The iPhone-8-In-India Edition Thursday, September 21, 2017

iPhone 8 Camera Review: India, by Austin Mann

I’m writing to you from a small hotel room in India having just experienced a magical adventure in western India orchestrated by friends at Ker & Downey. I’ve shot thousands of images and countless portraits with the iPhone 8 Plus and I’m excited to share what I’ve learned.

While the iPhone 8 Plus looks essentially the same as the phone we’ve had since the 6 Plus, there are some new features in the 8 Plus which really impact creative pros across the board — most notably Portrait Lighting, along with a few other hidden gems.

Getting To Know iOS 11

Turning Off Wi-Fi And Bluetooth In iOS 11's Control Center Doesn’t Actually Turn Off Wi-Fi Or Bluetooth, by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Motherboard

In its own documentation, the company says that "in iOS 11 and later, when you toggle the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons in Control Center, your device will immediately disconnect from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available." That is because Apple wants the iPhone to be able to continue using AirDrop, AirPlay, Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, Location Services, and other features, according to the documentation.


The takeaway is that if you want to really and completely turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on iOS11 you can't do it from the Control Center anymore, you'll have to do it through the Settings app.

What To Do If Spotlight In iOS11 Seems Out Of Focus, by Rob Griffiths

The fix is easy enough, though incredibly aggravating and time consuming: I have to tap into every…single…app that’s marked as Off, and toggle it on. I cannot overstate how much I’d love a global “enable all” button right now.

11 Things You Should Know About iOS 11, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

It’s new iPhone season, and while setup isn’t a great hardship, it is the most time-consuming part of getting a new iPhone. For years, you’ve been able to set up an Apple TV automatically by placing an iOS device near it. Now you can finally set up iOS 11 devices the same way!

So, if you have a new iPhone 8 on the way, for instance, I highly recommend upgrading your existing iPhone to iOS 11 before it arrives. Then, when you set up your new iPhone, you’ll save yourself from entering Apple ID credentials, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like.

Watch Updates

How Your Apple Watch Connects To Wi-Fi Networks When Away From Your iPhone, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

Essentially, the Series 3 GPS + Cellular watch tries to save battery life at all times by using your iPhone's connection, or failing that, a Wi-Fi network. What's happening here is that the watch is attempting to jump on a so-called "captive" network — a public network with an interstitial login prompt or terms and conditions agreement. (You've probably seen these at a Starbucks, McDonalds, or Panera.)

In theory, the Apple Watch shouldn't be allowed to connect to captive networks at all, because there's no way for it to get through that interstitial layer. Unfortunately, watchOS 4 has a bug where captive networks are being recognized identically to normal saved Wi-Fi networks — so while you're technically "connected" to a network, you won't be able to connect to the internet; nor will you be able to go to cellular, because the Watch's auto-switching prevents you from connecting.

Why The Apple Watch Won't Replace Your Doctor Anytime Soon, by Christina Farr, CNBC

While the Apple Watch certainly could become a screening tool for disease ("you should seek further medical attention"), there are high regulatory hurdles to become an actual diagnostic tool ("you have or do not have atrial fibrillation"). The latter requires a greater investment in clinical studies and research.


That would be unprecedented territory for Apple, which would need to think about a lot more than designing elegant products.

TV Updates

Apple TV 4K Review: So Close, So Far, by Nilay Patel, The Verge

I am very confident Apple is going to figure this TV thing out. It’s the only company that has the combination of power and care to actually do it. But the Apple TV 4K’s unrealized potential just makes it obvious that the future of TV is still pretty far away, and it’s simply too expensive to gamble on in the meantime.

Basic Human Decency

Tim Cook Issues Strongest Language Yet Regarding DACA, Supporting DREAMers, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

"This is unacceptable, this is not who we are as a country," Cook said at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum on Wednesday morning regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order's pending elimination. "I am personally shocked that there's even a discussion on this. It's not a political thing, at least I don't see it that way at all. It's about basic human decency and respect."

"If I were a world leader, my goal would be to monopolize the world's talent," Cook declared. "Smart people create jobs. ... I'd have a very aggressive plan, not to just let a few people in, but I'd be recruiting."

Apple's Cook Slams Trump, Says DACA About 'Human Dignity', by Ian Sherr, CNET

Tim Cook disagrees with President Donald Trump, and he's increasingly outspoken about it.


Apple Upgrades Safari For Older Versions Of macOS, by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Although Safari 11 patched several vulnerabilities that had existed in its predecessor, the most notable change was the introduction of what Apple called "Intelligent Tracking Protection," or ITP.

ITP automatically deletes some browser cookies -- the small bits of code used by sites to "remember" previous visitors -- to crack down on cross-site tracking. The practice has been widely criticized by privacy advocates for its use by advertisers to follow users from site to site, then bombard them with ads similar to those clicked on previously. Also, those cross-site cookies will be ignored after 24 hours (unless the user during that time has again interacted with the original site).

MeasureKit Brings AR Measuring Tools To The iPhone, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

While I think a simple AR ruler as seen in that first demo would have still been useful, MeasureKit offers much more than that. The app contains a comprehensive set of tools that makes your iPhone or iPad into a sort of Swiss Army Knife of measuring.

Home 3.0 Offers Powerful HomeKit Automation In An iOS 11-Optimized Package, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

When setting up HomeKit automations, Home 3.0 now contains several new event options. One of those options is an event trigger currently unavailable in Apple’s own Home app: characteristic value ranges. It taps into precise value measurements tracked by HomeKit accessories – such as the current temperature as read by a smart thermostat – and can use those values as event triggers. For example, your thermostat could trigger a Home action when the house hits a certain indoor temperature.

Myst-Like Puzzle Game 'The Witness' Now Available From The App Store, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Popular PC and console game The Witness finally made its way to the iPhone and iPad tonight with the official release of the iOS version of the game. If you're not familiar with The Witness, it's a 3D Myst-like puzzle adventure game designed by Jonathan Blow, the developer behind popular game Braid.

iOS 11 Has Introduced A Snapchat Loophole That Is Allowing People To Secretly Record Other Users’ Snaps, by Mike Wright, Telegraph

Tests conducted by the Telegraph showed that users were not getting alerts when snaps were captured using screen record until they installed the 10.17.5 update.

Even with the latest update, our tests found that screen recording didn't always trigger a screenshot notification, and when it did these sometimes came through after a delay.

Craig Federighi: Apple Has Considered Nightstand Mode For iPhone X, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

"This is definitely something we've considered," said Federighi, in response to an email from MacRumors reader Zain. "This probably makes the most sense for customers who charge their phone in a dock that tilts up the phone."

However, Federighi noted that it's "not currently super common" for people to charge their iPhones that way.