The camera has been one of the most important parts of the iPhone for years now. Which makes sense, considering it's one of the most popular cameras in the world. As such, there are all sorts of competitions out there focused on iPhone photography (no pun intended).
iPhone 8 Plus
Earlier today, Apple officially unveiled the next major software updates for its platforms at this year's WWDC. It shouldn't surprise anyone that a large range of Apple's devices support updating to the upcoming updates. So you can find a list below of the supported devices that will be updated later this year.
It's probably just a coincidence, but screen protectors for an unannounced iPhone are now available to buy ahead of an Apple event.
If you feel like you should jump ship from your current wireless carrier, Verizon might have an option for you with a familiar brand name.
Every year Apple refreshes its iPhone lineup, adding a few new handsets to the mix while also rearranging older models. This is the company's way to refresh the whole mix, while offering a change to price points for aging handsets.
A newly-conducted test indicates that several different iPhone models released over the years actually surpass the regulatory safety limits when it comes to radiofrequency radiation levels. But Apple disputes the findings.
Earlier this month Apple released iOS 12.3.2, a firmware update with a fix for the Portrait mode feature on the iPhone 8 Plus. Because the patch was aimed squarely at the 8 Plus, it was only released for that handset, which has left users that have moved to new iPhones unable to restore from their backups.
Apple today has released another minor update to iOS 12, this time focusing on fixing an issue tied to Portrait mode in the iPhone 8 Plus.
Apple's expectedly pulled the iPhone 7 and 8 models from sale in Germany following a legal spat with chip maker Qualcomm, which proved in court that Apple violated its hardware patent.
Qualcomm has secured another victory in its legal spat with Apple, this time in Germany after a Munich court ruled that some iPhone models that employ Intel-made cellular modems violate a Qualcomm patent which covers so-called envelope tracking, a feature that helps smartphones save battery power while sending and receiving wireless signals.
Late last year, Apple was caught throttling iPhones that had degrading batteries. This lead to class action lawsuits, a discounted battery replacement program, and various meetings with regulators around the world. It also forced Apple to add a battery monitoring tool in iOS 11.3. With the 2018 iPhones now in stores comes word that last year's handsets might eventually be throttled too.
As first discovered by The Verge, the recently released iOS 12.1 update brings Apple’s controversial “performance management feature” to the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus for the first time. With this tool, Apple can dynamically throttle the devices (i.e. slow them down) as the battery degrades in order to stop random shutdowns.
An Apple support page explains:
With a low battery state of charge, a higher chemical age, or colder temperatures, users are more likely to experience unexpected shutdowns. In extreme cases, shutdowns can occur more frequently, thereby rendering the device unreliable or unusable. For iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus, iOS dynamically manages performance peaks to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down so that the iPhone can still be used. This performance management feature is specific to iPhone and does not apply to any other Apple products. Starting with iOS 12.1, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X include this feature, but performance management may be less noticeable due to their more advanced hardware and software design.
No doubt this news will lead to some more criticism against Apple. However, it's probably no longer justified. If you own one of last year's phones, you can turn off the performance management feature.
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Image of iPhone X battery courtesy of iFixit
Although Apple advertises in support documents and elsewhere on its website that the new iPhone XR series features HDR10 and Dolby Vision support, these colorful smartphones in reality do not have a display compliant with the high dynamic range (HDR) specification.