The Pick-An-iPhone-X Edition Sunday, November 5, 2017

You Can Now Check iPhone X Availability At Apple Stores With Limited Same Day In-Store Pickup, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Simply visit the iPhone X purchase page for your country [...], select a carrier if required, choose a color, and then click on "Pickup: Check Availability" below your desired storage capacity.A window will pop open with iPhone X availability—if any—at nearby Apple stores based on your ZIP or postal code.

This Store Had Apple's iPhone X. There Was No Line, by Chris Matyszczyk, CNET

This was the night before the iPhone X launch and no one was camping outside the GMS-Store Chiado in the center of Lisbon, Portugal.

No one had set up chairs. No one had sold their place to the highest bidder.

Singing Animals

Animoji Karaoke Takes Over Social Media Following iPhone X Launch, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

iPhone X users can create Animoji recordings up to 10 seconds long in the Messages app, but the internet discovered that iOS 11's new screen recording feature allows for much lengthier clips. Enter Animoji Karaoke.

How To Make Animoji Karaoke With iPhone X, by Rene Ritchie, iMore

Before you can sync a single lip, you need some music. You can't just play music on your iPhone X. It's automatically stopped when you bring up the Animoji interface. So, you need a secondary source for your tunes. It can be another phone or iPads or computer, or anything that can play music loud enough for your iPhone to pick it up.

Not As Intended

New Video Shows Face ID Fail To Properly Distinguish Between Siblings, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Then, however, the second sibling puts on glasses similar in style to his brother, and Face ID unlocks the device perfectly – even though he wasn’t the one who initially setup Face ID.

iPhone X Drop Test: It Cracked On The First Drop, by Vanessa Hand Orellana, CNET

Apple had this to say about our results:

"The new iPhone is designed to be durable, but not indestructible, and goes through rigorous real world testing. iPhone X is made from the most durable glass ever in a smartphone with a 50% deeper strengthening layer using our dual ion-exchange process, further reinforced by an internal laser welded, steel and copper structure. And the surgical-grade stainless steel band that wraps around and reinforces iPhone X is a special Apple-designed alloy that is both durable and more pure. If anyone is concerned about dropping their iPhone and damaging it, we suggest using one of the many beautiful cases available to protect iPhone."

Living Document

Apple Pulls The "Nude" App From The iTunes Store For A Slogan That Was Too Sexy, by Meagan Fredette, Inverse

“Nude was taken down from the App Store for the very bizarre reason that “the App Store Review Guidelines are a living document, which can result in new rules at any time,’” he says. “It was peculiar because according to the messages we received from Apple, ‘Locking Photos’ is no longer a compliant use case for an app. It is extremely puzzling - apps like Snapchat or KeepSafe (which have millions of users) are all having similar feature/use case.”

Chen then said that Apple followed up with an altogether different request: “What gets even more interesting, [Apple reps] have since called me and we are now told that we will be ok if we were to take out the ‘Sexiest App Ever’ branding. Going forward, our app will simply appear as ‘Nude App’ on the app store.”


Panorama X Brings The Legendary Mac Database Back To The Future, by Joe Kissell, TidBITS

ProVUE Development has released Panorama X, a long-awaited update to the legendary RAM-based relational database for macOS that was one of the very first apps for the Mac. The new version — rewritten from scratch as a modern Cocoa app — took six years to develop, and every bit of that shows. The lists of new and updated features are each a mile long, and they’re astonishing in both breadth and depth. Among the highlights are Unicode support, unlimited undo, a modern user interface, regular expression support, a map display, and embedded Web content. But that barely scratches the surface. Panorama X is basically the soul of Panorama 6 transplanted into a new body that’s vastly more fit, flexible, and attractive. Panorama X also introduces a new user-friendly licensing and pricing scheme; more on this ahead.

Bottom of the Page

Day 2 with an iPhone X was uneventful. I've already forgotten the home button ever existed. It still feel magical how everything simply falls into place with just a simple swipe near the ex-home-button, but I bet that feeling will be gone soon.

Given that my first impression of the home button was not great (the home button on my iPhone 3G died), I am worried the side button may develop problems now that we are supposed to double-click that button more often.


I am still undecided on buying AppleCare+.


Thanks for reading.