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27 great apps you should download first for your new iPhone XS

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The iPhone XS and XS Max.
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You’ve managed to get your hands on a new iPhone XS or XS Max, and now you want cool apps to run on it.

The Tech Insider staff picked some of our favorite apps that show off the power of Apple’s new phones.

The list is focused on lesser-known software that we use and love; if you’re looking for the most commonly downloaded apps — think Facebook, Snapchat, Google Maps — Apple publishes a list.

Let’s check them out:   https://www.businessinsider.com/best-ios-apps-and-games-for-iphone-xs-2018-9

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5 myths about iPhone battery life you might mistakenly believe — and what you should do instead

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You’re not alone: everyone wants to eke out more time from their iPhone battery.But you might not be going about it the right way. Because so many people have iPhones, a lot of conventional wisdom about iPhone battery life can be similar to folk wisdom.

But that’s not to say there aren’t ways you can improve your battery life by changing specific settings or the way you use your iPhone.

Here are five common myths about iPhone battery life, what you can do about them, and sources where you can find additional information:

Myth #1: Closing apps you’re not using can save battery life

Myth #1: Closing apps you're not using can save battery life Apple

It’s a safe bet that at some point you know someone who compulsively shuts off apps on their smartphone to save battery.

They hit the home button twice, and then swipe up on various apps they’ve used in the past until the carousel is cleared.

In fact, this does not save battery, and may actually use extra power when you re-open apps you’ve totally switched off. Apple’s top software executive even confirmed this in an email to a user.

“You should force an app to close only when it’s unresponsive,” Apple wrote in a support page.

You can read a more thorough debunking of this myth here.

Myth #2: Charging your phone overnight can hurt the battery

Myth #2: Charging your phone overnight can hurt the battery Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

For years, some users have insisted that plugging your smartphone in while you sleep can harm the battery.

Maybe this made sense years ago, but it’s overblown today. Instead, your battery lifespan depends on “cycle count,” or how many times you’ve charged it over its lifetime.

Modern smartphones, including the iPhone, have advanced power management that means that they won’t take in more current than is necessary to charge them — meaning that leaving it plugged in after it reaches 100% won’t have any effect.

“All rechargeable batteries are consumables and have a limited lifespan — eventually their capacity and performance decline so that they need to be replaced,” Apple writes in a support document.

There’s more information about why it’s safe to charge your phone overnight here.

Myth #3: Apple’s $29 battery replacements are guaranteed to improve your device’s battery life

There was a minor scandal last year when it was discovered that Apple sometimes reduced the power to iPhone processors with old and spent batteries.

Basically, Apple did make some iPhones appear to run slower. It fixed the issue in a software update and offered $29 replacement batteries to users.

But just because you can get a battery for $29 doesn’t mean it will solve all your battery life issues. For some people, it could. But if you go to an Apple store and the technician said your battery seems fine, it probably is.

“I would say less than 10% of the phones we have ordered batteries for actually need a battery, based on diagnostics,” a Genius at a Midwestern Apple store told Business Insider earlier this year.

To check if your battery needs a replacement, go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health (Beta).

If you don’t see it, you probably need to update your iPhone software.

If your “maximum capacity” is under 80%, you might want to change it. Otherwise, if you’re only missing a few percentage points, you can probably wait.

Myth #4: Turning off settings like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will always save your battery life

Myth #4: Turning off settings like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will always save your battery life Business Insider

The standards for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi say that when they are on and not in use, they use no power, so there’s no need to turn them off to eke a few more minutes out of your phone.

In fact, if you have an Apple Watch and you turn Bluetooth off, it not only will stop your Apple Watch from working correctly, it could drain faster too.

However, if you are in an area with a bad cellular connection, that can negatively impact your battery life. Turning on Airplane Mode in these kind of situations can save battery life.

In fact, Wi-Fi uses much less power than a cellular network, so Apple recommends keeping Wi-Fi on at all times.

More information is available from Apple here.

Myth #5: Letting the iPhone adjust brightness automatically hurts battery life

Myth #5: Letting the iPhone adjust brightness automatically hurts battery life Hollis Johnson

While it might be tempting to manually control your iPhone brightness, dimming it when you need extra juice and ramping it up when you don’t, Apple says that its auto-brightness setting actually saves battery life.

To turn it on, go to Settings > General >Accessibility >Display Accommodations > Auto-Brightness.

You can also dim the screen manually in Control Center, which does use less power. But you might also forget to turn it back on, and you’ll be stuck squinting at a very low-power screen.

More information is available from Apple here.

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The iPhone 8, the iPhone X, and the iPhone 8 Plus.
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  • Apple is expected to release three new iPhone models in September.
  • One of them will use a lower-cost LCD screen part to keep the price down, according to a Friday report in The Wall Street Journal.
  • Electronics manufacturers say Apple expects the lower-cost LCD model to be the most popular.

Apple will release a new iPhone lineup this fall with three new models, according to a Friday report from The Wall Street Journal.

Two of the phones will be built around screens using OLED technology, the same type of display in the iPhone X. One will have an LCD screen, the type of display on the iPhone 8 and all previous iPhones.

The biggest question for investors is what the mix will be between the three devices. The iPhone X, which is the only phone with an OLED screen, starts at $999, making it one of the most expensive smartphones in the world.

That price tag is largely due to its screen technology. The OLED part costs $100, whereas LCD iPhone screens cost about $40, according to analysts cited by The Journal. If Apple sells more OLED iPhones, the iPhone will have a higher average price.

That’s part of the reason Apple may be shifting its production plans to make more LCD iPhones than OLED iPhones, The Journal reported, citing executives at parts makers with direct knowledge of the matter. They say Apple anticipates that the less expensive models will be more popular.

OLED screens can have better image quality than LCD displays, as well as darker blacks and lower power consumption.

Friday’s news corroborates other reports about the 2018 iPhone lineup from sources likeBloomberg and the well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

All three predict that Apple will launch three new iPhones this fall: an upgraded version of the iPhone X, a version of the iPhone X with a bigger screen, and the lower-cost LCD iPhone with facial recognition.

Kuo previously predicted that the LCD iPhone could be priced between $550 and $650. Here’s a graphic that shows what his iPhone-lineup prediction looks like.

2018 iPhone lineup

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People using their phones while driving is a huge problem, but a new iPhone feature is helping

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  • 37% of trips include at least some significant phone usage while the car is moving, according to a new study.
  • But features like Apple’s “Do Not Disturb While Driving” can reduce phone use by as much as 8%.
  • The results show that small software changes on big platforms like Apple’s can nudge people to make safer decisions.

It shouldn’t be surprising that people love to use their phones while driving — if you commute in a car, you see it every day, either in your car or other people’s.

But it’s somewhat surprising how many people drive while distracted: there’s significant phone use during as many as 37% of trips logged by Everdrive, an app developed by car insurance company Everquote.

During those trips, people were using their phones for as much as 11% of the time, or about 3 minutes during a 29 minute drive on average, according to the Everdrive study released on Wednesday, which examined 781 million miles of driving data from sensors like your phone’s GPS and accelerometer.

But there is one silver lining to the study: Apple’s new “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature designed to reduce distracted driving is working. Basically, if your iPhone detects you’re in a moving car, it will turn off all notifications and you can set an automatic text response to tell your friends and family you can’t respond because you’re behind the wheel.

Everquote found that 70% of people in its study kept the DND While Driving feature turned on after Apple released it last September. And between September 19 and October 25 last year, people with DND on used their phones 8% less, according to the study.

So it’s not a silver bullet, but it turns out a software update can reduce distracted driving.

Other interesting stats from the study:

  • States with laws prohibiting phone use while driving showed the least phone use while driving.
  • Drivers tend to make a hard brake on 25% of trips.
  • The states with the worst driving scores are Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
  • The states with the best driving scores are Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Alaska, and Idaho.

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A ‘Star Trek’ writer made a 1999 prediction that absolutely nailed what technology is like today

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  • A column from 1999 went viral because its predictions are dead-on.
  • You have to read it to believe it.

An 18-year-old magazine column went viral over the past week because it’s just so good. The column effectively predicts the iPhone, Siri, and even Facebook’s privacy scandals — all the way back in 1999.

The prediction was made by science fiction author David Gerrold, who writes novels and used to write for “Star Trek.” It was shared this week by technology writer Esther Schindler. It was published in a now-defunct magazine called Smart Reseller, according to Fast Company.

Check it out:

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What makes this so special is that not only did Gerrold foresee smartphones, but he also clearly saw the privacy issues that have come with them.

If there’s one quibble with the prescient column, it’s that voice assistants — whether Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, or Amazon’s Alexa — can’t really do complicated queries the way Gerrold predicted. But maybe the prediction is still ahead of its time.

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First-day preorders for the iPhone X sell out in minutes, Apple says demand is ‘off the charts’

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  • The iPhone X became available for preorder early Friday morning.
  • Only people who ordered in the first few minutes will get their preorder the first day it comes out, though.
  • Apple stores will also have stock next Friday, though Apple advises to get in line “early.”

Apple’s most advanced iPhone saw its shipping times slip to weeks in the minutes after it first went up for preorder on Friday morning.

The iPhone X starts at $999 and comes in two colors, with each color coming in two models with different amounts of storage.

Less than an hour after launch, models for all four US carriers on Apple’s online store were showing delivery times weeks after the device’s November 3 launch date.

In some cases, Apple’s website now says the iPhone X would be delivered in “2-3 weeks.” Other people got confirmation messages that said their iPhone X wouldn’t ship for four to five weeks.

Some people on social media reported issues with the official Apple Store app, which Apple retail officials had called the fastest way to preorder. Carriers such as AT&T also appeared to have limited inventory.

In a statement sent to media outlets, an Apple spokesperson said that demand was “off the charts.”

“We’re working hard to get this revolutionary new product into the hands of every customer who wants one, as quickly as possible,” the statement continued, mentioning that Apple stores will have stock on November 3.

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The iPhone X will be in short supply for the rest of the year, according to reports from Apple’s factories in Asia. The reason for the shortage is that several of Apple’s components, like the 3D True Depth camera, are delicate and difficult to manufacture.

One analyst predicted that only 2 million to 3 million iPhone X units would be shipped by launch time.

The iPhone X is desired by Apple fans for several reasons:

  • It’s Apple’s highest-end iPhone.
  • It features a visually different design from older iPhones.
  • The screen covers a much larger percentage of the front than that of older iPhones.
  • The screen uses a new technology called OLED that sports blacker blacks and other benefits.
  • It has a longer battery life than the iPhone 7.
  • It has a 3D depth-sensing camera on the front of the phone called TrueDepth.
  • TrueDepth is used to unlock the phone, taking the place of the fingerprint sensor.

If you weren’t lucky enough to nab a preorder, your best bet is to line up at an Apple store or another authorized retailer on Friday. Just get there early.

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Get ready for the supercycle — there could be ‘unprecedented’ demand for the iPhone 8

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There may be “unprecedented replacement demand” for the iPhones Apple is planning to launch in the second half of 2017, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a note to clients seen by Business Insider.

Kuo believes that Apple could ship between 90 million and 110 million iPhones in the second half of 2017.

Apple may even end up shipping more iPhones than the 113 million it sold in the second half of 2014, driven by the iPhone 6.

Kuo says Apple’s suppliers — which sell the company components like screens, lenses, and chips — are setting “ramp-up targets” at over 120 million devices, and they may be able to ramp up production to supply 150 million devices if demand is strong.

Apple is expected to launch three redesigned devices in fall 2017: two updates to the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with glass cases and wireless charging, and an all-new high-end model with a new kind of screen that promises lower power consumption and better picture quality.

All three models are expected to sell well.

According to Kuo:

  • “The OLED model may trigger replacement demand among high-end users given its completely all-new-design form factor and notably superior specs in comparison to the TFT-LCD models.”
  • “The new 4.7-inch iPhone, featuring glass casing and wireless charging, looks well positioned to tap replacement demand at the entry level.”

“In other words, ramp-up for [the second half of 2017] pull-in may exceed the previous peak for iPhone 6, and hit a historical high,” Kuo wrote.

The ‘powder keg’ supercycle

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The possibility that the upcoming iPhone could tap into a large base of people who are waiting to upgrade has been floated by several analysts before as a rationale for being bullish on Apple.

If Apple can deliver a device that is meaningfully different from the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, or iPhone 7, there could be an explosion of sales worldwide. Kuo is predicting three new meaningfully different iPhone models based on factory sources.

On Tuesday, UBS analyst Steven Milunovich reiterated that long Apple investors should be optimistic about the next iPhone cycle because Apple may not beat estimates for the next few quarters.

“The March and June quarters could have downside risk, but it might not matter if investors remain optimistic about 2018,” Milunovich wrote. “Many investors are already looking to F18, where high retention rates and an aging installed base could drive significant upgrades.”

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