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It’s Time for Apple to Revamp the Preorder Process

Let me rephrase that- it’s PAST time for Apple to revamp their arcane preorder system. Apple asking people to wake up between midnight and 3 AM (depending on where they live) and fight their way into the queue to get the latest gear within a month or two of launch has just gotten more and more ridiculous as time has gone by. When the iPhone went on sale over ten years ago, people went and camped out and stood in long lines at Apple Stores, carrier locations, and other retailers to get their hands on one early. However, Apple gradually did away with the mass lineups using the preorder process. Now we have ample evidence that this system, at least as it is currently implemented, has also reached its logical limits.

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Not so Uncool After All- iPhone is Incredibly Popular Among Teens

A few years ago, when Samsung started their big advertising push in support of the Galaxy S line of phones, one of the focuses of those commercials was that the iPhone was old and passé. The Galaxy S was billed as the “Next Big Thing,” while the iPhone was set up as the phone for your parents. We all know what that means by association- the iPhone isn’t cool anymore.

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Tips and Tricks- iOS 11’s One Handed Keyboard on iPhone

Have you ever found yourself frustrated while trying to text or respond to an email in a situation when you only have one hand free? We’ve all been there. I know I have. I’ve been using a Plus-sized iPhone for the last three years, so I know full well this can be an issue, even for someone with larger hands.

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iOS 11 is Officially Here. What Do You Think About It?

iOS 11 is finally here! I’ve been running the beta version on my iPad since I got my new 12.9” Pro on the first ship day, and on my iPhone for the last month and a half, so today felt a little anti-climactic to me. However, I know that the vast majority of Apple users don’t load beta versions. Most of you wait until launch day to upgrade your devices, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. No techno-judgement or snobbery here.

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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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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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Last Minute iPhone Guide for the Eclipse Procrastinator [Updated]

If you are like me, you knew about the solar eclipse that is upon us today, but maybe you didn’t think ahead and prepare in advance….also like me, Oops. I had assumed that we would have a welding hood around with adequate protection, but it turns out that wasn’t the case, and it was too late for me to get any special “eclipse glasses.” However, you might be able to find some enterprising local kids out selling the ones they bought up on a street corner, like I saw this morning. I applaud their entrepreneurial spirit!

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Deals: ARMOR-X One-Lock Air Vent Car Mount

With increasingly strict (and justifiable) laws governing the use of smartphones within vehicles, and with distracted driving being such a problem on the road today, it is vital to have a reliable way to hold your phone in the car. Whether you are taking phone calls or using GPS and mapping apps for navigation, you need your phone to be held securely so you aren’t fumbling with it, and anchored in a place where you can see it without taking your eyes off the road.

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Apple’s Third Quarter Earnings: The iPad Strikes Back

Apple's earnings were supposed to be good this quarter, but they turned about to be even better than expected, and the good news stretched across most of their product lines and services. Even the iPad is looking good again! Let's take a look at the highlights.

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Deals: Gravity X Car Mount

I am in the car a lot as part of my job, and have been for years. As a project manager for a contracting firm, I am also very reliant on my iPhone to keep in touch with customers, fellow employees, and sub-contractors who are working for me. Even when I am in the car, my phone is still my lifeline to keep my projects moving forward.

Because of this, I have tried MANY different kinds of smartphone car mounts, none of which I have found to be particularly foolproof or durable. I’ve used the dashboard suction cups mounts, vent mounts, cup holder mounts, and most recently, a rear view mirror mount. I’m usually lucky to get six months out of them, no matter how much I spend or how careful I am with them.

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Deals: Nomad Ultra Rugged Charging Cables


Some of the most popular items I have recommended from our Deals store are Lightning cables. If you are an iPhone and/or iPad user, it’s hard to have too many. Between the living room, the bedside table, the car, and maybe the office, it certainly pays to be covered and have a cable standing by at the ready. And don’t even get me started about kids wearing their cables out and coming to borrow yours. If you have children with iOS devices, you know what I’m talking about.

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