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Apple Watch

A few weeks ago I walked into the Apple store to checkout the Watch (not iWatch!)  I fully expected to be underwhelmed, questioning it’s usefulness.  Oh boy, was I wrong.  The Watch is both very cool and useful, depending on your lifestyle.  I don’t have one yet (sigh) but for someone like me who is out and about all day, everyday, relying on my iPhone for all modes of communication – voice, text and email – plus entertainment – I listen to podcasts between appointments – maps for directions and finding new places for lunch, and a health app for tracking the distance I walk everyday, I am constantly reaching for my iPhone which lives in my pant’s pocket.  Everyone of these tasks I could manage from an Apple Watch allowing me to maintain my steady stride along the sidewalks of New York and eliminating the risk of having the iPhone slip from my grip and hit the pavement – this has happened more than once (Hint: Keep the ear buds plugged into your iPhone. When the iPhone drops the cord slows the fall enough to often eliminate the risk of screen breakage.)

Here are a few reviews that I found interesting:

Farhad Manjoo in the New York Times Reviews Apple Watch

In depth review from the AppleInsider

Molly Watt, who is both deaf and visually impaired reviews the Watch

Finally, a few clients have the Watch and give it a thumbs up.  All this said, I’m still waiting for version 2 (I think.)

 

 

What’s that Old iPhone Worth?

Lot’s of my clients are upgrading to the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and areiphone5 asking “What do I do with my old iPhone?”

You may be surprised to learn that your old iPhone could be worth anywhere from $50 to over $200 depending  on the model and condition.  Twice I’ve sold old iPhones – once on eBay and once on Amazon.  This article from the New York Times discusses some of your options.

Two very important notes before you sell:  reset the phone to factory settings.   To reset your iPhone go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings.

Second, remove and destroy the SIM card.

iCloud and iOS 8

iOS 8 implements new features in iCloud which will allow for more storage and sharing options of your documents and photos.  The problem is that these new features are not compatible with the existing iCloud.  Once Apple releases its next OS X for Macs, code named Yosemite, it will all be compatible. This may be in October.
Bottom line:  if you get a new iPhone 6 or update your existing phone to iOS 8 do not turn on the option for iCloud Drive in Settings.

Real cost of that new iPhone

Once you’ve decided to upgrade, figuring out your real cost is not easy.  One way or another you are paying the real price of the phone, which is about $600 give or take.  It’s always been this way, you just did not know how its cost was imbedded into your phone bill.  Now that phone companies, like ATT, give you various ways to purchase your phone it’s a little more obvious but still complicated.

iPhone and iOS upgrades

Here’s my take on the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and updating your current iPhone to iOS8.
You may have heard or read about the iPhone 6 Plus being “bendable,” especially if you accidentally sit on it or keep it in a pocket where it can get bent.  The actual number of complaints has been small – Apple says 9 people.  Additionally there is now some evidence that the original complaint and video are a hoax.  After this was reported Consumer Reports not only tested the iPhone Plus but also other phones.  The link to their report is here.  It’s probably not an issue.
In general, I’m a believer in waiting a bit – a few weeks or a few months – to upgrade. Aside from allowing time for problems to appear and be resolved, the lines will disappear and it will be easier to walk in to an Apple, Best Buy or your carrier store and pick one up.

I waited and just updated my iPhone and iPad to iOS 8.0.2.  Everything seems to be working fine.  You won’t see any major changes to look or feel.

The Mail App is one big improvement which I like.  If you swipe a message to the left you have more options to choose from for what to do with the message. If you swipe it to the right you can quickly mark it as unread – as I often do – to remember to deal with it later.