Unique Way To Backup Your Photos On The Go

As photographers we are always looking to make sure that our most important (or our clients most important) photos are protected.

As I’ve been shooting weddings this summer the photos and video I’m capturing are arguably the most important images I can’t afford to lose. I’ll go into the fine details of my extremely repetitive backup system in a later blog but I wanted to share a unique idea you may already be able to take advantage of with little or no additional cost.

Your iPhone and iPad are maybe your most protected devices. With fingerprint scanners, Face ID scanners, find my iPhone, and iCloud backup your hardware and personal data is extremely secure.

With the latest version of Apple iOS raw files play very well.  Now I know what you’re thinking. “My iPhone tells me I’m constantly ‘out of storage’ and I need to remove things.”

To that I’d say upgrade your iCloud storage. Apple offers you just 5GB for free which modern day (May 2018) is a joke. For just $2.99 a month (about what you paid for your coffee this morning) I upgrade to 200GB and that is more than enough to back up my multiple devices and iPhone photos.  Now I take tens of thousands of photos and videos with my iPhone. Who doesn’t? But with this iCloud storage my 128Gb iPhone 7 has over 77GB of local storage ready to use!  77GB is thousands of RAW files that I can backup to my devices.

Now I’m sure you’re wondering how do I get my photos to my iPhone from my camera.  The best option that I’ve found is the Apple SD to lightning adapter don’t worry it’s only $29.  Do NOT skimp out on this adapter.  Amazon offers dozens of third party ones but I promise you they wont work well.

It’s not the fastest when uploading your photos to your iOS device but it works.  I would say if you’re dumping a 32GB or 64GB SD card full or raw files I would start it in your locked car (out of sight) or anywhere you’re confident the phone wont go for a walk.  I sometimes even throw it in my camera bag that hangs on my shoulder most of the day and let it upload there. (Keep in mind I still have a copy of those images on a 2nd CF card that is still in my camera).

Once these photos are on your iPhone or iPad they’re protected behind all the safeguards I mentioned earlier.  My suggestion once it’s copied to your iOS device is that you do NOT delete them from the card but remove the card and put it in another secure location until the shoot is over.

This solution is a great option for me that I frequently use for portrait sessions, weddings, real estate shoots, and so on.  It is very portable and adds very little gear into my already overpack camera bags.

I hope that you’ll consider using this simple and affordable method to make sure you NEVER have to explain to a client how you lost their images shortly after a shoot.  Please feel free to leave any comments and/or feedback down below.

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.

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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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.

Amazon Give Authorities Personal User Data Recorded From Echo.

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Amazon was recently under a subpoena to release information collected from an Amazon Echo device as it pertains to a murder investigation.

Amazon initially refused to hand over the information citing First Amendment rights but since has given authorities permission to access the data with the defendants permission.

The Amazon Echo speaker was found near the same hot tub where a dead body was found in November of 2015.

These AI or “Artificial Intelligence” devices (although I don’t think they should be categorized as such)  are always listening.  Ever notice the lack of off switch?  The Amazon Echo in particular, advertises it’s “Long Range Microphone”.  I use the Echo Dot at home for some music streaming and home automation and I can attest that it hears me from other rooms without an issue.

And look there are dozens of devices that do that these days.  Here is a list off the top of my head:

AppleTV (Latest Model w/ Siri Remote)
iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac (Using Siri)
Amazon Fire TV Products
Roku (with microphone in the remote)
Amazon Echo (And any vendor using it)
Google Pixel
Microsoft Products (That use Cortana)
Google Home

So these devices are always listening in on our conversations and now companies like Amazon have admitted that they can provide archives of it.  How do you feel about everything you say being recorded somewhere and someone else having the ability to distribute it as they see fit?

 

The question becomes, What amount of privacy are we willing to give up to have these devices?  Surely we enjoy them but at what cost?

Imagine this, one day your device overhears your mention that you’re cold.  Suddenly North Face ads begin popping up on your devices.  Or how about this one.  You scream that you burned yourself and Amazon Prime instantly suggests that you overnight some bandages to you home.  Sure it sounds great but how far is too far?

These things are entirely possible now but major companies like Amazon, Apple, and Google aren’t exactly ready to blatantly expose the fact they’ve got more information on you than your closest friends and relatives.  Or that they can predict your spending habits better than you can.

Well Amazon took that first step today.  Even though the defendant (presumably the owner of the Echo) gave permission for Amazon to release it, the point is they’ve got it.  And as we’ve seen there are people that would go great lengths to get that information.  Such as the FBI who paid 1.3 million dollars for someone to crack into the iPhone 5c (No Thanks to Apple) in the San Bernardino shootings case. (Yes I know someone else did it shortly after for $100)

So enjoy these devices for now but prepare yourself for a much more difficult conversation that is sure to come.

The Battle of the Unlimited Plans. UPDATED

Let me start off by saying that you need to do some basic research on which carrier is going to be best supported in your area.  There’s no need in saving $10-$20 a month and not be able to make phone calls when you need to.

With that being said, let me take this opportunity to break down all of the new “Unlimited” plans that all major US carriers are providing.

Highlighted in yellow are the best deals and red are the worst deals.

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As you process that here are some things you absolutely need to think about.

  1.  Sprint’s current pricing is “Promotional Pricing” stating that in March 2018 these “Unlimited Plans” pricing and data will change making your 3rd and 4th line $30 each.
  2. T-Mobile’s pricing is a flat rate after taxes and fees.  This is really a nice deal since all the other carriers are going to hit you with $7-10 each month for that. (Pricing reflects using auto-pay)
  3. There is no activation fee if you are already a T-Mobile user. (They charge you for the sim card)

I think it’s absurd that AT&T doesn’t offer a Mobile Hotspot option especially when being the most expensive option.

So if you’re considering changing the plan on your current carrier or switching carriers completely like I did the data is all here.  I can’t remind you enough that you really need to do some homework on coverage in the areas you spend the most.  I know that T-Mobile is very strong in Philadelphia and I’ve had a great experience with it from the areas outside of Philadelphia I spend the most time in.

Feel free to ask any questions down below in the comments field.  And be sure to check out my T-Mobile testimonial coming later this week.

UPDATE!

Wow so in the week that originally posted this blog I had no idea that things were just heating up.  Here are some updates that you need to know about if you’re considering changing your plan or carrier.

AT&T:  Now offering 10Gb of data tethering option with all Unlimited plans. This keeps them competitive with everyone else.

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This is what I LOVE about T-Mobile.  They’re extremely competitive when it comes to having the best to offer their customers.  Starting March 1, 2017, T-Mobile will now offer 3 lines for $100 taxes and fees included!  This $41 cheaper than their previous offerings as seen on the chart above.  So if you or your family need 3 lines you’re landing at just over $33 per line for unlimited data.  Unreal!

So lets recap the best options (remember do your homework on carrier maps) for each lines:

1 Line – Sprint but I don’t feel great about their coverage map or the face that the deal is going to change in 2018.  T-Mobile is most likely going to be the best overall option at $70 flat with a larger data pool and better overall cover.  Plus your taxes and fees are included.

2 Lines – T-Mobile again is going to take his one.

3 Lines – as well because for $100 taxes and fees included T-Mobile is going to offer you 3 lines.  Same as the cost as 2.  Plus it’s $50+ cheaper than Verizon and AT&T.

4 Lines – This is where T-Mobile likes to blur the lines a bit.  They say anything after your 2nd line is “Free” so with that pricing model 3 lines will cost you $100 flat but 4 lines total will cost you $141.  (Same as 3 lines on their pervious plan).

I hate to admit it but this crazy man is doing it right.

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For more information, I recently made the switch to T-Moblie.  You can read all about it here.

Feel free to comment blow with any additional questions.

Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case

Apple has their own Smart charging case in an industry run by Mophie and a million third party vendors.  There’s that word “Smart” again.  What makes this case smart?  Well read on and you’ll see exactly why Apple’s “Smart” battery case may be the best battery expansion option out there.

Design:  Personally I’m not a huge fan of the battery bulge but I’m not sure I really img_0412see a way around it. It a adds a nice level of grip by using the silicone but I was really getting use to the Apple Leather Case.  This does create a bit more friction coming in and out of my pocket which, I’m not crazy about either and it adds a considerable amount of size and weight to the phone.

I gives you plenty of room for Apple’s wider camera lens and flash preventing most lens flare that some cheaper cases can cause.

The front gives you some vents that really just redirect your speaker and microphone that are located at the base of the phone.

There is only one port at the bottom of the case and this is part of what makes it smart.

The buttons on the outside for volume and Sleep/Wake, are not as prominent as they are in Apple’s leather case but it’s still not too bad.

Functionality:  Having a lightning port at the bottom of the case means no more having to carry around an additional cable!  Most 3rd party cases require you to carry around a Micro-USB cable to charge the case that charges the phone.  They do this because most don’t want to pay the cost to properly implement and lightening connection and Micro-usb is very cheap to manufacture.

img_0414The case (when connected) will give you the health of the battery of the case in your notification center.  This is great since most of the time your phone is in this case your phone charge is at 100%.

The use the term “Smart” because whenever the phone needs the slightest bit of charge, the case will deposit that charge into the iPhone.  This keeps your phone at 100% most of the day as it depletes the battery within the case first.  This is also nice because if you decide you want to ditch the case for a while your phone will be at the maximum charge.

I was hoping that Apple would be smart enough to include more batter statistics on the care itself within the battery settings.

In my opinion Apple’s case is the best charging case out there.  I wish they made a leather version of this to prevent the friction going in and coming out of my pocket but that would certainly drive the price up and at $99 this case is already a top tier device.  Apple advertises that the case will provide you up to 22 additional hours of LTE browsing but I’m finding this to be FAR from true. I pulled it off of the charger this morning at 7am and now at 3:30pm the case is down to 21% remaining after moderate use. (Mostly on Wifi).  So if you’re looking for a premium look and feel, plus having the “Smart” functionality we talked about this is by far the best option but if you want to save a few bucks and just get something to use sparingly Amazon will have plenty of options.

Be sure to check out the full day test without being recharged on my blog “iOS Battery Test For a Full Day”

iOS Battery Test for a Full Day

Today I’ll be frequently updating this post in testing the true “All Day Battery Life” of Apple’s, iPhone 7 (on T-Mobile), Apple Smart Battery Case, Apple Watch, and Apple AirPods to see if how they last in real life scenerios .  I will not be charging at all throughout the day unless need be.  Based on Apple’s stats this combo of products should easily as me all day.  Keep checking back for updates!

Here is what Apple expects from each of it’s products:
 iPhone 7 – Standby up to 10 days, LTE Usage 12 hours, Wifi Usage 14 Hours, Audio Playback 40 Hours.
iPhone Smart Battery Pack – Talk Time up to 24 Hours, Internet Usage 22 Hours on LTE,
Apple Watch – Up to 18 hours of Battery
 Apple AirPods – Single AirPod charge is 5 Hours, AirPod Case up to 24 Hour charge.

7:02am today.  Each of the devices is fully charged.

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UPDATE: (9:32am)

I just got done committing and settling in at work.  Listened to all online & high quality streams off Spotify on the commute in.  I like how the Apple Smart Case always dumps it’s power into the phone as soon as it needs a single percent.  This way if I ever need to ditch the case I’m at 100%.  AirPods battery is ridiculous.  This is about an hour of use.  As for Apple Watch I haven’t done a whole lot of activity with it other than switch the song a few times.

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Update (12:51pm)

I was in meetings most of the last few hours so not a whole lot has changed but I’m headed out to lunch now where LTE usage should be up so we’ll see how it goes.

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Update (4:05pm)

After a bunch of use during lunch and streaming music I’m still really impressed with the AirPods battery life.  Not so much with the battery case.  For a case that advertises 22 hours of LTE browsing I would venture to guess this is less than half that.  I’m a pretty heavy user but I’ve been on wifi most of the day and it’s been sitting idle a lot.  When I start working job #2 around 6pm it’ll be dead for sure and I’ll be relying on just the internal phone battery.

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Update (4:48pm)

Oh well the battery case didn’t even make it 10 hours after being advertised as 22 hours of LTE browsing.  Pretty disappointing.  The AirPods are still killing it but they’ll get much more use throughout the rest of the evening.  Hope the iPhone 7 battery can get me through my data and gps heavy 2nd job.  (Postmates)

Final Update (9:31pm)

Well here we are at the end of the day and some of the products really lived up and others truly tanked.  Apple Watch performed just as I thought it would with about 30% or so remaining.  Not bad considering that I didn’t use the workout app and the Heart Rate monitor would use much more batter life.  AirPods are amazing.  As you can read in my tech review they blew my expectations out of the water.  I’d say I used them for about 5 hours today and they’ve still got 71% of the case charge available and the pods themselves running at 100%.  

Now for the not so good.  Apple Smart Battery Case and iPhone 7 itself.  Now I would consider myself a pretty heavy user.  But to have both the iPhone and the Smart Battery Case depleate before 10pm is hard for me.  If I were going out for beers I’d be walking home since I wouldn’t be able to request a Lyft.  I’ve mentioned Apple’s promises a few times throughout this ongoing blog but I really think it’s far off from what they’re estimating. 


Check back soon as I’ll be performing many other real world tests like “Can an iPad Pro Replace My Laptop” as well as reviews on the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Thanks.  Let me know any othe real world tests you’d like to see.