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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