The first review of the iPhone X comes from Wired’s Steven Levy, who says he chose Animoji as the one feature to show off when people realised what he had. To be fair, there’s a lot of really great features in the iPhone X that have never been on any previous iPhone. Being able to unlock your iPhone with a glance is cool, the OLED edge-to-edge screen is cool, and the cameras are cool. But it’s likely that we’ll see the impacts of the iPhone X, beyond just the new hardware, a little later on.
With iPhone X pre-orders now out of the way, Apple has released a statement saying pre-orders were “off the charts“. While that doesn’t give us any idea of how many iPhone X devices were pre-ordered over the weekend, shipping times for the iPhone X in Australia are now at the 5-6 week mark for all models. If you pre-order now, there’s a good chance you’ll get your device before Christmas.
Over at Daring Fireball, John Gruber talks about the fear, uncertainty, and doubt surrounding recent Face ID rumours and the “reduced accuracy” to allow easier manufacture. Apple has since denied the statement, leaving not-great explanations as to why the articles were published in the first place. Gruber then goes on to debunk further Bloomberg reports about the iPhone, saying that design decisions about the iPhone X were made before January this year, not last-minute like Bloomberg has previously reported.
Apple has denied claims it allowed Face ID specs to be lowered to increase production, following a report from Bloomberg which highlighted Apple’s struggles with iPhone X production so far. With pre-orders of the new iPhone going live at 6:01pm AEDT this Friday, Apple would have wanted as many iPhone X units to be available as possible, but their statement says they have not reduced the accuracy specs for Face ID, which continues to have the same 1 in a million probability of having a random person unlock your iPhone X with their face.
With iPhone X pre-orders opening this Friday, Apple has announced that there will be limited stock available in store for those wanting to try their luck the week after. November 3 is when the iPhone X officially launches, but we should see how bad the iPhone X shipping situation is once pre-orders open. Apple has also invited members of the iPhone Upgrade Program to check their eligibility, but unfortunately that’s not an option for any country outside of the US.
The original Samsung v Apple trial from 2011 is this morning’s designated gift that keeps on giving, with the whole thing being such a stunning testimony for patent law that it’s honestly incredible we still have patents at all. The latest summary, as described by Ars Technica, is that US Judge Lucy Koh has laid out the rules for the new trial in a 35-page PDF document, which will dictate how the hearings will proceed. This latest trial will determine the final outcome for the litigation of design patents between the two companies, and maybe in a few years, we’ll get a verdict.
Following the Mac Pro’s footsteps, the Mac mini has now been around for over three years without a spec bump to speak of. Apple CEO Tim Cook’s response to an email about the Mac mini assures some guy that the Mac mini is an important part of the Apple product line going forward, but doesn’t have any details to share about future plans for Apple’s smallest desktop Mac.
Ars Technica writes Apple are making good on their promise to add interior maps of airports and shopping centres, with a bunch of new indoor maps of airports in the US going live today. Joining the interior maps of San Jose and Philadelphia airports are several airports spread across the country, including Miami International, Portland International, and O’Hare International, with Apple also promising interior maps of New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports, as well as a few international airports (mainly in Europe, none in Australia) coming soon.
With reports of Apple’s first iPhone X shipment only containing 46,500 units of the iPhone with an OLED edge-to-edge display, it’s relatively good news to hear of further supply chain rumours that claim the manufacturing bottleneck contributing to the shortage will be resolved before Christmas. While that still means iPhone X stock is unlikely to be anywhere near demand until well into 2018, that’s kind of what we were expecting anyway, right?
The Independent interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook recently, and if you’ve read any interview from him recently, you’ll know that he mentions AR almost every time. It’s clear Apple will be pushing the technology in iPhone iterations to come, even though Apple hasn’t built any kind of AR experience of its own. Cook also believes the world is getting better, at least compared to how it was before. It might not seem that way, but progress looks different to different people.