|Earliest: October 3, 2018||Latest: June 12, 2019||Total: 36|
|June 12, 2019|
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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|
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?
|May 22, 2019|
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.
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.
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|
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.
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:
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
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)
|May 8, 2019|
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!
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|
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.
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?
I scanned the same receipt using an iPhone 6s Plus and the iPhone XS Max.
Right click on the Desktop, and select "Import from Phone" then "Scan Document"
Your iPhone should turn on and be ready to scan a document.
Position your phone over any size document and the phone should recognized the boundary of the document.
Click the capture button on the phone
Continue to scan additional pages that you want to include. (For example the backside of a receipt.)
Click Done when completed.
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.)
You need to sync your phone with your Macintosh to get this working.
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.
There is no OCR Support in scanned images. A good alternative would be the Scannable app by Evernote.
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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|April 17, 2019|
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.
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.
Hideaki Wallpaper adds a simple border around the edge of the screen. This is the simple white color.
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 out the simple Hideaki Wallpaper designs at https://heyeased.weebly.com/exactly-max.html.
|April 10, 2019|
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.
Camera+ offers HEIF, JPEG and TIFF formats. You can select the quality based on three criteria:
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 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:
One downside to ProCamera is the night shot configurations is hard to learn.
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.
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.