Buying a new iPhone 8 soon? Here are the essential tips you need to know

Do you want a new iPhone? Don’t event think about camping out at an Apple Store.

It’s always been a little stressful trying to buy a new iPhone right when it comes out. But the hype around the iPhone 8 is crazier than usual, and rumor has it that it will only be available in limited quantities when it launches—which means that the supply-and-demand will definitely not be on our side.

In this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, I reveal some valuable tips on how to successfully pre-oder a new coveted iPhone 8. To get a leg up, watch the video above and make sure you get ready for iPhone mania ahead of Apple's fall event scheduled for next Tuesday, September 12.

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iPhone 8: All the rumors we're (almost) certain will come true

After months and months (and months) of speculation, the iPhone 8 is finally upon us. But don’t believe everything you read. In this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, I highlight only the rumors most likely to come true.

OLED display? Virtual Home button? Facial recognition? Watch the video above to see which iPhone 8 rumors are the most plausible. And if you want to get the details on everything that’s been speculated about this special iPhone, check out Macworld’s ultimate rumor roundup.

What do you think? Will the iPhone 8 have all these features? Do you think Apple still has a few surprises up its sleeve? Let us know by commenting on Macworld’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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The HomePod needs to run third-party iOS apps. Here's why

Even though Apple’s HomePod is not expected to launch until December, we already know enough to have some reservations about it.

According to firmware update leaked by Apple, the HomePod is expected to run a version of iOS, just like your iPhone. But unlike your iPhone, it seems Apple’s smart-speaker is not going to support third-party apps at launch. This means you won’t be able to ask the HomePod’s always-listening Siri to request a Lyft, buy movie tickets on Fandango, or order Domino’s pizza.

In this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, I talk about why not having app support is a missed opportunity for the HomePod, especially as it’s looking to compete against Google Home and Amazon Echo. It’s especially disappointing because the HomePod will be equipped to run iOS, but not a robust slate of iOS apps.

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How Apple can make the AirPods 2 even better

For a first generation product, the AirPods really knocked it out of the (Apple?) park. They sound great, they stay in place, and they’re not as easy to lose as everyone first thought.

In this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, I’ve made a list of all the new features that could make the AirPods 2 even better. For starters, I’d like to see them be more responsive. Right now, you can only double-tap them to activate Siri, hit play or pause, and soon in iOS 11, skip to the next song or go to the previous track. The only thing still missing is volume controls. You still need your iPhone for that... unless you want to keep telling Siri to turn it down.

Even better, the AirPods of my dreams would be able to detect ambient noise and automatically adjust the sound accordingly. They’d get louder when outdoors or just loud enough if in a quiet library. These sensors could also work to enable noise-cancellation or augmented sound effects, so the AirPods would be able to add an echo or reverb to the outside world.

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iOS 11 public beta: The pre-release features Apple needs to fix before the final release

All summer, the iOS 11 public beta has been delivering a bunch of impressive new features, but some are not quite ready for primetime.

In this week's episode of The iPhone Show, I reveal which iOS 11 features could still use some work before the final release in the fall. Watch the video above and cross your fingers Apple will make these much-needed improvements.

The first thing I would like to see is a private listening mode in Apple Music. Now that iOS 11 makes Apple's music service more like Spotify with public profiles, playlists, and listening history, I would like to also see an option to be able to listen to my favorite guilty pleasures in private.

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How the iPhone 8 can live up to all the crazy hype

After months of speculation and hype, the iPhone 8 is almost here—and we’ve certainly heard a lot of things to be excited about.

In this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, I fantasize about what the iPhone 8 should look like, based on all the rumors that have surfaced so far. The first feature is Touch ID that’s built in to the new OLED screen. Apple has also made a big deal about augmented reality, so I would love to see 3D sensors in the dual camera for next-level AR. And now that the iPhone only has a single port for charging and headphone use, I’d like to see wireless charging in the iPhone 8, eliminating the need to always use your Lightning cable.

Does this sound like your dream device? What rumored features are you hoping to see on the iPhone 8? Do you think it will live up to the hype (and the $1,000 price tag)? Let us know by commenting on Macworld’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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iOS 11 public beta: 3 hidden features you should know about

Apple gave us a first preview of iOS 11 during WWDC last month, but it turns out that there are some features that were not revealed.

In this week's episode of The iPhone Show, I installed the first public beta of iOS 11 to try to uncover the best features that Apple did not mention during WWDC. The first public beta of iOS 11 sure has a lot of bugs, but it was totally worth it because of these hidden features.

With iOS 11, you can now enable Screen Recording so you can capture everything that's happening on your iPhone screen in video form. There's also a brand-new keyboard setting for One-Handed Typing, so that it's easier to text your friends while holding a drink. Lastly, iOS 11 also gives us more storage optimization options with recommendations to auto-delete old conversations and large attachments.

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