[Tech Talk] Don’t Believe The Hype: Why You Don’t Need the New iPhone


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When I moved toLos Angeles in the Summer of 2008, I was diving headfirst into high fashion modeling with my handy, dandy HTC clutched close in my hands.  Back in the day, I really didn’t think twice about having an Apple Phone simply because I couldn’t get over the idea that it was just a glorified iPod that could make phone calls (fast forward 6 years, and one could still make a similar argument). I’d ebb and flow out of photo shoots and as my eyes devoured the clothing; and I’d sit there while wondering to myself – what the hell does ‘fashion season’ mean?  Do I really need to care…? And, when is my standard outfit of flip flops, cutoff shorts and a solid tank ever going to be “in”?  After grumbling through internal dialogues and flipping through alternative fashion magazines a la Nylon and websites like Nasty Gal, Urban OG and Tobi – I finally had my fashion epiphany: Nothing is in; personal style is King (or, Queen if you will)Fashion seasons, though seemingly novel and a great time to ooh and aah at fringe, frill and fine fabrics that you’ll probably never want to clean in a standard washing machine.  They’re great for inspiration – with bold color combinations, novel pairings, a passionate pattern affinity towards Paisley, or Plaid – but at the end of the day, what’s tried and true, and you, is the best fashion there is.

The worlds of High Fashion and High Tech don’t seem to have much in common.  Sure, you can sift though you can find their wares everywhere from glossy magazine pages and blogs to towering Billboards and Mall Stores.  You could still sit here and argue their inherent differences, but at the end of the day their products both possess certain elements of classic style – sleek, sexy, built to fit the human form.   And they the newest varieties both come with a conditional statement that newer is obviously better; what you have is old – outdated – passe – out of style.  But, is it, really?  

Between social and digital media, as the American public we’re constantly and equally bombarded by the ‘Haves’ and ‘Have Nots’ of modern society.  Items that are supposedly ‘Newer’, ‘Better’, ‘Faster’ either because they don’t exist in grandiose quantity, or they simply can’t be afforded.  I had the luxury of helping a photographer during the LA Leg of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week back in 2008 and beyond my basic quandary  of who the hell any designer besides Christian Audigier was, I found the overall upscale fashion from the designers to be as far out of my taste as it was from my price range.  There were designers that were fun to ogle, but at the end of the weekend I wanted to get back to the basics of being me, and that doesn’t come with a hefty price tag.

For the past few years, Christmas has seemingly come early for loyal Apple enthusiasts.  They wind lines around corners for hours, anxiously waiting to get their paws all over the ‘next best thing.’  In this case, that’s the iPhone 6.  It’s now been a week since the phone has jumped off of shelves and into the pockets (…and assorted microwaves…) of loyal smart phone users around the country.  I didn’t make the leap to the iPhone until this past February, so being a new convert – this is Apple’s first iPhone announcement that I’ve really been invested in. And for the first time in a long time, there are almost as many physical changes as there are internal chances to the hardware, operating system and cameras.

One thing my parents always taught me was “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and Tim Cook might’ve done good mind to that mantra.  Yes, the new iPhone 6 has a faster A8 processor than it’s iPhone predecessors (the 5s with the A7, 5c with an A6), but it’s a feature that will only matter if you’re a hardcore phone gamer (which seems slightly strange, but whatever) or you use your phone to track fitness.  Truth be told, the only truly outdated phone after this round of updates and upgrades is the iPhone 4S; you may as well just consider it an iPod at this point. The new 6 and 6+ might be thinner, but they’re also taller, wider and heavier; I like my phone as is – because it fits nicely in my pocket.  Unless the fashion industry bends as a novelty to the market to create wider pocketed jeans that the phone won’t slip out of – I don’t think the next model (when ever the hell it comes out) will be quite as grandiose.

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As far as the Cellular and Wireless capabilities are concerned – each of these acts like a ‘phone’ identically.   As far as the iOS8 update – everyone can do it (Model 5) and up.  Also, HTC called, and they want their ergonomics back; I swear, Apple is starting to run more and more like the Android systems I left behind months ago.   The standout physical difference to me is the new Retina HD camera on the 6 and 6s – blogger  took the difference one step further and took the same picture with each version of the iPhone; the results are stunning!

My bottom line – unless you’ve held this model and it truly excites you, I’d stick with what you have.  There’s nothing exceptionally fabulous about the new 6 and 6s that make me want to run to the store and purchase one right now, but I’m definitely still excited that I made the switch to Apple this year; I love the functionality of the phone and have been enjoying a bug-free upgrade (though, a few friends have been randomly seeing a Spotlight search when they clicked on an app.) Hardware wise, all the iPhones from the 5 on use lightning USB cables to charge, and unless you plan on talking with your best friend for literally hours – you don’t need the extra standby time. In case you’re still undecided, I’ve got the specs in some handy dandy spreadsheets – see how the phones stack up for yourself before making the upgrade.

Spec 6+ 6 5S 5C
Resolution 1920 x 1080 – HD 1134 x 750 – HD 1136 x 640 1136 x 640
Screen Size 5.5″ Diagonal 4.7″ Diagonal 4″ Diagonal 4″ Diagonal
Height 6.22″ 5.44″ 4.87″ 4.90″
Width 3.06″ 2.64″ 2.31″ 2.33″
Depth .28″ .27″ .30″ .35″
Weight 6.07 oz 4.55 oz 3.95 oz 4.65 oz
Processor A8 Chip 64bit A8 Chip 64bit A7 64bit A6
Motion CoProcessor M8 M8 M7
Wireless Faster LTE Wireless Faster LTE Wireless LTE Wireless LTE Wireless
Operating System IOS 8 IOS 8 IOS 8 IOS 8
Colors Silver, Gold, Space Gray Silver, Gold, Space Gray Silver, Gold, Space Gray Yellow, Blue, Pink, Green, White
Talk Time Up to 24 Hrs on 3G Up to 14 Hrs on 3G Up to 10 Hrs on 3G Up to 10 Hrs on 3G
Standby Time Up to 16 Days Up to 10 Days Up to 10 Days Up to 10 Days
Internet Use 12 hrs on 3G, 12 hrs on LTE, 12 hrs on Wifi 10 hrs on 3G, 10 hrs on LTE, 11 hrs on Wifi 8 hrs on 3G, 10 hrs on LTE, 10 hrs on Wifi 8 hrs on 3G, 10 hrs on LTE, 10 hrs on Wifi
Video Playback Up to 14 Hrs Up to 11 Hrs Up to 10 Hrs Up to 10 Hrs
Audio Playback Up to 80 Hrs Up to 50 Hrs Up to 40 Hrs Up to 40 Hrs
Camera 6+ 6 5S 5C
Auto Focus Yes, With Focus Pixels Yes, With Focus Pixels Yes Yes
iSight Camera New 8MP New 8MP 8MP 8MP
Aperture  ƒ/2.2 aperture ƒ/2.2 aperture ƒ/2.2 aperture ƒ/2.4 aperture
Stabilization Optical + Auto image stabilization Auto image stabilization Auto image stabilization
Flash True Tone flash True Tone flash True Tone flash LED flash
HDR Auto HDR for photos Auto HDR for photos Auto HDR for photos HDR for photos
Panoramic Yes; up to 43 megapixels) Yes; up to 43 megapixels) Yes Yes
Burst Capable Burst mode Burst mode Burst mode

Also, for the record:

Size to Price (from Apple.com) 6+ 6 5S 5C
8GB Free
16 GB $299 $299 $99
32 GB $249
64 GB $399 $299
128 GB $499 $399

Ps. These are jokes; but…you don’t have to tell your friends that 😉

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[Tech Tuesday] 5 Tips and Tricks for the iPhone 5S

Though I wouldn’t say I have a hard time with being wrong, I certainly enjoy being right a lot more frequently – and when it comes to technology, I’ve always felt that I’ve had a keen eye for the latest and greatest toys and gadgets.  For the last five years in Los Angeles, I’ve bounced between LG and HTC Smart Phones – but have consistently run into problems with the OS restarting, and that’s in addition to my contacts being deleted (on multiple occasions).  For the last two years, I’ve been a had an HTC Rezound and what I once found novel, amazing and innovative was suddenly slow, redundant and poorly integrated – especially when compared to my daily use on my former deactivated iPhone 4s that I was using as a Wirelessly enabled PDA.

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The fact of the matter is that I’m a heavy duty phone user with quick paws and a curious mind, and my Droid simply wasn’t cutting it anymore for my everyday inquiries. For all the reasons and times that I defended my Android in all of it’s customizable glory, the truth is that in the five years that I’ve owned a smart phone I’ve never once decided to root my Droid; in retrospect, I did jailbreak an iPhone or two.  So, when I had the chance to upgrade my phone plan early with Verizon two weeks ago I more than jumped at the chance for something different.  Since then, I’ve managed to migrate from an avid Android activist to a full on iPhone enthusiast – equipped with simple screen shots, emoticons and voice commands.

To make the transition as smooth as possible,  I’ve been scavenging the internet in search of the latest, greatest and most amazing tips and tricks for the 5s and, admittedly, I’ve had a blast doing it.  Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite hacks!

5 Tricks + Tips for the iPhone 5s

      1. Camera: Burst Mode 

There are 3 ways to enter ‘Burst Mode’ – press and hold the shutter key, or either of the volume keys on your phone for a succession of snaps,saved as a burst.  The phone will pick the best of the group to display, but you have to option of browsing through all of them.

      2. Slide iMessages Left for Time-Stamp

For a cleaner look, the time-stamp was eliminated from the standard text message view – however, if you want to reveal what time you sent your last message, simply slide the screen to the left.

      3. Enable Airdrop for Easy File Sharing

When you get to your home screen, slide up for the ‘Toggle’ bar and second from bottom you’ll see a line for ‘Airdrop’ –  you can enable this for your contacts, or anyone in the room with an Apple device.  As a bonus, Airdrop works exceptionally well with the Apple TV device – presenting your iPhone screen on whatever device the ATV is plugged in to.

      4. Customized Alert Vibrations

Not that this was in any way necessary (IMO, at least), but with iOS7 we now have the ability to set customized text, email and alert vibrations – that way, even if your phone’s on silent you’ll be aware of important calls, reminders and meetings.   The phone comes with some standard ones – like ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘S.O.S.’, and below this you have the ability to create your own:  SETTINGS > SOUNDS | Select the Alert | VIBRATION | CREATE NEW VIBRATION

      5. Add an Emoji Keyboard

Okay, granted this isn’t anything novel for past iPhone users – but as an Android user, I was completely amped to finally use some emoticons on Twitter, Instagram and in my text messages.  As with all things iPhone, additional keyboards are easy to add.  Go to the App Store to download something that strikes your fancy, then head to: SETTINGS > GENERAL >  KEYBOARD > KEYBOARDS > ADD NEW KEYBOARD

Last, but not least – I leave you with my new favorite late night habit: Fun with Siri.    Back in the day, when Apple updated their Desktop OS – they’d embed bits of code for the heavy duty computer users to discover that came to be known as ‘Easter Eggs‘ In case you’re not aware, Apple Easter Eggs are to adults what Candy Easter Eggs are to little kids – fun, exciting, and hidden in the most amusing locations.  Unfortunately for tried and true Apple computer fanatics like myself, Steve Jobs did away with the Easter Egg back with OS 9. Thankfully, there are still engineers out in Cupertino that held onto the creative, human aspect of the job and it shows in the most amusing of ways – for example, SIRI.  When I was scavenging the interwebs in search of new and awesome things to do with my 5s, I stumbled upon an amazing Reddit thread with some amazing questions for the

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