macOS High Sierra’s biggest updates happen behind the scenes


With all of the new features packed into iOS 11, High Sierra is something of a disappointment. It’s a bit like getting socks and underwear for Christmas. You know it’s necessary and you’ll be happier six months from now when you don’t have to walk around with your toes poking out of holes, but for now, you wish there were a few more video games and action figures mixed in with the bunch.

That’s partially a result of a yearly upgrade cycle — Apple can’t reinvent the wheel each time out. But more than that, this latest version of macOS is about rebuilding the software’s foundation. There are a few surface level enhancements, most notably to Safari and Photos, but the fundamental updates to the operating system are almost entirely below the surface.

High Sierra is a sort of recommitment to macOS. Past upgrades found the company hedging closer to iOS and had many wondering if this was all leading to a convergence of the company’s two operating systems. With 10.13, the company brings the first new file system since the Mac’s earliest days, a new video compression technology for 4K and the arrival of Metal 2, the latest version of the company’s graphics API.

Many of the upgrades are about futureproofing the OS. High Sierra marks Apple’s first real commitment to virtual reality support, for instance. As such, the absence of day to day changes is going to be pretty negligible for many users. When it comes to things like graphical enhancements, the difference may actually be greater on older systems — the good news there is that, like its predecessor, High Sierra is compatible with systems dating as far back as 2009.

For these reasons, it would perhaps be misleading to call this a “review.” And besides, as with the last several macOS upgrades, High Sierra is completely free — given the lack of visible features, it would be a harder sell if it wasn’t. As it stands now, there’s little reason not to take the leap. Though, given all of the big upgrades on the backend, you’re going to want to make sure you set aside a significant chunk of time to install this one.

High Sierra officially hits the Mac App Store today. Here’s what you can expect.

HFS++

The biggest update to macOS is one you won’t notice. Crazy to think, but HFS+ is a legacy system that’s been an underlying technology of Apple operating systems for around 30 years. It’s hard come up with too many consumer electronics technologies with that kind of staying power, and it was long overdue for an upgrade.

The straightforwardly named Apple File System (APFS) was first unleashed on the world in iOS 10.3. At the time, the update’s most immediate impact on the end user was the fact that it might free up some storage space — something that’s obviously at much more of a premium on a mobile device than a PC.

Here, the company is promising more stability. The new file system, which is being rolled out across Apple’s various lines, is optimized for flash storage (and won’t be available for Fusion Drives right away). The new file system has native encryption built in for added security, encrypting each file individually. The new crash protection records data in multiple locations for added protection against loss of data, and document saves have been improved to protect against system failures like loss of power.

There’s a smattering of other improvements, like faster Time Machine saves and generally more responsiveness across the system. The big thing here, however, is the idea of futureproofing the system, including the ability to handle a huge number of files on a system. It’s also about delivering a long overdue update to a system that was having trouble keeping up with advances in current technologies.

Graphics and video

Metal 2 brings the biggest changes from a graphics perspective — but as with the file system, most won’t be immediately apparent on installation. Apple is promising smoother animations on this end, but testing the final build on a brand new MacBook Pro, I didn’t really pick up on much of a difference. This is likely another spot where the difference will be more pronounced on an older device that can benefit more from additional from better GPU usage on the low end.

Most of the latest Metal’s benefits will come over time, as developers tap into Apple’s new API. The update pushes Apple a step closer to offer true gaming machines — a category that has been entirely dominated by PCs over the last several decades. The new version brings increased machine learning to the GPU and promises more robust graphics. It also adds support for virtual reality rendering and support for external GPUs, so Mac users can offload some of that heavy lifting to peripherals.

On the video side, built-in support for High Efficiency Video Coding (HVEC) maintains the theme of freeing up extra space. The compression technology is the successor to H.264, lowering bit rates, while supporting higher quality 4K video. According to Apple’s numbers, the new standard occupies upwards of 40-percent less space.

Photos

Photos gets the most visible changes this time out. Up front, you get a new, persistent sidebar that includes a history of photos you’ve imported, along with media organized by category: Live Photos, panoramas, selfies, and animated GIFs. That last one is newly supported by Photos, with Apple having prioritized its own proprietary Live Photos technology in the past.

The toolbar up top now includes tabs for further filtering by Photos, Moments, Collections and Years and photos can now be organized by dragging and dropping. They can also be exported by being dragged onto the desktop — a dead simple feature Apple really ought to have included several updates ago.

The most important upgrades to photos are in editing. In fact, Apple is slowly turning Photos into a solid editor — a change over past versions where it was most a preview/gallery application. I spent some time playing around with Live Photo editing tools and was impressed by what you’re able to do here with a number of filters, simple effects and a timeline.

Live Photos still haven’t moved too far from proprietary novelty — animated GIFs are still the far more universal option. But these new tools make the technology far more flexible letting you adjust how photos loop with effects like Bounce. Photo filters have gotten a pretty significant revamp as well, putting the desktop version more on par with what we’ve been accustomed to using on mobile.

Photos now also includes direct access to key editors like Photoshop and Pixelmater, so you can open them directly through Photos and save the changes in the app.

Safari

Apple’s browser gets the other key updates in High Sierra, most focused on privacy and intrusive ads. The browser now stops audio on autoplay ads, one of the key sources of madness in the modern world. Interestingly, Apple will keep the video going — as it notes, its own website uses animations — but if you haven’t started a video yourself, it will pause it and toss a big proprietary play button on top of it. You can also make exceptions for those sites you don’t mind autoplay from.

The browser’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention removes cross site tracking — so if, say, you look at a pair of shoes on Zappos, they won’t follow you around on every page you visit. It doesn’t do away with cookies entirely, though, keeping tracking that’s relevant to the site of origin, so your data isn’t cleared out every time you leave. Safari also offers the ability to choose who can access the computer’s camera, location and microphone on a per site basis and lets users set specific zoom levels for different sites, so it’s the same size each time they visit.

Updates to the JavaScript engine, mean that Safari’s focus on browsing speed gets pushed even farther this time out. But privacy is really the focus — which will likely ruffle the feathers of advertisers who rely on that specific level of tracking.

Odds and ends

  • Mail gets a couple of updates — including improved search results based on senders and how frequently messages are read.
  • There’s also a new full screen view that Splits the display between the inbox and the message you’re currently writing.
  • Oh, and Apple has improved compression, so messages take up to 35 percent less space.
  • As with iOS 11, Siri’s got a new, improved voice.
  • Apple’s assistant also has improved music playback functionality, assuming you have Apple Music — just in time for the HomePod, naturally.
  • Files copied on one Mac can now be pasted on a nearby one with the same log in. It’s a bit like a much more simplified AirDrop.
  • Spotlight now includes flight information status.
  • Notes include tables and pinning to keep a specific message up top.
  • FaceTime lets users take Live Photos on from the other person’s camera — I’ll be honest, this one still weirds me out a bit. But both parties are notified when this occurs, a la Snapchat.

Hi, Sierra

In terms of outward facing features, this is a fairly disappointing upgrade. The tweaks to Safari and Mail are nice, but they’re more the stuff of a smaller point upgrade. High Sierra’s biggest features are those you won’t see right away — and in some cases might not even notice over time.

It’s like a congressional infrastructure bill — it’s important and necessary for the future, but it’s not the kind of thing that gets people excited to tune into CSPAN.

But this upgrade is an important one for keeping macOS relevant and preparing the operating system for the future. It marks the long-awaited end of the company’s long outdated file system and takes steps toward improving Apple’s status in the gaming world. It’s undoubtedly worth the price of admission (free) — just make sure you give yourself sufficient time to install.

Pokemon Go UPDATE – Niantic drops BIGGEST hint yet for Gen 3 release | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go developer Niantic has dropped its biggest Gen 3 hint yet.

Niantic CEO John Hanke recently told Taiwanese magazine Business Weekly what the game’s next secret weapon will be new Pokemon.

“There is a lot of Pokemon that have not yet been launched,” Hanke revealed (via Comicbook).

“So I think the next secret weapon will be launch of the next Pokemon generation. I hope the players will soon see them.”

Fans have already discovered Gen 3 Pokemon in the game files, while a new update suggests that everything is in place for an imminent release.

In fact, the only thing missing are the sound files needed to replicate the new Pokemon.

Check out a selection of our favourite Gen 3 Pokemon in the gallery below…

A recent Pokemon Company statement suggested that spooky new gen 3 Pokemon would join the app at Halloween.

“The Halloween season is a special time in Pokemon Go,” the post reads.

“Plenty of good stuff is coming to the game later this October, and we can’t wait to get out and about to see what sort of excitement we can scare up while catching new Pokemon to fill out our Pokedex.”

Gen 3 Ghost Types include Shuppet, Banette, Mega Banette, Duskull and Dusclops, which is a nice selection for a limited time Halloween event.

One Pokemon that definitely won’t be joining the game is Oh-Ho.

A leaked Niantic email supposedly confirmed plans to add Oh-Ho to the game as part of an imminent Legendary Raid.

Unfortunately, the email wasn’t actually sent out by Niantic, so you’ll have to wait a little longer for Oh-Ho Raids.

That’s according to a Niantic employee, who told Reddit users: “I reviewed our support ticketing system and I can confirm that our support team did not send this erroneous message.”

It’s been speculated that a new Legendary Raid will launch alongside Gen 3 Pokemon and the upcoming Halloween event.

Feature: The Biggest Nintendo Switch eShop Games of 2017 – Fall / Winter Edition

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Recently we published our Fall / Winter edition of the ‘Biggest Nintendo Switch Retail Games of 2017’, which was relatively easy to put together. With less than three months left in the year there are only so many titles still coming, and in the retail space picking out 20 overall didn’t leave many behind. Now, however, it’s time for the Switch eShop list, which has been altogether more challenging.

We’re got 10 main games and 10 ‘Honourable Mentions’, but many of them can certainly be interchangeable depending on opinion and taste. In addition this list was tough to figure out because a lot of release dates have been vague or moving around. Some of the games from the Summer list, for example, have now been officially bumped to early 2018. Examples include Runner3 and Flipping Death, while to be fair Vblank Entertainment didn’t specify 2017 in its most recent blog update for Shakedown Hawaii. As a result all three drop out this time, but not because we’ve lost any enthusiasm for what they could have to offer.

We’ve also left out some potential gems on the basis they’re out the day after this is published, again to try and keep the list a little longer term. WulverbladeThe Flame in the Flood and Yono and the Celestial Elephants were all in the running originally but taken out because they’re right around the corner. They’ve still had their mention, though, so are certainly included in the thinking of ‘Biggest’ games still coming this year.

Also worth mentioning are indie retail games, like Gear.Club UnlimitedRiME and various others, which don’t really qualify for the eShop list so also miss out.

With all of that said, we still found it easy to find 20 games that are fixed or seem likely in 2017, with some good titles no doubt missing out. Consider it a top 20, albeit we made tough calls to pick 10 for their own profile entries. Let’s get to it.

A fun car-football game that’s been a phenomenon on other platforms, this is being ported to Switch by Panic Button (which is also porting DOOM to the system). On Switch it’ll mean the game will be playable on the go, of course, and there’ll also be some colourful exclusive cars based on Mario, Luigi and Samus’ gunship. It seems like a sure-fire download hit.

Coming to Switch ‘first’ in the Holiday season, this is a rhythm game in which you take on dance battles, aiming to lead your crew through the city onto bigger and better challenges. It features music by Kid Koala and could be a hugely fun game to play over the festive period.

Dandara – Long Hat House

Developed “specifically with the Nintendo Switch in mind”, this is a stylish and intriguing Metroidvania that aims to produce intuitive controls for a touchscreen or gamepad controls alike. Its art style and mechanics are certainly eye-catching, and we’re looking forward to seeing more of this one when it lands on the Switch eShop later this year.

A developer that’s been active and delivered some real quality on the Switch already, this will be a system-exclusive sidescrolling action RPG, seemingly playing up to the studio’s strengths. 30 quests and four character classes are promised, and we’ll be able to team up with three others for local and online co-op.

Frozenbyte would be the first to admit it had a rough time following the launch of Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, but that shouldn’t wipe out its accomplishments and rule out a return to its best. This top-down action title features co-operative play with local and online options, and is set in a fantasy world not entirely dissimilar to that seen in previous games like Trine and Has-Been Heroes.

One of the strengths we’re starting to see with the Switch eShop is the diversity of content, and with this one being a ‘console exclusive’ (it’s already out on PC) it certainly offers a change of pace. Promising a lengthy campaign and the freedom to create your own bridges, you build various constructions and then hope that they hold together when put to the test.

A love letter to both the Game Boy pixel art style and old school platformers. In story mode you play as the titular octopus hero that has over 40 different power ups to find, and you are able to spit ink to turn enemies into platforms on your quest to save kidnapped humans hidden across the world map. In addition, there is a planned local co-op mode and a competitive, semi-randomly generated ‘runner’ mode coming sometime after the initial release. We spoke to Christophe Galati to learn more about the game.

Perhaps debatable in the leading ten as it’s a port of a game long since out elsewhere, but frankly it’s pleasing to see this franchise heading to Nintendo hardware. A notable part of quirky local multiplayer gaming for a long time, this entry packs in plenty of zany turn-based battling. The Switch version will also be the first to get a new Space theme, two new Forts – Mushroom and Tree House – along with some new customisations.

Originally expected in March, the development team took to social media in the Summer to confirm that it’s resolving issues with online multiplayer on Switch before it launches; it’s set to be ‘console exclusive’ to Switch, but is already available through early access on Steam. This stylish fighting title draws inspiration from the Neo Geo Pocket era, aiming to deliver two-button controls but deep, involving mechanics; Nintendo’s official game page says it’s ‘Coming 2017’, so who are we to argue?

Owlboy – D-Pad Studio

We debated the inclusion of this one within the team as it doesn’t yet have a formal release date, though it was announced in the Japanese version of the Cat Mario Show (believe it or not) back in May and was seemingly playable at the Tokyo Game Show. The developers have only said an announcement should be ‘soon’ on social media, but we’re throwing this in as a wildcard. It’s a gorgeous game and critically acclaimed on PC; frankly we’re just hoping this one will arrive this year.


Now onto the Honourable Mentions, a few of which are very unlucky to have missed the list of 10 above.

Honourable Mentions


It’s worth highlighting again how many hot titles are due in early 2018, so check this official page before crying foul over the list!

Lots to consider, and no doubt we’ve missed some absolute gems. Let us know which of these excite you the most in the poll and comments section below.

Apple Look at 3’s Biggest Flaw Now Has a Deal with

One particular of the most significant complications with Apple Look at Series 3 LTE may possibly have been fastened.

Apple has introduced watchOS variation 4..1 that “fixes problems that in exceptional situations had been leading to Apple Look at to join unauthenticated (captive) Wi-Fi networks, such as all those found in public destinations like coffee retailers and inns, which direct the person to a webpage before the network can be accessed.”

The repair addresses a problem that prompted the Apple Look at Series 3 to request out and hook up to unauthorized wi-fi networks fairly than carrier networks when users had been out and about. The characteristic remaining users with unreliable connectivity and in the long run proved to undermine the crucial new characteristic Apple bundled in its high quality smartwatch.

Tom’s Manual reviewer Caitlin McGarry experienced a host of problems with the Apple Watch’s LTE connection. Like other users, McGarry faced connectivity complications, and when attempting to accessibility AT&T’s network, found that she could not even get on. Immediately after calling AT&T help, not even the carrier could determine why its network was inaccessible from the Apple Look at 3.

Additional: Apple Look at Series 3 Critique: Liberty Satisfies Stress

McGarry then tried out her luck on T-Cellular and was equipped to get it related. Nonetheless, when she tried out to make cellphone calls, each and every and each individual time, the get in touch with failed.

McGarry didn’t, on the other hand, knowledge the Apple Look at attempting to hook up to unauthorized Wi-Fi networks. Quite a few other reviewers and users did knowledge the problem, leading to Apple to respond fairly quickly.

For its portion, Apple acknowledged that the Apple Look at experienced a application flaw that prompted the connection woes, but said that only a smaller number of men and women had been impacted. The corporation added that it would repair the application problem swiftly.

While Apple has trapped to its term and certainly fastened the problem swiftly, it is really unfamiliar whether or not the application update is really a repair. Tom’s Manual will examination the update to see if it addresses the problem and update its evaluation with its results.

Courage Reveals Which New Call of Duty Roster He Expects to Make the Biggest Impact | Esports News & Videos

1 of the major stars of the competitive Call of Duty scene is not even a specialist player.

Jack ‘Courage’ Dunlop is 1 of the principal faces of Activision’s CoD Earth League, in a position that sees him do anything from hosting to commentary and interviews.

Setting up out his vocation as an intern at the MLG workplaces in New York all through the start off of the Sophisticated Warfare season, he tried his hand at casting and became an immediate strike with viewers.

Shifting his way up the ladder, he joined the principal broadcast group for the CWL all through Black Ops III and cemented himself as 1 of the most well known personalities on the roster. This was verified when he commentated the CWL Championship 2017 grand last for Infinite Warfare, asserting OpTic Gaming as the winners soon after defeating Workforce EnVyUs in two again to again series.

Just after that grand last the competitive Call of Duty community settled in for a 3-month off-season, waiting around right until the start of WWII, set for launch November 3rd globally.

In buy to obtain out how his off-season had gone, we interviewed Braveness to obtain out how he’s used his time, what he helps make of the new roster variations and his highlights from the past 12 months.

On the subject matter of roster variations, he disclosed the two lineups he’s most enthusiastic to see upcoming season.

“I’m truly enthusiastic for that rumored LG group (JKap, John, Octane, Slacked), which is 1 I truly think is heading to be fantastic. Naturally from best to bottom they’ve received veterans along with true winners. Once more if that roster does appear to light-weight.

The rumored EnVy group (Temp, Huke, Common, Slasher) tho is the 1 I’m most enthusiastic for. If Huke does appear again, because day 1 I’ve been a lover of Huke. His first at any time major lan occasion wherever he truly broke out was the first at any time occasion casted, which was the AW Open when he was on Carnage. I have been a lover of him because then, I have like truly the first at any time interview with him, because he’s been so shy with interviews at the MLG World’s occasion.”

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macOS High Sierra – Virus threat could be the biggest reason to update your Mac | Tech | Life & Style

Apple’s latest macOS High Sierra update is now available with the US technology firm releasing this major upgrade earlier this week.

High Sierra is packed with improvements and new features including a refresh of the Photos app, Mail and Safari web browser.

High Sierra also offers a boost to performance and memory of MacBooks and iMacs with a new file system able to duplicate files without using vital disk space.

You can find all of the macOS Sierra features here but there is also another major reason to hit the download button.

According to new research by Duo Security, Apple’s computers are at risk of attack due to core software being outdated.

In fact, Duo Security says they found that of 74,000 Macs they tested, over four per cent ran insecure versions of software that springs into life when a computer is first switched on.

The problems appear to arise from something called extensible firmware interface (EFI) which is currently used by Apple’s computers.

“It’s the first bit of code that runs when you press the power button,” said Rich Smith, Duo’s director of security.

When Duo Security tested a number of Macs it found that the EFI wasn’t being updated leaving it out of date and open to attack from hackers.

Apple has responded by saying it “appreciated” Duo’s work in highlighting the issues.

In a statement the US technology giant said: “Apple continues to work diligently in the area of firmware security, and we´re always exploring ways to make our systems even more secure.”

“In order to provide a safer and more secure experience in this area, macOS High Sierra automatically validates Mac firmware weekly.”

It’s worth noting that EFI attacks on the general public are not something that are currently commonplace with Duo confirming, “Thankfully, as far as we are aware, there are not any EFI exploits that are being used as part of commodity exploit kits, malware, or ransomware that has been detected in the wild.”

“There are easier, cheaper, and arguably more effective ways in which attackers can target home users.” 

However, anyone who hasn’t downloaded the free macOS High Sierra update should consider doing so as soon as possible as this offers the best protection against attack.

HOW TO UPDATE TO macOS HIGH SIERRA

To update your Mac click on the Apple Menu and go to App Store.

Then tap on the “Featured” menu at the top of the screen and click on mac OS High Sierra.

You should then see the Download button.

The update is over 4GB so you will need to be connected to Wi-Fi and, if you are using a laptop, it should be plugged in and charged.

The 4 Biggest iPhone X Unknowns, Including Face ID’s Performance

There are plenty of good reasons to think the iPhone X will at least be Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) biggest hit since the iPhone 6. In terms of looks, it’s hands-down Apple’s most stunning iPhone to date. And for anyone looking to upgrade from an iPhone 6S or older phone — that’s most of the addressable market, given the pace of smartphone upgrade rates — it delivers big improvements in display and camera quality, traditionally the two biggest drivers of smartphone upgrades. There’s also a major processing power boost, improved battery life and a few neat augmented reality features.

But there are also a few big remaining question marks for Apple’s latest flagship phone. Some have gotten a decent amount of attention, others much less so. They go as follows:

1. How quickly supply constraints will lift.

Widespread reports of iPhone X production challenges have dinged Apple shares the past two weeks, The Wall Street Journal reports of major challenges related to assembling the infrared dot projector modules (codenamed Romeo) that make up part of 3D face-mapping system used to enable the X’s Face ID face-unlocking system. Japan’s Nikkei also reports of limited production for 3D-sensing parts, and cites one source as saying the X is “being produced in small quantities, around tens of thousands daily.” That fits with what KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo previously suggested.

Raymond James, Rosenblatt Securities, Digitimes and others have also reported of production issues. RJ indicates iPhone X mass-production is due to start in mid-October, or about 2 months later than was expected at the end of June; Digitimes reports orders to component suppliers have been slashed.

Major supply constraints on Oct. 27 — the day iPhone X pre-orders start — won’t necessarily do massive damage, particularly given how much pent-up interest there is in the X. But if major constraints persist into December and consumers start wondering whether iPhone X orders will ship in time for their purchases to be unwrapped on Christmas morning, some of those consumers just might start exploring their options.

2. How reliably Face ID will perform.

Face ID, which relies on the front camera, a dot projector, an infrared camera and (at night) an infrared flood illuminator, is easily much more advanced than the face-unlocking features built to date into Android phones. Apple insists one can’t trick Face ID with a user’s photo, nor can it work when a user’s eyes are closed. The company also promises Face ID can work if a user is wearing a hat or glasses, or if he or she attempts to unlock a phone at an angle.

But it isn’t enough for Face ID to be better than face-unlocking alternatives. It also needs to be as quick and reliable as the Touch ID fingerprint sensors built into iPhones and iPads in recent years, given that the iPhone X lacks a Touch ID sensor (the company reportedly encountered issues in its attempts to put one underneath the X’s OLED display). That’s plausible given all of the technology Face ID relies on, but it’s also a high bar.

Apple has had plenty of controversies over the years about unexpected problems (sometimes exaggerated in scope) with new iPhones. The 2012 Apple Maps debacle is probably the biggest of the bunch, but we’ve also seen things like bendgate and and antennagate. Hopefully “facegate” or something to the effect won’t be added to the lexicon of Apple customers and investors.

3. How much steep overseas prices will act as a deterrent.

With its 64GB model going for $999 and its 256GB model for $1,149, the iPhone X’s pricing already pushes the envelope in the U.S.. But things are often much worse overseas, due to steep sales taxes and/or tariffs.

The 64GB model sells for the U.S. equivalent of $1,280 in China, $1,325 in the U.K., $1,390 in India and over $1,300 in many eurozone markets. More modest price deltas can be found for Canada and Japan.

To be fair, U.S. sales taxes will tack on about $60 or $80 to iPhone X prices for many stateside consumers. But on the whole, the phone is still meaningfully cheaper in the U.S. than in most overseas markets.

Thanks partly to installment plan adoption, high-end phone buyers have been getting more comfortable paying over $800 to get their hands on flagship devices — a fact reflected not only by the iPhone X’s pricing, but that of phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, LG’s V30 and (reportedly) Alphabet Inc./Google’s (GOOGL) Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. But the laws of price elasticity still apply to this market, and Tim Cook’s company seems to be testing them in certain foreign locales.

4. Whether the iPhone X’s design and user interface changes will cause headaches.

This is unlikely to be a major problem, but it could annoy some early iPhone X buyers and produce some negative press. Since it didn’t provide the iPhone X with a home button (or the fingerprint sensor normally built into one) in order to pack an edge-to-edge display, and since the phone also doesn’t support the touch-based buttons (softkeys) found at the bottom of Android phone displays, Apple requires X owners to swipe up from the bottom of the display to access the home screen, and to swipe up halfway to switch between open apps. And users have to swipe down from the top right-hand corner to access iOS 11’s Control Center.

That’s going to take some getting used to for many iPhone owners. And in the short-term, the swipe-up gestures will likely lead to accidental presses of controls placed at the bottom of iOS apps. Apple has issued new app design guidelines meant to address this issue, but some developers are bound to adopt them sooner than others.

Likewise, the notch protruding into the top of the X’s display — it houses the front camera and 3D-sensing modules — could obscure part of a video or game’s imagery, as well as portions of other content viewed in landscape mode. Once more, developers should eventually fix this issue, but some complaints are likely to pop up in the interim.

Discord fixes one of its biggest problems following iOS 11 rollout, but others remain

Discord is still wrestling with fixing a variety of bugs that have affected iOS 11 users since Apple’s newest mobile operating system rolled out last week, but one major issue has been solved.

After the iOS 11 update, Discord users were unable to use the speaker phone setting on their device, complaining that the option to switch from handheld to hands-free had disappeared. Discord’s team became aware of the issue shortly after the iOS software update rolled out.

Now, Discord has confirmed that the issue has been fixed. Users are instructed to download the newest iOS 11 update and then follow the next steps:

  • Connect to a voice channel or a private call.
  • Swipe up to open the control center.
  • Tap the Music box icon and hold for a short period of time.
  • Wait for the box to open.
  • Tap the symbol in the top right corner and continue to hold until you get a prompt.
  • Select the speaker option.

This should fix any problems that Discord users were having, but a number of iOS 11-related bugs remain. One of the biggest bugs that the team is currently working on regards regular, unexplained crashing. When iOS 11 first rolled out, the crash would occur upon load, but now seems to happen intermittently while the app is in use, according to users on Twitter and Discord.

The Discord team is aware of the issue and an updated fix should be coming soon.

The release of iOS 11 came with a number of problems for a variety of apps. The operating system marks the first time 32-bit apps won’t run on iOS devices. To see if any of your apps won’t be able to run with the update, be sure to check out this quick guide.

China will eventually be Tesla’s biggest market, analyst predicts

Customers look at a Tesla Motors Inc. Model X electric vehicle on display at the company's showroom in Shanghai, China, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

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Customers look at a Tesla Motors Inc. Model X electric vehicle on display at the company’s showroom in Shanghai, China, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

Telsa investors should get excited over the company’s potential in the world’s largest auto market, according to one Wall Street firm.

Piper Jaffray reiterated its overweight rating for Tesla shares, predicting the electric car maker will thrive in China.

“China could eventually be Tesla’s biggest source of revenue,” analyst Alexander Potter wrote in a note to clients Tuesday. “If Tesla sidesteps [its] obstacles by making EVs locally, the company may be well-positioned to build on its recent successes … The company was wise to delay investment, but once these JV-related policy details are finalized, we expect Tesla to announce its China strategy in relatively short order.”

Tesla’s China sales rose to $1.07 billion last year from $319 million in 2015, according to a SEC 10K filing.

The analyst reaffirmed his $386 price target for Tesla shares, representing 12 percent upside to Tuesday’s close.

Potter cited recent media reports that China may be willing to adjust its rules requiring international companies to partner with a local firm to manufacture vehicles in the country. The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday the Asian country is considering the changes.

He noted that 24.3 million vehicles were sold in China last year versus U.S.’s peak year of 17 million cars. The analyst is optimistic demand for luxury vehicles in the Asian country will also rise for years.

“Undoubtedly, authorities envision an army of Chinese companies emerging to dominate the global EV market. But dig deeper and the landscape appears less daunting,” he wrote. “We find most of China’s EVs are chintzy in comparison to Tesla’s products … and realistically Tesla’s most capable global peers are probably years away from releasing locally-built luxury EVs.”

On the flip side, Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi told investors on Wednesday to avoid buying Tesla shares at its current valuation due to Model 3 production risk.

Tesla shares are up 62 percent this year versus the S&P 500’s 12 percent return through Tuesday.

The company’s stock fell 0.7 percent midday Wednesday amid the conflicting reports.

— CNBC’s Michael Bloom contributed to this story.