My top 3 Apple Arcade games (so far)

Gaming, Tech

There a lot to go through in Apple Arcade but on setting up my new iPhone I’ve loaded up a few favourites and thought I’d share my top 3 so far. One note here is that if you’ve been testing iOS 13.1 and move to iOS 13 you’ll lose your game state.

  • What the golf – golfing turned on it’s head. It’s one of the laugh out loud games I’ve included on this list. A great game to play on iPhone with one hand whilst out and about.
  • Cricket through the ages – I don’t think we’ve laughed as much as when playing this game at home. It gets very weird but so much fun if you like rag doll mechanics and throwing stuff at each other. Best played two player on iPad.
  • Skate City – Great on iPhone or iPad with a controller. Side scrolling skateboard sim that’s amazingly addictive.

What are some of your favourites?

I enjoyed the iPhone 11 keynote

Tech

I’ve seen the usual boring comments on the iPhone 11 keynote this week but for me it was one of better ones I’d seen in a while. I thought Apple did a good job at lowering prices on their superseded products like the XR, introduced some good customer focused experiences like watch customisations and did a good job of explaining the new camera tech.

I was very impressed with the iPhone 11 camera specs, always on watch face and the new iPhone 11 Pro.

The only bits where I wandered off to do other things was during the game demos.

I was also surprised at how much I enjoyed the videos and See trailer.

I’ll have more thoughts in the next few days but overall I enjoyed it.

iPhone 11 Upgrade Programme Pricing

Tech

I’ve been looking at moving onto the upgrade programme this year and looking at the costs of the new Pro it’s about the same as the old XS was.

Remember this comes with Apple Care + included so you’re looking at around a £600 saving each year if you like to upgrade each time.

Some last minute thoughts on the Apple iPhone 11 keynote

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It’s the day of the iPhone 11 keynote and I thought it would be a good point to jump back in with blogging a little more regularly. I’m looking at what is rumoured against what devices I currently use on a daily basis.

iPhone

For the last 11 months I’ve been using the iPhone XS and I have to say that whilst the camera is a step up on the iPhone X I kind of regret moving to it. I managed to get over £600 for my iPhone X so moving for me (I like having the best camera I can get) was a no brainer but on reflection it wasn’t worth the upgrade cost. When looking at the rumours of a three lens “iPhone Pro” it’s peaked my interest again given how much I love having a great camera on the go without needing to take my DSLR, this is worth the added cost for me personally. Based on the rumours I can’t say that I’m enthusiastic about a super wide angle lens at the moment so will need to be sold on the benefits but if it improves the quality of low light indoor images then I’ll most probably be sold on it. I’d also like to see another option for zoom, I use 2x all the time but would love 4x or 8x.

I’m also very curious about the “iPhone 11”, which replaces the colourful iPhone XR. Personally I love a coloured phone so have always looked over to the XR slightly jealously. If the iPhone 11 gets the two lens setup of the XR I might be sold on getting a (yellow) iPhone 11. I’ve seen the PWM flicker of OLED on the XS when off angle and I’ve often wondered if it’s making my eyes more tired, so moving to an LCD will remove this concern completely. I’ll need to wait and see if the OLED on the 11 Pro has been changed to manage those people that are sensitive to this flicker and decide what to do. Also in dark mode the text tends to smear if you’re reading white text on a black background so I’ll be in stores comparing them both.

So iPhone looks to be 11 and 11 Pro in two sizes with the most noticeable difference being an added third lens on the Pro and a second on the 11R (or 11).

I’ll most probably save myself some money this year and move onto the upgrade program this year given I tend to get one with Apple Care + almost every year.

My guesses for release are pre-order on 13th September and release on 20th September.

Apple Watch

Not much rumoured this year but based on the Series 4 I don’t think we need an upgrade. There are rumours of different finishes (I’d love a white ceramic but can’t justify the cost) but nothing else. For me personally I’m on a little journey without the Apple Watch for a bit (I’ll write about this soon) and even if I continue to wear mine, my stainless steel series 4 is great.

New watch bands are always welcome and I’d love to see more designs, even bringing back the older nylon band and leather bands with buckles.

iPad

I’m typing this on my trusty 10.5″, along with the Smart Keyboard and pencil is my favourite Apple device over the last 5 years. I’ve played with the new design but with the added cost of accessories I’m priced out but to be honest this 10.5″ still flies in the tasks that I ask of it. The screen size is perfect for me and it’s still really portable. I just clip my pencil (with added pen clip) onto the keyboard cover folded down and off I go. I would be surprised if we see a new iPad at the iPhone event, these are held in October normally.

Services

I use and love Apple Music and pay for extra iCloud storage (grrrrr, please up the 5GB limit when you spend over £1k on an iPhone!) but I can’t say that I’m enthusiastic about either the TV+ or Arcade offerings. I have multiple consoles that I play daily and very rarely play games on my iOS devices. I just don’t see the draw of spending at least another £5 a month just to play exclusive games on iOS. I pay a monthly subscription to both Nintendo and PlayStation and get online and access to a games catalogue, this does me fine. On the TV+ service I’m not sold on the TV shows coming, well the space race one looks interesting but I just don’t see how they can compete with Disney+ or Netflix without either offering it free with something else or adding a back catalogue or X number of free iTunes rentals each month.

IOS 13

We’ll get the shipping date for iOS 13 today, my guess is that it’ll come out on the 19th September, one day before the release of the new phones. I’m not expecting an explanation why we have iOS 13.1 but to be honest I don’t really care, it’s just an interesting data point that we haven’t had this before. In my testing of iOS 13 I haven’t been impressed with the stability or bug fixes that I’ve seen around iCloud data so I’ll be holding off putting iOS 13 on straight away but not sure I’ll have a choice if I’m getting a new device. I’m hoping with a public release my deleted iCloud data that I experienced in the beta will jump back into life, I honestly can’t see this happening but I’m trying to be more positive.

One more thing

There are rumours of more products but the one that looks the most likely is the tracking device. This would most likely be a little (hopefully) tag that you can attach to your stuff that isn’t an existing Apple product so that you can track if lost. This to me isn’t worthy of the “one more thing” but with current Apple I could see this happening. I’d love to get some of these but would depend on price and how it can be maintained I.e. change batteries etc…

I always get excited for both the iPhone and WWDC keynotes and I’m looking forward to this one. I know a lot of the internet will report it as a snooze fest but for me I think it’ll be about the camera and that’s something I look forward to every year.

How to delete apps in iOS 13

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Looks like 3D Touch is going away and deleting apps on your iPhone just got a little longer.

There are two ways to do this in iOS 13.

The first way is to tap and hold until you see the menu as follows

You can then tap ‘rearrange apps’ and then you’ll see them jiggling around as normal.

You can then tap the ‘X’ as you would in iOS 12.

The second way is to keep holding your finger down when the menu for rearranging apps has popped up. Apps will start to jiggle and you can delete as normal.

Owning the 12” MacBook

Tech

As you mostly likely know I get work done on my trusty iPad Pro but do occasionally use my 12″ MacBook, yes the one that Apple discontinued this week.

I’ve owned my base model since Jan 2017 and had a love/hate relationship with it since. The elephant in the room is obviously that keyboard. For me the travel is a little lacking but the layout and keys themselves don’t upset me. I do however have sticking keys that I need to get looked at, which reminds me I need to book an appointment at Apple.

The next downside of owning one is the performance. It’s not great if you want to do anything other than web and email. Even using the photos app on my iCloud Photo Library (around 40,000 photos) makes it choke. It’s not particularly slow in everyday stuff I do like writing but as soon as you do anything with images or video it’s slow.

The main plus side is size and weight. I love the design and portability of this machine. It goes in my laptop bag and just feels like taking an iPad with me.

I wouldn’t recommend picking one up used or refurbished, it’s a machine with more negatives than positives and I’d save some money and wait or get an iPad Pro.