All posts by jhrogersii

iOS 11 is Officially Here. What Do You Think About It?

iOS 11 is finally here! I’ve been running the beta version on my iPad since I got my new 12.9” Pro on the first ship day, and on my iPhone for the last month and a half, so today felt a little anti-climactic to me. However, I know that the vast majority of Apple users don’t load beta versions. Most of you wait until launch day to upgrade your devices, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. No techno-judgement or snobbery here.

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AirPower- What’s In a Name?

Apple teased its coming wireless charging pad during its iPhone event last week, but we didn’t get too many details. We know that it is compatible with the Qi wireless charging standard, and that Apple has said that they may include compatibility with other Qi-compliant devices. We also know that it will work with the new iPhones 8, 8 Plus, and X, all Apple Watches, and Apple’s AirPods with the new Wireless Charging Case that is coming soon. But that’s about all the news that’s fit to print, for now.

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Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular is a Preorder Sellout

Evidently the higher prices didn’t keep customers away from Apple’s new flagship Watches as preorders started Friday morning. Even though the Apple Watch Sport models range from $329 for the 38mm with Sport Band to $429 for the 42mm, they are all sold out. I just went through all of the models in both sizes using the Apple Watch app and most are listed at three to four week availability, with some out to four or five weeks, A few are even pushed out to October at this point.

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Apple Preorders Start Tomorrow: So Who’s Getting Up at Midnight PST?

Most of the sane people you know who are Apple users and are interested in upgrading their phones or watches will just head to Apple.com or use the Apple Store app when they have a chance over the weekend and get squared away. No big deal. It’s just a phone or watch, right? Yeah. For better or worse, that’s not me.

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Hindsight Takeaways from the Apple iPhone Event

It’s hard to find too much from Tuesday’s event that stands out now, thanks to all of the leaks that spoiled the party. However, there were still some details and omissions that we didn’t all see coming, and some other things have become clearer in context. Let’s take a look at a few that I noticed going back over it all.

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Apple Continues Innovating on Their Turf and Their Terms

One of the most common media tropes regarding Apple and the iPhone is how “behind” the device always is and how the company no longer delivers any innovation. They never release anything new., right? There’s never been anything in an iPhone that an Android phone didn’t pull off first. Everyone in the tech media outside of Apple blogs says it, so surely this must be true. All Apple innovation ceased the moment Steve Jobs passed away. This is what we are all told over and over and over and over and over and over. And believe you me, the haters are out in full force today, as usual after an Apple event.

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Apple Adds Mail-In Option to iPhone Upgrade Program

According to a report by Engadget, Apple has added some flexibility to its iPhone Upgrade Program ahead of today’s iPhone X announcement. Just a few days ago, I was wondering if Apple would start pushing this program more, and this is definitely a positive sign.

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Deals: The Complete iOS 11 Developer Course + iOS Mastery Bundle

Have you ever found yourself interested in learning to develop apps for Apple’s iOS? Ever had an idea that you would love to see become a reality, but no one else is working on? If so, then Mammoth Interactive’s Complete iOS 11 Developer Course and iOS Mastery Bundle may be just the thing.

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Apple Slices- The iOS 11 Gold Master Leak Pours Forth its Secrets

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or maybe concerned with serious, real life issues like deadly hurricanes), you have probably heard that someone at Apple spilled the beans this weekend. The iOS 11 Gold Master is out in the wild ahead of Apple’s event on Tuesday, and with it, most of Apple’s secrets and surprises, as well. It has been picked over by the tech media and developers and we now know a huge chunk of what Apple will show us on Tuesday. If you don’t like spoilers, read no further.

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So What Happened to Apple Doubling Down on Secrecy?

On July 20, I wrote an article about what we then were referring to as the iPhone 8 and ways that Apple may have been involved in those rumors to either sow misinformation or to control the media narrative about the device. One of the things I addressed in this article was Tim Cook’s comment five years ago that Apple would be doubling down on secrecy. At the time I wrote my post, Apple was coming off the great success of keeping all the details of iOS 11 completely hidden leading up to their WWDC Keynote, and it looked like Cook had made good on his promise of controlling all the information outside of the leaky supply chain.

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If Apple Wants to Boost their iPhone Upgrade Program, the iPhone Edition is the Perfect Opportunity

I brought up the iPhone Upgrade Program a couple of weeks ago, asking whether it is time for Apple to unveil a version for the Apple Watch. However, with the announcement of the new iPhone Edition/X imminent, it is time to focus on Apple’s true flagship, and its existing upgrade program. I think that this particular launch presents a unique opportunity for Apple to grow their iPhone Upgrade Program and foster an even closer relationship with their customer using the anticipation of this highly anticipated tenth anniversary version of the iPhone.

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