First Impressions of iPhone X and Why I’ll Be Returning It.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an iPhone X on Saturday although I had not reserved one.  So I picked up the Space Gray 256gb iPhone X popped in my SIM card, restored from iCloud and I was ready to roll. (Apparently there was new fun way to move your old information but I didn’t see that option)

Now let me just say, these are my opinions. It’s a very capable device but I’m going to explain why in MY case the features didn’t justify the cost.

Lets stick with that idea for a moment cost.  I choose the 256gb model which is $1149 which is yes more expensive than a MacBook Air.  So after tax here in Philadelphia it comes to $1240.  Now most people get cases for their phones.  I’m not one of those people but I need to think about the longevity of the device and how I’m going to protect it.  With the back of this phone being completely glass it very well could break under the right circumstances.  Without AppleCare +, Apple’s protection plan, if that back where to crack or shatter the replacement cost int $599.  Let that sink in.

So it’s either spend an extra $199 or risk $599 to replace the device.  Ok Apple you got me.  Bringing our grand total after tax to $1,455.84 for the 256gb iPhone X.

Ok I’m sure you’ve all got a calculator (on your iPhone) so lets moved beyond the math.

Features I really liked about iPhone X:

Notifications on the lock screen accessible via Face ID – Face ID allows you to preview all of your notifications without going into the device.  This was a great when Face ID worked.  By holding the phone up to my face it went from a simple notification to a great preview.  Well done.

Animoji – I’m embarrassed how much how enjoyed playing with this feature but after about 6 hours after using the phone the novelty of this feature quickly wore off.

Display – I hesitate to even put this in my liked category but I did like the new OLED display.  But most people won’t see the difference from an iPhone 7 or newer display.  The notch on top did not bother me in the slightest that fades into the background almost immediately.

Features that fell short of expectations:

Face ID – This will be great one day but in my opinion it fell short and here is why.  There are times I like to unlock my phone without having to pick it up and point it at my face.  Face ID won’t allow you to do that.  So when you’re in that staff meeting and try to check your phone without anyone noticing… good luck.  The phone has to be pretty much pointed right at your face for it to unlock.

Dual Lens Rear Camera – As a photographer I could argue this camera is as important as my professional camera as I will ALWAYS have this camera on me.  As it’s better than my iPhone 7 camera I don’t understand the appeal of this “telephoto lens”. 2x optical zoom is almost useless.  The focal length feels like it’s going from 24 to 50mm.  To me this is missed opportunity to put an extra camera with longer focal length but I’m sure it has much to do with the AR endeavors coming to iOS 11.  I know this is not necessarily new to the iPhone X but I never owned the 7 Plus or 8 Plus so I thought it was important to include.

Portrait Lighting – This is the type of gimmick that should be left for Samsung.  These cheesy effects are sure to please the narcissistic selfie capturists but I think most people will never use this.  Creative professionals will most like cringe when they see it in action.

Battery Percentage – Why the actual fuck can’t I see the battery percentage instead of the useless battery icon.  Truth is the only way to see the percentage is to pull down control center from the top right of the phone.  Which I could not reach with one hand.  I think this will be addressed in iOS 11.x.

Lack of Included Accessories – Fast charging is an option on this device yet it still comes with at 5w charger?  This is a tragedy.  Or perhaps they’re just preparing us for the slow wireless charge speed which also uses only 5w.  No SIM card tool.  This would have costed Apple virtually nothing to include yet they choose not to.  I had to run around the city to a Verizon store (I use T-Mobile) to find a SIM card tool to properly eject the included SIM card and insert mine.

I know this seems like a total bashing from me but it’s not.  I applaud Apple for change up the design for the first time since what feels like very first iPhone.  At the end of the day it just wasn’t worth the close to $1500 price point.  There are far too many other things I’d rather spend that money on and thankfully Apple’s 14 day return policy helped me realize that quickly.

There will be tons of people that this is a great buy for.  Creative professionals with iPhone 6s or older especially.  But don’t take my word for it.  Get your hands on one and try it for yourself but if you do buy it.  AppleCare is a must.

What To Expect With iOS 11

I really think we take the operating systems of these magical devices for granted.  People get caught up in the new hardware even when it’s not all that new, so they can show it off at the bar that night.

Truth is the OS updates provide much more for the user experience than the hardware ever will.  But it’s much harder to show that off.

So since I’ve been using iOS 11 for a few weeks now I thought I’d share some of my favorite and not so favorite features that you can expect as the OS releases publicly today.

Updated Control Center

This was a very welcomed update as now you can customize the items that fall within control center.  This is really the first time Apple truly takes advance of 3D Touch in my opinion.

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Screen Recording

If you’re like me and are constantly showing people how to use their devices, you can now record the actions you perform on your phone alone with in the moment voice over.  This will be huge for people that want to show off their apps functionality.  Long overdue update.

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Screen Shots

You no longer need to save every single screen shot to your camera roll.  You can edit them right after taking them send them off to a friend a number of different ways and just remove it as soon as you’re done.  Android has had this function for years.  About time Apple stole it.

Drag and Drop from App

This really only works with iPad using split screen but you can now drag a photo or text from safari and drop it right into iMessage.

The Dock (iPad)

Finally you can add more than 6 apps to the bottom of your iPad screen.  Cleaning up your desktop.  Because you know you have crap all over it.

Peer to Peer Apple Pay

This hasn’t released just yet and we expect it in a future release of iOS 11 but Apple is going up against apps like Venmo to dominate the Peer to Peer currency exchange.  With Venmo being cross platform it’s going to be difficult to see how well this will work but one advantage is if you use Apple’s wallet and ApplePay technically you can use the money right away. Venmo is typically one business day to your checking account.

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Dark Mode?

Not really… Apple’s attempt at a dark mode, buried in the accessibility features seems great for everything Apple related but any 3rd party apps like Facebook and Instagram just aren’t “Smart” enough.  Yet.

File Management System

By far the most disruptive part of the Apple Ecosystem in years is their hybrid local/cloud based file management system.  I have toyed around with this but not gone full boat yet.  This means you’ll be able to sync many different types of files between macOS and iOS using iCloud.  This is going to be a MAJOR change and rely heavily on how much iCloud storage you pay for each money.  I’m just using 100Gb of my 200Gb per month plan but I know that would need a hefty upgrade once I start using this.

That sums it up.  It’s been running pretty much bug free since the gold master version released so if you’ve got a newer device you should have a pretty seamless experience.  Let me know what you love and hate about it.

Why I Will Not Be Upgrading to iPhone X

Other then the fact that fully loaded it costs almost $1500 here in Philadelphia there are a few reasons I’m just not hoping on the fully loaded iPhone this year.

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Apple left us with just a 64GB option and a 256GB option.  I’ve been very comfortable in the last year with my 128GB iPhone 7 and even as I load tons of full res images from my DSLR to the phone I still have a healthy amount of space left.  It is easy to think “Oh well the price of the 256GB is what the 128GB option was” the reality is you’re paying for it in some way.

No Jet Black

Like many people I flocked to the Jet Black color.  It was new and yes we knew it was going to scratch but I didn’t care.  I had a case on it for most of the first year.  Thinking that I may upgrade after the announcement I ditched the case and let the “micro-abrasions” take over.  I fell in love with the look and feel of the phone all over again.  Unfortunately in either of the iPhone 8 or X this color is long gone.

I’m Not Ready to Ditch Touch ID For FaceID

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Most people are stoked about the FaceID feature of iPhone X.  As if the narcissists of our generation needed another reason to stare at themselves on their phones now they’re going to make stupid faces in public for animojis.  I simply cannot wait to capture photos of these people in the wild.  Also there are many time I prefer to unlock my phone while it is sitting flat on my desk.  A simple tap of my finger and I’m in. (That’s what she said) I find it more of a hassle to have to physically pick it up but maybe I’m splitting hairs.

Are The Cameras As Good As They Say?

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If you’ve read any of my blogs you know that I almost always have a DSLR or my Mavic on me my for my photos and videos.  Statistically the iPhone X has an extremely impressive camera but I don’t take selfies or portraits with it so these new lighting features (that could be done in Adobe’s free Lightroom Mobile app) don’t appeal to me at all.  Artificial depth of field just annoys me.  True bokeh cannot be digitally produced I’m sorry Apple.

Heavy Investments Into My iPhone 7

I went all in with my iPhone 7.  I purchased the Apple Smart Charging Case $99, Apple Leather Case $49, and Apple Lightning Dock $49 (Can still be used with new models).  I’m not ready for most of that to go to waste.  Plus one of the big selling features of iPhone 8 and iPhone X is wireless charging.  Of course that’s not included and that’s going to run about $50 plus a new case, and I haven’t even seen a charging case for the new iPhones.  I use mine 3-4 days per week.

So Now What?

The iPhone X is undoubtably the future of phones and an amazing piece of software and hardware.  I’m usually an early adopter of iPhones but I think I’m going to let this one pass.  I’m too invested and comfortable with my current device and the costs are just too high at the moment.  That won’t stop millions of people jumping online to preorder the iPhone X for sure but for me I’m just fine.  Let me know in the comments below if you’ll be jumping online to get iPhone X and why.

Six Things You Didn’t Hear at WWDC But Need to Know.

Apple unveiled tons of new tech goodies today in San Jose.  I’m not going to talk about any of them in this post.  However I am going to talk about all the changes they made that they didn’t talk about.


 

 13″ MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 2 and Traditional USB-A ports are Gone from the Online store.

Well if you were hoping to scoop up one of Apple’s last 13″ MacBook Pro’s with a traditional USB port you missed that boat.  Your last chance to purchase one through Apple is going to be through their refurbished store.


iPad Pro still uses Apple Lightning Connector.

I could’ve sworn they said the new iPad Pro was USB-C connector but according to the website they’re all still lightning.  Turns out they just support USB-C power adapters for fast charging.  So if you were like me and mis-heard there is your clarity.

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AirPods will have more support in iOS 11.

To me this is exactly what was keeping that AirPods at 9 out of 10 but as long as they work like they should these will get a perfect 10!

I talk about this in my AirPods Review, you can only pause/play or activate Siri (useless) when tapping on the AirPods.  With iOS 11, you can now assigned different commands for each ear.  That is great except I still think they should add a 2-Tap and 3-Tap options  doubling our capabilities.

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Apple brings back the wireless keyboard with numeric pad!

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Good lord.  For $129 you can purchase Apple’s new Magic Keyboard with a numeric pad.  I LOVE having a numeric pad but I’m not sure I can justify spending that much on a wireless keyboard.


iMac Pro will not have user upgradable ram or purchase space gray keyboard and mouse separately.

Apple has confirmed that the RAM will not be user upgradable or replaceable.  This has been a big issue for Apple users for years.  Apple also tends to up-charge hundreds of dollars more for RAM than the rest of the market.  You can tell the typical door where the RAM lived in the existing 27″ iMac is gone.

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And as for those “Bad Ass” Space Gray keyboard and mouse?  You will NOT be able to purchase them outside of the iMac Pro. Try eBay for 4x what you’d pay for white ones.

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AppleCare + for the Mac.

Finally we can feel better about being more mobile with our Macs.  Starting today you can purchase AppleCare+ for the Mac which covers two incidences of accidental damage*.  (Subject to service fee). Those fees are broken down here.

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WWDC – HomePod, iMac Pro, iPad Pro, iOS 11, High Sierra

Today Apple is kicking off their annual world wide developers conference.  This conference originated around the debut of the latest softwares such as MacOS and iOS.  There have been cases where new hardware was introduced but it’s primary goal in recent years has been to give a preview of Apple’s newest OS.

Heavy rumors have been circulating for weeks surrounding iOS 11, MacOS updates, WatchOS Update, TVOS update,  a 10.5″ iPad, MacBook update, and maybe even a Siri Speaker to compete with Amazon’s Echo and Google Home.

In the meantime if you’re new to WWDC and don’t know what to expect check out 9to5Mac’s video that summed up all of 2016’s updates.

 

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1:04pm – Still waiting.  So much for being on time.

1:09pm – Finally taking the stage.

Video of a new employee basically screwing everyone with an iPhone by unplugging servers .

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The end of the world would happen…

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Tim takes the stage.

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1:12PM – “The best WWDC Ever”. That’s a bold statement Tim.

1:13PM – Features on young developers as young as 10 years old.  So I’ll be out of a job before I’m ready to retire… Can 30 year olds learn how to code with the playground?

1:15PM. – Focus on 4 platforms iOS, MacOS, WatchOS, and tvOS.

1:15PM – Starting off with tvOS

Amazon is coming to tvOS and tvApp (Funny since they might be releasing a speaker to compete wth Alexa)

1:16PM – Shortest tvOS update ever. on to AppleWatch.

1:17PM – Watch OS4.  Siri Watch face.  That uses the same type of machine learning like Siri suggested apps.   Lets hope this works better than Siri in general.

One can only wonder if they’ll still support the original Apple Watch.  I’m sure we’ll learn.

1:20PM – Just new watch faces so far.  On to Activity.

1:23PM – New UI for the workout app.  You’ll also be able to sync your Apple Watch to gym equipment.  I doubt my gym will have this for years they still have 30 pin connectors.

1:25PM – Music app for the Apple Watch.  Still no sign of showing any love for third party apps storing music on the watch.

1:26PM – New vertical dock to show everything you have coming up using the Siri watch face.

Apple really pushing people to Apple Music with no love to Spotify.

All watches will be supported on WatchOS 4

1:28PM – Tim takes the stage to talk more about the Mac.

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1:29PM – MacOS High Sierra??? Please tell me you’re kidding. Making lot so of weed references…

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1:31PM – Just bragging about how fast safari is on High Sierra.  Most people have 25mbps into their house so who cares?

1:34PM – Photos update for the Mac.  Photographers don’t use this so zzzzzz

“Apple pioneered printed books.”  Wait what??

1:36PM – File system updates.  New Finder??? Called Apple File System.

1:38PM – Optimizing video capabilities in High Sierra.

1:40PM – External Graphics cards.  This will be amazing for photographers like me music a 13″ MacBook Pro.  Sign me up.

1:41PM – Just teased some Apple VR???

1:45PM – 21.5″ can support 32Gb of Ram and 64Gb for the 27″.  Also putting some Thunderbolt 3 ports while including USB 3 ports. Hmmmm too much backlash from the MacBook Pro comunity? 8GB of VRam for 27″ iMac 5K.  That’s pretty rad.

1:47PM – VR demo using the new 5K 27″ iMac.

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1:50PM – VR Demo was insane (Video to come)

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1:51PM – Moving away from iMacs to MacBooks now. Faster SSDs.  Slashing prices on 13″ pro to $1299.

1:52PM – iMacs ship today!

1:54PM – Sneak peak about the new iMac Pro.

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1:57PM – Up to 18core processors, 16Gb of VRAm, 128GB ECC Memory, 4TB SSD, 4x Thunderbolt 3 ports, 10GB Ethernet, Still has USB 3 ports.

Everything else they didn’t have time to talk about.

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Available in November starting at $4999.

Now it’s time for iOS

Annual knock on Android OS adoption rate at just 7%.

Time for iOS 11.  What no iOS “High 10”?

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2:00PM – Starting with messages.  Auto syncing.  This is long awaited as they’re now in the cloud.

2:02PM – Apple Pay.  Expecting 50% of retailers to have it by the end of the year.  Peer to Peer payments.  Watch our Venmo.

2:03PM – You had a good run Venmo…

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2:04PM – Big update to Siri.  THANK THE LORD.  Wait just the voice is changing???

2:05PM – Really focusing on all the wrong things about Siri.  It can now translate language which could be very useful but we’ll see how well it actually works.

2:06PM – SiriKit.  That kid no developers seem to care about using.

2:06PM – Not much about Siri… well that’s a shame.

2:07PM – On to the camera updates in iOS 11.

2:09PM – Did I just see Long exposure? yeah good luck…

2:10PM – Control Center is getting. much needed update.  Still no word of customization of the controls in control center…

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2:11PM – You can trim Live Photos and choose the frame that you like.  I’m not sure Live Photos really have any value in my life at all.

2:12PM – Apple re-creates Instagram’s Boomerang and calls it Loop.

2:12PM – Looks like long exposures just blend multiple photos in well lit areas.  No night photo examples.

2:15PM – Time for an Apple Maps Update.  Detailed floor plans built in, directories, browse by floor, Airports also included in floorpans.  Navigation with speed limit and lane guidance.

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2:17PM – Do not disturb while driving.  It will automatically ask you every time your driving based on if it’s connected to bluetooth and using wireless.  You can have certain contacts break through this feature.  Did they basically just give us away messages??

2:19PM – Homekit.  They’re now configuring speakers into HomeKit with AirPlay2 with multi room audio.  I swear if my 4 AirPlay 1 speaks don’t work I will not be happy…

2:20PM – By now you basically need to use Apple Music for most of the fun things they’re talking about.  Introducing features about what you friends are listening to like Spotify has been doing for years.

2:21PM – “Big News” around the App Store.  Trying to get people going Steve Balmer style…

2:22 – The “Big News” consists of Faster App review times, reset rating, and completely redesign similar to Apple Music.

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2:25PM – Trying to help discover new apps.

2:26PM – Trying to separate Apps, Games, etc to make it easier to search.

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2:30PM – App store demo is super awkward.  Very quite in the room.

2:32PM – How iOS will be using machine learning to improve the user experiences. Nothing too exciting for the non-developer here.

2:33PM – Now we’re talking about AR (Augmented Reality).  They are brining AR Kit to developers to use it with more ease in their own apps.  Demo Time.

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2:35PM – Able to even have items interact with each other.

2:38PM – Live AR demo is pretty sweet.

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2:41PM – Tim back on stage to get us to iPad.

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2:42PM – iPad Pro getting pushed “further than ever before”

2:43PM – Adding 10.5″ iPad Pro to the lineup.  Replacing the 9.7″

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2:44PM – Full Size smart keyboard.

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2:45PM – ProMotion with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

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2:46PM – Now talking about the new performance of the new 10.5″ iPad Pro.  A10X fusion chip.  6 Core CPU. 12 Core GPU.

2:51PM – Same camera system as the iPhone 7.

2:52PM – iPad Pro is now using USB 3!  This is huge.  Is iPhone next??

2:54PM – Order today, ships next week.

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2:55PM – iOS 11 on the iPad now has a much larger dock, very similar to MacOS.  Multitasking also updated. Drag and drop now supported.

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2:56PM – New app Files that allows you to use not only local storage but cloud storage.

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2:58PM – Drag and drop works really well without a keyboard between multiple apps.

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2:59PM – Files all sync between devices.

3:00PM – In Line drawings and having a document scanner build directly into the notes app.

3:05PM – Screen shot editing UI.  I’ve wanted this since I owned my Tab s2.

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3:07PM – Tim Cook back on stage to take us to the end with a video I’ll post later.

3:09PM – “One Last Thing”.  Music.

3:13PM – Introducing HomePod.

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3:15PM – The HomePod knows hoot play best to the room.

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3:17PM – HomePod works natively with Apple Music. Has Siri built in with “Hey Siri”

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3:20PM – List of things HomePod can do using Siri.

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3:22PM – Will not send any information to Apple until you say “Hey Siri”

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3:23PM – Will be available in December at $349

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3:24PM – Tim Cook back on stage to sum it all up and close us out.

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Thanks Apple. It Was a Hell of a Ride. (Emails from Steve Jobs)

I’ve been extremely critical of Apple over the last 3 years.  As some may know I spent 5 years working in Apple retail in a number of different roles and when you’re working for them you tend not to be very critical.

But it’s time to end that.  The Apple of 2017 is far different from the Apple of 2009 I signed up to work for.  Some notable things that were different in 2009 include the iPad didn’t exist yet. iPods were one of Apple’s top selling product line, and maybe the most important Ron Johnson and Steve Jobs were still a the top of the totem pole.

Although I never met Steve Jobs it was still great when he would send company wide emails out about the company’s successes.  In this case the iPad after the holiday season.

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Or when Apple surpassed Microsoft in Market Cap.

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I know it was only an email but at the time you felt connected to him changing the world.  Many of you are reading this thanks to devices he made.  He rarely rewarded employees except his annual “Steve Jobs Days”, as we ended up calling them.

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Even the saddest email of them all.  This was the last company wide email he sent our before his passing in 2011.

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Apple would never be the same again.  That used to bother me but not anymore.  I can’t expect to have one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet to just have someone on deck to take his place.  It’s just impossible.  So with that I say, “Thanks for the ride Apple.” Although I never contributed to the end result much or at all, it was great to feel apart of it.  I can only hope to whitness another brilliant revolution like the ones Steve provided, in my lifetime.

How to Edit and Share Your DSLR Photos on the Go.

Everything is portable these days.  Smartphones and tablets have only enhanced that.

Today I’m going to talk about all of the ways we can use these new mobile devices to enhance your Digital SLR shootings on the go.  I will not be including any talks about the use of laptops since the interface is the same as desktop.  Instead my focus will be primarily on Apple iOS and Android based operating systems and the hardware/software to go along with it.

Wired & Tethering Options

IMG_6059Lets start with our hard connected devices.  Apple makes a ton of accessories that allow you to connect your camera, USB card reader, or SD card directly to any iPad or iPhone.  The Apple Lightning to SD Camera Card Reader is just as straight forward as it sounds.  It allows you to plug you camera’s SD card in and upload the photos directly to your camera roll.  This is great because it does not use the battery of your camera but even with some of the fastest SD cards the download speeds using this adapter are pretty slow.

Next we’ll jump into Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter.  This adapter gives you a traditional USB-A style port along with the lightning port. (So you can continue to charge your device). This is a noticeably faster way to load your images to your iOS device but keep in mind you’re using your camera’s battery to help that transfer as well as losing the ability to shoot photos while it’s happening.

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If you happen to shoot on micro SD cards with a standard SD card adapter (not recommended) you can simply enter that micro SD card into many Android devices.  For example I use the Samsung Tab S2 tablet and I’ve downloaded content directly from GoPro using this technique quite a bit.

Tethering Options

Tethering options have been around for a while when it comes to traditional computer tethering.  These options are somewhat limited in the Apple’s iOS ecosystem.

Apple doesn’t allow the type of tethering that we’re used to but if you’d like you can shoot refer to the USB 3 Camera Adapter mentioned above for the quickest way to upload photos.

Android on the other hand offers much more.  By downloading the app DSLRController you can tether to any supported android device and do a ton.  DSLRController gives you full control over the camera including Aperture, Shutter Speeds, ISO, White Balance, and more.  It also acts as a live screen with very little or no delay.  There are however a few cables you’ll need to make this work.

Micro USB (or whichever your mobile device uses) to a female USB-A Adapter   ($5)
Mini USB (or whichever came with your camera) to USB-A ($5)

I recommend that even if you have the cable your camera came with to invest in a longer one like the one linked above from Amazon.  6 Feet for five dollars.  You’ll thank me later.

I’ve used the app on a number of occasions.  I would say the most valuable part of this app is when you’re shooting video.  I like to use prime lenses to shoot video with a shallow depth of field.  So for me it’s important to know that I’m in focus and having a 9.7″ screen on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 really helps with that.

Wireless Options

Welcome to 2017 where almost everything can be done wirelessly.

Well Digital SLRs in most cases are no exception.  First thing you’ll want to find out is if your camera body has WiFi capabilities built in.

Here is a quick list:
Canon T6 Rebel
Canon T6i Rebel
Canon T6s Rebel
Canon T7i Rebel
Canon 70D
Canon 77D
Canon 80D
Canon 6D
Canon 5D Mark IV

Nikon D5600
Nikon D7200
Nikon D750
Nikon D500
Nikon Df
Nikon D810
Nikon D810A
Nikon D5

If you don’t see your camera body here don’t worry, you’re not completely out of luck but fist let me focus on these bodies.

Canon and Nikon both have mobile apps for both iOS and Android operating systems that you can download for free.  These apps will walk you through exactly how to pair you’re camera to that device.  Once connected you have a ton of control over your camera including but not limited to Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, White Balance, and most importantly viewing the shots that you’ve taken and uploading them to your mobile device.  iOS 10 even supports photos in RAW now making your editing even more precise.  Don’t worry we’ll drive into editing tools soon as well.

I’ve found that pairing these devices after the initial pair isn’t as simple as it should be.  This causes me to avoid using it much.  I only find it worth the pain of re-pairing the device when I really want to share a photo in the moment.

Wireless Options for Bodies That Do Not Have Wireless Built In

As I mentioned earlier some bodies simply do not have wireless built in but that doesn’t completely cripple you from doing this thanks to our friends at EyeFi.  EyeFi is an SD card with wireless capabilities built in, making any camera that shoots to SD cards now WiFi capable.  EyeFi can send photos to any iOS, Android, or even desktop operating systems including raw files.  Now you’re not going to get the controllability of the camera like you do when WiFi is built in but you can still view and transfer your photos very easily on the go.  The one major drawback is the speeds aren’t incredibly fast and you cannot shoot with your camera while the photos are transferring.

Canon also has an add on wireless option via SD card known as their W-Ei WiFi Adapter. Keep in mind to use a system like this you need to have a dual slot cards like the Canon 7D MkII.  Early reviews on this have not been good at all.  I’m hearing that it’s very slow and really just not worth the hassle.  I’d steer toward the EyeFi if you absolutely need that option.

Mobile Software

IMG_6060Editing on the fly has become extremely simple and there are some great options to use out there.  I personally use Adobe’s Creative Cloud.  Subscription based softwares are becoming more popular and Adobe offers some pretty great options.  For as little as $10 a month you can get going with Photoshop and Lightroom on your desktop and mobile devices.

Lightroom for iOS and Android is actually free to test out and edit photos.  As someone who doesn’t do much re-touching and focuses more on exposure and color correction these apps are amazing for editing on the fly.

There are way too many apps out there to go through all of them.  If you’re using one that you love leave a comment below and I’ll try it out for sure.

 

Apple Releases New iPad at just $329 and (RED) iPhone 7

You know Apple has something up their sleeve when you visit their website and see this.

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Well today was nothing different.  Apple released a refreshed to their iPad lineup with a 9.7″ iPad now starting at just $329!


On top of that the releases a product (RED) iPhone 7.

Let’s start off and talking about the iPad.  Despite heavy rumors for an iPad Pro release, Apple seems to being going after the chrome book market by frantically dropping the price of the entry level 9.7″ iPad to just $329.

So first off they are available in 32GB Wifi at $329 ($459 for cellular) and 128GB at $429 ($559 for cellular).  Silver, Gold, and Space Gray are the only available colors, leaving rose gold for the for the “premium” iPad Pro users.

If you were looking for a tech spec bump this isn’t the iPad for you as it remains mostly the same from the previous generation entry level 9.7″ iPad Air 2.

Now let’s get into (RED) iPhone 7 available for purchase March 24, 2017.  People have been all about the hottest color phone ever since the iPhone 4 delayed the impossible to find, white model.  Then with the gold iPhone 5s and so on.

The one note that Apple added to the (RED) iPhone 7 is the option for 256GB.  This drives the price of the 256GB iPhone 7 plus to a staggering $969!  We all heard the rumors of a near $1000 iPhone coming but I’m not sure we realized it would happen with the current product line.  I’m worried that whatever iPhone Apple releases next will break that $1000 barrier.

I don’t think this is much more than a way to for Apple to boost sales in a typically slow iPhone sales season.  The color red looks great (although I prefer my jet black) and the philanthropy behind (RED) is great but there is really nothing else special about the hardware.

iPads are available today for pickup at most Apple Stores or you can order them online right away.

iPhone 7 in (RED) will be available for order Friday March 24, 2017.

So nothing presentation worthy from Apple but a fun update for those considering a new entry level iPad or someone who has to have to latest color phone.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

My First Ever Impressions with Android

I’ve been tasked with developing basic troubleshooting tips and tricks for mobile devices by my employer.IMG_1747

Now, outside of two short and awful Android experiences, I’ve had no real world use with one of these devices but clearly I was going to have to become a pro with them very quickly.

So I ordered a Samsung Tab S2 tablet.  Why?  Well first off because it currently runs Android Marshmallow (Android’s 2nd most adopted OS to date), it will have the ability to upgrade to Nougat (Andriod’s latest but not yet adopted OS), and lastly it won’t have much of the garbage software that carriers like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile install on Android devices before being sold.

First Impressions

Where the hell is the back arrow?  Using the back button located on the lower right hand side of the device is taking a lot getting used to.  With iOS when we need to go back we typically look to the top left hand corner of the app or simply swipe backward.

Why do I need multiple user accounts? (Google and Samsung)  One thing I learned at Apple is, people can’t remember their usernames and or passwords to save their lives.  Upon booting up my new tablet I was prompted to enter my gmail account for the Google Play Store (where you get all your apps) PLUS they wanted me to create a Samsung user name and password separate from my Gmail account.  I’m not exactly sure what they use this for but I’ve been getting prompted every so often to do so, so that I can take advantage of some “Samsung Essential Apps”.  This is very annoying and pops up on my screen regularly.

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Live Widgets are Fantastic.  Apple attempted to use live widgets but decided to put them in hidden places like Notification Center.  Android really allows you to customize your home screen for all of your up to date information.  I really hope Apple finds a non battery draining way to do this.

The Vibrance of the Display.  The “Super AMOLED” display is extremely vibrant.  It oddly does seem to be a magnet for dust and fingerprints though.  I find myself cleaning the screen extremely often.  I almost never have to on my iPad Pro.  Also it seems like many of the third party apps aren’t prepared to use such an available color palette.  Most of the third party apps have a very bland look and feel.

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What was that noise?  I’ve got my notifications set to minimum but I find that the device is almost always beeping about something.  You really don’t know what it is until you pull up your notifications.

Oh I get to nerd out?  Unlike iOS, Android gives you a ton of control over the device.  You can see RAM and CPU usage and how the impact battery life.  This is nice if you’re very tech savvy and want to know those things but don’t have a whole lot of real world use.  There are ways to completely customize this open source device which I haven’t really jumped into just yet.

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User accounts. Being able to have multiple user accounts (locally) seems pretty wonderful.  Our computers have been doing this for decades but mobile device haven’t.  If this device were to be shared with anyone that feature is amazing.

Day to Day Experiences

I found the tablet pretty easy to pick up for most day to day things.  Notification management can be a bit tricky and it LOVES to make noises whenever it can but I’ve just found that putting it in Airplane mode when I’m not using it, solves that issue.  Or does it?

One thing that drives me crazy is when it is in Airplane mode, it treats your notifications like water trying to get through a kinked hose.  We all know what happens when you un-kink that hose.  All the notifications come flying in at once making a horrible long lasting noise of notification awareness.  Even if I’ve addressed these notifications, such as email, from another device.

One big surprise was how well Android plays with Apple’s AirPods.  Apple specifically designed them to work optimally with iOS devices.  Now that doesn’t mean that they don’t play nice at all but it’s a different process.

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To recap how they work with Apple devices, any iOS or Mac with the same Apple ID remembers your AirPods even if they’ve never been connected through traditional pairing processes.  This makes it very easy to switch between devices.

With Android you just need to follow the traditional bluetooth pairing procedures and they work just fine.  I was surprised that the AirPods did not have to be re-paired traditionally with my Apple devices after being paired with my tablet.

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I miss the easily addable accessories such as my magnetic cover for my iPad and my keyboard cover that uses Apple’s smart connector.  I never realized how important they were to me and since I’d rather not carry around a separate keyboard this device is basically unusable for any long amounts of typing.  It seems Samsung is attempting to resolve this with the Tab S3.

Overall

I’m surprised how much I enjoy this device.  Being someone who has never ventured outside of iOS I was worried of the potential for culture shock.

The Samsung Tab S2 is extremely thin and light but I’m constantly afraid I’m going to scratch it.  I guess I’ve learned to trust what Apple devices can withstand as far as physical abuse over the years so this might change.

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I haven’t even really scratched the surface as to what this device can do but I’ll certainly get more technical with it as time goes on.  For anyone considering, maybe take a look into the more affordable devices and see for yourself.

Take it from someone who’s never ventured outside the box until now.  You may be pleasantly surprised.