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The iPhone 8 Should Not Be Judged if it Does Not Exist

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As an Apple blogger, I have to be careful not to get too uppity when complaining about rumor coverage, lest I prove myself a hypocrite. Glass houses and all that. Rumors are a big part of what we all talk about, and they always have been. I have been steadily covering iPad rumors since I came back on board at our sister site iPadInsight.com back in February, and will continue to do so when rumors of the coming iPad Pros are mentioned. And if you keep up with Apple, you already know that when there are lulls between hardware releases like we currently find ourselves in, the coverage of every little rumor increases to fill the vacuum.

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The Rundown- Episode 3 for the Week of April 30

The Rundown is our recurring Facebook Live video segment that covers the site’s posts from the previous week, some Apple News, and some things that are coming soon on the site.

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Deals: Ztylus Kamerar Zoom Lens Kit for iPhone 7 Plus


In a short period of time, Ztylus has cemented their reputation of being on the cutting edge of iPhone camera extension accessories. I personally own their Revolver case and lens system, and have been very impressed with it. While it works with my iPhone 7 Plus, it only works with the wide-angle lens.

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Cool Things: The Museum of Failure in Helsingborg, Sweden

Here’s one completely out of left field. However, believe it or not, there is actually a strong Apple connection. Smithsonian.com ran a piece last weekend on a very unique museum in Helsingborg, Sweden dedicated to memorializing notable failed products. The museum is the brainchild of Samuel West, a psychologist who according to the article, “specializes in studying creativity and work.”

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Deals: Fuse Chicken Titan Plus MFi Lightning Cable


If there is one major issue that eventually plagues all of Apple’s first party charge cables, it is that the cover will eventually pull away at the ends, and then the cord will fray and cease to work. This can begin anywhere between the end of year one and somewhere in year two of use, depending on well you take care of them. Don’t even get me started on cheap, third-party, non-MFi cables, either. You are lucky to get three to six months out of one of those.

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Review: eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Junior


If you are a working professional who requires a laptop on a day-to-day basis, you know that a good bag or backpack that fits your work environment is absolutely essential. Somewhere between 90-95% of my job is performed between my laptop, iPhone, and iPad Pro, so having a reliable bag that can hold all my gear and stand up to some wear and gear is absolutely essential. I have been through many such bags over the years, and have built up a solid collection that meet various needs. However, when it comes time to take your show on the road, the requirements change, and for those who travel often, they may be different enough to require a completely different approach.

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Find My iPhone Prevents Theft of Over 100 iPhones at Coachella


I have heard plenty of accounts of Find My iPhone coming through in a pinch to prevent theft, or to track down a thief after the fact. Apple’s service is solid and reliable enough to be accepted and recognized as a legitimate data source by most police departments, making it the ideal first response tool to retrieve a lost or stolen iPhone. If you have an iPhone or other iOS device and don’t have this feature turned on, why not? If you don’t, you might reconsider after reading the following story.

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The Rundown: Episode 2 for the Week of April 23

The Rundown is our recurring Facebook Live video segment that covers the site’s posts from the previous week, some Apple News, and some things that are coming soon on the site.

In this week’s Rundown, we look back at:

  • Rumors of Apple looking at purchasing Disney
  • Enabling Two-Step Verification and Trusted Devices on your Apple devices
  • The PaperLike screen cover for the iPad Pro from Kickstarter
  • The ProBack 12.9″ iPad Pro cover that holds and charges the Apple Pencil from Kickstarter

A couple of specials on our Deals site:

  • Private Internet Access VPN from London Trust Media
  • 2-in-1 Lightning to Headphone Jack Charging Adapter from Sky Innovations

Some Apple News:

  • A few current iPad Pro rumors
  • Apple’s purchase of the Clive Davis Documentary for Apple Music

And some items coming up on the site:

  • eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertable Junior Travel Bag Review
  • Carved Wood Power Bank and Acorn Bluetooth Speaker Review and Giveaway
  • iOS 11 Wishlist- Taking Siri Seriously

If you have any questions or comments, either on the Rundown, or things you would like to see covered on the site in the future, feel free to let me know. Thank you for tuning in, and see you next week!

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Deals: 2-in-1 Lightning to Headphone Jack Charging Adapter 3-Pack


No one needs any reminder of Apple’s controversial (or courageous, if you take their word for it) decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhones 7 and 7 Plus. However, as with everything in technology, we all adjust and move on. Apple was good enough to include a Lightning Headphone Adapter in the box with the newest iPhones, but that still leaves us with the issue of how to play music or audio and charge a the same time. Anyone who listens to music or podcasts in the car via an Aux port in their car audio system like I do knows this is not a trivial matter.

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Cool Things: ProBack Cover for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil


I don’t usually follow Kickstarter that closely, but this is the second notable item for the iPad Pro that I’ve seen this week. While this product has a higher price tag, and will likely take more effort, time, and money to build than the PaperLike screen cover we looked at previously, it is definitely worth consideration. It looks like a creative solution to a problem many users have with the Pro.

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Setting Up Two-Step Verification and Trusted Devices

I vividly remember reading Mat Honan’s horror story in Wired magazine about being hacked and having his devices, some of which weren’t backed up, wiped out and his social media accounts taken over. I also haven’t forgotten that one of the players in that very complex chain of events that lead to the unraveling of his digital life was Apple They were hit with a social engineering attack that ended up being the last domino to fall, giving the hackers free reign over Mr Honan’s Apple devices, and in turn, all of his information. The fact that Amazon, Google and Apple were ALL involved in this hack in various ways was definitely eye-opening.

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