Should You Upgrade iPhone X To Apple’s iPhone XS Or iPhone XR?

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A large chunk of Apple’s audience is already lighting their bank accounts on fire in anticipation of all the neat new gear they can start preordering this week. That’s just the way it is, and partly why Apple can afford to do things like build sprawling, $200 buildings in the heart of Silicon Valley.

No matter the price, or specifications, a lot of people are going to order one of the new iPhones: the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max—a naming convention Apple totally didn’t borrow from that other company.

You, however, are a reasonable Lifehacker reader who isn’t afraid to pay big bucks for sweet, geeky gear, but only if it provides a value and experience that’s greater than that which you already have. In other words, you don’t buy based on hype, and you don’t need an upgrade just because it’s new; you need an upgrade if it’s actually worth buying.

Key specs

iPhone XR: 6.1-inch “Liquid Retina” LCD display; 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage; red, yellow, white, coral, black, and blue finishes; A12 Bionic chip; 12MP wide-angle camera; 7MP front-facing “TrueDepth” camera. Ranging from $749 to $899.

iPhone XS: 5.8-inch OLED display; 64GB, 256GB or 512GB storage; gold, space gray, and silver finishes; A12 Bionic chip; 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras; 7MP front-facing “TrueDepth” camera. Ranging from $999 to $1,349.

iPhone XS Max: 6.5-inch OLED display. Everything else the iPhone XS has. Ranging from $1,099 to $1,449.

If you own an iPhone X, congratulations! Your expensive smartphone lasted less time than the iPhone 8, as your relic is no longer purchasable from Apple… but the iPhone 8 (and even the iPhone 7) are still there. This makes sense, of course, since there’s absolutely no reason to buy an iPhone X with Apple dropping three new iPhones (two XSs and an XR) that basically take all the good things about the iPhone X and reconfigure them in different ways.

If you upgrade—and I don’t think it makes sense to upgrade—you’re not getting all that much, hardware-wise. That’s not to say the A12 Bionic chip in the iPhone XS isn’t faster: Apple claims performance boosts of 15 percent for its two “performance” cores; a speed boost of 50 percent from its apple-design GPU; and a big, juicy brain an eight-core neural engine that can reach 5 trillion operations per second (more than eight times your device’s “meager” 600 billion operations per second).

If you’re a big photography nut—and Apple loves you, if so—the iPhone XS and XS Max aren’t coming out of the gate with a crazy-higher megapixel count for the wide-angle camera or telephoto cameras. There’s a new, larger sensor and improved TrueTone flash, but that’s probably not as monumental as the devices’ “Smart HDR” mode and, the big improvement, the ability to edit a photo’s depth of field after you’ve taken it.

Would I drop $1,000 on that after already paying (at least) $1,000 for an iPhone X last year? No. Are the iPhone XS’ other improvements worth an expensive $1,000 upgrade? No. But you can probably sell your iPhone X for at least $500 or so right now from one of the many trade-in places (or eBay), so that helps soften the blow a bit. Generally speaking, though, I’d wait for next year’s iPhone upgrade—the non-”s” cycle—to really get your money’s worth.


Upcoming 6.5-Inch iPhone Could Be Called ‘iPhone Xs Max’

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Apple’s upcoming 6.5-inch iPhone could be called the “iPhone Xs Max” according to information shared by both BGR and 9to5Mac citing sources with knowledge of Apple’s marketing plans.

Naming for Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup has been unclear and Apple is said to have struggled to decide on a new naming scheme to follow the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.

Last week, leaked information suggested Apple has settled on “iPhone Xs” as the name for the 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED devices that are in the works. At the time, it was believed both could use the same “iPhone Xs” name like the iPad Pro, but now it looks like the larger model could continue to feature a unique name.

Apple is not planning to use the same “Plus” labeling that it has used since the iPhone 6 Plus was introduced, and “Max” could potentially be the replacement. “iPhone Xs Plus” is a mouthful and difficult to say, but “iPhone Xs Max” is easier to pronounce. The 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max will be sold alongside the 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and the 6.1-inch iPhone, which we don’t yet know the name of.

In other related news, German site Macerkopf has shared details on potential European pricing for the 2018 lineup. Citing a pair of unnamed sources, the site says that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone could cost 799 euros, the 5.8-inch iPhone Xs could cost 909 euros, and the iPhone Xs Max could cost 1149 euros. These are the same prices Apple currently charges for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, and would translate to pricing of $699, $799, and $999 in the United States.

That’s mostly in line with rumors we’ve heard about U.S. pricing, which have pegged the cost at $600 to $700 for the 6.1-inch iPhone, $800 to $900 for the iPhone Xs, and $900 to $1,000 for the iPhone Xs Max. With Apple’s event set to take place in one week on Wednesday, September 12, we don’t have long to wait to find out Apple’s exact naming and pricing plans for the three devices.

The new iPhones will be unveiled at an event set to take place at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus. Apple plans to live stream the event.

Apple Watch Series 4 Leak Reveals Larger Display And New Watch Face

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Apple has reportedly suffered a major leak that may have revealed key details about its 2018 iPhone and Apple Watch devices. The Cupertino, California firm apparently leaked images of its upcoming iPhone and Apple Watch refreshes. These images — as well as other details about the new devices — were obtained and published by Apple news site 9to5Mac on Thursday.

On a day that already saw the first purported sighting of the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhone XS comes a new leak apparently showing the fourth generation Apple Watch. Also from 9to5Mac, the image shows Apple’s next wearable device with a larger display and brand new watch face.

As you can see, the most significant change is the all-new edge-to-edge display found on the wearable device. Previous rumors had suggested Cupertino was increasing the size of the Apple Watch display by 15 percent. The new image seems to confirm this information.

The watch face shown, however, is new. It appears to include eight complications around the time and within the clock hands. The changes seem to take advantage of the device’s larger display.

Finally, there’s a new hole between the modified side button and Digital Crown. 9to5Mac says this is likely an additional microphone. Assuming this leak is correct, it’s great to see that Apple is finally tweaking the look of its wearable device after three generations. It’s also nice knowing at least one new watch face could also be incoming. Give us more, Apple.

As confirmed earlier in the day, Apple’s fall event is Wednesday, Sept. 12 beginning at 10 a.m. PDT. We’ll learn much more about what will likely be called the Apple Watch Series 4 on September 12 when Apple is set to unveil its new hardware lineup. Besides three new iPhones and Apple Watch, the event should also showcase two new iPad Pro models. New Macs could also be announced.

The 5 Biggest iPhone X Annoyances And How To Fix Them


 5 biggest iphone x issues and how to fix themAny followers out there, who have iPhone X, have any trouble with Face ID in different lighting conditions? I understand low light issues, I can’t get it to work at all in sunlight or bright lighting conditions…

Let’s take a look at the iPhone X’s biggest annoyances and how you can work around them.

  1. Face ID seems to be delayed

When you tap or raise the iPhone, or press the wake button on the side, you see a little padlock near the top of the screen. After your face is recognized, the lock opens — which takes a second or two — allowing you to swipe up and get to work.

  1. Face ID doesn’t work when my phone is on a table

Solution: If you spend most of your time at a desk, there’s a pretty good fix for this problem, one that kills two birds with one stone: Get a Qi charging stand. Not a charging pad, mind you, which keeps your phone sitting flat, but a stand. That way you can position the phone so it’s facing your face, and therefore much easier to unlock.

  1. Notifications are hidden by default

This is a security feature, enabled by default, and some would say it’s a smart one. But it can also be incredibly annoying. Fortunately, it’s easy enough to toggle off. Just tap Settings > Notifications > Show Previews, then choose Always. Remember that after doing so, your notifications will appear with previews even when your phone is locked.

  1. I miss the Home button!

To enable it, tap Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch, then toggle it on. To customize the aforementioned pop-up menu, tap Customize Top Level Menu.

  1. The old ways of doing things don’t work anymore!

There’s no longer a Home button, certain functions have been rejiggered and/or relocated. Here’s a quick primer:

  • Turn off the phone: Press and hold either volume button and the sleep/wake button for about two seconds. You’ll feel the phone vibrate and then see an onscreen menu that includes the old “Slide to power off” slider.
  • Reset the phone: Press volume-up, then volume-down, then press and hold the wake button until the Apple logo appears. (Then release that button.) You have to do all this in fairly rapid succession: press-press-hold.
  • Take a screenshot: Simultaneously press and release the volume-up and wake buttons.
  • Invoke Siri: Press and hold the wake button for about two seconds.

Near-record iPhone Sales This Year Seems A Very Safe Prediction

iPhone sales are expected to break records this year

First, the rider: the best sales ‘since the launch of iPhone 6.’ 2014 remains an exceptional year for the simple reason that it was Apple’s first model to offer the larger screen sizes that were by then a standard feature of Android flagships. There was thus enormous pent-up demand, both among existing iPhone users who were holding off for a larger phone, and among Android users who really wanted an iPhone but weren’t prepared to compromise on screen size.

It’s difficult to imagine a comparable event in iPhone launches, so that record is likely to stand for some time. But predicting that this year’s iPhones will lead to the highest sales volume seen since then seems equally safe.

The iPhone X represented a radical design departure for Apple. The company not only caught up with the near-full-screen designs of Android flagships, but overtook them. Removing the iconic Home button, and putting all the other hardware into a notch at the top of the screen, enabled Apple to create an iPhone with a wow factor for iPhone and Android owners alike.

Removing Touch ID – one of the most-loved features of the iPhone – and replacing it with Face ID was an incredibly brave move. It was one that could easily have backfired. But it didn’t: while some who have never tried the iPhone X remained skeptical, owners were almost universal in their description of Face ID as a vast improvement, and a technology from which there is no return.

Equally brave was breaking the four-figure price barrier for a smartphone. There was no shortage of industry pundits lining up to describe this as a ridiculous move. Nobody, they predicted, was going to pay a thousand dollars or more for a phone. But they did – in their millions. Tim Cook was quick to point out that the iPhone X marks the first time that the most expensive iPhone has also been the best-selling one.

People motivated more by features than design, this year’s line-up is going to provide a great up-selling opportunity for Apple. For those able but unwilling to pay a grand for a phone, they may well plan to buy the LCD model and then be persuaded by the better specifications of the OLED ones, expected to start at a more palatable $899.

Then there’s the ‘Plus’ model. Although the iPhone X effectively matched the screen size of the older Plus models in a more compact case, there are plenty of people for whom bigger is better when it comes to a phone.

So I think Apple has a win-win-win here. The LCD model looks set to become this year’s best-selling iPhone. The iPhone X replacement will prove a strong draw for those who haven’t yet upgraded and want the best spec. While the Plus model will sell well to those willing to pay more for an even larger screen.

iPhone X Face ID Is Not Working? Fixed!

My iPhone X Face ID is not working, it says my Face ID cannot be detected. I have restarted my phone and still not working. Anybody else have an iPhone X and have this same problem? How to solve this problem? I need a solution for this. Help please!

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Face ID lets you securely unlock your iPhone X, authenticate purchases, sign in to apps, and more—with just a glance. However sometimes it doesn’t work as we expect, so here we are going to discuss some of the common questions about iPhone X Face ID.

How to set up Face ID on iPhone X?

Before you set up Face ID, make sure that there isn’t anything covering the TrueDepth camera or your face. Face ID is designed to work with glasses and contacts. Face ID works best when your iPhone X is approximately an arm’s length or closer (10-20 inches) from your face.

What if Face ID is disabled on your iPhone X?

On iPhone X, you might see a message that says “A problem was detected with the TrueDepth Camera. Face ID has been disabled.” Take your iPhone to an Apple Authorized Service Provider or make a Genius Bar reservation at the Apple Store. You can also contact Apple Support.

Need help using Face ID to unlock your iPhone X?

  1. Make sure that your iPhone X is updated to the latest version of iOS
  2. Make sure that Face ID is set up and that the features you’re trying to use Face ID with are turned on.
  3. Make sure that the TrueDepth camera on your iPhone X isn’t covered with a phone case or a screen protector. Also, check to see if there’s residue or dirt covering the TrueDepth camera.
  4. Make sure that your eyes, nose, and mouth are fully visible to the TrueDepth camera.
  5. Make sure that you’re facing the TrueDepth camera
  6. If you still need help, reset Face ID, then set it up again. Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode and tap Reset Face ID. Then tap Set up Face ID to set it up again.

What If Your iPhone X Won’t Turn On Or Is Frozen?

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If your screen is black or frozen

If your screen is black or frozen, you might need to force restart your device. A force restart won’t erase the content on your device. You can force restart your device even if the screen is black or the buttons aren’t responding. Follow these steps: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo.

If your device still won’t turn on or start up

Plug in your device and let it charge for up to one hour, after a few minutes, you should see the charging screen.

Note: If you don’t see the charging screen within an hour, check the jack, USB cable, and power adapter. Make sure that everything is plugged in firmly, free of debris, and not damaged. You might want to try a different USB cable or power adapter.

If your device turns on but gets stuck during start up

If you see the Apple logo or a red or blue screen during startup, try these steps:

  1. Connect your device to a computer and open iTunes. If you don’t have a computer, try to borrow one, or go to an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider for help.
  2. While your device is connected, force it to restart. On an iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button until you see the recovery-mode screen.
  3. Don’t release the buttons when you see the Apple logo. Keep holding until you see the recovery mode screen.
  4. When you get the option to restore or update, choose Update. iTunes will try to reinstall iOS without erasing your data.
  5. iTunes will download the software for your device. If it takes more than 15 minutes, your device will exit recovery mode and you’ll need to repeat steps 2 and 3.

If you need more help

  • Contact Apple Support to set up service if you have any of these issues:
  • You still see a black screen after charging, force restarting, or following the steps in this article.
  • You see a black screen, but you can hear alerts, sounds, and vibrations.
  • The screen remains black, but the device chirps when you unmute it and connect it to power.
  • Your screen is on, but it doesn’t respond when you tap, slide, or try other gestures.
  • You can’t force your device to restart because a button is broken or stuck.
  • Your device is stuck on the Apple logo, displays a solid color, or isn’t recognized in iTunes.


Fix The Issues With Bluetooth Connection iPhone X

I bought a brand new iPhone X and trying to connect to my Bluetooth hands-free device in my car. In the Bluetooth screen I see the scan icon running but my device cannot be found. Note that with my old iPhone 6S the same Bluetooth device worked properly. Please your help!

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If your Bluetooth accessory won’t pair or connect to your iOS devices

  1. On your iOS device, go to Settings > Bluetooth and make sure that Bluetooth is on. If you can’t turn on Bluetooth or you see a spinning gear, restart your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Then try to pair and connect it again.
  2. Make sure that your Bluetooth accessory and iOS device are close to each other.
  3. Turn your Bluetooth accessory off and back on again.
  4. Make sure that your Bluetooth accessory is on and fully charged or connected to power. If your accessory uses batteries, see if they need to be replaced.

If your iPhone X can’t connect to your car

  1. Restart the device.
  2. Go to Settings> Bluetooth and turn off Bluetooth. Wait 5 seconds, then re-enable Bluetooth.
  3. Check the manual for car stereo systems to learn how to pair with Bluetooth devices. Most cars require phone Settings on the onboard display screen.
  4. Update your device.
  5. Install all firmware updates for the car stereo system.

If you still can’t pair or connect your Bluetooth accessory

  1. If you previously connected your Bluetooth accessory to your iOS device, unpair the accessory, put it back in discovery mode, then try to pair and connect it again.
  2. If you can pair your accessory with some devices but not your iOS device, unpair the accessory from your other devices. Then try to pair with your iOS device again.
  3. Check with the accessory manufacturer to make sure that your accessory supports your iOS device.
  4. If you still have any of these issues, contact Apple Support:
  5. You can’t turn on Bluetooth or the setting is grayed out.
  6. You can’t connect any Bluetooth accessories with your device.
  7. The accessory manufacturer confirmed that your accessory is working correctly.

Also learn: Pair a third-party Bluetooth accessory with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

How Can I Transfer Notes From iPhone 5 To iPhone X?

Hi, my iPhone 5 is not working quite well, it hangs from time to time. So I am planning to upgrade to 8 plus from my 5s, but how can I transfer the notes from my old iPhone to the new one? Any suggestion will be much appreciated.

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You basically back up your old one, then as you set up the new one, you will have a choice to set up as new or restore from backup. Choose to restore from backup and restore from the backup you just made and your new device will be a near clone of the old one. However, the key is often to allow enough time. If you have a lot of data the set up process can take hours. The worse thing is, all the current data on your iPhone X would be wiped out by the backup if they’re not contained in it. It’s hard to make decision, right? Don’t be frustrated, iFonebox can help you easily transfer notes from iPhone 5 to iPhone X. Some of its other features include the following, just view what the data exporter can do for you.

  • Able to transfer up to 17 kinds of data like contacts, photos, voice memos, reminders, calendar events, call history, WeChat data, WhatsApp data, etc.
  • Compatible with almost all kinds of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
  • Apply to all versions of iOS system, including iOS 11
  • It’s very easy to use and the progress can be finished in a while
  • You can selectively back data up without backing up the entire phone
  • It has a preview function that makes selective data recovery very easy

In addition to move notes from iPhone 5 to iPhone X, It can become essential to save data on your device to your computer for a number of reasons. With the powerful working modes, iFonebox can help you easily accomplish that. It also a reliable backup extractor, if you’ve backed you device to iTunes or iCloud before, it’s capable of detecting into the backup and extracting the needed data from it without any risk.

iFonebox has two available versions: Windows version and Mac version, so it’s considerably necessary to choose the right version for your computer. Then you can follow these simple steps to migrate notes from iPhone 5 to iPhone X without losing existing data.

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Step one: Launch iFonebox

Connect your iPhone X to computer then click Recover from iTunes Backup File, you’ll see all backups you have listed in the interface, choose the right backup, then click “Select” button to begin.

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Step two: Scan data

It will scan automatically after you click the “Notes” icon, it might take your some time, please wait patiently.


Step three: Recover data

Now you can recover the data you want from backup. Choose the items you want to restore and click the “Recover to device”.

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How To Move Texts From Old iPhone To New One?

I have an iPhone X with iOS 11. I have heard recently of iOS 11’s Automatic Setup, I really like it because this saves time setting up phone so efficiently. But the problem is, I still have my old iPhone 5 with iOS 10.3.3 is the last and the final version of my iPhone 5, therefore, I can’t able to use the “Automatic Setup”. Does anyone know how to move texts from my old iPhone 5 to iPhone X?

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iPhone has become an efficient tool for communication. iPhone text messaging is becoming increasingly popular, especially in an age when new technologies make messages talk by allowing to add pictures and even voices to our messages. However, many iOS users have this question: how to move texts from old iPhone to new one? If you’re also one of them, I would recommend iFonebox to you, which is able to recover/ transfer up to 17 kinds of data, like text messages, photos, call history, safari bookmarks, contacts, reminder events and so on. This article shows how you can transfer texts from old iPhone to new one.

Key features of iFonebox that you can know it better:

As we all know, once we backed up iOS contents to iCloud or iTunes, we can never retrieve data from them or view what you had backed up unless we plan to restore iOS device with them. iFonebox can help you to selectively get specific data. It means you’re capable of extracting text messages from old iPhone to new one.

It is necessary to download and install the program on your computer. iFonebox has two available versions: Windows version and Mac version. You should make sure to download the suitable version for your computer.

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Step one: Launch iFonebox

Click Recover from iTunes Backup File and connect you iPhone X to your computer, you’ll see all backups you have listed in the interface, choose the right backup, then click “Select” button to begin.

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Step two: Scan data

It will scan automatically after you click the “Messages” icon, it might take your some time, please wait patiently.


Step three: Extract text messages

Now you can recover the texts you want from backup, choose the items you want to restore and click the “Recover to device” button.

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