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iPhone 8 Review

iPhone 8 Review

"Familiarity breeds contempt," or so the old proverb goes, and never has that been more topical than for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. In any other year from the past decade, Apple's new smartphones would be the topic of endless fascination and discussion. In 2017, though, they're almost forgotten in the shadow of the iPhone X. While "X" may mark the spot where Apple's future lies, however, the realities of price, availability, and carrier upgrades means many more people will switch to an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus this time around. So, are they being short-changed?

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iPhone 8 crackling earpiece fix coming, iOS 11.0.1 rolling out

iPhone 8 crackling earpiece fix coming, iOS 11.0.1 rolling out

To some, Apple might be losing its touch. In the past, each release and each new device underwent stringent tests to ensure that the user’s first experience would be as flawless and as pleasurable as possible. Now it seems that, just like any other company, new Apple products are exhibiting growing pains. This includes issues like crackling audio from the earpiece of the iPhone 8 as well as several major bugs on iOS 11. Fortunately, fixes are on the way or are already here.

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This iOS 11 setting isn’t new, but it is essential

This iOS 11 setting isn’t new, but it is essential

It's not strictly new, but this iOS setting just changed the way I use apps, download apps, and keep apps to use in the future. This isn't the way I used to do things - I'd usually test and app until a "would you PLZ rate our app, THX" popup occurred, then I'd delete the app immediately. But that's no longer the deal, per Apple's new rules and this one setting. What we'll find out now is if this setting and these rules have the gas to change the way apps get rated by everyday average users.

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Pokemon GO is down and this time it’s serious

Pokemon GO is down and this time it’s serious

Amid login issues aplenty, this morning Pokemon GO was declared officially down and out for several hours. This is the first time in about a year that the service was down for more than an hour or two - and this time it appears to be relatively serious. This time the Pokemon-based adventure app is having trouble with login and, for those that log in, the entire Pokemon GO universe seems to be barren.

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The iPhone X launch will be a nightmare

The iPhone X launch will be a nightmare

If you've been holding off upgrading to iPhone 8 because you really want an iPhone X, don't say goodbye to your current phone quite yet. Rumors that Apple's 2017 flagship would be severely short supply have been circulating almost since we first heard tidbits about its specifications. Now, though, the rumors are solidifying into seriously bad news for early-adopters.

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Force rebooting an iPhone 8 is like a Konami code

Force rebooting an iPhone 8 is like a Konami code

It may sound prehistoric, but there will always be times when you need to forcibly turn off your smartphone. That may be because it froze or, in the case of Apple devices, you see the dreaded "Connect to iTunes" screen. Since Apple blazed the trail for non-removable batteries, it had to resort to a specific series of button presses to reboot an iPhone, iPod, or iPad. That pattern of presses changed last year with the iPhone 7 and is changing again with the iPhone 8, this time requiring a bit more timing than usual.

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iPhone 8 Plus is now DxOMark’s highest rated phone camera

iPhone 8 Plus is now DxOMark’s highest rated phone camera

Camera benchmark specialists DxO just recently revised their testing procedures and ratings to make room for modern smartphone camera features. And that update may have just given Apple the advantage to reclaim the title of King of Smartphone Cameras. The second new smartphone it tested after the update (the Xperia XZ Premium being the first), the iPhone 8 Plus now stands at the top of DxOMark's list, followed immediately by the smaller iPhone 8. This definitely puts a lot more pressure on former champion Google to do better with the Google Pixel 2 coming next week.

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Apple says iPhone 3D Touch multitasking gesture will return in iOS 11

Apple says iPhone 3D Touch multitasking gesture will return in iOS 11

On iOS 10, the iPhone had two ways of bringing up the multitasking feature for quickly switching between apps: the commonly known double-tap of the home button, or a 3D Touch gesture that used a firm press on the left edge of the screen. With the newly released iOS 11, the latter option has been removed, leaving the home button double tap as the only way to activate the app switcher. Fortunately Apple has confirmed that the 3D Touch gesture will be making a return in a future update.

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Don’t underestimate the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Don’t underestimate the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Any other year, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would feel, well, magical. Apple's two new smartphones address some long-standing complaints from iPhone owners, like including wireless charging support; they look sleek, have improved cameras, and borrow clever screen technology from the iPad Pro. Of course, this year there's a shadow looming over both new handsets.

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The $2,000 iPhone is coming

The $2,000 iPhone is coming

Like many, I was unsurprised and generally unmoved by the iPhone X. We can blame leaks for that. The event wasn’t exciting, and judging by the opening which brought us words from Steve Jobs’ that had never been made public, it’s clear Apple wanted it to be. Instead, we got exactly what we expected, save for one small detail. Apple is framing the iPhone X as the blueprint for mobile tech moving forward. On a hardware level, that’s great. Elsewhere, that’s a problem.

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The iPhone 8 is tougher than it looks

The iPhone 8 is tougher than it looks

One of the perceived problems of smartphone OEMs switching to glass both back and front is their durability. Glass is, after all, perceived to be more fragile than metal or even plastic. The keyword here is “perceived”. Not all glass are made equal, especially not the glass used in smartphones. And, as JerryRigEverything’s triple stress test of the iPhone 8 shows, the addition of glass may have actually helped make Apple’s latest smartphone even sturdier than ever.

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iPhone X shipments might be delayed further, says analyst

iPhone X shipments might be delayed further, says analyst

The iPhone X has already been announced, so its existence and its features are no longer in question. What’s still in doubt, however, is when people will actually be able to get their hands on one. As already speculated before, the tenth anniversary iPhone won’t be shipping at the same time as its more conventional iPhone 8 siblings. But according to financial services company Raymond James, the iPhone X might actually come much, much later, around December in fact. Not enough time to wrap or enjoy your holiday gift.

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