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Living with the iPhone XS Max- Day Two Morning

My iPhone XS Max finished fully restoring overnight, and I think pretty much everything is set up at this point. Here are a few stream-of-consciousness ramblings on Apple’s giagantor phone as I spend more time with it.

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Bigger Really is Better, at Least for Me

Launch days rarely work out for anymore. I thought I had it all set up today, and that I would be able to come home a little early to start playing with the new toys. Well, real life and work both intervened and that didn’t happen. In fact, I didn’t get home until after 8 PM, so my phone is still restoring, and I’ve only had a little while to play around with my new 44 mm Apple Watch.

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A Look Back at the iPhone X

My iPhone XS Max will arrive sometime tomorrow, along with many thousands of others across the US and the rest of the world. I was ready for this phone as soon as I laid my hands on the iPhone X a year ago, so I’m ready to see how much size matters. That said, this is a good time to look back on what I can honestly say is my favorite smartphone that I’ve owned to this point.

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iOS 12.1 Spills the Beans on the Coming iPad Pros

No one but the cool kids have gotten their hands on the new iPhones and Apple Watches yet, and we are already getting fresh reports on what’s coming next. Considering that the news is about the now all but official iPad Pros, I’m all for it.

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ARMOR-X 2-in-1 Tablet Stand

A good stand is an almost essential tool for tablet users, and the more versatile they are, the better. The ARMOR-X 2-in-1 Tablet Stand is a perfect example. Not only can it hold your 7″-10.5″ tablet in portrait or landscape, but it also doubles as a temporary wall mount.

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Tips and Tricks: Password Autofill Now Supports 3rd Party Password Managers in iOS 12

I vividly remember reading about Mat Honan, then of Wired Magazine, getting hacked by kids using social engineering tricks over six years ago. His entire digital life, including a laptop with family pictures that weren’t backed up, was wiped out in less than an hour. And all of that was just to hijack his three letter Twitter account (@mat) for the lulz. His pain and the expense of piecing things back together and getting data recovery done on a blank hard drive were a wake up call for me and many others. That kind of thing can happen to anyone, and you never know when an attack on your data will come.

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Deals: Powerup Wireless Charging 10,000mAh Battery

Apple took their time bringing us this feature, but wireless charging is here to stay, and many owners of iPhone 8s and Xs are taking full advantage. While there is no shortage of wireless charging pads and pucks for home and office use, wireless charging battery packs aren’t as common. However, it is hard to beat the freedom of being able to use a battery pack while out and about without having to keep a Lightning Cable attached.

If you are looking for more flexibility from a mobile battery pack, the Powerup Wireless Charging 10,000mAh Dual USB Battery delivers. It has a built-in Qi charging pad that will work with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, as well as compatible Android devices. It also has 2 USB-A ports that output 2.1 Amps, which allows you to charge pretty much anything, including tablets, with a cable. The Powerup battery also allows you to charge three devices as once and the 10,000mAh will let you charge your phone multiple times.

Our Deals site is offering the Powerup Wireless Charging 10,000mAh Dual USB Battery for $24.99. This is 64% off the normal retail price of $69.99.

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iPhone Preorders by the Numbers

Some of the usual suspects have started to weigh in on Apple’s Watch and iPhone XS and XS Max preorders. Leading off, Ming-Chi Kuo says that sales are following the pattern that I suggested yesterday (I make no claims of genius or inside knowledge, just common sense). He reports that sales of the iPhone XS Max are meeting expectations, which I don’t think is a surprise. It has a novelty factor that the XS no longer holds. Speaking of the XS, Kuo says that pre-orders are “lower than expected.” I don’t find this surprising in the least, either, as the majority of people who wanted this design got an X last year.

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I Really Miss My AirPods

A little over a month ago, my wife and I had our 21 year wedding anniversary. We celebrated with a couple of evenings away from home, which was welcomed. We had a nice, romantic dinner. We relaxed. It was great…except for one small detail. We returned home on Sunday, and that night I opened my AirPods case like I always do to get my AirPods before going to sleep. It was empty.

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The Watch Series 4 Stole Apple’s Show, but the iPhone XR is the Real News of this S Year

Now that the dust has settled, many in the tech press and analyst community are proclaiming that Apple’s iPhone announcement event was boring. To be fair, I can’t blame hem too much. The Apple Watch Series 4 grabbed some headlines with its bigger screen and impressive new health features, but the consensus on the new iPhones is that they don’t really bring anything new to the table.

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The iOS 12 & Xcode 10 Bootcamp

Are you an aspiring developer? Do you dabble in code? Do you know other programming languages, but would like to start coding for Apple devices? If any of the above apply, then Nick Walter’s iOS 12 & Xcode 10 Bootcamp may be just what you are looking for.

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