September is here, which means it’s a whole new season of brand-new Apple devices, software updates, and emptying your wallets and bank accounts. Is the latest iPhone everything we expect it to be? Is the new Apple TV arriving too late to beat competitors like Amazon’s Fire TV and Roku? Multiple products from this year’s event means it’s going to be an expensive holiday season. Here’s a rundown of everything announced at Apple’s September 2017 event.
Sep 16, 2017
The iPhone X from an Android user’s perspective
It’s been almost a year since the Google Pixel made me put down my iPhone and transformed me from a Google apps user on Apple hardware to a pure Google acolyte. In the grand tug of war between mobile religions, I’m now pulled in the direction of Android, and I can’t express much regret about it. But Apple has just made official its biggest redesign and rethink of the iPhone ever, and so I was definitely curious about the iPhone X and the future it paints for the Apple ecosystem. As it turns out, though, the iPhone X really isn’t a phone designed to draw me back in; it’s more customer service to existing iPhone users than an appeal to new ones.Read Article >
The Android user hat isn’t the only one I wear, but here are my main iPhone X takeaways from the perspective of someone deeply immersed in the Android realm:
Sep 15, 2017
5 best and worst features of the iPhone X
Apple’s new iPhone X, unveiled on Tuesday with an edge-to-edge OLED display and a $999 price tag, is bound to shake up the high-end smartphone market in unforeseen ways. We don’t know how it will impact Apple’s overall sales, or whether it will set off a kind of mobile arms race to see which phone maker can outdo the other in the upper premium price point.Read Article >
It’s already dividing both diehard Apple fans and longtime iOS detractors over the very idea of a phone costing into the four digits. More than any device before it, the X is testing both the value we put on smartphones and consumers’ willingness to pay for the best Apple to has offer.
Sep 15, 2017
Are you buying the new iPhone?
Preorders for the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus began early this morning, and it looks like many consumers are still debating whether to upgrade to the new models or hold out for the premium iPhone X, which is slated for a November release. With the Note 8 also hitting stores today and the Google Pixel still on deck for an official announcement, we polled The Verge’s staff to see why they are or are not looking to upgrade to the new iPhone, and whether Animoji, Face ID, and a bezel-less screen are enough to push them over for the more expensive device.Read Article >
I resigned myself to the high probability that I’d want the iPhone X when I bought into the iPhone Upgrade Plan last year, so I’m likely going to just follow through with that. Whether I wind up liking it as much as I’d hoped is a toss-up, especially because there’s (finally) a wealth of competition at the high end of the smartphone market again. But any time I try to switch to Android, I usually find myself being pulled by the gravity of iOS back to an iPhone. So here I am. Staring down a $1,000 phone.
Sep 14, 2017
Apple’s wireless AirPods charging case is reportedly coming in December for $69
Apple spoke very briefly about AirPods at Tuesday’s big iPhone X event, and only really mentioned that the truly wireless earbuds would, like the new phones, be capable of wireless charging using a new case. Now, MacRumors is reporting via Macprime that the refreshed case with Qi wireless charging could come later this year at a price of $69.Read Article >
As MacRumors points out, that’s the same price as a replacement for the current case if the owner is out of warranty. Otherwise, there’s a lot that’s still unknown about how Apple will make this switch. Will the company simply add the new case to its inventory and sell it alongside the original $159 AirPods at the same price or with a slight markup? Will Apple allow AirPod owners to upgrade to the new case, and will there be a charge associated with that?
Sep 14, 2017
Which Apple Watch should you buy?
Apple’s big iPhone reveal on Tuesday was a hardware extravaganza, with the new $999 iPhone X sucking up a lot of the air in the company’s lavish new Steve Jobs Theatre. But the Apple Watch, more so than any of the less-prominent (and less-expensive) Apple products shown off, earned some significant onstage time, thanks to an introduction of the new LTE-capable Apple Watch Series 3.Read Article >
We pretty much knew the device was coming, just as we all had a good idea of what the iPhone X would look like and how much it would cost. (It helps, too, that an image the Apple Watch Series 3 could be dug up in a firmware leak of iOS 11 last weekend.) Still, now we have all the details about how Apple managed to fit LTE into its smartwatch and preserve battery life (a better wireless chip), as well as how much it will cost you to get a standalone computing device on your wrist.
Sep 14, 2017
Apple is turning a design quirk into the iPhone X’s defining feature
Draw me an iPhone.Read Article >
The lines may be squiggly, the rounded corners imperfect, but almost everyone you pose this challenge to will present you with the shape of a rectangle containing another rectangle sat atop a circle. The iPhone’s silhouette is the most iconic outline in all of modern technology, recognized by even diehard Android fanboys and featured on the side of “Made for iPhone” accessory boxes around the world. It’s a brand and a logo in its own right.
Sep 14, 2017
Apple’s iPhone X notch is an odd design choice
Apple’s new iPhone X has a spectacular edge-to-edge display that dominates the entire front of the device. Well, nearly the entire front. Unlike Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 2, Samsung’s Galaxy S8, and LG’s V30, Apple hasn’t kept the iPhone X top bezel intact; and compared to the Essential Phone, its camera array is much, much more noticeable... and odd-looking.Read Article >
While the iPhone X design was leaked several times before Apple was able to officially unveil it, the company revealed this week that it is fully embracing the notch and not hiding it away with software. It’s a move that has generated a lot of discussion online, both during the leaks and after Apple’s official announcement. Some say “Steve Jobs would have never let that happen,” while others have mocked it by creating a “notch mode” for Chrome that adds a black cut-out to every YouTube video. There’s a mix of surprise, sarcasm, and intrigue that Apple has chosen to go with a screen layout that leads to design compromises.
Sep 13, 2017
How to pick between the iPhone X and iPhone 8
Apple introduced three brand new iPhones on September 12th. Three! They include the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which have faster processors and better cameras than last year’s iPhone 7 — and now you can charge them wirelessly. And then there’s the iPhone X, a $1,000 smartphone that Apple is basically trying to market as a gadget from the future that arrived a little early. It’s the first iPhone ever to have an OLED screen, and even better, that stunning display basically runs edge to edge. iPhone X comes with other radical changes like the removal of the home button in favor of a new feature Apple is calling Face ID, which scans your face to unlock your iPhone instead of the traditional Touch ID method still used on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.Read Article >
So since there are three new iPhones arriving (almost) at once, you’ve probably been putting some thought into which is the best choice. For the purpose of this article, let’s go into it from the perspective of someone dead set on buying a new iPhone within the next couple months. You’ve ruled out the Pixel 2s and Note 8s of the world and have decided on Apple. Well, where do you go from there?
Sep 13, 2017
Apple TV 4K vs. Roku Ultra vs. Amazon Fire TV: comparing the top video streaming gadgets
Apple announced the Apple TV 4K yesterday, an updated version of its living room set-top box that adds support for 4K and HDR video and boosts the processing power. There’s not much else new compared to the prior fourth-generation device: it offers the same apps, Siri remote, and a centralized TV hub that aggregates video from participating content providers.Read Article >
But Apple’s option is just one in a sea of competitors. Google, Amazon, Roku, and even technically Microsoft (if you count the Xbox One S as a streaming box) all offer 4K (and more recently HDR) boxes or streaming sticks for your TV.
Sep 13, 2017
The $999 iPhone X was an inevitability
With Tuesday’s announcement of the iPhone X, which comes with an edge-to-edge OLED display and starts at a staggering $999, it’s worth reflecting on how such a once-luxury device could transition to mass-market status and then flow back toward its premium perch. When details about the phone, nearly all of which leaked ahead of the time, began surfacing months back, its eye-popping price was immediately the subject of controversy. Was Apple doing the industry a favor by giving its flagship product a nearly four-digit price tag, or was it crossing a line?Read Article >
The debate hasn’t changed much now that we know the device’s name, what it looks like, and exactly how much it will cost: up to $1,150 for a 256GB model. We’re all wondering who among us is willing to pay that much for an iPhone, how well it will sell, and what it means for the future of the smartphone business.
Sep 13, 2017
The iPhone X is designed for a generation of selfie takers
The biggest news out of Apple's event yesterday was the debut of its wild iPhone X. Apple saved the device for last and took its time expounding the phone’s technical feats, yet the highlight of the presentation was far more carefree: an overview of animated emoji, a selfie portrait mode, and Snapchat filters.Read Article >
The iPhone X represents, in Apple's words, "the future of the smartphone." Its Super Retina display has essentially no bezels. Its cameras are loaded with new hardware to support facial recognition, and the home button is replaced by gesture controls. Although it's impressive to some, those details aren't going to sell this $1,000 phone.
How expensive is the most expensive iPhone in other countries?
There’s one big question on everyone’s minds regarding the iPhone X: is it really worth $1,000? Well, be thankful you’re not asking this in Russia, otherwise it would be: is it really worth $1,380?Read Article >
Thanks to the usual combination of currency valuations, import fees, and local sales taxes, the most expensive iPhone ever will be even more expensive around the world. And, using this ranking from Deutsche Bank of the most expensive countries to buy the iPhone 7, we can find out where. (Although, remember: US prices don’t include state taxes, which add around 5 to 9 percent to the cost.)
Sep 13, 2017
Four big questions the iPhone X has to answer
With all the leaks ahead of Apple’s big event this week, we thought we knew all about the iPhone X. It’s just a $999 combo of iOS, a bezel-less OLED screen, wireless charging, and a polished glass back, right? We’re familiar with all of those things, even the eyebrow-raising price, from the world of Android, so the radically redesigned new iPhone flagship shouldn’t feel all that radical. But for myself (and, I imagine, most current iPhone users), Apple’s presentation threw up more questions than answers, and it positioned the iPhone X as the most enigmatic phone we’ve seen in years.Read Article >
Here’s a rundown of the things I’d want to know more about before passing judgment on this most fundamental of iPhone redesigns:
The iPhone X’s new neural engine exemplifies Apple’s approach to AI
Apple’s new iPhone X is billed as “the future of the smartphone,” with new facial recognition and augmented reality features presented as the credentials to back up this claim. But these features wouldn’t be half as slick without a little bit of hidden futurism tucked away in the phone’s new A11 Bionic chip: Apple’s new “neural engine.”Read Article >
The neural engine is actually a pair of processing cores dedicated to handling “specific machine learning algorithms.” These algorithms are what power various advanced features in the iPhone, including Face ID, Animoji, and augmented reality apps. According to Apple’s press materials, the neural engine performs “up to 600 billion operations per second” to help speed AI tasks (although this stat is hard to put in proper context; operations-per-second is never the sole indicator of performance).
Sep 12, 2017
Why Face ID won’t give you the legal protection of a passcode
In the short time since Apple announced its Face ID feature for the iPhone X, we’ve seen a lot of questions about its security compared to a fingerprint or passcode. For example, if you’re arrested, can a police officer just point your phone at your face and unlock it?Read Article >
Apple has some technical features that might make this harder. The iPhone X isn’t supposed to unlock if your eyes are closed, for example, and since iOS 11 reportedly lets you disable Touch ID on the fly, you might be able to do the same for Face ID. But from a legal perspective, you’re less secure unlocking a phone with your face — or just about any biometric mechanism — than with a passcode.
Sep 12, 2017
Watch Apple’s iPhone X event in 15 minutesRead Article >
Apple announced a ton of hardware at its annual September keynote event, which meant it was a long keynote with tons of demos of the latest technology. From the latest iPhone(s) to the Apple TV and new Watch device with LTE, we sat through two hours of the event and summarized it in a 15-minute video, so you don’t have to watch the whole thing (if you don’t want to). Let’s take a look at what Apple unveiled this year!
Sep 12, 2017
As gender diversity battles roil Silicon Valley, Apple puts just one woman onstage
Although it’s a hurdle the tech industry has long failed to clear, high-profile incidents this year have put the battle for gender diversity in Silicon Valley in the spotlight. In February, Uber engineer Susan Fowler published an explosive blog post detailing allegations of sexism at the company, an incident that contributed to Travis Kalanick’s ousting as CEO and may even inform new legislation. In June, a prominent venture capitalist was accused by multiple women of making unwanted advances during business meetings. More recently, a viral anti-diversity “manifesto” written by a Google employee ignited a controversy that eventually resulted in the author’s firing, and forced Google to confront some of the sexist beliefs accepted in the tech industry.Read Article >
Against that backdrop, one would expect Apple to make an unusually concerted effort to have more women appear onstage at today’s iPhone announcement. Instead, the event played out much like other Apple keynotes. The very first person CEO Tim Cook invited to speak at the event was Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail, who gave an update on the company’s stores and, memorably if controversially, said the company envisioned them as modern “town squares.” She spoke for just over six minutes before Cook returned.
Sep 12, 2017
T-Mobile announces $300 trade-in deal for iPhone X and iPhone 8
T-Mobile was well prepared for today’s iPhone reveal, as the carrier has already publicly announced trade-in deals for Apple’s latest smartphone refresh. The carrier says it’s giving $300 to any customer who trades in an iPhone 6 or newer in good condition for an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or the iPhone X. For those interested in the latter, extra-costly device — which costs $999 for a 64GB model, or $1,150 for a 256GB model — a $300 credit should help ease the pain a little bit.Read Article >
T-Mobile also says Apple is offering three months of free cellular service for the new LTE-equipped Apple Watch Series 3, which piggybacks off your plan by using the same phone number. After the promotional period for the Apple Watch ends, T-Mobile says unlimited talk, text, and data for the Series 3 will cost an extra $10 a month. Adding a Watch to your plan is done through T-Mobile’s Digits service, which is the same thing that lets your phone number migrate to other internet-connected devices, like watches or a work phone, or be shared with friends and family members.
Sep 12, 2017
Apple calling its stores ‘town squares’ is a pretentious farce
Excruciating self-congratulation has always been part of Apple’s brand, but the company took this to new levels at today’s iPhone event.Read Article >
It started with a tribute to Steve Jobs that was unnerving in the depth of its veneration. As smiling photos of the company founder beamed down at the audience, we were told that Apple is not, in fact, one of the richest and most influential corporations of all time, but the embodiment of one man’s creative spirit. The revenue, the supply chains, the employees, the users — all an incarnation of Jobs.
Sep 12, 2017
Apple will release macOS High Sierra on September 25th
Apple announced High Sierra, the latest version of macOS, back in June at WWDC, and early adopters have been testing out the beta version for months. It’s now finally ready and Apple will ship out the final version on September 25th. Like all macOS updates, High Sierra is free. It runs on just about any Mac made since 2009, but there are some changes to this OS that could break compatibility with older apps. Old versions of Apple’s own Final Cut and Logic programs, for instance, aren’t compatible.Read Article >
Major under-the-hood updates in High Sierra include Apple’s new APFS filesystem, which should free up some space on your Mac, speed up certain tasks, and make backups easier; the new HEVC video codec which makes videos smaller; and external GPU and VR support. It’s the first time that Mac is getting VR support and it’s compatible with SteamVR and the HTC Vive VR headset.
Sep 12, 2017
iOS 11 launches on September 19th with augmented reality, drag and drop, and more
Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS 11, will be released on September 19th, right alongside the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.Read Article >
We’ve actually known what to expect from iOS 11 for a while now, as Apple originally showed off the mobile OS back in June at the company’s developer conference. It’s one of the biggest upgrades to iOS in years, and all that stuff we already knew about is still here: Siri translations, Apple Pay in iMessage, split screen mode on iPad, drag and drop, ARKit, a brand-new control center, Do Not Disturb mode while driving, screen recording — the list goes on.
How the iPhone X compares to the best Android phones
The iPhone X is here, and it might be the most dramatic update to Apple’s flagship smartphone in years. Gone are mainstay features like the iconic home button and Touch ID, replaced by a bezel-free OLED display and a new Face ID feature that relies on 3D face-scanning technology to unlock your phone and process Apple Pay purchases.Read Article >
And that’s not counting other upgrades to the iPhone X — like the faster A11 processor, wireless charging, and a True Tone display for better color accuracy — that the device shares with the more modest iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models that Apple also announced today.
Sep 12, 2017
How to install iOS 11 right now
Apple just rolled out the golden master build of iOS 11 to developers and public beta testers today ahead of its official launch on September 19th. This version of iOS 11 should be very close to finished with most of the bugs ironed out, but there’s still a chance you’ll need to download an update on release day. This is the same software build that leaked over the weekend when, so the story goes, an Apple employee emailed public download URLs to 9to5Mac and MacRumors, resulting in numerous eleventh-hour leaks about the company’s announcements for today. They all proved accurate.Read Article >
But that’s the past, and what you care about is getting iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad right now. If you don’t feel like waiting until next week, you can install iOS 11 today just by signing up for the public beta program at Apple’s website. Once that’s done, you just open the beta website with Safari on your iPhone or iPad and follow the directions. You’ll download a profile to your iOS device, restart it, and then head to the update menu. Make sure to back up your device before starting the upgrade. Apple spells out how to do that here.
iPhone X event: the five most important things from the Apple keynote
It’s September, and that means that there are some new iPhones in town.Read Article >
Specifically, there were three new phones announced today at Apple’s fall event: the high-end iPhone X, which was the star of the show with a new bezel-less design, OLED screen, and 3D face-scanning tech. There’s also the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the Apple Watch Series 3 (i.e., the Apple Watch Series 2 with LTE), and the Apple TV 4K (a, um, Apple TV with 4K). Oh, and everything is more powerful and faster, too.
Sep 12, 2017
Up close with the new LTE-enabled Apple Watch: does this really change everything?
Apple just announced a third version of the Apple Watch, the smartwatch it first launched in 2015. Since then, the Apple Watch has evolved into a product that’s really only great at a few things — notifications, fitness, and authentication like payments —and has still largely been an accessory to the iPhone.Read Article >
But it’s possible that could change, now that Apple’s newest Watch has LTE built in. This means that wearers can be without their iPhones and still run all the supported apps on the device. You can make phone calls, use maps, and stream music, all without your phone.