|Earliest: October 3, 2018||Latest: December 5, 2018||Total: 10|
|December 5, 2018|
If your looking for an application that overlays weather information WeatherShot is the application to do that. You can instantly show how hot or cold it is with the actual temperature.
If you really like the application you can upgrade to the Weathershot Pro Premium subscription version for only $19 more a year (There is a first-year plan for $9). This allows you to removed the application name when you apply the weather overlay. In addition, you get to access more skins.
There are some customers that are not happy to know that after purchasing $9 for the application, that they have to spend an additional $9 to remove the logo.
Once you upgrade you get full access to all 90 different skins.
I have found that there are 2-3 skins that I would use. Most of the time, I just want to show the location, temp and the feels like temp - on those really cold days. There's not a lot of skins that show the "feels like" temperature. I am surprised that only one of their winter skins has the "feels like" value.
In the Doodle-Art there is some animation - such as bike riders and runners. These graphics stay animated when you save the files as GIF format. I did find that the saved animated version looks a bit jumpy than the preview version within the app. Perhaps it's because the GIF isn't using the same frame rate as the preview.
You can adjust the size of the temperature number by using your fingers to expand or contract depending on what looks good for you.
The application works both in Portrait and Landscape modes. So if you take pictures in landscape mode - which most pictures should be - make sure to use the application in Landscape mode to get the best view.
WeatherShot was at one time called InstaWeather - it got changed on June 18, 2018. The app was targeted for people posting Instagram Photos, (Check out some past Twitter posting using the #InstaWeather). Also checkout my first review of the InstaWeather App.
Weathershot Pro Premium subscription users are supposed to get new content every month - but I haven't seen much in what's new. That is, there are no announcements on any new skins or functionality. Since October, the "What's New" talks about "we're preparing a special design pack, so please stay tuned!" (This sounds like another premium add-on.) The last time Premium subscribers got an update was in September.
There is nothing special about using this application on the iPhone XS Max.
If you plan to focus your blog/Instagram/Facebook posting using weather data, then getting the Premium subscription might be a good option. At least the WeatherShot text doesn't distract users from your image.
As for the other skins, they are nice to have. I don't really think they are something that I would use on a regular bases.
|November 28, 2018|
Have you played around with the Time-Lapse camera functionality? It's pretty cool to set the camera on a tripod and just record the sessions for a while and then watch it all unfold in a matter of minutes.
There are some limitations to the Apple's Time-Lapse camera:
Instagram's Hyperlapse is a good alternative solution to Apple's Time-lapse. While they don't fix all the limitations that Apple's Time-Lapse has, you do get a lot more flexibility. It's also free - so the price is right!
If you want the most flexibility with Time-Lapse videos, take a video using the regular video option and then change the speed at post-production. I use 4k at 24 fps for all my videos. I can use iMovie or Wondershare Filmora to slow it down or speed it up. Just make sure to have plenty of disk space.
Oh, one more thing... Make sure to put the iPhone in Airplane mode! You don't want the video to get interrupted by a robocall.
|November 21, 2018|
The latest iPhone XS Max is using the 802.11ac WiFi speed. Which is pretty fast, it can download files at 1 Gbps compared to 600 Mbps using the old standards. It's the latest and greatest WiFi speed that has been available for a few years.
How WiFi Speeds has changed since 1999
|November 14, 2018|
ProCam is yet another popular third-party application on Apple's iOS. It offers a lot of features to expand the basic capabilities of taking photos and videos using your iPhone.
ProCam Photo Menu give users a lot more control than the standard Apple Camera App.
Actual video screen shot capture from a 4K 24 fps video. I used Pro Cam capture feature, it looks as good as if it was a regular picture!
One of the camera modes that are unique to ProCam is the ability to take 3D Photos. This is a creative way to use both cameras on the iPhone XS Max.
You take a picture in landscape mode. ProCam takes a photo with both lenses at the exact same moment. Then align one of the photos. When you click 'Done' you get a shifting photo. You can save the photo as a GIF, JPEG + GIF, Video + GIF.
This isn't something that I would use on a regular base but does add a cool effect to post on Facebook or Twitter.
|November 7, 2018|
In May, the team at Snap Snap Pro updated Camera+ to Camera2 Plus. This is the first major update in
The above shows the power of the Clarity functionality in Camera2 Plus. You can see more of the train station when the Clarity filter is applied.
Camera 2 Plus is available to purchase in the iOS store. Currently it's only $2.99.
I think it's worth the investment for the five points that I mentioned above. The Clarity filter comes in handy when you want a quick touchup to any photo and don't have time/resources to touch the image on the computer.
|October 31, 2018|
Apple's Camera is a pretty cool tool, it gives users the basic camera functionality. It's fast easy to use and easy to access with the simple swipe of the lock screen.
While the Camera is good, there's still a lot of power that users have with the Camera. That's the advantage of using a third party application.
One of the applications that I have been using for years is the ProCamera App. I have been using it since version 5, the current version is 12.0.1. It's a great application to use to help take really good pictures with the camera.
Apple Watch App - ProCamera Apple Watch App lets you take to preview the camera view before taking pictures. You can also switch between modes and set focus. To see the current camera viewfinder click on the ProCamera icon on the bottom left. (This is different than Apple's Watch as the viewfinder is on by default.)
Flash Torch - Great for when you want a picture in a dark situation and want to see/focus on the picture before taking it. For example, if you're trying to take a picture of a product info on an equipment in a dark area. (This is where the Apple Watch can come in handy too!)
ProTimer - If you like GorillacamPro, you'll like this feature. You'll have the ability to set a number of photos to take after the Self-Timer gets activated. This is also a good way to take multiple pictures and then combine them later.
Lens Selection - You can actually take a picture with both lenses on the iPhone XS Max. You don't necessarily get a better picture, but it's pretty cool to have that functionality.
Videos - The nice thing about having a third party app for videos is that it can have different settings. I can switch between the Apple Camera and ProCamera depending on what I am doing. The AudioMeter is great to have a visual of the video audio track, it's a good way to know if the audio that I am capturing is loud enough.
If you ever find yourself without the bottom row and unable to switch modes or see the Camera Roll, it's because you are viewing the Light Version of the "On Screen Display Mode." To fix this simply click on the Control Panel, the three lines on the bottom right, then the Display icon, the bottom right icon that looks like a rectangle. Use Standard Mode if you want complete control of all the elements.
If you want to change what modes appear on the camera switcher, simply swipe all the way to the left until you see the three dots. Click on it. Now you can rearrange the photos modes and hide functionality that you don't plan on using.
|October 24, 2018|
The iPhone XS Max camera is amazing compared to the iPhone 6s Plus. Visit an Apple Store and do a side by side comparison to see how much brighter the camera makes everything appear.
Facetime: 7 MP, f/2.2
iSight: 12 MP, f/1.8, Wide-angle: f/1.8 aperture Telephoto: f/2.4 aperture
Facetime: 1.2 MP, f/2.2 iSight: 8 MP, f/2.2
It's hard to believe that the quality of the FaceTime camera on the new iPhone XS Max quality is just about similar to the rear camera of the iPhone 6s Plus.
There are key differences on how each approach low light conditions. The app that best works for you depends on what your trying to accomplish.
In all situations, for the best picture you shouldn't hold the camera. Either use a tripod or lay the camera against something and use any time delay
Use Slow Shutter to take night amazing photos.
|October 17, 2018|
The one thing nice about the iPhone X's Plus is that you'll be taking more pictures. Pretty soon you may find that you have way more pictures on your phone than ever before. Automatically backing up the pictures to a cloud service is helpful to manage space on the phone.
For years I have been using Google Photos for my photos and video backups. It's still an important part of my iPhone backup strategy. It's a good source to use to backup photos whenever the iPhone is charging. You don't have to think about it - just enable back up and let it run.
Here's what you get if you use the High Quality option - otherwise known as free storage option:
Press and hold the icon for the 3D Touch Menu
Did you know that there are some options when you hold down the icon for the 3D Touch? You can:
I'm feeling lucky - Perform a random search of your photo collection, such as a random location or object. Kind of fun way to check out your photo collection.
Free up space - Remove photos from your phone that has been back up to Google Photos. Useful when your on vacation and need the space.
Make Shared album - Quick way to launch Google Photos app and start selecting photos to share. Useful when you take a bunch of recent photos and want to share them.
Share Google Photos - Shares your love of Google Photos with another iPhone User. Make it easy for others to download the Google Photos application.
|October 10, 2018|
When people open the box of the iPhone XS Max, one of the things that were missing was a jack adapter for the headphone jack. Apple had removed the audio 3.5 mm port since the iPhone 8, but they included a jack adapter so people could connect their "legacy" headphones to the lighting port.
I say "legacy" because there's still a lot of manufactures that are producing quality headphones and accessories using the 3.5 mm port. Not everyone believes or trust bluetooth as a good audio source.
Included in the box is a charging cable, USB wall jack, earbuds which connect to the lighting port and the iPhone XS Max.
For some reason someone Apple feels they need to cut back on expenses especially when someone is spending $1,200 for their smartphone. If you want the jack adapter - that's extra. Just like a case, smartphone screen cover and extra cables for work and the car.
Personal Collection of iPhones showing the audio port in all the old iPhones.(Taken with my Olympus XZ-2)
So getting one won't break the bank. But it's the principle of it. If someone is willing to spend $1,200 on a smartphone device, at least include it in the box.
There's plenty of space in the box for the jack adapter, so that's not a valid excuse.
When the iMac and MacBook Pro came out without a DVD drive, Apple promoted that if users needed a drive, they could purchase a USB DVD drive for $99.
The EarPods with Lightning Connector that's in the box, cost $29 at the Apple Store. I am pretty sure that most people will use the Headphone Jack adapter than Apple's headphones.
|October 3, 2018|
Last month I upgraded my iPhone 6s Plus to the iPhone XS Max. I had the opportunity to upgrade last year but decided to wait a year because I didn't really see any "must have" features in the iPhone X. At the time, I knew that the camera was better, but it didn't seem worth upgrading.
After using the new phone for a week I am very happy to upgrade. Its a pretty powerful device and I am looking forward to using it.
iPhone 6s Plus Usage: 2 years, 11 months, 5 days (1,070 days.) It cost $399 on contract, which means that it cost me about .37 a day. Check out some of my posts on the iPhone 6s Plus.
I still have the iPhone 6s Plus and will use it every once in a while.
Whenever I get a new phone, the first thing I do is take a screenshot of the main screen after it loads up. I didn't realize how much bigger the iPhone XS Max screen was to my iPhone 6s Plus.
Overall Phone Screen Size:
This iPhone will replace my Olympus ZX-2 - which I spent a great deal of time researching back in 2015. I'll still bring the camera on vacation. But for the most part, the iPhone XS Max will be my primary camera.
You can read about all the different cameras that I considered looking at back in 2015 on my Olympus XZ-2 iHS page. I'll update the page with how it compares to the iPhone XS Max.
I don't have an iPhone case yet. I plan to get one at some point. I just need a good case that lets me hold the phone right.