Tuesday Morning News
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.
While other reviews should be out in the next couple of days, Apple has also shown off the iPhone X to a bunch of YouTube content creators. It seems like a strange move, given that no one particularly high-profile was invited to the private showing in New York, but with the likes of MKBHD and iJustine already invited to the press event, perhaps this was Apple’s way of looking out for the little guy.
Computerworld introduces us to the new world of iPhone X gestures, which you might want to give a glance over once you get your new device on Friday. The lack of a home button means you’ll be using gestures to go back to the home screen, switch between applications, and even open Control Centre, which needs to be done from the top right corner now, instead of up from the bottom like every other iPhone before the iPhone X.
The Verge conducted a survey looking at US consumer views towards big technology companies, and Apple is no longer the most favoured, at least amongst those surveyed. In terms of the big five tech companies — Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple — Apple falls squarely in the middle. People just don’t think Apple are the best in any category any more.
Apple has released new developer betas of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, and tvOS 11.2. As they come before the public releases of the .1 versions of the same, it’s pretty safe to say that we’ll see public releases of the .1 versions sooner rather than later, possibly even before the end of the week.
The good news is, the iOS 11 calculator bug that prevented quick entry of numbers and operations has been fixed in the iOS 11.2 developer beta. The issue gained massive traction on social media for long animation times that blocked input, but that has now been fixed, and all is forgiven.
One of the iOS 11 shelf apps has made the jump from iPad to iPhone, and as covered by MacStories, Gladys’ 1.1 is a near 1:1 implementation of its iPad counterpart. While you can’t do the same drag and drop between apps on the iPhone, Gladys for iPhone still has in-app drag and drop to rearrange items.
Google has said that YouTube TV has dedicated apps in the pipeline which will allow for the best experience on the big screen. One of those is a native app for the Apple TV, with smart TVs also getting some love from YouTube’s TV show streaming service, which is currently only available in the US.
Apple has announced SiriKit support for the HomePod, which we’re still expecting by the end of the year. SiriKit on the HomePod will send Siri queries to the iPhone to be processed, which makes sense as that’s where the apps are anyway, not on the HomePod.
At the Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit, Apple also showed off the iMac Pro, complete with black accessories. The actual iMac Pro looks like a normal iMac, except in a dark grey, but the black Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse are very different to normal.