The Long Wait is Over
After the Apple Watch was introduced in the Spring of 2015, I wrote a short post entitled “Which Watch.” Twenty months later, I finally purchased one. I did get the Space Gray 42mm aluminum with black fluoroelastomer sport band. Since I waited so long, I had a choice between the Series 1 and Series 2. Target made my choice easier due to a Black Friday discount on the Series 1.
I was originally planning on making this an unboxing photo essay, but it’s now been almost a year, so what’s the point? The introduction of the Series 3 has prompted me to come back to this draft post and wrap it up, finally!
My First Apple Watch
I did have an Apple Watch prior to the introduction of what the tech community is now calling “series 0,” however.
Even though it thought different [differently?], it was not smart. So I was glad to upgrade to the Series 1.
It has been a fun 11 months with the Watch Series 1. I use it primarily for notifications, a remote for playing audio from my iPhone 6s, and, in the last six months, walk workout fitness tracking. Having the watch has motivated me to get out and move more than I had been in many years, so I think it has been a good investment.
So, there you have it. I’ve incorporated the Watch into my daily routine. Now, another decision has to be made. Do I upgrade to the Series 3? And if so, do I go for LTE?
Greetings Mac users!
I recently started listening to a new podcast focused on Mac and iOS security called, The Checklist. It’s hosted by Ken Ray (of the daily Mac OS Ken podcast) with security geeks Nicholas Raba and Nicholas Ptacek of SecureMac, Inc It’s been going for about seven weeks now and I thought some of you may be interested in the content. Each episode is fairly short (approximately 30 minutes), and covers a short, five-item checklist of security-related steps.
Even if your not a podcast listener, the content of each week’s list is freely available for you to read on the episode’s web page. Episodes that have aired so far cover these topics:
I am really enjoying the podcast and you might find some timely information for your daily Macintosh computing. A new episode comes out every Thursday.
Happy listening (or reading),
Do I want an Watch? Yes. Do I need an Watch? Probably not. Will I buy an Watch? At some point, yes. Which Watch? 42mm Sport with black fluoroelastomer band.
But first I want an iPhone 6. And before that I need a new Mac.
The Watch is getting more and more expensive. 😜
“Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” ~Steve Jobs
I neglected to mark the day on June 29, the seventh anniversary of the original iPhone’s launch. I didn’t own or use an iPhone until 2009 (iPhone 3Gs), but my computing life sure has changed due to the iPhone.
Apple gives developers a hug.
Dave Wiskus writing for Macworld:
Those of us who make software tend to see our industry through the lens of what came before us: a scrappy group of nerds banded together to start software companies and change the world. It’s easy to continue to cast ourselves as the underdogs, but the truth is that we won. Technology is cool now. People are buying computing devices and software at a rate unmatched in history. All kinds of people like this stuff, and now Apple is empowering and encouraging us to make software for all kinds of people.
As a user (not a developer), I agree with Mr. Wiskus’ take on Apple’s WWDC keynote. Last year I thought we were seeing the emerging of Tim Cook’s Apple. This year it’s beginning to blossom.
Be sure to watch the short WWDC Developer Reactions video.
I’ve had a Space Gray iPhone 5s since mid-November, 2013. I have put off getting any kind of case, wanting to see how if fares naked under normal use. I did apply a screen protector film on the face (since it came at a discount from Best Buy when I purchased the phone), but that’s the only protection it’s had—up to this point.
Yesterday, I put my iPhone in one of Apple’s leather cases. I wanted the (PRODUCT) RED™ case—because I like the color red and I like that a portion of the purchase price is donated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa—but our local Best Buy only carried the black and brown ones. (Aside: there are a number of reasons I chose to purchase from Best Buy instead of directly from Apple or some other retailer, but I won’t bore you with that story.) So I ordered one for in-store pickup early last week and it came in—and I picked it up—yesterday on my way home.
As I sat down to take it out and put it on my iPhone while waiting for the Papa Murphy’s pizza to bake, I decided to be a little silly and take unboxing photos to share with all my loyal fans (I say with tongue firmly planted in cheek). So here you go world, my Apple (PRODUCT) RED™ leather iPhone 5s case unboxing and installation. Enjoy…
1. First I removed the ugly shipping label that Best Buy applied to get it to our local store.
2. The front of the now pristine package.
3. The back side of the package.
4. The rack hanger is built into the top opening of the package. To open it, a plastic strip needs to be ripped off (indicated by the arrow in the orange dot). The text below reads, “This case is made from natural aniline leather. It’s appearance will change as you use it.”
5. After ripping off the plastic strip, the top opens easily.
6. Once opened, the case and cardboard backing easily slide out of the plastic package.
7. The leather iPhone case just pops off the cardboard backing. After which, the phone easily popped into the leather case.
8. The front of my iPhone 5s, now in the red leather case.
9. The back of the case protecting my iPhone 5s. Such a pretty red.
Two-fer: Verizon sticks it to rival carriers in the US
The offer underscores the competitive nature of the U.S. mobile market, where Verizon faces intense competition from rival AT&T, as well as stepped-up price wars prompted by T-Mobile. Yankee Group estimates AT&T and Verizon are neck-and-neck when it comes to share of domestic mobile phone lines, at roughly 33 percent each.
Two crappy customer experiences for the price of one is good business. Anything is better than paying the higher subsidies to Apple—customer be damned!
Recently, a client asked me how to put an icon that had gone missing back on her dock. Over the years I’ve been asked that same question by a number of Mac users. Even though Mac OS X is over 14 years old, there still seems to be confusion about the dock and how to manage its icons. So I decided to make a short screencast to show how.
When your iPhone battery is low and you don’t have time to leave it plugged in for long, turn on Airplane mode and it will charge faster.
I installed Apple’s mobile operating system on my almost three-year-old iPhone 4 yesterday afternoon. I had initially thought I wouldn’t bother, thinking the aging A4 wouldn’t quite be up to the task of keeping the user experience as snappy as iOS 6. I have been pleasantly surprised so far.
After reading reports of some laggy-ness and overall slower responsiveness I figured I could wait until November when I will upgrade to the iPhone 5S. But after a couple of clients called with upgrade questions and seeing iOS 7 in action on a friend’s iPhone 4, I decided I would give it a go.
So far I have not really noticed that much of a performance hit. The animated transitions may be slower than they would be on newer hardware, but I don’t have anything to compare them with so they seem fine to me. They are smooth and the entire interface experience seems to flow easily. There is no jerky-ness that I have noticed so it seems Apple has done a good job of accounting for older hardware in their coding.
The only jankyness that I’ve noticed has been within certain apps. For example, the Facebook app is doggy-slow and crashes often. This was the case before iOS 7, so I doubt the problem is with Apple’s upgrade.
All-in-all, a good experience so far. It’s sort of like having a new phone. I look forward to actually getting the latest hardware and seeing this OS upgrade really shine.