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The iPhone is a smartphone made by Apple Inc. It and the iPad, along with several other mobile devices from Apple, run on the iOS operating system, which has its own topic, as does the iPad for device-specific questions. Native iOS applications are written in Objective-C or in Swift using the Cocoa Touch frameworks or HTML5 compiled with the help of a package manager such as Adobe PhoneGap; a common IDE is Xcode.

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iPhone X Was removing the home button a good/bad idea? The user has to learn all these new gestures that apparently are not very intuitable because Apple had the need to create a manual for it. What are your thoughts about not having the home button on the new iPhone X?

I haven't had the opportunity to use the iPhone X. However, I think a good UX Design doesn't needs to be explained multiple times . For those who have used it, was it easy to use?
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by:famousnametaken
I'm not anxious to buy it anytime soon.  =)
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by:John Hurst
I do not have one but I have seen it on TV in a show that illustrated how it worked.

Now did you know with IOS 11, you can see all your open apps layered on the screen. You can swipe them out of the way or touch the one you want.  The illustration I saw was similar to this.

So my thinking is that it would not be that hard to learn.
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Looking for some feedback regarding whether or not to upgrade to the iPhone 8.
Pro: Financially, under Verizon's new billing system, it's only ~$2 more/month for the iPhone 8 compared to the iPhone 7 and as fast as they release new phones, it makes sense to get a newer version, if possible, so that the machine will work well with software releases.
Con: The new charging method of the iPhone 8 worries me. Wonder if the glass backing will make this phone more susceptible to breaks.

I've done some research (like this article) but curious for opinions one way or another to help me in this purchase conundrum.
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by:Erin Wooddell
iPhone 6, Verizon. I'm about 9 months overdue for my 2-year upgrade.
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Verizon's 'upgrades' are not what they used to be.  All you're being enticed to do is to is get a new phone and pay them monthly on their Edge plan.  That's fine.  I don't like two year agreements anyway.  And the phone trade in can be lucrative if you don't mind having an added monthly payment to your bill.
Go to Verizon's website and login to your account.  You should be able to get a nice trade in value for that phone towards an 8.  

I watched the Apple keynote a while back about the iPhone 8.

Start at 55:55
https://www.apple.com/apple-events/september-2017/

'Most durable glass phone in a smart phone ever'
'water and dust resistant'
'better retina display'
'new speakers'
and on and on.

Sounds like a great phone to have and I would be interested in getting one when I have enough money haha.

iPhone X imo won't be worth getting unless you're adamant about using their facial recognition AR heh.  Its so weird to me they went from 8 to 10.  *shrug*
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iPhone X is futuristic, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are unnecessary

Apple unveiled iPhone X, its first premium-tier phone, at an event in Cupertino, Calif., on Tuesday. Here is everything you want to learn about iPhone X (pronounced ‘10’ not ‘ex’) and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. https://goo.gl/FejBrS

#mobileappdevelopment #mobileapp #iphone8
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I agree that the iPhone X is much more futuristic and awesome than the 8, but the 8 is hardly unnecessary. It costs a decent amount less and is still a great smartphone! If Apple only sold the iPhone X, they'd be cutting out a lot of potential customers that aren't willing to spend that much.
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Yeah me too.  I was always pretty grumpy with Siri's results in the past.  For some reason I tried it again last week and it worked splendidly so I've been talking to her more.

No, not 'Her' with Joaquin Phoenix. =)
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by:Anthony Pangilinan
My most recent search was "ok google play i'm still in love with you by new edition". Her was a dope movie! That sentence sounds funny.
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An article in today's paper headlines that "New Apple Devices get mixed reviews"  

Some bullets:

1. Apple products have gotten bad reviews in the past, only to go on to sell like hotcakes.
2. Most reviewers think the Apple iPhone 8 is OK at best and feel people are waiting for iPhone X. There may be something to that.
3. Most reviewers appear to think the Apple quality is basically intact.
4. Most reviewers thought the Apple visual design was old and Samsung design is cool.

So what will I do?

I had a Blackberry, upgraded to an iPhone 4s, barfed at the size of the 6s Plus and purchased an iPhone SE which is a 6s in an iPhone 5 (not 5s) case.  When it was introduced, it was the fastest smartphone on the planet - BIG battery and SMALL video.

So I do not need to upgrade to iPhone 8. My SE is now running IOS 11 quite happily.  

My phone works. I do not care whether it looks cool. At least it does not melt.
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by:Brian Matis
I've consistently been happy with iPhones and will stick with them, but am very appreciative of advice on ways to switch for those that wish to. Having a strong competitor has helped keep Apple from going stagnant!
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Wow, $999 greenbacks for the new iPhone X.  Wonder what Apple's margin is on that phone?
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@Nicholas: Good to know about the curved shadow you mentioned! It's been several years since my Android use experience, so my views are definitely a bit outdated. Glad to hear about the improvements like that!

And yeah... I'm one of those kind of crazy, perfectionist types that's willing to spend more for certain highly polished experiences. Really happy that Google developed Android though, so that there's good competition and price ranges! Having only Apple would be pretty insufferable ;-)
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
not much different to what we pay for a fully loaded iPhone 7, in the UK but in pounds! [off contract!]

after poor Experience with Droid, we are trying iPhones again.....

and we are 6 months into our evaluation, and they are working out better than expected!
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Whenever I think of tech that was way ahead of its time, the first thing to come to mind is always the Apple Newton. If you're not familiar with the Newton, imagine an iPhone, but existing in the mid 90's. As one of the first handheld computers, it was innovative and had tremendous potential—but a variety of issues such as the size, cost, and technical limitations caused its demise.

Considering the astronomical success of the iPhone, it's clear that many of the Newton's concepts were solid; we just needed to wait 10 years for the technology to be capable of delivering on the vision. Which is why I think it's the poster child for tech that was way ahead of its time.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Ah buying back ones youth gets you into lots of trouble!

Or buying back Nostalgia!
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I loved the Palm handwriting system much quicker than typing on a virtual keyboard!
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Today is Iphone 8 day!
Finally Iphone 8 X will be revealed: there will be three new models and third generation of IWatch that from rumors will be the first using a SIM and so not connected directly to an IpHow probably Iphone 8 will be from rumorshone.
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I'm looking forward to the announcements!
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This guy filed the only formal complaint with the FCC about Verizon.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/9/16114530/net-neutrality-crusade-against-verizon-alex-nguyen-fcc

Nguyen's complaints are comprehensive and wide-ranging. He points to Verizon temporarily blocking the Nexus 7, third-party iPhone 6s, and third-party Nexus 6s. He brings up Verizon charging people more for bringing their own phones to the network. He argues Verizon compelled phone providers to disable FM radios. He also mentions Verizon blocking PayPal, OneDrive, Samsung Pay, and other built-in apps.

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Altogether, he alleges, Verizon has violated openness rules in six different ways, ranging from discriminatory pricing, to limiting customer choice, to simply lying about its network.
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by:Kyle Santos
Wow.  Meanwhile, Ajit is up there ignoring this guy's case.  Sheesh.  I'm becoming more and more disappointed by Verizon.
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by:Juana Villa
I think it is admirable what he is doing. It will be a long process, a big corporation vs a man.
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If you haven't switched to the latest plan with your carrier, you might be overpaying / being gouged.  Earlier this year I investigated what Verizon had to offer and found out I was paying waaaay too much money.  After collaborating with family members we got 5 of us signed up under one plan and are saving hundreds of dollars a month now.  Family plans save $$$ folks.  And the plan differences between each carrier are not that drastic either.  Verizon and AT&T reign supreme.  Yes, more money, but you have superior service over the cheaper carriers.  Whoever is your carrier, do yourself a favor and take the time to see if you're overpaying and switch plans asap.

https://www.wired.com/2017/08/verizons-unlimited-data-plan-back-heres-compares-carriers
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by:Doug Walton
I think we're paying about $150 for 3 phones on the unlimited plan, but I'd have to double check.  We could be on some old pricing promo, too.

I think AT&T was also advocating for Net Neutrality's removal, but they didn't spend anywhere near as much as Verizon and Comcast.
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by:Kyle Santos
#firstworldproblems amirite?

We're paying $260 for 5 lines.
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If you're an app developer (iOS or Android) and want to add facial recognition to your app for free, then you may want to take a peek at ZoOm. Maybe Experts Exchange will add it to their nifty little app.

Side note: You won't be able to use it to replace the fingerprint reader on your iPhone. I too was excited by the prospect of swapping one biometric for another, but sadly it doesn't have that function.
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by:Brian Matis
Interesting... I've seen the rumors that Apple is already planning for the iPhone 8 to use facial recognition for unlocking the phone. Wonder if they'll expose that in their dev APIs for other apps to use and how that'll affect FaceTek.
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Just bought myself one of these - Transcend JetDrive Go 300S - I got the 128GB Model and being the impatient person that I am, decided to pay for premium delivery from Amazon so it would get to Australia within 3 days. Arrived right on time so kudos to Amazon for keeping their delivery promise.

Have been playing around with it for a few hours now and my first impressions are that I am suitably impressed.  Even though my iPhone 7 is already a 128GB, I find I've never got enough space so it's already about 70% full, which made me go looking for something to increase it.

It's fast, the IOS app for my iPhone and IPad is great and it doubles as a nice 128GB USB 3.1 Thumb Drive for my Windows PC as well.  Should be great for quick compressed Backups of my iPhone when travelling without my PC too!

Once I've explored all the available options and tested the unit thoroughly, I plan to write a review about it as an article here.

Wondering if anyone else owns one of these (or similar) little gadgets?  What do you think of them?
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by:Benny Shtark
for me, best are USB 3 type-C external SSD Disks.
yes, much expensive, but way faster then regular usb sticks..

depends on how much you value your time :D

something like this:
https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-T3-Portable-SSD-MU-PT250B/dp/B01AVF6WN2?th=1
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
I actually regularly carry around two SSDs (512GB and 1TB) and use a USB to SATA cord!

I've actually just recycled a Toshiba 3 Enclosure with another 1TB SSD. (and If I could find it on this pile of paper on my desk, I would photo graph it)

The flash used in modern day USB flash drives is of very poor quality - Source - Kingston!
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iPhone 8 owners will be able to silence notifications with a glance, leak reveals
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Have you ever wanted to prioritize the networks of your wifi connection on your iPhone / iPad based on signal strength?  Submit an enhancement request on their feedback pages.

e.g.
https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/18716/How-To-Change-Priority-of-Preferred-Wifi-Networks-on-iPhone-and-iPad.html#c2048177
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Apple lovers, September is around the corner.  Are you excited to see what Apple's been working on the last few months!?

I'm eagerly awaiting news on the latest iPhone.  The iOS 11 features coming out look promising too.

https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-11-preview/
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by:Brian Matis
Yeah, Apple Pay is pretty great. When I find a business that supports it, I've started going there more. It's even more convenient when you can use a smartwatch—you don't even need to reach into your pocket!
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by:Kyle Santos
Ugh, they've made it so easy for us xD
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Typing on mobile: some thoughts

I was thinking the other day about smartphones and how I often don't like to type on them. I'm just so used to typing on full-size keyboards, that typing on mobile is like swimming in molasses. And it's really a shame, because in so many other ways, my iPhone is incredibly convenient.

But then, I thought about how speech to text these days is pretty decent, and perhaps the best approach would be to just use Siri for dictation instead of trying to type. I've held off on such things, because I'm old enough (and had enough bad experiences with flaky computer dictation long ago) that psychologically, it feels really weird to talk to a computer.

But in this case, my computer is a phone.

And that means: I feel weird talking to a phone.

Which is kind of weird, don't you think?

What about you? Do you type on your smartphone a lot? Or do you use Siri/Cortana/Google for dictation? Does talking to your phone feel weird or is it totally normal for you?
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Stacy: I'm curious... Why do you hate talk to text?
Not speaking for Stacy, but I too get frustrated with 'Siri' sometimes, especially so if I'm driving and try to initiate a hands free call to some of my contacts. I tend to drive with my windows fully down almost all year round so I guess the ambient noise probably doesn't help, but it can be incredibly frustrating when two out of three calls tend to work perfectly!

A typical example goes something like this..
1. Hey Siri, call Tom Smith, office..  "Calling, Tom Smith.. office"   Tick! - Successful call
2. Hey Siri, call Bob Jones, mobile.. "Calling Bob Jones.. mobile"  Tick! - Successful call
3. Hey Siri, call Jennifer Clayton, office..  "Calling John Mechanic, office.."  Huh?!?!

Might take two or three attempts before she finally gets it right and I've had to explain myself a few times when not paying much attention to Siri's answers (which most times I'm not) and the call goes through to someone I had no intention of calling.

One amusing time she wrongly called my dental surgery and I ended up making an appointment for a routine checkup during the call. Turned out I needed a filling so that call ended up costing me about $150.00!! lol..

I'm sure others must have also experienced this phenomenon as well? :)
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by:Stacy Richard
One reason of not liking talk to text if you ever been on the end of the message that has not been read over before sending is really confusing and can cause some problems.

Second reason just listening to someone use talk to text is simply annoying to me. I don't want to hear the conversation you are having.

This is just my opinion.
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by:Andrew Leniart
This reminded me of a MythBuster episode where they defeated an expensive and high tech door fingerprint scanning lock with nothing more than a photocopy of a fingerprint.  A YouTube link to an upload of the episode here.  If you don't want to watch the whole episode, just skip to 4:35 in the video :)
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by:Brian Matis
That sounds freakin' awesome. Looking forward to seeing where this goes! Thanks for the link :-)
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iPhone

The iPhone is a smartphone made by Apple Inc. It and the iPad, along with several other mobile devices from Apple, run on the iOS operating system, which has its own topic, as does the iPad for device-specific questions. Native iOS applications are written in Objective-C or in Swift using the Cocoa Touch frameworks or HTML5 compiled with the help of a package manager such as Adobe PhoneGap; a common IDE is Xcode.