Category Archives: iPhone Hardware

Pics from St Augustine- Heading Home

It’s time to hit the road home. In fact, I’m typing this up in the passenger seat of our rented minivan as we begin the 13 hour trek back to North Mississippi. It’s been a good trip and a fun vacation despite rain on and off throughout our stay. Oh, and the fact that the ocean decided to remove my prescription glasses on day three. Thankfully, the local LensCrafters was fast and got me a new pair made yesterday. I wasn’t alone either- there where four others who lost their glasses in the water at that location yesterday. That made me feel a little better.

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Pictures from St Augustine- Day Three

Into every life, a little rain must fall. This is especially true in Florida right now. Day two of our trip was full of rain in the afternoon. We had a nice time taking a trolley tour through the city and learning a lot about its buildings and history. However, while that was a great way to do something and still stay semi-dry, it didn’t make for great picture taking.

While we still had to dodge some raindrops today, we were able to get in a few hours at the beach in nice weather. We then went to a wildlife rescue where I thought I would take a ton of pictures. Unfortunately, they didn’t allow picture taking, but it was still a great tour that got us just a few feet away from some some Tigers, Lions, Wolves, and even one very large Liger.

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Greetings and Photos From St Augustine, FL!

It’s vacation time again. My family and I are in St Augustine, FL to spend some time at the beach and see a few sights around America’s oldest city. As I did with the trip my wife and I took to New Orleans for our anniversary last year, I am going to take this opportunity to post some pictures from my iPhone X.

Last year I tested out a couple of camera lens kits from Ztylus for the iPhone 7 Plus I had at the time. This time, I am looking at three lenses from Sandmarc. Today’s pics from the boat tour and the beach feature their Wide Angle and Fisheye lenses for the X, along with a few pics from the X alone. I will be reviewing these lenses, along with Sandmarc’s Macro lens, after we return home next week.

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The iPhone 8 is Still Selling Surprisingly Well

Remember when the iPhone 8 was released last year? The tech press was universally unimpressed, and most of them predicted mediocre to poor sales. To be honest, I didn’t find it particularly compelling, either. No one can deny that the 8 and 8 Plus’ almost four year old design is dated, at best. A glass back, new gold color, and wireless charging didn’t change that.

This perception was just exacerbated by the fact that the iPhone X is so much more visually appealing than the 8 and 8 Plus, with its glass curves and bezel-less design. How in the world would this older looking phone with a new price tag compete with the the X on one side, and the less expensive, but very similar looking iPhone 7 on the other? This doesn’t even factor in the constantly improving Android flagship phones from Samsung, LG, and Google, themselves. I can’t say I thought the iPhone 8 was destined for great sales numbers.

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Looks Like the New LCD iPhone May Come in More Colors After All

Photo Source: 9to5Mac

There are new, and this time much more credible, rumors that the new less expensive iPhone with an LCD screen will come in a variety of colors to set it apart from the rest of the lineup. However, while the first report showed an iPhone with awful looking variants of green and purple that came out of India, these new rumors come courtesy of our old friend Ming-Chi Kuo, and should much more realistic. Even in his new gig, he is evidently still paying attention to Apple. Old habits die hard, I guess.

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Apple May Be Making the Move to USB-C Chargers This Year

Photo Source: 9to5Mac

It looks like Apple is making the move to adopt USB-C with this year’s new iOS hardware. However, unlike the recent rumors that proposed that Apple would be dropping the Lightning Connector from the iPhone in favor of USB-C this year or next, the new charger in the leaked imaged above is more likely to be for use with their USB-C to Lightning Cables. This is good news in my book, as all of our older accessories will still work while Apple gradually phases in the new USB-C bricks.

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Should We Be Surprised Apple Knew the iPhone 6 Was Susceptible to Bending?

I’ll start off by saying that I’m not writing this article to make any excuses for Apple. By being far less than transparent in how they handled the iPhone 6 Plus “bendgate” when it occurred in 2014, they set themselves up for PR problems now that details of what they knew in advance have been made public. They made their bed, and now they will take a few deserved lumps for it. I just don’t understand why people are surprised by what they did and why.

I guess I just don’t buy into the notion that Silicon Valley companies all work off of exceptions to the rules that govern the actions of publicly-traded companies in other industries. While Apple, Google, Facebook, Samsung, Amazon and the like may look and often act differently than their non-tech contemporaries in many ways, at their cores, they still play by most of the same rules. When it comes to the business side, they really aren’t that different from other Fortune 500s. Risk management is one such area, and we have plenty of examples of how Apple handles such issues on a very public stage before.

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The iPhone X Racks Up a 97% Customer Satisfaction Rate in Recent Survey

For all of the recent hand-wringing over whether the iPhone X is or isn’t selling, it still has an enormous impact on the smartphone market. First, we saw all but three or four Android manufacturers blatantly rip off the X’s signature notch earlier this year, but without the Face ID tech that truly sets it apart. Now we have a new survey from market research firm Creative Strategies that shows the iPhone X holding up quite well among those who have purchased one.

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The iPhone X is No More Dead Than the iPhone 5 Was

The only thing the tech press loves more than good Apple news and device rumors is bad Apple news. I guess this just is the tech equivalent of “if it bleeds, it leads.” And when it comes to bad news about Apple sales, it is usually an analyst of one sort or another that is lighting the match that starts the fire.

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The Coming iPhone SE 2 Shows Apple’s Commitment to Keeping a Solid Smaller Device in the Lineup

The rumors of a new iPhone SE 2 have reached the point where its release seems to be a foregone conclusion. According to Japanese website Mac Otakara and known leaker Benjamin Geskin, the new phone should appear sometime between early May and the WWDC Keynote on June 4th. All of the reports rolling in seem to agree that the SE 2 will include a bump to the A10 Fusion processor, and will keep its current form factor and four inch screen. Based on that, a modest press release rollout next month ahead of WWDC seems more likely.

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Piper Jaffray Teen Survey Shows That the iPhone Still Has Room to Grow

Piper Jaffray has released the results of its Spring 2018 Taking Stock with Teens Survey, which contains some very good news for Apple. According to this general survey of 6,000 US teens with an average age of 16, 82% of those surveyed own an iPhone, and a whopping 84% plan to make an iPhone their next smartphone purchase.

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