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iPhone 7 Camera Review: Rwanda

A great review by Austin Mann showing what the iPhone 7 camera can do. Make sure you watch the video too. These are great!

So this year, in collaboration with Nat Geo Travel + Nat Geo Adventure and the amazing team at Ker & Downey operating our tour, we’ve set out to get you the answers. I’m writing from deep in the Nyungwe rain forest in southwest Rwanda. We’ve been tracking gorillas in the north, boating Lake Kivu in the west, and running through tea plantations in the south — all with the iPhone 7 Plus in hand.

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iPhone User Guide for iOS 10

Apple released an iPhone User Guide for iOS 10 as an iBook. You can download it for free. It’s 322 pages and it covers most everything you need to know about the iPhone and iOS 10. Of course, if you like video tutorials we have nearly 200 video lessons on the iPhone that cover most of the major features and a lot of the minor features as well. You can watch our video tutorials and use the iPhone User Guide for reference. It’s the best of both worlds and you’ll learn everything you need to know about your iPone and iOS 10.

What's new in iOS 10 on the iPhone

What’s new in iOS 10 on the iPhone

What's new in iOS 10 on the iPhone.

Learn what’s new with iOS 10 on the iPhone with our tutorial. This tutorial include 28 video lessons on iOS 10 on the iPhone. Lessons cover how we can interact with notifications, control HomeKit accessories through the Control Center, send reactions and full-screen effects with messages, view our photos in Memories and markup photos, remove Apple apps, control our HomeKit devices with the new Home app, and set a bedtime alarm. Nearly 2 hours of training and help for iOS 10 on the iPhone.

Take me to the tutorial.

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iPhone 7 at the US Open

More great photos taken with the iPhone 7+, taken by Landen Nordeman at ESPN .

With a new two-camera system, the camera on the iPhone 7 Plus is billed as being the most advanced in the world of cellphones. We put it to the test at the US Open, exploring the event in a whole new way.

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iPhone 7 Plus Photos from the Titans-Vikings Game

Sports Illustrated photographer David E. Klutho took photos with the new iPhone 7 Plus camera at the Titans-Vikings game. 

On Wednesday, Apple unveiled the brand new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, both of which feature an entirely new camera system. Now some of the first photos taken by the new iPhone 7 Plus camera are being unveiled exclusively on On Sunday, Sports Illustrated photographer David E. Klutho took photos with the new iPhone 7 Plus camera at the Titans-Vikings game. The iPhone 7 Plus has a 12–megapixel telephoto camera that offers new zooming capabilities. Each new model also features a wider aperture and a lens that allows the camera to capture brighter and more vibrant colors in photos and videos. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in stores in 25 countries on Friday, Sept. 16.

I think I made the right decision by going with the 7+. See more photos at 

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With the iPhone 7, Apple changed the camera industry forever

I found this article very interesting from Om Malik and the New Yorker.

Camera companies, like traditional phone manufacturers, dismissed the iPhone as a toy when it launched, in 2007. Nokia thought that the iPhone used inferior technology; the camera makers thought that it took lousy pictures. Neither thought that they had anything to worry about. Of course, neither anticipated the value of having a computer in your pocket, and what the camera folks, especially, didn’t anticipate was that, as the photographer Chase Jarvis puts it, the best camera is the one that’s with you.

This is terrible news for companies making compact cameras—Olympus and Nikon’s compact-camera sales in the most recent quarter had already nosedived by twenty-five per cent and forty-five per cent, respectively. The new iPhone 7 Plus drives a stake through the heart of these mass-market devices.

My take is that camera companies are facing a challenge, a challenge of survival due to the iPhone. In the long term I think it may be good for professional photographers though. They are facing fierce competition from consumers who have DSLRs. As fewer people buy these DSLRs and use a smartphone, this will lead to less competition for the professionals. This is good for the art of photography. The camera companies will have to change though. They will have to focus on professional photographers and not consumers. This will be hard and the question is can they do this. Time will tell.

I personally ordered the iPhone 7+ for the camera. I’m not sold on the size, but the camera – I want it. I talked with a friend who is a professional photographer and we thought it’d be interesting to go out and see how the iPhone 7+ compares to his professional equipment. We already know who’s going to win – he will. But it’ll be interesting to see how the iPhone compares. I may have to create a post about it. 🙂

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Inside iPhone 7: Why Apple Killed The Headphone Jack

There is a lot of controversy on Apple removing the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. John Paczkowski from Buzzfeed has the lowdown on why it was removed.

A tentpole feature of the new iPhones are improved camera systems that are larger than the cameras in the devices that preceded them. The iPhone 7 now has the optical image stabilization feature previously reserved for its larger Plus siblings. And the iPhone 7 Plus has two complete camera systems side by side — one with a fixed wide-angle lens, the other with a 2x zoom telephoto lens. At the top of both devices is something called the “driver ledge” — a small printed circuit board that drives the iPhone’s display and its backlight. Historically, Apple placed it there to accommodate improvements in battery capacity, where it was out of the way. But according to Riccio, the driver ledge interfered with the iPhone 7 line’s new larger camera systems, so Apple moved the ledge lower in both devices. But there, it interfered with other components, particularly the audio jack.

Second, there was an unforeseen opportunity to increase battery life. So the battery in the iPhone 7 is 14% bigger than the one in its predecessor, and in the iPhone 7 Plus, it’s 5% bigger. In terms of real-world performance gains, that’s about an additional two hours and one hour, respectively. Not bad.

Even better, removing the audio jack also eliminated a key point of ingress that Riccio says helped the new iPhone finally meet the IP7 water resistance spec Apple has been after for years (resistant when immersed under 1 meter of water for 30 minutes).

I personally am mixed. I’m willing to give up on the headphone jack. The headphones I use 99% of the time are the Apple EarPods. Saying that, the removal of the headphone jack could lead to minor issues in how I use the iPhone. There are times I like to listen to Apple Music in my car. Unfortunately my car does not always want to listen to my iPhone. For some reason the audio will not play through bluetooth or through the Lightning cable via USB. When it does this, I just plug an audio cable into the headphone jack and connect it to the auxiliary jack on my car. I also keep my iPhone plugged into my car via the Lightning cable to keep it charged. It’s not pretty, two cables plugged into my car and iPhone, but it works every time. Audio through one, power through the other. Unfortunately with the iPhone 7, I will no longer be able to do this. It’s one or the other. Let’s hope my car likes the iPhone 7 better than my iPhone 6!

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Don’t Blink

Apple created a short 2 minute video on what was introduced yesterday including the new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. You really don’t want to blink while watching this.

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Apple Campus Construction Update

I’m really starting to enjoy these videos. You can really see the progress on the new campus. I’d love to tour this once it is complete.

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New Tutor Tip: How to hide the Menu Bar on a Mac

Tutor Tip: Hide Menu Bar


I have another Tutor Tip for you. In this tutor Tip I take a look at how you can hide the Menu Bar without going into full screen mode on a Mac. I also look at how you can make the Menu Bar and Dock darker.

If you want to see who to hide the Menu Bar on your Mac, take a look at the latest Tutor Tip.

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You should update your iPhone right now

New research sent to Apple shows that there is a vulnerability in the iPhone and iPad, and it seems to be pretty serious. Andrea Peterson from the Washington Post has more information on this.

Spyware relying on three previously unknown, or “zero-day,” flaws in Apple’s iOS mobile operating system for years made it possible for governments to take over victims’ phones by tricking them into clicking on a link in a text message, according to new reports from Lookout, a cybersecurity firm that looks for security holes in mobile products, and Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

“This is the most sophisticated bad actor we have ever seen targeting mobile phones out in the wild,” said Mike Murray, vice president of security research at Lookout.

Apple released a fix for the problems on Thursday. “We advise all of our customers to always download the latest version of iOS to protect themselves against potential security exploits,” the company said in a statement.

What can you do? Update your iPhones and iPads to iOS version 9.3.5. If you are using iOS 10 beta, update to the latest beta. Also pass this information along to family and friends.

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The iBrain is Here and it’s already inside your iPhone

Steven Levy from Backchannel has a fun article to read on the transformation of Siri.

“This was one of those things where the jump was so significant that you do the test again to make sure that somebody didn’t drop a decimal place,” says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services.

“The error rate has been cut by a factor of two in all the languages, more than a factor of two in many cases,” says Acero. “That’s mostly due to deep learning and the way we have optimized it — not just the algorithm itself but in the context of the whole end-to-end product.”

Probably the biggest issue in Apple’s adoption of machine learning is how the company can succeed while sticking to its principles on user privacy. The company encrypts user information so that no one, not even Apple’s lawyers, can read it (nor can the FBI, even with a warrant). And it boasts about not collecting user information for advertising purposes.

Apple says it has answers for both. “Some people perceive that we can’t do these things with AI because we don’t have the data,” says Cue. “But we have found ways to get that data we need while still maintaining privacy. That’s the bottom line.”

And if you are wondering what you can say to Siri – check out

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New Tutor Tip: How to quickly show your desktop on a Mac

Tutor Tip: Show Desktop on a Mac

In our latest Tutor Tip we show you a couple ways you can quickly show your desktop on your Mac when you have numerous windows open. We show you how to show the desktop using a keyboard shortcut and using hot corners with the cursor. If you store files and folders on your desktop and you need to get at them quickly, this Tutor Tip is for you.

Show me how to quickly show my desktop on my Mac.


Tap Forms 5 for Mac Review. Organize your life with this easy-to-use database.

I’ve always loved databases. With a good database like Tap Forms 5, you can organize most anything. Read more about tap Forms 5 for the Mac in my review.

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Tim Cook, the interview: Running Apple ‘is sort of a lonely job’

”I also think that the traditional CEO believes his or her job is the profit and loss, is the revenue statement, the income and expense, the balance sheet. Those are important, but I don’t think they’re all that’s important. There’s an incredible responsibility to the employees of the company, to the communities and the countries that the company operates in, to people who assemble its products, to developers, to the whole ecosystem of the company. And so I have a maybe nontraditional view there. I get criticized for it some, I recognize. But I’ve never wanted to be the stereotypical CEO. I don’t think I’d be very good at it, honestly. And I don’t think for Apple that would in the long run be good for the company. If you care about long-term shareholder return, all of these other things are really critical.”

A great interview by Jena McGregor at The Washington Post