an appealing alternative to Apple's stock app for professional photographers and RAW-curious iPhone users (something that designer de With covered in depth in his excellent guide), it was lacking a handful of key features of the modern iPhone photography experience. Sandofsky and de With want to eliminate some of these important gaps with today's 1.7 update, which focuses on bringing the power of Portrait mode to Halide, supporting the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera system, and extending the app's integrations via a special ARKit mode, new export options, and native integration with the popular Darkroom photo editing tool.
iphone8  iphoneX  bokeh  camera  apps  photography 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Halide 1.7: In Depth – Halide
Between the iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, and X, over half of all iPhones sold come with dual cameras. With two cameras, killer apps like Portrait Mode become possible. At this rate, depth capture might one day be as standard of a feature to us as the camera flash.
We built Halide as the very best camera for iPhones — heck, for any smartphone — and we always want Halide to be ahead of the curve. So today we’re launching Halide 1.7, a huge update that packs tons of new features and enhancements to make it the very best camera for depth.
Here’s five new features that make Halide 1.7 the best camera for Depth Capture...
iphone8  iphoneX  bokeh  camera  apps  photography 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Motherboard Offers Inside Look at iFixit’s iPhone X Journey – MacStories
After several years of inquiries, Jason Koebler and the team at Motherboard were granted permission last November to follow iFixit on its journey of tearing down the latest iPhone. Video of that job, which included a plane ride from California to Australia for the iPhone X's launch, is now available.
iFixit is best known for its commitment to tearing down new tech as soon as it becomes available, but as the video documents, the company's primary mission is to equip people to repair their devices. Whether you've followed iFixit's work in the past or not, the video is a fascinating look into the efforts that fuel each device teardown.
iphoneX  teardown  video 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
How Apple Created Portrait Lighting
Apple just released this 1-minute video that offers a short and sweet behind-the-scenes explanation of how the company created the Portrait Lighting feature found in the latest iPhones.
Apple says it started out by studying the art of portraiture through the history of art, from paintings to photographs. After doing that research, the company then reached out to “global image makers” and some of the world’s best photographers.
Software developers then used the “timeless lighting principles” gleaned to train an advanced machine learning system.
photography  iphone8  iphoneX  technology 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Sahil Parikh's Mac, iPhone, and Watch setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Sahil Parikh, and I am a husband, father, and the founder of Brightpod — a web-based project management & time tracking software for digital marketing teams. I am also an author of a book called The SaaS Edge (2011, Tata McGraw-Hill) and an avid golfer (a round every Saturday is like meditation). My motto is “Life is short. Work smart. Have fun.”
What is your current setup?
I currently use a 12-inch MacBook that I bought while traveling to Boston in the summer of 2015. I use the Twelve South GhostStand with an external keyboard and mouse from my old iMac (my 2011 iMac display went blank after about 5 years). I back up the MacBook using an external hard disk via Time Machine. I try to keep my setup simple by using just one monitor that helps me focus on the task at hand. I have tried with multiple monitors in the past, but that just distracted me.
setup  macbook  email  slack  evernote  notes_app  jodurnal  1password  photo  editing  screenshots  iphoneX  music  podcast  maps  productivity  watch  siri 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
No Cutting Corners on the iPhone X – MacStories
Brad Ellis on the very special corners of the iPhone X...
And...
I love this type of design details. Almost three months later, sometimes I still stop and stare at the screen on my iPhone X to realize what a marvelous feat of industrial design and engineering it is.
iphoneX  design  UI/UX 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: No Cutting Corners on the iPhone X
Brad Ellis:
When the iPhone X launched, a lot of designers were put off about the screen shape. Those complaints have mostly died down, but I haven’t seen much design-nerd talk about cool corner treatment details. Fortunately, deep nerd shit is my specialty.
iphoneX  design  daring_fireball  UI/UX 
january 2018 by rgl7194
No Cutting Corners on the iPhone X – Tall West – Medium
When the iPhone X launched, a lot of designers were put off about the screen shape. Those complaints have mostly died down, but I haven’t seen much design-nerd talk about cool corner treatment details. Fortunately, deep nerd shit is my specialty.
What’s Your Angle?
When you’re starting a design like this, the obvious, and comically cheaper option is to make all corners square. Machines exist and/or are calibrated to make those screens, so keeping edges squared requires fewer manufacturing changes and less talent along the pathway to production.
Everyone knows how to make a right angle — designers don’t have to do math, engineers need fewer calculations, the people making the machine are clear on what to do.
iphoneX  design  UI/UX 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Roger Ogden's Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Roger Ogden, and I’m a software engineer living in Boise, Idaho. It’s nice to meet you.
What is your current setup?
I currently have a 2015 15″ MacBook Pro. It has a 2.5 GHz i7, 16 GB RAM, and a 250 GB SSD.
setup  macbook  ssd  productivity  twitter  email  writing  music  slack  1password  photos_app  dropbox  iphoneX  weather  camera  audiobooks  podcast  ipad  games  instapaper  RSS  ibooks  nytimes  journal 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Our iPhone X Review: The Smartphone of the Future: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Among Wirecutter staff, the iPhone X just may be the most controversial smartphone ever—but not for the reasons you might think. Most of us agree that it’s the best iPhone ever; many think it’s the best smartphone, period. If you can afford the higher price, the iPhone X is a fantastic phone. It feels like the first “new” iPhone since the original, while the iPhone 8 feels like the last “old” iPhone.
Apple iPhone X
Tomorrow’s iPhone today
The iPhone X is expensive, but it changes the way you use an iPhone, thanks to face recognition, gestures in place of the Home button, a unique camera system, and a no-bezel OLED display that squeezes more screen area onto a device that’s the same size as an iPhone 8.
$1,000 from Apple
Where we can’t seem to agree is on whether or not the iPhone X is the best iPhone for most people. (To be fair, none of us think Apple offers a single model that’s good for everybody right now.) Everyone who has used the X loves it and agrees that it represents an entirely new experience and a glimpse into the future of mobile devices. But that experience comes at a significant price premium, and because we expect that many of its features will “trickle down” to more affordable models, we think those happy with their current phone might want to hang onto it for a while and not upgrade this year.
iphoneX  review  wirecutter 
january 2018 by rgl7194
iPhone X: A Photographer's Review - ISO 1200 | Photography Video blog for photographers
The iPhone 10 which will forever be known as the X,  it is the most expensive and the most beautiful iPhone ever made. Tyler Stalman makes a depth iPhone X review & camera test from a professional photographer's perspective.
iphoneX  camera  review  video 
january 2018 by rgl7194
An In-Depth iPhone X Camera Review by a Pro Photographer
Professional photographer Tyler Stalman recently tested out the iPhone X extensively to see its camera capabilities. In this 9-minute video review, Stalman shares his findings on how the iPhone X performs in the real world.
Comparing the iPhone X to the Google Pixel 2 and iPhone 6S, Stalman’s feelings about the phone were mixed. Stalman says that the sharpness and contrast of images are now better, with saturation boosted a little too.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography has been improved, which is good to see, but Stalman feels that “the Google Pixel 2 has the edge” in this area. The Pixel 2 retains more detail and has a more “natural” look about the images.
Stalman also thinks that the iPhone X has a tendency to overexpose shots, and finds that he adjusts the compensation for this “more than [he’d] like to.”
iphoneX  camera  review 
january 2018 by rgl7194
iPhone X and the critics’ Festival Of Wrong | Ken Segall
Getting Apple wrong is hardly anything new. Apple naysayers and wrongness share a rich and glorious history.
Remember, Apple failed when it created a computer that works with a mouse; when it left the floppy drive out of iMac; when it forgot how to innovate after iPhone; when it built a watch nobody wanted; when [your favorite fail here].
But history be damned. Following three years of physically unchanged iPhones, iPhone X was a target many critics couldn’t resist.
The result? We were treated to a veritable Festival Of Wrong, served up by countless critics in four distinct phases.
iphoneX 
january 2018 by rgl7194
How iPhone X changes things | Computerworld
What does Apple's iPhone X tell us about the next decade of smartphones and the way we will interact with them?
It should be clear by now that Apple’s big bet on the iPhone X is working out just fine. Millions of people appear to be picking them up, but what does the new device tell us about the next decade of smartphones?
Face, the obvious
Biometric ID has come of age.
From Touch ID fingerprint sensors to face recognition systems and whatever comes beyond. It’s not impossible to speculate that one day our solutions will even be able to recognise us through a combination of biometric signals: fingerprint, face, pulse, even by blood type as mobile sensor development accelerates.
That’s important – iPhone X also signals that in future our device security will not rely on a single security flag, but on multiple protections: you still need a strong passcode even when using Face ID. We can anticipate the gradual evolution of multiple, complementary forms of biometric ID.
iphoneX  review 
january 2018 by rgl7194
iPhone X + body trackers = MAGIC | iMore
What do you get when you cross an iPhone X with a body tracker? A whole lot of magic.
Less than 10 years ago, motion capture technology — the good stuff, I mean — cost an arm and a leg.
For a studio of use this tech to create characters on the big screen, bring life to video game characters, or anything in between, was ridiculously expensive, time consuming, and difficult.
Now it seems like those woes are a thing in the past after a tweet from Darshan Shankar, the founder of Big Screen VR, pointed out the amazing work being done by KNL Studio for their game Bebylon Battle Royale.
Just a couple years ago, achieving this fidelity of facial & body mocap would cost a studio millions of dollars
Today all you need are commodity body trackers and an iPhoneX (facial)
Amazing work @KNLstudio pic.twitter.com/JnYnjcaMSf
— Darshan Shankar (@DShankar) January 11, 2018
iphoneX  AR/VR 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Greg Maass' Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Greg Maass (@gmaass in the usual places), and I’m a software developer, musician, and father living in Seattle, Washington. I’ve developed enterprise software for hospitals and universities for the last 20 years, always on a Windows machine using the Microsoft stack.
What is your current setup?
A few years ago, I started getting into iOS development and bought a bottom of the line Mac Mini and plugged it into my existing keyboard and monitors to see how I liked the platform. I liked it, but the Mac Mini was too underpowered to do much, so I bought a top of the line Mac Mini with a Fusion Drive. I love it, and so far it has been serving me well without making me wish I had a more powerful machine. I have a Windows machine that I can switch to when needed (mostly for CD/DVD reading), but I rarely turn it on these days.
setup  mac  iphoneX  ipad  developer  editing  chrome  calendar  productivity  news  instapaper  weather  email  facebook  twitter  messaging  instagram  spotify  RSS  radio  podcast  photography  netflix  amazon  video 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: WebOS's Innovative Gesture-Based Navigation
If we’re going to talk about good ideas from Palm devices in the iPhone X, the mute switch is the least of them. The gesture-based navigation on iPhone X is a lot like that of WebOS on the 2008 Palm Pre — swipe left and right at the bottom to quickly switch between recent apps, swipe up from the bottom to access the card-based multitasking UI (replete with roundrect corners), pull down from the top right to access controls like Wi-Fi and airplane mode. Palm’s demise is probably the greatest tragedy in the industry of the iPhone era. The hardware wasn’t great, and the low-level software was too slow, but the design of WebOS was brilliant, and brilliant design is the most precious commodity in this industry.
Dieter Bohn (of course) wrote a longer look at the WebOS gestures in iOS 11 on iPhone X.
iphoneX  design  daring_fireball 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Phil Schiller Interview With Dan Grabham
Phil Schiller on the development of the iPhone X, in a wide-ranging interview with Dan Grabham for T3:
At the time, at the beginning, it seemed almost impossible. Not just almost. It seemed impossible. And to pull off what feels impossible and make it possible — and not only that, but just something we love using — is just a great achievement.
“Clearly there was a point in the process where we had to commit to the fact that it would be a full top-to-bottom screen on the front with no home button, which means you’re counting on Face ID working as we’d hope, and being as good.
That’s an exciting moment, when you have to sort of… the old saying: ‘Burn the boats. Leave the past behind, and commit.’ Knowing that the team was willing to make that gamble was a key point early enough in the process.
iphoneX  phil_schiller  interview  daring_fireball 
january 2018 by rgl7194
How to Design for iPhone X (without an iPhone X) – Halide
Our camera app, Halide, was just weeks old when the first leaks of the iPhone X surfaced. We didn’t know what the device was called, let alone exactly how it would impact our user interface — but we nevertheless decided to start working on what a camera app for it could look like.
An early ‘leak’. We’re grateful the actual iPhone X didn’t have this ‘virtual home button’
Now, a month after the release of iPhone X, I want to show you how we designed and released an app redesigned for iPhone X, without ever even having held one.
design  iphoneX  photography  apps  ios11 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: How to Design for iPhone X (Without an iPhone X)
Sebastiaan de With on how he (and developer partner Ben Sandofsky) designed the iPhone X version of Halide before they had an iPhone X. Halide is truly one of the very nicest apps I’ve ever seen. And I just love de With’s “world map of the iPhone X for your fingers” — and it’s fascinating to see how this “map” affected the layout of controls when Halide is running on the iPhone X.
photography  apps  iphoneX  design  ios11 
january 2018 by rgl7194
iOS 11 X and iOS 11 Classic – MacStories
In his review of the iPhone X, John Gruber astutely points out that the device effectively runs a fork of iOS 11...
This is a great way to think about the evolution of iOS going forward. As I noted last month, the iPhone X will reshape the entire iOS ecosystem over the next few years. Consequently, it’ll also make it more challenging to review a new version of iOS, as we’ll have to account for deeply different variations of the same features.
iphoneX  ios11 
january 2018 by rgl7194
iPhone X: A New Frontier – MacStories
For a radically redesigned iPhone launching on the tenth anniversary of the first model, it seems reasonable to lead a review of the device with a retrospective on the original iPhone and how, over the course of a decade, its vision matured into the iPhone X. But today, I want to begin with the iPhone 4.
In many ways, it was 2010’s redesigned iPhone 4 that turned the iPhone into the social, cultural, and economical phenomenon we all recognize in 2017. It was the first iPhone to be publicly leaked several weeks in advance, kicking off the modern era of Apple rumors and speculation on unreleased hardware. The iPhone 4 brought a substantial rear camera upgrade and, for the first time, a front-facing camera – features that would become instrumental to the redefinition of mobile photography for self expression, communication, and sharing through the rise of selfies, FaceTime video calling, and Instagram.
Perhaps most importantly, the iPhone 4, with its Retina display and bold new look, was a piece of modern industrial design that demanded to be held, used, and studied to be fully appreciated. Unlike its predecessor – the faster and forever endeared iPhone 3GS – the iPhone 4 felt like a marvel of pocket computing that couldn’t be possible a mere 12 months after the 3GS’ plastic body and low-resolution display. The iPhone 4 was an instant classic that leaped beyond anything we’d seen before at the time.
I understand why the original iPhone makes for an ideal starting point to discuss the iPhone X. The device’s anniversary and (debatable) nomenclature beg for a reflection on the past decade and how our lives have changed thanks to smartphones. But it’s not how I feel about the iPhone X.
Like the iPhone 4 did in 2010, the iPhone X follows a highly successful iPhone model and diverts from its established formula with a new design and features that will cause our habits to evolve. The iPhone X doesn’t just add to an existing model – it remixes and changes our expectations of what an iPhone should be altogether. I see more parallels between the iPhone 4 and iPhone X than, say, the original iPhone and the X: selfies becoming portraits, the advent of Retina and now OLED, and, yes, even being left in a bar and "being left" inside an unreleased firmware.
The iPhone X, like the iPhone 4, inaugurates a new direction, with effects that will inevitably ripple through the entire iPhone line. But beyond its striking, sensor-laden display and glass body, the iPhone X is a collection of major themes that will reshape the Apple ecosystem over the next decade.
iphoneX  review 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Apple and the common sense factor | Ken Segall
We all know that Apple rose from the dead because Steve Jobs had a unique mix of talents.
He had vision, he understood human behavior, he loved design and he was a gifted conductor of a complex orchestra.
My experience with him makes me want to add one more trait to that mix. That is—he relentlessly acted on common sense.
Trust me, this is more rare than it sounds. Working with other iconic companies, I too often saw common sense take a back seat to cost, timetables and opinions. The result was always something less than our original vision.
When I look at today’s Apple, I still see the company I love. I still see products that are beautifully thought-out. I still see the love of design.
But common sense? I worry.
In the Steve Jobs Theater event this week, I found much to rejoice in. But I also saw three things that struck my common-sense nerve.
apple  steve_jobs  iphoneX  siri  remote 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Home Screens - Daman Rangoola — MacSparky
One of the great things about living in Southern California is all the local nerds I get to hang out with. One such new friend I made this year is Daman Rangoola (Twitter). Daman is a clever guy and put a lot of time into his home screen. So Daman, let’s see it.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE APPS?
I find almost everything on my home screen to be invaluable on a day to day basis, but the two that stand out are Downcast and Tweetbot. I also have Overcast, which I find to be a great app in it’s own right, but after spending so much time tweaking my settings in Downcast and having the app work great for me - I haven’t felt the need to totally make the switch. 
homescreen  podcast  twitter  games  slack  workflow  whatsapp  ecosystem  watch  ipad_pro  iphoneX  basketball 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The iPhone X Is Cool. That Doesn’t Mean You Are Ready for It. - The New York Times
The iPhone X is the best iPhone ever made. Many of you probably aren’t ready for it.
Here’s why: Apple’s newest iPhone takes a big leap from past models. It lacks a home button, which makes it less intuitive to use than previous iPhones. The device is also the first iPhone to feature a face scanner for unlocking it. And for many people who have developed 10 years of muscle memory from using iPhones a certain way, these may seem like abrupt changes.
Yet for all these caveats, be prepared to get caught up in the buzz of the iPhone X (pronounced ten, not ex). Apple unveiled the device — its most expensive smartphone ever, starting at $999 — in September alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which are cheaper models with familiar features. The iPhone X arrives in stores on Friday, and Apple has encouraged people to line up early.
So is the iPhone X right for you? I tested the device for two days this week after Apple made it available to The New York Times. This was not an ideal length of time to discover all the pros and cons of the smartphone; in years past, we tested new iPhones for a week or more.
iphoneX  review  nytimes 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: The iPhone X
...The iPhone X is not the work of an overcautious company. It’s a risk to so fundamentally change the most profitable platform in the world. But Apple is gambling on the taste of the team who lived with the iPhone X during its development. Ossification is a risk with a platform as popular and successful as the iPhone — fear of making unpopular changes can lead a platform vendor to make no significant changes. Another risk, though, is hubris — making changes just for the sake of making changes that show off how clever the folks at Apple still are.
After two months using an iPhone X, I’m convinced Apple succeeded. The iPhone X is a triumph, a delightful conceptual modernization of a ten-year-old platform that, prior to using the iPhone X, I didn’t think needed a modernization. Almost nothing7 about the iPhone X calls undue attention to its cleverness. It all just seems like the new normal, and it’s a lot of fun...
iphoneX  review  daring_fireball  ios11 
january 2018 by rgl7194
A comprehensive review of the iPhone X, Apple's newest flagship device
If you’re one of those people (like myself) who upgrades their phone every couple of years, the cycle in which Apple recently found themselves might have seemed troubling.
For a while, the annual upgrade cycle seemed to bring at least one major change with every new iPhone.
A year after the original device was released, the iPhone 3G opened the device up to a world of apps. The 3GS brought a major speed increase to the device, but left the design alone.
When the iPhone 4 came out two years later, it put those apps into a new form factor and gave users a beautiful Retina Display. The iPhone 4s brought us Siri, and the iPhone 5 introduced a taller screen, LTE support, and the Lightning connector. The iPhone 5s unveiled Touch ID, and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus provided the biggest screen size changes ever, along with Apple Pay and a bevy of new features. After that, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus brought some incremental updates to the 6 line. After that, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus brought further incremental updates, like water resistance, at the cost of the headphone jack.
The iPhone X feels like one giant leap.
iphoneX  review 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Apple Posts iPhone X Videos Promoting Face ID and Animoji – MacStories
Apple has posted four videos highlighting exclusive iPhone X features. Three of the videos focus on Face ID and Apple Pay, while the fourth spotlights Animoji.
One Face ID video is a broad introduction to the iPhone X, Face ID, and using Apple Pay with Face ID. The other two Face ID videos have a narrower focus. One demonstrates that Face ID works even if you change your look. The spot features a woman with different hair styles, jewelry, glasses, makeup, and clothing unlocking her iPhone X with each new look. The other Face ID video shows that the feature works in complete darkness.
The final spot embraces the Animoji karaoke phenomenon. As a woman sings All Night by Big Boi, a series of Animoji sing along with her just like the many Animoji karaoke videos that have been posted to Twitter and elsewhere.
The four short videos, which you can view after the break below, are available on YouTube and will likely begin showing up on television soon.
iphoneX  commercials  faceID  animoji 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Portrait Mode: iPhone X vs. Pixel 2 XL vs. DSLR | iMore
Both iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL use computational photography to try and simulate depth of field — but how do they compare to a Canon with a fast 50 lens?
Computational photography is the biggest leap forward in image capture since digital photography freed us from film. iPhone X — like iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus — uses it and a dual lens camera system to capture depth data and then applies machine learning to create an artificial bokeh effect. The Pixel 2 XL borrows the phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF) system to grab depth data, combines it with a machine-learned segmentation map, and create a similar artificial bokeh.
But how do they compare to the optical quality of a Canon 5D Mark III paired with a 50mm ƒ/1.4 lens that doesn't need to compute or simulate anything?
iphoneX  google  photography  camera  bokeh  comparo 
november 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone X: The launch that changed everything | iMore
On selling, buying, and covering iPhone in the age of affinity.
The line snaked down the street, back up the street, down again, and back up again. I was outside Apple's flagship 5th Ave. store in New York City and it was still hours before launch. These kinds of lines aren't great for customers, as Apple's retail team has said numerous times and managed to almost eliminate through preorders and pickups in recent years. But, wow, are they powerful visual indicators of the singular cultural popularity of iPhone.
And these were for iPhone X, the most exciting new iPhone since the original.
iphoneX 
november 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone X review: Early adopting the future | Ars Technica
The most expensive iPhone ever is Apple's proposal for the future of mobile.
A lot has changed in the decade since Apple shared its first iPhone with the world, but most people's relationships to their smartphones have not changed for a while. After an explosion of innovation, we’ve mostly seen incremental updates to processing power, security features, screen size, cameras, and software in recent years. These have added up over time, but the progress has rarely revolutionized this product area or its users' experience.
Generally, people have understandably been fine with that. Stability is good for consumers. We now see our phones as practical tools, not as anything extraordinary—not anything that opens up exciting and relevant new possibilities in our professional and personal lives like those earliest iPhone and Android phones did.
Some enthusiasts have nevertheless lamented that this is no longer the Apple whose products, once perceived as truly groundbreaking, excited them. But even more so than usual, Apple wants buyers to see this new phone, the most expensive iPhone yet released, as revolutionary. It has positioned iPhone X as a blueprint for all handsets to come.
But is the iPhone X that significant? Is the future actually here—for real this time, after that marketing suggestion has been thrown around so much that we’ve tuned it out? And even if it is, is it worth the potential pains of early adoption for newer technologies like Face ID and OLED?
I’ll give you a hint: this phone does three notable new things, all in one device. As a certain turtlenecked man once said, "Are you getting it?"
iphoneX  review  ars_technica 
november 2017 by rgl7194
How app developers and designers feel about the iPhone X—and the notch | Ars Technica
iPhone app and game devs assess the iPhone X and share experiences with it.
The heart of the iPhone X's pitch is third-party apps. From augmented reality features to the TrueDepth sensor, the new features are meant to stir creativity and action in the developer community, bringing innovative new app experiences to iPhone X users. But even as Apple gives developers new toys to play with, it also has to make sure it doesn't break their old ones.
The iPhone X is the most significant change to the iPhone in several years. It has a higher resolution and a different screen shape. It disposes of the home button and adds or changes touch gestures. Every one of those changes could create work for designers and developers... and then there’s the notch. You can expect more phones to do this, not just from Apple. But how do you design around it? How much work is it to adapt an app for it? Is it, as some critics say, bad design?
To find out, I spoke with designers and developers of apps and games for iOS who recently went through the process of updating their apps for the iPhone X. I wanted to ask some of these very questions, but by and large I wanted to hear how the transition to the new phone went for everyone working behind the scenes.
iphoneX  developer  design  apps 
november 2017 by rgl7194
I'd love persistent, ambient authentication in iPhone XI | iMore
People don't want Touch ID or Face ID — they just want locked-down security without having to type a passcode.
OK. iPhone IX or iPhone 9 — or whatever Apple calls the 2018 iPhone flagship — might be overly aggressive. But the heart wants what the heart wants.
Apple has now shipped iPhone X, the company's first device with an edge-to-rounded-edge display. That drove Apple to replace Touch ID, its fingerprint identity sensor, with Face ID, a new facial identity scanner. But not without some losses and compromises.
Still, just like Touch ID was faster and more convenient than passcode and Touch ID 2 was so fast it barely felt like authentication, Face ID is almost transparent. Most of the time, your phone unlocks or your app authenticates and you're left staring at the fading animation, just beginning to realize you've been identified, when you're already in.
There are a few times, though, when your finger moisture has changed or you're wearing gloves, or your face is at an odd angle or you're all bundled up, where "it just works" just stops working. It's not often and it's not a lot, but it's enough to shatter the illusion. It's enough to make me want something even better and more transparent.
iphoneX  authentication  faceID  touchID  security  privacy 
november 2017 by rgl7194
3 iPhone X hands-on video reviews push Apple at new audiences | Computerworld
Apple hopes the iPhone X will set the standard for the next ten years of smartphone development, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Apple chose to push beyond traditional tech tastemakers by giving up-and-coming video bloggers a chance to look at the device.
One step beyond
Breaking into new circles is part of what Apple needs the new iPhone to achieve. You see, the device isn’t only aimed at technologists and existing iPhone users, it is also targeted at every other person on the planet.
Cisco notes that video accounted for 73 percent of all Internet traffic last year.
iphoneX  commercials 
november 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone X: Some Early Impressions – Om Malik
There is no shortage of iPhone X reviews. There is no shortage of reviews of the iPhone X reviews. And there’s definitely no shortage of reviews of the iPhone X reviewers. I am going to skip all that and instead share my experience and first impressions of having the phone I will call X (not 10) for just over a day.
Size: As you all know, I had injured my hands due to overuse of the “plus” sized devices and switched to the iPhone SE. I love the SE as it has everything I need, even if the screen feels a little small at times. The X is a great middle ground between nearly perfect SE and Plus devices. It is sized just right: I can hold it in one hand, move my fingers around without stretching them and, most importantly, I can enjoy a bigger screen. The weight, too, is almost perfect. For me, the size alone is worth the price of the upgrade.
iphoneX  review 
november 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone X: Unboxing + comparison photos | iLounge News
We’ve just gotten our hands on Apple’s new iPhone X, and have a quick first look with some unboxing and comparison photos. With all of the news around the iPhone X, there aren’t a lot of surprises here, and it looks pretty much like you’d expect it to on the surface, with the edge-to-edge OLED screen looking as impressive first-hand as it does in the photos. As with the iPhone 8 models, Apple is also still bundling only its 5W power adapter alongside the usual wired EarPods and standard Lightning cable. Surprisingly, the iPhone X doesn’t appear to include iOS 11.1 — the version we received came with iOS 11.0.1 installed. Keep your eyes out for our full, independent, comprehensive review of the new iPhone X next week once we’ve had a chance to put it through its paces.
iphoneX  unboxing 
november 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone X Teardown - iFixit
Introduction
Ten years ago, Apple introduced the very first iPhone, and changed the world. Today, we're taking apart Apple's 18th iteration—the iPhone X. With its rounded edges and edge-to-edge display, we're sure this is the iPhone Steve imagined all of those years ago—but now that his dream is realized, will it be as influential as the first? Time will tell, but for now we'll be doing our part to help you decide. Join us as we open Apple's crown jewel to see what makes it shine.
A big thanks to Circuitwise for hosting our teardown down under, Creative Electron for X-ray imagery, and TechInsights for IC ID.
It's serendipitous that we're in Sydney, because we've got an Australia store now. As we learn more, we'll be posting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We've got a newsletter too if you're the email type.
iphoneX  teardown 
november 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone X teardown reveals most efficient device yet; some drop tests find it to be very breakable | iLounge News
In its full teardown of the iPhone X, iFixit found the device to be drastically reconfigured inside to maximize performance in the smallest space possible. The stacked logic board is of special interest, taking up only around 70 percent of the space of the iPhone 8 Plus’ board but cramming in even more chips and connectors by being folded in half. That design leaves more room for the two battery cells that give the iPhone X a small edge on the iPhone 8 Plus despite coming in a much smaller footprint. Internal brackets, spot welds and foam hold the front-facing cameras firmly in place so they can pull off delicate features like Portrait Mode, and the rear-facing Face ID camera technology comes out of the display when it’s separated, making the OLED display replaceable without fiddling with the cameras embedded within it.
The device also has a ton of waterproofing inside that can gum up repairs, but on the flip side they make it a lot less likely that water damage repairs will be necessary in the first place. Extreme water tests conducted by YouTuber EverythingApplePro (via iPhone in Canada) found the iPhone X held up in a meter of water for 30 minutes with no damage or functional problems. The device also survived 5 minutes 20 feet below the surface of a river and made it through a full rinse cycle in the washing machine unscathed. In its drop tests, SquareTrade found the iPhone X to be “the most breakable, highest-priced, most expensive to repair iPhone ever,” with screen malfunctions, swipe failures, display separation and edge scratches after 1 drop from 6 feet onto the device’s side. Face-down and back-down drops shattered the glass on each side respectively, and a 60-second tumble test also shattered the glass and causes Face ID failures. While it should be noted that SquareTrade is in the business of selling extended phone warranties and most users will have their device snugly inside a case, the drop tests do somewhat undermine Apple’s claim that the iPhone X features “the most durable glass ever in a smartphone.”
iphoneX  teardown 
november 2017 by rgl7194
iFixit’s iPhone X teardown finds two battery cells and an “unprecedented” logic board | Ars Technica
There's impressive engineering here, but the X could still be easier to fix.
With the launch of every new iPhone comes an accompanying teardown from iFixit uncovering exactly what’s inside of Apple’s latest device. The iPhone X is no exception, as the popular gadget repair site pried open the much-anticipated handset shortly after it went on sale on Friday.
The teardown reveals a phone that has been overhauled on the inside nearly as much as it has on the outside. The most immediately noticeable quirk is how Apple has laid out the iPhone X’s batteries, which continue to dominate how the rest of the internals are constructed. Namely, the company has planted two cells into the device—a first for any iPhone—in an “L-shaped” configuration.
iphoneX  teardown 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: How Much Faster is the iPhone X’s ‘Telephoto’ Lens Than the iPhone 7 Plus’s?
Dan Provost:
I also used the manual camera app Halide to get an ISO and shutter speed reading at the various light levels, and came to the conclusion that the iPhone X requires roughly 2 fewer stops of light before switching to the telephoto lens, as compared to the iPhone 7 Plus. This is obviously great news, and speaks to how improved the second lens is after just one year. In my own use of the phone for the past couple weeks, it does indeed seem to be the case that I am very rarely presented with a 2X cropped image.
Impressive.
iphoneX  camera  daring_fireball 
november 2017 by rgl7194
What Face ID Means for Accessibility – MacStories
Steven Aquino on the accessibility implications of Face ID on the iPhone X:
The way Apple has built Face ID, hardware- and software-wise, into iOS quite literally makes using iPhone a “hands-free” experience in many regards. And that’s without discrete accessibility features like Switch Control or AssistiveTouch. That makes a significant difference to users, myself included, whose physical limitations make even the most mundane tasks (e.g., unlocking one’s device) tricky. As with so many accessibility-related topics, the little things that are taken for granted are always the thin
The combination of Face ID with Raise to Wake (or, arguably, the simplicity of Tap to Wake) truly sounds like a remarkable improvement accessibility-wise, perhaps in a way that we didn’t foresee when we started speculating on Apple abandoning Touch ID. Hands-free unlocking is one of my favorite aspects of the iPhone X experience so far.
iphoneX  faceID  privacy  security 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Stretching the truth with iPhone X « Observatory
Since the dawn of time, advertisers have stretched, exaggerated and mutilated the truth to get consumers’ attention.
Hey, that’s life. It’s also why advertising is a consistent bottom-dweller in every “most respected profession” survey.
But there is hope for mankind.
Some companies have a refreshingly strong sense of advertising ethics. They believe that their products are so good, an honest portrayal is the most effective advertising tool.
Apple has always been one of those companies. That’s one reason I was so attracted to it when I was a baby copywriter.
Apple advertising was always creative and fun, but it was also intelligent and accurate. That’s what made it the industry’s “gold standard” for marketing.
That’s why it makes me nervous when I see today’s Apple playing loose with words and images to sell a product.
Case in point: the “all-screen” iPhone X.
iphoneX 
november 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone X Geekbench scores outperform iPad Pro | iMore
According to iPhone X Geekbench scores, its A11 processor is fast. Like … really fast.
As we all know, Apple announced its new flagship iPhone model, the iPhone X, at the Apple Event on Tuesday. The device is outfitted with an A11 Bionic chip that has two performance cores (for intensive tasks) and four efficiency cores (for low-power tasks). Of course, the A11 definitely outdoes the old A10 chip in the iPhone 7, but that isn't the only device that it's better than: Geekbench scores show that the iPhone X processor is more powerful than the that of the 10.5" iPad Pro as well as some MacBooks. In fact, it seems that the iPhone X is the highest performance smartphone available, with a single-core score of 4169, and an average multi-core score of 9836. As MacRumors mentioned, though, some individual scores were way higher than that, "with single-core scores topping out at 4274 and multi-core scores at 10438." The publication goes on to say...
iphoneX  benchmark  performance 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Gartenberg: Apple raises the bar - Six Colors
...But the star of the show was iPhone X. It’s arguably the most beautiful product ever made by Apple and the jewel in Apple’s crown. The aesthetics must be seen to be appreciated. This is something Apple competitors aren’t even close to. If the iPhone 8 raises the bar, iPhone X raises the bar so high it can’t be seen. This is, quite simply, the best smartphone money can buy.
The screen is beautiful. A seamless piece of glass that users interact with in so many new ways. Face ID takes facial recognition and makes it seamless, becoming invisible in use. The new functionality it enables is groundbreaking. No doubt, this is the device that Steve Jobs envisioned more than then ten years ago. I expect the lines to purchase the iPhone X will exceed what we’ve seen before...
iphoneX 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X to Support FLAC – Kirkville
Apple today announced two new iPhone models, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X. Not mentioned, but visible in the tech specs for these devices, is support for FLAC, the free lossless audio codec.
Third party apps have long been able to play FLAC files; after all, they are just files. But this suggests that the iPhone can natively play FLAC files, using hardware decoding. This is interesting, because Apple has long avoided offering any type of FLAC support in iTunes or in its operating systems.
iphone8  iphoneX  flac 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Designing for iPhone X | iMore
Sebastiaan de With, Linda Dong, Marc Edwards, and Brad Ellis talk "horns", aspect ratio, safe area, color space, OLED, HDR, and more!
Guests & Links
Sebastiaan de With: Twitter, Webite, Halide
Linda Dong: Twitter, Lyft
Marc Edwards: Twitter, Website, Bjango apps
Brad Ellis: Twitter, Website
Vector | Rene Ritchie: Website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
iphoneX  design  apps  UI/UX 
november 2017 by rgl7194
10 more words on iPhone X | iMore
Well, actually a few more than 10. Misleading headline. Sorry.
This isn't a review of the iPhone X; there's been plenty of those. I recommend you read Rene's.
I won't go into a long discussion of the geeky tech specs either. For the most part, the X and 8 series share all the same critical features, from the processors to the cameras (with the exception of added OIS on the iPhone X's "telephoto" lens; if you don't know what that means, it clearly doesn't matter to you).
So I'll start simply. The iPhone X is simply the best iPhone ever made. The iPhone X is the best smartphone you can buy today, and likely tomorrow. Apple is now a full generation ahead of their competitors when it comes to every metric. The amount of technology the X puts in your pocket would be unheard of in 2007. Frankly, it would have been unheard of in 2016.
iphoneX  review 
november 2017 by rgl7194
This is why iPhone X is Apple’s most important product | Computerworld
Research from SEMRush shows just how much people are interested in iPhone compared with other Apple products, plus which Apple product is likely to take off.
Have you ever wondered just how much interest there is in iPhone in comparison with Apple’s other products? Or wondered which of the company’s other products is likely to become a mass market hit next? These charts from SEMRush (based on search volume) will show you what you need to know:
Apple’s biggest product
On launch, Apple sold around 3 million iPhone X units in just 20 minutes. That works out to be around 150,000 phones per minute and 2,500 iPhone X sales per second. That’s by far the biggest product Apple — or anyone — has to sell right now.
That’s not to say people aren’t interested in Apple’s other products. They are really interested, as the below graph shows...
iphoneX 
november 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone X, meet roller derby: Shooting sports photography with Apple's newest smartphone | iMore
Rene reviewed the iPhone X in our traditional style. My review methods were… a little more unorthodox.
was lacing up my skates to test the floor when the iPhone X hit Apple Store shelves. It's the first time my secret life as a skater for a top 10 roller derby team has directly interfered with my work at iMore — I had my husband pick up my iPhone X in Massachusetts and drive it down to Philadelphia, where I was skating in WFTDA's annual international championships.
I could have just called a mulligan on the weekend, tying it in with my honeymoon the next week, and left the iPhone X to hang out at the store for a few days longer. But what would be the fun in that?
Instead, I got media credentials to the event alongside my skater pass. The goal? Testing the iPhone X's true prowess as a camera for sports photography and videography, behind-the-scenes snaps, and many (many) ridiculous Portrait selfies.
sports  photography  iphoneX 
november 2017 by rgl7194
4K Cinematic Video Shot on the iPhone X Without Fancy Accessories
“Shot on smartphone” ads and sample photos/videos are often created with the help of expensive accessories that help achieve more than you can with just the phone — things like stabilizers and lenses. If you’d like to see what you can achieve without these add-ons, check out this 4K cinematic video by Matteo Bertoli.
Bertoli took the iPhone X on a work trip to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. During his free time, he shot some completely handheld video and edited it at night in his hotel room.
iphoneX  video  camera 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Review: Apple iPhone X | iLounge
Pros: Face ID is a game changer. New Super Retina OLED screen provides a whole new level of display quality. iPhone “Plus” dual-lens camera system in an iPhone 8-sized package. Wider aperture and OIS on 2X lens should provide better 2X photos. Front TrueDepth camera empowers Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting for selfies as well as other advanced technologies. iPhone 8 Plus battery life in a smaller iPhone. Nice boost in screen real estate over standard-sized iPhones. Retains museum-quality design of the iPhone 8 models and takes it up a notch with the stainless steel frame. New gesture control scheme is fluid and intuitive.
Cons: The higher aspect ratio means the screen isn’t actually larger than the iPhone Plus models, despite the larger diagonal. The front TrueDepth camera notch and rear camera bump detract from an otherwise great aesthetic. Lack of Touch ID makes Apple Pay slightly less convenient. OLED screen may be subject to image retention and burn-in. Higher price and increased repair costs from prior iPhone models.
iphoneX  review 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Apple at Its Best – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
The history of Apple being doomed doesn’t necessarily repeat, but it does rhyme.
Take the latest installment, from Professor Mohanbir Sawhney at the Kellogg School of Management (one of my former professors, incidentally):
Have we reached peak phone? That is, does the new iPhone X represent a plateau for hardware innovation in the smartphone product category? I would argue that we are indeed standing on the summit of peak “phone as hardware”: While Apple’s newest iPhone offers some impressive hardware features, it does not represent the beginning of the next 10 years of the smartphone, as Apple claims…
As we have seen, when the vector of differentiation shifts, market leaders tend to fall by the wayside. In the brave new world of AI, Google and Amazon have the clear edge over Apple. Consider Google’s Pixel 2 phone: Driven by AI-based technology, it offers unprecedented photo-enhancement features and deeper hardware-software integration, such as real-time language translation when used with Google’s special headphones…The shifting vector of differentiation to AI and agents does not bode well for Apple…
apple  iphoneX 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Apple at Its Best
Ben Thompson, writing at Stratechery:
In these instances the iPhone X is reaching the very pinnacle of computing: doing a necessary job, in this case security, better than humans can. The fact that this case is security is particularly noteworthy: it has long been taken as a matter of fact that there is an inescapable trade-off between security and ease-of-use; TouchID made it far easier to have effective security for the vast majority of situations, and FaceID makes it invisible.
The trick Apple pulled, though, was going beyond that: the first time I saw notifications be hidden and then revealed (as in the GIF above) through simply a glance produced the sort of surprise-and-delight that has traditionally characterized Apple’s best products. And, to be sure, surprise-and-delight is particularly important to the iPhone X: so much is new, particularly in terms of the interaction model, that frustrations are inevitable; in that Apple’s attempt to analogize the iPhone X to the original iPhone is more about contrasts than comparisons.
“Surprise and delight” are intangibles. You can’t measure them with a benchmark or instrument. There are contingents of hardcore power user and open source nerd types who disdain surprise and delight as product attributes — and no surprise, those are the folks who seem to be dismissing iPhone X as a cynical cash grab.
iphoneX  daring_fireball  apple 
november 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone X Portrait Lighting Versus Real Studio Lighting
The new iPhone X has a number of Portrait Lighting looks that allow users to “fake” professional lighting styles. Here’s a 4-minute video by photographer Daniel DeArco that compares the iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting with the real studio lighting setups they’re designed to mimic.
All the images in these comparisons are taken with the iPhone X, with those on the left having been shot with the digital lighting modes. On the right are images shot with the iPhone X without any of the digital lighting enabled, but instead with the lighting replicated with a real lighting rig.
Here are the comparisons of the different digital lighting modes of the iPhone X...
iphoneX  camera  photography  technology 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Mac Power Users #404: More iPhone Photography with Austin Mann - Relay FM
November 13th, 2017 · 136 minutes
Austin Mann returns to discuss the state of iPhone Photography and David and Katie share their thoughts on the new iPhone X.
Guest Starring: Austin Mann
LINKS AND SHOW NOTES
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iPhone X Camera Review: Guatemala — Austin Mann
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Peak Design | Gear For Creative, Adventurous People
Glif – Studio Neat
iPhone X: Cases, Battery Cases, and Lenses | Moment
Amazon.com: Pedco UltraPod II Lightweight Camera Tripod
Amazon.com: DJI Phone Camera Gimbal OSMO
Amazon.com: Anker Wireless Charger Charging Pad
iPhone 8 Plus Camera Review: India — Austin Mann
Cortex Camera on the App Store
Amazon.com : Lume Cube Photography
Amazon.com: Anker 40W/8A 5-Port USB Charger
Amazon.com: AmazonBasics Lightning to USB A Cable - 4 Inches
Amazon.com: Skiva CB137 USBLink Short Lightning Duo 2-in-1
Shot on iPhone Club
MPU  iphone  photography  podcast  iphoneX 
november 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone X Best Smartphone Ever for Still Photos But Not Video: DxOMark
The new Apple iPhone X is the best smartphone on the market for shooting still photos. That’s what DxOMark concluded in its new review, giving the phone a best-ever sub-score of 101 for photos. For video, however, the iPhone X scored a weaker 89, dragging its overall score down to 97.
While the iPhone 8 Plus features a f/2.8 telephoto lens in its dual camera, the iPhone X’s telephoto camera packs a f/2.4 lens.
“Compared to its cousin iPhone 8 Plus, the X improves noticeably on Zoom performance, but also does better in terms of Exposure, Color, Texture, Noise and Artifacts,” DxOMark says. “Other key strengths in still image mode include very good exposures and HDR images, accurate color rendering, good detail with low noise, as well as a natural-looking bokeh effect in Portrait mode.”
iphoneX  camera  video  comparo  grade 
november 2017 by rgl7194
This Cinematic Short Film Was Shot Entirely on the iPhone X
Want to see the video capabilities of the iPhone X? Here’s a beautiful 3-minute cinematic short film about a French pastry chef. Everything you see was shot entirely with the iPhone X.
Titled “Made in Paris,” the film was shot by photographer Ryan Earl and filmmaker Nick Arcivos of AmnesiArt. It’s a portrait of Elise Lepinteur, a protegee of renowned pastry chef Christophe Adam of Paris, France.
“We produced and edited this short piece in only 4 days with the help of monopods and gimbals (DJI Oslo Mobile and Zhiyun Smooth Q),” AmnesiArt tells PetaPixel. “For the macro shots, we used iPro Lenses by Schneider Optics.”
video  iphoneX  movies 
november 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone Reborn: Initial Thoughts on the iPhone X – MacStories
This is not just another iPhone.
Spend enough time with an iPhone X, and every prior iPhone will feel surprisingly foreign. The radically new display and Face ID are not mere features of this new device – they are foundational pieces of a new iPhone experience that, once lived with, you'll never want to go back from.
While Federico is hard at work on his full review of the iPhone X, I wanted to share my early impressions of the device after a few days of use.
My iPhone X arrived late Friday morning, and the first detail that struck me upon unboxing was its weight – it's substantially heavier than I expected. It's certainly not too heavy, and the weight gives the phone a premium feel, but I'm guessing Apple will be eager to shave off some milligrams in future iterations. Due to activation issues, it took over four hours for me to move beyond the setup screen and actually use the device. While frustrating, that issue did leave me more time than usual to appreciate the iPhone's hardware.
iphoneX  review 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Austin Mann's iPhone X Camera Review — MacSparky
Austin Mann took the new iPhone X to Guatemala, where he took some remarkable photos and had some great feedback on the new iPhone camera. One discovery he made was how much faster the iPhone X is at focussing in on a subject in low light. I didn't notice that until reading the article but playing around with the new camera in comparison to my iPhone 7 Plus, there is a significant difference. Anyway, read the full article and drool over Austin's Guatemala shots.
iphoneX  camera  review  photography 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Austin Mann Reviews the iPhone X Camera – MacStories
On paper, the differences between Apple’s iPhone cameras can be hard to discern year-to-year. That’s why I find photographer Austin Mann’s iPhone camera reviews so valuable. Every year, Mann puts Apple’s cameras through their paces while traveling around the world. In September, Mann took the iPhone 8 Plus to India. He’s back, this time from Guatemala, with a review of the iPhone X’s cameras.
Mann was particularly impressed with the iPhone X’s telephoto lens:
When we got the telephoto lens in the 7 Plus, it was a huge upgrade but the telephoto quality was noticeably less than the wide lens, especially in low light. This created a shooting conundrum… often wishing to zoom in but not wanting to sacrifice quality. Apple closed that gap this year by investing heavily into improving the telephoto lens.  
iphoneX  camera  review  photography 
november 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone X — A Guided Tour — Apple - YouTube
Apple
Published on Nov 3, 2017
iPhone X has a lot of amazing new features like Face ID, Animoji, and Portrait Lighting and new gestures you can use to get around. See how easy they are to use. Learn more at http://apple.co/2lJcKiJ
iphoneX  overview  youtube 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: iPhone X Guided Tour
Nice video from Apple showing everything new and different with iPhone X.
iphoneX  video  overview  daring_fireball 
november 2017 by rgl7194
One week with the iPhone X - Six Colors
So it’s been a week since I took delivery of the iPhone X. When I initially wrote my story about the device, I’d only been able to spend about 12 hours with it. Here’s what I’ve noticed after seven whole days.
Space Gray versus Silver. My Apple review unit is silver; on Friday the Space Gray iPhone X I bought with my own money arrived. With both of them here, I have to admit that I may have made the wrong choice. (Yes, I got to see both models close up at Apple’s media event, but that was a long time ago and I was much more focused on the screen and how it felt in my hand.)
As I mentioned in my initial review, the silver iPhone X looks better than I anticipated. Both phones have a black front bezel, which is good. The shiny silver stainless steel ring is gorgeous, bringing back memories of the original iPod. And the back plate is a sparkly, shimmery silver-white that really looks amazing.
iphoneX  review 
november 2017 by rgl7194
A Few Random Thoughts After 24 Hours of iPhone X — MacSparky
I've spent the last 24 hours playing with my silver iPhone X and occaisionally making a few notes. Here they are:
Face ID is the real deal. I already like it better than Touch ID. I'm not the first person to say this, but it reminds me of the original iPhone where there was no authentication at all. You just lift the phone up and start working. Security almost becomes a non-event. I’ve tested it in the dark, outside with the sun at my back (and front), with sunglasses, and with a hat. It just works. I'm letting my beard grow for the week to see what happens but I fully expect it to continue working fine. The only failure I’ve encountered is when the phone is held upside down, which isn’t really fair but easier than you think given this buttonless flat piece of glass.
iphoneX  review  faceID 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Christina Bonnington on Apple's iPhone X Strategy
Another very astute take on Apple’s iPhone X marketing strategy, this one by Christina Bonnington for Slate:
If you’re reading an iPhone review on The Verge, or Engadget, or Wired, chances are you aren’t hemming and hawing about whether you want to buy the new device. Readers of those sites are already passionate about technology, have strong opinions about it, and often have the money to buy what they want. They’re also largely older and male. (As of 2017, the Wired audience was 57% male, with an average age of 42.) Apple doesn’t need to market as aggressively to this audience, which will seek out information about its products regardless.
Who Apple does want to market to: women and teens. According to 2015 data from Slice Analytics, older men spend the most on Apple products, while women aged 25 to 34 spend the least. Men of every age category (18-plus) outspent women of the same age range, and buyers tended to spend more money on Apple products as they got older. On top of that, women reportedly account for 70 to 85 percent of all consumer purchases and, according to Nielsen Consumer, have a buying power worth $5 to $15 trillion annually.
What all this means: Apple needs to focus its marketing efforts on millennials, teens, and wallet-controlling female buyers if it wants to expand its reach in the U.S., where Android controls 65 percent of the market.
iphoneX  daring_fireball  marketing 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Matt Alexander on Apple's PR Strategy for iPhone X
Great piece by Matt Alexander, analyzing Apple’s new PR strategy for iPhone X...
I think Alexander nailed Apple’s thinking on this. I do think Apple felt burned by the fact that day one coverage of Apple Watch Series 3 was dominated by the Wi-Fi hotspot bug encountered by The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern and The Verge’s Lauren Goode that seemingly rendered cellular networking — the product’s signature feature! — inoperative. The news that it was just a simple bug and would soon be fixed (which turned out to be true) didn’t spread nearly as widely.
In short, Apple wants control over the narrative for its products, and in-depth reviews are mostly out of their control.
They can’t have it both ways though. Apple yesterday posted “iPhone X: What Reviewers Are Saying” to their Newsroom blog, but most of the quotes were from “reviews” which were written by people who’d only spent a few hours with the phone.
iphoneX  daring_fireball  marketing 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: iPhone X Review Roundup
I’ve been using an iPhone X since yesterday, but I’ve only had it for about 24 hours as I type this, so I’m in no position to write a review yet. But my quick take:
Face ID works great. In practice it’s like not even having a passcode on the phone. You just swipe and you’re in. It’s also very quick to set up — way quicker than setting up even a single fingerprint in Touch ID.
I don’t really notice the notch while using it.
I do notice the lack of a home button. I think I’ll get used to the new no-home-button UI soon, but 10 years of habits die hard.
The device feels great.
I was far from alone in not getting an extended period of time to test the phone before the review embargo lifted.
Here’s what others are saying in their reviews.
iphoneX  review  daring_fireball 
october 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone X Review Roundup – MacStories
iPhone X first impressions and reviews were published today. Some reviewers have had Apple’s latest iOS device for about a week, while others have had it less than 24 hours. Here’s our roundup of the most interesting insights from what has been published so far.
iphoneX  review 
october 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone X review: The best damn product Apple has ever made | iMore
Day one of many with Apple's all-new iPhone X.
For over a decade, iPhone has embodied modern mobile computing. iPhone 8, launched last month, is the culmination of that Home-button-and-bezel vision, of everything that's come before. iPhone X (pronounced "Ten"), launching now, is something else entirely — the beginning of what comes next.
The two phones have many things in common, including the A11 Bionic processor inside, inductive charging on the back, along with Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting on the rear camera system. Both are water resistant, have the same high-speed wireless radios, and 64 GB and 256 GB storage options.
What iPhone X doesn't have — aside from a gold color option — is a Home button, Touch ID, and bezels. Apple has deleted all of them. And, in their place, created new, gesture-based navigation, Face ID, and the TrueDepth camera system.
The result is a display that goes edge-to-rounded-edge, wrapped in a design that harkens back to the original iPhone while still looking like something straight out of sci-fi. Starting at $999.
So, is iPhone X — wait. Stop the review and rewind that. I can't stick to being purely analytical with this one.
I've spent the better part of one day with iPhone X as my primary device, but so far it's the most fun I've had with any gadget since the original iPhone. I'm not being hyperbolic here. There are shortcomings. There are things I'd love to see changed. But I can't stop using it. The new display is beyond gorgeous. HDR is glorious. Fluid navigation gestures are sublime. Face ID is so fast I'm forgetting I have a passcode. Attention aware interactivity is the bomb.
I'll still walk you through all the little details and give you a ton of #protips. I'll still share plenty of gripes. And I'll update this review throughout the next week and month. But know that I'm going to be smiling the whole time. Because iPhone X might just be the best damn product Apple has ever made.
iphoneX  review 
october 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone X: Tomorrow's iPhone today - Six Colors
This year, ten years and change after the introduction of the original iPhone, Apple decided to release two separate iPhone models. The iPhone 8 is the latest iteration on the original, offering improvements while maintaining the conventions that have been part of the iPhone since its conception.
But the iPhone X isn’t just another iteration. It’s the biggest change to the fundamentals of the iPhone in years, possibly ever. It’s got a display unlike anything Apple’s shipped in any iPhone or iPad, with high resolution and OLED quality, spanning more of the phone’s front surface than ever before. It’s got advanced sensors for an entirely new form of biometric authentication. And perhaps most fundamentally, it’s got no home button.
Since the very first iPhone, the home button has been a major part of the iPhone’s identity. Yes, it was the ultimate get-out-of-jail-free card for an audience unused to dealing with multi-touch devices. But it was also part of the identity of the iPhone—a circle that hearkened back to the iPod click wheel. How do you draw an iPhone? A rounded rectangle with a tall rectangle inside, and a small circular button below the tall rectangle. Over a decade of evolving technology and design language, that basic set of shapes has unmistakably represented the iPhone.
iphoneX  review 
october 2017 by rgl7194
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