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310: Two weeks with the X 🔥

Chris C.

Photo:  Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Photo:  Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

On The Cult Cast:

  • Two weeks with the X. We’ll tell you what we like and what still sucks.
  • Some very exciting new rumors about the next international of iPhone X
  • Two big features coming you to in iOS 11.2 which is now in its 3rd beta
  • What we tell you what we like and don’t about our favorite gadgets in a all-new under review 🤜🏼💥🤛🏼


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Apple may launch 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus in 2018

https://www.cultofmac.com/513809/apple-may-launch-6-5-inch-iphone-x-plus-2018/

  • One of the most reliable Apple analysts in the game is predicting big things for the iPhone X design in 2018.
  • According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will release an iPhone X Plus next year with the biggest smartphone screen the company has ever made.
  • Kuo says Apple will release three iPhones in 2018 with a notch design. There will supposedly be a 5.8-inch (updated X) and a 6.5-inch model, both with OLED displays.
  • The third iPhone will supposedly have a 6.1-inch LCD display but come with the same bezel-free design as the iPhone X.
  • The 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus will have a display with 480 to 500 pixels per inch, possibly making it more pixel dense than the iPhone X. The 6.1-inch LCD version will only have a display with 320 to 330 PPI.

iPhone will get rear-facing 3D sensors in 2019

https://www.cultofmac.com/513959/iphone-rear-3d-sensor/

  • According to a Bloomberg, Apple is working on a new rear-mounted “3D sensor” for its 2019 iPhone, which will help further the company’s augmented reality ambitions.
  • The new system will work using lasers and measuring the amount of time it takes for them to bounce back to create a depth map. This is reportedly different to the TrueDepth sensor system used on the front of the iPhone X, which uses a pattern of 30,000 laser dots to measure depth information for features like Face ID.

Two big features coming to your iPhone 8 and X with the release of iOS 11.2

https://www.cultofmac.com/513967/iphones-get-faster-7-5w-wireless-charging-with-ios-11-2/

  • Apple Pay cash, which will work on the iPad.
  • Apple has added support for faster 7.5W wireless charging in its latest iOS 11.2 beta. iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X all support the increased charging speed. You’ll need a compatible wireless charging mat to take advantage of it, however.

2018 iPad Pro could get 8-core A11X Bionic chip

https://www.cultofmac.com/514291/2018-ipad-pro-get-8-core-a11x-bionic-chip/

  • Apple supposedly plans to slap an octa-core processor in next year’s iPad Pro, making them the most powerful tablets Apple’s ever made.
  • For the iPhone X and iPhone 8, Apple created the A11 Bionic chip that comes with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores.
  • This is the same chip that is currently faster than the chips in 2012 iMacs and my 2013 MacBook Pro.
  • My machine is 33% in multicore tests, but image if they add another 2 high performance cores to the iPad.

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309: iPhone X: Our top likes, our top dislikes!

Chris C.

Photo:  Apple

Photo:  Apple

On The Cult Cast:

The iPhone X may be Apple’s best phone, but it’s not perfect. Catch our first week impressions to hear what we love (and what we don’t!) about Apple’s very spicy new iPhone. Plus: our top reasons to NOT buy an iPhone X; how to use Apple Pay cash to pay your friends an fam; and catch our list of X-rated tips, aka the really useful iPhone X tips and tricks you haven’t heard about.


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  • We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today’s show.


On the show this week:

@erfon / Erfon's YouTube Channel / @bst3r / Buster on Instagram / @lkahney / @thecultcast


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Apple, the most personal computer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHh8RmWDD9o

iPhone X setup shows Apple’s core brilliance

https://www.cultofmac.com/512591/easy-iphone-x-setup/

  • Automatic Setup signs you into iCloud, Keychain, iTunes, the App Store, iMessage and FaceTime using your Apple ID, according to Apple. It also takes care of device settings like language, region, network, keyboard preferences, Siri and Home and health data.
  • The setup is reminiscent of setting up a new Apple Watch, but even easier.

DisplayMate: iPhone X Has the ‘Most Innovative and High Performance’ Smartphone Display Ever Tested

https://www.cultofmac.com/512485/iphone-x-boasts-best-smartphone-display-ever/

  • Displaymate: iPhone X’s display resolution provides “significantly higher image sharpness” than can be analyzed by a person with normal 20/20 vision at a 12-inch viewing distance. DisplayMate said this means that it’s now “absolutely pointless” to increase the display resolution and pixels per inch of the iPhone any further, since there would be “no visual benefit” for users
  • “highest absolute color accuracy of any display we have ever tested,” with a display that is “visually indistinguishable from perfect.”

iPhone X could be Apple’s most fragile handset ever

https://www.cultofmac.com/512369/iphone-x-apples-fragile-handset-ever/

  • Stress tests by SquareTrade Labs used a range of scientific robots to drop, bend, tumble, and dunk their new iPhone X to see how it managed to hold up to “everyday” damage.
  • They’re calling the X the most breakable, highest priced, most expensive to repair iPhone ever.

How to use Apple Pay Cash to send money to friends

https://www.cultofmac.com/512855/use-apple-pay-cash-send-money/

  • Apple’s new peer-to-peer payments system called Apple Pay Cash is finally rolling out to public beta testers today with the release of the public beta for iOS 11.2 beta 2 and watchOS 4.2 beta 2, giving iPhone and iPad users the ability to send money to each other electronically.
  • It lets you send money to each other using iMessage.
  • You can send up to $3,000 and the transaction is free if you use a debit card registered in your Apple Wallet.
  • Have a credit or debit card registered in your Apple Wallet
  • Be in the United States
  • Have two-factor authentication activated on your Apple ID
  • Use an iPhone 6 or newer
  • Both you and the receiver must be running iOS 11.2
  • If you meet the above requirements, a new app will show up in the iMessage Dock
  • Once you hit $500 in Apple Pay Cash transactions, you must verify your identity. To do so, you need to take a picture of your driver’s license or official state ID card, and provide some personal information (Social Security number and so on).

iPhone X keeps your notifications secret from people who aren’t you

https://www.cultofmac.com/511647/iphone-x-keeps-notifications-secret/

  • Thanks to Face ID, the iPhone X knows when its owner is looking at it, and can hide the content of your notifications until you do so. Now, if somebody else picks up your iPhone X and takes a peek at your incoming alerts, it will only see a list of the apps that have notifications for you.

X-rated Tips

How to teach FaceID to work more accurately

If Face ID doesn’t recognize your face, don’t reposition your face so it will accept it. Instead, type in the passcode so it will ad that position of your face to the accepted data set.

Activating multitasking The smallest swipe of the home bar will register that you want to command the home bar to either go home or multitask. Moment you stop moving you will begin multitasking.

Scroll to the top To quickly scroll to the top in any app, just double tap anywhere at the top of the screen (under the notch, or side of notch both work)

Adjust your notification privacy settings iPhone X has them hidden by default if your phone is locked. You can go to Settings>Notifications>Show Previews to make them visible when locked.

308: iPhone X: The Good, the bad, the ugly

Chris C.

Photo:  Apple/Cult of Mac

Photo:  Apple/Cult of Mac

On The Cult Cast:

iPhone X—the good, the bad… the ugly. The reviews are in, we’ll tell you what people love and don’t about Apple’s newest iPhone. Plus: how to speed up Face ID we’ll tell you about the clever new strategy Apple used to build massive hype for the iPhone X launch, and why it really pissed a lot of folks off. And stick around for a very weird What We’re Into, where we reveal the stuff we’ve been dong in our lives that you should try too.


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  • The Cult of Mac Watch Store has the best straps in the biz! Save 20% off any order with code CultCast at checkout.


  • We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today’s show.


On the show this week:

@erfon / Erfon's YouTube Channel / @bst3r / Buster on Instagram / @lkahney / @thecultcast


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Siri, before Siri

Massive iPhone X lines form at Apple Stores worldwide

  • Fans have begun lining up outside Apple Stores around the world to get their hands on iPhone X.
  • The X makes its official debut on November 3. Apple has promised that units will be available for walk-in customers, but just like pre-orders, they’re expected to disappear quickly.
  • Some lines have already turned chaotic, while latecomers are offering money for precious spots near the front.
  • Scumbags camping just to sell their spots!

Why Apple short-circuited the media machine for iPhone X reviews

  • Anybody who thinks Apple can’t innovate should look in awe at the fecal hurricane whipped up by the company’s unorthodox iPhone X marketing plan.
  • By giving popular YouTubers early access to the next-gen iPhone, and allowing them to “scoop” the old-school journalists traditionally granted such preferential treatment, Cupertino upended the typical review cycle.
  • Apple apparently bruised a few fragile egos in the process. Frankly, it’s hilarious watching the ensuing media meltdown.

iPhone X meta review: Setting Apple up for the next 10 years

Face ID Unlocks an iPhone More Slowly Than Touch ID, but is Faster in Day-to-Day Usage

  • Mark Spoonauer of Toms Hardware compared Face ID and Touch ID unlocking times with a stopwatch.
  • When using Raise to Wake and swiping up on the display as the iPhone is recognizing a face (as Face ID is meant to be used), unlocking took 1.16, but touchID stock only .91 seconds to accomplish the same job.
  • TechCruch said that while Face ID is slower when placed head to head with Touch ID, it’s “much more fluid and faster to actually ‘do things, ‘“ like opening notification takes fewer steps with faceID.
  • In the Verge’s review, Nilay Patel said that he had trouble getting FaceID to work in bright environments. He postulated it was because the bright light interfered with the dot projector or infrared camera.
  • Hidden benefit of FaceID, can be used with gloves on

Face ID can be slower than Touch ID, but you can speed it up

  • There are some things you can do to make Face ID faster, though. The first is to ensure the Raise to Wake feature is enabled in Settings. This shaves off precious time by eliminating the need to swipe or tap the iPhone X’s display before you unlock it.
  • Another thing you can do is disable attention detection. This means Face ID won’t wait until your eyes and face are looking directly at the display before unlocking your iPhone. But be warned: It does make Face ID a little less secure.

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307: The best iPhone X deals & our fave gadgets 🔥🚨🚒

Chris C.

Photo:  Johannes Eret

Photo:  Johannes Eret

On The Cult Cast:

How to get the best deal on your iPhone X, save yourself some serious buckets Why Woz says the iPhone X will be the first iPhone he won’t buy day one Would you let your delivery man enter your house when you’re not home? We discuss Amazon key! Plus we’ll tell what we like and don’t about the gadgets we’re reviewing in an all-new Under Review


This episode supported by:


  • CultCloth will keep your iPhone 7, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time you can use code CULTCAST to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co.


  • The Cult of Mac Watch Store has the best straps in the biz! Save 20% off any order with code CultCast at checkout.


  • We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today’s show.


On the show this week:

@erfon / Erfon's YouTube Channel / @bst3r / Buster on Instagram / @lkahney / @thecultcast


The BEST subreddit you are going to read, ALL week long! thecultcast.reddit.com




Woz: iPhone X will be the first iPhone I haven’t bought on day one

https://www.cultofmac.com/509875/woz-iphone-x-will-first-iphone-havent-bought-day-one/

  • Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says the iPhone X is the first iPhone he doesn’t plan to buy on “day one.”
  • “I’d rather wait and watch that one,” Wozniak said during an interview at the Money 20/20 conference. “I’m happy with my iPhone 8 — which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me. “ will, so I’ll be close enough to see it.”

How to get the best deal on the iPhone X

https://www.cultofmac.com/510141/get-best-deal-iphone-x/

  • $500 off with Xfinity Triple Play
  • $350 off at Sprint
  • Up to $300 off on Verizon
  • T-Mobile gives $300 off
  • Nothing yet at AT&T

iPhone X will be available to walk-in customers on launch day

https://www.cultofmac.com/509959/iphone-x-will-available-walk-customers-launch-day/

  • Apple has promised that iPhone X will be available to walk-in customers on launch day.
  • You will also be able to purchase iPhone X from Apple Stores beginning Friday, November 3 at 8 a.m. local time. “Stores will have iPhone X available for walk-in customers, who are encouraged to arrive early,” Apple says.

Amazon Key opens your home for indoor deliveries

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/25/amazon-key-service-delivery-access-unlock-door/

  • Would you be cool with your delivery person opening your front door when you’re away to drop off your package?
  • Amazon Key, uses a smart lock and connected camera. When a delivery is made the courier scans the package’s barcode which sends an access request to Amazon’s cloud. When it grants permission, the camera starts recording, the courier swipes a prompt on their app and then your door unlocks. They leave the package by the door and relock it on their way out. You’ll get a notification that the delivery has been made, along with a video of the drop-off to reassure you everything was done above board.
  • Amazon has designed the service with deliveries in mind, but Key has a bunch of other uses, too. For example, you can use it to give permanent access to people you trust or temporary access to visitors such as dog-walkers, cleaners or guests (this could be especially helpful for Airbnbhosts).

How to use the iPhone’s one-handed keyboard in iOS 11

https://www.cultofmac.com/509889/how-to-use-iphone-one-handed-keyboard-ios-11/

  • Did you know iOS 11 had a one-handed keyboard built right in?
  • Anytime the keyboard is on screen, you can just long-press the little globe icon to bring up the keyboard selection popover. This is the same globe icon you use to select the emoji keyboard, to cycle between any keyboards you have active on your iPhone
  • The keyboard-switching globe icon only appears if you have more than one keyboard active on your iPhone.
  • Long-pressing the globe icon brings up the familiar popover, only in iOS 11 it now has an extra row of keyboard glyphs at the bottom.
  • Just select the one-handed keyboard you want, and poof, a keyboard you can type on with just one hand

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