There have been rumors of all 2020 iPhones releasing late and of Apple’s iPhone 12 Pros running later than the rest of the lineup for a several months now. The former has already proven true, as we wait for an iPhone event in October.
Rumors of the later have been around long enough and have been repeated by enough reputable sources that most Apple fans have accepted the news as fact for a while. Those reports have been reinforced over and over and it now looks like at least two of the coming iPhone 12 models will be arriving in late November. We should receive confirmation of this during Tuesday’s Apple iPhone Event.
One of the reasons I’ve used a plus-sized iPhone since the 6 came out was the additional battery life. While the screen was the main reason I switched, I quickly came to appreciate the fact that I no longer had to have a battery case just to make it through a day.
So Apple didn’t let me down as much as I thought they would. The second Apple Watch order I placed with them after they cancelled my first one arrived on Monday, rather than in mid-November as they first predicted. Not too bad I guess, especially since I did get a free sport loop for my trouble. Time for the Watch from BestBuy to head back to the store.
So I bought a thing this weekend. My Apple Watch showed up Friday, so I’ve been spending some time getting used to the new features, but that wasn’t the only new device I got that day. I had been looking at Surface Duo reviews and, while somewhat skeptical, I was still intrigued by the concept. There’s no absolute guarantee that dual-screen devices will be anything beyond a high-end honeypot, but there’s still something new and interesting here for us tech fans to get into.
There’s no way to know what you think about new technology without going hands-on. I finally saw where a local BestBuy had a Duo in stock late last week and decided to take the plunge.
After Apple cancelled my first order and my second initially had a delivery estimate in mid November, I decided to start looking elsewhere. Fortunately, while they only offered two stock band options with the Stainless Steel Series 6 in Gold, BestBuy came through for me. They had a quoted delivery time of October 1 for the one with a green Sport Band, so I jumped on it.
Even the hardest of hardcore Apple fans should be able to admit that Samsung makes some really nice gear now. Long gone are the days of cheap feeling, creaky plastic devices with low quality accessories. Odd exception aside, they make some really impressive and well-designed gear today.
iPad Pro rumors have been like a tennis match the last couple of years- back and forth and all over the place. There were rumors one would come late last year. That obviously didn’t happen, but we did get a slight refresh in the Spring. Very slight, but that’s ok. As early as last year, we also started hearing rumors of Mini-LED displays and 5G coming to the Pro line.
Lawyers for Apple and Epic once again virtually met with Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers to do battle today. As with the last hearing, this was again over Epic’s requests for injunctions barring Apple from banning the Unreal Engine from Apple platforms, and more importantly for Epic, Fortnite from the iOS App Store. While the first hearing made it seem very likely that Unreal will remain unharmed, Epic did not fare well at all in its defense of Fortnite today.
A month ago, it looked like Apple had thrown down a gauntlet when it came to game streaming services. They had already been unreceptive to Google’s Stadia and NVIDIA’s GeForce. Steam was forced to create an app that works more like a remote desktop than a streaming service to get around the App Store rules. Then we had Microsoft and Facebook making pointed comments as the former abandoned development of xCloud and Xbox Game Pass on iOS and the later released a gaming app with no actual gaming.
Backpacks have been my preferred computer bag for years now. I like having my arms free to carry other things and the weight of all my gear evenly distributed. If you also value the practical convenience of a good backpack, here’s one to take a look at.