“I think iPhones will stick with Lightning until wireless charging is fast enough that Apple can remove all ports”

Daring Fireball: Third-Party USB-C to Lightning Cables Might Come in Mid-2019 (Which Is Good, Because I Still Don’t Think iPhone Is Ever Going to Switch to USB-C):

I think iPhones will stick with Lightning until wireless charging is fast enough that Apple can remove all ports, Apple Watch-style.

In fact, I don’t think regular (non-Pro) iPads will switch to USB-C either. Apple is pitching the iPad Pros’ switch to USB-C based on actual professional features — driving external 5K displays, using PC-class peripherals, and support for very high-power charging. The only one of those that might apply to regular iPads is faster charging, which is always nice to have, but even that wouldn’t matter much to most iPad users, who (a) stick with whatever charger Apple supplies in the box, and (b) choose extra chargers based on price, not output wattage. (Spec-knowledgeable nerds have trouble believing this, but many iPhone users love the wimpy 5W charger Apple includes with iPhones because it’s so small.)

I completely agree – the way the Apple Watch charges wirelessly-only and the new Apple Pencil charges wirelessly, would seem to indicate a wireless-charge future that Apple sees for their mobile devices in future. A future iPhone without a lightning port (or any port) would allow them to design an even thinner iPhone.

iPhone XS/Max review roundup

iPhone XS/Max review roundup: iPhone X owners, don’t bother; everyone else, wait for the XR | 9to5Mac:

While reviewers do note that the iPhone XS offers notably better sound than the X, and the camera improvements impressed many, the overwhelming view was that there’s little here to justify an upgrade from last year’s model unless you want that giant screen.

If you currently own any of the older models, then the consensus view is that one of this year’s iPhones is a big upgrade – but don’t order one yet, because the iPhone XR offers most of the benefits at a significantly lower price …

Apple’s move to larger iPhones is likely part of its play to boost Services revenue

Apple’s move to larger iPhones is likely part of its play to boost Services revenue | 9to5Mac:

Video is more watchable on bigger displays, and ideas like newspaper subscription services also become significantly more appealing when customers have larger screens.

And the move does come at a time when Services are more important to Apple than ever before, as upgrade cycles lengthen.

Apple earns an estimated $30 per device annually from app sales, music subscriptions and other offerings, according to Morgan Stanley , which expects services to account for about 60% of Apple’s revenue growth over the next five years. By contrast, the iPhone accounted for 86% of sales growth over the prior five years, Morgan Stanley estimates.

I can definitely see that video and magazine/news apps are likely to be more appealing on a larger screen which in turn will drive interest and income for Apple’s upcoming video service and after Apple’s magazine acquisition.

Having additional screen sizes keeps the market competitive especially with competitors vast array of choice and sadly it surely looks like the unconfirmed end for the iPad mini which had a screen size of 7.9″ – the gap between the largest screen sized iPhone (6.8”) to the smallest screen sized iPad (9.7”) seems to warrant too small a gap to justify continuing development and manufacturing of the iPad mini.

iPhone Slowing Down After Recent Upgrade

A New Phone Comes Out. Yours Slows Down. A Conspiracy? No. – The New York Times:

It happens every year: Apple releases new iPhones, and then hordes of people groan about their older iPhones slowing to a crawl.

Just look at the recent data. Between September and early November — when Apple made the iPhone 8 available, followed by the iPhone X — Google searches for the keywords “iPhone slow” jumped about 50 percent.

The phenomenon of perceived slowdowns is so widespread that many believe tech companies intentionally cripple smartphones and computers to ensure that people buy new ones every few years. Conspiracy theorists call it planned obsolescence.

That’s a myth. While slowdowns happen, they take place for a far less nefarious reason. That reason is a software upgrade.

Let’s say, for example, you have an iPhone 6 with 100 apps installed, four email accounts and 2,000 photos. It is more likely that a quality-assurance engineer tested installing a new operating system on a blank iPhone 6, rather than an iPhone 6 with the same setup as yours.

So if you want to minimize the chances of something going awry, resist the easy update path and opt for a clean install. For smartphones, I recommend backing up your data to your computer. For computers, you could back up your data to an online service or a portable drive. After the operating system installation is complete, you can then safely restore your data and apps to the device from the backup.

Here’s something many people don’t realize: Just because your iPhone or Samsung phone has 64 gigabytes of storage doesn’t mean you should fill it all the way up. The device will generally run faster if more of its storage is available.

I also recommend freeing up a huge amount of space by managing your photo library in the cloud. You can upload all your albums to a service like Google Photos and periodically purge all the images from the device itself. I did this recently on my iPhone 7 that was nearly full and seemed to be slowing down; purging the photos freed up about 50 gigabytes of data, and the iPhone feels as good as new.

Some great points here. Try it – if you feel like your iPhone is slowing down, make sure you have an up to date iCloud backup, then wipe the iPhone and put a fresh install of the operating system on your iPhone before restoring all your data.

Best Network for iPhone: Three

 

Best network for iPhone: best 3G and 4G for iPhone – How to – Macworld UK:

So we can confidently say that Three is the UK’s best mobile network of 2014. Both on 3G and 4G Three completed more tests than did any other network. Three was the fastest network with excellent average and peak scores in our speed tests up and down the country.

A very good runner up to Three in the UK’s best mobile network of 2014 category was EE.

Since switching to Three from EE, I have been very impressed with their consistent performance and coverage but what stands Three out from the rest for me is the unlimited data package.

Brodit, the ultimate car dock system for your iPhone or iPad

 

Ben Lovejoy Reporting for 9to5Mac:

First, quality. Once installed, a Brodit mount looks like a factory fitment, and is rock-solid. The look and feel is worlds apart from a cheap mount.

Second, flexibility. Brodit takes a two-part approach to mounting systems: the vehicle mount you attach to your car (which Brodit calls the ProClip), and the cradle which holds your device. By mixing-and-matching these, you can attach pretty much any device to any car, and put it right where you want it.

It also means that when you come to update your phone, you only have to replace the cradle that holds the device: the car mount remains in place. Conversely, if you change your car but keep your phone, you can simply replace the car mount.

Having used Brodit holders for various iPhones (and cars) over the years, I echo Ben’s choice of Brodit for being the choice for the most solid, factory fitted-looking iPhone holders on the market.

Belkin iPhone Controlled Coffee Maker

Hot on the heels of the iPhone controlled iKettle being released, Belkin have announced The Mr. Coffee Smart Coffee Maker which is an iPhone controlled and programmable coffee maker.

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The Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker enabled with WeMo is a smartphone-controllable coffeemaker which gives users remote access to all of the coffeemaker’s functions. Perfect for busy weekday mornings and lazy Saturdays alike, the WeMo-enabled coffeemaker ensures coffee is always freshly brewed. Set a schedule to have coffee ready every weekday morning at 7:30 for the morning commute or hit brew from the dinner table so coffee’s ready just in time for dessert during a dinner party.

With the WeMo app, users can start or monitor the coffeemaker from anywhere. Through the app, users can also schedule a week’s worth of brew times, check to make sure the coffeemaker has a full tank of water or the carafe is in place, setup reminders, and receive alerts when the water filter needs changing, or the coffeemaker needs to be cleaned. The Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker enabled with WeMo also works seamlessly with the entire WeMo family of products and partner products.

In addition to WeMo’s connected capabilities, the Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker is also a state-of-the-art, artisan-style coffee maker with optimal brewing technology for more flavorful, rich coffee. By heating up to an ideal brewing temperature of 205 degrees and a 10-cup, stainless steel thermal carafe, coffee stays hot until the last sip. Additionally, total brewing time for a full pot is just eight minutes, which is 20 percent faster than the average initial brew speed of the competitive coffeemakers tested.

  • Start and monitor brewing from anywhere via smartphone or tablet and the WeMo app
  • Set schedules, receive reminders and alerts
  • Removable brew basket – easily add filter and grounds and clean up quickly
  • Brew button – for manual operation when brewing without the WeMo App and smart device
  • Sleek, sophisticated black and chrome design
  • 10-Cup Thermal Carafe, double walled and vacuum-sealed to keep coffee hot
  • Optimal Brew™ Technology – brews coffee faster and ensures full coffee flavor

Availability and Pricing:

The Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker enabled with WeMo is available now at Belkin.com, Mr. Coffee.com and Amazon.com with for an MSRP of $149.99. The WeMo app is available at no cost for download now at the App Store.

USB stick offers infinite iPhone storage

 

Oddball USB stick offers infinite iPhone storage | Cult of Mac:

The iBridge comes with a Lightning connector on one side that you can plug into your iPhone, and a USB on the other so it can double as a regular USB drive. Unlike other iPhone storage expansion options, like Mophie’s Space case, iBridge works both with and without a case, thanks its odd J-shape that wraps around the back of your iPhone or iPad to beef up your storage.

iBridge will require users to download its app to add files to the storage drive, but now that iOS 8 lets apps into the share sheet, tossing pictures, music, videos, and other files onto this thing should be a breezy.

Leef tells us all the details will be revealed later this month, with the first units hitting stores before Christmas. For now though they’re keeping quiet on price and how much storage it comes with, but as long as it lets me carry my entire music library without taking up any space, I’ll be happy.

Finally.

Microsoft releases Office apps for iPhone, makes basic editing features free

 

Microsoft releases Office apps for iPhone, makes basic editing features free | 9to5Mac:

Microsoft announced today that it’s rolling out standalone Office apps for iPhone after releasing the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps exclusively for iPad earlier this year. Microsoft previously had an “Office Mobile” app for iPhone that integrated features of all three Office apps, but today’s release of standalone Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone are officially replacing Office Mobile as Microsoft’s Office solution for iPhone.

Microsoft is also delivering updates for the Office iPad apps that include new features along with the ability to create and edit for free.

Sensible from Microsoft to remove the paid restriction of creating and editing in these apps and change to freemium. Between Microsoft Office, iWork and Google, the 3 big players now have equal footing on the app store.

Arguably, Google’s office-based apps are best for collaboration, Apple’s iWork are best for design and how your documents will look whilst the Microsoft Office suite has the power.

[Link] Photo Storage in iOS 8 Will be Solved

 

Rene Ritchie Reporting for iMore:

iOS devices are currently limited to between 8GB to 128GB of storage. Many people have 16-32GB devices. In an age of 8mp photos and 1080p video, that fills up fast. So, keeping photos and videos all locally on the device is a problem because you’ll run out of space, and sooner rather than later. It’s especially bad if you’re anxiously trying to capture a special moment only to be told there’s no space left and then having to quickly, under stress, figure out which older moments you’re willing to sacrifice.

Purely offloading all photos and videos to the cloud isn’t a perfect solution either. If they’re all stored online and you end up with a slow, limited, or non-existant internet connection, you lose immediate access to any photos or videos not stored locally on your device. That’s also a problem.

Apple’s solution is to cache a manageable portion of photos and videos on your device and keep the rest of them safely up on the cloud. Recently added and viewed photos and videos are the most likely be cached locally, and potentially in scaled-to-device sizes to make the most efficient use of storage.

There might be some situations where a photo or video you haven’t viewed in a while isn’t available in full resolution when you’re offline, but for most people most of the time, it will be far, far better than either losing content due to the 1000 photos/30 day limit, or running out of local storage on the iPhone or iPad.

For me, this is the most important feature of iOS 8 – everybody and I mean everybody needs a definitive solution to the photos and videos they take on their iPhones on how and where to store them.  If Apple’s new Cloud Kit addition can handle the photos and videos so it automatically uploads them and subsequently manages your locally stored copies to then free up space on your device so the user doesn’t have worry about this – well, then that is the solution – finally.