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iPhone Plus Owners- Are You Willing to Downsize to Get the Latest and Greatest?

 

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I have been a Plus owner since Apple first went big with the iPhone 6 Plus, and I haven’t looked back. There is no way I would return to the traditional size iPhone at this point. The bigger screen fits the way I use the phone perfectly, especially when I am in the field at work. Also, the fact that the bigger phone also comes with a bigger battery has meant I haven’t needed a Mophie battery case for the last three years. After my time as a Plus user, I am completely sold on the concept of the large-screen phone.

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Siri Shift- The Move to Craig Federighi’s OS Group Marks a Big Change for Siri

If you are an Apple fan, you’ve probably already heard that the company has officially shifted the responsibility for Siri from Eddy Cue’s Services Group over to Craig Federighi’s OS Group. On the face of it, this may not seem like a big deal, but looking beyond this one event to the context of many other changes in the last year, I feel like it will be, and I’m not alone in thinking that.

It also could easily be interpreted as a failure on the part of Mr Cue, who has done wonders for stabilizing and incrementally improving Apple Maps, iCloud, and Apple Music. Despite his successes in other areas, it is difficult to ignore the stagnation and lack of direction for Siri under his watch. Based on recent comments from both former and current Siri team members, it seems that there has been a lack of effective leadership, direction and emphasis on the service over the last several years. That period of time has seen all of the other major voice assistant platforms catch or surpass Siri in both accuracy and capability.

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What’s in a Name?- The iPhone Edition Edition

 

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Well, the new iPhone has to be called something, right? Late this week, the latest iPhone detail to leak was the naming scheme of the new devices. In a sea of iPhone news that hasn’t been all that surprising, word that the iPhone 8 and iPhone Plus would be the “typical” upgraded devices definitely was. The fact that the device we all expected to be the iPhone 8 could be called the iPhone Edition was an even bigger one.

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If You’ve Been Looking at the iPad Pro, This Week is a Great Time to Buy [Update- Sale Ends Tonight!]

As the new “default” iPad Pro screen size, the 10.5” model is the one that most users are going to gravitate toward. I may be a hard-core fan of the 12.9” model, but I can understand why. It’s cheaper, smaller, lighter, and packs just as much punch as it’s larger sibling.

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Deals: iKlips Wizard Storage Expanding Card Reader

 

USB thumb drives are a commodity item at this point. They are everywhere and come in all shapes and sizes, both physical and in terms of storage space. There are even thumb drives available today that are designed to work with iOS devices through a Lightning Adapter.

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One Step Closer to iPhone 8- Apple Officially Announces Event on September 12

 

Anytime Apple schedules an event it makes news, and today is no exception. Case in point- even though the September 12 date has been common knowledge for over a week now, Apple’s stock hit an all time high after the release of the official announcement today. That is a level of reach into the both the culture and the wallets of consumers that even Samsung is likely still envious of.

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The iPhone and Apple Pencil- Waiting Another Year?

 

I make no bones about the fact that I am impatiently waiting on Apple to add Pencil compatibility to the iPhone experience. I’ve been waiting since the first moment I saw the Apple Pencil demoed on stage with the original iPad Pro. While I absolutely understand Apple’s reasoning in pairing it with the iPad as its initial platform, there are confirmed use cases, as well as a confirmed market for a quality stylus paired with a large-screen phone. Samsung has turned this formula into a second flagship platform.

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Deals: DraftTable for iPad Pro

 

There is no shortage of stands made for various models of the iPad, Pro models now included. However, finding ones of good quality for an iPad Pro that can help you get real work accomplished is a different story entirely. Into this vacuum stepped the DraftTable. This was the first stand designed with the original iPad Pro in mind, and it is built for real work. It has unique features, such as wide-angle adjustment and spring-loaded hinges. Also, while it is primarily designed with the iPad Pros in mind, it will actually work with other iPad models, as well.

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Deals: 1VoiceNYC 10,000 mAh Charging Messenger Bags

Last week I highlighted 1Voice’s 10,000 mAh Charging Backpack. This week, I wanted to point out their Charging Messenger Bags for those who prefer a shoulder bag to a backpack. Like 1Voice’s Charging Backpack, the Messenger Bag comes with a 10,000 mAh backup battery that will charge your smartphone several times, or can be used to top off your iPad Pro.

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Apple Slices: The iPhone 8 Home Stretch Begins

It won’t be long now. The Beta versions of iOS 11 are hitting every week, and the rumors faster than that. We have component leaks. There have been pictures of possible screens, camera modules, wireless charging modules, and the 3D camera and infrared sensor that will be used for facial scanning. We also have a potential announcement date now, and may finally know the starting price. It’s all starting to come together. Let’s get to it.

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Is It Time For an Apple Watch Upgrade Program?

In 2015, Apple decided to shake things up a bit in the cell phone market. They launched an invasion into the territory of cell service providers by offering the iPhone Upgrade Program. The program is similar to the installment plans that all of the major US cell carriers started offering a year or two before, but a couple of major distinguishing factors. First off, the phones come unlocked, and can be used with any of the major carriers. Second, the phones arrive covered by AppleCare+, which offers up to two reasonably priced repairs per year for accidental damage with small deductibles.

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