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MobileViews Podcast 303: Apple’s 2019 fall announcements

Jon Westfall and I discuss the most interesting items (to us) from Apple’s Fall 2019 announcements on Sept. 10.

  1. First: Happy 20th birthday to WiFi
    History of WiFi
  2. iPhone 11 Pro
    Still has Lightning connector. Not USB-C
    Three lenses – 3rd for ultra-wide – 120 degree view
    2x optical zoom “out” as well as in
    Night Mode (like Android Night Sight)
    Video: What is “audio zoom”?
    Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  3. iOS 13
    High-Key Mono photos
    Portrait lighting control
    Nearly every tool and effect you use on your photos can be used on videos, including rotate, crop, and auto enhance.
    Maps has new features (catch up to Google Maps?)
    Silence unknown callers
    Carrier‑verified Calls
  4. Apple Watch Series 5
    No sleep tracking!
    Always on display
    Noise app w/alerts
    Watch app store
    Dexcom G6 glucose monitor – requires additional hardware
    Built-in compass
  5. 10.2-inch iPad (not Air, not Pro)
    Starts at $329
    Lightning connector (still)
  6. Jon’s running ios 13.1 on iPhone, iPadOS on his iPad, and Watch OS 6 on his watch. All are pretty stable thus far!
  7. What to do with an old Macbook that you can’t upgrade to modern software – Load vintage operating systems.

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MobileViews Podcast 268: iPhone Xs, Watch 4, & DC Universe

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. DC Universe apps for Android and iOS available along with service launch. Soft launched on Sept. 12 and full launch on Sept. 15
  2. Apple broke naming conventions: Xs Max instead of Xs+
  3. The “smaller” Xs 5.8-inch display is larger than the 7+ 5.5-inch screen I currently have
  4. Apple Watch 4 band size
  5. What wasn’t announced:
    USB-C for iOS devices
    Any new iPad / ipad mini (released 9/9/2015)
    Mac mini refresh
    Air Pod v2
    AirPower wireless charger announced last year is still a no-show

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MobileViews Podcast 229: iPhone X initial impressions. Guest: Sven Johannsen

I start off this podcast with a few Pixel 2 observations. Then, Jon Westfall and guest panelist Sven Johannsen take over with their impressions of the iPhone X after one day of ownership/user.

Sidenote: Take a look at this for the most amusing use of Animoji I’ve seen so far by Mia Harrison: And then we proceeded to waste half our day. #animojikaraoke #iphonex #queen #bohemianrapsody #carriedaway (Twitter video)

  1. Minor Pixel 2 observations.
    Swipe down on sensor turned off by default.
    Accessing all apps – swipe down on home screen instead of tapping an icon.
  2. Watch OS 4.1 update. Ref: ars technica. “The update brings a slew of promised features to the new Series 3 Watch, including Apple Music and Radio streaming support, GymKit compatibility, and a Wi-Fi toggle option in the Control Center.”

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MobileViews Podcast 174: iPhone 7

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Twitter Reader skill for Alexa available.
  2. New 7-inch Android tablet with Google branding (Pixel???)? Ref: The Verge. Hope it is affordable ($200) like the original Nexus 7.
  3. 64GB 6s & 6s+ models are gone. Only 32 or 128GB
  4. iPhone 7 and 7 Plus discussion
  5. ThinkGeek Star Trek Next Generation Bluetooth comm badge

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Apple Watch ready iPhone app updates appearing


I’m not planning to buy an Apple Watch this year. But, if I do, it looks like a number of the apps I use are ready for it.

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Mobileviews Podcast 102: Microsoft Office for iPad & iPhone

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  1. Microsoft Office for iOS free. No need for Office 365 subscription.
  2. Microsoft Office Sway? Ref: Microsoft Office Blog announcement.
  3. “Materials” Android apps appearing: Google Play, Gmail, Camera
  4. Swype for iOS free app of the week

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  1. Todd: Google Inbox as an Android battery killer
  2. Jon: Get true push Gmail on an iPhone

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