iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR

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Here we are, just shortly after Apple announced their new iPhones.

We got three new iPhones today! Two of which, are brand new designs. We received an updated iPhone X with the iPhone Xs, a plus-sized iPhone Xs Max, and a third, lower cost iPhone R.

It looks like the rumors were spot on and there were very few surprises as far as the iPhones are concerned.

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iPhone Xs

As far as new devices are concerned, this one is the least exciting. Don’t get me wrong, this one is still going to be a top of the line phone and the one that I would buy, personally. It just isn’t exciting because it looks exactly like 2017’s iPhone X. The only difference physically is the new gold color. The battery on the iPhone Xs will last a half hour longer than the iPhone X.

iPhone XR

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Next up, is the iPhone XR. If you remember the iPhone 5c from years ago, this is the essentially the follow-up.  Again, this has been widely rumored so it’s not much of a surprise. This is a 6.1-inch device with an LED screen. This is also a less expensive version of the X line at $749. They can lower the price by using the LED screen instead of the iPhone Xs OLED. Other than that, it has the same A12 Bionic chip that the other two new iPhones have. Another way Apple was able to lower the cost of the phone is the camera. The XR does not have the dual camera setup that the Xs does. Which is fine, especially because Apple has managed a way to get Portrait Mode on the XR. You’re getting top of the line performance at a lower cost. Unlike the iPhone 5c I think the XR is going to be a huge seller for Apple. The iPhone XR battery will last an hour and a half longer than the 8 Plus battery. Judging from that, this iPhone will have the best battery.

iPhone Xs Max

The big boy! This monster is 6.5 inches. Essentially, you are getting an iPhone 8 Plus size phone with a bigger screen. Like the other two phones, it is powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, OLED screen and boasts the always impressive dual camera setup. The iPhone Xs Max will last an hour and a half longer than last years iPhone X.

Which one?

So now the tough question, which one should you get?

I can speak to the iPhone Xs because it is an even better version of what I have. I would fully give my support to this phone. The Xs and Xs Max have upgraded water protection, faster FaceID and a new 512GB storage option.

The iPhone XR is a huge phone but lower cost. The OLED screen compared to the LED screen difference is only noticeable if comparing the two side by side. But I promise you, as soon as you step into the OLED world, you won’t be able to go back to a LED screen. But if you want a phone that does the job, big display, has a better than expected camera and top of the line speed, get the XR and save your money.

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I’ll put this one simply, if you want the best iPhone available, the iPhone Xs Max, is it. Best processor, best screen, best camera, and big battery makes this an easy choice. The only two reasons I would say no to this one is because of how big it is and how expensive it is. It is definitely a personal choice that only you can make.

The iPhone Xs and Xs Max go up for pre-order on 9/14 with a release date of 9/21.

The iPhone Xs starts at $999 for 64GB, $1149 for 256GB and $1349 for 512 GB.

The iPhone Xs Max starts at $1099 for 64GB, $1249 for 256GB and $1449 for 512 GB.

The iPhone XR is available for pre-order on 10/10 with a release date of 10/26.

The iPhone XR starts at $749 for 64GB, $799 for 128GB and $899 for 256 GB.

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Apple Watch Saving Lives

Jason Perlow at ZDNet:

Rosenbaum told me I was extremely lucky the Apple Watch picked up the Afib relatively early. In a few years, the likelihood of stroke would be greater because the condition would get worse.

Fantastic read about the Apple Watch saving another life. Knowing that this technology is available, and only getting better, is great to hear. Go give this a read.

 

What it Would Take For Me to Upgrade

As mentioned in my previous post, I dont think I will be upgrading to the new iPhone this year. That is easy to say because they havn’t even been announced yet. The reason I dont think I will upgrade is because the iPhone X is perfect for me. From the size, to the camera, to the speed, the iPhone X has been a hit. At this point, I dont know what it would take for me to upgrade. Of course, the new iPhone will have a faster processor and a better camera but the iPhone X is already excelling in those areas. So here are a few things that would make me pull the trigger on a new phone this fall.

USB Type C

Rumors have been swirling around for a while that Apple might change the connector on the iPhone from Lightning to USB-C. If Apple were to change the connector, this would also allow for faster charging.  I would want to jump on this train as soon as possible if this is the future of the iPhone.

More than likely, this year’s iPhone will keep the Lightning connector that plugs into the iPhone but the other end will be a USB-C connector that would plug into a power adapter. This also should allow faster charging but wouldn’t be enough to warrant upgrading.

Smaller Footprint

I love the size of the iPhone X because you get a good bit of screen in a smaller size phone than the Plus. If Apple would come out with an iPhone 5/SE size phone that is all screen like the X, I would seriously consider it. I would enjoy being able to fully utilize a phone that I can always use one handed. In order for me to upgrade to a device like this, it would have to be as powerful as the other new iPhones that are being announced.

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I am not holding my breath on this one. Apple hasn’t updated the iPhone SE in quite some time and with the trend of bigger phones on the rise, I feel like the smaller form factors are a thing of the past. Even if we do get an updated smaller phone, I dont think it is going to have all of the latest technolgy inside and it will forever be a step behind Apple’s current flagships.

Accessories

I am a sucker for accessories. The Apple Smart Battery Case is a long time favorite. You all will roll your eyes, but if Apple were to release an updated battery case, compatible with only the new phones, that might do it for me.

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If Apple’s wireless charging mat, AirPower, is only compatible with the newer devices and it is something I choose to buy, I would really consider an upgrade to a new phone.

I highly doubt Apple will limit AirPower to only the new devices. They advertised it working with all of the iPhones capable of wireless charging, last year, but this is Apple’s world.

Wrap up

As you can see, these are very particular items. There is very little that I can think of that will make an upgrade worth it. Dont get me wrong, these new iPhones will positivley be the best iPhones yet and anyone who likes the iPhone X but wants a bigger phone, should be excited for next weeks devices. For as indecisive as I am,  I might end up with the big sized iPhone again. Only time will tell.

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New iPhones Are Coming

Here we are,  less than a month away from a new iPhone announcement. This past week, Apple sent out invitations to their annual fall event. It will be held at the Steve Jobs Theater on September 12th, at 10am Pacific Time. I cannot believe that we will have a new slew of iPhones to choose from. It seems like yesterday that I picked up my shiny-new iPhone X and that is saying a lot.

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Usually, by this time in the year, I am itching to get the latest and greatest from Apple. This year is a bit different. I was thinking it was just me. I have a wedding that has been going through my mind and my wallet. So maybe that is why? I don’t think so. Is Apple just downright boring now? I doubt that either. As many others have said, to put it simply, the iPhone X is my favorite iPhone.

2018 might be the first year that I don’t pick up the newest iteration of iPhone. I have been running the iOS 12 Public Beta over the last couple of months and have noticed no slow down on my iPhone X. My battery health is showing 96%, which means when my phone shows 100% its max capacity is really only 96%.

Rumors are saying that we will probably get a low-cost 6.1″ iPhone, an updated iPhone X and an iPhone X Plus. While I loved my Plus phones before, the iPhone X has hit the sweet spot for me, as far as size goes. I just don’t know what Apple could do to push me into a newer iPhone X or iPhone X Plus. Other than a Plus size, I have not heard of any crazy features that will make the upgrade worthwhile for me. Of course, the new iPhones will have an updated camera and updated processor but both of those are already fantastic on my iPhone X.

Anyone who knows me knows that I change my mind a thousand times when it comes to iPhones, so we will really have to wait until September to see what I do. I think I am more excited about a new Apple Watch, since mine is coming up on two years old. Also, my iPad Air 2 will be four years old this fall, which is making my mind wonder whether or not I need(want) a new one. We also cannot forget that Apple’s previously announced wireless charging mat, AirPower, has yet to be released.

This September will either be one of the most expensive or least expensive Apple launches for me. Either way, I am content with the iPhone X right now and I look forward to September 12th.

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The Apple Store Experience

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For years, I lived in a state where there were zero Apple Stores. So going to an Apple Store was always a special trip when I could go. Now, I live an hour away from one and I get excited everytime I get to go. But what is the allure? Here are a couple of reasons why I love the experience of walking into an Apple Store:

They Have it All

This is the one place that you can go to that has nearly every product that Apple offers. Not all stores have every single item but this is the closest you can get. I think it is good that I still live an hour away from a store or I would probably have every color watch band and leather iPhone X case.

Not Pushy

Having worked in mobile sales before, I hate the entire concept of pushy salespeople. I can walk into an Apple Store and be only asked if I need help finding anything and that is it.  From my understanding, Apple employees’ primary goal is to help you. I think offering that type of experience gains the consumer’s trust and they will end up spending the money there even if they can get it cheaper online. This is a huge reason that Apple retail is still a success. I took my fiancé to an Apple Store to try on an Apple Watch with no intentions of buying one. I made it out that day without one but as I was leaving, I was thinking how nice of an experience it was. They weren’t shoving product down my throat and respected my decision that we weren’t ready to purchase that day.

Come and Go

This is kind of wild but you can actually go to the Apple Store, pick up what you want from one of their shelves and buy it through your iPhone’s Apple Store app without ever making contact with an employee. I have done it once and it felt bizarre. I felt like I was doing something wrong. Apple Stores are always so busy so if you are in a hurry and need a lightning cable or case, this is ideal.

Design

Nothing comes close to the design of an Apple Store. It is clean, white and very very bright.  The stores are very welcoming. When it is not packed full of people, which is rare, there is plenty of room to look around and play with all of the toys and gadgets.

Overall, if you are someone who doesn’t make it to an Apple Store often, its always a treat when you get to go.  With a lot of retail failing, I really hope that Apple continues doing what they are doing and continues to be a successful retail space.

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Do I Miss Touch ID?

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Since November, I have been living with the iPhone X. If you haven’t been following along, the iPhone X is the first iPhone without a home button. Since there is no longer a home button, Apple’s fingerprint unlock feature, Touch ID, is also gone.  Because of this, Apple built in facial recognition software to unlock your phone called Face ID.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to like solely relying on Face ID because Touch ID was so fast and accurate.  When I first got the iPhone X I also had the iPhone 8 Plus, which still had Touch ID. Comparing the two, there was an obvious speed and accuracy difference between them. The 8 Plus fingerprint reader was significantly faster and easier to use.

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There are times where Face ID is annoying and I wish I could have Touch ID back. For instance, when your phone is sitting on a desk or flat surface you cannot unlock your phone unless you hover your head over the top of your phone. I know this might sound insignificant, but it is one of those things you don’t realize you’re missing until it is gone.

If you were not aware, there were two versions of Touch ID. The second version was a great improvement and opened your phone almost too quickly. But after you got used to it, it was fantastic to use over the older generation. My iPad Air 2 still has that first generation Touch ID sensor. It is too slow. In this instance, Face ID has the upper hand. And this is really the comparison we should be doing. Two first-generation products. When you put it in that context, I believe Face ID is leap and bounds ahead of the first-generation Touch ID.

In addition to Face ID, losing the home button gave us some truly great gestures and a new way to use an iPhone, that was very much needed.

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To answer my question, yes I do kind of miss Touch ID. But I can only imagine, in two to three years, where Face ID will be. I think we will get to the point where we will look back at Touch ID and laugh.

This fall, from what the rumors are telling us, all the new iPhones may come without a home button. This is the future of the lineup and I look forward to going on this journey with Apple.

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Should You Buy an Apple Watch?

When I first started The Mealy Apple, one of my first posts was really downplaying the usefulness of the Apple Watch. I think it is safe to say, nearly a year and a half later, that my feelings about it has changed quite a bit.

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Fitness

Over the past year, the Apple Watch has become my fitness companion and has motivated me in ways that I never even thought about.

The Apple Watch challenges you to close three colored rings: Move-Red, Exercise-Green and Stand-Blue. The move goal is recommended by the Apple Watch when you set it up based on your body composition and how active you are day-to-day. The green exercise ring is set at 30 minutes and can be achieved by moving briskly for 30 minutes. Finally, the stand ring, colored in blue, is a way to make sure you get the blood moving every hour. If you haven’t stood up for the first 50 minutes of the hour, you will get a little tap on your write to get your butt up.

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It is oddly satisfying seeing those rings gradually move throughout the day. Or closing that exercise ring before 9am, is also a great way to start the day.

As of now, you can only see where friends are with their move goal and workouts they completed. This fall, in iOS 12, Apple is adding more competitive features to further challenge us and better ourselves.

Safety

In a tech obsessed world, distracted drivers are a constant fear. If staying off of your phone can be avoided, I am welcome to all ideas.

The Apple Watch does a great job at this. While driving, you can text back by voice. This is extremely convenient and safer than pulling out your phone and also risking being pulled over by the police.

Also, changing music or podcasts is a simple tap away. Again, a cop can cite you for distracted driving just by changing a music track if the phone is in your hand.

You may have heard in the news recently about multiple individuals giving credit to the Apple Watch for saving their lives. This is another great safety feature of the Apple Watch. It can detect irregular hearth rhythms and notify you. I have known people who have recently had heart complications to buy the Apple Watch simply for this reason. It is one of those features you hope to never see, but knowing it is there, gives me some peace of mind.

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Non-Intrusive

Going back to what I said about the tech-obsessed, we are constantly looking at our phones. I have really been trying to be more present when with my friends and family and when important conversations are going on. Also, I am trying to get better at not wasting time. How many times a day do you get a text or Facebook notification and end up scrolling through Facebook for the next 10 minutes? Unfortunately, this happens to me a lot and I know it happens to the majority of us, often.

You would think the Apple Watch would be more distracting; having that tap on the wrist every couple of minutes because you got a new notification. And yes, it can be. But, I have found that it keeps me off of my phone more. My wrist might buzz because I got a new email. So I glance and see that it is junk and there is no need to pull out my phone to further get distracted. I do notice a big difference when my watch is on and when it is not.

Conclusion

So, should you buy an Apple Watch? If you have the money and think it will motivate you to be more active, I say absolutely yes. If you are into technology and think you would love to have all of your notifications literally on your wrist, go for it. Or maybe you have a family member with a history of heart problems and you think this would be a good way to monitor their health. If you can justify it, do it.

I used to say that the Apple Watch isn’t anything you need and granted, most people are getting by just fine without one. But say you aren’t just fine. We are in the future. We have technology on our wrists that can help us. Why ignore that fact?

The only reason I would tell you to wait on buying one would be because there may be a new one coming this fall. Rumors suggest that the Apple Watch may stay in its current form but lose some of the unused black space (bezel) around the screen to make the screen bigger. As always, a new iteration will most likely include a faster processor and better battery. So keep that in mind.

Currently Apple offers the following configurations:

Apple Watch Series 1– $249 for the 38mm and $279 for the 42mm – The Series 1 has an older processor, does not have GPS or a Barometer. It is splash resistant but not water resistant.

Apple Watch Series 3– $329 for the 38mm and $359 for the 42mm.  Also, Apple offers the Series 3 in a cellular model so that you can use it as a standalone cellular device. The prices on those are $399 for the 38mm and $429 for the 42mm.  Keep in mind, to use the cellular service on the watch, you will need to pay a monthly fee through your cell phone service carrier. The Series 3 has GPS, a barometer, is water resistant up to 50 meters, Siri talks to you and is 2X brighter than the Series 1. Also, this will work on Apple’s yet-to-be-released AirPower mat wireless charger.

Let me know if you plan on buying a new Apple Watch or think you will wait until a new one comes out.

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