Blind Bargains

The Apple Rundown: The Excess To The Max Edition

It has been almost two weeks since the BBQ Crew sat down to discuss the big reveals from Apple's September hardware event
And in that short amount of time we ve been given a bunch of updates to Macs, iPhones, Apple TVs, watches and that speaker that needs a coaster under it, so it doesn t harm your wooden table. Then for good measure, not the iOS 12 feature I promise, Apple let loose a duo of .1 updates for tvOS
And Watch OS

That means the person who had 10 days or less on the first patch release betting pool needs to come on down! and collect your prize!

To be brutally honest, after 10 years of watching these events, I ve become somewhat unmoved by anything iPhone. Even more so since the phrase and you can buy one starting today has disappeared from the Apple keynotes. I really think they lose momentum with this pre-order Friday and wait thing they do now. Along that front, as someone who then talks about this stuff for a living, making snap judgements about the new shiny becomes more of a crapshoot because you must pull information out of the either to speak about it later with some form of confidence that you interpreted 30 outlets of news coverage correctly from your Apple event assumptions. To be fair, this is also the way we must approach Google and Microsoft events too. It s just that many more read and listen to the Apple ones. By the way, thank you for reading one of these articles. I know I haven t done one in ages.

Now I ve been known to say some comments that some might take as me being just a tad sarcastic. Hmm, no lightning strikes or frayed lightning cables after I wrote that. Whew, that is a sigh of relief. Anyway, I m going to say this right at the top of this post. I held a Series 4 Apple Watch and I liked it. It made me feel like my Series 3 was a brick. It felt so right. It felt Um, song reprises aside. The 4 is cool in my opinion with none of that based upon the larger display. Although, I will say that it is just a smidge bigger than the earlier 38 and 42mm editions. But this is offset by the weight and width being the same smidge smaller. Together these changes really balance the devices out quite nicely. So be sure to read the reviews of the Apple Watch section if you are considering purchasing one when, or if, they ever come back in stock.

Below you will find links to articles, reviews and tips that caught my ear post launch. Feel free to send along your own thoughts to the Qast feedback emailOr drop them in the comments section at the bottom.

Apple Watch

Did I mention that you can trade in an existing Apple Watch towards the purchase of a new one for good money at the Apple Store? No, I didn't? Keep that in mind when reading the below links.

Apple Watch 4 review: the best gets better

Apple Watch Series 4 review: Small tweaks make a big impact

Apple Watch Series 4 Review: It's About Time!

Apple Watch Series 4 Expected to Gain Second Manufacturer Following 'Much Better Than Expected' Demand

Apple Watch Series 4 has 10 features that set it apart from your older model

Teardown reveals big changes inside the Apple Watch Series 4

What Apple Watch Series 4 Means for Accessibility

PSA: Apple Watch Series 4's fall detection is off by default for most people

Apple Watch s new auto-911 calls after falls may tumble into legal trouble

What is atrial fibrillation, and why is your watch telling you about it?

50 new watchOS 5 features / changes!


Remember that the iPhone X R doesn't arrive until next month. Perhaps it will bring new iPads and Airpower with it when it lands on store shelves.

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max review: smoothed out

iPhone XS review: There's nothing excessive about Apple's latest and greatest smartphone

Review: The iPhone XS Max is what Apple has always promised the iPhone could be

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max review: Pricey but future-proof

iFixit s iPhone XS and XS Max teardown: Like the iPhone X with a couple surprises

Apple build costs for 256GB iPhone XS Max estimated at $443

Why the iPhone is more expensive than ever

iPhone XS vs iPhone X DROP TEST! Is it Really Stronger?

Apple's iPhone XS Has A Serious New Problem

iPhone XS and XS Max users are reporting poor cell and Wi-Fi reception

2017 iPhone X Outperforms iPhone XS and XS Max in Battery Life Test

Apple s iPhone XS Max has a helpful feature you won t find on the iPhone XS

Why the iPhone XR isn t coming out until October

Apple s new chips are key to its future

Bring back the headphone jack: Why USB-C audio still doesn't work

iOS 12:

This section is meant to be more of a thing about Siri Shorcuts with a few bonus links thrown in for good measure. Again, not the iOS 12 feature.

Apple iOS 12 review: Less mess

The Accessibility Bugs Introduced and Resolved in iOS 12 for Blind and Low Vision Users

An Overview of Some of the New Features and Changes in iOS 12

iOS 12 on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Mini 2: It s actually faster!

100 new iOS 12 features / changes! -- 9to5Mac

Measuring Up: The iOS 12 Measure App

Apple Support Shortcuts User Guide

Hey Siri, Drive My Tesla (How To Use iPhone's New Shortcuts)!

How To Share A Custom Siri Shortcut With Others

Best apps with Siri Shortcuts integration

Mac OS

We didn't get to cover this on episode 157 due to the delay in the launch window of this update. So for continuity's sake, I really need to stop using these terms out of Apple context, here is a ton of bits about the latest OS.

Review: Apple's new macOS Mojave polishes the Mac for iOS users

macOS Mojave review: At the inflection point

The New Features, Changes, and Accessibility Bugs in macOS Mojave for Blind and Low Vision Users

Why Mojave s dark mode isn t dark enough

macOS Mojave adds new features to Apple's Pages, Numbers and Keynote

Inside macOS Mojave: Apple's Home app brings HomeKit to the Mac with limitations

macOS Mojave: Some iMacs Can t Run Bootcamp

Holes found in Mojave s privacy protection

macOS Mojave: Turn Off Recent Apps in the Dock

How to use Continuity Camera in macOS Mojave and iOS 12

How to automate macOS Mojave if you like Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12

How Apple Thrived in a Season of Tech Scandals

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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.

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