May 29

A report back in early April suggested that Apple was working on a triple-lens iPhone for release in 2019. Taiwan’s Economic Daily News reported that the third lens would provide additional zoom capability of up to 5x optical magnification.

That rumor is back, this time thanks to a Deutsche Securities analyst …

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While we’re expecting to see three new iPhone models this year, two with OLED screens and a cheaper model using LCD, a new report says that Apple will transition to an all-OLED line-up next year.

Although this is just an unsourced supply-chain report, there are three reasons to give it at least some degree of credibility …

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Sketchy photos show purported 2018 iPhone X ‘prototype’ in new purple and pastel green colors

We would take these images with a healthy dose of skepticism, but a relatively unheard-of publication TechnoCodex is sharing images of what it claims are prototypes of a 2018 iPhone model, ostensibly from a manufacturer in India. The physical form of the phone seen in the photos looks like the back of an iPhone X, with rounded chassis edges and vertically stacked dual camera with integrated flash, but in two rather striking new colors …

May 28

I didn’t take long to put the iPhone X camera to the test, writing last November that I considered its performance equivalent to a $500-600 camera.

In particular, I was blown away by its low-light performance.

The hardware noise reduction does a stunning job. I’m completely blown away by the lack of noise […] That to me is truly stunning quality. There’s no visible grain at all. It’s well exposed (I didn’t adjust this at all). It’s sharp. The colors look great […] This is an absolutely remarkable performance. I’d have had trouble believing that it really was an iPhone shot had I not taken it myself.

I promised then that I’d write a follow-up piece looking at the video performance. That one slipped through the cracks, so I’m rather belatedly correcting that …

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May 25

The Information reports that Apple will be taking a big leap in iOS 12, giving some third-party developers full access to the NFC chip inside iPhones, first introduced with iPhone 6.

The report says Apple wants the iPhone to be used in many more contactless interactions beyond Apple Pay payments, like acting as a hotel door key or as a virtual transit card for easier transportation.

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iPhone & iPad: How to cycle your Cellular radio

One of the most frustrating things is having No Service or being stuck on a cellular tower that may be malfunctioning. Luckily, there’s a way to force your phone to refresh its radios to potentially connect to a better tower.

How to go back on iPhone

Whether you’re new to iPhone or have had one for a while and are looking for ways to more smoothly go back to previous screens and content, follow along for several ways to go back on iPhone.

May 24

Update: Valve told Reuters that it disabled purchasing in its iOS app, which would seemingly put the app in compliance with Apple’s ‘store-within-a-store’ rule.

Earlier this month, Valve announced the impending release of its Steam Link application for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. The company touted at the time that the app would allow users to experience their Steam library on their Apple devices. Now, Valve says that Apple has rejected the Steam Link app…

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The alternative camera app market has been heating up lately. Apple’s stock Camera app is great for the average person, but intentionally hides away advanced options like manual controls for ISO and shutter speed. Also, on iPhone X, the Camera app doesn’t quite fit in with lots of unused blank space and a hard-to-reach top toolbar.

Obscura 2 is a worthy contender in the pro camera app market, launching today in the App Store ($4.99). The main screen incorporates all controls into a bottom third of the screen, easily accessible when using the iPhone one-handed. There are dedicated buttons for common actions of changing exposure and focus, and a simple ‘control wheel’ dial houses the rest of the controls. Obscura includes a rich set of filters, gestures and a beautifully integrated photo library browser.

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iPhone & iPad: How to clear cache

It doesn’t take long for caches to fill up on iPhone and iPad. From iOS’ browser, Safari, to third-party apps, follow along for how to clear them and free up space on iPhone and iPad.

May 23

Case-Mate released its Power Pad Qi wireless charger last month and we’ve been testing it out for the last few weeks. With a unique design that allows it to stand or lay flat while in use, Power Pad is worth checking out. Read on for our full review.

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Apple is offering a $50 credit to iPhone customers who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement in 2017, who would be affected by the battery performance throttling saga but had already had their battery replaced before #batterygate happened at the end of the year.

Before the saga happened, Apple battery replacements cost $79, so a $50 credit matches the currently discounted $29 price.

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May 22

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