The Off-The-Charts Edition Saturday, October 28, 2017

Apple iPhone X Demand Is 'Off The Charts', by Roger Cheng, CNET

"We can see from the initial response, customer demand is off the charts," said an Apple spokeswoman.

Apple Updating Some iPhone X Orders With Improved Delivery Dates, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Some customers who pre-ordered the iPhone X when pre-orders went live and initially received shipping estimates of one to two weeks are seeing their orders upgraded to delivery on November 3.

Some AT&T And Apple Store Customers Faced Unexpected Delays When Trying To Pre-Order iPhone X, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

While many customers were able to complete their order quickly enough to receive a delivery date of November 3, the day the device launches, some using the AT&T app to pre-order faced unexpected delays of 10 to 15 minutes or longer.

Sync Now!

3 Unreliable iOS And macOS Features That Apple Needs To Fix, by Dan Moren, Macworld

Apple seems to have an allergy when it comes to putting controls related to syncing anywhere in its apps. Not that surfacing such controls is always a fix, but at worst it has a placebo effect that lets us feel as though we have some measure of control over the problem, rather than simply throwing up our hands and cursing. And it's the least the company can do if the feature isn't going to work seamlessly.

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Amazon Key Is A Lot Less Scary Than My Post-1-Click Remorse, by Teddy Wayne, New York Times

I recently bought a pair of sneakers online after some browsing. I knew exactly what I was getting, having owned the same model and size before; they just weren’t available in any neighborhood stores. The sneakers arrived in a few days, and I was satisfied with them.

Then came the targeted ads.

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iPhone 8 Review: The Inessential iPhone, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Most people who have bought every single iPhone released thus far will skip over the iPhone 8, and that’s fine. The iPhone X is shiny and new and exciting… and full of new, untested technology with a $999+ price tag. For anyone upgrading from and iPhone 6 or 6S, the iPhone 8 models are pretty great. They aren’t cutting-edge devices like the iPhone X, but that’s not their role. Instead, they are the fourth design iteration of a familiar, reliable, and successful product line. As powerful as a laptop, with an excellent camera and a shiny, grippable design that’s the best-looking version yet, the iPhone 8 is a solid device so long as you measure it by what it is, not what it isn’t.


Apple Opens iPhone X App Submissions To Developers, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Apple has notified third-party iOS developers via its News and Updates website that they can download Xcode 9.0.1 and submit iPhone X apps for review in advance of the new iPhone's release on November 3, 2017.

Bottom of the Page

These are my excuses for pre-ordering the iPhone X:

1) I wanted the Plus model, but hated the large size. The X has a larger screen with a not-so-large body, and that appeals me.

2) It seems that Face ID will be more convenient than Touch ID.

3) No Home Buttons! I love this idea so much that I wish there is a setting available somewhere to activate the new gestures in my iPhone 6.


Thanks for reading.