Category Archives: iPhone Hardware

iPhone XR Preorders Start on Friday. Who’s In?

Last year, we had to wait to get our hands on the top of the line iPhone X. This year, buyers have had to wait an extra month to get most of the XS’s best features in a unique and less expensive design. The beginning of the end of this wait starts on Friday, when pre-orders for the iPhone XR go live at 12 AM Pacific on Friday.

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A New iPhone, a New Controversy. Is it Legitimate This Time?

I did my typical news sweep this morning and was greeted with something incredibly familiar. There is a new iPhone “gate,” this time related to charging. Evidently, there are some users who are having problems charging their devices if they plug the lightning cable while they are in standby with the screen off.

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Sideways- Apple Omitted Landscape Home Screen Support from the XS Max

This one got by me for a few days, but I could swear that the iPhone’s Home Screen would rotate to landscape orientation in the past. You know, you get used to features, and after a while, they kind of blend into the background. Then one day you look again and notice they aren’t there anymore.

Since I knew I wasn’t completely crazy, I did a little research on Google and was reminded of the timeline of how this feature came and went.

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The iPhone XS Max as an Object

Like many other iPhone owners, I keep mine in a case pretty much all of the time. My now shipped off iPhone X and my new XS Max are no exceptions. While the look, basic shape and screen are still there in front of you every day, when you don’t handle the phone alone very often, it is easy to forget just how attractive it is and how good it feels as an object.

I was reminded of this today as I packed my iPhone X up to send back to Apple to fulfill my iPhone Upgrade Program. I took it out of the case and slid it around and flipped it over in my hand a bit before I disabled Find My iPhone and reset it. It really is the most gorgeous and beautifully designed gadget I’ve ever owned. Hands down. As good as the iPhone 4 and 4S were, nothing else is even close.

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Living with the iPhone XS Max- A Few Missed Opportunities

Since the title leans toward the negative side, I’ll be clear- I love my new iPhone XS Max so far. I love the size. Love the screen. Love the resolution. I can live with the trade-offs, like over size and weight and the difficulty with one-handed use. However, after using mine for a day and a half, I think there is still some untapped potential in this hardware.

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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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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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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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Review: Sandmarc Photography Edition for iPhone X

I have been using and reviewing iPhone accessory lenses, lens cases, and lens kits going back six years now. I’ve tried products from most of the major brands, and some others that aren’t so well known. All of these photo accessories have one thing in common- they are designed to augment and enhance the already ample capability of the iPhone’s camera.

While Apple and other smartphone manufacturers have done amazing work with the space they have available in these increasingly thin devices, they are ultimately bound by the laws of physics. And that is the reason that photo accessories exist. They take the smartphone camera out of its small shell and add capabilities beyond what are currently possible, even with the big money and magic that Apple puts into its lenses and photo processing software.

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