Hands on: macOS High Sierra packs tons of surprising features

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macOS High Sierra brings powerful updates to the Mac.
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macOS High Sierra doesn’t pack as many updates as iOS 11, but Apple’s latest desktop software delivers plenty of new features worth drooling over.

After using the first High Sierra beta for the last few days, I’ve been blown away. Check out what’s new in the macOS High Sierra hands-on video below:

Exclusive: Our iPhone 8 model brings leaked schematics to life

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Check out our exclusive iPhone 8 leaks and 3D prints!
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iPhone 8 leaks are dropping thick and fast ahead of its official unveiling this September. We’ve gotten our hands on some exclusive leaked schematics direct from Apple’s factories, plus new case photos that give us an idea of what the tenth anniversary upgrade will look like.

We’ve also put together some awesome 3D prints that give us a feel for the iPhone 8’s larger form factor that is expected to accommodate a new OLED display.

Get drawing tips as we cover WWDC with sketchnotes

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“Sketchnotes” are an increasingly popular form of visual note-taking. By combining text and images, sketchnotes are not only beautiful, but often easier to recall than text alone. The technique is an effective way of capturing notes and ideas in the classroom, meetings and conferences.

All next week, illustrator and senior UX/UI designer Andy McNally will be sketchnoting Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for us, starting with the big keynote on Monday.

Andy has been covering Apple’s events as sketchnotes for some time. We ran some of his sketchnotes from last year’s event, which proved very popular. He’s back again this year, and is planning to publish sketchnotes from a variety of sessions at the conference.

Before he gets started, Andy shared some tips and techniques for getting started on sketchnoting yourself. Let’s take a look:

Study finds Apple Watch is most accurate wearable at measuring heart rate

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The heart rate monitor really sucks up some battery.
The heart rate monitor really sucks up some battery.
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When it comes to measuring heart rate and calories burned, not all fitness trackers are created equal, based on the findings of a scientific study that pitted the top wearables on the market against each other.

The in-depth study conducted by researchers at Stanford University was published today, revealing that Apple Watch is the most accurate wrist-worn tracker on the market, but it’s still far from perfect.

Tekserve’s Apple artifacts wind up in Ukrainian museum

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When legendary Mac repair shop Tekserve closed its doors last summer in New York City, Apple fans of a certain age experienced two deaths.

They bade goodbye to the original Genius Bar, technicians that had been servicing their devices for nearly 30 years. Those fans would also never again stare at Tekserve’s impressive Apple computer artifact collection, which was quickly auctioned off to an unknown bidder for $47,000.

The collection returned to a museum display today, more than 4,600 miles away in the Ukraine. Its new home is at the headquarters of software developer MacPaw.

Sources confirm some of iPhone 8’s biggest upgrades

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Technical challenges could put the kibosh on some of iPhone 8's possible features.
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Apple’s next iPhone refresh will be the device’s biggest in years, but some of the more dramatic upgrades could be curtailed by technical challenges.

In its report on the new iPhone 8, Bloomberg corroborates many previous rumors about the next-gen iPhone, but suggests that more “ambitious” features may be scaled back or ditched due to manufacturing problems.

Cool iPhone 8 concept imagines iOS without a Home button

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This is what the iPhone might look like without a home button.
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Apple is expected to ditch the Home button with the iPhone 8, but that could create some new problems, like, “How will you get back to the Home screen?”

Switching between apps wouldn’t be the same without a Home button to click. An interesting new iPhone 8 concept out of Italy explores how changes within iOS could provide a seamless experience if Apple removes the only navigation button on the iPhone.

Check it out: