Steve Jobs has been gone for years, but his presence is still felt. Apple CEO Tim Cook honored the Apple founder at a commencement speech at George Washington University this weekend. Cook, fresh off a visit to China, told the audience they shouldn't have to choose between a job that pays the bills and their ambitions to do good and make a difference.
I had the opportunity to try BM101 Mini Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker ($24.99) from Life n Soul. It is a teeny tiny adorable speaker about the size of two dozen quarters, stacked on top of each other. When placed on its side, it almost looks like a jet engine. There are two small metal hooks on the side that you can attach a small lanyard to, for use on the go.
As many advancements as Apple has brought out recently, the camera has remained pretty stagnant. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offer the same 8 megapixel resolution as the iPhone 5s. At least the larger iPhone 6 Plus offers optical image stabilization. In fact, as the phones got thinner, Apple wasn't able to reduce the size of the lens, and that's why it protrudes a bit on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Act fast, because until May 16th at 11:59pm (ET) only, PowerSkin is offering their PoP'n for just $10 shipped. Technically, it's a penny with $9.99 shipping, but however you slice it, it's a good deal, since it normally lists for $49.99 plus shipping. The PowerSkin PoP'n latches on to the Lightning port (or microUSB if that's what you order) of your iPhone and sticks to the back of the phone or case. Not all cases will work with it, as you need some clearance around the lightning port, but you could always remove your case if needed. Their website lists the iPhone 5/5s/5c, but it should work with an iPhone 6.
If you were lucky (and brave) enough to pick up an Apple Watch, you probably want to find some killer apps for it. Maybe you want to justify your purchase, or show it off to friends, or just get the most out of your new device. After all, the original iPhone didn't really strut its stuff until the App Store showed up a year later.
The Apple Watch may not be cheap, but it could actually be a practical alternative to a CarPlay or Bluetooth-enabled stereo system. I recently added Bluetooth stereo to my old car and it cost over $200 for an entry-level model. With the right car mount, you can use your Apple Watch as a hands-free speakerphone, complete with Siri integration.
A new iPhone isn't likely to show up until September and given Apple's track record, it is likely to be a minor tweak of the existing design with an "s" suffix. Applelnsider is reporting that the next iPhone, the iPhone 6s (and 6s Plus) will be available in Rose Gold to match the high-end Apple Watch Edition models. Its doubtful that the phones case would actually be made of real gold, given the size and short lifespan of phones and the "bendability" of gold and the "Bendgate" controversy. The more interesting aspects of the rumor, to me, are a better camera, which is long overdue, and more memory.
The Apple Watch doesn't "tick" like a Timex, whose slogan has been "Takes a licking, keeps on ticking" but in a recent "torture test" it survived better than Apple promised. An enterprising amateur athlete, dubbed DC Rainmaker, took an Apple watch on a 10-plus minute swim, a few dives from a high diving board, and more and found it worked without any noticeable issues. He even simulated a 40 meter dive, although the watch is rated for just 1 meter!
In the post-Apple Watch world, like it or not, every wearable will be compared to the Apple offering. Fortunately, Apple has left quite a few gaps in their product line, allowing folks like Cogito to compare quite favorably. They offer a pair of watches, one at about $130 and the other at $180. This is about the price of a nice band from Apple!