How to Double Your iPhone X’s Battery Life

Loaded with new features including a TrueDepth camera module, Face ID, Apple’s most advanced processor, and an OLED display, the tenth anniversary iPhone is perhaps the most technologically advanced device on the phone market. However, Apple’s flagship gives one performance that isn’t as mind blowing: its 2716 mAh battery lasts about a day, which is serviceable but not great. Fortunately, the iPhone X comes with a few nifty features that allow you to boosting your battery life significantly. If you apply all of the following changes, you can enjoy up to two days (or more) of battery life. Press the Right Arrow to learn How to Double Your iPhone X’s battery life.

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Developers are already using the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera for face capture apps

A Tumblr post today by a Taiwanese visual effects artist shows a hint of the potential impact that the iPhone X’s new True Depth camera system will have on future apps.

Elisha Hung, a visual effects artist at Moonshine Animation, which produces for Asus and MSI, captured his face with the iPhone X’s camera, and then used Xcode and Apple’s bew augmented reality framework, ARKit, to fetch data and later transform it into 3D renders.

The final result was a floating head with holes for eyes and a mouth that’s aggressively winking into empty space. It might not seem like much, but it’s an early look at the future of face-mapping apps as more developers make use of Apple’s facial recognition technology.

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Can iPhone X’s ‘Portrait Lighting’ Beat Professional-Grade Equipment?

Among the iPhone 8 Plus’ and high-end iPhone X’s most notable new features, which include wireless charging, powerful A11 Bionic CPUs and more, Apple has included an advanced, software-based Portrait Lighting mode — a camera feature designed to simulate a wide variety of studio lighting effects, which are traditionally exclusive to professional-grade photographers working behind studio doors.

Portrait Lighting mode is a powerful, depth-enhancing utility built into iOS 11.1 which, when coupled with Apple’s standard Portrait Mode introduced alongside the iPhone 7 Plus, is designed to make capturing professional-looking photos an easy feat for all. Apple has even published videos to its official YouTube channel, showcasing how to capture the best photos possible using Portrait Lighting mode on iPhone X and 8 Plus.

But how do these radically-enhanced photos actually compare with those professional photographers process from their studios?

To find out, pro-photographer Daniel DeArco has published a video to his official YouTube channel, in which he seeks to compare and contrast images captured with Portrait Lighting mode on his iPhone X with those captured using the natural and artificial lighting sources in his private studio. Watch the full video comparison below.

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Through his analysis, DeArco interestingly concluded that although Portrait Lighting mode on iPhone X “worked well,” the feature ultimately “still can’t compare” to a studio full of equipment.

He cites specifically, that while iPhone X did capture photos boasting greater depth — and that these depth-effects often produced overall higher-quality images — iPhone X, in the end, ultimately produced photos that lacked in comparison to those captured using equipment in the studio.

Now, that’s not to suggest that iPhone X is “limited” or that photos captured using it are somehow “worse,” but DeArco’s testing certainly does remind us that no matter how advanced and powerful your smartphone’s camera technology is, pro-grade users who process images for a living, or for fun, will always be better-served relying on professional equipment.

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This App Hides the iPhone X’s Infamous Sensor Notch

Love it or hate it, the iPhone X has a non-removable sensor notch. But while Apple has embraced the notch, you don’t necessarily have to.

Over the weekend, Apple approved a new app by Axiem Systems succinctly titled Notch Remover. Of course, the app doesn’t actually remove the notch (which is physically impossible), it helps to mask it.

Basically, Notch Remover is a tool to add a black bar across the top of images, which can then be made a wallpaper for either the Lock or Home screen in Settings.

The result is a clean black bar across the top of the iPhone X, which removes the ears on either side of the top of the display.

The various status indicators on the left and right sides of the notch will still be there, they’ll just be incorporated into the “new,” solid black sensor bar.

But, as stated above, because the notch is a physical design feature, the app can’t actually remove it. The sensor notch will still be present in apps — both of the native and third-party variety — and when watching video.

Still, it’s interesting that Apple even approved the app in the first place. The company has urged app developers not to mask or hide the sensor notch in its Human Interface Guidelines for the iPhone X. In fact, those guidelines specifically state that developers shouldn’t “attempt to hide the device’s round corners, sensor housing, or indicator for accessing the home screen by placing black bars at the top or bottom of the screen. Don’t use visual adornments like brackets, bezels, shapes or instructional text to call special attention to these areas, either.”

On the other hand, the app doesn’t necessarily add any UI/UI elements per se. It’s essentially a simple image editor that finds a clever way to mask the notch. Apple’s guidelines apply to the UI elements of third-party apps: the loophole here being that Notch Remover doesn’t break Apple’s rules with its own interface.

Nevertheless, for those who don’t like the sensor notch, the app is a $ 1 investment that can help users desperate to see slightly less of it in their day-to-day activity. It’s currently available in the App Store for 99 cents.

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This wallpaper app makes your iPhone X’s notch disappear

Tired of that odd notch on your new iPhone X already? Apple couldn’t seem to find a way around it, as it had to fit multiple hardware components to enable its Face ID security system. Thankfully, there’s a fix – for the home and lock screens, at least. A free iOS app called Notcho comes with a bunch of wallpapers that feature a black bar at the top, so your phone appears to have a contiguous color display. The app also lets you create wallpapers with said bar from any image you feed it. Sadly, it adds a watermark at…

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