Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 | Author: OWC Larry
It seems fashionable these days for industry observers to claim that innovation is on the wane in Cupertino. And it’s not just tech industry pundits and insiders — it’s becoming a common theme beyond the tech scene. Just the other morning, a local radio DJ was criticizing Apple for not innovating like they used to — two days in a row! Of course, this has long been the rallying cry of Apple naysayers ever since Steve passed away, but it’s disturbing (to me, at least) to hear this opinion resonating in popular culture. Especially when the evidence of this so-called lack of innovation seems pretty hard to find.
The chips are certainly stacked high in the mobile sector, where the iPhone and iPad have together transformed what was a once a pretty stodgy industry into a vibrant and highly competitive battleground. I think that’s part of what’s happening here: things have become personal. It’s one thing for family members to quarrel over Windows vs. Mac, but an even more personal battle when it’s Droid vs. iPhone. Why — because now we’re talking about the most personal of computers. Smartphones have become, for many people, an expression of their personality and fashion tastes (enter the iPhone 5C!). Article Continues…
We’ve all been there. One second, you and your iPhone are blissfully skipping through a field of flowers—you’re texting, watching YouTube videos, updating your status to “feeling exhausted” on Facebook for the third day in a row—and just like that, your moment comes to a screeching halt.
You feel your perfect, beloved iPhone slip from your fingers and barrel in slow motion toward the ground. You fumble, karate chop, try anything to save your phone—but too often, it’s too late. Article Continues…
Thursday, September 19th, 2013 | Author: OWC Jarrod
It’s been an exciting September for Apple fans with the announcement of the new iPhone 5 models and iOS 7. I won’t steal OWC Michael’s thunder and rehash the details of all of the new features on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iOS 7, but you can check them out on our recap post from Tuesday’s special event.
But look around at the various Apple or tech-related message boards and blogs, and you’ll likely see backlash aimed at the latest iPhone iterations. Many people seem to think that they’re just the same old iPhone. That the new models don’t justify an upgrade, even with an expired contract.
While my contract still has a year (or as most would call it – an eternity) before it expires, I’ve made a decision: I am going to upgrade early from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 5S. Article Continues…
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 | Author: OWC Larry
For seven years, I’ve been a proud owner of the iPhone. But today, I did something that I had yet to do with my iPhone in all of those seven years – I lost it. I had this sinking realization about 10 minutes after I was back home from my morning routine. Of course, there are safeguards when losing your iPhone, and I did have the “Find My iPhone” app installed. But apparently I turned it off when I turned iCloud off. My phone was still receiving messages and calls – but it was at an unknown location.
This was a hectic morning to begin with. Electricians were coming to fix a problem at my house, and I would be working from home. My wife and I have four children, my son being the oldest at 8 years old along with 6-, 5-, and 3-year-old daughters. While the three older kids now ride the bus, I normally drive my youngest to pre-school.
This already hectic day would be the day I left my iPhone on the roof of the car. Article Continues…
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 | Author: OWC Katie
We all remember where we were 12 years ago today. Some of us were on our way to work, worrying about an upcoming project or angry because we spilled coffee on our favorite shirt. Some of us were in school, taking tests or innocently playing with our friends on the playground. People were driving, exercising, reading, and carrying on as they would on any ordinary day.
It started out as an ordinary Tuesday morning, but on that morning ordinary people would become heroes. Ordinary people’s lives would be completely changed. And suddenly, and forevermore, September 11th was not ordinary.
We all remember the breaking story of a plane hitting the first tower of the World Trade Center Article Continues…