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Which iPhone should I buy in 2018?

Apple recently announced it’s new line up of phones.  This ranged from the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, to the iPhone XR.

But the iPhone X, Along with iPhone 7 & 8 and 7 & 8 Plus Series are still available for purchase.

So with all that in mind, which iPhone currently represents the best value? 

Well after many price comparisons of all the models and their configurations, We’ve found that for someone who already has an older iPhone and is looking to upgrade.  They should choose the iPhone 8 Plus.  They should choose the 256 GB model as well. 

The combination of the faster processor and the improved camera over the 7 series and especially considering the savings off the premium prices of the newest models means that you get a powerful phone that can play all the latest games and run the latest apps with tonnes of storage for photos, video and all your other data.

You don’t have to deal with the notch or Face ID and you can unlock your iPhone with the elegance and speed of the TouchID.  In fact Touch ID is so convenient that you should buy this phone just so that you can enjoy that for the next year or 2. 

Apple disappointed us by not keeping TouchID in the later models.  Yeah we were all asking for a bezeless design and they sort of delivered.  We want to be rid of the bulky forehead and chin on our faithful little digital friend. But now the X serious gives us the Alienesque Notch forehead and a bunch of gestures to learn for using our phone with no home button and TouchID.

So the Insanely Great TouchID may be gone from future iPhone models unless they can catch up to their Android rivals and get Touch ID working under Glass as was rumoured to be coming at some point. 

FaceID is not that desirable a feature.  It’s definitely has a creepy feel to it.  Plus it’s damn inconvenient if you are all scarfed up for the winter and have to deshade/degoggle, unscarf to unlock your phone.  Think Skiing or Winter commuting out doors.

Plus you alway have to pick up you phone to unlock it. Or lean over your desk to position your head over it to unlock if it is lying their flat. 

iPhone 6 Plus

The good news is, you will be helping Apple to unload their iPhone 8 inventory.  In return you’ll get the best value in the line up right now at a savings from when it was first released.

iTunes is broken

iOS has a big problem. iTunes…

iOS has a big problem.

iTunes is broken

iTunes is a poor net citizen because Bandwidth is not free.

It’s a bandwidth hog.

 

Apple is proud of the Eco- friendly power efficiency of its hardware, but what about the overall energy footprint and the cost of managing iOS data so inefficiently. Gigabytes of downloads wasting Electricity, Time and Network Bandwidth. Multiply that by the 100’s of millions of iOS devices out there and you can see that it is a real problem.

Apple needs to realize that it is doing a disservice to customers who have multiple iOS devices in their home.

Just imagine a home with 2 kids and 2 adults.
Maybe 4 iPhones and 2 iPads.
Just imagine that all have an average of 50 Apps and that each App is refreshed once a year on average. There may also be 2 iOS updates on each device a year weighing in at over 1GB each.

Suppose that the average App. is 250MB in size; that would work out to be about 74 GB of bandwidth bandwidth used just to keep the software up to date for those devices.

262 apps 18.72 GB

My iPhone has 262 apps 18.72 GB. Typical?

These are conservative estimates.

Then imagine that you’ve got a few iMacs or Mac Books or PCs running iTunes.
When they fire up they also want to download the exact same apps wasting even more bandwidth.

Then there is iCloud music streaming, iCloud data syncing and backup.

These devices combined with the way iTunes currently works are using up a lot of network resources. Even eating into data allocation you might have budgeted for other high bandwidth consumers like Netflix.

If your ISP charges you $1.50 / GB or more for bandwidth overages this can really start to add up. Or worse you find out that you reached your download capacity near the start of the month and you are being throttled for the remainder of the month for overall slow and aggravating internet access experience.

Apple is proud of the Eco- friendly power efficiency of its hardware, but what about the overall energy footprint and the cost of managing iOS data so inefficiently. Gigabytes of downloads wasting Electricity, Time and Network Bandwidth. Multiply that by the 100’s of millions of iOS devices out there and you can see that it is a real problem.  Should iTunes on your PC and iTunes on your iOS devices be so inefficient?

Not everyone has ideal internet access. Many rural users are stuck with slow DSL, Satellite or Cellular Network internet access. Bandwidth limits are firm and overage costs are expensive.

One elegant solution would be for Airport Extremes (with USB memory stick) and Airport Time Capsules to implement (WCCP) Web Cache Communication Protocol.

 

This would cache .ipa and .ipsw files in a cache allocated on the 2 or 3 terabyte drive.

When another device tried to upgrade an app that had already been downloaded and cached, it gets the update from the local network. It does not have to go out to the internet to waste time and money. The user would see a delightfully fast update adding to the pleasure of owning such a well managed device.

Schools and Businesses with iOS devices are starting to see the need for caching iOS applications. Homes could benefit from this solution as well.

There were rumours that this was going to be a capability of the newly released Airport Extremes.

 

Airport Extreme & Time Capsule needs WCCP

Airport Extreme & Time Capsule needs WCCP

 

What happened to this capability?

 

Apple should complete this capability and activate it in the next (or near future) Airport Extreme software update. This would be a really compelling reason to buy an Airport Extreme or Time Capsule over similar and cheaper competitors in the market.  Greater Synergy within Apple Products to delight the owner of iOS devices would be a competitive advantage.

Apple, please, please, please fix this.

 

 

iPhone 5s

iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s are here.

On September 10th, 2013 Apple announced the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s.

iPhone 5c

iPhone 5c

iPhone 5c

The iPhone 5c comes with a plastic unibody that has the dimensions of the original iPhone 5.
It has the same 4 inch screen with retina display and will come with the iOS 7 mobile operating system installed.

The iPhone 5c comes in 5 colours including yellow, white, blue, green and pink, which should appeal to younger buyers. It will start at $99 on a 2 year contract — the same price point that Apple used to offer for its older phones like the iPhone 4 and 4s.

Walmart is already taking preorders at a $10.00 discount.

iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s in Space Gray, Gold and Silver

iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s offers an A7 processor rated at 33% faster than the A6 in the iPhone 5 and 5c. There is also a M7 motion coprocessor that should make Athletic and Sleep monitoring apps even better able to detect the motion of the iPhone 5s owners.
It comes in 3 metalic colours.

Space Gray iPhone 5s

Space Gray iPhone 5s with 8MPiSight Camera and dual flash.

Available in silver, gold, and space gray the iPhone 5s also features a Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor, ultrafast LTE wireless, an iSight camera with a larger 8 MP sensor, a 2 tone flash that results in more natural colour in the resulting photographs.

Walmart is already taking preorders at a $20.00 discount.

iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s the King of Smart Phones

The Gold iPhone 5s with 64 GB of memory for $399.00 looks like the premium flag ship model to own.

Is the iPhone 5c priced right for emerging markets like China and India?

Well while all the pundits are saying that the new phone in priced too high, all I can say is, “Have you never heard of discounts?”.
I expect that early adopters and fans of the new phone will happily pay the full price. More Patient Bargain hunters will find the discounts that retailers will eventually provide.

The Apple Execs aren’t fools.  They know that keeping the initial price of the iPhone 5c high will add to its prestige and keep their profit margins high.  Eventually the phone will be discounted through its retailers.

iOS 7 for iPhone 5, 4S, 4, iPod touch 5 owners

iOS 7 announcment

iOS 7 announcment


On June 10th 2013, Apple announced their plans to release new versions of Mac OS X (Mavericks (they’re done with the Big Cats Meme. (They jokingly considered the code name Sea Lion))) for Mac Books and iMacs as well as the new Mac Pro and along with the much anticipated iOS 7.

iOS 7 promises many new features for or iPhone 5, 4S, 4, iPod touch 5 owners.

iOS 7

IOS 7 Available Fall 2013




Jony Ive’s influence is most definitely seen in the new iOS face-lift. Scott Forstall skeuomorphic design (making things on the phone look like real life objects) direction is gone. The look of iOS 7 is modern and fresh.

They lifted some user interface efficiencies from the Jail Break community with addition of Control Center.

iOS 7 Control Center

iOS 7 Control Center

With Control center you can quickly control your iPhone’s settings. You can quickly switch on a flashlight, WiFi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb and toggle rotation lock. You can change brightness and sound volume. You can also Air Play to an Apple TV or Air Drop to other iOS 7 users that may be near by.

You can also quickly get to the clock, calculator and the camera.


It is available to iOS developers already but demand is currently keeping developer.apple.com offline. Who is actually getting through?

iOS7 beta 1 download

iOS7 beta 1 download

Apple TV could be insanely great!

Apple TV is going to be insanely great!

Apple TV could be insanely great!

Apple TV could be insanely great!

Imagine, you can ask Siri to find any show from any network. 500+ Channels.
It’s all there, every show in a search-able database in the iCloud.
Then when she finds it and shows it to you, you tell Siri to record only new episodes and skip the Ads (for reruns).

 

 

No scrolling slowly through those arcane slow responding menu systems that the cable providers give you. Program the shows you want to see in seconds hands free or Control it or watch it from your iMac, MacBook Pro/Air, iPad and your iPhone, the last TV remote you may ever need.

The US networks will love it so they can get Hard Data on what people are watching and sell more targeted advertising. It gives them the freedom to show different Ads to different people. People respond better to advertising they prefer rather than shot gunning everyone with the same Ads.

 

 

Apple might even provide Television Networks with Ad Servers for custom Ads.
Campaigns could be even more unified across your leisure activities like reading, catching up on news or surfing the web.

Apple replaces every Television station but allows cable companies to sell more Internet service. They bring their Apple Fan Base to the table.

Shopping Channels could be much more profitable if you could shop with your iTunes account, you probably impulse buy a lot more.

Reserve Your iPhone 4S Step 2

Apple iPhone 4S reservation process

So if you really want an iPhone 4S and don’t want to wait a couple of weeks to have it shipped to your door, then there is one more thing you can do.

You can make a reservation for next day pickup at your favourite Apple Store.

Here’s how:

First go to this link. But go there at 9:00 PM.  Set your alarm and reminders.

Reserve an iPhone 4S Step 1

Reserve an iPhone 4S Step 1

Just follow the steps.

Reserve Your iPhone 4S Step 2

Reserve Your iPhone 4S Step 2

Be sure to pay attention to What To Bring when you go to pickup your new iPhone 4S.

iPhone 4S Available Oct 14th

iPhone 4S available Oct 14th

iPhone 4S Available Oct 14th

iPhone 4S Available Oct 14th

The wait is over and so is all of the speculating. There is no iPhone 5 announcement today. But…

If you want an iPhone 4 then this is the one to get and you can place your orders online right now.

Just go here.

It will ship with iOS 5 and the AI Software called SIRI.

Beatles On iTunes. Really?????

Where were you when Nothing Happened today?

Unbelievable; Apple hyped an iTunes announcement targeting today for the past few days.

Beatles On iTunes. Really?????

Beatles On iTunes. Really?????

Everyone was hoping for ITunes in the Cloud.  But what do we get instead?

You can buy the Beatles Music Catalog on iTunes.  Yawn.

The Beatles simply aren’t relevant anymore.   So what if a few people who are living in the past want to download this music from iTunes.  It’s ridiculous. 

Most likely these people will have bought these albums in all of the prior formats including:

  1. 45’s
  2. LP’s
  3. 8 Track
  4. Audio Cassette
  5. Laser Disk
  6. Mini Compact Disk
  7. Compact Disk or CDs

Now the last one is the kicker. 

Why not just stick your Beatle Music CDs into the CD Rom slot in your Mac or PC and Import your Beatles Albums into iTunes.  Then you can sync to your iPod, iPad or iPhone.  Why spend more money to download this from iTunes.  It’s insane.

This is just being hyped because the only one who will really benefit is Apple.

They have had a long running intellectual property battle with the Beatles Related company of Apple Corps Ltd.  And being able to bring all of that to and end while potentially making even more money, is big news for Apple Inc. 

It’s in Apple’s best interest to get the News Press excited with Hype like “Where were you when you heard…” that we were going to make more money today?

iOS 4.2 Beta 3 announced

iOS 4.2 Beta 3 announced

So I was pleasantly surprised to see an announcement in my developer email inbox for the release of iOS 4.2 Beta 3.

iOS 4.2 Beta 3 announced

iOS 4.2 Beta 3 announced

I started to download it instantly.

I’ve already installed iOS Beta 4.2 releases 1 and 2.  I was glad to have App. Folders and multitasking on my iPad.  The beta releases have worked fairly well.  The one glitch that I ran into was with the Netflix App.

It would select you movie and when you pressed “Watch Instantly” it would pause for a minute and “Crash Instantly”.  Sometimes restarting the iPad and selecting a new movie would fix it.  Sometimes not.  But again, this was with the iOS 4.2 Beta releases.

So hopefully they, Apple and Netflix are getting this useful diagnostic information that they require and Netflix will work great when the the final version of iOS 4.2 is released.

-Update-

One way to fix NetFlix App. crashes, is to uninstall the application.  Then, reinstall the application again.

You’ll have to reenter your credentials but that is a small price to pay to get NetFlix working on the iPad again.

iOS 4.2 Beta 3

iOS 4.2 Beta 3

They are working towards a November release date.  One of the other noteworthy features included is Wireless Printing or AirPrint.  It looks like there will be updates to the MacOS 10.6 Snow Leopard and iTunes 10 as well to support the printing feature.  There will also be enhancements for Enterprise deployments and Accessibility Enhancements.

5 to 7 days for delivery of iPhone 4 in the States. 3 Weeks in Canada.

The supply situation for iPhone 4s in the US is improving.
American iPhone 4 shoppers can expect to get their new iPhone 4 in as little as 5 to 7 business days.
iPhone 4 now shipping in 5 to 7 days in America
I’m sure that placing that order and waiting for over a week must feel like an eternity waiting in anticipation for the package to arrive by courier.
So things are improving in the States in contract to the situation in Canada.
The ETA from order to delivery of your new phone is 3 weeks.
iPhone 4 shipping in 3 weeks in Canada
And White iPhone 4s are still unavailable.  Imagine the prestige of walking around with one of those.
Analyst had reported that production increases in August would yield to larger supplies by now and this is proving true.
iPhone 4s are reportedly being made at a rate of 90 per minute or 137,000 per day.
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