iPhone X :: Here is my problem

by Volker Weber

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How do your review a perfect product? There has to be something that needs improvement. There has to be something that doesn't work.

Nope. I want it just the way it is. I put my b/s detector in overdrive and did not come up with anything:

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Apple keeps stressing the fact that this is the future of the smartphone. And with that they mean iPhone. That is exactly what the iPhone X is. The original iPhone was perfected all the way to the iPhone 8. Draw a rectangle, a line above it, a circle below and a rounded rectangle around it. Everybody will recognize this as an iPhone.

The iPhone X is built around new technology. And we have only scratched the surface of what this front facing camera can do in software. Touch ID through glass? You need to think outside your box. Imagine what you can build on a device that reads your face.


Wow! That's a very strong endorsement. Mine hasn't arrived, yet...

Markus Dierker, 2017-11-09 09:54

Your chosen watch face....

I don't seem to be able to find or recreate that on my Series 0. Is there a special trick? (Please do not say buy new watch)

Ian Bradbury, 2017-11-09 10:27

Ian, I'm afraid you would have to. That is the Explorer watch face which has an indicator for the cellular connection.

Volker Weber, 2017-11-09 10:30

Is the X really so much better than for instance the 7 Plus?

Jens Nullmeyer, 2017-11-09 10:33

Absolutely not. The 7 Plus is excellent for at least another two to three years. I would not upgrade from anything newer than an iPhone 6.

Volker Weber, 2017-11-09 10:44

Actually it occurred to me last night that just like all the Android phones mimicked the iPhone in the past, in the next couple of years they’re all going to start looking like the X. No more innovation, my arse...

Btw, I just realized that my closest tech friend does not lock his Android because the fingerprint reader works so poorly and passcodes are a pain. I didn’t say they were going to mimic well...

Bill Greenberg, 2017-11-09 11:38

Well, this is high praise indeed!

My X is somewhere in production / limbo / on the way, with a predicted arrival date in one-and-a-half weeks. Looking forward to that. ESPECIALLY since I was foolhardy enough to update my 6+ to iOS 11 and now it's damn near unusable. So, happy I went through with the order on the day as soon as the store was back online.

Yeah, I know, I shouldn't have updated. But with ALL of my Apple hardware so fard I hadn't yet experienced a catastrophic "oh boy, I shouldn't have done this" software upgrade. Well, live and learn...

Daniel Tietze, 2017-11-09 12:19

Yeah, that dog is dope:-)

Horia Stanescu, 2017-11-09 15:06

@Daniel: My 6+ ran just fine on iOs 11 Beta and runs just fine on ios 11. so the device shouldn’t be the problem.

Try installing it not from a backup. That often solves most of the problems. It’s annoying, but often works.

Johannes Matzke, 2017-11-09 17:49

After frustration with slowness, I did a restore on my iPhone 6, but it still lags quite a lot. The phone has served me well, and is just over three years old so owes me nothing, but I’m not sure on next steps. The basic 8 plus costs about ¢100 more than my loaded 6 did back in the day, I guess that could be an option. Time to visit a store and see how responsive iOS 11 is on that device…

Ben Poole, 2017-11-09 22:06

Hoffentlich bekommt die Liebe nicht so schnell einen Sprung.

Peter Meuser, 2017-11-10 01:26

Wieso sollte sie?

Volker Weber, 2017-11-10 06:16

Du meinst, ist doch alles im Case?

Peter Meuser, 2017-11-10 06:36

Just one observation from a former BlackBerry user who got regularly ridiculed for the use of a physical keyboard on his phone: This physical Ring/Silent switch - why does Apple not trust their own software and implement customizable notification profiles like Normal, Vibrant Only, Completely Silent, Bedside etc. into the Control Panel? Physical buttons are so 2014!

Jochen Kattoll, 2017-11-10 11:30

I am afraid you have to stop thinking like a BlackBerry user. Apple likes to make things easy. This switch has always been there.

On top of that there is software. There is a Do Not Disturb mode in Control Panel which can be scheduled for the night. And then you can allow overrides from priviliged users. And so on.

If you teach Fortran progammers C, they will write Fortan programs in C.

Volker Weber, 2017-11-10 11:44

I know, I know, but this takes some time for an old dog.

Talking to the expert who knows both worlds - is there no automatic meeting mode, i.e. turning off notifications when I am in a meeting (e.g. busy in the main calendar) and also turning them on again after the meeting? That's a feature I used to use several times a day in BB10 whilst all the iPhone users constantly disturbed meetings by forgetting to silence their phones. Now I am one of them ...

Jochen Kattoll, 2017-11-10 12:01

Of course there is. Flip the simple switch as you sit down, and flip it the other way as you get up.

Volker Weber, 2017-11-10 12:03

That's not exactly what I would call "automatic".

Jochen Kattoll, 2017-11-10 12:39

Once you stop judging the hardware switch it will be completely automatic. Sit down, switch down, get up, switch up.

Volker Weber, 2017-11-10 12:46

I think Steve Jobs would call this a physical key that should be replaced by software that's far more intelligent and far more customizable.

Jochen Kattoll, 2017-11-10 13:08

Steve cannot defend himself. But he knew the design of the iPhone. If he wanted it in software, he would have got it in software.

Volker Weber, 2017-11-10 13:32

Fair enough. Good old Steve.

Jochen Kattoll, 2017-11-10 13:59

@Daniel My wife was having horrible performance issues with her iPhone 6 after the iOS 11 upgrade also. Read somewhere about doing a network settings reset (Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings) and that helping. We did it on hers and it made a world of difference in the phone's performance. Kind of a pain as you do have to re-enter WiFi passwords and a few other things but it was well worth it.

Kirk Kuykendall, 2017-11-11 01:29

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