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  • 7 iPhone 8/X features you can expect to see on rival phones

    When Apple adopts technology or a feature in its iPhone, chances are good that the rest of the industry will follow. Don't believe us? Then look at the 64-bit processor, fingerprint scanners and earphone jacks (or the lack thereof). So, a few weeks after the iPhone 8/X event, here are a few features we'd bet on coming to rival phones... Advanced facial recognition Android may have done facial recognition back in 2011 or so, but it was very easy to spoof with even a photograph. We've seen Samsung introduce a similar feature as well, but it's not much better. Apple's solution, which uses...

  • iPhone 8 Plus: what does pro photographer think of it?

    Smartphone photography continues to make great improvements year on year, with the top dogs doing some amazing things. The iPhone range has traditionally been one of the devices to beat, with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus being released last month. Sure, the average consumer and tech reviewer can give insight into improvements at a surface level. But what about a pro photographer? Austin Mann did just that, taking the iPhone 8 Plus to India for his review. For starters, Mann praised the inclusion of Portrait Lighting effects, giving a variety of studio-style lighting options for Portrait Mode. "After shooting 100...

  • iPhone X: 7 little things to know about Apple’s premium model

    We've got our massive roundup of Apple news from last night's event over here, but it was obvious that Apple's premium device, the iPhone X, took centre stage. Between the powerful A11 chip, Essential-style screen design and OLED display, there's a lot to like about the new phone. But here are a few tidbits that may have gone under the radar... Telephoto shots should be better on iPhone X than 8 Plus The iPhone 7 Plus debuted the secondary telephoto camera next to the main shooter, offering 2x lossless zoom. But the big issue is that low-light photos look pretty crap. This year's...

  • iPhone X, iPhone 8 and more: here’s what Apple showed off

    We've read the reports. We've seen the renders. We've cast our eyes on the code references. Now, it's time for Apple to show us what it's been working on. From the iPhone X to the Apple TV 4K and more, here's what the company had to share... Apple iPhone X The headline gadget of the event was indeed the iPhone X (it's a Roman numeral, so "iPhone ten"). And yes, it features a 5.8-inch HDR-capable OLED screen with that oft-leaked high screen/body ratio, which Apple has taken to calling a Super Retina Display. The phone packs 3D Touch support still, so fans...

  • iPhone re-reviewed: what did journalists think of past Apple phones?

    It's mid-September, and that can only mean one thing in the world of tech: an imminent Apple device launch. Call it the iPhone 7S, iPhone 8, or iPhone X -- the new Apple smartphone is set to be the best iPhone ever made. Because, you know, that's what Apple says every year. But looking back at each notable iPhone from the first with lowly 2G connectivity to the 7 Plus with its dual cameras at its rear -- what made each of them remarkable? And more importantly, what did journalists make of each device? We take a look at some of the...

  • Samsung charging Apple $120 per OLED panel?

    By now, it's all but guaranteed that the most expensive iPhone to be revealed this evening will have an OLED screen and high screen/body ratio. Samsung is the world leader in mobile OLED marketshare and quality, so it stands to reason that the company is supplying Apple. Now, prominent analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that the South Korean firm has the iPhone maker by the proverbial short and curlies. In a note obtained by Apple Insider, the analyst estimated that Apple is paying between US$120 and US$130 for each OLED panel produced by Samsung. The company apparently pays roughly US$50 for...

  • 6 Android features we’d like to see in iOS

    Android or iOS? I have my preference, but it's a debate that's gone on for far too long. Both platforms offer similar levels of functionality at their core, from WhatsApp and social media to web browsing and camera capabilities. But we'd be lying if we said there weren't a few things that Android did better and vice versa. Now, as Apple readies its latest iPhone, we pick a few Android features we'd like to see on iOS. Multi-user support This isn't so much a desired feature for iPhones as it is a wanted feature for iPad. Multiple user accounts would make it...

  • iOS 11 ‘golden master’ leaks: new software, iPhone features revealed

    Over the weekend, reports emerged that the 'golden master' of iOS 11 leaked out. The software held a treasure trove of information related to Apple products, most prominently, the new range of iPhones set for launch tomorrow. So what are some of the more notable features and leaks we've seen as a result? We pick a few prominent ones. Hexacore A11 chip confirmed? Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has been one of many leading the charge when it comes to this round of leaks, as spotted by MacRumors. The developer helped uncover the layout of the A11 chip, being a hexacore design. More specifically, we're...

  • Next iPhone: what should you expect tomorrow?

    Call it the iPhone 7s, iPhone 8 or (if the latest report is to be believed) the iPhone X. Either way, the latest generation of iPhones are set for launch on 12 September. We've been keeping our rumour roundup article updated on the regular. But here's what we know (or think we know) about the new lineup. Models The consensus seems to be that we're going to get three new iPhones at the launch. So how does it all work? There's the standard iPhone, the Plus-sized iPhone and then the expensive iPhone X or whatever it'll be called. The latter has seen loads...

  • Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch: A PC user’s review diary [Week Two]

    The last Apple Mac I used for any length of time was our tech's G5 machine for editing purposes. That was in 2008 and 2009. My only other notable experience with Apple Mac computers came from using a buddy's Mac G4 well over a decade ago. In other words, I'm essentially a Mac newbie then, having spent the vast majority of my time on Windows (with a few brief forays into Linux territory). So when an iStore representative asked if I'd like to review the 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro (no Touchbar, mind you), I figured why not? After all, there have...