iPhone 8 tips: How to force restart, enter recovery, and DFU mode

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With the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple has changed the way that you carry out a forced restart, enter recovery mode, and enter DFU mode.

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On the iPhone 7 you pressed the volume down button at the same time as the sleep/wake button to restart the handset. However, if you try this on the iPhone 8 you’ll get quite a surprise because this will activate the Emergency SOS mode, and just before the handset makes a call to the emergency services it emits several ear-piercing siren blasts!

So how do you force a restart?

With the iPhone 8 you have to tap the…

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Apple Watch Series 3 review: Always connected, just without the guilt

Apple announced the third generation Apple Watch alongside new iPhones last month. What sets the Series 3 model apart from previous iterations is that it comes with the option to connect it to a cellular network, breaking the requirement to always have an iPhone nearby. On the surface, the Series 3 with cellular appears to be a minor update to the product lineup. However, after using it for a few weeks now, it’s changed a lot for me personally.

Design and performance

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The Series 3 Apple Watch looks identical to its predecessors in every way, with the exception of the red dot on the digital crown. The dot is limited to just the Series 3 model with cellular…

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Apple's iOS 11.0.3 for iPhone and iPad is out, and it contains some odd bug fixes

​iOS 11.0.3 update for iPhone and iPad

iOS 11.0.3 update for iPhone and iPad

Apple has released the third update to iOS since it’s release less than a month ago, and this one contains some very specific, and rather odd, bug fixes.

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According to the release notes, this update addresses the following issues:

Fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices

Addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6s displays because they were not serviced with genuine Apple parts

The release notes go on to say that non-genuine replacement displays “may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly.” Luckily for…

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Here's why your old iPhone feels slow – and what you can do about it

The other day benchmarking firm Futuremark published a report that attempted to put an end to the long-held urban legend/conspiracy theory that Apple deliberately throttles old hardware in an attempt to encourage owners of old iPhones to upgrade.

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Now, of course, this urban legend is hogwash. There’s never been any evidence to suggest that Apple has been doing anything or the sort, and is all based on anecdotal evidence.

But the idea that iPhones get slower as they become older is not a myth. In fact, the longer you use it, the more sluggish it gets. Actions such as unlocking the iPhone or firing up an app become appreciably slower.

The problem is that cache files and other detritus…

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Is Apple really throttling your old iPhone? Benchmarking firm settles the question for good

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Does it feel like your old iPhone starts to slow down just as the new model arrives?

If so, it’s most likely down to new-iPhone envy rather than anything that Apple has done: a new report from tech benchmark testing firm Futuremark shows that Apple in fact does a good job of maintaining the performance of older models when it releases a new version of iOS and new hardware.

Futuremark’s report is based on 100,000 benchmark results for seven iPhone models across iOS 9, iOS 10, and iOS 11. The results are submitted from iPhone owners who’ve installed its 3DMark benchmarking app.

The company’s chart for CPU and GPU performance of the…

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iPhone 8 Plus loses its camera crown: One-lens Pixel 2 snatches it with record score

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DxOMark testing finds the Pixel 2 features very good color rendering.


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The iPhone 8 Plus’ brief reign over the smartphone camera world is over, according to mobile camera-testing outfit DxOMark.

The iPhone 8 Plus may have set a new standard for smartphone cameras in DxOMark’s tests last month, but now the one to beat is the single-lens Pixel 2.

The Google phone got an overall score or 98, topping the dual-lens iPhone 8 Plus’ and Galaxy Note 8’s 94. The first Pixel attained a score 90 and was the top camera phone until the iPhone 8 Plus arrived.

The Pixel 2 features a 12-megapixel main sensor, dual-pixel autofocus, optical image stabilization,…

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See, Apple was right to dump the headphone jack

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Google Pixel 2

So much for all the hand-wringing over Apple’s decision to dump the headphone jack.

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After poking fun at Apple last year for getting rid of the headphone jack from the iPhone, Google has this year followed suit and dropped the legacy connector from the Pixel 2.

Back in August of last year, I made the following prediction:

“… if Apple drops it for the iPhone and the iPad, other companies won’t be able to resist copying the move. Oh, sure, they might hold out at first, but eventually, they will all follow suit.”

I made the move to Bluetooth headphones years ago so it never really bothered me that the headphone jack’s days were numbered. And even when, many moons ago, I did…

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iPhone 8 Plus vs Galaxy Note 8: New camera tests say it's too close to call

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Oft-cited camera-testing outfit DxOMark recently rated the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus as the “new standard” for smartphone cameras, snatching the top spot from the Google Pixel and HTC U11.

But the new iPhones have now been joined at the top of the rankings by Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, the company’s first dual-camera phone.

DxOMark’s newly published test of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has awarded it the same score of 94 that the Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus achieved — just ahead of the iPhone 8’s score of 92. However, the two top devices attained the scores due to high performance in differing areas.

The iPhone 8 Plus outdoor photography quality was a standout, with improved capture…

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What's it like using the world's fastest smartphone?

​Apple A11 Bionic processor

Apple A11 Bionic processor

I should be awed by the fact that I own the world’s fastest smartphone, but to be honest it’s all a bit underwhelming.

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According to Geekbench benchmarks, the A11 Bionic processor that powers the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the eagerly awaited iPhone X, is so fast it crushes the Snapdragon chip found in the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

“At this point, you’ve got desktop-class performance in a handset. There’s no way of looking at it any other way,” John Poole, founder of Primate Labs, told Tom’s Guide. “I wouldn’t have thought to use my first-generation iPhone to edit video. I would’ve thought you were crazy.”

Now I’ve read a lot of stuff drawing parallels…

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