What iOS 11 reveals about the upcoming iPhone 8

It seems that not a week goes by without new iPhone 8 rumors, but the only thing we really know for sure is that it was designed to run iOS 11. So, did Apple give us a few hints about the iPhone 8 when it introduced its newest version of iOS at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month?

In this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, I inspect iOS 11, looking for hidden clues about the next iPhone. First off, iOS 11 will finally bring Apple’s vision for augmented reality to life. At WWDC, the company announced its new ARKit, a developer platform for creating AR apps that can tap into the iPhone’s camera and processing power. According to Apple, the iPhone 7 is already six times faster at image recognition than the Google Pixel and the Samsung Galaxy S8, so we expect the iPhone 8 to continue on this trajectory. 

Secondly, iOS 11 makes the iPad more like a Mac with an all-new Dock for quick access to your favorite apps, as well as a Files folder for organizing your important docs. So, could we also be getting an iPhone with more multitasking capabilities? Now that Apple is allegedly switching to an edge-to-edge OLED display, the iPhone 8 might have the space needed to have two apps open at the same time.

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iOS 11 features we’d love to see unveiled at WWDC

WWDC is just around the corner, and you know what that means: The big unveiling of iOS 11.

In this week's episode of The iPhone Show, I pick the top three features that would make iOS 11 an absolute must-have. Watch the video above to find out what they are, and whether you agree they are indeed upgrade-worthy.

Do you have an ultimate wish-list for iOS 11? Let us know by commenting on Macworld’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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Why Google Assistant for iPhone can’t replace Siri just yet

“Hey Siri, should I switch to Google Assistant?” That’s the question many of us iPhone users had to ask ourselves last week after Google brought its Assistant to the iOS App Store.

For this week episode of The iPhone Show, I put Google Assistant to the test. Watch the video above to see how the Assistant handled my queries, from giving me directions to work and showing photos of my cat to playing my favorite playlist and finding the cheapest flights to Palm Springs in October.

When it came to complicated web searches like the one above, the Assistant really impressed me. But overall, I was disappointed with the lack of integration with third-party services like OpenTable, Uber, and Shazam.

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Why iPhone users don’t really need Amazon's new Echo Show

Last week, Amazon unveiled its latest Echo product, the Echo Show. But for iPhone users, the Echo Show seems unnecessary.

In this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, I break down the Echo Show’s main selling points and wonder whether we need another touchscreen device in the house. Amazon is touting the Echo Show’s screen that can show you YouTube tutorials, as well as the ability to initiate video calls.

But these features are not very compelling to iPhone users who can already activate a voice assistant hands-free by just saying, “Hey Siri.” Besides, the Echo Show can only conduct calls with other Echo devices or with people who have the Alexa app on their phones.

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How the iPhone could save mobile AR from Facebook and Snapchat

Augmented reality is becoming very real, as Facebook and Snapchat have both made recent developments in mobile AR. But could Apple out-do them both with next iPhone?

In this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, we shine the spotlight on Apple’s AR ambitions after Facebook announced it was launching the AR Studio developer platform and Snapchat debuted augmented reality lenses to put 3D objects in the real world.

But could Apple help save AR from becoming simply a digital Halloween costume shop? Watch the video above to see how the iPhone 8 might integrate augmented reality in a way that’s more useful to our everyday lives. 

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Why Apple can make or break entire companies that depend on the iPhone

Apple is not the only company whose fate depends on the iPhone.

In this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, I talked about the recent shake-up caused by Apple’s efforts to own more of the iPhone’s supply chain. Watch the video above to learn more about what this could mean for other companies who depend on the iPhone to survive.

Earlier this month, the market value of two iPhone suppliers, Imagination Technologies and Dialog Semiconductor, saw a drastic downturn after it was revealed that Apple was ending their production contract. In the case of graphics chip-maker Imagination Technologies, its stocks went down by a whopping 60 percent.

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Why the iPhone 8 is going to be very much like Samsung’s new Galaxy S8

The smartphone war between Apple and Samsung is heating up after the release of the Galaxy S8. Which looks very familiar if you’ve been following the latest iPhone 8 rumors.

In this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, I compare the actual Samsung Galaxy S8 with all the rumored features of the forthcoming iPhone 8. If these rumors prove to be true, then both Apple and Samsung’s flagship phones will have an edge-to-edge display with a virtual Home button. Furthermore, the S8 and the iPhone 8 will also share similar augmented reality and facial recognition technology.

With all these presumed similarities, it’d be easy to say that Apple is copying Samsung. Of course, it doesn’t matter who does it first, but who can do it better.

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