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David Averbach

David Averbach is the CEO and Publisher of iPhone Life and has been teaching readers how to get the most out of their iPhone for 8+ years. He has shared his Apple expertise on multiple industry panels and was awarded FOLIO magazine’s 2014 media industry’s innovators 20 in Their 20s. David co-hosts the iPhone Life Podcast and writes regular columns for iPhone Life magazine and iPhoneLife.com. He grew up on Macs and now has a MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad Pro, Apple Watch HomePod, Apple TV, and AirPods. David enjoys a good cup of coffee and loves traveling (he’s been to over 25 countries and was featured in a San Antonio Express News article on travel apps.)

To contact David, email him at david@iphonelife.com.

The Top 4 Takeaways from the WWDC Keynote Apple Event

I’ve been covering the World Wide Developers Conference, Apple’s annual developer's conference, for a decade, and no year has felt as simultaneously surreal yet comfortingly familiar as when Tim Cook presented the Apple keynote address to an empty conference hall in June. Cook served up the usual healthy dose of dad jokes and self-congratulatory statements. Most importantly, WWDC was jam-packed with updates for all of Apple’s major operating systems., including iOS 14, iPadOS, WatchOS 7, and Big Sur, the latest MacOS. Here are my top four takeaways from WWDC.

Smart Home Security: Minimize the Hassle, Maximize Safety & Privacy

In 1982, researchers at Carnegie Mellon connected a Coca-Cola vending machine to the internet and created the world’s first smart appliance. The “smart vending machine” could report its inventory and whether or not the drinks were cold. It wasn’t until the rise of smartphones, however, that the so-called internet of things (IoT) became ubiquitous. By the end of last year, there were eight billion IoT devices and that number is projected to grow to 41 billion by 2027, according to Business Insider’s Internet of Things 2020 report.

Buyer’s Guide 2019: Smart Home Devices for Safety, Security & Energy Savings

Whether you're looking to buy your first smart home device or adding to your collection of smart home accessories, our 2019 Buyer's Guide has lots of great options for you to explore. Whether you'd like a smart thermostat or a smart lock, an app-enabled leak detector, or a doorbell camera, we've reviewed the best security, safety, and energy-saving accessories for your home. 

Buyer's Guide 2019: iPad Pro Cases, Accessories & Gear

If you've purchased a new iPad Pro, it's important to protect your investment with a case. You may also want to check out accessories like an Apple Pencil 2, an iPad keyboard, a screen protector, or a USB hub. In this 2019 Buyer's Guide article, we'll cover five of the best iPad Pro accessories for your new tablet, from the new Apple Pencil to offerings from brands like Zagg and Speck. 

Apple’s New Strategy: Services May Make Money, but They Won’t Create Fans

Nine years ago when I started writing about Apple, articles signaling “the beginning of the end for Apple” were already commonplace. To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors of Apple’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. In that time, Apple continued to grow at an astronomical pace, becoming one of the largest companies in the world. Yet this year, Apple has started to show some chinks in the armor. In January, Apple posted its first decline in revenue for the holiday season since 2001 (that was the year the original iPod was released). To make matters worse, the decrease in revenue was almost entirely accounted for by Apple’s cash cow, the iPhone. iPhone sales have been flat for several years, but in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, they declined 15 percent year over year. It is becoming clear that the iPhone alone cannot continue to fuel Apple’s growth. The time has finally come to ask the question: What is Apple’s post-iPhone strategy?

iPad Pro In-Depth Review: Is It the Laptop Replacement Apple Promised?

The iPad is a difficult product to review, because in order to assess its effectiveness you have to first understand what the product is supposed to accomplish. Defining the purpose of Apple’s new iPad Pro is surprisingly complicated. I’ve been using mine for longer than a month now, and while it’s undeniably an amazing device, whether it lives up to all the hype depends on whose standards you’re looking at. Based on the late Steve Jobs’ original intent of what an iPad should be, the iPad Pro is an incredible device that is the fruition of the last eight years of development. But based on Apple CEO Tim Cook’s description at last October’s keynote of what the iPad Pro should be, the tablet is a flawed device that doesn’t live up to expectations. Allow me to explain.

Your 2018 Apple Smart Home: Innovative Tech for Every Room in the House

The Apple HomeKit framework and Home app are relatively new, but the possibilities for pairing smart home systems and products are already amazing. Our 2018 smart home roundup is great for those interested in purchasing their first Apple home device, as well as those who have already started dabbling in smart home technology. Whether you're interested in a smart thermostat or a smart lock, an app-controlled robot vacuum or even a smart mattress (yes, those exist) we've reviewed the best accessories you need to update and automate your home. 

Making Sense of Apple’s New iPhone Lineup: What Do the XR, XS & XS Max Bring to the Table?

When Apple released the original iPhone back in 2007, you had two models to choose from: 4 GB or 8 GB. Those were simpler times. There was only one color (black), and it was sold on one carrier (AT&T). While there was no App Store, no Siri, and no iCloud, there were also very few decisions you had to navigate. Fast forward to this September when Apple announced its new product lineup at the Steve Jobs theater, and the tech giant announced three new iPhones—the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR. Each phone has a unique set of tradeoffs to analyze. Not to mention the fact that Apple still sells the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 7. If you count all the generations, sizes, storage options, and colors, you now have 69 different iPhones to choose from. Thankfully, we’re here to walk you through all the new devices and help you figure out which one is right for you.

Apple’s Struggle for Software Stability: Can iOS 12 Win Back Our Trust?

Apple didn’t invent the personal computer. Nor did it create the first smartphone or tablet. Throughout the tech company’s history, from its origins with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak tinkering in a garage all the way to the present, the key to its success has been in taking emerging technologies and making them user-friendly for the masses. One of Jobs’ catchphrases when introducing a new product was, “It just works.” He said it so frequently it might as well have been Apple’s motto. Apple’s ability to create user-friendly products has not only allowed it to sell products to the masses, but also to charge a premium in the process. Today there are countless Android phones and tablets on the market that cost a fraction of what Apple sells its products for. For example, you can buy a brand-new Kindle Fire for $80 whereas an iPad costs anywhere from $329 for an entry-level model to $1,279 for a fully loaded iPad Pro. It’s no exaggeration to say that Apple’s reputation for making easy-to-use products is its most valuable asset. In the past year, Apple has struggled to meet its own standard. With iOS 12, Apple is attempting to repair the damage incurred by iOS 11 and reclaim its mantra of “It just works.”

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