I thought I would start to share my favourite stories of the day in a news round up, if you really think this is a bad idea let me know :-)
- Fitbit updates it's product line - a lot of my family are massive Fitbit fans, for me given it doesn't link to HealthKit it's a big no no but I've always looked over with envy at how good the devices seem at tracking steps etc...
- Apple announces 7th September iPhone event - surprisingly no invite for me (one day!) so I'll be live blogging on Twitter from my armchair but should be an interesting event and for me seeing how they explain removing the headphone port is going to be very interesting..
I've grown to really like dark mode in apps, for me it's easier on the eyes at night and generally more legible. Twitter recently announced their version, which is pretty nice and kept me using their app.
Here is how to enable it for iOS
- tap me
- tap the cog next to edit profile
- tap turn on night mode
If you don't see this option, close the app completely and relaunch.
Do you like night mode?
Along with iOS 10 we get some new widgets. These appear when you 3D Touch an app icon or view your new Today screen. As a user of Reminders to get everything done I thought I would share my setup and what you get with iOS 10.
I mainly use 3D Touch to create new inbox items. It's not so handy seeing what is due as I can get this from the Today view.
The most used part of iOS 10 for me. I can see what's UP NEXT and in my REMINDERS for today. UP NEXT combines reminders and calendar to give you a holistic view of what you have at any time in the day.
Using a combination of these two I'm finding I'm keeping on top of what I have on my plate across several apps. Give it a go and let me know what you think.
It's coming up to iPhone 7 time and you might be wondering what the best thing to do with your existing phone is. I would never advocate changing your phone once a year but sometimes the update is worth it, especially if you can get a good amount back for your old one.
In my experience the best way to get the most money but comes with potentially more hassle.
The easiest, just pop into a store with your iPhone and let them give you a price. If you are ok with a used phone then it might be worth holding on a few months until the new model starts appearing then you can trade your old one for the new model plus a bit of cash.
I've used several, most carriers have their own version too. I've used O2, EE and fonebank. The best option is to go to sellmymobile comparison site and take the best price.
I offer as guidance it's there, their prices don't match third parties but it's less hassle and you can trade at the same time as you get your new one.
The bottom line is if you are ok with potential come back then eBay or Gumtree are your best shots. If you can accept a lower price but no hassle then go for a third party online selling site such as musicmagpie.
I've been doing a lot of testing over the last month or so resulting in me returning a couple of iPhone's. There are several options to do this, I wanted to share my thoughts on which one turned out to be the best.
In my experience returning it in store (if you are within a drive to the Apple Store) was the best. It's important to make sure you return it
- With the original box
- With the original accessories
- Totally restored iPhone
- No inserted SIM card
Take your receipt, it will be either the printed one they gave you or the email that was sent. The email will contain a PDF.
This method worked for me with the least amount of hassle.
Recently my Apple Pencil started behaving badly, even though it was connected via Bluetooth it didn't respond to screen input. The only way to fix it was to plug it into the lighting port and re-pair.
I lived with this for a few weeks but then got to the point where I was doing it 4 or 5 times a day. If you are having similar problems then this guide might be useful.
Here is what I did
- Head over to the Apple Support Portal
- Log in with your Apple ID
- Any purchase made against that ID should now be visible. If it isn't you can register the serial number
- Click on the arrow next to the Apple Pencil
- Next to Repairs and Service Coverage click Set up a repair
- I'd suggest selecting the option of getting Apple Care to call you back
For me, I explained the problem I was experiencing and it was deemed that a replacement was needed.
I was asked for my address to sort out a UPS delivery and to pay £79.99 as a holding charge in case mine never got back to them.
The next day I had a new Apple Pencil.
I then simply dropped my old one off at a UPS drop off centre and I was done.
Let me know if you have had any problems with your Apple Pencil.
With it all but being confirmed by Apple that the iPhone 7 will remove the headphone jack I decided to re-familiarise myself with bluetooth headphones and use them exclusively for a week - here is what I found.
What headphones did I use?
I used the LG TONE INFINIM that I reviewed last year.
Pairing was easy, simply turn them on and pair them using the bluetooth section within the iOS Settings app. Once paired I found them reliable I.e. I didn't have to repair them once the initial connection had been established. I simply turn them on/off when I need to use them and the iPhone picks them up fine.
- Didn't rip my ears off! - I use headphones mostly when I do household tasks such as washing up or using the vacuum and I've had a lot of incidents where the cable has gotten snagged onto something and pulled my headphones out of my ear canals
- Freedom of movement - at my standing desk I can walk around to stretch my legs or grab something without pulling my iPhone onto the floor, something I've lost count of how many times I've done
- No tangled cables
- For use when working out, as someone that tries to walk every day it's been nice being able to put my iPhone in a pocket somewhere without the cable sticking out of my clothes
- Remembering to charge them - mine lasted a few days and in my testing I didn't develop a habit of charging them up. I'm sure on longer testing this would become part of my charging routine along with my Apple Watch etc...
- Range - Range wasn't amazing on the pair I tested. If I am doing work in the garden I would put my iPhone somewhere safe and then do the work but I would find that as soon as I was a few foot away from my iPhone the quality would quickly deteriate and eventually drop out
- Quality - I still believe that whilst the quality is fine generally it wasn't as good as a connected pair. I experienced occasional 'crackle' and as soon as I went back to an older pair of connected headphones that quality was noticable (to me at least). For podcasts it will be fine but for me I'd rather stick to the traditional headphones
Could I live with them full time?
I've come to the conclusion that if Apple supplied an adaptor I could probably live with an iPhone 7 without a headphone socket. It's not something that I can justify them doing at this point until I've heard their reasoning for it but if there are compelling features such as that rumoured dual lens camera I am now confident that I could transition to a headphone jack-less iPhone existence going forward. The way I figure is that if I am out and about then bluetooth will be fine, when I want to enjoy some music I will connect via lightning or adaptor.
I shipped my Apple Watch back to Apple via UPS yesterday. I've had my notification that it's on its way back already. Fingers crossed I'll have it back tomorrow.
One of my favourite improvements that I've used in iOS 10 is the new widget (or Today) view. Swiping to the left of the homescreen there is a new view that shows date along with your selected widgets, here are some of my favourites
- Up Next (I use Reminders now, this widget uses the Calendar and Reminders to show what you have up next on your schedule)
- Maps Destinations (shows parked car and travel time for any upcoming appointments)
What are your favourites?
As you probably heard if you follow me on Twitter I'm in the process of sending my second Apple Watch back for repair.
I've logged the error, had the return packaging, packed it up and it's being picked up by UPS tomorrow.
I'll keep you updated on how long it takes.
A little while ago I had an accident that resulted in my Apple Watch screen smashing onto the ground, I needed a replacement and here is how that journey went.
Unfortunately Apple Support seems to have misled me somewhat and what should have been straightforward ended up taking longer than I expected, especially as I’ve come to depend on my Apple Watch and have been used to having quick turnaround times in the past.
I’ll preface this by letting you know that I do have Apple Care +, so I wasn’t concerned about getting a replacement from Apple and I knew that I’d be paying a reduced amount for a replacement - I was ok with this, it’s the reason I always get Apple Care +.
I contacted support via chat and made a genius appointment, expecting to walk in with my old watch and out with a refurbished one as per their normal iPhone process. On arriving and being seen by a genius I was told that they hadn’t had much training on Apple Watch and that they needed to contact someone else, once this happened I was told that they couldn’t replace like for like in store (maybe due to stocking?) but it would appear that they didn’t have any replacement watches to go out as they do for iPhones and iPads.
The process was the same as if I had done it via the support portal myself I.e.
- Contact Apple Support via the Apple Support site
- Engage in a chat session and let them know that you need a replacement due to breakage and want to claim one of your Apple Care + replacements
- You are instructed to unpair your watch from your iPhone
- You are sent a box in the mail and a charge for the replacement happens
- You send back just the body of the watch in the box and wait just over a week
This is the process, I’m keen to know if this has improved over the last 6 months given the watch is a more mature product now and I’d like to think that it’s simply a case of a like for like replacement.
Anyone done this in store?