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Should You Buy an Apple Watch?

I bought my first Mac in 1987 and have purchased dozens since. I bought two of the first edition iPhones the day they released on June 29, 2007 (for me and my wife), and I purchased at least one iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 shortly after they released. (I skipped the 4S and 5S.) Because it was too big, I skipped the Newton and went for the Palm Pilot, but sure had fun playing with the Newton my colleague at Disney Studios purchased way back when NBC was “must see TV.” However, I’m not buying this Apple Watch. Why? Because, this is the worst Apple Watch ever. 

Apple Watch is certainly cooler than the other smart watches and Fit Bits, etc, but in 12 months or so this Apple Watch 1 will look like the Newton when compared to Apple Watch 2.

Here are the salient pros and cons of both Apple Watch and Apple Watch 2:

Apple Watch Pros 

  • All features better than competitors’ smart watches

    Apple Watch

  • Hardware & software design aesthetics better than competitors
  • New “Force Touch” (press harder) input for right-click-like functions
  • “Digital crown” scroll wheel input (like iPod click-wheel)
  • Apple Watch can control iPhone’s camera for “remote selfies”
  • Notifications discreetly “tap” you with distinct tapping combos
  • Can use Apple Pay without iPhone pairingEdit   

Apple Watch Cons 

  • Expensive for certain planned obsolescence technology

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  • Battery lasts less than a day
  • Battery takes 2.5 hour to charge to 100%
  • OS is a little too slow & stutters at times
  • Not “connected” unless used with iPhone or wifi
  • Limited replies a la two-way pager era
  • Siri a main input and is still hit and miss
  • Must use iTunes via computer
  • Worse than iPod Nano for music (& music drains battery)
  • Design is a bit more gear-head than fashionista
  • 40% thicker than iPad Air; 30% thicker than iPhone 6 
  • (Watch = 6 quarters thick; iPad Air = 3.7 quarters; iPhone 6 = 4.1 quarters)

Apple Watch 2 Pros

  • Will fix all those cons above

Apple Watch 2 Cons

  • You have to wait at least a year to get one

My advice is, buy the Apple Watch 2 a year from now.  Take the $350-$17,000 you would spend on an Apple Watch 1 and buy Apple stock after the stock sinks due to lower-than-expected Apple Watch sales. The sales figures released by Apple will be lower than the street wants. If no sales figures are released, the street will like that even less, and the stock will go even lower. The stock will still be expensive, but it will be a deal compared to what the stock price will be in June and September when the next iPhones and iPads release, and this time next year when the Apple Watch 2 will be better, and sell better. And you’ll basically be getting Apple Watch 2 for free due to the growth of the Apple stock you buy with your Apple Watch 1 money.  

Do you agree with this advice? Why or why not?

Here’s my post to help you decide between iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

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4 Ways To Use iPhone 6 Plus with 1 Hand

iphone 6 with 1 handDid you buy an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Thinking about it?

A week ago, the iPhone 5/5S/5C were the latest and greatest iPhones. Here is Apple’s commercial touting one of that model’s major benefits–that you can use it with one hand.

 

But that was before there was an iPhone model with the word “Plus” in it. That’s right, iPhone 6 Plus requires the use of two hands for most people most of the time, and many are having trouble reaching the top corner of their iPhone 6 and even their iPhone 5/5S/5C.

There are, of course, times when you only have one hand available. Thus, here are four workarounds for using the 6 Plus with one hand. Two are by Apple, two are by you.

Display Zoom workaround

When you first power up your new iPhone, you are prompted to select zoom or standard view, and you can always switch back and forth at any time. The zoom view “zooms” in a bit, making all the icons and text bigger. It’s the same kind of function that’s been on Mac laptops and desktops for years (decades?), except it actually zooms the exact layout to the size of the next-sized iPhone model. Here’s how you do it:

  • Open Settings
  • Select Display & Brightness
  • Select Display Zoom
  • Pick the one you want

Reachability workaround

This is a pretty simple, but very useful workaround. It essentially cuts your iPhone 6 Plus to half its height by sliding the top half of the screen down to the bottom half of the screen. This makes your 6 Plus effectively even less tall than the iPhone 5, in terms of the thumb reach required. Here’s how you do it:

  • Double-touch the home/circle button on the bottom face of your iPhone
  • NOTE: Don’t double-press the circle button–that takes you to the app navigator
  • Then just tap whatever you were reaching for on the screen
  • The screen will automatically return back to full screen position

The 6 Plus ‘Shimmy’ workaround

This seems silly when you read it, but it’s realistically how many people are using their 6 Plus. Without realizing it, many people have been doing it with the 5 and 5S for the past two years, because the iPhone 5 is .33 inches longer than the 4 and 4S. It’s a little more precarious move with the 6 Plus, so don’t be too cavalier about it unless you have a heavy-duty protection case and/or spidey-senses.

The Flat Surface workaround

This obviously won’t work if you’re on the go, but if you are sitting at a coffee shop or conference table or desk, you can set the 6 Plus down and tap and swipe away with one hand while keeping the other hand free to drink your coffee, raise your hand to ask a question or swat a fly. But, don’t use it to steer a car. This workaround uses your iPhone 6 like a mini iPad mini.

These workarounds should help you wrestle that new bigger iPhone into submission so you can get back to the efficiency you had with your earlier iPhone. What other workarounds have you discovered for iPhone?

FYI, I’ll post my full iOS 8 review later this week, so please follow my blog if you’d like to see it.

Here’s the popular “iPhone 6 or 6 Plus?” decision tree to make your pick easier 

4 Key Changes in the New iOS Twitter App

IMG_1571.PNGIf you use the official Twitter app, you may be confused or frustrated as Twitter rolls out their new design.

Here are 4 key changes you should know about:

  1. Lists are now under the gear icon rather than the lower middle portion of your homepage.
  2. Drafts are now accessed by clicking the quill (the same button you hit to start a new post).*
  3. Interactive notifications let you reply, retweet, favorite and follow from the lock screen, notification alerts and within the notification center.
  4. Header Image–You may want to change your header image if you designed it to fit around the profile pic, because the profile pic has moved from the middle of the header to the lower left corner.

BONUS:

  • Want a desktop twitter experience on your iPhone? Click here.
  • You might also see a buy button as Twitter tests that functionality on select user accounts.
  • The new app works in iOS 7 & 8, although the interactive notifications only work in iOS 8.

I kept this short and sweet with the goal for you to be able to read it quicker than the time it would take you to figure it out on your own.

Any critical tips I missed?

*Note that drafts are only stored on your local device, not in the cloud with your Twitter account, so you may want to use a cloud-based service to store drafts if you tend to write many posts in advance.

iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? This Makes the Decision Easy

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 12.58.07 AMYou can read multiple wandering reviews about these cool new products, written in prose, or you can use this one-pager to quickly access whether you should upgrade to iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or neither. The goal here is fun, efficient empowerment, helping you choose and have confidence which model is right for you.

iphone 6 decision tree

 

Here are 4 Ways To Use iPhone 6 Plus with One Hand

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Please let me know if this is helpful, or how it could be improved. Thanks.

How to Use Desktop Twitter on iPhone & iPad

IMG_1572-2.PNGThe Twitter app is great but if you’re on iPhone Safari looking at Twitter, it’s probably because you want the full desktop experience, rather than a facsimile of what the app already gives you.

Access the desktop version of Twitter by clicking here.

Know any other good Twitter tricks?

How to Make Your iPhone Read to You

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You probably use Siri to take dictation from you which uses speech-to-text technology. I used it to write this blog post. But perhaps you don’t use text-to-speech which enables you to listen to your emails, webpages, blog posts, ebooks, et cetera, passively while you do things such as drive, go through piles on your desk or knit a sweater for your grandmother. This technology is old but is super useful today, if you know how to turn it on. That’s simple:

1) Open “Settings” & tap “General”

2) Tap “Accessibility” then tap “Speak Selection”

3) Slide to “ON” and adjust the “Speaking Rate” slider to your liking

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And, here’s how to use it in any app that allows you to select a passage of text:

1) Touch & hold text until the selector tool comes up

2) Tap “Select All” or whatever passage you want read aloud to you

3) Tap “Speak” (After the speech begins playing, the “Speak” button becomes “Pause”, so you can stop & restart at will)

Hope this helps and please let me share any other tricks you might know.

How to Program your iPhone for Auto-dialing Extensions

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Do you ever find yourself calling people by having to dial main lines and then extensions? Or having to dial in for conference calls and then hit various ‘pound’ and ‘star’ keys and then loading in numbers and codes? Here’s a trick to make all that happen with one button on your iPhone.

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It’s this simple:

1) Choose (or add) a contact on your iPhone
2) Tap the phone number
3) Tap the end of the phone number
4)Tap the +*# key, then tap “pause”
(Which places a comma after the number)
(Tap it again if you need a longer pause)
5) Type in the number of the extension, then tap “done”

That’s it! You can also save the number to your favorites for quicker access, or use Siri to do it all for you without hitting any buttons at all!

I use this on conference calls I host regularly, with one button dialing into the 800#, auto-pausing and then loading in the access code, then auto-hitting ‘star’ and the “host code.” It saves me 24 key strokes at least once a week.

Is this helpful? Please also share any other tricks you might know.