Saturday, July 2, 2016

Apple to Remove the Headphone Jack on the Next iPhone

There are very strong rumors that the next iPhone will no longer have a headphone jack. This means that the headphones will need to be wireless or some how connect via lightning cable or adapter. The tech blogs are commenting, this is the worse thing Apple could do. This will upset their customers whom have invested a lot of money on their current headphones.

 First of all, this is a rumor, but their are strong indications that it is true. If it is true, we need to relax. Apple will give us their pitch why they did it. My opinion, I am glad that a company is willing to take a chance and making something different. I have been wearing headphones for over 40 years, and to this day, I have not found affordable headphones that I like.

Here are some issues that I have experienced:

  • High Cost - When your headphones cost more than your device, that is an issue
  • Wires - Having your headphones yanked out of your ears is the worst feeling
  • Over Ear - This is very uncomfortable feeling, especially on long flights
  • In Ear - I have never found ear buds that fit precisely in my ears, and they always pop out at the most inconvenient time
  • Sound - The more you pay the better the sound, not necessarily true sometimes they sound like $30 headphones
  • Noise Cancelling - It is great when you do not want to be disturbed, but sometimes you need to hear what is around you
  • Non Noise Cancelling - Sometimes you do not want to be disturbed, and people do not want to hear what you are listening to
  • Wireless - Charging is a pain especially when you forget to charge
  • Durability - Usually the build on headphones are not durable and are not meant to last

If Apple can make the new iPhone with at good speaker, this will help in using your headphones less. Apple is obviously going to redesign the earphones that come with the iPhone or maybe not. If they can solve any issues mentioned above, then I will be satisfied.

Thinking the current headphone situation is the best, I definitely disagree.  There should be something better.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Toshiba ChromeBook 2


I just received this Chromebook a few days ago, and it is my first Chromebook. For years I have worked on Windows based computers for work and Mac computers for personal use.  

Last year I decided to part ways with my MacBook, which I bought in 2013.  I rarely used this computer, and I decided to take a stab of using an iPad Air 2.  It did not go well, I used it even less, because it was not much different from my current iPhone.

I needed something different, something simple.  I did not want to spend a lot of money like I did in 2013 for computer that I rarely used.  This is what Chromebooks are made for, a simple computer that just does the basics.

Chromebooks range from about $150 to $500, excluding the Google Pixel. High end models range from $300 to $500.

While doing my research, I came across this Toshiba Chromebook 2 with the following features:
  1. USB 2.0
  2. USB 3.0
  3. HDMI (Full Size Input)
  4. Backlit Keyboard
  5. Full HD 1080p 13.3" Screen
This was exactly what I was looking for.  The right price from B and H Photo Video.

I rate computers on three features:
  1. Build
  2. Compatibility
  3. Usability
Build - this is a $299 notebook, so the build quality is cheap.  The build is made of plastic, but has a MacBook look.  The keyboard has a great feel for typing. The keys feel a little soft, but get the job done.  The touch pad is plastic, and feels that way when clicking.  Although, the touch clicking feels good.  The screen is HD 1080p quality and looks great.  

Compatibility - Works with all your key input devices.  Connect to a TV and External Screen.  Add additional hard drives with USB and SD Card.  There are probably apps and extensions that will cover the majority of your computing needs.  

Usability - Chrome OS is a browser with apps and extensions.  I use my Chromebook to browse the internet, pay bills and media consumption like Netflix and Hulu.  The computer works great for basic computing, web browsing and word processing.

I recommend this Toshiba ChromeBook 2.  For $299 it is the best for this price.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Working Without a Personal Computer

I have now been without a personal computer for over 6 months.  Yes, I still have access to a computer, but I rarely find a need to use one.

Here is my setup:
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
  • Apple TV 4
With Accessories:
  • Lightning Digital AV Adapter
  • Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard
  • HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One Color Printer

That's it, and that is all I need.  I use my iPhone for all my personal use.  I able listen to podcasts, music and movies.  I do my finances on it, working with emails, calendars and pay bills.

When I get tired of watching movies on a small screen, I use my Apple TV 4.  Also, I have a cable that connects to my iPhone and converts to HDMI, which allows me to transfer my content to other screens.  I am able to connect my iPhone to my printer and scan documents as well.

I thought, after selling my MacBook Air that I was going to need another computer right away, but I really don't need one anymore.  I never thought that I would not own a computer, and still be productive.

I no longer need a truck.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Apple's Public Beta Program

Apple offers public beta programs for OS X, iOS, WatchOS and TVOS.  You can sign up for free and install the beta onto your devices.  In the past Apple only offered this to developers that paid an annual fee of $100.00.

Apple was very secretive with their betas, as a developer, you were not allow to discuss the beta, only if Apple had announce the new features first.  As we all know, it is difficult to keep Apple secrets theses days.  With offering the public beta program they get much more testers for their new software.

When this first came out, I joined and put the latest beta on my iPhone and Mac.  I experienced issues on my iPhone and Mac, which is expected, since they are betas.  What I did not like, is when the final version was offered to the public, I would go to update and my updater would say, you are already updated.  I am thinking, no, I want the final public version.  It was supposed to be the same, but to me, was slightly different.  I still had issues, like crashes and apps did not working properly.  I would have to reinstall my devices with the public final version.

My take on betas,  they are for developers and testers.  They should not be used on your devices that are used on a daily basis for your work or personal business.  It is like eating food that is precooked and expecting it to taste like it should be fully cooked.  I, now prefer to wait until the final version is released and then jump on it.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The New Apple TV

Here's my take on the Apple TV:

The New Apple TV is a completely new device that works different to it's previous versions.  I am not quite sure why the old Apple TV is not capable of running the new TVOS.  Also, the iOS Remote app is not compatible with the New Apple TV as well.  To me, this seems strange.  Was this done purposely or due to limitations.

Apple has their reason for not making the OS available for the older version and the Remote app available as well.  After using the product for a week, in my opinion, this device is half baked.  It feels like there is something missing.  I don't know if it is the shortage of apps available or simply what is Apple attempting to replace.  Is this Apple's version of gaming console, and/or cable box replacement.  All I know, is that, the hype did not last very long.  After a few days, my New Apple TV just became a $149.00 screen saver.

After a week, I returned the New Apple TV.  I feel, in the near future, when Apple figures out what this device should replace, then I'll considering buying one again.  I am not losing faith in Apple, but simply think they are revealing products sooner than they want, because of the business need.