Should you buy the 38mm or 42mm Apple Watch?

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Rene Ritchie.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Should you buy the small 38mm or large 42mm Apple Watch? Here's how to choose!

Apple provides two sizing options for the Apple Watch: 38mm and 42mm. Whether you're getting aluminum, steel, or ceramic, Series 1 or Series 3, Nike+ or Hermès — all Apple Watch models come in those two sizes. Some might find picking their size easy to do, whether that's based on wrist size, gender, style, or some other factor.

If you're struggling with picking the size that's right for you, however, here are some things to consider!

Height vs. width

Unlike traditional watches, which measure case size horizontally, Apple measures the Apple Watch vertically. The smaller of the two watch sizes has a height of 38mm (specifically, 38.6mm); the larger, 42mm. When it comes to width, the smaller Apple Watch is 33.3mm wide; the larger, 35.9mm.

These differences might not sound like very much — 3-4mm here or there — but 4mm out of 40mm is one tenth of the Apple Watch's dimensions.

The rounded rectangular shape of the Apple Watch makes it hard to compare directly with your average round watch, but in the traditional watch world, neither of the Apple Watches would be considered overly wide or high. Big watches are typically closer to 45mm.

Even if you think you want to go small, you can still consider both sizes — neither is enormous — though those with smaller wrists may find the 38mm fits more comfortably on the wrist.

Display size

The watch's different case sizes also translate to different display sizes. Both are Retina-quality, which means the pixels are invisible to the naked eye at normal viewing distance. The bigger Apple Watch simply has more of those pixels:

  • The 38mm Apple Watch has a display size of 340x272 pixels
  • The 42mm Apple Watch has a display size of 390x312 pixels

watchOS will fill whatever size display you choose, and for many people, it won't make any difference; that said, if you want more pixels, which translates into bigger text and images, it's worth considering.

Depth perception

Unlike the Watch's two height options and two display densities, there's no difference when it comes to the thickness (or thinness) of the two sizes.

That's because, unlike traditional mechanical or digital watches, the Apple Watch case has to hold a Retina display, the system-in-a-package (chipset), battery, and sensors. If you're trying to figure out which Apple Watch will best fit under the tight cuffs of your shirt, they're both about the same.

Hers and his

Because there are two sizes, and because some of Apple's bands are unique to one size or another, some have tried to simplify the size discussion down to "hers" and "his."

People come in all shapes and sizes, though, and so do tastes. Some women will want the bigger Apple Watch, and some men, the smaller. Some people with small wrists will want the bigger watch, and vice versa.

All this to say — get the size you prefer. Try both on, and see which one better fits your wrist, style, and personality. That's why Apple has sizes, after all, and why both sizes come with identical features.

Band bias

Since Apple only offers some bands in some sizes, if you have your heart set on a certain band, you may have to be willing to go with the size that matches it. That said, you can get 3rd-party knockoffs for everything in every size and then some, so it only really matters if you want the real thing.

38mm-specific bands:

  • Modern Buckle
  • Hermès Double Tour

42mm-specific bands

  • Leather Loop
  • Hermès Single Tour (certain colors)
  • Single Tour Rallye
  • Hermès Single Tour Deployment Buckle

Price points

The 38mm Apple Watch is slightly less expensive than the 42mm Apple Watch. As such, if you want to save some money, you can do so by going for the smaller size.

38mm Apple Watch

  • Apple Watch Series 1: $249
  • Apple Watch Series 3 GPS-only: $329
  • Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular: Starts at $399

42mm Apple Watch

  • Apple Watch Series 1: $279
  • Apple Watch Series 3 GPS-only: $359
  • Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular: Starts at $429

Battery life

The 42mm Apple Watch has a slightly bigger battery than the 38mm watch due to more room in the casing, and the Series 3 has a slightly bigger battery (same as the Series 2) than the Series 1.

If battery life is important to you — for example, you want to get in multiple workouts a day or you want to go a couple days without charging — you'll not only want to go with Series 2, but with the 42mm.

Who should get the 38mm Apple Watch?

If you have a small wrist and want the Apple Watch to look comfortable on it, if you have a large wrist and want the Apple Watch to look small, or if you just like smaller watches in general, you should get the 38mm Apple Watch.

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Who should get the 42mm Apple Watch?

If you have a small wrist and want the Apple Watch to look big, if you have a large wrist and you want the Apple Watch to look as big as possible, if you have vision requirements that benefit from bigger graphics, you want a longer-lasting battery, or if you like bigger watches in general, you should get the 42mm Apple Watch.

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Update September 2017: Updated for Apple Watch Series 3.

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Should you buy the aluminum, stainless steel, or ceramic Apple Watch?

Posted on by Rene Ritchie.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Should you get the aluminum, stainless steel, or ceramic Apple Watch? Here's how to pick!

Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 3 come in your choice of three different materials with distinct properties and price points all their own. The Series 1 and 3 both come in anodized aluminum — the same material Apple uses for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. On the higher-end, Series 3 offers stainless steel, which is heavier but stronger and a favorite of many watch-wearers, along with white and grey ceramic, a more scratch-proof — and expensive — option than steel. So, which should you choose?

Price points

The different Apple Watch materials all come with different price points, depending on which model you want.

What's the difference between Apple Watch Series 0, Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3?

Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular vs GPS-only: What's the difference?

  • Aluminum starts at $249 for 38mm Series 1 ($329 for GPS-only, $399 for GPS + Cellular)
  • Stainless steel starts at $599
  • Ceramic starts at $1299

If price is your most important consideration, aluminum is your best option.

Heavy materials

Aluminum weight:

  • 38mm: 25g (Series 1), 26.7g (GPS-only), 28.7g (GPS + Cellular)
  • 42mm: 30g (Series 1), 32.3g (GPS-only), 34.9g (GPS + Cellular)

Stainless steel weights:

  • 38mm: 42.4g
  • 42mm: 52.8g

Ceramic weights:

  • 38mm: 40.1g
  • 42mm: 46.4g

If you want the lightest Apple Watch possible, you want the aluminum Apple Watch.

Scratch and damage resistance

Unfortunately, with great lightness does not come great hardness. Here's how the different materials hold up to damage.

  • The aluminum Apple Watch is the "softest" and the anodization could scratch or chip
  • The stainless steel Apple Watch is much, much harder, especially the black model with diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating
  • The ceramic Apple Watch is even harder than steel but is potentially easier to shatter if dropped onto a hard surface

If resistance to damage is the absolute most important thing to you, the stainless steel watch in general — and the space black version in particular — offer the best combination of scratch-and-shatter resistance.

Color matches

Apple Watch comes in a variety of colors, depending on the material:

  • Silver aluminum
  • Space gray aluminum
  • Gold aluminum
  • Polished stainless steel
  • Space black stainless steel
  • White ceramic
  • Grey ceramic

When you buy additional bands, though, the lugs won't always match the case.

  • Sport, Woven Nylon, and Sport Loop bands have colored lugs
  • Leather buckles and loops have polished stainless steel lugs
  • The stainless steel link bracelet and Milanese loop have polished stainless steel lugs
  • The space gray steel link bracelet and milanese loop have space black lugs
  • The ceramic Sport band has ceramic lugs

If matching the lugs to the case is important to you, stainless steel offers the widest possible compatibility; alternatively, you can learn how to switch up the lugs yourself.

How to use your favorite regular watch band with Apple Watch

How to replace the lugs on your Apple Watch bands

Who should get the aluminum Apple Watch?

If you're...

  • into physical fitness and you want the lightest Apple Watch you can get
  • going to be rough enough with it — or likely to lose it — and want the most affordable replacement option possible
  • not sure about Apple Watch and want to try it out at the lowest cost-of-entry
  • simply loving the way the bead-blasted aluminum gold option looks

You should get the aluminum Apple Watch.

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Who should get the stainless steel Apple Watch?

If you...

  • love watches and want something heavy but not too heavy
  • want something classic on the outside but ultra-modern within
  • need a watch made out of strong materials like stainless steel and sapphire crystal
  • want the widest range of matching bands possible
  • need a watch but aren't precious about your metals

The stainless steel is for you.

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Who should get the ceramic Apple Watch?

If...

  • money is no object
  • you're into ceramic watches in general
  • you want the most scratch-resistant surface possible
  • iPod-white or dark grey is your jam
  • you simply want something that stands out in a crowd

You want the white or grey ceramic Apple Watch.

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Your Apple Watch pick?

If you're still not sure which Apple Watch you should get, check out our Apple Watch help and discussion forums. Otherwise, let me know which material you're choosing and, once you have it, what you think of it!

Updated September 2017: Updated to reflect options for Apple Watch Series 3.

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Fake Craig Federighi on ‘Conan’ Answers Some Hilarious Questions About Face ID

Posted on by Rajesh Pandey.
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Face ID is the highlight of the iPhone X and it is bound to get the attention of everyone, with many consumers having questions about how it works, its advantages, disadvantages, and more. Now, the late-night show Conan hosted by Conan O’Brien has taken a dig at some of the questions consumers have surrounding Face ID. Continue reading

Apple iPhone 8 Pre-Orders Start from 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time on September 15

Posted on by Rajesh Pandey.
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Apple will start taking pre-orders for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on September 15, Friday, at 12:01 a.m. PT (or 3 a.m. ET) in the United States. The handsets will go up for pre-order in other major markets at the same time as well. Continue reading

How the iPhone X cameras work

Posted on by Lory Gil.
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The front and back cameras on the iPhone X are extraordinary. No wonder more people take pictures with their iPhone than any other camera.

Apple's latest flagship iPhone, the iPhone X has a lot of new features, but none so spectacular as the TrueDepth front-facing camera, which was built for practically-perfect facial recognition, but whose technology benefits all other aspects of photography. The backside camera ain't no slouch, either.

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iPhone X preorders begin at 12:01 AM PT on Sept. 15.

TrueDepth is truly deep

The front-facing TrueDepth camera is where other model iPhones house the FaceTime camera. On the iPhone X, the front-facing camera gets a major upgrade in order to support the required technology for Apple's Face ID.

It has an infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, speaker, microphone, 7MP camera, and Dot projector that hits 30,000 points on your face. The data gathered is processed on Apple's A11 Bionic chip with Neural Engine (which has tested out to run fast enough to keep pace with the MacBook Pro)

All of these sensors, cameras, and hardware upgrades add up to a seriously amazing front-facing camera. It features wide color capture, auto image stabilization, exposure control, and the best part: Portrait mode for selfies (including the new Portrait Lighting).

What TrueDepth means for selfies

Thanks to the upgrade in camera hardware, the front-facing camera has similar megapixel count as the rear-facing camera on the iPhone 5S (which has 8MP). Though 7MP may not sound like much in comparison to the 12MP rear-facing camera, you shouldn't forget all the bells and whistles of the TrueDepth camera, which makes it pretty darn fancy.

The TrueDepth camera in conjunction with the A11 Bionic chip gives you better lighting and clearer focus, which helps with the depth-of-field effect of Portrait mode, so you're selfies will look more like professional photos. Your Instagram is going to blow up!

iMore Editor in Chief Rene Ritchie went hands-on with Portrait mode selfies:

I did get a chance to try the new Portrait Mode selfies, which are also enabled by the True Depth Camera. They're exactly what you'd expect: Your portrait with a computationally rendered blur and Bokeh effect applied to it. And since iOS 11 brings a depth API, it's non-destructive. So, you can turn Portrait Mode on or off on any photo you took with it, at any time. You can even use the "depthy" data for other effects, including Portrait Lightning.

What TrueDepth means for Snaps

That TrueDepth camera uses an infrared camera with 30,000 dot projection to take a depth map of your face. That means it's collecting data in three dimensions. It also means that masking filters like the ones SnapChat uses get a lot more detailed. When you use a SnapChat filter to take a selfie with one of the mask filters, it sort of sits on top of your face. It moves when you move and changes when you change your facial expression (like raising your eyebrows or opening your mouth), but it lies flat.

Thanks to the TrueDepth camera, the masks seem to wrap around your face, giving it a more realistic look. Panda Snaps all the live-long day!

That backside camera, though

The front-facing camera isn't the only thing that got an upgrade on the iPhone X. The rear-facing camera has some big deal improvements, too.

The iPhone X has two (count 'em, two) 12MP cameras: One is wide-angle and one is telephoto. Both cameras sport optical image stabilization (OIS), which means clearer, more focused shots, even in low-light when the subject is moving (live music photography, thank you!).

Renespeaking about the rear-facing camera of the iPhone X:

Apple is also applying machine learning to its camera system so, for example, it continuously analyzes video in a million discreet sections to identify things like grass, sky, and motion, and then optimize compression to make sure artifacts don't destroy textures or edges.

It has an ƒ/2.4 aperture on the telephoto camera for better action shots. It also has advanced pixel processing, wide color gamut, and an image signal processor that works at lightning speed to optimize your photos under almost any lighting condition.

The quad LED True Tone flash evens out flash so your subjects aren't washed out and backgrounds look more natural in dark conditions.

All this, plus iOS 11!

Let's not forget all of the bonus software that comes along with the iPhone X thanks to iOS 11.

In iOS 11, Apple has smoothed out some of the wrinkles with Portrait mode, like better image stabilization so you can actually take low-light Portrait mode photos, HEIF photo support so you're taking ultra high-quality pictures, but using up half the space, and tools for editing Live Photos so you can make them bounce, loop, and more.

Here's what Rene has to say about HEIF files:

With HEIF, however, the depth data for Portrait Mode — or the still and motion elements of a Live Photo — are all bundled together. (HDR data, which is taken from multiple exposures, starts being processed at the ISP-level in the chipset, so that's burned in before it can be bundled into HEIF.) The advantage to that is most apparent in photo editing, where filters can now apply different effects based on the depth or motion data.

It all comes down to this

You may have thought the iPhone 7 Plus had the most advanced camera on a smart phone ever, but it doesn't hold a candle to what the iPhone X is capable of. The benefits of the TrueDepth camera alone make it the new best camera phone ever, and the small but significant upgrades to the rear-facing camera put the iPhone X into a category all its own.

Any more questions?

Do you have any questions about the iPhone X camera and how the TrueDepth or rear-facing cameras work? Put them in the comments and we'll answer what we can.

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Analyzing Apple’s iPhone X and iPhone 8

Posted on by Rohan Naravane.
Categories: Uncategorized.
The moment all us Apple enthusiasts had been for over a year finally went by yesterday, as Apple’s September event unpacked several new hardware products. Chief among those was the tenth-anniversary iPhone, aptly named the iPhone X (pronounced iPhone 10). Continue reading

LTE Apple Watch Battery Tests: Will cellular destroy the Series 3 battery?

Posted on by Serenity Caldwell.
Categories: Uncategorized.

We've only got Apple's numbers so far, but we'll be doing through tests for our review.

The new Series 3 Apple Watch will bring a much-requested feature when it launches on the 22nd: Cellular and LTE connectivity. That means that, yes, you'll be able to make phone calls, send messages and emails, get directions, use third-party apps, and give Siri commands.

LTE is fully-functional on your Apple Watch when your iPhone isn't present unless you specifically disable it, so pretty much anything you can do on your Apple Watch with your iPhone connected, you'll be able to do when only connected via Cellular. In fact, you'll be able to do a little bit more: The Series 3 GPS + Cellular model will even let you stream any song from Apple Music's 40,000,000 song catalog starting in October.

But with no discernible casing size change nor battery bump, how will the Series 3's battery life fare? Apple, as always, has done some preliminary pre-release tests, which we have right here.

Apple's pre-release testing

According to the company's battery tests, both Series 3 watches (GPS-only as well as GPS + Cellular) continue to average 18 hours of battery life, with specifics highlighted below:

All-day battery life is based on 18 hours with the following use: 90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music playback from Apple Watch via Bluetooth, over the course of 18 hours.

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) usage includes connection to iPhone via Bluetooth during the entire 18-hour test. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) usage includes a total of 4 hours of LTE connection and 14 hours of connection to iPhone via Bluetooth over the course of 18 hours.

While Apple doesn't note which watch configuration it used for these tests (38mm or 42mm), it did peg the Cellular watch at 18 hours' with 4 hours of LTE and 14 hours of iPhone connectivity — about what the average person might use in a given day.

Specific battery tests, however, are far less forgiving. Here's how the Series 3 fared in Apple's single-task tests:

  • Talk: 3 hours connected to iPhone, 1 hour w/ Cellular
  • Audio: 10 hours w/ Bluetooth (Apple Music streaming not tested)
  • Workout: 10 hours w/ iPhone, 5 hours using just GPS, 4 hours using GPS + Cellular

Herein lies the downside of a GPS + Cellular-enabled watch: In choosing to pursue connectivity over battery life, Apple still doesn't quite have the battery numbers to make long-distance runners (like ultra-marathoners) happy if they're using GPS, let alone GPS + Cellular.

Tests we plan to run

We'll be doing extensive battery testing for our Series 3 review to try and confirm and expound on these numbers, so stay tuned. So far, our list includes:

  • Series 3 GPS + Cellular 38mm vs 42mm
  • Series 3 GPS + Cellular with Cellular disabled vs GPS-only
  • Series 3 GPS + Cellular messaging-only
  • Series 3 GPS + Cellular workouts with continuous heart rate monitoring disabled
  • Series 3 GPS + Cellular vs Series 2
  • Series 3 GPS + Cellular vs Series 1
  • Series 3 GPS + Cellular vs comparable fitness tracker

If you have battery tests you'd like us to run, drop it below and we'll work it in when we review the watches.

What iPhone and Apple Watch water-resistance ratings really mean

Posted on by Rene Ritchie.
Categories: Uncategorized.

How water resistant are Apple's latest iPhone and Apple Watch, and what do those ratings really mean?

iPhone X and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus ship with official water resistance, thanks to a variety of gaskets, seals, and changes to the design intended to help it survive splashes and dunks. Apple Watch Series 2 and the newer Apple Watch Series 3 take that level of protection a step further, adding clever water expulsion, to allow it to survive regular submersion of swimmers. But what does all that mean?

Here's what Apple has to say about iPhone X and iPhone 8 water resistance on apple.com:

[iPhone X], iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are splash, water, and dust resistant and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529. Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty.

And about Apple Watch Series 3, also on Apple.com:

Apple Watch Series 3 has a water resistance rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means that it may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, Apple Watch Series 2 should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth.

The first is better defined than the second, with an IP67 rating clearly listed. The original Apple Watch was also IP67, and the new could be the same, or could be IP68. The lack of clarity lies in the standard — it doesn't define the requirements but leaves it to the vendor.

Jerry Hildenbrand has a cheat-sheet up on Android Central:

Protected against immersion in water up to one meter at normal pressure for 30 minutes.

And also points out:

[Having] an IP rating doesn't mean you can do anything you like with your phone. Phones aren't tested individually and they are mass produced. Your phone might fail if you take it into the pool, even if rated for water resistance. Having the IP rating does mean that the people who made it should be willing to stand behind it for any warranty issues.

In other words, the new iPhone is like the old Apple Watch. It'll survive brief, accidental contact with water, but don't think you can take it into the hot tub with you, and certainly not regularly.

In fact, iMore Managing Editor Serenity Caldwell has a tragic story of accidentally drowning her fiancé's iPhone and having to replace it. The lesson her story can provide is that, even if your iPhone can withstand being run under a faucet or even used in the shower, but it's not worth the risk to attempt a full submersion in any case.

Updated September 2017: Updated to address Apple's latest iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.

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Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular vs GPS-only: What’s the difference?

Posted on by Serenity Caldwell.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Besides a cellular antenna and a $70 upcharge, how do Apple's two Series 3 watches differ?

While the new Series 3 Apple Watch looks nigh-identical to its older models, it packs a ton of added functionality into those 38mm and 42mm casings.

The 38mm and 42mm Series 3 feature the following:

  • OLED 1000-nit Retina display with Force Touch
  • An S3 dual-core processor for a 1.7x faster speed bump that puts the Series 2 to shame
  • built-in GPS and GLONASS
  • Barometric altimeter for tracking stair-climbing and elevation gains
  • Water resistance (up to 50 meters)
  • Siri voice response
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2
  • Apple's W2 wireless chip for easy pairing to your iPhone and wireless accessories
  • Up to 18 hours battery life, depending on tasks

But for all their similarities, the Series 3 watches come in two configurations: GPS, and GPS + Cellular. Here's how the two of them differ.

Cellular

This is the big one: The GPS + Cellular Apple Watch comes with LTE connectivity, which allows you to piggyback off your current carrier plan (for an additional monthly fee, usually around $10) and get internet and phone connectivity even when your iPhone is far away.

How your cellular carrier is handling the Apple Watch Series 3

The Series 3's LTE coverage, while tied to your current carrier, lets you do anything solo on the Apple Watch that you can do when tied to your iPhone's data. That includes placing calls, sending messages, using Siri, navigating via Maps, playing with third-party apps, and just about anything else.

Siri is particularly impressive, responding practically instantaneously during our hands-on tests, but if the freedom of moving about with your watch without an iPhone appeals to you, the Cellular option is a huge benefit.

Apple Music streaming


While it won't launch when the Series 3 ships, the GPS + Cellular watch will gain support for Apple Music streaming in October — and it looks like it will be the only watch in Apple's lineup that can do so. We have a query in to Apple to confirm that this is a Series 3 GPS + Cellular exclusive, but I suspect it might have to do with the next bullet point on this list: storage size.

Storage Size

The GPS + Cellular Series 3 has double the storage capacity: 16GB to the GPS-only's 8GB. While we don't have an official answer from Apple as to why, I'm guessing it has to do with the watch's impending Apple Music streaming feature: Apple Music needs a certain amount of cached storage to stream, and if the company additionally plans to allow users to locally download playlists from the streaming catalog, the extra space is necessary.

Front Casings and Style

Like the gap between Series 1 and Series 2, the GPS-only Series 3 is limited to just aluminum Sport and Nike+ casings (silver, gold, or space grey) with their Ion-X glass screen. In contrast, the GPS + Cellular Watch retains the higher-end casings formerly present with the Series 2 in addition to the aluminum Sport and Nike+ casings. This includes options like stainless steel, white and grey ceramic, and Hermès steel.

The pricing on these has remained the same as their Series 2 counterparts: $599 for steel, $1149 for Hermès, and $1299 for ceramic. I know a lot of folks are disappointed not to have steel as an option — especially those who can't yet get the Cellular Apple Watch in their country — but Apple likely doesn't want to sell their higher-end watches at a discount or with subpar features.

Also worth noting when it comes to style: All Series 3 GPS + Cellular watches have a red dot on the Digital Crown. Why? Well, there's always my theory…

Rear Casing

This is a big change from Series 2, and one that honestly leaves me a bit befuddled: The Series 3 GPS + Cellular watch is once again the only watch to receive a ceramic back cover, with the GPS-only watch using a composite back. Apple's original Series 0 Apple Watch only offered ceramic back covers for its steel and Edition watches, but the Series 2 moved so that all models — aluminum, steel, and ceramic — used ceramic backs.

Now, with the Series 3, there's a distinct division: All GPS + Cellular models (aluminum, steel, or ceramic) will receive a ceramic back, but the Series 3 GPS-only aluminum watches are reduced to a composite covering — much like the Series 1, which also sports a composite back.

It's a weird move for a device that's otherwise very similar, but it may help Apple keep prices low: The GPS-only Series 3's starting price is $329, a $20 discount off the $349 starting price of the Series 2.

Battery Life

This is a question I've received multiple times on Twitter, and it's a good one: Will the Series 3 GPS + Cellular have worse battery life than the Series 3 GPS-only Apple Watch?

The answer is: Yeah, probably — but only if you're using GPS + Cellular. Apple's own battery tests peg both watches at an 18-hour average, with specifics highlighted below:

All-day battery life is based on 18 hours with the following use: 90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music playback from Apple Watch via Bluetooth, over the course of 18 hours.

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) usage includes connection to iPhone via Bluetooth during the entire 18-hour test. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) usage includes a total of 4 hours of LTE connection and 14 hours of connection to iPhone via Bluetooth over the course of 18 hours.

While Apple doesn't note which watch configuration it used for these tests (38mm or 42mm), it did peg the Cellular watch at 18 hours' with 4 hours of LTE and 14 hours of iPhone connectivity — about what the average person might use in a given day.

Specific battery tests, however, are far less forgiving. Here's how the Series 3 fared in Apple's single-task tests:

  • Talk: 3 hours connected to iPhone, 1 hour w/ Cellular
  • Audio: 10 hours w/ Bluetooth (Apple Music streaming not tested)
  • Workout: 10 hours w/ iPhone, 5 hours using just GPS, 4 hours using GPS + Cellular

And herein lies the downside of a GPS + Cellular-enabled watch: In choosing to pursue connectivity over battery life, Apple still doesn't quite have the battery numbers to make long-distance runners (like ultra-marathoners) happy if they're using GPS, let alone GPS + Cellular.

We'll be doing extensive battery testing for our Series 3 review to try and confirm and expound on these numbers, so stay tuned.

Availability

Both watches will be available for pre-order on the 15th and shipping on the 22nd, but the GPS + Cellular watch (and its various casing permutations) will only ship to 10 countries at launch.

This includes: - The U.S.: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon - The U.K.: EE - Canada: Bell (Telus later in 2017) - Puerto Rico: AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile - Australia: Optus and Telstra (Vodafone later in 2017) - France: Orange - Germany: Telekom - Japan: NTT DOCOMO, au, SoftBank - China: China Unicom only for Guangdong, Henan, Hunan, Shanghai, and Tianjin (China Mobile and China Telecom later this year) - Switzerland: None at launch (Sunrise and Swisscom both later in 2017)

Because you can't use a watch on a different carrier than what you currently use for your iPhone, this will drastically limit the number of GPS + Cellular buyers at launch to these countries and carriers.

We're currently looking into whether you can buy a Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular in one of these countries and use it in your home country until your network offers service, and will report back when we know more.

Price

The final metric that separates these two devices is price: The GPS-only Series 3 starts at $329 for a 38mm aluminum casing, while the GPS + Cellular Series 3 starts at $399, a $70 upcharge. If you want cellular service, the nicer casings, storage, and Apple Music, that price might well be worth it. If you can't, you might want to skip out this year.

Which watch is worth it?

What do you think, iMore? Will you be picking up a GPS + Cellular Series 3 next week, or just GPS? Or no Series 3 at all? Let us know below.

Watch media fail to cover Face ID demo glitch — so embarrassing!

Posted on by Rene Ritchie.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Face ID didn't fail at Apple's iPhone X event, device setup did — and then so did the media.

During Apple's iPhone X Event, senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi had to switch to backup device after discovering the feature he was about to demonstrate, Face ID, was disabled on the primary device.

Just like with Touch ID, Apple's existing fingerprint identity sensor, Face ID, the new facial identity sensor, requires the device passcode to be entered before it'll start working following reboot, a period of inactivity, or successive authentication attempts that don't match what's registered on the device. The device even showed a nearly-identical message Touch ID shows after successive fingerprint mismatches, in this case: "Enter Passcode: Your passcode is required to enable Face ID".

It was clearly a failure with the set up of the primary device, which is why Apple has backup devices available for every demo. No doubt it was an unpleasant moment for Federighi — though he handled it in his usual, jovial manner on stage — and for whoever was responsible for the setup.

But i wasn't a failure of Face ID. At least not as part of Federighi's demo. Not that you'd know that from the coverage.Apple 3.0:

  • Business Insider: Watch Apple's Face ID unlocking fail during its big demo
  • The Telegraph: Apple suffers embarrassing demo Face ID fail at iPhone X launch
  • Mashable: Apple tried to show off Face ID, and it was so embarrassing
  • MacRumors: Doubts and Speculation Surround Apple's Onstage Face ID 'Fail' During iPhone X Keynote
  • The Verge: Apple's first Face ID demo failed, but it wasn't Face ID's fault
  • Vice: Apple's stock suddenly dropped after that Face ID fail

While the actual problem was apparent to anyone familiar with how Touch ID already works it may not have been apparent to everyone watching the event. That's where the media is supposed to step in and help educate and inform people.

If Face ID has actual problems, people absolutely need to be told about them. In this case, though, it wasn't Face ID that failed. It was the set up that failed first and then, by going for the cheap headlines, the media that failed second. (Some of the articles referenced above contain good content, but it's the headlines that readers and the markets will see and remember.)

That's especially frustrating right now because Face ID is so new and people will naturally have questions and concerns about it. And instead of being part of the education and information solution, they ended up being part of the Face ID FUD.

I've had a chance to see Face ID in action, for unlock and Apple Pay, in a variety of situations now and it worked as well as Touch ID. Arguably the only differences in preference will be subjective and vary by the individual.

Starting November 3, people will have a chance to try it and decide — and report — for themselves.

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Get Your Start As An App Developer In Time for iOS 11 [Deals Hub]

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The launch of iOS 11 doesn’t just have users excited—it’s a big deal for developers, too. If you’re anxious to get your app in the App Store in time for the latest launch of Apple’s popular mobile operating system, you can make it happen with these great developer courses on sale now in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub. Continue reading

Best accessories for iPhone X … so far

Posted on by Lory Gil.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Getting an iPhone X? While you're at it, grab these awesome accessories, too!

Sure, your new iPhone X is perfect just the way it is. It's worth showing off without any additional bells and whistles, but what's the fun in that? With every great new iPhone comes awesome accessories to make your experience even more fun and exciting. You can get yourself a slick case, but you'll also want a few extras, too. Here are the best accessories for the iPhone X ... so far.

Mophie wireless charging base

Mophie's little charging disc is definitely an important addition to anyone's iPhone X list. Since Apple added Qi wireless charger support to its line of iPhones, you'll going to love being able to just toss your iPhone on the table and walk away while it charges. This little guy suppoerts 7.5 watt power for fast charging and has a small footprint on your desk or nightstand. The non-slip coating on top adds security against possible drops if you don't quite toss your iPhone at the right angle [editor's note: don't toss your iPhone].

Mophie's wireless charging base is not currently available, but you can sign up to be notified when it's available. You'll be able to pick one up for $60 when it finally goes on sale.

If you want something right now and can't wait, check out our other suggestions for Qi standard wireless chargers.

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Merge VR headset

Clearly, Apple wants us to know that it's working hard to make augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) a part of the iPhone experience. So, you'll want to make the best of that experience. The Merge VR is one of the most popular iPhone-supported VR headsets. It's made of soft silicone material, so its flexible and comfortable. It also has adjustable lenses, so you can position your iPhone closer or further away, depending on what fits you best. Plus, these will go perfectly with that $15 Merge Cube you've always wanted.

Merge VR costs $60. If you're not ready to go all-in with VR, you can pick yourself up a Google Cardboard. I have one and I love it. It's super cheap and easy to use. You can even make one at home.

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AirPods

The speakers on the iPhone X have been given a kick ass update, but you're not always going to be able to turn it up to 11 while listening to tunes. For those occasions when you have to keep your audio intimate, the $159 AirPods are your friend. They're specially designed to work seamlessly with all your Apple products, and even have unique Siri functionality, something no other headphones have.

I can personally attest to the improved comfort (over the EarPods) and overall excellent experience of using AirPods. They're totally worth it.

Of course, if you really don't want AirPods, you can always take a look at some other great Bluetooth headphones.

See at Apple

Waterfield iPhone Camera Bag

Waterfield just did something that I can't believe hasn't been done before (maybe it has, but I haven't heard of it before). It made a camera bag specifically designed for iPhone photography. It's got all the same fantastic features that a DSLR camera bag, like a soft, padded lining and special individual pouches for external lenses. My favorite aspect: You can wear it like a fanny pack. It's like they made it just for me.

The Waterfield iPhone Camera Bag costs $99 for the nylon model and $129 for the leather model.

See at Waterfield

What iPhone X accessories have you found?

Have you come across some exciting new accessories that would compliment your iPhone X? Put them in the comments and we'll check them out.

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Best TV shows and movies on Netflix right now

Posted on by Joseph Keller.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Netflix is always adding new movies and TV shows to its catalog, and each week, we'll bring you the best it has to offer!

What to Watch

In this week's Netflix selections, a high schooler finally gets a chance with her longtime crush, only to find herself at odds with his social media celebrity ex-girlfriend. A half-man, half-horse goes searching for meaning while the people closest to him undergo major changes in their lives. Finally, a new documentary series explores cases in which confessions may have been coerced, involuntary, or falsified.

  • #realityhigh - Season 1 - A nerdy high school student, Dani, finally gets a chance with her crush, she finds herself up against his ex-girlfriend, a social media celebrity with a popular show about her high school life, #realityhigh.
  • BoJack Horseman - Season 4 - Once a beloved sitcom star, half-horse, half-man BoJack Horseman goes on a search for meaning as his friends begin the next stages of their lives, possibly without him.
  • The Confession Tapes - Season 1 - This new docuseries explores cases in which people convicted of murder claim that their confessions were coerced, made involuntarily, or, in some cases, outright false.

Coming Attractions

This week on netflix sees the arrival of new original movies and shows, starting with the first season of American Vandal, a mockumentary series that offers a satirical take on the true crime genre and tells the story of an act of lewd vandalism at an American high school. In First They Killed My Father, a five-year-old girl works to survive the brutal rise of the Khmer Rouge in 1975 Cambodia. Finally, the documentary Strong Island explores how racial animus fueled the murder of the filmmaker's brother and its subsequent investigation.

  • American Vandal - Season 1 - In this original mockumentary series, an all-American high school is shaken to its foundations when an unknown student spray-paints 27 cars with lewd pictures. When one student is implicated in the crime, others must try to prove his innocence, despite overwhelming evidence and his own impressive stupidity. Arrives September 15.
  • First They Killed My Father - A young girl does her best to survive during the rise of the brutal Khmer Rouge in 1970s Cambodia, a time which say mass executions, forced labor, and torture that saw the deaths of an estimated two million people. Arrives September 15.
  • Strong Island - Filmmaker Yance Ford offers a powerful documentary that delves into the impact that the murder of her younger brother had on her and her family's lives. This original film offers a deep look at how racial injustice impacts real lives around us and can lead to wider injustices. Arrives September 15.

Bookmark this page and check back next week for more from Netflix!

How your cellular carrier is handling the Apple Watch Series 3

Posted on by Joseph Keller.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Wondering how your carrier is going to handle the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular networking? Here's what you need to know.

Apple will soon launch the Apple Watch Series 3, which offers some improvements over previous Apple Watches and, for the first time in the product's history, cellular networking. Naturally, the major U.S. cellular carriers are eager to get in on the action, and all of them will have plans in place for the Apple Watch Series 3 when it launches on September 22.

It should be noted that carriers are only offering Apple Watch cellular service as an add-on to your existing service plan that you use with your iPhone. So far, Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T have announced that they will be offering cellular service for the Apple Watch Series 3 for an additional $10 per month on top of your current service plan. Sprint has yet to offer any details.

Despite offering the same monthly price, there are details for each carrier that help differentiate them from each other. Here's what you need to know about how each carrier is approaching the Apple Watch Series 3.

Verizon

With Verizon, you'll need to pony up another $10 per month on your existing service plan to use the Apple Watch Series 3 on the company's network. However, the carrier will be offing the first three months of Apple Watch service for free, and will apparently waive activation fee and upgrade fees. Based on Verizon's past history with wearables, you'll probably need to pay full price for your Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular networking, which starts at $399 for the 38mm aluminum model.

T-Mobile

Like Verizon, the Apple Watch Series 3 on T-Mobile will run you an additional $10 per month, with the first three months of service available for free with Apple's help. Additionally, T-Mobile is the only major U.S. carrier that has announced an installment plan for the Apple Watch. While you can pay the $399 up front price for the aluminum 38mm watch ($429 for the 42mm model), you can also pay the watch off in monthly installments starting at $16.67 ($17.92 for 42mm) with no down payment.

AT&T

Once again you'll need to add $10 per month to your existing plan. AT&T will also offer three months of free service through a $30 bill credit applied over three payments, as well as a $25 activation fee credit. You'll need an eligible service plan for your iPhone to take advantage of these credits, which means having a plan that costs a minimum of $50 per month. You'll also be paying the full up front price for your Apple Watch Series 3, starting at $399 for the 38mm cellular model.

Sprint

Sprint…hasn't announced anything with regards to the Apple Watch Series 3, except that it will carry the wearable. It's likely that we'll see similar pricing for adding the watch to your service plan.

Questions?

If you have any questions about how your carrier is handling the Apple Watch Series 3, be sure to let us know in the comments.

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Apple Watch Sport Loop Hands On: A runner’s new best friend

Posted on by Serenity Caldwell.
Categories: Uncategorized.

The new Sport Loop band feels like terrycloth, works like nylon, and looks fantastic.

We didn't just get hands on time with Apple's new devices at the company's September event: We got a peek at their new bands, too. Aside from the typical array of new colors and fancy Hermès styles, The biggest announcement in the Apple accessories sphere was the company's new Sport Loop band.

Designed with its Leather Loop sibling in mind, the Sport Loop eschews leather for fluffy woven nylon and magnets for hook-and-loop fastenings (commonly known as Velcro), providing a softer, more secure option for those on the go.

The band provided by far the most secure fit on my wrist without killing my circulation or pinching; those who lose skin contact while running due to either movement or sweat are going to love this band, especially its easy Velcro-style readjustment. (Apple doesn't actually call the connection "Velcro," opting instead for "hook and loop fasteners," which sort of makes me think Jony Ive spent a month in a room somewhere trying to invent a better form of Velcro.)

I'm definitely going to be buying one for roller derby, and probably sending one to my dad, who spent most of my week visiting grumbling about how the Sport band didn't hold the watch tight enough to his wrist. Here you go, Dad. An early Happy Christmas to you.

Apple Watch specs

Posted on by Tory Foulk.
Categories: Uncategorized.

The Apple Watch comes in two sizes, multiple collections, and with over a dozen different band styles to choose from.

The first new product category Apple has introduced since the 2010 iPad, and the first new device interface since the 2007 iPhone, the Apple Watch is also Apple's first post-iPod wearable, the first running a variation of iOS, and the first connected — through an iPhone 5 or above – to iCloud. It runs WatchKit apps and extensions. Series 1 is currently available for purchase on Apple's website for only $249, and Series 3 will be available for preorder beginning September 15, 2017. Here are your complete Apple Watch specs.

Operating system

  • watchOS 4

Navigation

  • Capacitive touch (tap, swipe)
  • Force touch (press)
  • Digital crown (scroll, zoom, home, time, accessibility, Siri)
  • Button (Friends, Apple Pay, power)

For more on Apple Watch navigation, see how to control Apple Watch.

Sensors

Series 1

  • Ambient light
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Heart rate

Series 3

  • Ambient light
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • GPS
  • GLONASS
  • Heart rate
  • Barometric altimeter

Connectivity

Series 1

  • Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz (system use only)

Series 3

  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz
  • Cellular (LTE and UMTS)

Battery life

  • 18 hours
  • 3 hours talk time
  • 6.5 hours audio playback
  • 6.5 hours workout use
  • 48 hours time check
  • 72 hours power reserve (time only)

For more on Apple Watch battery life see Apple Watch battery life tests.

Inductive charging time

  • 1.5 hours to 80%
  • 2.5 hours to 100%

Water resistance

Series 1

  • IPX7 under IEC standard 60529

Series 3

  • 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010

Processors

Series 1

  • Apple S1 computer-on-a-chip

Series 3

  • W2 chip and faster dual-core processor

Storage

  • 8 GB total
  • 2 GB for music
  • 75 MB for photos

Display sizes

  • 38mm: 340x272 pixels
  • 42mm: 390x312 pixels

Case sizes

Series 1

  • 38.6mm high, 33.3mm wide, 10.5mm deep
  • 42mm high, 35.9mm wide, 10.mm deep

Series 3

  • 38.6mm high, 33.3mm wide, 11.4 mm deep
  • 42.5mm high, 36.4mm wide, 11.4mm deep

More on Apple Watch sizes

Collections

  • Apple Watch Series 1 (silver or space gray aluminum or silver stainless steel case with sport band)
  • Apple Watch Series 3 (silver, space gray or gold aluminum or silver stainless steel case with sport band, sport loop or Milanese loop)
  • Apple Watch Edition (white or gray ceramic case with sport band)
  • Apple Watch Hermes (silver stainless steel with Hermes leather band)
  • Apple Watch Nike+ (space gray or silver aluminum with Nike sport band)

More on Apple Watch collections

Case weights

  • 38mm Apple Watch Series 1 (aluminum): 25g
  • 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS (aluminum): 26.7g
  • 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (aluminum): 28.7g
  • 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (stainless steel): 42.4g
  • 38mm Apple Watch Edition (ceramic): 40.1g
  • 42mm Apple Watch Series 1 (aluminum): 30g
  • 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS (aluminum): 32.3g
  • 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (aluminum): 34.9g
  • 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (stainless steel): 52.8g
  • 42mm Apple Watch Edition (ceramic): 46.4g

Band sizes

  • 38mm sport band: 130-180mm, 150-200mm
  • 38mm sport loop: 130-190mm
  • 38mm Milanese loop: 130-180mm
  • 38mm Nike sport band: 130-200mm
  • 38mm woven nylon: 125-195mm
  • 38mm classic buckle: 130-195mm
  • 38mm leather loop: 150-185mm
  • 38mm modern buckle: 135-180mm
  • 38mm Hermes leather double tour: 140-160mm
  • 38mm Hermes leather single tour: 145-180mm
  • 38mm link bracelet: 135-195mm
  • 42mm sport band: 140-185mm, 160-210mm
  • 42mm sport loop: 145-220mm
  • 42mm Milanese loop: 150-200mm
  • 42mm Nike sport band: 140-210mm
  • 42mm woven nylon: 145-215mm
  • 42mm classic buckle: 150-215mm
  • 42mm leather loop: 180-210mm
  • 42mm Hermes leather single tour: 165-195mm
  • 42mm link bracelet: 140-205mm

Apple Watch Sport band weights

  • 38mm black sport band: 37g
  • 38mm pink sport band: 42g
  • 38mm green sport band: 43g
  • 38mm blue sport band: 44g
  • 38mm white sport band: 47g
  • 42mm black sport band: 37g
  • 42mm pink sport band: 42g
  • 42mm green sport band: 43g
  • 42mm blue sport band: 44g
  • 42mm white sport band: 47g

More on Apple Watch Sport bands

Apple Watch band weights

  • 38mm classic buckle: 16g
  • 38mm modern buckle: 23g/23g/24g
  • 38mm Milanese loop: 33g
  • 38mm black sport band: 37g
  • 38mm white sport band: 47g
  • 38mm steel link bracelet: 65g
  • 42mm classic buckle: 19g
  • 42mm leather loop: 30g/33g
  • 42mm black sport band: 40g
  • 42mm white sport band: 51g
  • 42mm Milanese loop: 41g
  • 42mm steel link bracelet: 75g

More on Apple Watch bands

Apple Watch Edition band weights

  • 38mm black sport band: 38g
  • 38mm modern buckle: 40g/40g/41g
  • 38mm white sport band: 48g
  • 42mm classic buckle: [20g]
  • 42mm black sport band: 42g
  • 42mm white sport band: 53g

More on Apple Watch Edition bands

Apple Watch pricing

  • 38mm Apple Watch Series 1: $249
  • 42mm Apple Watch Series 1: $279
  • 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS: $329
  • 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS: $359
  • 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular: $399
  • 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular: $429
  • 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (stainless steel with sport band): $599
  • 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (stainless steel with sport band): $649
  • 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (stainless steel with Milanese loop): $699
  • 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (stainless steel with Milanese loop): $749
  • 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (stainless steel with space black Milanese loop): $749
  • 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (stainless steel with space black Milanese loop): $799
  • 38mm Apple Watch Nike+ GPS: $329
  • 42mm Apple Watch Nike+ GPS: $359
  • 38mm Apple Watch Nike+ GPS + Cellular: $399
  • 42mm Apple Watch Nike+ GPS + Cellular: $429
  • 38mm Apple Watch Hermes (with leather single tour): $1,149
  • 42mm Apple Watch Hermes (with leather single tour): $1,199
  • 38mm Apple Watch Hermes (with leather double tour): $1,299
  • 38mm Apple Watch Edition: $1,299
  • 42mm Apple Watch Edition: $1,349

Band pricing

  • Sport loop: $49
  • Sport band: $49
  • Nike sport band: $49
  • Woven nylon: $49
  • Classic buckle: $149
  • Leather loop: $149
  • Modern buckle: $149
  • Milanese loop: $149
  • Space black Milanese loop: $199
  • Link bracelet: $449
  • Space black link bracelet: $549
  • Hermes leather double tour: $489
  • Hermes leather single tour: $339

Pre-order dates

  • Series 3 will be available for preorder on September 15, 2017.

Release dates

  • Series 3 will be released September 22, 2017.
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iPhone X vs. iPhone 8: What’s the difference?

Posted on by Mikah Sargent.
Categories: Uncategorized.

What's the difference between Apple's iPhone X and its iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus?

Apple revealed two (technically three) new iPhones at its September iPhone event — the iPhone 8 series (iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus) and the full-screened, face-recognizing iPhone X. If you're planning on upgrading your iPhone but aren't quite sure which would be best for you, check out our video comparison! We break down the differences between the iPhone X and iPhone 8 series.

Which one will you get?

Did our video help you decide between these two phones? Are you going all out with iPhone X or sticking with the incremental upgrade of the iPhone 8 series? Sound off in the comments!

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Best Cases for iPhone X

Posted on by Mikah Sargent.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Pre-empt your clumsiness by buying an iPhone X case now instead of later!

If you want to be ready to wrap your brand new iPhone X in a protective layer the moment it hits your doorstep, you might as well buy a case for it now! Here are the best cases (currently) for iPhone X!

Nomad Leather iPhone X Cases

Nomad is known for creating pragmatic, minimalist cases for people on the go, and its line of iPhone X cases definitely falls in line with that reputation.

Each case is made of a combination of high-grade polycarbonate fused to a rubber TPE bumper and vegetable-tanned Horween leather, so you get full perimeter and screen protection from drops up to six feet while still achieving that adventure-inspired practical look. Nomad promises that the case will even develop a "rich patina" after extended use.

The line consists of multiple different case styles:

Nomad recommends the Rugged Case for those of us with a more demanding lifestyle (or — let's be honest — the clumsier among us), and the multi-functional Folio or Wallet cases for minimalists who don't like carrying excess belongings. The rest of the cases are well-suited to everyday use.

The cases are backordered at the moment, but they're still available for purchase and will ship on September 22.

See at Nomad

Totallee Thin iPhone X Cases

These super slim, branding-free cases are available for both the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and they come in eight different colors so it's likely one of your favorites is in the mix. Plus, the company donates 10% of the proceeds from the Jet Red and Coral Blue color options to the United Nations Foundation's global fund to fight HIV/AIDS and the Marine Conservation Institute respectively.

The cases are well-built and made of durable polypropylene, so they offer grip and protection without the added bulk - at only 0.02" in thickness, they won't detract from the sleek design of your shiny new phone. Best part: they only cost $19, they come with a two-year warranty, and they're available to ship in 24 hours.

See at Totallee

Speck Presidio iPhone X Cases

Speck's line of Presidio iPhone X cases sport a two-layer design with 10-foot drop protection and come in a pretty wide variety of styles, so you can definitely find one that suits your individual preferences and needs. Love glitter? You're covered. Need a phone case with grip? Right here. Hate it all and prefer that your iPhone look as naked as possible? There's a perfectly clear case, too.

The cases come with a lifetime warranty, and right now Speck's offering $5 two-day shipping if you desperately need to scratch that iPhone X itch.

See at Speck

Peel Super Thin iPhone X Case

Peel claims to be the creator of the original barely-there iPhone case, so it's no surprise that the company is adding an über slim iPhone X version to its roster. This case comes in seven colors, offers bump and scratch protection and features laser-cut holes for the speakers and buttons. There's also a subtle lip on the back of the case to protect the phone's dual camera lens. In addition, it won't interfere with wireless charging, so you'll never have to take it off.

The CEO of Peel's parent company Need/Want, Marshall Haas, had this to say about the case:

The iPhone X has such a beautiful OLED screen and nearly bezel-less profile that Peel cases perfectly complement it. It won't even feel or look like you have a case on.

Hot.

The Super Thin iPhone X Case is available for purchase now for $25, and will ship next week.

See at Peel

Apple iPhone X Leather Case

We would, of course, be remiss if we didn't mention Apple's own cases for their products. However, it's important to note that none of the Apple iPhone X cases are available for purchase just yet, so if you're holding out for one, you won't be able to quench your iPhone X thirst early.

Apple's Leather iPhone X case comes in nine different colors and is made out of specially tanned and finished European leather, so like the Nomad case, it will develop a natural patina over time. It also won't hinder your phone from charging wirelessly, and promises to be super soft to the touch while still offering adequate protection.

We're not entirely certain when the cases will be available, but we presume they'll be released in October, ahead of iPhone X pre-orders. We do know that they'll set you back $49.

See at Apple

Apple iPhone X Silicone Case

Apple's Silicone case option for the iPhone X is pretty similar to its leather counterpart. It hugs the iPhone without adding a ton of extra bulk, and fits snugly over the volume and side buttons. Its silicone finish is smooth and satiny, and again, the case won't keep you from wirelessly charging your device.

The iPhone X Silicone case also comes in nine colors, and will cost $39 once it's available to order.

See at Apple

Thoughts? Questions?

Which case is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

AppleCare now costs more for larger iPhones

Posted on by Jon Fingas.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Are you eyeing a larger-screened iPhone, like the iPhone X or 8 Plus? Unfortunately, it'll cost you extra to extend the warranty. Apple has quietly raised the price of AppleCare+ coverage for bigger iPhones, with the price varying depending on what you're getting. If you want to protect any Plus model, it now costs $149 instead of the $129 you continue to pay for mid-size iPhones. And brace yourself if you're getting an iPhone X: it'll cost $199 to get your device covered.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Apple

How to set up and start using Fitbit for iPhone and iPad

Posted on by Luke Filipowicz.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Slap it on your wrist and start moving towards a healthier you.

Fitbit has taken the world by storm and has more and more people turning to wearable fitness trackers. Much like a watch, Fitbit will only help you keep track of your activity when you are wearing it, so make sure you always have it on you.

In order to get the most out of Fitbit, you are going to want to get the Fitbit App. Your wristband and the app work together to give you the best experience and most accurate tracking results.

How to download the Fitbit App for iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the App Store from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Search tab. It's the magnifying glass at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap on the Search bar.

  4. Type Fitbit
  5. Tap the Search button. The blue button in the bottom right corner of your screen.
  6. Find the listing for "Fitbit" and tap on the blue Get button. The Get button will turn into a green Install button.
  7. Tap on the Install button.

  8. Type in your Apple ID password.
  9. Tap the OK button.

This will install the Fitbit app on your Home screen so you can access it anytime.

How to sign up for Fitbit in the Fitbit App for iPhone and iPad.

The first thing you need to do before you strap on your wristband is join Fitbit.

  1. Launch Fitbit from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Join Fitbit.
  3. Scroll through the list and tap on the Fitbit device you have. Your options are:

    • Blaze
    • Surge
    • Charge HR
    • Charge
    • Charge 2
    • Alta
    • Alta HR
    • Flex
    • Flex 2
    • One
    • Zip
    • Aria
    • Ultra
    • Force

  4. Tap on Set up your Fitbit button.
  5. Tap on the Let's Go button.

  6. Swipe up or down to set the the big number in the middle to your height.
  7. Tap the Next button.

  8. Tap on the silhouette to set your gender.
  9. Tap the Next button.
  10. Swipe left or right to set the big number in the middle to your weight.

  11. Tap on the Next button.
  12. Swipe left or right on the year, month, and date, to set your birthday.

  13. Tap on the Next button.
  14. Tap on the text fields to enter your name, email address and create a password.
  15. Tap on checkbox beside the Terms of Service. You have to agree to check this off to continue.
  16. Tap the Next button.
  17. Tap on the Next button to agree to the Term of Service and Privacy Policy.

You now have an account and are almost ready to start using your Fitbit. You just need to pair your wristband to your phone.

How to pair your Fitbit to your iPhone or iPad

In order to pair your Fitbit to your iPhone or iPad you need to make sure your Bluetooth is on. After that it's pretty easy.

  1. Tap the Next button. This screen is just showing you what came with your Fitbit in the box.
  2. Wait for your iPhone or iPad to connect to your wristband.
  3. Enter the code that appears on your Fitbit's screen, if you have a Zip, Charge, Charge HR, Surge, Blaze, Alta, or One. Or, tap your Fitbit Flex when prompted.

  4. Tap Next through the setup screens. Read through the information on each screen to learn more about your device.

  5. Tap the Next button on the wear and care screen. This will load the Fitbit dashboard.

You now are all logged in and can start tracking all of your activity! Get out there and start moving!

Updated September 2017: Added the newest models of Fitbit wearables to the list, otherwise, the process of setting up your Fitbit in iOS 11 is still the same as always.

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