iPhone Xs blog postings

iPhone Xs Postings

Earliest: October 3, 2018Latest: June 12, 2019Total: 36

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

Transistors

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

May 22, 2019

Glif Tripod Adapter

I have found that one of the best tripod mount adapters for the iPhone XS Max is the Glif - Quick Release Tripod Mount by Studio Neat.

At $27.99, this tripod mount is one of the most expensive on the market, but it's so worth it. The ability to quickly add and remove the iPhone XS Max from the mount is so worth it. The mount quality is much better than the Square Jellyfish and Arespark mounts. It's easier to use than the adapter that comes with the Fotopro UFO2.

Glif Tripod Adapters

Four Things I Learned Using the Tripod Mount

It's really easy to use on any type of tripod. I usually have it connected to a Joby tripod - so that I can quickly add connect it when I need to. I usually leave the Glif in an unlock position so that I can get it mounted right away.

The mount works on all my iPhone collections, from the 5s to the iPhone XS Max. I have found that it will not work with the GoPro. The default opening is too big for the GoPro. (You have to use the mount case with the Tripod mount.)

With multiple tripod mounts connected, I can have setup several cameras on the same tripod to catch different angles. All you need is a "Standard 1/4"-20 Male to 1/4"-20 Male Threaded Tripod Screw Adapter" - which can be purchased at Amazon for $8. ?Hot Tip?: You can find similar screws at AceHardware stores for about $.75.

The Glif Adapter has a soft area around the grip. This protects the phone when you have a tight grip.

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I would recommend adding the Glif Tripod adapter to Camel Camel Camel product watch. While it has never has gone below the $27.99 price point, it may go on sale in the future.

May 15, 2019

Audio Input using the iPhone XS Max

There is a sneaky way to connect an audio cable to the iPhone XS Max to record incoming audio. Think of it making your own Mix Tape on your iPhone XS Max.

Example

You want to connect your iPhone XS Max to a sound system and record sound.

The best way to do this is to use a cable splitter that has a connector for audio input. You basically need a TRRS connector, these are visually identified by three black marks on the Audio-In end:

i Phone Splitter

This cable is more commonly found using the "old" apple headphones that had a microphone connected to it.

Using the TRRS Connector, you can plug in any 3.5 mm cable. Now you can easily bring external audio into your iPhone XS Max.

Setting up The Connector

First purchase a TRRS Splitter, you can find them on Amazon or eBay. I would highly recommend eBay since it cost less that $3 with free shipping. (Just make sure that it ships from the USA.)

You will need the Lighting to audio-In cable adapter from Apple. (I wouldn't recommend getting a "third party" since they may not work for this particular situation.) You can get these from any Apple store for about $10.

Connect the Lighting to the iPhone XS Max and then the TRRS splitter end to the 3.5mm slot. Now connect your audio to the right slitter. (I would recommend clearly labeling the splitter)

Three Things I have Learned

  • The incoming audio doesn't always get recognized by the iPhone XS Max. I have found that I needed to start the audio and then connect the cable to the iPhone XS Max.
  • Your original source of audio shouldn't be too loud. Apparently, the audio input is very sensitive.
  • I found using the Apple Voice Memo to be a good recorder. I tried some other iOS recorders and found that they were too complex to use or would have involved spending money and no guarantee that I would get better performance.
  • Another option that I am considering - using GarageBand to record the input audio. I have read some good reviews on using it and it has lots of good configurations.

May 8, 2019

Apple Photo Search

Did you know within Apple Photos, you can search for "dog," "Grass," and other objects in your picture?

Apple adds additional "smart" tags to photos that work very similar to Google Photos. The key difference is that its right there on your phone. This makes it easier when you looking for that perfect picture of the dog or beach setting.

You can search for GPS location, Date as well as objects such as "Blue House," "Dog" or "Christmas Tree."

If you have some down-time, on the train/bus/store, try to see what unique things that Apple tag your photos. Did it spot the bird in the picture? How about the clock? Try to see how much detail tagging actually get's done!

i Phone Search

How to use the Search Feature

Simply open up Photos and then click on the search icon on the bottom right. As you type your search query you may get some auto-complete suggestions. Note: I find single word searches to be better.

May 1, 2019

Using the iPhone to Scan Documents

Did you know that you can scan documents with your phone?

Using Apple's Preview There is an ability using the Finder and other application to scan documents with the iPhone and put the scanned image in the document.

What's Special with iPhone XS Max?

I did a test with my iPhone 6s Plus and the iPhone XS Max and discovered that the iPhone XS Max files size were larger using the newer iPhone. I did notice some slight difference in some of the receipt scans. The iPhone XS Max scans appeared to be cleaner.

It doesn't really matter too much since there's no OCR support, perhaps that is coming in a future version of iOS?

Scan Compairisoni Phone Max
I scanned the same receipt using an iPhone 6s Plus and the iPhone XS Max.

Easy Steps to Scan

  1. Right click on the Desktop, and select "Import from Phone" then "Scan Document"

  2. Your iPhone should turn on and be ready to scan a document.

  3. Position your phone over any size document and the phone should recognized the boundary of the document.

  4. Click the capture button on the phone

  5. Continue to scan additional pages that you want to include. (For example the backside of a receipt.)

  6. Click Done when completed.

  7. The image should appear in a PDF document on the desktop. (If you do this in an application it should be included in the application.)

Five Things I Learned About Scanning with the iPhone xs Max

  1. You need to sync your phone with your Macintosh to get this working.

  2. This is an easy way to scan receipts when you're writing those expense reports. Evernote's Scannable is pretty cool alternative as it has a better focus and OCR capabilities.

  3. There is no OCR Support in scanned images. A good alternative would be the Scannable app by Evernote.

  4. The scanning functionality is available in some third party applications; Pixelmator. It is missing in some other applications: Photoshop Elements, Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, Artboard, Evernote, Microsoft Office and Swift Publisher 5.

April 24, 2019

USB Power

The iPhone XS Max comes with the standard 5W USB Changer. One thing that is interesting is the power adapter doesn't have the green sticker on the back any more.

See this side-by-side comparison with the Adapter that came with my iPhone 6s Plus when I purchased it back in September 2015.

Power Plug Green

Why the Green Dot?

According to Apple, the green dot was put on the Power Adapter by Apple to show that the plug isn't part of the Exchange program. See full details on the Apple Exchange Program page.

Is 5W Enough?

As mentioned in a previous blog post, 5W might be a good option for overnight charging. However if your traveling a lot you should consider investing in a more powerful charger that will charge the iPhone XS Max in about 1/2 the time.

Ideally getting a 12w or more powerful charger will be helpful when you need a quick boot for those crazy Saturday routines.

Gift Idea

If your looking for a unique gift idea for "someone that has everything" get a USB-C charger with a USB-C to Lighting Cable. According to Apple this will fully charge the iPhone XS Max in about 1/2 the time.

You can buy a Anker USB-C to Lighting Cable on Amazon.com, Bestbuy.com or Staples for about $14.

April 17, 2019

Outline Wallpaper

The iPhone XS Max comes with 29 different Wallpapers of unique types. There are Dynamic, Stills and Live variety. Lots to choose from - many people will just use a photo of a pet or child as their Wallpaper.

Outline Wallpaper

An outline wallpaper is a wallpaper that has a thin border around the outer edge of the screen. It's a way to frame the content, and a way to highlight the notch on the top of the screen. It's a good way to have a distracted free home screen.

Hideaki Nakatani created a site with 32 different outline wallpapers to exclusively work with the iPhone XS Max. It's a creative wallpaper gallery that gives your smartphone a professional look.

The website main language is in Japanese - you can find English translations throughout the site.

Outline Wallpaper
Hideaki Wallpaper adds a simple border around the edge of the screen. This is the simple white color.

About Hideaki Nakatani

Some information about Hideaki Nakatani's website:

How about the wallpaper decorating its Home Screen?

There are many beautiful wallpapers in the world. They are beautiful photos, beautiful art, beautiful graphic design. It is not product design.

The origin of this site is to make Home Screen a part of the product integrated with the iPhone. I just wanted to stop looking for wallpaper that I didn't really like and use it comfortably.

Although, there are many specifications not published by Apple such as the virtual size of the Parallax Effect, the rule of the color of the Dock and folders in iOS wallpaper. In addition, they are changed frequently in updates. It sounds like cryptography.

Check it Out!

Check out the simple Hideaki Wallpaper designs at https://heyeased.weebly.com/exactly-max.html.

April 10, 2019

Image Quality

To reduce file size, capture photos and videos in the high-efficiencyHEIF/HEVC format. The "Most Compatible" option will always use JPEG H.264 format. However, you'll miss out on using 4k at 60 fps and 1080p at 240 fps because that require using the High-Efficiency settings. The main downside to selecting "High Efficiency" is that it may not be compatible with older computers.

Raw is the highest quality possible image but takes the most space. It's not part of the default Camera settings.

There are three popular apps that have additional photo image quality settings: Camera+ 2, ProCamera, and ProCam.

Image Quality

Camera+ 2

Camera+ offers HEIF, JPEG and TIFF formats. You can select the quality based on three criteria:

  • Downscale - Smaller size photos - great for sending via messenger
  • Normal Quality - Regular pictures.
  • High Quality - Low Compression and the largest possible size.

Camera+ keeps the options simple so that users aren't overwhelmed with various configurations. Yet it's way more powerful than Apple's Camera app.

One downside to Camera+2 is that there's no video support.

ProCamera

ProCamera offers four different file formats: Jpeg, HEIF, Tiff and Raw + JPG.

In addition, if you know your image quality you can change the compression settings for JPEG, HEIF. The default compression setting is 90%.

To enable Raw format, or any of the options:

  • Open ProCamera
  • Click on the icon on the bottom right
  • Click on Format (Should be just above the Settings on the left)
  • Select your format (Try to use HEIF!)

One downside to ProCamera is the night shot configurations is hard to learn.

ProCam

ProCam supports HEIF, JPEG, and RAW formats. There are no additional settings to change compression settings.

The nice thing about ProCam is that if you select to shoot Raw it does it automatically, there are no additional steps as there is in the other apps.

One downside to ProCam is that's complex and will take some time to learn. Once you learn how to use it, you'll be amaze at all the shots you make so much better.

Why Have Multiple Camera Apps?

Having more than one camera app is a good way to manage your photo quality. Simply use Apple's default Camera app for everyday photos and use the third-party apps to take higher quality pictures that you plan to edit later.

You should install these in advance to learn how to use them. Don't install these while waiting in line at Disney's Haunted Mansion. It will take time to learn how to use these apps and to get familiar with the different configurations.

This is a good use of "downtime" on an airplane or a train ride.