iTechGear Weekly is Episode SE4: Apple Event – Far Out: Can I Please be Voted Off the Dynamic Island??

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This episode of the iTechGear Weekly is Episode SE4: Apple Event – Far Out: Can I Please be Voted Off the Dynamic Island??, recorded on 2022-09-07.  In this episode, Chris, Joel and Chris G. talk about the products introduced by Apple at 2022’s iPhone Event while Larry is out sick.  (Get well soon, Larry!)

Links to the show player AND the MP3 and show note downloads can be found at the bottom of this post (the show outline is a tad long…)

  • Mobile/Linux Segment
  • Apple Segment
    • Apple Watch
        • Shared Stories
        • AW S8
          • Always on Display
          • Narrow bezels
          • New Faces
          • New Health features
            • Temp sensor for Women’s health
            • Ovulation Prediction
              • Private Data
              • Retrospective report on when you ovulated
              • 2 temp sensors
              • Samples wrist temp every 5 secs
              • Can track bi-phasic shift to predict/track ovulation
              • Data protected via Touch/Face ID
            • Car Crash Detection
              • Can detect if you’re in a crash
              • Auto connection of EMS
              • Auto notification to chosen contacts
              • 2 new sensors to detect crashes
                • Passenger cars
                • SUVs
                • Pickup trucks
            • Low Power Mode
              • 18 battery life normally
              • 36 hrs in low power mode
            • International Roaming
            • 4 Aluminum cases
            • 3 Stainless colors
            • 399-499
              • 3 mo of Fitness plus
              • Order 9/7
              • Ships 9/16
      • AW SE
        • Cases
          • Silver
          • Midnight
          • Starlight
        • Display 30% larger than S3
        • 20% faster than S8
        • Parental Controls
        • 249-299
        • Order 9/7
        • Ships 9/16
      • AW Ultra
        • Exploration
      • Titanium Case
      • Sapphire front crystal
      • 49mm Case
      • Big display
      • Action button
        • Customizable
      • Larger Digital crown
      • Designed to be used with gloves
      • 2nd speakers
      • 3 mics
      • Includes cellular
      • 36hrs of battery life
      • 60 hrs of battery life with Extended Settings (later this fall)
      • New Face – Wayfinder (color & monochrome red)
      • Bands
        • Alpine Loop – hook
        • Ocean Loop – buckle
        • Trail Loop – velcro
      • New GPS solution
        • L1 + L5 GPS frequencies
        • New Exercise Screens
        • Good for Tri-Atheletes
        • Can work in extreme temps
        • Redesigned Compass App
          • Back track GPS function
      • Diving Features
        • WR100 Water Depth
        • EN13319 Diving Certification
        • Can be used up to 40M/130ft depths
        • Dive Computer App – Oceanic App
        • Dive Profile data plus sharing
        • 799
        • Order 9/7
        • Delivers 9/23
      • Air Pods
        • New H2 Chip
          • Hiband connectivity
          • Improved sound quality
          • Low distortion driver
          • Custom amplifier
        • Spatial Audio
          • Immersive sound
          • Personalized Spacial Audio
            • Personal profiles
            • Based on shape of head/ears
        • Active Noise Cancellation
          • Reduces background noise
          • Optimized functionality 2x better noise cancellation
          • XS ear tips = better sound
        • Adaptive Transparency
          • Processes 48k/per second
        • Touch Control
          • Capacitive touch sensors
        • Battery
          • 6hrs of battery live
          • 30 hours of listening time
          • Apple Watch Charger now works
      • Find My Improvements
        • Precision finding can help you find the case
        • Each Pod can play a sound
      • 299
      • Order 9/9
      • Ships 9/23
      • iPhone 14 Series
        • 14 6.1″
        • 14 Plus 6.7″
          • See more or larger text
          • New lock screens
          • Enhanced workout summaries
          • Updated inernal design – stays cooler
          • 1200 NITS
          • Ceramic Shield Glass
          • Aluminum
            • Midnight
            • Starlight
            • Blue
            • Purple
            • Product Red
          • All Day Battery life
      • Performance A15 Bionic
        • 5 core GPU
        • 6 Core CPU
        • 16 Core Neural Engine
        • Image Signal processor
      • Camera System
        • 12MP Main camera
        • 1.9 micro pixel
        • F1.5
        • 49% improvement in Low light capture
        • 12MP True Dept front camera
        • F1.9
        • Photonic Engine
          • Deep Fusion process applied earlier in the process to enhance shots
          • Photo low light 2x improvement
          • 2-2.5x improvements on back cameras
        • Video Improvements
          • Action mode
            • Full sensor
            • OIS mode
      • Connectiviity
        • 5G
        • Multiple eSIM capability
        • All US models are eSIM only
      • Safety Features
        • Crash Detection (same as on AW)
        • 256G force detection
        • Can call emergency contacts
        • Works with AW if you have both
      • Satellite Connectivity
        • Emergency SOS via Satellite
        • New SMS service
        • New responses canned to insure help is gotten and sent
        • Send location to loved ones
        • Launches in November
        • US & Canada only to start
        • 14 – 799
        • 14+ 899
        • Order 9/9
        • Ship 9/16
        • Ship 10/10
      • 14 Pro
        • Stainless Steel
        • Ceramic Sheld
        • Colors
          • Space black
          • Silver
          • Gold
          • Deep Purple
          • New True Depth camera
        • Dynamic Island
          • Notch enlarges to show icons or alerts
            • System Apps morph into it
            • Always live and active
            • Live activities on Lock Screens
            • Consistent alerts despite app they are coming from
          • New Pro Display
            • 6.1 Pro
            • Pro Max 6.7
            • 1600 nits – display XDR brightness
            • 2000 nits outdoors
            • New Lock screen
              • Widgets
              • Always on Display
                • 1hz low power mode
                • Widgets always available
                • Screens are dimmed without reducing readabilty
          • A16 Bionic Chip
            • Power efficency
            • Display
            • Camera
      • 16B trans
      • 4nm process
      • 40% faster
        • 6core CPU
          • 2 hi performance
          • 4 Efficiency
          • Use 1/3 the power
        • 16 core Neural engine
        • 5 core GPU
        • New Display Engine
      • Camera
        • 4 Trillion actions per photo
        • 48MP sensor
        • 65% larger than 13 pro
        • 24mm focal lens
        • Quad Pixel sensor
        • 2x low light improvement over 13 Pro
        • 2x telephoto
        • Apple Pro RAW
          • 48MP resolution support
          • 12MP Ultra Wide Lens
            • 3x better than 13 Pro
          • Flash
            • 9 LEDs
            • Low Light mode 2-3x better than 13 Pro
          • Cinematic Mode
            • Now 4k support
            • 60 F/S
        • All Day battery Life
      • 14 Pro – 999
      • 14 Pro Max – 1099
      • Order – 9/9
      • Ships – 9/16
  • Windows Segment
  • Picks of the Week
    • Joel
    • Chris
    • Chris G.
    • Larry
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Show Notes – Apple Event – Can I Please Be Voted Off the Dynamic Island

The Last of its Kind – Unboxing the iPhone 13 mini

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Some of you will get the STOS pic I used as the Feature Image of this post. Some won’t.  Those that are interested can check out its Wikipedia Page and find out what I’m referencing.  It’s kinda thin, I know; but it’s the first thing I thought of when I said, “it’s the last of its kind,” a line from the show.

The unboxing of the last of its kind… This is the unboxing of the iPhone 13 mini. According to current rumors, the iPhone 14 series won’t have a mini version. Is the mini worth having? Is it something you want to use? Will it be worth switching to this device? What good is a 5.4″ screen gonna do you now? Let’s see…

 

This is a dynamite little device, especially if you’re looking for something that will hide away while you’re carrying it, but still has the regular power of the iPhone 13.

The iPhone 13 mini provides the following features and specifications:

  • Device Size: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.65mm, 141g
  • Display Size: 5.4 inches
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz (ProMotion is only available on the Pro models)
  • Cameras: Dual Rear/Single Front –
    • 12Mp Main f/1.6,
    • 12Mp Ultra Wide f/2.4
    • 12Mp Front Camera
    • Smart HDR 4
    • Portrait Mode with advanced bokeh, Depth Control, Night Mode, and Deep Fusion
    • Photographic Styles & Cinematic Video
  • Battery – Up to 17 hours
  • Storage – 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • GPU – 4 Core
  • Colors: 6
    • Starlight
    • Midnight
    • Blue
    • Pink
    • Green
    • Product (RED)

To say that the iPhone 13 mini is small but mighty, is an understatement.  Hopefully, more to come!!

Unboxing the New Midnight M2 MacBook Air

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Throw out the old and busted and make way for Apple’s all-new, new hotness, the Midnight Blue, M2 MacBook Air!

This is NOT your father’s MacBook Air! This is the all-new, doesn’t make a sound, can handle just about anything you may EVER need in a true, laptop computer, sporting Apple’s latest and greatest entry into the ARM-based silicon market – The M2 Processor!

I do a quick comparison with a previous model and form-factor MBA and then take a break to set it up. Come see the new hotness and drool, baby! This one is AWESOME!

 

 

Stay tuned, kids. I’m going to take this one and put it through its paces as both a work and play machine – at least for me – and we’ll see what it can do!

iTechGear Weekly – Episode 20: Larry Solved his Pixie Problem – (Sort of)

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This episode of the iTechGear Weekly is Episode 20: Larry Solved his Pixie Problem – (Sort of), recorded on 2022-06-12.  In this episode (that we decided to do anyway instead of waiting an additional week), the team talks about Larry solving his Pixie Problem, follow-ups from WWDC including information about Stage manager being iOS16, iPadOS and M1 processors or greater, and Monopoly Law Changes, among other things.

  • Windows Segment
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Show Notes – Show Notes Episode 20 – Larry Solved His Pixie Problem

 

iTechGear Weekly – Episode SE3 – WWDC 2022 Afterthoughts

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This episode of the iTechGear Weekly is Episode SE3 – WWDC 2022 Afterthoughts, recorded on 2022-06-06.  In this episode, the team talks about all things WWDC 2022 and everything that Apple announced, among other things.

  • Mobile/Linux Segment
  • Apple Segment
    • iOS 16
      • Lock Screen
      • Wallet
      • Photos
      • CarPlay
    • watchOS9/Apple Wallet
      • Fitness
      • Health
    • macOS Ventura (Highway)
      • M2 Processors
      • 2022 MacBook Air
      • Stage Manager
      • Mail
      • Continuity
    • iPadOS
  • Windows Segment
  • Picks of the Week
    • Joel
    • Chris
    • Chris G.
    • Larry
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iTechGear Weekly – Episode 19: Larry has a Pixie Problem

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This episode of the iTechGear Weekly is Episode 19: Larry has a Pixie Problem, recorded on 2022-05-29.  In this episode, the team talks about the Pixel Watch’s rumored processor, Larry’s struggle between the Pixel 6 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max, and the NFL and its Sunday Ticket potentially going to Apple, among other things.

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iTechGear Weekly – Episode 18: Great Googlie-Mooglie!

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This episode of the iTechGear Weekly is Episode 18: Great Googlie-Mooglie!, recorded on 2022-05-15.  In this episode, the team talks about Google I/O, and all things Google, Europe considering a mandate for USB-C on all mobile devices, and the requirement of a Microsoft Account during the installation of Windows 11.

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Show Notes – Show Notes Episode 18 – Old McGoogle Had a Show

 

iTechGear Weekly – Episode 17: An Unreleased Device Walks into a Bar…

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This episode of the iTechGear Weekly is Episode 17: An Unreleased Device Walks into a Bar… recorded on 2022-05-01.  In this episode, the team talks about the the supposed revelation of the Google/Pixel Watch, What we REALLY want in a Smartwatch and some other cool subjects.

  • Mobile/Linux Segment
    • Smartwatches, Smartphones, etc. – Chris
      • Google Pixel Watch Why a smartwatch? – What do we want?
      • Apple Watch 8 Health Sensors
      • Pick a WearOS Watch
      • Features
        • Cardio: Heart Rate, EKG, Arithmia
        • PulseOx: Blood Oxygen saturation
        • Sleep/Readiness: Sleep Quality, Ability to start the day energized
        • Exercise/Activity: Exercise, workouts, movement
        • Body Temp
      • Notifications
        • Productivity: Calendar, eMail
        • Reminders/Timers
        • System Events and Notifications: App & OS Updates, Device Location, etc.
    • MS Duo 2 Price Reduction & ReReviews- Chris G.
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iTechGear Weekly – Episode 16: I’ll Take Hostel Take Overs for $43B

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This is episode 16 of the iTechGear Weekly – I’ll Take Hostel Take Overs for $43B.  In this episode, Joel is back from Hershey, PA, we discuss how the Chinese COVID lockdown may affect Apple’s supply chain, and how more PC’s are running Windows XP, Win7, and Win8 than Windows 11.

In this episode, Larry, Joel, Chris G., and I spend time talking about:

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Unboxing the TAG Heuer Caliber Connected E4 Smartwatch.

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This is the unboxing of the TAG Heuer Caliber Connected E4 Smartwatch. This is an AWESOME watch! its got a big easy-to-read dial. Its got a sturdy stainless steel case and a ceramic bezel. Of all the smartwatches that I’ve had the pleasure of wearing, this one is by far the most comfortable, and the best feeling of the lot. Of all the smartwatches that I’ve had the pleasure of wearing, it’s the one that I count on to run everything with any issues. And of all the smartwatches that I’ve had the pleasure of wearing, this one is the most expensive.

Let’s take a look at what makes this watch so great and what makes it such a problem for the normal user to buy.

TAG Heuer Connected
Calibre E4 42 MM
TAG Heuer Connected
Calibre E4 45 MM
Dimensions and Weight 42 x 42 mm 45 x 45 mm
Screen 1.28-inch OLED 1.39-inch OLED
Resolution 416 x 416 pixels Resolution 454 x 454 pixels
326 PPP 326 pixels
warped sapphire crystal flat sapphire crystal
Processor Snapdragon Wear 4100+ Snapdragon Wear 4100+
RAM N/D N/D
Internal Storage N/D N/D
Battery 330 mAh 430 mAh
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
WiFi WiFi
NFC NFC
GeoPositioning Integrated GPS chip Integrated GPS chip
GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou,
QZSS, Galileo
GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou,
QZSS, Galileo
Operating System Wear OS 2 Wear OS 2
Resistance 5 ATM 5 ATM
Buttons Yes 3 Yes 3
Sensors heart rate heart rate
Compass Compass
accelerometer accelerometer
Gyroscope Gyroscope
Barometer Barometer
Extras 1x microphone 1x microphone

The device is scheduled to get upgraded to WearOS3 (I’d hope so, at these prices…) but there’s been no news on that on any front.

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