I’ve gotten some questions about how well Face ID works in different conditions, so I decided to go beyond the observations that I’ve had from normal use. I did have one failure in darkness while I was in bed this morning that I mentioned in a reply, but I didn’t have any other usage to compare it against.
Based on all this, I decided to test Face ID in some different challenging conditions and see how it fared. In my regular job, I spend a lot of time testing, troubleshooting, and performing service on controls, so this is right up my alley. I don’t claim that these test are scientific in any way, or that they are more than anecdotal evidence of my experience. However, they are controlled and repeated, and I used Facebook Live, so there can’t be any claims that I have doctored the results in any way. Let’s get to it.
There has been no end of discussion about the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and how boring most of us “tech-types” find them. There are early conjured “sales figures” and anecdotal evidence for and against good sales numbers. There have also been the typical disaster predictions and the hand-wringing over how Apple has apparently lost its way. Just listen to this week’s This Week in Tech podcast for a perfect example.
I share this tip this week because, for the third year in a row, I find myself having the same problem. It seems that the Lightning Port of the iPhones 6, 6S and 7 all have a particular attraction to lint. Since I wear jeans to work most days and keep my phone in my front pocket, this lint build-up is inevitable and always seems to pop up right about now. However, it is easily remedied if you know what to look for.
I have taken a pretty hard stance of avoiding all of the too-early to mean anything rumor madness surrounding the coming iPhone 8. We are getting close to the point where the rumors will start to become more and more consistent as the device that will become the new flagship iPhone heads toward final production. Until then, we still have a few back and forth debates raging over whether certain features will be either disabled at release to be turned on with a later update, or cut from the device altogether. I discussed three of these features in question in yesterday’s article, The iPhone 8- A “Sense of Panic” Might Be Just What the Doctor Ordered, and Touch ID was among them.
No one needs any reminder of Apple’s controversial (or courageous, if you take their word for it) decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhones 7 and 7 Plus. However, as with everything in technology, we all adjust and move on. Apple was good enough to include a Lightning Headphone Adapter in the box with the newest iPhones, but that still leaves us with the issue of how to play music or audio and charge a the same time. Anyone who listens to music or podcasts in the car via an Aux port in their car audio system like I do knows this is not a trivial matter.
This week, Apple followed up last year’s mid-product cycle release of the iPhone SE with a couple of small, but welcomed additions to the iPhone linuep. While they were modest enough to not warrant an event of their own, and instead just a press release and rollout in the online Apple Store, they are still definitely worth talking about.
See if this sounds familiar to you? Â You heard that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were going to look the same as the last two iPhones Apple released. Â There aren’t going to be any great new features released, because the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone is next year, and they are saving all theÂ best to celebrate the big day. Â So, then why were pre-orders slipping weeks after launch day 15 minutes after pre-orders began? Â It couldn’t be because people were actually buying the new iPhones? Â Maybe Apple just didn’t make enough on purpose? Â Believe what you’d like, but from what the carriers have been reporting, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were a big hit, and broke many launch day records.
So where does that leave you if you were hoping to secure a new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus ASAP? Â That depends on which iPhone you were looking to purchase. Â Just like it is every year that a new color option is offered, the Matte Black and Jet Black versionsÂ are in high demand–especially the Jet Black, do to the extensive and meticulous Â process used to create theÂ glossy finish.
The big iPhone announcement day is almost here, and just like they have in recent years, Apple will be live-streaming the Special Media Event. Â If you are available, and want to catch all the action and announcements as they are being presented you can follow on any iOS device or Mac running the latest version of Safari, as well as 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV’s. Â Here are the minimum requirements for the devices that support the live-stream
- iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later
- Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later
- PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
- Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).
The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco start will be where all the fun starts Â at 1 pm EST. Be sure you’re all set up ahead time and your browser is pointed at theÂ Apple Special EventsÂ page.Â