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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can’t throw a digital rock across the Interwebs today without hitting an article opining on the ten year anniversary of the release of the original iPhone. It’s a momentous occasion, to be sure, but there’s not a lot to say on the importance of the iPhone that hasn’t already been said many, many times over. I wrote a piece on Steve Jobs’ announcement of the iPhone earlier this year to mark that ten year anniversary, so rather than add another drop to today’s ocean of iPhone articles, I will just stick with a bit of what I’ve already written.
Rather than tell you why the release of original iPhone was so significant, and what about it was so revolutionary, I think it’s more important to ask YOU why. To get the ball rolling, I am going to post an excerpt from my earlier article dealing with how I came to be an iPhone user:
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In my opinion, one of the best features of any mobile accessory is versatility. I spend a lot of time on the go during the day, and do a fair amount of travelling for work, so earning a place in my gear bag is a badge of honor, and it usually requires a certain measure of versatility. The more bases a device or accessory can cover, the better the chance that it holds a spot there.
In the past, versatility was a given with headphones and earbuds. You plugged them into a jack and they just worked. With Bluetooth headphones, there came more freedom of movement, but with the conditions of only being compatible with certain devices and limited battery life. Now, iOS users are faced with even more complications with the removal of the iPhone’s headphone jack going forward, with several other smartphone manufacturers now making the same move right behind them. If you own both an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus and an iPad, complications with earbuds or headphones will ensue.
In Part I of Ten Year In, we talked about Steve Jobs’ iconic original iPhone announcement in January of 2007, and how it looks in the light of history. Ten years is a perfect time to look back at where it all started. Now let’s go from there up to the present. Where are we now, and how did we get here? Let’s take a look.
Today Apple is expected to announce the next generation of the iPhone – at a live event that starts at 1:00PM Eastern. It’s widely expected that Apple will unveil the iPhone 5S and also a lower cost new model dubbed an iPhone 5C by rumors and tech pundits.
There is little to no expectation of hearing any new iPad news today from Apple – but there are still a number of reasons for iPad users to be more than a little interested in today’s Apple event. For starters, we’re likely to hear the latest on iOS 7 and when it will be released. We may also hear about new models or new initiatives for Apple TV. And of course, we’ll also get a good feeling for how impressive, or not, the new iPhones are.
I’ll certainly be tuning in to the event.So, what are the best ways to follow it live? Thus far, there are not as many big sites planning live blogs as I’ve seen for many past Apple events. The two best I’ve seen and that I will follow along at are these:
Engadget: these guys have been live blogging Apple events for as long as I can remember, and do a great job of it.
The Verge: great all-round tech site and their live blog coverage of recent Apple events has been very good.
I am also hoping that Apple may announce they’re live streaming the event at some point this morning, as they have with several of their most recent events of this type. If they do, I’ll update this post with a link to their live events page.