Tests show iPhone XS LTE speeds best iPhone X, can’t match Galaxy Note 9 or Pixel 2

Though a handful of early iPhone XS adopters are complaining about less-than-desirable cellular reception, a new test reveals Apple’s latest flagship smartphones boast much improved LTE performance over last year’s model. However, the XS models, which rely on Intel modems, are still behind handsets that use battle-tested Qualcomm silicon. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

More tests confirm faster data speeds of iPhone XS on both Wi-Fi and LTE

Further tests have confirmed early suggestions that the new radio tech in the iPhone XS significantly boosts data speeds on both Wi-Fi and LTE when compared to last year’s iPhone X. Not all the real-life tests produced the dramatic gains reported in the first test, however … more… The post More tests confirm faster data […]

New video tests Apple Watch Series 4 fall detection with varying results

One of the Apple Watch Series 4 features Apple touted on stage last week was fall detection. With this featured enabled, the Apple Watch can detect when you’ve fallen and offer to call emergency services. A new video takes a (less-than-scientific) look at just how well the feature works. more… The post New video tests […]

More audiophile praise for the HomePod as professional tests confirm Apple’s claims

There has been much debate about the audio quality of the HomePod. The majority of reviews have praised the speaker for its sound quality (if not for its smarts), but there have been some dissenting voices. Some audiophiles have been dismissive of HomePod – often, it seems, without having listened to it – but others […]

HomePod impresses audiophiles in technical measurement tests

The HomePod launched on Friday and people continue to praise its sound quality. A user on the r/audiophiles subreddit conducted an extensive set of measurements, testing frequency response, distortion and much more. The review is a very in-depth and dense exploration of how the HomePod sounds, with favourable comparisons to higher-end real speakers. The results […]

Instagram adds mid-feed preview tiles for Stories, tests new stop-motion camera feature

Over a year ago, Instagram rolled out its clone of Snapchat’s popular Stories feature and has since said that its version of Stories reaches over 250 million daily users. Now, Instagram is making a change to its iOS app that makes Stories even more prominent… more… 9to5Mac

This week’s top stories: New emoji coming to iOS, iPhone 8 camera tests, bug fix updates, and more

In this week’s top stories: Apple releases iOS 11.0.2 with an important fix for iPhone 8 users, a patent describes how Apple Watch could be used for measuring blood pressure, a macOS High Sierra supplemental update, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest stories more… 9to5Mac

Benchmark tests show new iPad Pro models outperform MacBook Pro in some CPU & GPU tasks

Apple earlier this month refreshed both its iPad Pro and MacBook Pro lineups with faster processors and other performance improvements. The company heavily markets the iPad Pro as a PC replacement, and new benchmarks from blog BareFeats show that the tablet may even outperform the more expensive MacBook Pro in some cases… more… 9to5Mac

This week on AI: Apple’s Siri & AirPlay speaker, self-driving car tests & more

By far one of the most popular stories this week was that Apple’s Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor might not only be alive, but nearly finished. We also caught a glimpse of Apple’s self-driving testbed SUVs, and news that the fight between Apple and Qualcomm is stepping up a notch. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Tests show matte black iPhone 7 resists key scratches, raise questions over camera lens [Video]

While Apple has warned that the high-gloss surface of the Jet Black iPhone 7 is easily scratched, we’ve heard nothing yet about the scratch-resistance of the matte black finish. YouTuber JerryRigEverything set out to correct that by putting an iPhone through a series of torture tests. The tests revealed a mix of good news and bad. […]