Everyone expects Apple to release an iWatch some day, and until then, several players have tried to fill that void. The most publicized player in the SmartWatch field is Pebble, and I was one of their early backers. I have been using mine for several months now and have come to rely on it. My phone can be in my pocket, backpack, or downstairs, and I can still get my Caller ID displayed on my wrist. I can even reject a call and send it to voicemail. But I can't answer the phone.
If there's one constant, it's change. And the more things change, the more the stay the same! Case in point, the new iPhone 5s. With all the new bells and whistles, like the 64bit CPU, the slow motion camera, and the Touch ID fingerprint reader, Apple has had to simultaneously enhance battery technology to keep pace. This allows Apple to maintain battery life, despite the increased demands of the new hardware. But I'm not satisfied with that. Imagine if Apple could keep the hardware unchanged, and just apply that new battery technology to the existing device. They could double the battery life!
If you weren't already sold on joining me at MacTech Los Angeles in early November, thanks to the iPhone Life $100-off discount code, perhaps this will sweeten the deal.
Tesla will be letting attendees take a test drive in their electronic vehicles!
I've written about my decision to "go for the gold" iPhone 5s, so now I can't really be expected to plug an ordinary white cable into it, can I? I want gold. So I've backed the JUICES+ Kickstarter project that offers "the cable Apple should have made" with its longer length and woven fabric, in gold of course.
When I first saw the Keizus Quadropod + Clamp ($39.95) in an email, I thought it was a ripoff of a GorillaPod that I already owned. I was disappointed with the GorillaPod because it kept coming apart, so I didn't pay a lot of attention. Then they showed me a video of it being driven over by a car. My GorillaPod didn't fare as well in the car test!
I must admit, when I first learned of SnapVerse (free), based on the name, I was worried that it was another anonymous texting app in the vein of SnapChat, and I had no need for that.
But I was wrong. SnapVerse is more like Vine plus GarageBand, as it lets you take videos up to 20 seconds and mash in your favorite music and sound effects. Videos can be full size or square, as with Vine.
For the first time since the original iPhone came out, I did NOT get the latest model on opening day. It was not for lack of trying, but it's complicated. As a developer, I can justify grabbing the latest gear, because I have to make sure my apps work on the new devices, and take advantage of any new features. But I've been using iOS 7 for several weeks on my iPhone 5 and was satisfied that they would work fine. The 64-bit CPU is important for data-intensive apps, but not necessarily my apps. Apple hasn't opened up the fingerprint reader to developers, so there wasn't an overwhelming need to upgrade.
As a developer of award-winning, bestselling apps with 6 million-plus downloads, I am often asked by other app developers how they should market their apps. While I've written a whole ebook/app, App Success, on the subject, and delivered countless presentations as well, an email from the Mapp Company arrived the other day that made me contemplate some of the worst ways to market your app.
While Android fans (fandroids!) will pooh pooh the iPhone 5S as an incremental enhancement, I actually appreciate Apple's consistency in form factor. It allows me to use and reuse some of my favorite cases and accessories.