14 Ways to Improve iPhone X and 8’s Battery Life

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have smaller batteries compared to iPhone 7 models, but Apple claims that they will have the same battery life when it comes to internet use, talk time, and audio and video playback. If you’ve gotten your hands on a brand new iPhone 8 and have noticed battery performance issues, then we have some tips for you to overcome this problem. Press the right arrow to learn 14 ways to improve the battery life of iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.

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T-Mobile and Sprint Agree on Tentative Terms for Merger

T-Mobile and Sprint are nearing a potential merger. Reportedly, the two carriers are close to agreeing on “tentative terms” for such a deal, Reuters described on Friday.

Sprint’s stock price rose Friday in the wake of initial reports suggesting that it could merge with rival T-Mobile, CBS News reported. Although the terms are preliminary at this point, the two companies could finalize an agreement by October, according to sources familiar with the matter cited by Reuters. News of the deal comes as the entire telecom industry explores how it spur investment in 5G wireless technology and infrastructure.

T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, would retain a majority stake in the merger, while Sprint’s owner SoftBank would own between 40 and 50 percent. Allegedly, T-Mobile CEO John Legere would lead the combined company. If the deal pans out, it would represent a significant consolidation of the current U.S. telecom market.

If the deal pans out, it would represent a significant consolidation of the current U.S. telecom market. Sprint and T-Mobile are currently the third and fourth largest carriers in the country. But even with a combined subscriber base of about 133 million customers, the merged company would still be slightly smaller than the two largest U.S. carriers, Verizon and AT&T — who have around 147 million and 136 million subscribers, respectively.

Verizon Wireless 147.2 million (Q2 2017)
AT&T Mobility 136.5 million (Q2 2017)
T-Mobile US 73.9 million (Q2 2017)
Sprint Corporation 59.7 million (Q1 2017)

The two carriers had previously discussed a merger back in 2014, with Sprint seeking the majority stake. The deal fell apart, however, due to FCC and Justice Department concerns that it could hurt competition in the marketplace and raise wireless costs for customers.

The new deal could still be struck down by regulatory agencies, although the resumed talks hint that the companies believe the U.S. antitrust environment will be more receptive to the merger. Earlier this year, Legere noted that the deal could face a “potential future outcome” under the Trump administration.

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iPhone 8’s A11 CPU Beats MacBook Pro in New Speed Test

The iPhone 8 is mind-blowingly fast for a mobile device. It’s faster than any other current generation smartphone by a long shot. And today, there’s another benchmark test to prove it.

Essentially, the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are outfitted with a MacBook Pro-level CPU. In fact, Tom’s Guide carried out a test comparing the new handset with a 13-inch MacBook Pro equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor. In the site’s testing, the iPhone 8 was actually faster. Tom’s Guide notes that the Geekbench 4 score for the A11 Bionic was 10,170 — edging out the 7th-Gen Core i5’s score of 9,213.

Of course, there’s an argument to be made about the merits of testing performance across platforms. A smartphone isn’t liable to replace your laptop — at least, not yet. But when compared to other flagship smartphones, the iPhone 8’s powerful internals made for a night and day difference in terms of performance.

Sure, the speed difference when performing routine tasks such as opening apps is negligible. But the iPhone 8’s MacBook Pro-level processor affords it a staunch advantage in real-world performance, particularly for CPU-intensive tasks. When it came to a real-world test — such as exporting a two-minute 4K video clip — the iPhone 8 put the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8+ to shame, as you can see in the Tom’s Guide infographic below.

“To really put the A11 Bionic chip through its paces, we put the same 2-minute video, shot in 4K by a drone, on the iPhone 8, Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8+, and then added the same transitions and effects before support and saving the video,” the publication wrote of its testing. “The iPhone 8 finished this strenuous task in just 42 seconds, while the Note 8 took more than 3 minutes. The Galaxy S8+ took more than 4 minutes.”

In short, the A11 Bionic — and the smartphones that have it — is seriously impressive. It’s more likely than not that Apple’s 2017 devices will be the fastest smartphones available for some time, and not it’s not even close.

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iPhone 8 Plus Has the Best Performing Smartphone Camera Ever

The iPhone 8 Plus has the best performing camera ever installed in a smartphone, according to well-respected camera firm DxO Labs. What’s more, the camera installed in the iPhone X is expected to be better.

While the smaller iPhone 8 scored a very respectable — and similarly record-breaking — 92 in the company’s DxOMark Mobile testing, the iPhone 8 Plus was awarded the highest score in still photography ever achieved by a handset camera: 94. For comparison’s sake, the last record was a 90 held by the Google Pixel. In addition, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus scored 85 and 88 points last year, respectively.

In their testing and in-depth review, DxO said that both models of iPhone 8 performed much better than the previous iPhone 7 Plus. Specifically, for HDR capture, the new handset cameras boast better detail preservation and overall exposure quality than last year’s iPhone 7 Plus. The Labs noted that HDR quality was on-par with performance seen in the Google Pixel.

As far as iPhone 8 Plus-specific features, the device’s zoom feature scored a full five points better than the zoom on the iPhone 7 Plus. Another significantly upgraded feature is Portrait Mode, with DxO claiming that it’s the best bokeh effect smartphone camera that it’s ever tested. Presumably, that’s due to the significantly upgraded processor and internals of this year’s handset.

In addition, the camera performed well in low-light environments — with generally accurate exposure. The iPhone 8 Plus’ color performance is also a bit higher than its smaller sibling, as it avoids visible color shading even in low light. The company wrote that the phone is a “natural” for photographers wanting to shoot indoors.

“It features outstanding image quality, zoom for those needing to get closer to their subjects, and an industry-leading Portrait Mode for artistic efforts,” DxO wrote in its in-depth review. “It is at the top of our scoring charts in nearly every category — and in particular, its advanced software allows it to do an amazing job of capturing high-dynamic range scenes and images in which it can recognize faces.”

DxO Labs concluded that the camera on the iPhone 8 Plus was the “best smartphone camera (they’ve) ever tested.” The company added that the iPhone 8 Plus is an “excellent choice” for “nearly every smartphone photographer.”

According to its website, DxO Labs has tested and analyzed over 10,000 cameras and lenses — including those installed in mobile devices. The company’s opinion is well-respected — and, as a result, its DxOMark testing is an industry standard as far as ranking camera image quality.

And if there’s one device that could beat the iPhone 8 in terms of camera quality this year, it might be another Apple smartphone. While the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X share similar camera upgrades, the latter device will ship with a wider aperture. DxO notes that the iPhone X’s camera will likely be on “the cutting edge of zoom and portrait performance.”

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iPhone 8 Launch Considered ‘Bleak’ As Customers Hold out for iPhone X

Apple officially launched its iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus devices across the globe, along with the Apple TV 4K and Apple Watch Series 3.

The company, as it usually does, celebrated the launch event by sharing pictures of customers purchasing and trying out the new devices for the first time on its website. But the happy-looking photos leave out one detail about the device launch: the turnout seemed much smaller when compared to previous years.

In some of the countries where the devices launched first, namely New Zealand, Australia, Japan and China, Reuters reported that there was a “bleak turnout” for the new handsets. At the George Street Apple Store in Sydney, for example, fewer than 30 people lined up in front of the retail outlet. A similar situation was reported at the Regent Street flagship store in London, according to Mashable. In certain places, the crowds did seem bigger — in Singapore, for example, more than 200 people stood in line for the iPhone 8 handsets.

It’s an unusual atmosphere for a Cupertino release. Typically, when a new Apple device rolls out, hundreds of customers line up — often days beforehand — to get their hands on the latest and greatest product. But even though some customers still happily waited in line for the new handsets, the reception just wasn’t as impressive as previous Apple device launches.

To many consumers, most of the features of the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus may seem incremental. While the glass backs of the handsets allow for wireless charging, their design and styling are essentially identical to their predecessors. The upgraded speakers, camera and internals on the new devices may not be that much of an incentive for current iPhone 7 owners to upgrade.

More important than that, however, is the impending launch of the iPhone X. That device carries a number of groundbreaking features, and although pricey at $ 999, is largely expected to spur an “upgrade super-cycle” for Apple. Anticipation for that flagship device already seems to be much higher, and building by the day. In most cases, it’ll be hard for many to actually purchase the device due to the high demand and supply constraints.

A few analysts theorized that one of the reasons Apple is launching the iPhone X late is to avoid cannibalizing sales of its iPhone 8 lineup. In hindsight, that tactic may not have worked as well as the company had hoped. But, judging by today’s low turnout and the building consumer excitement for the iPhone X, it’s likely that the reception for the revolutionary Apple handset is going to be a lot more impressive.

Pre-orders for the iPhone X begin on Oct. 27, and the device will hit stores and begin shipping to consumers on Nov. 3.

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