Now that I have recently backed a Kickstarter (The PaperLike iPad Pro screen protector) and an Indiegogo campaign (The Love Notes to Newton Documentary), I am now getting emails from both more than ever before. I typically don’t bother looking at them, but I noticed one recently for a product that looked like it was specifically designed for me. The Power Packer from Side by Side, which has already been fully funded and completed on Kickstarter and is also in the midst of a very successful Indiegogo run, is an accessory and cable organizer designed with the gadget-obsessed in mind.
Some of the most popular items I have recommended from our Deals store are Lightning cables. If you are an iPhone and/or iPad user, it’s hard to have too many. Between the living room, the bedside table, the car, and maybe the office, it certainly pays to be covered and have a cable standing by at the ready. And don’t even get me started about kids wearing their cables out and coming to borrow yours. If you have children with iOS devices, you know what I’m talking about.
I have taken a pretty hard stance of avoiding all of the too-early to mean anything rumor madness surrounding the coming iPhone 8. We are getting close to the point where the rumors will start to become more and more consistent as the device that will become the new flagship iPhone heads toward final production. Until then, we still have a few back and forth debates raging over whether certain features will be either disabled at release to be turned on with a later update, or cut from the device altogether. I discussed three of these features in question in yesterday’s article, The iPhone 8- A “Sense of Panic” Might Be Just What the Doctor Ordered, and Touch ID was among them.
I read an article by Mark Sullivan of Fast Company today about rumors of a “sense of panic” surrounding unfinished hardware and software features of the coming iPhone 8. There has been absolutely no shortage of rumors about this device, and that will only get worse as we get closer to the Fall, so that doesn’t make this piece remarkable. However, most of those rumors are coming from leaks in the supply chain overseas. The difference here is that Mr Sullivan is actually claiming that this information is coming from a source from within Apple. Whatever you think about that, the article itself is far more balanced and informative than most iPhone 8 rumor pieces, so I recommend taking the time to read it.
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.
Ztylus has stepped forward as an interesting competitor to olloclip in the market for higher-end enhancement lenses for iPhone cameras. There are plenty of knockoffs and cheap alternatives available from Amazon, eBay, and other online outlets, but Ztylus’ products show a level of creativity and polish in their designs that the lesser products don’t. However, good design alone does not a good picture take. Does the picture quality from Ztylus’ lenses match up to their case and lens design? Read on to find out.
There is no shortage of stands that work with the iPhone, but flexibility of positioning isn’t a feature that you often find. Most simply hold your phone in one orientation at between one to five different angles. Most are also only designed to be used on a flat, stationary surface. The Layzee Phone Holder from RAWtronics breaks this mold, allowing almost limitless positioning options and the ability to anchor to all kinds of different surfaces. Continue reading
I’ll get into the details more in the head-to-head review, but unfortunately, the Ztylus Switch 6 camera lens case is a more flawed product than the Revolver case I shot with yesterday. It has more potential, as a couple of the lenses are REALLY useful. However, the Wide Angle lens, which is the one I use the most, had a lot of issues with focus, which was very disappointing.
Our time in the Big Easy is drawing to a close, as my wife and I have to head back home this afternoon. So, I’ll get straight to the pictures, and save the rest for the review in a few days.
The stock camera on the iPhone since the iPhone 4 has been one of the best, if not the best that you can get on a mobile phone. However, what we have today with the dual cameras and Portrait Mode of the iPhone 7 Plus makes even those really good to great cameras of the past pale in comparison.
As we have progressed to this point where the smartphone that we carry in our pockets every day can make a solid point and shoot camera seem unnecessary and irrelevant, many companies have tried to bolster and augment the iPhone’s camera to make it even more competitive with cameras that have optical zooms and wide angle lenses.
My wife and I are in New Orleans for a few days celebrating our upcoming 20th anniversary. I will be posting some pictures from my iPhone 7 Plus and a couple of camera lens cases while we are here.
Back in April, I wrote about a Kickstarter that I came across that I thought had real potential. Jan Sapper of Sapper Productions was proposing a screen protector for the iPad Pro that gives the screen more of a paper-like feel to make writing and drawing more comfortable with the Apple Pencil. I was immediately interested, and evidently I wasn’t the only one, because his Kickstarter campaign had already blown its initial funding goal away by the time I found it.