iPhone XS Max Blog Posts

October 17, 2018

Backup iPhone XS Max Photos to Google

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.

Google Photos

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.

Enable Google Sync

  • Open the Google Photos app .
  • Sign in to your Google Account.
  • At the top, tap Menu .
  • Select Settings Back up & sync.

Compression Facts

Here's what you get if you use the High Quality option - otherwise known as free storage option:

  • Unlimited free storage.
  • Photos are compressed to save space. If a photo is larger than 16MP, it will be resized to 16MP. (Regular Photos taken on the iPhone XS Max are 7MP, so it won't be resized! The only photos that may get reduced are the Panoramic photos.)
  • Videos higher than 1080p will be resized to high-definition 1080p. This could be where you may encounter compression issues with videos on the iPhone XS Max. However keep in mind that compressed 4k Video will still look better than videos taken with 1080p.

Google Photos Pops
Press and hold the icon for the 3D Touch Menu

Google Photos 3D Touch

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

No More Headphone Jack

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.

iPhone Collection
Personal Collection of iPhones showing the audio port in all the old iPhones.(Taken with my Olympus XZ-2)

Apple Headphone Jack Solution is Cheap

A Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack adapter will only set you back $9 at the Apple Store or $8.60 on Amazon with free shipping with Prime (Price may vary).

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.

Not the First Time Apple Done this

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.

One More Thing

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

New iPhone XS Max

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.

Homescreen Screenshot

iPhone 6s Plus vs the iPhone XS Max
Click on image for a larger version.

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:

  • iPhone Plus 1242 x 2208
  • iPhone XS Max 1242 x 2688

Five Great Features of the iPhone XS Max

  • Better Quality Photos - Better low light pictures and much brighter pictures. Portrait mode is very cool!
  • Better Quality Videos - Nice to take smoother videos without much distractions because of the camera shake.
  • Better Battery life - My iPhone 6s Plus barely held on to a charge all day.
  • Larger Disk Space - I went with the bigger 256k space because I often ran out of space on my iPhone 6s, especially during vacations. Since this device takes better quality 4k video, I would expect space to fill up fast.
  • Wireless Charging - Its really neat to be able to put down the device on a pad charger and have it charge. My iPhone 6s Plus was having charging issues if I didn't put the cable in right.

Replaces my Olympus XZ-2 Camera

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.

Two Things Need to get Use to

  • No more "Home" button - Getting back to the Home page is a bit of a learning curve. I am sure in a few weeks it will feel natural.
  • Unlocking via Face mode - Doesn't work well when I have the phone on the desk and I want to respond to messages. I have to pick up the photo to get to respond to instant messages. Whereas on the iPhone 6s Plus, I would simply touch the home button. When I have the phone in my jacket, I find myself having to figure out how to hold it right when I take it out. When before, I could just touch the home button to know how to hold it right side.

iPhone Case

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.