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macworld’s october digital magazine: your complete guide to apple pay

every day, macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things apple. but staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. one solution: the macworld magazine.

in the october issue

the latest issue features our ultimate guide to apple pay: everything you need to know, including how to use it on your iphone, ipad, apple watch, and mac, and what stores and apps accept it. also inside you’ll find our head-to-head, iphone 7 plus vs. note 8: find out which phone’s portrait mode performed better. we also have the highlights from tim cook’s 3rd quarter financial call with analysts. 

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iphone 8: unboxing the new iphone

apple’s iphone 8 and iphone 8 plus started shipping today. they’re being delivered to anyone who pre-ordered one, and you can also stop by your local apple store and pick one up.

macworld’s leah yamshon got both the iphone 8 and iphone 8 plus this morning, and she hosted a live unboxing video on macworld’s facebook page and twitter feed. she showed the phones to the audience, went through the first steps of the setup, tried out the wireless charging, and answered questions from viewers.

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iphone 8 and iphone 8 plus: where to buy apple's latest smartphone

they've arrived: the iphone 8 and 8 plus are now available. apple has skipped the standard “s” release and headed straight to prime time with the 8, and there are plenty of new features to make it exciting—including wireless charging, a glass back, and a new truetone lcd display.

now that you’ve had time to drink in all the details, it’s time to get your own. apple’s online store may seem like the most obvious choice, but you can also get it from the apple store app for ios with apple pay, which has worked very smoothly for us in the past.

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got an iphone 8 or iphone 8 plus? do these 10 things first

well, you did it. you pulled the trigger on a shiny new iphone 8 or 8 plus. nice! before you head out to take a squillion photos or plop it down on your new wireless charging pad, there are a few housekeeping details you should tend to first.

1. back up and restore

this isn’t poor planning, we swear—it’s a good idea to back up your old phone after you have your new iphone in hand, so the backup is as up-to-date as it can possibly be. you can back up via icloud or itunes:

for an itunes backup: connect your old iphone to your mac, launch itunes, select your iphone by clicking the little phone icon in the toolbar, and under backups, choose this computer. checking encrypt local backup is a good idea, so your account passwords and health data gets backed up too—just choose a password you won’t forget. click the button to back up now.

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the iphone 8 has the best smartphone camera, dxomark says, but iphone x will probably beat it

the iphone 8 and 8 plus might be overshadowed by iphone x, but there are plenty of reasons to skip the hype and buy one: wireless charging, the a11 bionic chip, true tone display, that all-glass design. but according to dxomark, the best reason to pick an iphone 8 is the camera.

the camera experts put the iphone 8 and iphone 8 plus through their paces and found that they are the two best cameras they have ever tested, leapfrogging the previous no.1 picks, google’s pixel and the htc u11, both of which have single cameras. the iphone 8 received a score of 92 and the iphone 8 plus got a 94 in dxomark’s smartphone ranking. both the pixel and htc’s u11 were graded with a 90, while the iphone 7 plus got an 88 and the iphone 7 an 85.

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10 great, older games that you can still play on ios 11

the fun won't end
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best buy is selling the ring solar panel for $20

if you have a ring stick up cam but balked at the extra $50 for the solar charging panel, we've got a weekend project for you. right now best buy has the ring solar panel on sale for $20.

the solar panel is an alternative way to power the ring stick up cam. without the panel, you have to bring it in every few months to charge it via usb. when we reviewed the stick up cam earlier in september, we liked it as a way to expand the security perimeter of anyone who's already using the ring video doorbell. (though we did find that as a standalone security camera, there were better options.)

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apple tv 4k and tvos 11: everything you need to know about apple's digital media streamer

apple tv has grown up a lot since its itv days. it’s not just for itunes rentals anymore—apple tv handles just about anything we watch, from house of cards to game of thrones and major league baseball games, and now that includes 4k content.

since apple opened up its tiny streaming box to developers, it’s gone from fun to indispensable. with an extensive library of apps, siri support, and a drop-dead simple interface, apple tv is one of the underrated players in apple’s lineup. just like all those years ago, it’s still the device that “completes the story” of apple’s entertainment ecosystem, and even without some of the bells and whistles of its competitors, apple tv is still one of the best streaming boxes you can buy—from sd to hd to brilliant 4k.

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ios 11: sms third-party messaging filtering helps you control spam

ios 11 now allows you to send incoming sms messages through third-party filters, just like spam processing in email programs. the good ones are filtered into your main messages view, while the bad ones land in a separate tab.

this feature is already available in hiya app’s version 4.0 update. this extends the app’s previous call-blocking and call-identification support.

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the sms junk tab contains messages the filter has marked as spam.

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jbl everest elite 750nc wireless headphone review: as much—or as little—noise cancellation as you want

light, compact, and feature-rich headphone for those on the go.





how to change an apple id email address without access to that email address

apple ids use an email address to identify each user. problems can occur when you can't access that email address anymore, which leads to an inquiry by macworld reader deborah:

my apple id is associated with my work email which i no longer have access to after leaving the company. how can i change this to my current account without creating problems?

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apple lets you change your apple id address without having access to the original email within ios.

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applecare+: everything you need to know about apple’s extended warranty program

your apple gear wasn’t cheap. and if you drop your iphone, your ipad stops turning on one day, or your mac’s hard drive just ups and dies on you, getting it repaired probably won’t be cheap either.

apple includes a one-year limited warranty with all hardware so if there’s a manufacturing defect, you’ll be covered. to also protect against accidental damage, plus extend the original warranty for longer and enjoy free tech support, you can opt to purchase applecare+. here’s what it is, what it covers, and what you can expect to pay. is applecare+ worth it? only you can decide for your own situation, but this should be everything you need to know to make a smart choice.

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the iphone's home button is gone: what's next to go?

apple’s never been a company to dwell on the past. in the last year alone, it’s killed off the ability to sync apps to your ios device via itunes, the headphone jack on the iphone 7, and the home button on the iphone x. even the venerable ipod line has (mostly) been put out to pasture. 

these all come from a place of ambition: the company isn’t shy about kicking convention to the curb if it thinks it can replace the old with something new and better. (admittedly, not everyone always agrees that what’s new is better, but apple doesn’t spend a lot of time soliciting opinions.)

so in the spirit of apple’s merciless machete, i started thinking: what other long-running conventions of the company’s mobile platform might be due for an overhaul? nothing lasts forever, after all. so here are a couple areas of ios that seem like they’re ripe for a rethink.

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dji spark review: a fantastic, affordable drone that demands expensive extras

unless you work in search and rescue or as a cinematographer, you probably don’t need a drone. but they’re cool, so you likely want one. you can buy a cheap one that’ll break, underperform, and eventually bore you. you can get one that costs as much as a second-hand car. or you can grab a dji spark: priced at $499 msrp (same price on amazon and drone world), it’s the goldilocks of the drone world—it’s not too expensive, yet well-built and capable. in other words, just right.

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ios 11 review: apple’s most ambitious and impressive upgrade in years

it seems like almost every year apple crows that the latest ios update is the greatest one yet. yes, when you incrementally add features and fix bugs, every new version is fundamentally better than the previous one. but ios 11 is more than that: this is a substantial upgrade that dramatically transforms ipad productivity while offering a host of new features that have the potential to make the world around us both safer and more entertaining than ever before.

the hype is justified. ios 11 is apple’s most ambitious ios update in some time.

editor's note: this review has been updated with links to articles that take you deeper into specific ios 11 features.

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dji spark review: a fantastic, affordable drone that demands expensive extras

unless you work in search and rescue or as a cinematographer, you probably don’t need a drone. but they’re cool, so you likely want one. you can buy a cheap one that’ll break, underperform, and eventually bore you. you can get one that costs as much as a second-hand car. or you can grab a dji spark: priced at $499 msrp (same price on amazon), it’s the goldilocks of the drone world—it’s not too expensive, yet well-built and capable. in other words, just right.

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62% off ravpower 14000mah portable car jump starter - deal alert

a compact power bank, a car jump starter, and a led flashlight, all fit into a minimal and portable design. whether it is your car or your usb devices, never run out of power again. store it in the glovebox or simply drop it in your bag. have a concentrated 14000mah source of power always with you -- enough for up to 20 vehicle jumpstarts or many device recharges before the unit itself needs to be recharged. ravpower's jump starter typically lists for $160 but is currently discounted 62% on amazon to just $64. see the discounted car jumper now on amazon

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53% off cable organizer electronics accessories travel bag - deal alert

do you have a ball of tangled up wires and adapters somewhere in the bottom of your bag? this universal electronics accessories travel organizer provides a flexible organization solution for your electronics and computer accessories. it helps make you better organized with all the small items and gadgets.  made of durable and weather-resistant nylon with well padded semi-flexible covers.  it's compact size of  8.8“ x w 6.1"allows it to easily stored in you laptop bag or backpack.  this travel organizers typical list price of $18.99 has been reduced 53% to just $9. see this deal on amazon.

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ecobee4 smart thermostat review: retains the great functions of the ecobee3, and adds alexa

our favorite smart thermostat gets a little smarter thanks to alexa, but it's otherwise identical to the previous generation.





ios 11: the notes app and how it works

is there a more versatile ios app than notes? it was one of the original iphone apps, and with every update to ios it’s become a more capable receptacle for our text, images, checklists, and just about anything else you can think of. ios 11, unsurprisingly, continues the trend, with some great new additions that take advantage of the iphone camera and the apple pencil.

ios 11 notes: document scanning

for a while now, there have been many ios apps that will use your camera to “scan” paper documents. they work surprisingly well—you may never need to use a document or flatbed scanner again—but of course, you have to know they exist and then go buy one of them from the app store. with ios 11, apple’s adding basic document-scanning functionality to notes.

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