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Apple’s “Hi, Speed” Event Recap

Apple had their “Hi, Speed” event today and it had a lot in a short amount of time. Apple only covered two items today, HomePod and iPhone. Let us look at each in turn starting with the HomePod.

HomePod

The HomePod is Apple’s smart speaker for the home. Back in 2017, Apple introduced the HomePod and released it in February of 2018. Since then, the speaker itself has not changed. Today, there is a new addition to the HomePod line, the HomePod Mini.

The HomePod Mini is a much smaller version of the HomePod. It stands at 3.3 inches high and 3.9 inches wide. This much smaller size means that the weight has also been significantly reduced. The HomePod mini is now 0.76 pounds versus the larger HomePod size of 5.5 pounds. The physical characteristics are not the only thing to change. The internals have changed as well.

The larger HomePod has 7 tweeters, and you cannot fit 7 tweeters in the small size of the HomePod mini. Instead, there are two tweeters with a new “acoustic waveguide”, which will direct the sound where it needs to go. The new HomePod Mini is powered by Apple’s S5 chip. The same one that powers the Apple Watch SE and the Apple Watch Series 5. This also includes the U1 chip, which will help detect the proximity of your iPhone.

What the U1 chip will do is allow you to move throughout your home and your audio can follow wherever you are. This means that you can go about doing housework without needing to carry around anything with you. The

There is also a new feature to the HomePod called Intercom. Intercom is a way of being able to address all of the HomePods in a home so you can get everyone’s attention. When someone hears an Intercom message, they can also respond back. The Intercom feature is not limited to HomePods. It can also work with iPhones as well as CarPlay devices. Additionally, you can address an individual room with an Intercom message.

Ultimately, the much smaller package comes with a smaller price tag as well. The new HomePod mini is $99 and comes in Space Gray or White. It will be available for pre-order starting on November 6th, with delivery the week of November 16th. Next, let us look at the iPhone.

iPhone

Apple unveiled a slew of iPhones, four in total. These are the iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Let us look at these in two groups, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. Before we do that, let us look at the commonalities between all of the models.

iPhone 12 Common Features

Even though Apple introduced four new iPhones, within two different groups, there are some commonalities between all of the iPhone 12 models.

Internals

All of the iPhones have the A14 Bionic. This processor has six cores, a faster neural engine, and is built on a 5 nanometer process. According to Apple:

the A14 Bionic features a 16-core Neural Engine — for an 80 percent increase in performance — that is capable of completing 11 trillion operations per second, enabling improved performance on even the most intense ML models.

5G Connectivity

The biggest among the commonalities is the inclusion of 5G. All four models have 5G cellular radios within them, and in the U.S. the millimeter-wave variant of 5G will be supported. 5G will allow faster downloads and uploads. This includes up to 4Gbps download and 200Mbps upload. These are in ideal conditions, which means you will likely see speeds a bit slower than the ideal ones.

5G connectivity will use more battery, so if you do not need the speed, your iPhone 12 will automatically switch to LTE in order to save battery.

Cameras

The ubiquity of smartphones means that everybody has the potential to take pictures. One of the more common types of photos taken is the selfie. While some, myself included, hate taking selfies, there is a large contingent of people who like taking them. The entire iPhone 12 line has a new TrueDepth sensor array, including the front camera. With this new sensor comes a new option, the ability to take Night Mode selfies.

The new front camera will allow better low-light shots so you can take good selfies even if you are in a low-light area. To go along with this new night mode selfie option, you can now also take time lapse pictures and video with Night Mode enabled.

There are more changes with the cameras, but those will be covered in a bit.

Environmental Impact

Even though Apple introduced four new iPhones, within two different groups, there are some commonalities between all of them. The biggest among them is the inclusion of 5G. All four models have 5G cellular radios within them, and in the U.S. the millimeter-wave variant of 5G will be supported. All of the iPhones have the A14 Bionic. This processor has six cores, a faster neural engine, and is built on a 5 nanometer process, which allows for better efficiency of battery.

One of the areas where Apple is attempting to help the environment is by reducing waste. One way to do that is to not include some items in the box. Much like the Apple Watch, the iPhone 12 line will not include a power brick within the box. Furthermore, there will no longer be headphones included in the box. All of this means that the iPhone 12 boxes should be significantly smaller and will allow more to be packed onto a pallet, which should reduce fuel consumption overall.

A charging cable is still included in the box. But this has changed slightly. In the box will be a USB-C to lightning cable. This means that you will need to get a USB-C power brick, if you do not have one, or you can use wireless charging. Which all of the iPhone 12 models include.

The most interacted item on an iPhone is the screen. All of the iPhones have some similarities in their screen. All of the iPhone 12 models will have an HDR display that has a Wide P3 color gamut and supports True Tone.One of the experiences that all iPhone owners will likely eventually have is when they drop their phone and the glass breaks. Apple has made the glass a bit tougher over the years, but this year is a larger jump in protection with the new Ceramic Shield.

Ceramic Shield

The Ceramic Shield is a new feature that you will not see directly, as it is it built into the glass on the iPhone 12 line. This protective coating is designed to make the glass four times more resistant to breaking. This means that if you accidentally drop your iPhone it is less likely to have the glass break. According to Apple,

the Ceramic Shield front cover, which goes beyond glass by adding a new high temperature crystallization step that grows nano-ceramic crystals within the glass matrix, increases drop performance by 4x.

Whether or not the Ceramic Shield will indeed limit breaking of the front glass has yet to be seen, but it could prove interesting and a great enhancement. That concludes all of the common features, next let us turn to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.

iPhone 12/iPhone 12 mini

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini are essentially the same phone, except for the size. The iPhone mini has a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 2340-by-1080 pixels. Whereas the iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch screen with a 2532-by-1170 pixel screen. Both models come in three storage options: 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB.

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini have an aluminum shell that will be pretty sturdy. The back will continue to be glass and, as mentioned above, the front will be the Ceramic Shield. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini will come in a variety of colors, let us look at those now.

Colors

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini will be available in five colors. These colors are:

  • Black
  • White
  • (PRODUCT)RED
  • Green
  • Blue

The iPhone 12 mini’s price depends on your carrier. There is a $30 instant discount for AT&T and Verizon subscribers. Here is the pricing for AT&T and Verizon for the iPhone 12 mini/iPhone 12:

  • 64GB is $699/$799
  • 128GB is $749/$849
  • 256GB is $849/$949

Pricing for T-Mobile, Sprint, or Sim-Free is $30 more.

  • 64GB is $729/$829
  • 128GB is $779/$879
  • 256GB is $879/$979

The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 will be available for pre-order this Friday, October 16th and will begin arriving on October 23rd. The iPhone 12 mini will be available for pre-order on November 6th, and will begin arriving on November 13th.

iPhone 12 Pro/iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are very similar in features. The only difference between the two models is some features on the cameras. Before we dive into the differences in cameras, let us look at a new feature to the iPhone 12 Pro line, LiDAR.

LiDAR

LiDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, is used to measure the distance from one object to another. This is done by measuring the amount of time taken for the reflection of a light to bounce back to the source. LiDAR is not new to Apple products, as the 4th Generation 12.9-inch, and 2nd Generation 11-inch iPad Pro models are equipped with it. However, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are the first iPhones to have the technology.

LiDAR is used heavily with Augmented Reality and allows you to map out a scene in extensive detail. You can then take this data and use it to build an Augmented Reality scene. Having LiDAR on the iPhone 12 Pro models will allow the technology to be used more heavily within the iOS ecosystem. Next, let us look at the other changes regarding the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max, the Cameras.

iPhone 12 Pro/iPhone 12 Pro Max Cameras

One of the biggest uses of any iPhone is its camera. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max have similar cameras, but they are different. To quote Apple:

iPhone 12 Pro features the new seven-element lens Wide camera with an ƒ/1.6 aperture, the fastest ever on an iPhone, for 27 percent improved low-light performance in photo and video; the Ultra Wide camera with a 120-degree field of view, perfect for capturing more scene in tight spots or epic landscapes; and a 52 mm focal length Telephoto camera, great for framing portraits, bringing the optical zoom range to 4x.

iPhone 12 Pro Max takes the pro camera experience even further. The new ƒ/1.6 aperture Wide camera boasts a 47 percent larger sensor with 1.7μm pixels for a massive 87 percent improvement in low-light conditions. It also includes the expansive Ultra Wide camera and a 65 mm focal length Telephoto camera for increased flexibility with closer shots and tighter crops. Combined, this system offers 5x optical zoom range.

Both of the iPhone 12 Pro models can shoot photos in a few feature called Apple ProRaw. Apple ProRaw is a way of taking RAW photos, like you would on a non-smartphone camera, and combine it with Apple’s Machine Learning to provide a combination of the two technologies.

The two iPhone 12 Pro models have the same camera setup of three lenses of Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto lenses. The Ultra Wide lens features an ƒ/2.4 aperture with a 120° field of view and the Wide lens has an ƒ/1.6 aperture.

Here is a breakdown of the differences between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro, in terms of camera features. These will be in the format of iPhone 12 Pro/iPhone 12 Pro Max.

  • Telephoto lens: ƒ/2.0 aperture ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Optical Zoom in: 2x/2.5x
  • Optical Zoom out: 2x/2x
  • Optical Zoom Range: 4x/5x
  • Digital Zoom: 10x/12x

The above differences are for still pictures. There are some variations between the two when it comes to video as well. The iPhone 12 Pro has a digital zoom up to 6x for video, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max has up to 7x digital zoom for video.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max wide camera sensor has exclusive feature to it, Sensor-shift optical image stabilization. The Sensor-shift optical image stabilization will allow minor vibrations to be compensated for, so you will not get blurry and bouncy images when using the Wide sensor.

One of the differences for the iPhone 12 Pro models, as compared to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, is the back and shell. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro max have a Textured matte glass back and stainless steel design. The stainless steel edges should allow the color iPhone you choose to really shine. Speaking of colors, let us take a look at the options.

Colors

Similar to the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available in four colors. These colors are:

  • Silver
  • Graphite
  • Gold
  • Pacific Blue

The iPhone 12 Pro models will come in three different storage options, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The base storage has been doubled from last year. Unlike the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max pricing is a bit simpler. The base price remains unchanged from last year, however, the higher storage options have actually been reduced in price. The pricing for the iPhone 12 Pro/iPhone 12 Pro Max is:

  • 128GB is $999/$1099
  • 128GB is $1099/$1199
  • 256GB is $1299/$1399

The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro will be available for pre-order this Friday, October 16th and will begin arriving on October 23rd. The 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available for pre-order on November 6th, and will begin arriving on November 13th.

Let us turn to one additional thing that is new, and that is one last item that is common to all of the iPhone 12 models, MagSafe.

MagSafe

There is one thing that is featured on all of the new iPhones and that is a new MagSafe connector. This connector allows you to more easily position your iPhone on a wireless charger, meaning that you will be able to get an efficient charge. MagSafe is built into all of the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models. To go along with this is a new set of cases. There are cases for each size in a variety of colors. These colors are:

  • Black
  • Clear
  • Cyprus Green
  • Deep Navy
  • Kumquat
  • Pink Citrus
  • Plum
  • PRODUCT(RED)
  • White

These will be available for $49 each. Sometimes you want to travel with as few things as possible. There is a new accessory that allows you to leave your wallet at home, and that is the new “iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe”. These leather additions have a MagSafe connector on the back of them and allow you to put the important items in the wallet and attach it to the back of your iPhone. These wallets will come in four colors:

  • Baltic Blue
  • California Poppy
  • Saddle Brown
  • Black

Each of these Leather Wallets will be $59. While Apple is producing MagSafe accessories, other manufacturers are not being locked out. They are free to create new accessories that will work with the MagSafe charger on the iPhones 12 line.

The image at the top of this section is called a MagSafe Duo. There is no release date, nor pricing on this, but it should be able to charge both an iPhone as well as an Apple Watch.

Older iPhones

It is not uncommon for Apple to keep older iPhone models around, however they have not done so the last few years. This year is an exception to that. The iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 will remain in the lineup of iPhones, but at new prices.

The iPhone XR is still available in its six colors:

  • White
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Coral
  • (PRODUCT)RED

It is still available in two sizes, 64GB or 128GB. The 64GB model is $499 and the 128GB model is $549.

Similarly, the iPhone 11 is still available in its six colors:

  • White
  • Black
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Purple
  • (PRODUCT)RED

The iPhone 11 is also still available in its three storage sizes, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The prices for each is $599, $649, and $749 respectively.

The iPhone SE is still $399 for the 64GB model, and $449 for the 128GB model, and $549 for the 256GB model. It is still available in the same three colors, White, Black, and (PRODUCT)Red.

Closing Thoughts

The new iPhones are great additions to the existing lineup. The fact that Apple kept the older models around will be good for those who may not want, or be able to afford, the latest technology but still may want a great phone. The fact that the only changes are the prices means that you can still get your favorite colors.

If you do want the latest iPhone technology but do not want a large phone, the new iPhone 12 mini may be a great solution for you. The iPhone 12 mini is identical to the iPhone 12, except for the screen size. The 5.4-inch screen should be a nice happy medium between the iPhone SE, which has a 4.7-inch screen, and the iPhone XS, which had a 5.8 inch screen.

The iPhone 12 is a solid upgrade to the iPhone 11, with the new A14 processor and new night mode selfie options will be great updates for everyone. The iPhone 12 Pro line has the new LiDAR sensor as well as the new Apple ProRaw feature. Although ApplePro Raw will not be available until later this year.

The new HomePod mini should be great addition to the HomePod line, and the $99 price tag should allow you to add HomePods in more rooms of your home.

The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro are available for pre-order this Friday, October 16th. The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, and HomePod mini will be available for pre-order on November 6th.

Source: iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini, iPhone 12 Pro & iPhone 12 Pro Max

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iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max Availability for 09/17/2017 (Evening)

A lot has changed in just 24 hours. All iPhone 11s from Apple are now October 1st, which is 2 weeks from this posting. Also, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have a 3 to 4 week delivery time. It is merely speculation, but I think that demand has outpaced supply estimates and the phones are going to be more difficult to come by than anticipated, at least in the short term. If demand keeps up though, this could go into the holidays, but time will tell on that.

Changes for Apple

  • ATT – 256GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • Sprint – 64GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • Sprint – 128GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • Sprint – 256GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • Sprint – 64GB Yellow iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • Sprint – 64GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • Sprint – 128GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • T-Mobile – 64GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • T-Mobile – 128GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • T-Mobile – 256GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • T-Mobile – 64GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • T-Mobile – 256GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • Verizon – 64GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • Verizon – 256GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • Verizon – 256GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • Sim-Free – 64GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • Sim-Free – 128GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • Sim-Free – 256GB Green iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • Sim-Free – 64GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • Sim-Free – 128GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1
  • Sim-Free – 256GB Purple iPhone 11 has changed from Oct 7 – Oct 14 to Oct 1

Changes for the Carriers

  • ATT – 512GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Sep 20, 2019 to Oct 16, 2019
  • ATT – 512GB Silver iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Oct 15, 2019 to Oct 16, 2019
  • ATT – 64GB Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Sep 20, 2019 to Oct 2, 2019
  • T-Mobile – 256GB Gold iPhone 11 Pro has changed from Sep 25 – Oct-01 to Oct 02 – Oct-08
  • ATT – 256GB Space Gray iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from Sep 20, 2019 to Oct 2, 2019
  • T-Mobile – 512GB Silver iPhone 11 Pro Max has changed from Sep 25 – Oct-01 to Oct 02 – Oct-25

iPhone 11

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

iPhone 11 Pro

ATT 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Silver Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Midnight Green Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Gold Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Sprint 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Silver Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Midnight Green Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Gold Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
T-Mobile 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Silver Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Midnight Green Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Gold Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Verizon 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Silver Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Midnight Green Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Gold Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Sim-Free 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Silver Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Midnight Green Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Gold Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15

iPhone 11 Pro Max

ATT 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Silver Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Midnight Green Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Gold Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Sprint 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Silver Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Midnight Green Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Gold Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
T-Mobile 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Silver Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Midnight Green Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Gold Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Verizon 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Silver Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Midnight Green Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Gold Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Sim-Free 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Silver Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Midnight Green Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15
Gold Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15 Oct 8 – Oct 15

iPhone 11 – from Carriers

ATT 64GB 128GB 256GB
White Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019
Black Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019
Green Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019
Yellow Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019
Purple Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019
(PRODUCT)Red Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019
Sprint 64GB 128GB 256GB
White 9/20 9/20 9/20
Black 9/20 9/20 9/20
Green 9/20 9/21 -10/1 9/20
Yellow 9/20 9/20 9/20
Purple 9/20 9/27 – 10/4 10/11 – 10/18
(PRODUCT)Red 9/20 9/20 9/21 – 10/1
T-Mobile 64GB 128GB 256GB
White Sep 20 Sep 21 – Sep-24 Oct 02 – Oct-25
Black Sep 20 Sep 21 – Sep-24 Oct 09 – Oct-25
Green Sep 25 – Oct-01 Oct 09 – Oct-25 Oct 02 – Oct-25
Yellow Oct 09 – Oct-25 Oct 02 – Oct-25 Sep 25 – Oct-01
Purple Sep 25 – Oct-01 Oct 09 – Oct-25 Oct 02 – Oct-25
(PRODUCT)Red Sep 21 – Sep-24 Sep 21 – Sep-24 Oct 02 – Oct-25
Verizon 64GB 128GB 256GB
White 09-20-2019 09-20-2019 09-20-2019
Black 09-20-2019 09-20-2019 09-20-2019
Green 09-27-2019 10-02-2019 09-20-2019
Yellow 10-02-2019 09-20-2019 09-20-2019
Purple 10-02-2019 09-27-2019 09-27-2019
(PRODUCT)Red 09-20-2019 09-20-2019 09-20-2019

iPhone 11 Pro – from Carriers

ATT 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Oct 16, 2019
Silver Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Oct 16, 2019
Midnight Green Oct 2, 2019 Oct 2, 2019 Oct 16, 2019
Gold Oct 2, 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019
Sprint 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray 9/20 9/27 – 10/4 9/20
Silver 9/20 10/18 – 10/25 9/20
Midnight Green 9/20 – 9/27 10/11 – 10/18 9/20
Gold 9/27 – 10/4 10/4 – 10/11 9/20
T-Mobile 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Sep 21 – Sep-24 Oct 02 – Oct-08 Sep 25 – Oct-01
Silver Sep 25 – Oct-01 Oct 02 – Oct-25 Sep 25 – Oct-01
Midnight Green Oct 02 – Oct-08 Oct 09 – Oct-25 Sep 25 – Oct-01
Gold Sep 21 – Sep-24 Oct 02 – Oct-08 Sep 25 – Oct-01
Verizon 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray 09-27-2019 10-09-2019 10-09-2019
Silver 09-20-2019 10-09-2019 10-09-2019
Midnight Green 09-27-2019 09-27-2019 10-16-2019
Gold 10-02-2019 09-27-2019 09-20-2019

iPhone 11 Pro Max – from Carriers

ATT 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Sep 20, 2019 Oct 2, 2019 Sep 20, 2019
Silver Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Oct 16, 2019
Midnight Green Oct 2, 2019 Oct 2, 2019 Sep 20, 2019
Gold Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Sep 20, 2019
Sprint 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray 9/20 – 9/27 9/20 9/27 – 10/4
Silver 10/18 – 10/25 9/20 9/20
Midnight Green 10/4 – 10/11 9/20 9/20
Gold 9/20 – 9/27 9/20 9/20
T-Mobile 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray Sep 25 – Oct-01 Sep 21 – Sep-24 Oct 02 – Oct-25
Silver Oct 09 – Oct-25 Oct 02 – Oct-25 Oct 02 – Oct-25
Midnight Green Oct 09 – Oct-25 Oct 02 – Oct-08 Oct 02 – Oct-25
Gold Sep 25 – Oct-01 Sep 21 – Sep-24 Oct 02 – Oct-25
Verizon 64GB 256GB 512GB
Space Gray 10-02-2019 10-09-2019 10-09-2019
Silver 09-27-2019 09-27-2019 09-20-2019
Midnight Green 10-02-2019 09-27-2019 10-09-2019
Gold 10-02-2019 09-20-2019 09-20-2019
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Apple Releases New Battery Cases

Today Apple released a few new products, all of them being Smart Battery Cases. There are battery cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR.

The battery cases come in two colors, Black and White. The Smart Battery Cases are compatible with Qi Chargers, so you will be able to charge the case with any of your Qi Chargers you have purchased.

You can order a Smart Battery Case today and it will be available on January 18th, 2019. If you do order one, it will cost your $129. I have ordered a Black Smart Battery Case for my iPhone XS and once I get it and have had a bit of time with it, I will let you know my thoughts.

If you are thinking about ordering a Smart Battery Case, but you have questions, let me know and I will do my best to answer them, once I get my case.

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Apple’s Battery Mess

One of the issues with today’s technology is that almost every device relies on a battery. Maybe there will be a giant leap in battery technology that makes them effectively obsolete. Unfortunately, it is not likely a giant leap will be found soon. Hence, we are stuck with modern battery technology. Most batteries in today’s technology is based on lithium-ion technology. One of the issues with this technology is that it may no longer be able to provide all of the necessary power to devices. Up through September of 2016, if an iPhone was not capable of providing the necessary power to the device, it may act in strange ways. The most noticeable of these is that the device might end up shutting down. This is an unacceptable solution.

Starting with iOS 10.2.1, which was released in January of 2017, Apple made some changes in order to minimize the instances of iPhones inexplicably shutting down. The change that they made was to reduce the speed of the iPhones in order to reduce the burden on an iPhone’s battery. By doing this, users will still be able to keep using their iPhones. Along with this, if you went to “Settings” -> “Battery” and iOS detected issue with the battery you would see a notice indicating that you might need to get the battery serviced.

All of this came to light due to a set of benchmarks that were run that showed that the speed of the iPhone was noticeably slower. Once these benchmarks were released, it played directly into the narrative that Apple was deliberately slowing down devices to force users to upgrade. This was not the case.

Even though this is not the case, Apple has acknowledged the issue with their approach. At first they released a support article the discusses Lithium-Ion batteries. While this is informational, it did not directly address the cause. In order to help rectify it, Apple has issued an open letter. In this, Apple indicates that they will be reducing the price for out of warranty battery replacements. Currently, it is $79. Starting in late January, this price will be reduced to $29. This will be valid on iPhone 6 models, and later, from late January 2018 to December of 2018.

This is a good step to help those who have purchased an iPhone 6, or later, to be able to continue to use their devices. As the message about the battery states “Early in 2018, we will issue an iOS software update with new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance.” This is absolutely necessary and should have been done before.

With this apology and price reduction, Walt Mossberg, former technology writer, had something to say about it in a series of tweets. Or you can read it in its entirety

It is as follows:

It’s natural that, after Apple’s apology and battery replacement discount, people are calling for the return of user-replaceable batteries in phones and other devices. And it may well happen. But one big reason Steve Jobs wanted to get rid of replaceable batteries was to make room for *larger* batteries, taking advantage of the space gained by eliminating the user-accessible battery compartments and covers and user-safe casings. Thinness was secondary. And industry sales figures showed hardly anyone bought spare batteries or kept them charged, and that device turnover was fast enough that degrading batteries weren’t much of an issue. Also, in the case of phones, their processors and other components for years weren’t potent enough to run truly powerful software or tax the batteries nearly as much as they do today. Now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see 2020 smartphones with much more easily replaceable batteries, especially since Apple is now calling them “consumable” components.

Mossberg makes a good point, particularly the last sentence “especially since Apple is now calling them ‘consumable’ components.” If this is truly the case, then I would expect Apple to begin incorporating user-replaceable batteries. It would be nice to see a return, however I do not know how likely it is. I am sure that Apple will begin looking the feasibility of replaceable batteries. I do not expect it for 2018, but as Mossberg postulates, 2020 is a possibility.

It is not known what Apple will end up doing in the long run, but it would be nice to see a bit more flexibility. However, with the move to subscription phone subsidies, the need for user-replaceable batteries may be moot and not really an issue. Yes, this is absolutely bad for Apple, but Apple cannot control chemistry and the way that chemicals react. Should Apple have warned users, yes. I hope that Apple learns from its mistake and provides more information to the users. This incident may cause some users to switch to Android, but ultimately I do not think it will hurt Apple sales that much, but time will tell on that. Even with this battery issue, having an iPhone feel slower is still not as bad as having them explode, as Samsung experienced with their Galaxy Note 7, even so, this is not good.

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Upgrading to a new iPhone

From time to time people need to upgrade their devices. One of those times is shortly after Apple’s Fall Event, which is where we are now. When it comes to upgrade an iPhone, it can be somewhat straightforward, depending on what type of backup you have. There are two different backup possibilities. The two options are iTunes and iCloud.

iTunes has been the stalwart for music and has been used by millions of people for backing up their iOS devices. One of the benefits of backing up iTunes is that you can encrypt your backups. The benefit of encrypting your backup is that absolutely everything on your iPhone can be completely restored. This includes any health data that is on your iPhone.

If you backup via iCloud, your health data will not be backed up nor restored. This can pose an issue for some users. This changes slightly with iOS 11. Before we delve into that, let us look at the procedure for backing up and restoring a device running iOS 10.

Restoring an iOS Device with iOS 10.

When you restore an iPhone under iOS 10, there are a number of items that are backed up, whether it is to iCloud or to a computer itself. The items that are backed up to iCloud are:

  • App data
  • Apple Watch backups
  • Call history
  • Device settings
  • Health data
  • HomeKit configuration
  • Home screen and app organization
  • iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages
  • Photos and videos on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
  • Purchase history from Apple services, like your music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books
  • Ringtones
  • Visual Voicemail password (requires the SIM card that was in use during backup)

The one item that is not backed up under iOS 10 is your health data. In order to provide some protection for your health data, it is not backed up via iCloud. In order to backup your health data, you need to use iTunes.

Backing up with iTunes

Our phones have some of the most important data that we own. This could include messages, emails, pictures, and countless other pieces of media. With such a significant amount of information, being able to get it back is important. One of the ways to do this is to store as much in “the cloud” as possible. This also comes with some possible downsides. What is you cannot access the service storing the information? What if the service disappears? What if you lose your device or it needs to be replaced? This is why having a good local backup is important.

One of the functions of iTunes that many users utilize is the ability to backup your iPhone. One of the capabilities of iTunes is to enhance your backups by encrypting them. Encrypting an iPhone backup is not a difficult proposition, however it does come with some responsibility. An encrypted iTunes backup is similar to a regular iTunes backup, but there is a password that is used to encrypt the iTunes backup. The downside with an encrypted backup is that you cannot restore an encrypted backup without the password.

It is recommended that you select a password that is secure and it is best to write the password down and store it in a secure place. You can also have your macOS Keychain remember the password, but it is always a good idea to have it backed up just in case something happens to your Mac.

The benefit of an encrypted backup is twofold. First, you will be able to backup all of your health data. This means any information that has been transmitted from your electronic health monitoring devices, such as a pacemaker, glucose monitors, or Apple Watch will be backed up. The second benefit is that no one can easily see what is in your encrypted backup, not without the password.

Upgrading an iPhone with a paired Apple Watch

Having an Apple Watch paired to your iPhone can make things a bit trickier when it comes to upgrading your iPhone. Your Apple Watch data should be automatically backed up. Having had an Apple Watch since it was released in 2015, I have been through the upgrade process a couple of times now. Here is the procedure that I use. Some of it may not be necessary, but I prefer to be safe than sorry.

  1. Backup my iPhone using and encrypted backup in iTunes using a lightning cable. The important piece of information to verify is that the last backup date and time are recent.
  2. Unpair the old Apple Watch so it will backup to the iPhone.
  3. Perform another encrypted backup of my iPhone in iTunes, again making sure the date and time are current.
  4. Restore the new iPhone from this latest backup.
  5. Pair the new Apple Watch to the new iPhone.

I suggest using a lightning cable because the process is much faster than doing a backup over Wi-Fi. This is not necessary possible with iCloud, but having a backup is definitely an important aspect to owning a iPhone.

The new Apple Watch should now be paired to the new iPhone. It will take a while for this to occur, particularly since there are two encrypted backups of the iPhone. The use of a lightning cable does make this go much faster than syncing via Wifi; hence why I always use the cable.

With iOS 11, this may not be necessary anymore, since the Health Data should be encrypted and backed up to iCloud. So before you upgrade to a new iPhone, upgrade to iOS 11 and then perform a backup. This backup should include your health data, which will make restoring to your new phone even easier.

An additional feature of iOS 11 is the new “Quick Setup” feature. Quick Setup will allow you to use an existing iOS 11 device to quickly setup your new iOS device. This means that you will be able to transfer your Apple account settings from one phone to another, which then means you will be able to more quickly restore your new iOS device from your iCloud backup.

I know for me, I will still be using the steps outlined above, mostly since I know they will work like I want them to. Additionally, my new iPhone will have all of the same settings as my old iPhone, which makes things much easier.

Final Thoughts

No matter when you upgrade your iPhone, you should make sure that you have a backup. It does not really matter, at least with iOS 11, if that is an iCloud backup or a backup with iTunes. If you do not have an Apple Watch, upgrading an iPhone is pretty straight-forward. If you do have an Apple Watch in the mix, it is not super difficult, just a couple of extra steps to be able to get your new iPhone up and running. There are some who are only getting new Apple Watches, and that is a whole other upgrade process that will need to occur.