iPhone Xs blog postings

iPhone Xs Postings

Earliest: October 3, 2018Latest: January 12, 2020Total: 53
July 31, 2019

Photo with a Window Screen

Taking a picture through a window screen can be tricky using the standard iOS camera app. Most times it will focus on the screen leaving the background blurry.

Using the ProCam App, I can remove the screen from the photo focus.

The easiest solution is to use ProCam where you can easily adjust the focal range - and lock it in. That way you can get multiple shots of the outside through the window screen.

July 24, 2019

iPhone User Guide

Nobody wants to read product manuals. But if you're on the train with nothing else to do -It doesn't hurt to read some of the documentation about your iPhone. You may learn some cool trick about your phone.

Just remember to download the User Guide before you start your travels.

i Phone User Guide

Six Reasons to Download the Guide

  • Learn a cool photo trick - You may know that you can set the filter of a photo when you take it. For example, make it more Dramatic or Mono then take the picture. But did you know that you can change or remove the filter in the Photos section.
  • Portrait Lighting Effect - You can learn what each effect does.
  • Bust Mode Photos - When editing the Burst mode photos, the gray dots below the thumbnails mark the suggest photos to keep.
  • Measure Tool - Learn all about how to measure dimensions with the iPhone. There's a simple step by step directions on getting started. The measure tool is useful if you don't have a tape measure available.
  • Apple Wallet - Learn how to add Passes, Tickets, Reward Card, Student ID card and more.
  • Health and Fitness App - Apple can recommend third party apps based on your Fitness activity. Learn more on the "Collect health and fitness data on iPhone" page.

How to get the iPhone User Guide

Open up the Books apps, click on search and then search for iPhone. As of this writing, you'll want the iPhone User Guide for iOS 12.3.

You can also get to the iPhone User Guide for iOS 12.3 via the Apple Store Link. This book can only be viewed on an iOS device, and it's Free!

There are other iPhone books available, I would recommend starting with the Apple Book first.

July 17, 2019

iPhone Hearing Aids Rating

The iPhone XS Max has two HAC Ratings for Hearing Aids: M3 and T4. In fact, Apple has had the two ratings since the iPhone 5s.

Industry Standard Rating

The ratings are are the American National Standard Institute hearing aid compatibility standards. They measure the radio-frequency interference and how well the inductive coupling works.

The ratings are based on a scale from 1 to 4.

The iPhone XS Max is hearing-aid compatible under the FCC requirement guidelines since they are within the acceptable range for radio-frequency and inductive coupling.

While this is good news, it doesn't mean that your hearing aid may work. It's highly recommended to test the iPhone at an Apple store. Simply ask one of the workers to test your hearing aid with a phone. (Floor models don't have the cellular activated, you will need to use a special phone for testing.)

Enable Telecoil Mode

To activate Hearing Aid mode on the iPhone XS Max, go to Settings > General > Accessibility. Hearing Aid mode on the iPhone XS Max modifies the phone?s acoustic settings to improve compatibility with hearing aids set in "T" or telecoil mode. Telecoil mode is not enabled by default on the iPhone XS Max. Check your hearing aid manufacturer as you may have better options than telecoil mode such as Bluetooth.

Oticon Opn 3

The Oticon Opn 3 works great with the iPhone XS Max. The sound quality is great and very clear. Audio is stream directly into your hearing aids without anyone knowing via the MFi connection bridge.

The MFi connection bridge is like a Bluetooth connection but doesn't work the same way. You can't just sync the hearing aid to any Bluetooth device.

One thing to keep in mind whether your using Airpods or Made for iPhone hearing aids, people can still hear the sound if you have it too loud. Just because the device is in your ear doesn't mean that the sound doesn't escaoe if it's loud enough.

July 10, 2019

Enabling Lock Lens Functionality

Using the iPhone XS Max, have you ever experience a situation where the video would flicker as you zoom. This is because the iPhone XS Max is switching between the two lenses to get the best possible picture.

Apple has set up a way to avoid this by enabling the "lock camera lens settings"

i Phone Dual Lens

Setting up the Lock Lens settings

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Camera
  • Select Record Video
  • Click on the switch where it says Lock Camera

What Happens When enabled

When you have the Lock Camera enable the iPhone won't switch lens when you zoom in during the recording. You'll get a nice smooth zoom.

These settings have no impact when you zoom in to take pictures or when you set up the video before recording. The "Lock Camera" will not prevent you from using the Telephoto lens.

Note this only effects the Camera app. This has no effect on ProCam, Camera+ 2, or ProCamera apps.

July 3, 2019

Cloud Backup of Burst Mode Photos

Burst mode, also known as continuous shooting, is a creative way to make sure you catch all the action on camera. What it basically does is take multiple photos which created a sequence of images. You can then later pick the image that works best for you. For example, in an action shot you may pick the photo that shows the runner suspended in Mid-air.

Burst Mode Cloud Backup

Not all cloud services back up burst mode the same. Here's how some of the most popular cloud services handle burst mode photos. (Google Photos, Amazon Photos, Apple iCloud, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive)

Google Photos

All burst photos get downloaded.

Amazon Prime Photos

Only the first image is backed up to Amazon Photos.

Apple My Photo Stream and Apple iCloud

By default only the images you select as your favorite are uploaded. You can change this by going to Settings, then Search for "Burst" and then turning on "Upload Burst Mode"


Only the favorite image in a Burst mode set is backed up to Dropbox.

Microsoft OneDrive

Only the first image is backed up to Microsoft OneDrive.

June 26, 2019

Trick: Create Transparent Profile Image

A cool feature of ProCam 6 Ios App, is the ability to create transparent images from Portrait mode photos. This is using the Background Remover functionality.

Here's an example of a before/after:

Statue Pro Cam 6 Filter

Simple Instructions to Isolate the Foreground Image

  1. Open ProCam
  2. Click on the image thumbnail on the bottom left
  3. Find an image that was taken using Portrait mode and select it.
  4. Make sure that the words 'DEPTH' appears at the bottom, next to Edit
  5. Click on Edit.
  6. Use the Depth Editor
  7. Click on the second icon from the left. (Looks like a checkerboard)
  8. Adjust the amount of tolerance for the foreground.
  9. Click Save

A new PNG file will be created in your Photos album.

Three Things I Learned About Doing this

  1. Not all photos will work. Apparently, ProCam requires a portrait photo that has a good facial image to remove the background. If you are experiencing issues you may want to try taking pictures using the ProCam 6 app.
  2. The resulting PNG file will keep all the Meta information (Location, Color profile, Device, Latitude, and Longitude)
  3. The PNG file is the same size as the original file (4032 x 3024)

Great Feature

This is cool when you need a profile picture for work profiles such as Linkedin/Slack. You can easily add the Company logo/building in the background.

You can purchase/download ProCam 6 from the Apple Store for $5.99.

June 19, 2019

Macro Photography

One of the cool features of Camera+ is the ability to take Macro pictures. This works in both the Camera + version and Camera+ 2 version.

Users can get up very close to an object and take a close up photo:

Apple Tree Macro Mode
Apple growing on an Apple Tree. Picture taken with Camera+ in Macro Mode.

When using the Macro lens in Camera+ you are using the telephoto lens. The telephoto focal lens is 6 mm, which is equivalent to a 52 mm lens on a full-frame camera.

This means that you can get your iPhone XS Max up to 6 mm ( or .23 inches) to an object and get a nice clear focus.

Camera+ App better than Extra External Lens

You can buy an external lens to take Macro photography, but I think that the Camera+ App does a pretty good job taking close up for most situations.

By using the Camera+ app, It's a great way to get really close to an object without having to buy some third-party lens extension. Which works well, but you have to remember to bring it and in some cases you would have to take the phone out of the case.

June 12, 2019

iPhone XS Max Waterproof?

The iPhone XS Max is not waterproof but it is water resistant up to a depth of 2 meters for up to 30 minutes. Apple's iPhone XS Max is certified as waterproof rating of IP68.

Devices backed by an international standard rating of IP68 are deemed fit enough to withstand dust, dirt and sand, and are resistant to submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5m underwater for up to thirty minutes.

i Phoneip68 Water

Play it Safe!

This doesn't mean you could bring the iPhone into the pool to take underwater pictures without an underwater case. (Don't forget the damage salt water or chlorinated water could do to the case.)

Highly Advised to Use a Case!

What this means is that the phone should function fine in a normal rain storm. If it should get place in water, it may stop working. Worst is that if it does stop working, the water damaged phone isn't covered by Apple's Limited Warrantee. Trust me - Apple will know that the damage was caused by water.

If you plan to take any underwater photography, protect your investment and use an underwater case!

June 5, 2019


Some Fun Facts about transistors - which is essential to every piece of an electronic device created.

The basics of transistors... it's a semiconductor device that used to control the current flow. In modern computers, they are used for computer memories, microprocessors and complexI/O. You can learn a lot more about them over on sparkfun.com.

Transistors Text Blog

There were 10,000 transistors total to make up the Apollo Guidance Computer that help guide the Apollo 11 spacecraft to the moon.

There were 190,000 transistors in the original Apple Macintosh. (Motorola 68020)

The newest iPhone has a 7nm chip that has 6.9 billion transistors.

What do transistors Do?

A transistor is a miniature electronic component that can do two different jobs. It can work either as an amplifier or a switch. As an amplifier, it can produce a stronger output signal relative to the input that it gets. Like a switch, it can simply turn current on or off.

May 29, 2019

iPhone XS Max vs Flip MinoHD

Ten years ago I got the Flip Video camera for my birthday. This is a pretty cool device that makes it easy to take quick videos. Earlier this week, I was thinking of how much better technology is the iPhone XS Max to a camera that I had 10-years ago?

I decided to do a face-off of both cameras, on Boylston Street in Boston. Can you really tell the difference? Am I better off bringing the Flip Camera on trips for video when I want to save battery life?

Video Comparison

Some notes on the Flip Camera

  • The Flip MinoHD came out in July 2008, I got mine in September, 2008.
  • The Flip Mino HD camera only supports 1280 x720 video.
  • The iPhone XS Max was taking 1920x1080 video, I didn’t want to scale it down to the 720p HD because realistically I wouldn’t be shooting that load of a setting.
  • There is a bit more of a camera shake on the flip because it was a bit hard to hold.
  • The Flip camera has a max of 2-hours limit on the 8GB card. The video will stop recording after 1-hour (4 GB)
  • The flip camera audio was in stereo - although there wasn’t anything to hear in the above clip.

Some notes on the iPhone XS Max Video

  • The iPhone XS Max does a great job with stabilization
  • The camera angle is much wider.
  • Colors in the video are much brighter
  • Interesting that the camera only recorded in Mono