The big question for existing or new iPhone users is what model should they go with. The choice being the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and the all new 6s or 6S Plus.
If your reading into this then I can only assume your an iOS user or looking to get your first iPhone so the Android phones are out of the question. Though some great alternative to said phones if you are interested in Android may be the S6, S6 Edge, or Note 5.
To Plus or not to Plus
The first decision to make revolves around the regular model or Plus edition. To simplify it here the Plus is the bigger model size wise. Thats really what it comes down to when deciding between the regular models & the plus editions. Both feature the same hardware with slight differences in battery life & benchmarks. The Plus screen size runs at 5.5 inches compared to the 4.7inches of the normal model. This size may run to big for the everyday user however with a shift into bigger screens some people may be interested in this size. If content consumption is your main use of the device videos, reading, etc. Then the Plus models may be something to look into & for that matter pay more for.
However both Plus models aren’t built the same.
The 6 Plus features older hardware in comparison to that of the 6S Plus. Namely the former A8 CPU chip vs the A9 CPU chip. Aside from hardware changes the new 6S Plus is made of a more durable aluminum to protect your phone overall durability.
So if you are settling for either a 6 Plus or 6S Plus it comes down to speed & the need for current hardware. If your set on getting a new iPhone & want a plus model then I’d recommend going with 6S Plus just to be ahead of the curve & able to skip or wait out the next upgrade. This assures you’ll be on the latest device & get use to new gestures such as 3D touch. If your upgrading from the 6 & want to go Plus then may as well go to the newer edition if your going to up the screen size to get the hardware benefits.
iPhone 6 vs 6S
This will be the more popular question for customers. If your coming from anything below a iPhone 5S then either phone will be a significant upgrade. The iPhone 6 will still hold many users over with the A8 CPU, Touch ID, and improved camera.
Major differences in the “S” model come in the form of
Speed (Faster Hardware)
Improved Camera (4k Support, Live Photos, Improved Sensors)
3D Touch Based Screen
Improved Touch ID
So unless you want to be on the cutting edge of hardware or have the funds to spend then the 6 is still sufficient. There’s no real visual cues that differentiate the model unless you want the iPhone 6S in Pink… I mean Rose Gold.
If your on the the 6 currently & thinking whether or not you should upgrade go through the basic questions.
Cost to Upgrade
How does your current phone serve you
For the most part your iPhone 6 will remain viable especially with the new iOS 9 release for the next 1-2 years. So theres no need to upgrade to the “S” model. If money is no worry for you then upgrade to your hearts content but that goes without saying.
The “S” editions are simply faster. There is no major physical differences or selling features that the “S” introduces that’ll change the way you use your device. 3D Touch is the closest thing to what Siri was for the “5S”. This enables you to use iOS differently depending on how long & hard you touch the screen. Is this something everyone is raving over? Not at all.
The “S” devices are always the second wind of an existing device. Bringing a faster & better device with subtle hardware changes while keeping the overall design the same. This year we received a more durable metal, new color, and faster hardware (A9/M9 chips), and improved screen with 3D touch sensors. Offering a phone that is faster but nothing evolutionary when it comes to smartphones. It’s the iPhone you know & have seen around with 6 & 6 Plus.
If your already on the previous model & it serves you fine as is then there’s no rush to upgrade or for that matter can be skipped over. If your a new iPhone user or switching then your options are more wide spread. The previous models have been knocked down in the price & may be more appealing if you have a budget, however if your simply looking for the best phone to hold you over then go with the “S” lineup to avoid any worry for future support & longevity.
Apple’s September 9th 2015 event was sufficient as far as product launches goes. In short they announced the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, updated Apple TV, iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4th Gen, and expectant releases for Watch OS 2, El Capitan, iOS 9 and other hidden gems.
Let’s breakdown the event by each category with some follow up thoughts regarding each.
Watch OS 2 & Apple Watch:
New color schemes (Rose Gold)
Variety of new bands (including Hermes collaboration)
Watch OS2 update to be rolled out September 16th
With a reiteration of everything we knew to be coming out with Watch OS 2. Native apps, new faces, and some other features/demos.
Really the highlight being the customizability & personalization with the watch bands/straps.
The rumor mill was eventually right & the iPad Pro is officially in the line up of Apple’s tablets. Introducing the following.
Like something out of a straight Apple Parody.
12.9 inch screen
Four Speaker Audio
3D Touch Enabled Screen
Baseline model starts at $800
Accessories include Apple Smart Keyboard & Apple Pencil
First off it’s big. That’s literally they’re slogan & in this case bigger is yes you guessed it, better. Featuring a faster processor which nearly doubles the iPads speed & GPU performance to match. Overall this is a iPad for a market whom 9 inches isn’t enough. More geared towards those who use iPad as a content creation device though consumption is absolutely stunning on the pro. More real estate allows for a better overall experience. Also the Apple Pencil, don’t even ask me why its called that is a real product & it costs $100. Let’s just call it what it is, a stylus. Allows for better interaction with the iPad Pro & its built in technology actually serves great in creation scenarios detecting force, tilt, rotation and more. Overall the iPad Pro starts off at $800 but can easily surpass that of the baseline Macbook. This is an iPad for a specific power user & not everyday consumer.
Perhaps my favorite of the announcements the all new Apple TV.
All new remote featuring touchpad & Siri button + other feature such as ability to control TV volume/power
Updated OS & UI
Starting price $150 (32gb Model)
This is Apple’s answer to the long awaited updates of its set top box. Sporting its classic yet more minimal design the updates really focus on the internal changes. The new UI is even more simple & easier to navigate with a big focus on “Siri”. The voice assistant seems to be more useful in this scenario than ever. Allowing you to find actors, new releases, and skip through your program with a simple voice command. Apple’s new remote sports a touchpad to help navigate the interface easier & doesn’t rely on IR (thankfully) anymore. All of this in an effort to produce a better entertainment device. The Apple TV much like the Watch is receiving its own store to bring the app experience to the big screen in a more native way. The TV OS is even being released to developers to start production of TV scaled apps/games. More promising is the future for this all new product, Apple is said to want to become a major player in the content game & this is their gateway to it.
iPhone 6S & 6S Plus:
The main announcement of the keynote centered on their “S” upgrade to the 6 lineup.
New Rose Gold color scheme
12 Megapixel Camera
Live Photo (gifs)
3D Touch capability
Baseline starts at $300
This “S” update really centers on the 3D touch in my opinion. It’s faster & better of course on paper as its an upgrade. You’d expect nothing less, however the new features & possibilities really stem from the touch capabilities. This will change how we interact on iOS & surely will be rolled out across all iOS devices in the time to come. We’ve seen it on the trackpads now tablets & phones. Improvements to the camera continue to showcase why the iPhone features the best camera in terms of mobile currently & the addition of gimmick such as “Live Photos” is a nice touch. However other decisions such as keeping the 16GB model in as the baseline model is beyond me. With additions such as 4K video you’d think Apple would realized nowadays 16GB is not enough! However that may explain why they cut pricing on their iCloud storage & increased capacity. Overall the new iPhone upgrade is sufficient for a lot of users who’ve been waiting to upgrade such as myself. If your on the 6 or 6 Plus you don’t have to go running to upgrade as you’ll surely still be fine especially with iOS 9 bringing a refresh to your device. All in all it’s the typical “S” upgrade driven with the 3D touch as the selling point.
All in all Apple’s keynote really did feature a variety of product launches. A longer keynote that ran 2+ hours & featured numerous demos really showcased the Apple of tomorrow. In reality however its what we expect out of a top company such as Apple. An attempt to stay ahead & continue their dominant climb while throwing in some nice to have features in the middle. Nothing crazy out of the blue aside from iPad Pro but even that was predicted to drop. No one more thing or innovative new product but in reality the technology & advancements they’ve made alone to get things such as the Apple TV, iOS 9, iPhone 6S sensors and so on all out in this time frame is a feat in itself that can’t go unnoticed. None the less Apple fans rejoice as they have a lot of options to choose from in the coming months & updates that’ll surely bring new life to their devices. While others users can look on & decide whether or not its time for them to A) Switch or B) Continue on with whatever works for them.
But come on Apple Pencil really? That’s going to be a meme for a couple weeks.
September 9th, 2015 Apple will be hosting its popular event in which they announce the next update to the iPhone line. Headlined “Hey Siri, give us a hint.”. Really try it, you’ll get all sorts of colorful replies from Apple’s voice assistant.
The event itself will be scheduled for 10:00 AM on September 9th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California.
Here’s a look at what we can expect from the upcoming event.
Being an “S” improvement this will focus on mainly internal hardware changes. No noticeable design changes.
Hardware improvements such as
12 megapixel camera
Rose Gold Color Scheme
There’s also rumors of Apple switching to a new aluminum based shell to reduce the bending of the iPhone 6 & 6+. The notable upgrades aside from speed of course will be the Force Touch integration. Force touch is a technology Apple has integrated into their Macbook trackpads that can better detect taps on a touchscreen. Long presses, harder presses, so on, and react differently. This will tie into the iOS software allowing you to interact with items dependent on your touch.
In a long awaited update Apple’s set top box will be refreshed with some new hardware now confirmed by various sources.
Hardware wise Apple TV will now come in a slimmer design compared to the current model. More importantly the main hardware will be updated with the following-
New Touch Based (Black) Remote
More Local Storage
It’s said to maintain all current ports without any upgrade to support 4K quality. The notable changes here come in the form of software & speed. The faster hardware will go hand in hand with the app-store they plan to add to their set top box. This could be a way for Apple to integrate their already popular apps across the big screen & living room. Capturing the entertainment & gaming space in one device. All suspected to start around $149. This is a big part of Apple’s longtime strategy as they have a big interest in this space. Apple is said to want to enter the streaming space under their own brand & partner with content providers to go against services such as Netflix. This wouldn’t be far different form their other models of controlling software + hardware.
iOS 9 & Watch OS 2:
We’re also bound to hear about the progress of iOS 9 & Watch OS 2 as we expect the new iPhones launch to coincide with iOS 9 which will bring a number of incremental upgrades to iOS 8. Watch OS 2 additionally will bring a whole set of features that Apple Watch users have been waiting for such as native Watch OS apps & so on. We’ll see a highlight of what we’ve already heard about each & more importantly a set date for release.
Overall the events focus will be taken up on the iPhone 6S & 6S Plus. Only to then be turned to the Apple TV. These are by no means revolutionary updates rather ones we’ve all been waiting for. Though as usual with Apple already at the top of its game they’re providing just enough to keep their customers satisfied & sales in tact. We’ll have more coverage of the event live on September 9th.
I’ve decided near the end of every month to round up the technology I’ve been using the most throughout my day to day life. Be it work or personal, hardware or software, services & websites you name it. In an effort to take a step back from focusing on the latest & greatest and write up about things that I’ve just been enjoying. New or old.
So consider it a roundup of my favorites for whatever specified month & whatever I have ongoing in my life at the moment.
I bought these about a year ago before going on a trip to Osaka, Japan. I’ve been looking for a decent pair of noise canceling headphones with that being the priority. Now grant it Bose isn’t the greatest in terms of sound quality & while I am a stickler for quality they do a great job for my use case. I’ve been putting these through the paces traveling with them constantly & using them in the office daily. Draining batteries constantly which can be a pain but other than that no major issues. The noise cancellation is amazing especially on planes. The second part coming in the comfort, the design is simple & easily sits on my head for hours without any issues.
I have a whole series of music streaming service content upcoming however Spotify seems to be the one I’ve turned to the most. Working primarily at my desk & in the office Spotify is always on If I’m not recording, watching something, and or in a call for work. I have this weird thing about silence. Spotify fills that void with access to literally millions of songs. Specifically the premium service which I find is highly worth the price tag. Filled with main stream & indie artists alike it has everything I need. Their recent addition of the Discover Weekly playlists adds the recommendation layer to it. If your a fan of music its a no brainer.
Klok Timezone Converter App/Widget
A recent iOS app I discovered & reviewed that is a must have for me. If you work with multiple timezones at all & easily want a way to convert it on iOS then this is for you. The app adds a widget to your notification center that elegantly displays time zones & makes a simple tap to to see time conversion across multiple locations.
Beme (Social Network)
I’m a big fan ofcontent creator Casey Neistat so when I heard of his new social network I knew I had to try it out. Beme is different. It works it a very unique way compared to social networks, promoting honesty in video. No editing, filters, or preview just shoot & upload. Achieving this via the proximity sensor in iPhones & soon to be released for Android users. Beme isn’t perfect & I think will take time & updates for the masses to adopt it. Authenticity is a hard to thing to really capture especially with an app & phone involved. However I love the premise & path its on.
In my downtime I try to step away from work not so much the desk by playing games. I play with friends locally & abroad as such we need to communicate while playing. Services like Teamspeak provide low latency which is important when it comes to gaming. The lower the resources the better. I recently purchased my own TS server after the one my group of friends used went down. It’s simple & works great for gaming or just having a conversation. Set up multiple channels, push to talk, its like Skype without the loads of other unnecessary features or interface.
Ton of apps like this nowadays however it simply showcases visually the biggest files on your drive. Simple & straightforward.
This piece of software for OS X is literally the core focus of a lot of my work. If your serious about screen capture based recordings nothing compares to it on OS X. Camtasia has made a OS X version that I’ve tried but nothing beats Screenflow’s interface, editing tools, and general ease of use.
That about rounds up my most used tech for this month, mainly software focused. Feel free to add your most used picks in the comments down below!
So lets say you have those pictures I mean documents or what have you that you just don’t want people to see. Private, sensitive, or just outright explicit. Here’s a look at how to hide your files on mac OS X easily & through a variety of methods.
Be it word documents, photos, or video files these methods allow you to hide those files of your yours from prying eyes. Completely shielding files from users who have physical access to your machine. Through native methods to 3rd party software that makes hiding files a simple click away.
Method 1- Plain Sight
The most simplest & possibly so stupid it may just work is hiding your files in plain sight. That “secret folder” or folder buried within a folder can go a long way for some people. A great place in Mac OS X that users can hide files in is the “Library” folder.
Open Finder & hit the keyboard shortcut “Shift+Command+G” to open the go to folder menu. Insert the following line:
This will open a library folder that is normally hidden within OS X this is a great place users can store files that isn’t easily accessed from most users. For that matter one that unless a user knew how to access such a folder that no one would see.
Again this is a method that is perhaps the simplest way to hide files but isn’t exactly full proof.
Method 2- File Vault
Another built in method is utilizing OS X “File Vault” encryption feature. This allows you to protect a drives files easily without the need for 3rd party software. FileVault encrypts your data & makes sure no one without appropriate information or access keys can see your data. This is a two for one benefit in that FileVault implements a high level 128-bit encryption to lock down your files while also in a sense hiding them behind this software based vault door.
Method 3- Third Party Software
Of course there’s a ton of software out there for you to hide files which make hiding those P$%N videos I mean cat videos you don’t want anyone to see easy & simple. Two apps we recommend are:
Hider 2 ($10 USD) Hider is a fully featured app that allows you to lock your data down easily & privatize your files so only the user with the Hider key can see & access. A list of features from 256 encryption, password protection, and external drive support all make it a great product if your willing to spend the money to secure your data.
Hide Folders (Free) Altomac’s solution is completely free & while it isn’t as polished as Hider its functionality & price can’t be argued with. Simply drag files/folders into the app you want to hide & hit the hide button. Boom! Just like that your folder/file is hidden from wherever its original location is & out of sight from other users. To re-show files you can easily do the same in reverse even adding on a password layer that way only you can hide/show files at your leisure.
Method 4- Terminal
For your geeks out there who like to use Terminal (Windows CMD equivalent) have no fear. By simply typing in the following command you hide files on OS X as well.
Start by typing
chflags hidden (File Path) note you can easily just drag in the file into Terminal after the “chflags hidden ” is typed in. Again note the spaces are important. An example would look like
chflags hidden /Users/Dojo/Desktop/TEST.txt
To unhide the file input the following command chflags nohidden (File Path) so essentially the opposite with the “nohidden” command.
Whatever method you decide to use these are all methods to hide files on Mac OS X easily & efficiently. Highlighting both free & paid solutions for you to secure and hide those important/secret files. Great tips to keep in mind if your using a personal computer that frequently is accessed by others or just something you want to keep secret in general in the event lets say your computer is compromised. Get those files together & get them hidden on OS X today!
Look forward to more content on hiding your files for both Windows & Android coming soon.