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A Story of an Attempt to Switch AT&T Unlimited Plans

I have owned an iPhone since June 30th, 2007, which is the day after the first iPhone was made available for purchase. At the time, the iPhone was only available on one carrier in the US, and that was AT&T. When you got an original iPhone with AT&T, one of the things that you had to purchase was an unlimited data package. At the time it cost $30 per month.

The AT&T Unlimited Data plan was eliminated in June of 2010. The replacement options were $15 for 200MB or $25 for 2GB. If you had an existing unlimited data plan, you could keep it, provided you did not change your plan at all. I did not want to give up my unlimited data plan because who knew if AT&T would ever bring back unlimited data options. In 2017, AT&T brought back their unlimited data plan, albeit with some changes.

At some point between 2007 and 2010 my brother wanted to get an iPhone and so he bought one and his line was added to my account. When he did this, he also got the unlimited package. In 2015, I added another line to my account. This line was one that is used by a flip phone with no data. Each additional line, after the first one, is $10 per month, along with any extras. So this means that I had three lines on my account.

In 2015, AT&T increased the price of the grandfathered unlimited plans to $35 per month. The first increase since the introduction. However, this is not the only increase. AT&T increased the price to $40 in 2017 and then raised it to $45 per month in 2018.

If you have a grandfathered unlimited data plans, there are some features that you do not get. These are tethering, which was added in 2010, and more recently HBO Max with the “elite” plan. I am not as concerned with the HBO Max streaming, but I would like to have hotspot capabilities as a backup for internet.

Earlier this year my brother moved his line to its own account. While this reduced the bill, it did not reduce it as much as I might have thought. I got to thinking that I should reduce my cost and switch to one of the newer unlimited data plans, so I can get tethering, and if I so chose, HBO Max. After my brother moved his line, I was no longer able to modify my plan. In order to change my plan, I would have to call AT&T.

Today, I decided to actually call AT&T and inquire about changing my plan. So, I called and talked to a woman. I explained to her my situation and it took her like 10 minutes to figure out which plan would make the most sense for me. When she came back she said it would cost $190 for the two lines. Knowing this did not make sense, I asked her why. She stated that there were two lines at $95 each, so it would be $190. I explained that the second line is a flip phone with no data. She repeated that it would be $190 per month.

There is no way that I am going to be uselessly paying for data on a flip phone. I thanked the representative and decided to go to the store instead, hoping that they would be able to help me.

I went to the AT&T store and talked to a representative. Again, I explained the situation to her and she looked into it. She thought that she would be able to keep the plan for the flip phone and change my She wants to verify something with her manager. She indicated that if I changed the plan, the new price would be $150 per month, before tax. This is $15 moreover moth than I am paying now. It would be $55 for a flip phone with no data. Let me repeat that, $55 for a phone with no data. Naturally, I am reluctant to do that. The representative understood and indicated that I should call the Loyalty Department. She provided the direct number.

I called the AT&T Loyalty Department, explained the situation to the representative. She thought she would be able to help me. She took a few minutes to figure it out if it was possible. She came back onto the phone and indicated that it would be $150 per month for both lines, before tax, just as the store representative indicated. Needless to say, I did not change my unlimited data plan.

What bothers me the most is that the cell phone companies are able to get away with charging people $50 for a line without any data. How is this even legal? I understand not being able to keep the $10 per month, but $55 for a phone with no data is complete highway robbery.

I went looking at AT&T’s site to see if there were any plans without data. I was not able to find a single plan without data. While I understand the desire to provide people options for data, but there are some who do not need data and just need a cellular phone. I guess the only option for those are to go with a pre-paid plan or mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO, like StraightTalk or Cricket.

I may ultimately be able to save myself some money at some point in the future by changing my unlimited plan, but for now, that is not the case.

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Apple Updates 13-inch MacBook Pro

Today Apple released a refreshed 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. Amongst the changes are a new keyboard, increased base storage, and new processors. Let us look at these in detail.

Across the Board Changes

There are four different configurations that Apple presents on their page. There are the two lower-end models and two higher-end models. A majority of the changes only apply to the higher-end models. However, there are changes that have occurred across the board.

The first change is that the keyboard mechanism has gone from the butterfly mechanism back to a scissor switch mechanism. As you might expect, Apple has decided to name these keyboards “Magic Keyboards”. The Magic Keyboard is the same type introduced with the 16-inch MacBook Pro. This means that it has 1mm of travel, an inverted-T arrow configuration and a physical escape key.

With the 13-inch MacBook Pro getting a new keyboard, there are no current products that have the Butterfly keyboard mechanism in them. The 13-inch MacBook Pro was the last model to still have the butterfly keyboard.

The second change that is across the line is the base storage. The lower-end models have gone from 128GB and 256GB respectively, to 256GB and 512GB respectively. The higher end model similarly gone from 256GB and 512GB to 512GB and 1TB respectively.

Those are all of the changes that have occurred across the board. The higher-end models have seen some additional changes. Let us look at those now.

Higher-end Model Changes

In addition to the base storage and keyboard changes, the higher-end 13.3-inch MacBook Pros have seen additional changes, including memory speed and processor changes.

The processors available for the higher-end MacBook Pros are the 10th generation Intel processors. Both models come with a 2.0GHz quad-core processor that can go up to 3.8GHz with turbo boost. These can be configured with a 2.3GHz 10th generation Core i7 that can go up to 4.1GHz with Turbo Boost.

With the processor update, the speed, and type, of memory has changed. These higher-end models now have LPDDR4X memory that runs at 3733Mhz.

The faster memory in conjunction with the processor upgrades will allow, according to Apple, “ up to 80 percent faster performance over the previous generation 13-inch MacBook Pro for 4K video editing, faster rendering, and smoother gameplay.

The last big change with the graphics is that you can connect it to a Pro Display XDR for full 6k resolution, which will be good for those who have a Pro Display XDR monitor and would like to connect a MacBook Pro to it for displaying something.

Closing Thoughts

The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro are available to order today and start at $1299 for the base model with 256GB of storage and the 1.4GHz Quad-Core 8th-generation processors. If you are a student, you can get a discount and the price starts at $1199 for the base model. They will begin shipping this week.

If you were holding off on purchasing a new MacBook Pro until Apple refreshed them, then now is the time to buy.

Source: Apple.com

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A New Start

A millennial is defined as someone who is born between 1981 and 1996. I am a millennial, albeit an early one. If you ask someone to provide one thing that would define a “millennial” it is possible that they will respond with something like “they are constantly jumping from job to job”. If you were to look the resume for what one might call a “typical millennial”, you would likely see them jumping from job to job typically every two or three years. In this respect I am not a typical millennial.

I got my first job when I was 16 and I stayed with that employer for almost 17 years. This clearly is not typical behavior of a millennial. During my tenure there I did just have a single position, I had four of them. I wrote up a whole post about it when I did change jobs.

During my tenure with my second employer I have managed to automate a number of things so they no longer require direct staff intervention, which has freed up staff time to handle other projects. Along with this, I have created many internal applications that have allowed for more streamlined workflows. Friday was my last day with my second employer.

I was not planning on leaving my second employer, but sometimes the right job comes around at the right time; this is one of those cases. I think my second employer is in a much better position than they were before I started three and half years ago.

Tomorrow I start a new job with my third employer. Similar to my last two jobs, this one is is still related to libraries. I will be doing many of the same things as my previous job, but there is one big addition. I will be working on an iOS app. It will not be a public app, as it will be for internal use. The idea of doing an iOS app was one of the big factors in taking the position.

This new job will be a new adventure for me. While it does have with a bit more of a daily commute, each job has tradeoffs. It is the next logical step in my career. Having been a web developer for my day job, as well as doing an iOS app on the side, I am excited to be able to work on an iOS app for my day job.

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iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max Availability for 09/27/2019 (Evening)

There have been some changes for each of this year’s iPhone models. The iPhone 11 has slipped from 4 to 11 days, depending on model. There have been some changes for availability from the carriers as well. The details are below.

Changes for Apple

  • ATT – 64GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 21 – Oct 28
  • ATT – 128GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 21 – Oct 28
  • ATT – 256GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 21 – Oct 28
  • ATT – 64GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 14 – Oct 21
  • ATT – 128GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 14 – Oct 21
  • ATT – 256GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 14 – Oct 21
  • Sprint – 64GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 21 – Oct 28
  • Sprint – 128GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 21 – Oct 28
  • Sprint – 256GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 21 – Oct 28
  • Sprint – 64GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 14 – Oct 21
  • Sprint – 128GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 14 – Oct 21
  • Sprint – 256GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 14 – Oct 21
  • T-Mobile – 64GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 21 – Oct 28
  • T-Mobile – 128GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 21 – Oct 28
  • T-Mobile – 256GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 21 – Oct 28
  • T-Mobile – 64GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 14 – Oct 21
  • T-Mobile – 128GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 14 – Oct 21
  • T-Mobile – 256GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 14 – Oct 21
  • Verizon – 64GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 21 – Oct 28
  • Verizon – 128GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 21 – Oct 28
  • Verizon – 256GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 21 – Oct 28
  • Verizon – 64GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 14 – Oct 21
  • Verizon – 128GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 14 – Oct 21
  • Verizon – 256GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 14 – Oct 21
  • Sim-Free – 256GB Black iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 to Oct 10
  • Sim-Free – 64GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 21 – Oct 28
  • Sim-Free – 128GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 21 – Oct 28
  • Sim-Free – 256GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 21 – Oct 28
  • Sim-Free – 64GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 14 – Oct 21
  • Sim-Free – 128GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 14 – Oct 21
  • Sim-Free – 256GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10 – Oct 17 to Oct 14 – Oct 21

Changes for the Carriers

  • ATT – 64GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019
  • ATT – 128GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019
  • ATT – 256GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 3, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019
  • ATT – 64GB Yellow iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019
  • ATT – 64GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 3, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019
  • ATT – 256GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 10, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019
  • ATT – 256GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 3, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019
  • Sprint – 64GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Ships 9/27 – 10/4 to 10/4 – 10/11
  • T-Mobile – 128GB Black iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 08 – Oct-14 to Sep 29 – Oct-01
  • T-Mobile – 64GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 08 – Oct-14 to Oct 15 – Oct-29
  • Verizon – 256GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from 10-09-2019 to 10-16-2019
  • Verizon – 128GB Yellow iPhone 11 has changed from 10-02-2019 to 10-09-2019
  • Verizon – 256GB Yellow iPhone 11 has changed from Available to 10-23-2019
  • Verizon – 256GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from 10-02-2019 to 10-16-2019
  • ATT – 64GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Oct 10, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019
  • ATT – 256GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Oct 3, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019
  • ATT – 512GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Oct 24, 2019 to Oct 28, 2019
  • ATT – 64GB Silver iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Oct 10, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019
  • ATT – 256GB Silver iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Oct 10, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019
  • ATT – 512GB Silver iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Oct 10, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019
  • ATT – 64GB Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Oct 10, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019
  • ATT – 256GB Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Oct 3, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019
  • ATT – 512GB Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Oct 24, 2019 to Oct 28, 2019
  • ATT – 64GB Gold iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Oct 3, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019
  • ATT – 512GB Gold iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Oct 3, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019
  • Sprint – 64GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro has changed from In Stock to 9/30 – 10/4
  • Sprint – 64GB Gold iPhone 11 Pro has changed from 9/27 – 10/4 to 10/4 – 10/11
  • T-Mobile – 256GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Oct 08 – Oct-14 to Oct 15 – Oct-29
  • T-Mobile – 64GB Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Oct 08 – Oct-14 to Oct 15 – Oct-29
  • Verizon – 64GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Available to 10-16-2019
  • Verizon – 256GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro has changed from 10-09-2019 to 10-16-2019
  • Verizon – 64GB Silver iPhone 11 Pro has changed from 10-09-2019 to 10-16-2019
  • Verizon – 256GB Silver iPhone 11 Pro has changed from 10-09-2019 to 10-16-2019
  • Verizon – 512GB Silver iPhone 11 Pro has changed from 10-16-2019 to 10-23-2019
  • Verizon – 256GB Gold iPhone 11 Pro has changed from 10-02-2019 to 10-09-2019
  • Verizon – 512GB Gold iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Available to 10-09-2019
  • ATT – 64GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from Oct 17, 2019 to Oct 21, 2019
  • ATT – 256GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from Oct 10, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019
  • ATT – 512GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from Oct 10, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019
  • ATT – 64GB Silver iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from Oct 17, 2019 to Oct 21, 2019
  • ATT – 256GB Silver iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from Oct 17, 2019 to Oct 21, 2019
  • ATT – 512GB Silver iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from Oct 24, 2019 to Oct 28, 2019
  • ATT – 64GB Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from Oct 17, 2019 to Oct 21, 2019
  • ATT – 256GB Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from Oct 3, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019
  • ATT – 512GB Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from Oct 10, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019
  • ATT – 64GB Gold iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from Oct 3, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019
  • Sprint – 512GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from 9/27 – 10/4 to 10/4 – 10/11
  • Sprint – 64GB Gold iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from 9/20 – 9/27 to 10/4 – 10/11
  • Verizon – 64GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from 10-09-2019 to 10-16-2019
  • Verizon – 256GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from 10-09-2019 to 10-16-2019
  • Verizon – 512GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from 10-09-2019 to 10-23-2019
  • Verizon – 64GB Silver iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from 10-09-2019 to 10-16-2019
  • Verizon – 256GB Silver iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from 10-09-2019 to 10-16-2019
  • Verizon – 64GB Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from 10-09-2019 to 10-16-2019
  • Verizon – 256GB Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from 10-02-2019 to 10-09-2019
  • Verizon – 512GB Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from 10-23-2019 to 11-06-2019

iPhone 11

ATT 64GB 128GB 256GB
White Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1
Black Tue, Oct 1 Oct 3 Tue, Oct 1
Green Oct 21 – Oct 28 Oct 21 – Oct 28 Oct 21 – Oct 28
Yellow Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1 Oct 3
Purple Oct 14 – Oct 21 Oct 14 – Oct 21 Oct 14 – Oct 21
(PRODUCT)Red Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1
Sprint 64GB 128GB 256GB
White Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1
Black Tue, Oct 1 Oct 3 Tue, Oct 1
Green Oct 21 – Oct 28 Oct 21 – Oct 28 Oct 21 – Oct 28
Yellow Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1
Purple Oct 14 – Oct 21 Oct 14 – Oct 21 Oct 14 – Oct 21
(PRODUCT)Red Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1
T-Mobile 64GB 128GB 256GB
White Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1
Black Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1
Green Oct 21 – Oct 28 Oct 21 – Oct 28 Oct 21 – Oct 28
Yellow Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1
Purple Oct 14 – Oct 21 Oct 14 – Oct 21 Oct 14 – Oct 21
(PRODUCT)Red Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1
Verizon 64GB 128GB 256GB
White Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1
Black Tue, Oct 1 Oct 3 Tue, Oct 1
Green Oct 21 – Oct 28 Oct 21 – Oct 28 Oct 21 – Oct 28
Yellow Oct 3 Oct 3 Tue, Oct 1
Purple Oct 14 – Oct 21 Oct 14 – Oct 21 Oct 14 – Oct 21
(PRODUCT)Red Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1
Sim-Free 64GB 128GB 256GB
White Oct 3 Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1
Black Oct 3 Tue, Oct 1 Oct 10
Green Oct 21 – Oct 28 Oct 21 – Oct 28 Oct 21 – Oct 28
Yellow Oct 3 Oct 3 Tue, Oct 1
Purple Oct 14 – Oct 21 Oct 14 – Oct 21 Oct 14 – Oct 21
(PRODUCT)Red Oct 3 Tue, Oct 1 Tue, Oct 1

iPhone 11 Pro

ATT 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Silver Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Midnight Green Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Gold Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Sprint 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Silver Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Midnight Green Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Gold Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
T-Mobile 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Silver Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Midnight Green Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Gold Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Verizon 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Silver Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Midnight Green Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Gold Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Sim-Free 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Silver Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Midnight Green Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Gold Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25

iPhone 11 Pro Max

ATT 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Silver Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Midnight Green Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Gold Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Sprint 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Silver Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Midnight Green Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Gold Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
T-Mobile 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Silver Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Midnight Green Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Gold Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Verizon 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Silver Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Midnight Green Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Gold Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Sim-Free 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Silver Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Midnight Green Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25
Gold Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25 Oct 18 – Oct 25

iPhone 11 – from Carriers

ATT 64GB 128GB 256GB
White Oct 3, 2019 Oct 3, 2019 Oct 3, 2019
Black Oct 3, 2019 Oct 3, 2019 Oct 3, 2019
Green Oct 14, 2019 Oct 14, 2019 Oct 7, 2019
Yellow Oct 14, 2019 Oct 3, 2019 Oct 3, 2019
Purple Oct 7, 2019 Oct 3, 2019 Oct 14, 2019
(PRODUCT)Red Oct 3, 2019 Oct 3, 2019 Oct 7, 2019
Sprint 64GB 128GB 256GB
White In Stock In Stock In Stock
Black In Stock In Stock Ships 10/11 – 10/18
Green 10/11 – 10/18 10/11 – 10/18 In Stock
Yellow Ships 10/4 – 10/11 10/4 – 10/11 In Stock
Purple 10/4 – 10/11 9/27 – 10/4 In Stock
(PRODUCT)Red In Stock In Stock In Stock
T-Mobile 64GB 128GB 256GB
White Oct 15 – Oct-29 Oct 15 – Oct-29 Oct 15 – Oct-29
Black Sep 27 – Sep-30 Sep 29 – Oct-01 Oct 15 – Oct-29
Green Oct 15 – Oct-29 Oct 15 – Oct-29 Oct 15 – Oct-29
Yellow Oct 15 – Oct-29 Oct 15 – Oct-29 Oct 15 – Oct-29
Purple Oct 15 – Oct-29 Oct 15 – Oct-29 Oct 15 – Oct-29
(PRODUCT)Red Sep 27 – Sep-30 Sep 27 – Sep-30 Oct 15 – Oct-29
Verizon 64GB 128GB 256GB
White Available Available Available
Black Available Available Available
Green 10-09-2019 10-09-2019 10-16-2019
Yellow 10-09-2019 10-09-2019 10-23-2019
Purple 10-02-2019 Available 10-16-2019
(PRODUCT)Red Available Available Available

iPhone 11 Pro – from Carriers

ATT 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 14, 2019 Oct 7, 2019 Oct 28, 2019
Silver Oct 14, 2019 Oct 14, 2019 Oct 14, 2019
Midnight Green Oct 14, 2019 Oct 7, 2019 Oct 28, 2019
Gold Oct 7, 2019 Oct 3, 2019 Oct 7, 2019
Sprint 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray 9/30 – 10/4 10/11 – 10/18 In Stock
Silver In Stock 10/18 – 10/25 In Stock
Midnight Green 10/11 – 10/18 Ships 10/18 – 10/25 In Stock
Gold 10/4 – 10/11 10/18 – 10/25 In Stock
T-Mobile 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Sep 27 – Sep-30 Oct 15 – Oct-29 Sep 27 – Sep-30
Silver Oct 15 – Oct-29 Oct 15 – Oct-29 Sep 27 – Sep-30
Midnight Green Oct 15 – Oct-29 Oct 15 – Oct-29 Oct 15 – Oct-29
Gold Sep 27 – Sep-30 Oct 15 – Oct-29 Sep 27 – Sep-30
Verizon 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray 10-16-2019 10-16-2019 10-16-2019
Silver 10-16-2019 10-16-2019 10-23-2019
Midnight Green 10-09-2019 10-16-2019 10-30-2019
Gold 10-16-2019 10-09-2019 10-09-2019

iPhone 11 Pro Max – from Carriers

ATT 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 21, 2019 Oct 14, 2019 Oct 14, 2019
Silver Oct 21, 2019 Oct 21, 2019 Oct 28, 2019
Midnight Green Oct 21, 2019 Oct 7, 2019 Oct 14, 2019
Gold Oct 7, 2019 Oct 3, 2019 Oct 3, 2019
Sprint 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray 10/11 – 10/18 9/27 – 10/4 10/4 – 10/11
Silver 10/18 – 10/25 10/11 – 10/18 In Stock
Midnight Green 10/11 – 10/18 9/27 – 10/4 In Stock
Gold 10/4 – 10/11 In Stock In Stock
T-Mobile 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 15 – Oct-29 Sep 27 – Sep-30 Oct 15 – Oct-29
Silver Oct 15 – Oct-29 Oct 15 – Oct-29 Oct 15 – Oct-29
Midnight Green Oct 15 – Oct-29 Oct 15 – Oct-29 Sep 27 – Sep-30
Gold Sep 27 – Sep-30 Sep 27 – Sep-30 Oct 15 – Oct-29
Verizon 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray 10-16-2019 10-16-2019 10-23-2019
Silver 10-16-2019 10-16-2019 Available
Midnight Green 10-16-2019 10-09-2019 11-06-2019
Gold 10-02-2019 Available 10-09-2019

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Apple September 2019 Event Round-up

Today Apple held their “By Innovation Only” event. The event was a mix of information about Apple’s services and hardware.

Apple Arcade

Apple Arcade on a variety of devices

One of the areas where Apple is attempting to focus is with services. One of the most anticipated is their all new gaming service, Apple Arcade. Today we got some additional information about the service. Specifically, it will launch on September 19th. It will cost $4.99 per month, but that includes the entire family. This will also come with a one month free trial so you can try all of the games out before committing to purchasing the service.

Apple Arcade will include 100 mobile games that are exclusively available on Apple Arcade.

Apple TV+

Apple TV Plus

The second service that is anticipated is Apple TV+. Apple TV+ is Apple’s original programming service. When it was announced in March, not a whole lot of additional information was available. Today Apple unveiled the price of $4.99 per month, for the entire family. Along with this, if you buy an iOS device, Apple TV, or Mac, you will get a year of Apple TV+ for free. Apple TV+ will be available starting November 1st.

iPad

Apple iPad - 7th Generation

The iPad is an important product in Apple’s line up. There is only one iPad that has received an update today, and that is the most popular iPad, the 9.7-inch model.

There is an all new seventh-generation iPad available. This has an all-new form factor and now has a larger screen at 10.2 inches diagonally. It includes the A10 Fusion chip, which is the same as the one that is in the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X. This means that it will be fast when it comes to playing games or just using the device in general.

One of the other features is the Smart Connector, which means that you can now use the Smart Keyboard with the 7th generation iPad. It still has the same 10 hours of battery life as well as a Touch ID sensor.

It comes in three colors, Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. It also comes in two storage sizes, 32GB and 128GB. The 32GB model is $329 and the 128GB model is $459. There are cellular versions which are $130 more for each size. You can order the new iPad today and it will begin shipping on September 30th.

Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is one of Apple’s forays into health and fitness. Before we dive into what’s new, let us look at its other foray, Health Studies.

Health Studies

Apple has done some health studies in the past, most notably a heart study which lead to the EKG sensor on the Series 4 Apple Watch. There are three new studies, the Apple Hearing Study, which will study daily sound exposure. The second new study is the Apple Women’s Health Study, which will study the women’s menstrual cycle. The last study is the Apple Heart & Movement Study. This study will use the Apple Watch to look for early warning signs of health issues.

Apple is partnering with the University of Michigan, Harvard School of Public Health, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, respectively, to perform these studies. These will be available for you to participate in, if you so choose, later this year.

Apple Watch Series 5

The Apple Watch Series 5 bring some new features to the Apple Watch. The most requested amongst these is the all new “Always On” display. This means that you can go ahead and check the time whenever need to. But besides the time always being shown, your complications will also be shown.

If you wrist is turned down the display will dim so that it is not at full brightness, however, if you turn your wrist to see the display, it will go back to full brightness.

You might think that this could be a power drain, but that is into the case. This is due to the new power efficiency built into the display. It can adjust its refresh from anywhere 1 hertz to 60 hertz, depending on its need. Because of this, battery life is not impacted and you still get 18 hour battery life.

Besides the new screen, there is a new compass that is built into the Series 5 Apple Watch. The new compass will work within Maps to show you where you are located and which direction you need to go. There is a complication that you can add to your watch faces as well. The compass will show your latitude and longitude as well, so you can see where you are within the world.

Along with this, developers can take advantage of this and utilize the compass within their own applications.

The Series 5 Apple Watch is available in four different case styles; Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Titanium, and Ceramic. The Aluminum ones are the same three colors, Silver, Gold, and Space Gray. The Stainless steel is available in Gold, Space Black, and Polish (Silver). Titanium is available in Natural brush, or Brush Space Black. The Ceramic case is available in white.

All of these models are available in 40 and 44mm varieties. Prices for the 40mm for each of the styles above start at $399, $699, $799, and $1299 respectively. The Cellular models are $100 more.

The Apple Watch is available for ordering today and will be delivered and arrive in stories on September 20th. There are Nike Sport models as well, however these will ship beginning on October 4th. Next let us look at the change around the iPhone.

iPhone

The iPhone is Apple’s most important product. While it does not command as much of Apple’s revenue as it once did, it is still a majority. This year there are three different models to replace the existing high-end iPhones. Before we delve into each of the replacements, let us look at the commonalities between the devices.

Commonalities

All of the new iPhones have an all new A13 Bionic chip within it. The A13 brings the lead of the iPhone’s processor even further ahead of the competition by including a new power efficiency built into each transistor. This means that each of the 8.5 billion transistors can be controlled individually to allow the most efficient experience. This will improve battery life, that will be discussed with each model.

Along with this, there is a third-generation neural engine that will handle a majority fo the machine learning tasks that iOS 13 needs to tackle. While the neural engine is tuned for some tasks, there may be more some instances where it is not the ideal solution. For those cases, the CPU and GPU can be used. Both of these have been improved to accelerate matrix multiplication so computations needed for machine learning will be even faster than before. In fact, the accelerators are now 6x faster.

The Camera app now has a new feature called “Quick Take”. Quick Take will allow you to take video quickly, by holding down the shutter button and a video button will show. You can then take a video right in the middle of taking your photos.

Besides Quick Take there is a new feature called “Night Mode”. Night Mode is designed to work well in low light situations like at a birthday party or at night. Night Mode will automatically be enabled when necessary and it will make photos in low light look like they were shot in the daytime.

Now, let us look at the new iPhones, starting with the replacement for the iPhone XR.

iPhone 11

iPhone 11

The iPhone 11 has the same screen size, of 6.1-inches. However, it has an all new design. The iPhone 11 takes cues from the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in that it has glass on both the front and back of the phone. However, the back of the iPhone 11 is all a single piece of glass.

The iPhone 11 also has a new improved camera system. Instead of the single camera from the iPhone XR, it now has two cameras, and Ultra Wide and Wide camera. The Ultra Wide camera has a 120 degree field of view, which can result in being able to take larger pictures without losing any information.

The iPhone 11’s battery life is an hour longer than the iPhone XR’s battery, which is all due to the power efficiencies made with the A13 Bionic chip.

The last new feature specific to the iPhone 11 is the fact that it is water resistant up to 2 meters for 30 minutes, which meets the IP68 specification.

The iPhone 11 comes in 6 different colors, White, Black, Green, Yellow, Purple, and (PRODUCT)RED. There are three different storage capacities, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. These are $699, $749, and $849 respectively. The iPhone 11 will be available for pre-order this Friday, September 13th, at 5a.m. Pacific time.

Next let us look at the “Pro” iPhone models.

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max

The iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max are the replacements for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The screen sizes remain the same at 5.8-inches and 6.5-inches respectively. The models the same excluding the size.

The screen is an improved OLED display that still has True Tone, and Haptic Touch, but it now has a 2 million to 1 contrast ratio and can display up to 1200 nits of peak brightness. This means that what you see on the screen will be even brighter. This is called the “Super Retina XDR Display”.

To go along with the new Super Retina XDR Display, the iPhone 11 Pros supports spatial audio sound, so the sound will be even more realistic than before. Along with this, HDR 10, Dolby vision, and Dolby Atmos are also supported on the devices.

The iPhone Pros have an all new design that is similar to that of the iPhone 11 in that they are made out of a single piece of glass and the bump around the camera is contoured to fit exactly. The back of the iPhone 11 Pros starts with a surgical grade stainless steel band and the glass ends up having a Matte texture to it.

One of the reasons that users upgrade their iPhone is to be able to take great pictures. The iPhone 11 Pros have an all new camera system. There are three cameras on the Pro models. These are the Telephoto, Wide, and Ultra Wide lenses.

The Ultra Wide camera is an ƒ/2.4 aperture lens with 120-degree field of view. The Wide camera is an ƒ/1.8 aperture lens, and the telephoto lens is an ƒ/2.0 aperture lens.

Due to this configuration you are able to get 2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out, using the ultra wide camera, and digital zoom up to 10x.

One area where users have been clamoring is in regards to battery life. With the A13 improving power efficiency, the battery life of each model has improved. The iPhone 11 Pro now gets 4 more hours than the iPhone XS, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max will get up to 5 hours more than the iPhone XS Max. This is a significant improvement.

In order to be able to charge these as fast as possible, an 18-watt charger will be included with each iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max come in four colors, Silver, Gold, Space Gray, and Midnight Green. There are three storage sizes, 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The iPhone 11 Pro pricing is $999 for 64GB, $1149 for 256GB, and $1349 for 512GB. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is $100 more for each size.

They will be available for pre-order this Friday, September 13th, at 5a.m. Pacific time.

Other Changes

There have been some other changes. The Apple Watch Series 4 is no longer available for purchase, nor are the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone XS, nor the iPhone XS Max.

However, the iPhone XR is still available at a lower price of $599 for the 64GB and $649 for the $128GB model. The iPhone 8 is still available in 64GB and 128GB models, for $449 and $499 respectively. The iPhone 8 Plus is only $100 more for each size, so $549 and $599 respectively.

The last change is with the Series 3 Apple Watch. It is still in the lineup and is at a reduced price of $199. This makes the Series 3 a great purchase if you need to track your health and fitness but do not want to spend a lot.

Closing Thoughts

Apple’s “By Innovation Only” event is one that provides a lot of new things to explore and products. Apple Arcade will be available on September 19th for $4.99. Apple TV+ will begin airing on November 1st, and will be $4.99 per month, but you will get 1 year free if you purchase an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

The Apple Watch Series 5 is a great improvement, particularly with the always on display so you can see the time without needing to raise your wrist. The inclusion of a compass should help point you in the right direction.

The iPhone 11 is a great phone with an even better price than before. The dual cameras will be able to produce even better pictures than before. The ultra wide camera will allow you take even wider photos and get more of a scene into a single picture. The variety of colors are a great addition as well.

The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are significant upgrades. The battery life on these models should be even better than before, thanks to the power efficiencies in the A13 processor.

One thing not explicitly stated in the keynote is that iOS 13 will be available on September 19th.

I will have a post about how well I did with my predictions in the coming days.