iPhone XS Max Blog Posts
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 ModeTo 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.
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"
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.
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.
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)
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.
Only the first image is backed up to Microsoft OneDrive.
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:
Simple Instructions to Isolate the Foreground Image
- Open ProCam
- Click on the image thumbnail on the bottom left
- Find an image that was taken using Portrait mode and select it.
- Make sure that the words 'DEPTH' appears at the bottom, next to Edit
- Click on Edit.
- Use the Depth Editor
- Click on the second icon from the left. (Looks like a checkerboard)
- Adjust the amount of tolerance for the foreground.
- Click Save
A new PNG file will be created in your Photos album.
Three Things I Learned About Doing this
- 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.
- The resulting PNG file will keep all the Meta information (Location, Color profile, Device, Latitude, and Longitude)
- The PNG file is the same size as the original file (4032 x 3024)
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
Add to Camel Camel Camel Watchlist
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.
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.
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)
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.