How to close apps on the iPhone X

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It’s a common misconception that closing out apps on your iPhone helps extend battery life. This isn’t really true—iOS suspends inactive background applications qui5te effectively. Re-starting apps from scratch takes more time and can result in shorter battery life than simply un-suspending them.

But apps aren’t always perfectly well behaved. Sometimes they freeze or the interface gets corrupted, and you need to start over fresh. Those sorts of situations are the only times you should really close apps.

With no home button on the iPhone X, how do you do it? Simple:

1. Bring up your list of all apps by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and pausing for a second. You’ll see cards for all your apps pop in.

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Black Friday 2017: The best early deals

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Black Friday is no longer just the day after Thanksgiving. Now deals spill out willy-nilly from retailers at almost any given time in November.

Just a year or two ago, most discounts weren’t any good. But that’s changed.

While the deals that command headlines (those so-called “doorbusters”) are typically still available on only Thanksgiving or Black Friday, some worthwhile sales are already trickling out now. 

We’ve begun rounding those up here, so keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by and we add new deals as we spot them. And don’t forget: Holiday return windows have just expanded (most will run into early January), so you can buy now and repent at leisure—assuming you can float the cash.

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How to take a screenshot on the iPhone X

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The annual ritual: An airing of iOS grievances

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Yes, it’s time again for the exercise we go through literally every year, like the running of the bulls, it’s time to declare this year’s iOS update to be the worst ever!

Writing for Gizmodo, Adam Clark Estes says “iOS 11 Is Killing Me.”

Softly with its love? Killing you softly?

No! Like in the face! Angrily! Because so many bugs!

One thing is for sure, this isn’t like before when there were no problems with iOS updates.

2016: “Apple’s iOS 10 update is causing major problems for some users.”

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iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone X: Which one should you buy?

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This article was updated on November 17, 2017 with info on the iPhone X’s availability and general buying advice. 

For the first time, Apple has not just two sizes of its newest iPhone, but two distinctly different iPhones. There’s the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, which keep the same form-factor we know and love, Retina display, Home button, and all. And then there’s the new hotness, the bleeding-edge iPhone X, with an OLED display and a TrueDepth camera that unlocks the phone when you look at it.

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iOS 11.2: Beta 4 is now available for developers

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Updated 11/17/17: The fourth iOS 11.2 beta is available to the developers.

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud.

Here’s what we know about 11.2 so far. What’s in it, when it’s coming, and how you can grab the beta right now.

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HomePod: Everything you need to know about Apple's smart speaker

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The HomePod (originally rumored to be called Siri Speaker) is a smart speaker with Wi-Fi capabilities intended to compete against Amazon Echo devices and Google Home—although it will be significantly more expensive. Revealed during Apple’s WWDC keynote, Apple’s senior VP of marketing Phil Schiller boasted about the HomePod’s audio quality, its built-in room sensors, and the integration with Apple Music. 

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iPhone 2018 rumors: New modem chips may mean better cellular connectivity

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Updated 11/17/17: A new report from KGI details several improvements to cellular connectivity.

It’s not enough that the new iPhone X is only a few days old; rumors about next year’s iPhone are already starting to fly. We’ll keep track of what’s been said and what seems fesible in this article so you can keep up with the latest iPhone gossip.

What's the latest

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, always on top of the latest Apple supply chain gossip, says that we'll see much improved cellular baseband chips in next year's iPhones. It will again source chips from both Intel and Qualcomm, but most phones (70-80%) will sport the Intel chip, specifically an Intel XMM 7560 modem. The Qualcomm modem is expected to be the Snapdragon X20.

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Apple delays HomePod till 2018

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Here’s one Apple product you won’t find under the tree this year: HomePod. While Apple had originally planned to release its HomePod smart speaker in December, it has now announced that it will be pushed back until early 2018.

In a statement to Macworld, Apple said, “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.”

The impact on your home: HomePod might not quite have the appeal of iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, or even Apple TV 4K, but it’s still an important product in Apple’s catalog. But it’s more important to get it right. We’ve already seen Google deal with issues related to its mini Google Home unknowingly recording people, and Apple can hardly afford a similar gaffe on its first smart speaker. Amazon’s Echo has turned the home speaker into a must-have product, and Apple’s entry needs to be perfect. Missing the important holiday shopping season is tough, but if it means more features and a better experience, than we’re all for it.

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Hex TLS Bluetooth speaker review: 808 Audio delivers solid mono thump and good looks, but few amenities

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This speaker is attractive, rugged, easy to pack, and it delivers an authoritative thump, but it's missing a few key features, including speakerphone functionality and the ability to charge other USB devices.

iMovie 10 review: Free video editing that's elegant and easy

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Apple’s iMovie has been around for a long time, and it has always focused on one philosophy: ease of use in a clean and elegant interface. After many years, this hasn’t changed. It’s still a delight to use, if a little bit obtuse at times in its pursuit of minimalism. It lacks some of the formats and features supported in other programs, but what’s there is implemented beautifully.

iMovie doesn’t offer the tutorials or wizards that some other programs for beginners do—though there is a neat movie trailer generation tool. Rather, it keeps the interface as basic as possible while guiding you with simple tooltips as you mouse over specific buttons and features. Total beginners might end up scratching their heads a little more than they would in apps with more explicit tutorials, though.

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How to quickly and discreetly disable Face ID on the iPhone X

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Face ID is at least as secure as Touch ID, but it does have its drawbacks. If you have an identical twin, for example, they will probably be able to fool it. And if someone gets ahold of your phone and manages to point it at your face, that might unlock it (provided you turn your attention toward it).

Apple has safeguards in place, just as it did with Touch ID: If Face ID tries to authenticate on someone else's face and fails several times, it will disable and require your passcode.

Still, there may be times when you feel that you don't want anyone to be able to use Face ID to get into your phone. Fortunately, it's quite easy to temporarily disable it. It's fast and discreet.

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BTV brings local TV to your phone and desktop for free

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There's a new way to watch local TV on your PC or smartphone—for free. Didja, a Silicon Valley-based company, is taking over-the-air TV channels and packaging them for streaming to a smartphone app.

How Apple turns boring tech chores into exciting key features

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When Apple comes to mind, it probably conjures images of slick, carefully engineered devices with innovative, envelope-pushing features. And the company’s surely had more than its fair share of those, but it’s also managed to pull off a subtler but far greater feat that goes underappreciated. 

The company has not only figured out how to make us eat our vegetables—technologically speaking—but it’s also turned those very features into selling points. Because it’s one thing to sell a flashy, shiny device; it’s quite another to get people excited about the mundane necessities of the technology world.

Baby got backups 

In fall 2007, I’d only recently started working at Macworld, and I was assigned to cover what was the biggest of big deals in those days: the launch of Apple’s latest version of Mac OS X, codenamed Leopard. As these were still the days where you had to get yourself a physical disc to install a new OS (and pay $129 for the privilege!), I hauled myself down to my local Apple Store in the Cambrideside Galleria. What I found was a decent length line of people all queued up to get their copies of the new OS. 

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The FCC gives 4K, next-gen TV the green light

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The Federal Communications Commission has approved plans for the launch of next-generation TV broadcasting that could include 4K programming, improved interactive services and greater targeted advertising.

Apple releases iOS 11.1.2, fixes iPhone X cold weather bug

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Last week, we mentioned reports that the iPhone X touch screen could become unresponsive in very cold weather. Apple said it was aware of the problem, uncommon as it was, and would issue a fix in software.

Today, the company makes good on its promise with iOS 11.1.2. It fixes two bugs. From the release notes:

  • Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop.
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X.

The release comes shortly after the 11.1.1 update that fixes the notorious A [?] bug, and as Apple works on iOS 11.2, which will add faster wireless charging and Apple Pay Cash.

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Vimeo launches HDR and 10-bit color compatible with iPhone X, iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K

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If you want to watch 4K, HDR video on your shiny new Apple TV 4K, you have limited options. Netflix support is great, and the iTunes selection is growing, but we’re still missing two big 4K HDR sources: Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.

But the situation just got a whole lot better with the latest announcement from Vimeo. The video hosting company now supports three new technologies: resolutions up to 8K, HDR, and 10-bit color. Vimeo users can upload content in HDR and 10-bit color through all the usual means, including the Vimeo integration in Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, and Dropbox. 

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iPhone X versus the best Android phones, how will Apple close out 2017, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 582

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Black Friday deals: The best discounts on Apple gear (so far)

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Apple products on the cheap are hard to come by, even on mega shopping holidays like Black Friday. But in years past, we’ve been able to score some major deals on lots of different Apple goodies—2016’s deals included the iPhone 7, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, and MacBook Pro. (Yes, seriously.) If you’re ok with slightly older stuff, the savings are even better.

We’re not sure what 2017 will have in store just yet, but we’ll keep this page updated as deals are announced—Apple typically doesn’t announce their in-store deals until the week of Thanksgiving. 

In the meantime, take a look at 2016’s deals to give you an idea of the things you might be able to find based on year’s past. 

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What are offloaded apps in iOS 11 and how do they work?

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Prior to iOS 11, once an app was installed on an iOS device, you either kept it or removed it. Removing it would cause iOS to prompt you first with a warning that all associated data on your device would also be removed. Some iOS apps get around this by using web-based or app-based accounts or other associations, so if you later reinstall the app, you can relink your data.

iOS 11 introduced a wrinkle that Macworld reader Audrey unintentionally asked a question about, because it came up in a different context when she was restoring an iCloud backup from an older phone to her iPhone 8 Plus, and she was prompted to enter the password of an Apple ID she hasn’t used in six years:

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Minority report: Fixing Apple-caused problems

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Rejoice, dear readers! The Macalope brings you good tidings, for a noted technologamagonist has a solution to the problems of modern society that are all caused by Apple!

Writing for TechNewsWorld, the Weekly World News of technology, Rob Enderle asks “Why Are Tech Companies Trying to Kill Us?” (No link but a tip o’ the antlers to Shawn King.)

With the clear evidence of the detrimental effects of social media on our democracy, it’s a fair question and a serious topic. If only it weren’t being tackled by a walking conflict of interest with an apparent penchant for creating a police state.

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The latest free streaming TV service: Your public library

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Hoopla and Kanopy offer free streaming movies, TV shows, and documentaries with just a library card.

Apple’s laptop designs are cornering Mac users

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It’s funny, Apple crowing about its biggest Mac revenue year ever at a time when there seems to be quite a bit of unrest about the Mac out there on the internet. Is the Mac doing well or is the Mac user base frustrated at the last few years of Apple’s stewardship of the platform? It might be a little bit of both.

I detailed some of Apple’s controversial laptop design decisions a couple of weeks ago here at Macworld. To be sure, there are classes of users for whom the latest generation of MacBook Pro models, introduced in October 2016, are appreciably worse than the previous-generation models. But I’ve also talked to a lot of people who have bought new MacBook Pros and love them. My daughter got a new MacBook for her birthday, and thinks it’s great.

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iMac: Everything you need to know about Apple's all-in-one computer

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The iMac is a direct descendant of the very first Mac, and it’s often the computer that longtime users think about when they think about the Macintosh. The iMac’s all-in-one design is popular and iconic.

The iMac is great for both novices and demanding users. It can handle general-purpose and heavy-duty tasks equally well. It’s ideal for someone who needs to buy a complete computer setup (keyboard, mouse or trackpad, and display) and wants to maximize workspace efficiency.

Editor’s note: We’ve updated the iMac Pro section of this article with possible benchmark scores of the 8- and 10-core iMac Pros.

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Macworld’s December digital magazine: iPhone 8 and 8 Plus reviewed

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Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine.

In the December issue

This month we review Apple’s new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Are the new phones compelling enough to stay out of the shadow of the iPhone X? We also review the Apple Watch Series 3 and examine the addition of LTE — find out if it's upgrade-worthy. 

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: The changes, new features, and improvements you should know about in Apple Photos 3

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11% off August Smart Lock Pro With Connect Bundle - Deal Alert

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With August Smart Lock Pro, you can lock and unlock your door, control keyless access, and keep track of who comes and goes, all from your phone. The 24/7 activity log means you’re always in the know. With your phone in your pocket, simply open the door and you’re in your home. Heading out? August Smart Lock Pro will also automatically lock the door behind you after you leave. The smart lock currently averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, where the list price on the Lock and Connect Bundle has been reduced 11% to $249.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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BrandPost: How to Secure Your Mac – Part 2

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Welcome back! Part 1 of “How to secure your Mac” focused on general steps you can take to mitigate risk with a short trip to the Security & Privacy module in the macOS System Preferences.

Part 2 looks at more intricate areas of Apple’s desktop operating system, where users can perform more-technical tweaks to further strengthen the security of their Mac and protect their privacy.

Set a firmware password

One of the first things you can do as you set up anew is to lock down your Mac with a firmware password to keep bad actors from booting up your Mac from a USB drive, which would allow them to bypass your login screen and access your files. To rule out this scenario:

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Save Hundreds On The 8 App Black Friday Mac Bundle ft. PDF Expert, Now Just $39 - Deal Alert

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Not all of us can afford to upgrade to the latest Mac products on the market, but with the right apps, you can breathe new life into your older model and save a pretty penny in the process. The Black Friday Mac Bundle can help you toward this end by netting you 8 of the top Mac apps out there for a whopping 95% off.

Here's what's included:

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Guardzilla 360 review: This security cam monitors an entire room, but its unpolished app spoils the experience

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The panoramic view is unique, but the accompanying app is poorly designed and subject to frequent crashes.

Nanoleaf Aurora Rhythm review: Now your fanciful wall lighting can respond to music

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The first add-on for the Nanoleaf Aurora smart lighting system is a music visualizer.