Doing the New iPhone Dance With Two Left Feet

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So I got a new iPhone 11 Pro Max  and two new Series 5 Apple Watches yesterday. Normally, writers who get their gear on launch day are posting up a storm and posting unboxing videos and such. Unfortunately, that was not the case for me yesterday. Things did not go smoothly. I did make a couple of unboxing videos, but that was as far as I got.

I knew going in that setting up my new iPhone would take longer than normal. Since I am running the iOS 13.1, I had to set up the iPhone 11 Pro Max as a new device, load the beta certificate, upgrade to 13.1, reset it, and then set it up again and restore the backup via iCloud. It was that last part that didn’t work out so well. Unfortunately, my Comcast Internet, which is normally pretty good, was not yesterday.

To give you an idea of how pokey things were, I had the phone set up to restore my apps from the App Store before passing out much earlier than usual last night. When I woke up this morning there wasn’t a single app restored. Several had progress circles partially filled, but the whole progress broke down and just didn’t work. It took an hour, a device reboot and a router reboot to get things moving again. It is finally finished as of noon on day two.

Maybe things would have gone better last night if I hadn’t fallen asleep so soon, but that sleep was needed. It was a long week and I needed the rest. My wife has been sick with the flu and just started feeling better. It’s my daughter’s birthday today and there was prep to be done. The fact is, there are much more important things in life. Despite the problems, I’m not bothered too much by this. It sucks to be late, but it’s just a speed bump.

Now that my 11 Pro Max is up and running, I will finally start up the review process. I used to do formal reviews for device releases like this, but I changed that up a couple of years ago. There is no shortage of great comprehensive reviews from really knowledgeable writers who make a living doing this. They have time that I don’t to do that kind of thing so there is no need for me to add my two cents there.

For new Apple devices, I have shifted to more of a diary entry approach. I find that detailing my impressions of the device, both good and not so good based on my real-world usage, is much more realistic for my schedule. It also fits into a less-served niche as far as writing on new hardware. I’ve also gotten a lot better response from readers since changing things up.

So starting a day late isn’t the end of the world. I’ll be back later with some second day first impressions of the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the new Apple Watch Series 5.


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