3 big problems with Apple Watch Series 3

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There's still work to be done to perfect Apple Watch Series 3.
There's still work to be done to perfect Apple Watch.
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The Apple Watch has come a long way from the first model. With each update, Apple adds important missing ingredients, like GPS, a faster processor, cellular and an altimeter.

So has Apple Watch finally reached its true potential? Cupertino certainly thinks so. Apple COO Jeff Williams described Series 3 with cellular as “the ultimate expression of Apple Watch” at last week’s special event.

But three big problems still remain (not including the cellular connectivity glitch Apple is scrambling to fix ahead of this Friday’s ship date).

iPhone 8 brings awesome new features at a cheaper price

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The iPhone 8 Plus is an absolute stunner!
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Don’t want to spend $1,000 on the iPhone X? Well, Apple’s still got a few brand new iPhones for you.

During its first-ever keynote from the Steve Jobs Theater today, Apple unveiled two new iPhones, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which are essentially the sequels to last year’s models, only without as many whiz-bang features as the iPhone X.

Here’s how you mod a headphone jack into iPhone 7

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The best but most difficult iPhone mod to date.
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Apple won’t be bringing the headphone jack back to iPhone, so if it’s a feature you’re not prepared to lose anytime soon, you’re stuck with the iPhone 6s. Or are you?

One man, who recently built his own iPhone from scratch using components sourced in a Chinese tech market, has figured out a way to install a headphone jack in the iPhone 7. It’s the ultimate mod for music lovers.

Twist-O-Flex Apple Watch band is a blast from the past [Watch Store]

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Best List: Speidel’s Twist-O-Flex Stainless Steel Apple Watch Band

Vintage watch enthusiasts, take heed. The classic Speidel Twist-O-Flex watch band that was all the rage mid-century is now available for Apple Watch.

The twisty, stretchy stainless steel bands you remember dad wearing are now adapted for 21st-century smartwatch wearers.

We’re very excited to re-introduce this modern take on a classic favorite in our Watch Store.

Why Ulysses subscription pricing is good for the App Store [Opinion]

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Not all apps should use subscriptions, but for some, it’s the best choice.
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How to shoot amazing black-and-white photos on your iPhone

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Often, our eye is drawn to something because of its color. But sometimes we’re attracted by a pattern, or perhaps color even detracts from an image (like a row of cars in front of a beatific white building). At those times, we should shoot black-and-white images, which emphasize pattern, texture and shape.

The iPhone — with its giant screen, its great camera and its huge library of photo apps — is fantastic for shooting B&W pictures. Let’s take a look at how to shoot amazing black-and-white photos with your iPhone.

iPhone 8’s radical redesign could bring awesome UI change

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A mockup of iPhone 8 with its edge-to-edge display.
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Thanks to secrets hidden inside Apple’s firmware, we’ve discovered a lot about the iPhone 8 this week. One of its biggest features — quite literally — will be a significantly larger display that leaves no room for a physical Home button or bulky bezels.

Here’s how iOS could change to take advantage of it with a sweet new user interface.

How to remove location data from photos you share

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When you share a photo via email, iMessage or most other apps, you also send the location of that image. No big deal, right? You’re only sending pictures to people you know anyway. But what about when you sell something on a site like Craigslist or eBay? If you don’t manually remove location data from your pictures, anyone can see where you took your photo, which is probably your home.

Right away, anyone can see where you live, and what you have at home. You still might not care, but if you do, here’s how to remove all that information before you send a photograph. (You’ll also learn about an interesting quirk in iMessage.)

Everything new with Siri in iOS 11

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Siri gets a lot of love in the latest iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra updates.
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Siri often gets dinged for being stupid, but significant upgrades in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra make Apple’s AI assistant smarter than ever. With advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence, Siri sounds slicker and understands you better on Apple’s updated platforms.

Siri also learned a lot of new tricks, and can now offer suggestions inside other apps. Here’s a brief look at everything new with Siri in iOS 11.