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The iPhone XR is the affordable premium iPhone we’ve always wanted

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 07:00

Straight up, I’m probably going to buy an iPhone Xs Max when it comes out (and yes, even with my reservations about that tone-deaf name). But I can’t deny that for several minutes yesterday, I was seriously entranced by the call of the new iPhone XR. It’s packed with the same chip as the iPhone Xs. It comes with almost all of the same internal features. It’s got at least one camera that’s shared with the iPhone Xs, and it comes in a variety of appealing colors.

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iPhone Xs and Xs Max vs Galaxy Note 9: $1,000 phablet spec showdown

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 06:30
Apple's new iPhones have arrived, so it's time to see how they match up to the best phone Android has to offer: the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

The case for combining live TV streaming services

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 06:00
Hulu, meet Philo: Why you might pair streaming TV subscriptions.

iPhone XR vs iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max: Which one should you pre-order?

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 06:00

Just like last year, Apple announced three new iPhone models, but it’s not so easy to tell them apart anymore. Gone is the old-school design with the home button and the giant bezels, and in its place are three new models with iPhone X styling. (But don’t worry, if you really like the old look, you can still buy an iPhone 8 or 8 PlusRemove non-product link.)

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How to sell or trade in your old iPhone

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 05:00

Even if you’re in the iPhone Upgrade Program, you might have an old iPhone languishing in a drawer somewhere unused. And if you buy your iPhone outright each year, you can usually recoup a good amount of that cost by selling the old model every time you upgrade. Here’s what you need to know about selling or trading in your old iPhone for top dollar.

Editor's note: This article first published in December 2017. It has been updated to reflect changes in policies of each company, and the values of the iPhones being traded in.

How to get an old iPhone ready for sale

Take good care of it. This probably goes without saying, but you’ll get the most money if your iPhone is in pristine shape. That means keeping it in a case to prevent bumps and dings to the corners. But if your phone shows some wear and tear, don’t worry—it’s still sellable, you’ll just get a little less. Keeping your original box, and including the charger and cable also helps you get the most money.

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HomePod: Everything you need to know about Apple's smart speaker

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 20:21

Apple’s HomePod (originally rumored to be called Siri Speaker) is a smart speaker with Wi-Fi capabilities intended to compete against Amazon Echo devices and Google Home—although it’s more expensive. Revealed during Apple’s WWDC keynote, Apple’s senior VP of marketing Phil Schiller boasted about HomePod’s audio quality, its built-in room sensors, and the integration with Apple Music.

With its always-on voice assistant and ability to control connected devices, HomePod is very similar to Echo devices and Google Home, but with a few notable differences. Here are the must-know HomePod features, specs, and sales info showcased during WWDC.

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Hands-on with the new iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch Series 4

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 20:19

Sure, there’s ample underground parking and free food, but the biggest attraction at any Apple media event is the chance to get your hands on new Apple products more than a week before they go on sale to the general public. I was there at Apple Park on Wednesday to see (and use) Apple’s latest iPhones and Apple Watch. Here’s what I learned.

iPhone X, everywhere

A year ago, Apple declared the iPhone X the future of the smartphone. From the perspective of September 2017, this is the future—and the biggest story out of Wednesday’s event is that all of Apple’s new iPhones are a part of the iPhone X family. Every single one of them has glass front and back, with edge-to-edge screens and Face ID. If you buy a 2018-model iPhone, you will be buying an iPhone X—and flipping up from the bottom of the screen with your thumb to unlock rather than pressing a home button.

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First iPhone XS cases: What you can buy right now

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 18:26

Along with the new iPhone XR, Apple announced two premium models: the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The iPhone XS is a 5.8-inch model and the direct successor to the iPhone X. (For all the details, read our full rundown of the iPhone XS.)

With a starting cost of $999, you’ll want a case to protect it. Fortunately, there are already quite a few nice options out there you can order right now. We rounded up some of our top picks. As more cases become available, we’ll update this article. So watch this space.

   
    1. Thin iPhone XS Case View
    2. Thin iPhone XS Leather Case View
    3. Shell Case II View
    4. Access Case III View
    5. Wallet S iPhone XS Case View
    6. Manta iPhone XS Tough Case with Tempered Glass View
    7. Liquid Crystal iPhone XS Case View
 

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 17:30

New iPhones, new Apple Watch and more: We react to Wednesday’s Apple event. We also respond to your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 621.

Today’s episode of the Macworld Podcast is sponsored by Sophos Home, which provides business-grade cybersecurity for home users. You can learn more at home.sophos.com.

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The 5 iPhone XS features that matter most

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:34

On Wednesday, Apple announced its latest high-end premium phone: the iPhone XS. As the name implies, it’s something of an upgrade to the iPhone X, with a handful of improvements but the same overall design and features. 

That doesn’t mean it’s a bore. Quite the contrary: For those who found last year’s iPhone X just a little too expensive for what you get, this year’s improvements might be enough to win you over. Here are the five ways the iPhone XS really differs from the iPhone X. 

It comes in two sizes

The iPhone X only came in one size: 5.8 inches. That sounds big, but the taller, narrower aspect ratio enabled by the slim-bezel design and removal of the Home button makes the phone considerably narrower than the 5.5-inch Plus-sized iPhone models.

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5 reasons why the iPhone XR is a worthy upgrade to the iPhone X

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:17

The iPhone XR is technically Apple’s “budget” phone from this year’s lineup, but you’d have a hard time telling that from specs alone. After all, it’s quite similar in specs to the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. At $749, it’s also still relatively pricey, partly because so many of the innards are the same. The differences are mainly exterior, such as its LCD screen, its single rear camera, and its aluminum casing.

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Meet the new iPhone SE, better known as the iPhone 7

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:56

While we had been hearing for months that Apple would be updating its budget 4-inch iPhone SE sometime this year with a new design and screen, it seems that that plan has been scrapped. In fact, any reference to the phone is gone from Apple’s website.

Click on the previous landing page for the iPhone SE and you’ll be taken to the general iPhone page, where all mention of the iPhone SE has been scrubbed. In its place at the bottom of the pack is the two-year-old iPhone 7, which now starts at $449 for the 4.7-inch model with 32GB in black, silver, gold, or rose gold.

That’s $100 more than the $349 iPhone SE, but you’re also getting a bigger screen, newer chip (A10 Fusion vs A9), better rear camera with optical image stabilization and front camera (7MP vs. 1.2MP), IP67 water resistance, and a barometer. What you won’t get is a headphone jack, though Apple includes a pair of Lightning EarPods in the box. In fact, since Apple has stopped selling the iPhone 6s as well, you won’t find an iPhone with a headphone jack anywhere in Apple’s lineup.

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HomePod to get new Siri Shortcuts, phone calls, and other Siri features in upcoming update

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:55

At Wednesday’s “Gather round” event, Apple announced that its HomePod wireless speaker will be received several new features in a free software update. The features mostly involve improvements to Siri, to further enhance the HomePod’s ability as a digital assistant.

The Siri improvements in HomePod will be available on September 17 and include:

  • Song search by lyrics: HomePod users will be able to make song search based on the lyrics of a song. You can ask, “Hey Siri, play the song that goes…” and then you can state the lyric. No word on if the lyrics field in your iTunes library will need to be completed for this feature to work.

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Everything Apple announced at its September 12 'Gather Round' event

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:53

It’s that time again! Time for Apple to unveil its latest iPhones and get us all excited about the steady march of technological progress.

This year, Apple had plenty to cover. There are three new iPhones, all of them with the the powerful A12 Bionic processor and TrueDepth camera and Face ID system that was previously exclusive to the $1,000 iPhone X. There’s also a hot new Apple Watch Series 4.

You’ll be able to watch a recording of the live event on the Apple Special Events page, but if you don’t want to (or can’t), here’s a brief summary of all the major announcements made at the September 12 event.

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Apple Watch Series 4: Six reasons to upgrade (and one big reason not to)

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:12

For the first time since its introduction four years ago, the Apple Watch has a new design—and we don’t just mean the addition of a red dot on the Digital Crown. The new fourth-generation watch includes a larger screen and a slightly bigger case, but still retains the classic styling that has made the Apple Watch a worldwide hit.

But the beauty of the new Apple Watch isn’t skin deep. We can’t wait to get our fingers on that new display, but there’s way more to it than a few extra pixels. Here are six more reasons you’ll want to upgrade to a new Apple Watch and one reason why you might want to wait:

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Apple sets release dates for iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS Mojave

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:05

At its “Gather round” event on Wednesday, Apple announce the release dates for its operating systems: iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The company has slated September 17 for the release of iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. MacOS Mojave 10.14 will be released on September 24. The upgrades are free.

iOS 12 release: September 17

iOS 12 is the next major version of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 12 include improvements to Maps, Siri, FaceTime, CarPlay, and the Photos app, as well as revamped Stocks, News, Voice Memos, and Apple Books apps. iOS 12’s Messages includes new Animoji characters and Memoji, and there’s also a new AR-based Measure app.

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Garmin Speak Plus Review: Alexa and a dash cam make a mighty fine co-pilot

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 11:57
The Garmin Speak Plus has a tiny screen and a long cord, but it brings a few tricks you won't get with your smartphone.

iPhone Gather Round event last-minute rumors: iPhone, Apple Watch names, sizes, colors leaked

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 09:25

Apple’s Gather Round event is mere hours away, but that doesn’t mean the leaks have stopped. This last-minute round of rumors is circulating even as Tim Cook prepares to take the stage Wednesday morning at the Steve Jobs Theater to unveil Apple’s latest products. And it’s coming directly from Apple, so you can be sure it’s legit. Here’s what we know.

New iPhone names

Once of the last bits of mystery surrounding Wednesday’s event has been what Apple is going to call its new phones. Now we know. Tech site All Things How has uncovered a product sitemap file in Apple’s website code that clearly lists the names of the new devices. And they are:

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Bose Sleepbuds review: These wireless earbuds are designed carry you to la-la-land

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 06:00
The noted headphone manufacturer applies its noise-cancelling expertise to help you get a better night’s sleep.

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