Soon after receiving his Apple Watch, Dr. Mac set out to find the best ways to protect it. He found several good, inexpensive products and one expensive one you should avoid like the plague...
Ever since the Apple Watch shippind in April, The Mac Observer has reviewed several Apple Watch charging docks. Here, John Martellaro lists them all, sizes them up with updated ratings and makes his recommendations in time for your holiday shopping.
Despite the apparent simplicity of the Apple Watch charging docks, there are several factors to consider. Those include practicality, protection, stability, possible ways the charging cable can be damaged when installed and removed, adjustability of presentation angle, use for both Portrait mode and Nightstand mode, and so on. The Twelve South Forté is exceptionally beautiful, and has a good design, but it doesn't score 100 percent on all counts.
Where do you store all the little bits of information that don’t fit in the usual places like Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, and such? You know what I mean—all those little bits of text, images, movies, or sounds that you hope to refer to in the future (if you can find them). Dr. Mac provides his prescription for saving and organizing your little bits and then finding them when you need them -- Only in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #145; only here at the one and only Mac Observer.
The new Griffin Survivor Journey case for the iPhone 6/6s (or 6/6s Plus) protects against a 2 meter (6.6 ft) drop. The snap on two-layer shell is soft, shatterproof and handsome. John Martellaro liked this case. It pressed all his buttons except one.
With the introduction of watchOS 2 and Nightstand Mode, it's preferable for an Apple Watch charging dock to work in both horizontal and vertical modes. Many early docks don't afford that capability, but the new Native Union Dock for Apple Watch does. However, it's far from perfect.
Dr. Mac got an iPhone 6s last Friday; his initial impressions are in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 143, a delightful little ditty he likes to call, "Dr. Mac's First Look at the iPhone 6s." It wasn't all wine and roses (Spoiler alert: He thinks the Rose Gold looks too pink). But after a rocky start, the Doc is pretty happy with his newest gadget.
iPhone 6s shipped on Friday, and the first thing we did (after setting up our new devices, of course) was test out iPhone 6 cases to make sure they fit. The iPhone 6s is 0.2 mm thicker than the iPhone 6—case manufacturers have been quick to say iPhone 6 cases will fit iPhone 6s, but we wanted to test it for ourselves. [Updated with the Seidio Obex Waterproof Case.]
Wi-Fi is great -- until it's not. TP-LINK's new Powerline adapters promise to let your home's electrical wiring do double duty as a high speed wired network. Can they really be the solution for dead spots and out-of-range areas in your home? Chuck La Tournous takes one for a spin to find out.
On September 21st, Apple released its first major upgrade to the watchOS, version 2.0. Many new features have been included, but the upgrade process itself was problematic. John Martellaro sizes up this 2.0 release in his after action report.
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