Prepping for Your iPhone X- Setting Up for Success

[Update: If like me, you are on a beta version of iOS and got your iPhone X today, then you are out of luck. There are no iOS 11.2 beta versions available for the X yet. This means you will NOT be able to restore from a backup until one is released. Your only other option would be to downgrade your older device, back it up, and restore from that file.

This is a bad move from Apple that completely ignores developers and power users. I hope they rectify this later today.]

Tomorrow is the big day! iPhone Xs will be showing up in the hands of users and the real fun will begin. Well, at least for those who take care of a few things first. For those who don’t, there may be a lot of sitting and waiting involved. The wise among you will take a little time to think about how you are going to setup your new iPhone, because some of the steps may take a little time without some preparation.

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Prepping for Your iPhone X- Fast Charging and Dealing with Selling Old Hardware

We are down to less than two days left before the iPhone X arrives for those of us fortunate enough to get them on launch day. We’ve already covered the merits of AppleCare+, Cases, and Screen Protectors and dealing with a lack of a headphone jack in preparation for Friday, so the major “extras” are covered. Now is a good time to switch gears and look at some options to enhance your charging experience, as well as options to make some of the $1000+ you just dropped on the X back on some older hardware you may be ready to unload.

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Deals: iMazing 2 : Universal License for Mac and Windows

Have you had your fill of iTunes? It wouldn’t be a big surprise, as even Apple seems to be sick of it, and has started experimenting with removing features to get it back to its original core competency of music management. If you are looking for a real alternative for managing your iOS devices, iMazing 2 from DigiDNA may be just what you are looking for. Continue reading

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Prepping for Your iPhone X- Screen Protection and Headphones

The first wave of iPhone Xs will be here in just three short days. Time is growing short to finish up preparations that require purchases, so let’s take a look at two more areas that some of you will want to address before your X arrives. Screen protectors have been with us since the first iPhone, and with the price of screen replacements only going up (which I touched on in my installment on AppleCare+), they make more sense than ever. As for headphones, earbuds, aux cords, etc, this won’t be a problem for any of you who are coming from an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. However, the rest of you need to consider the fact that the X will likely be your first phone without a built-in headphone jack. Let’s take a look at some of your options.

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Prepping for Your iPhone X- Cases

Yesterday I covered what I feel is the most basic step in the iPhone X purchase process- deciding whether to purchase AppleCare+. For a large number of us, step two will be finding a suitable case. I already mentioned the SaharaCase, which is available from Amazon with Prime shipping, a couple of days ago as a good “starter option” for those who need something to use until they find something more to their liking. Today, I’m going to cover some of the many other options, a few of which will require you to wait a while.

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Prepping for Your iPhone X- AppleCare+

So you are getting an iPhone X sometime between November 3rd and the end of December. Congratulations! Now what? Hopefully I can help you with that. I’m running a series this week that will cover some of the basics that you should consider and take care of before your iPhone X arrives, as well as a few items for when you first power it up. It should get you to the point where you are ready to jump straight in and get started with your new device on day one.

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SaharaCase Protective Kit Makes a Solid Starter Case for the iPhone X

Have you ever found yourself spending money on a case that you absolutely knew you wouldn’t keep using right when you get a new iPhone? I know I have. In my years as an iPhone user, I have found that there are case people and “naked” people when it comes to smartphone users. Most are one or the other, and from what I know, this usually doesn’t change. You are what you are, I guess. I fall somewhere on the case side, myself.

Some people don’t care what their phones look like or if the screen collects a crack here and there, and others will attempt to encase their phone in carbonite to prevent anything from ever coming into direct contact with the device, including their own fingers. If you fall on the case person side, then you are probably working on getting one for your iPhone X as I type this. I’m with you, as I ordered mine yesterday.

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Review: Logitech Slim Combo Keyboard Case for the 12.9” iPad Pro

Back in June, I reviewed the Logitech Slim Combo Keyboard Case for the 10.5” iPad Pro. I came away giving it a recommendation, in spite of a few flaws. It had a high quality keyboard, which I have come to expect from Logitech. However, the plasticy feel of the exterior didn’t completely match up with the expectations at that price point. The 10.5” version also ended up quite a bit thicker than it had to be thanks to a large amount of dead space between the keyboard and iPad screen, making it a bit awkward to hold.

I noted in my review that there were some differences between the 10.5” and 12.9” versions of the Slim Combo. However, since I didn’t have a review unit in that size at the time, there was no way I could go beyond Logitech’s written descriptions of the differences. Well, a few days ago I saw a 12.9” version of the Slim Combo on the shelf at my local BestBuy, and I decided to take a look for myself. I decided to write a separate review because there are actually enough differences between the two versions of the Slim Combo that my first one doesn’t adequately cover the 12.9” version.

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For All of You Still Trying to Preorder the iPhone X, I Salute You

Whew! I am very happy that’s over. I got in with my iPhone using the Apple Store App at about 2:04 AM CST, and thanks to the fact that I used the iPhone Upgrade Program pre-approval, all I had to do was hit two buttons to process my order. That was it. It was definitely the easiest Apple preorder that I’ve done.

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Be Wary of Insurance Providers Offering Cheap Apple Watches

There is news this week that insurance company John Hancock is offering their Vitality life insurance policy owners the opportunity to get an Apple Watch Series 3 for only $25. This is a whopping $304 off the normal retail price, which is a pretty amazing deal. So what’s the catch?

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Deals: Twist World Charging Station

Powering your gear while traveling in the US is enough of a challenge, but world travel adds an extra layer of complexity. This is often accompanied with even MORE gear to get around the different types of plugs used in different countries. Enter the Twist World Charging Station from Konnext, which combines 4 USB charging ports with an array of interchangeable international plugs, all in one small package.

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