Wednesday Morning News

Reviews of the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are out, and the verdict seems to be that if you own an iPhone 7, the changes aren’t huge enough that you’d want to upgrade straight away. Sure, the True Tone display is nice. Better cameras are nice. Wireless charging is nice. All of the new and improved details of the new devices are nice, but as The Verge tells it, you can basically get much of the same things with iOS 11, a few apps, and a cheap case. If you have an older iPhone, the decision is a little easier — the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus is the best default option for many people.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball has a similar story about the iPhone 8. The glass backs feel as good as the Jet Black iPhone without the constant anxiety of micro-abrasions, and while all of the improvements are all very good when taken individually, they somewhat pale in comparison to the iPhone X. It’s impossible to talk about the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus without talking about the iPhone X — which gets many of the same features with a few more significant changes on top — and that’s perhaps the one area where the iPhone 8 lineup falls short.

Of course, iOS 11 is also out today. Even if you’re not getting a new phone later this week, you can make your current phone feel like a new phone by upgrading to iOS 11. The MacStories review is extensive, comes in several different formats (eBook, audio book), and covers every new and changed aspect of iOS on both iPhones and iPads. The changes in iOS 11 for the iPad warrant their own little section for good reason.

With the release of iOS 11 comes the first of many augmented reality apps. I just paid $1.49 for my first ARKit measuring app, and I’m looking forward to checking out a few other free apps when I have a few minutes spare later today.

We’ve been telling you that iOS 11 will disable your 32-bit apps for months now, but it’s worth repeating: your 32-bit apps won’t work after you install iOS 11. If you’ve realised this after you upgraded, and still need to run 32-bit app(s) for whatever reason, you may want to consider downgrading while you still can.

Over at Macworld, Jason Snell tells us about how multitasking and the dock works on iOS 11 on iPads. It’s good, but a lot different to anything that iOS has previously offered, so it’s worth checking out a post just so you’re not too confused when things don’t work exactly as you expect. He has a similar post on how drag and drop works, too.

In Australia, we didn’t get the TV app previously because there was nothing in it for us. Now that TV supports ABC iView and SBS OnDemand, the one stop streaming hub is available on our devices, as well as tvOS when that update arrives.

Ars Technica talks about iOS 11 on the iPhone 5s, the oldest support device. It’s surprisingly not bad, better than iOS 9 is on the iPhone 5, and although you’re missing a whole bunch of software features, but you do get a few new niceties that you wouldn’t otherwise get. Their verdict says to upgrade.

IMore has a review of watchOS 4. Even if you’re running watchOS 4 on slightly older hardware, you still get access to all of the new features, although some things work slightly differently than they did before. It seems unlikely that your watchOS 4 update will be finished by the time you’ve read the entire review (seriously, why is that so slow?), but eh, that’s OK too.

Last but not least this morning, Apple has also released more how-to videos showing off how to do new stuff in iOS 11. Their previous videos seemed to be a test, released way too early, but these ones show off iOS 11 cornerstones on the iPad in a fun light.

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  1. Coming from an iPhone 6 Plus the decision is very easy!

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