My bio underneath the articles I write for iPhone Life Magazine say "an iPhone is almost always attached to his hip." And that's true, but I'm not satisfied with most of the holsters I've used to date. They are typically plastic and prone to breaking, or they don't swivel, leading to inevitable jabs to my side or stomach when entering or exiting the car. I'm always on the lookout for something better.
In my CES 2013 recap, I reviewed the previous generation of Fuse Chicken's Une Bobine flexible cable/stand, when it supported Apple's 30-pin devices. Now they have a Kickstarter project for their Lightning-based version. I don't always post about Kickstarter projects; but since they have a nice existing product, and they were able to send me a review sample, I'm confident this isn't vaporware like other Kickstarter projects.
I was disappointed that the new iPhone 5s didn't include NFC (Near Field Communication) for several reasons. First, it would be nice to have a feature that a number of a Android devices do, and second because it would be nice to pay for things with a swipe of my phone. But also I could try out the new Mo' Beats HD speaker from iLuv ($99.99).
Today, Apple announced a slew of new products. It seems like only yesterday Apple released the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, and of course iOS 7. Indeed it was less than a month ago. And only a month or so before that, the Apple analysts were complaining that Apple wasn't innovating! This is all good news for users, but it's a mixed blessing for us developers. New hardware with new features, and a major update to the operating system means this is a challenge. But, in Chinese, challenge is another word for opportunity, and coincidentally, the Chinese market has taken to the iPhone 5c and 5s, and the new iPad Air will be available at launch in China, for the first time!
If you're like me, you carry your iPhone everywhere. And sometimes you just need to carry a few credit cards and some form of identification. Instead of a dedicated wallet, you could get a case with a built in slot for cards. I've tried a few such cases. But they're typically too bulky too make it worthwhile.
Just as Apple found a way to enhance the iPhone 5s camera without changing much of the packaging, the folks at Ollo have done the same with their popular Olloclip. The accessory clips on to the corner of a naked iPhone, positioning a set of lenses precisely over the built-in camera.
I just got my gold iPhone 5s, and while I hate to hide that golden back, I know it will get scratched if I don't keep it in a case. Fortunately, I just came across a rugged, waterproof, yet relatively compact case from Concord Keystone called the SealCase.
I reviewed the Magnetyze case for my iPhone 4, previously, and my daughter has decided to make that her go-to case for her iPhone. It's understandable, thanks to the ease of charging just by placing the phone near the magnetic charging cable or base. But now that I'm getting an iPhone 5s, and my daughter will likely get my iPhone 5, it's nice to know there is an iPhone 5 version of the Magnetyze ($59.99).
I like apps that are open ended enough to adapt to the user's personality. Proposition is one such app. If you are a professional, by the book, no nonsense kind of person then Proposition could reflect that. If you are a prankster, happy go-lucky adventurous risk-taking type, then you will find Proposition will match that. It's almost a psychological test of your personality. Basically, Proposition is like Truth or Dare, with emphasis on the Dare part, and leveraging social networking and mobile technology.
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.