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iPhone J.D. - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 01:37

California attorney David Sparks discusses getting work done with an iPad instead of a computer, noting that Microsoft Word on the iPad is really just one feature short of giving attorneys all that they need to give up using the computer for word processing:  proper support for Styles.  I agree 100%, and every time Microsoft updates its iOS app, this is the first thing I look for in the list of what is new.  And now, the news of note from the past week:

  • On the latest edition of Brett Burney's Apps in Law podcast, Kentucky attorney Jeff Alford discusses using TextExpander on the iPhone and iPad.
  • Security expert Rich Mogull wrote a fascinating article in TidBITS explaining why Face ID on the iPhone X is a major step forward in mobile device security.
  • Tim Bradshaw of Financial Times discusses iPhone security, including how Face ID improves security.
  • If you ever find that Face ID doesn't work, Yoni Heisler of BGR explains that rather than try again, you should enter your passcode.  That way, the iPhone X will learn to adjust and will do a better job in the future recognizing your face.
  • Jared Newman of TechHive reivews the Apple TV 4K.
  • The iPhone 8 and iPhone X support fast charging, much like the iPad Pro.  I previously reviewed the combination of Apple’s 29W USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C to Lightning Cable, a great pair for getting the fastest possible charging.  But it costs $75.  Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal ran some tests and concluded that while Apple's USB-C combo is the fastest, using a $20 Apple 12W charger (which comes with the iPad) or using an $11 Anker 24W charger is almost as fast for the iPhone 8 / iPhone X.  I still like having Apple's USB-C combo because I have an iPad Pro which takes much better advantage of USB-C, but if you are only looking for fast charging on an iPad, it looks like Apple's USB-C combo is overkill.
  • According to Neil Hughes of AppleInsider, you can save a tremendous amount of battery life on the iPhone X by using mostly dark screens, because black on an OLED display uses substantially less power.  I recently switched to an all-black backgrounds for the home screen on my iPhone X, not to save power,  but instead because I love the contrast on that OLED screen between a true black and the icon colors.
  • I didn't expect to see an iPhone X review on Android Central, but the editor of that site, Daniel Bader, wrote an interesting review of the iPhone X from the perspective of an Android fan.
  • Mark Prigg of the Daily Mail reports that a kitesurfer off the coast of California found himself stranded in shark-infested waters and used the cellular function of his Apple Watch 3 to call for help.
  • CarPlay Life offers some good advice for using Siri with Apple CarPlay.  One tip I learned from that article is that asking Siri for directions to X will just show you the directions on the screen, but asking Siri to take me to X will not only find the directions but also start providing directions advice, saving you the step of tapping the "Go" button on the CarPlay screen.
  • Roger Fingas of AppleInsider reviews the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect bundle, a Home Kit-compatible smart lock.
  • And finally, here is the cute video released by Apple this week showing a teenager using an iPad Pro for so many things that she forgets what a computer is; this is the video referenced in David Spark's post that I linked to above:

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In the news

iPhone J.D. - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 22:17

I've enjoyed my first week with the iPhone X more than I've enjoyed my first week with any other iPhone except perhaps for my first iPhone, the iPhone 3G back in 2008.  I've picked up my iPhone 7 several times this week, and it now seems so dated because they lack the huge screen.  The larger screen on the iPhone X quickly feels like this is the screen that was always supposed to be on an iPhone, and I'm sure that in a few years almost all iPhone users will feel the same way.  The screen in the standout feature, but Face ID runs a close second because it is so incredible to have the iPhone unlock without my having to do anything.  And thanks to the release of the new Clips app (discussed below), we are now starting to see new and interesting things that can be done with all of the front-facing cameras the sit in the notch at the top of the screen.  And now, the news of note from the past week:

  • California attorney David Sparks gave some of his initial thoughts about the iPhone X.
  • South Carolina attorney Justin Kahn explains what he likes about the iPhone X on his iPad Notebook website.
  • Jason Snell of Six Colors discusses the iPhone X after using it for a week.
  • Michael Gartenberg of iMore discusses what makes the iPhone X so special.
  • By default, you need to look at an iPhone X to unlock it.  With earlier iPhones, you can unlock with a fingerprint, even if someone else puts your finger on the device while you are asleep.  That led to some chaos this week when a woman on a Qatar Airways flight put her sleeping husband's finger on his iPhone to unlock it and discovered that he was having an affair.  The woman, who reportedly had been drinking, then became disruptive, and ultimately the flight had to be diverted to get her and her husband off the plane.  Saurabh Sinhai of The Times of India has additional details.
  • Nick Compton of Wallpaper interview's Apple's Jony Ive to discuss Apple's new Apple Park building, and other Apple design issues.  The photography in this article is impressive.
  • Now that we all know what the new iPhone looks like, what will the next iPad look like?  Mark Gurman and Alex Webb of Bloomberg have some ideas, and Jason Snell of Six Color notes that these predictions seem reasonable — stuff like Face ID on an iPad and a new Apple Pencil.
  • Peeking further into the future, Michael Simon of Macworld discusses a possible wearable device by Apple that could be targeted for a 2020 release.  Apple CEO Tim Cook does love to talk about Augmented Reality, and as cool as it is on an iPhone, it does seem like Apple has additional applications in mind for this technology.
  • Apple may be working on a second edition Apple Pencil, but what are the best styluses today?  The GoodNotes Blog selects some favorites, and I agree with this list.  The Apple Pencil is by far the best choice, but if you don't have an iPad Pro there are some other good ones to choose from.
  • John Gruber of Daring Fireball discusses the new Clips app by Apple, which is now at version 2.0.  As Griber notes, it is a major upgrade.  One of the fun new features is to use the iPhone X TrueDepth camera to place yourself on the Millennium Falcon.  I showed off a little by making this short video right after the app was updated, but then Rian Johnson (the director of the upcoming Star Wars movie The Last Jedi) posted this video and immediately put mine to shame.
  • Speaking of the front-facing cameras on the iPhone X, Jason Snell wrote a good article for Tom's Guide explaining how to use Face ID on the iPhone X.
  • The visitor center at Apple Park opens a week from today, November 17, according to Chance Miller of 9to5Mac.  It's nice that Apple will finally have a designated area for the general public to visit the Apple campus.  I've visited Apple's Infinite Loop campus in the past with an Apple employee escorting me, but having that friend on the inside was always critical.  That changes next week.
  • Jessica Smith of Business Insider reports that the attempted merger between T-Mobile and Spring is now called off.
  • Tomorrow, November 11, if you exercise for 11 minutes with your Apple Watch, you'll earn a Veteran's Day badge.  iMore has the details.
  • David Pogue of Yahoo compares the Apple TV, Roku and other streaming boxes.  He says that the Apple TV is the best, but the Roku is a great value because it is less expensive.  If you have lots of other Apple devices, however, I think that the Apple TV makes the most sense.
  • And finally, Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal discusses how to use the iPhone X, but does it by taking on the personality of the new Animoji in the Messages app.  The video is amusing and informative:

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2017 ABA Tech Survey shows all-time high iPhone use by attorneys

iPhone J.D. - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 23:49

New survey results indicate that a record number of attorneys are using an iPhone in their law practice — over 70% of all attorneys in the United States.  These numbers come from the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center, which conducts a survey every year to gauge the use of legal technology by attorneys in private practice in the United States.  The 2017 report (edited by Joshua Poje) was just released, and as always, I was particularly interested in Volume VI, titled Mobile Lawyers.  No survey is perfect, but the ABA tries hard to ensure that its survey has statistical significance, and every year this is one of the best sources of information on how attorneys use technology.  Note that the survey was conducted from February to May of 2017, so these numbers don't reflect any changes in what attorneys are using which occurred within the last six months. This is the eighth year that I have reported on this survey, and with multiple years of data we can see some interesting trends.  (My reports on prior ABA surveys are located here: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.)

Over 70% of all U.S. attorneys use an iPhone

The 2017 survey revealed that a record number of attorneys in the U.S. are using a smartphone (around 95%), and of the attorneys using a smartphone, a record number are using an iPhone (around 75%).

The survey asks each attorney "Do you use a smartphone (e.g. BlackBerry, iPhone, Android) for law-related tasks while away from your primary workplace?"  Back in 2010, the number of attorneys answering "no" was around 12%.  It decreased over the years to 10% and then last year to 6.8%.  This year, it is at an all time low of only 4.4%.  I'm somewhat surprised it has taken that long to get here, but we can now say that over 95% of all attorneys use a smartphone.

In 2013, the big news was that, for the first time, over half of all attorneys were using an iPhone.  In 2014 and 2015 the percentage was around 60%.  In 2016, there was a big increase up to 68.4%.  In 2017, the number is up to 74.9%.  Taking into account that 4.4% of all attorneys are not using any smartphone, we can now say that 71.6% of all attorneys in private practice in the U.S. are using an iPhone in their law practice, which is an all-time high.  According to the ABA 2017 National Lawyer Population Survey, there are 1,335,963 attorneys in the U.S., which suggests that there could be over 956,000 attorneys in the U.S. using an iPhone.

If 71.6% of all attorneys are using an iPhone, and 4.4% of attorneys are not using any smartphone, what are the others using?  Most of them are using an Android smartphone, around 21.6%. 

Back in 2011, 40% of all attorneys used a BlackBerry, and I'm sure all of us remember a time when it was incredibly common to see another lawyer with a BlackBerry.  However, BlackBerry use by attorneys has dropped sharply since 2011.  In 2017, the number reached a new low of only 2%. 

Finally, there are 0.6% of attorneys using some sort of Microsoft Windows operating system on their smartphone in 2017, and another 1.3% either report using "other" or say that they don't know what kind of smartphone they are using. 

If you add the numbers, you'll notice that they add up to 101.5%.  But it makes sense for the number to be slightly over 100% because I know that a small number of attorneys use multiple smartphones.

The following pie chart is somewhat imprecise because, as I just noted, the actual numbers add up to just over 100%, but it gives you a general, graphical sense of the relative use:

To place these numbers in historical context, the following chart shows lawyer smartphone use over recent years.  The two dramatic changes in this chart are of course the plunge in BlackBerry use and the surge in iPhone use.  There has been a more gradual, but noticeable, decrease in the number of attorneys not using a smartphone at all.  As for Android use, there was a slight increase from 2011 to 2015, but then a slight decrease in the last two years.  The "Other" category in this chart includes Windows, something else, and those who don't know what smartphone they are using.

Why are attorneys choosing iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?  Firm size might have something to do with it.  Almost all of the attorneys still using a BlackBerry are at the largest law firms.  On the other hand, Android use is highest among solo attorneys.  And for firm sizes between the smallest and largest, it looks like those BlackBerry or Android users become iPhone users:

What are these attorneys doing with their iPhones and other smartphones? Almost all are using them to make phone calls and handle emails.  Around 75% are regularly using smartphones for calendars, contacts, and accessing the Internet.  Other popular uses are text messaging, GPS/maps, taking pictures and mobile-specific research apps.  Only 8.2% use a smartphone to track time and expenses (which is down slightly from 10% last year).

Almost 5% of attorneys report that they are not using any security measures on their smartphone, which is unfortunate; for attorneys, that number really should be zero.  If nothing else, you need to use a password to protect your device.  (And if you use an iPhone, Apple is making even harder to use a device without a passcode.)

50% of survey respondents use Verizon for their smartphone.  AT&T has 37.4%, Sprint has 6.2%, T-Mobile has 4.7%, US Cellular and Cricket Wireless each have 0.6%, and 1.4% said "other" or "don't know."

About 40% of U.S attorneys use an iPad

Apple introduced the original iPad in 2010, and for the first few years it resulted in a surge in lawyer tablet use.  In 2011, only 15% of all attorneys responded that they use a tablet.  That number more than doubled to 33% in 2012, and rose to 48% in 2013.  But since then, the number has essentially held steady:  49% in 2014, 49.6% in 2015, 50.6% in 2016, and 49.8 in 2017%.  Suffice it to say that about half of all U.S. attorneys in private practice currently use a tablet, and that has remained true since 2014.

It used to be that around 90% of attorneys using a tablet were using an iPad.  It was 89% in 2011, 91% in 2012, and 91% in 2013.  From 2014 to 2016, that number stayed around 84%.  In 2017, that number is at an all-time low of 81.3%.  If 81.3% of the 49.8% of attorneys use a tablet use an iPad, that means that about 40.5% of all U.S. attorneys are using an iPad in 2017.

Keep in mind, though, that this data was all collected in early 2017.  As I reported yesterday, iPad sales peaked in 2014 and then decreased substantially, but for the last six months, iPad sales have started to increase again, perhaps due to the new 10.5" iPad Pro and the second generation 12.9" iPad Pro released in mid-2017.  Assuming that lawyers were a part of this recent turn-around in iPad sales, my guess is that the iPad numbers will increase in the 2018 survey.  We'll see.

As for the lawyers using a tablet but not using an iPad, in 2017 11.1% use a Microsoft Windows operating system (a jump from 6.6% in 2016, presumably thanks to the Windows Surface devices), 9.9% use Android (versus 10.1% in 2016), and 1.6% use something else or don't know what they use.  My guess is that some portion of the increase in Windows tablet users were previously iPad users.

Looking at the past seven years on a chart shows visually how the percentage of attorneys using a tablet increased substantially from 2011 to 2013, and then has remained around 50%.  For the half of U.S. attorneys using an iPad, the vast majority use an iPad.  For the other half of U.S. attorneys who were not interested in a tablet device in 2013, apparently they haven't changed their minds yet.

What are these attorneys doing with their iPads and other tablets?  Pretty much the same thing that they are doing with their smartphones (other than the phone function), with over half of attorneys reporting that they are regularly using their tablets for internet access, email and calendars.

Popular apps

The survey also asked attorneys to identify apps that they use.  I want to start by making the same objection that I made for the last two years:  I don't like how the ABA asks the question.  The ABA first asks "Have you ever downloaded a legal-specific app for your smartphone?"  In 2017, 41.8% said yes.  When I see the word "smartphone" in this question, I think of my iPhone, not my iPad.  Then the next question asks:  "What legal specific app(s) did you download?"  When I read the questions in that order, I'm thinking of the apps that I downloaded on my iPhone, not my iPad.  But others must be reading the question differently because I see TrialPad and TranscriptPad in the answers, and those apps exist only on the iPad, not on the iPhone.  I would have never mentioned those apps when answering the question, even though I use them on my iPad.

So while I question how much value you can put in these answers, for what it is worth, the top 13 apps listed are, in order of the percentage of attorneys mentioning them:

  1. Westlaw
  2. Fastcase
  3. Lexis Advance
  4. A legal dictionary app
  5. TrialPad
  6. TranscriptPad
  7. Courtlink
  8. LexisNexis Get Cases & Shepardize
  9. Clio
  10. ABA apps
  11. LexisNexis Legal News
  12. HeinOnline
  13. Westlaw News

The ABA then asked about general business apps, and the questions have the same ambiguity:  the ABA first asked if the attorney ever downloaded a general business app to a smartphone (47.1% said yes in 2017), and then the ABA asked which apps were downloaded, without making it clear whether the question was asking about the iPhone and iPad.  The answers provided were, in this order:

  1. Dropbox
  2. LinkedIn
  3. Evernote
  4. GoodReader
  5. LogMeIn
  6. Documents to Go
  7. Box
  8. QuickOffice
  9. MS Office/Word
  10. Notability

It amazes me that Microsoft Word is so low on this list (only 6.4% report using it), but at least it made the list in 2017; in prior years, it wasn't even on the list.  Word is one of the most useful general-purpose apps that any lawyer can have on his iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows mobile device.  If you are not using it yet on your iPhone and iPad, you are missing out on an app that is incredibly useful in a law practice.

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Apple 2017 fiscal fourth quarter -- the iPhone and iPad angle

iPhone J.D. - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 23:26

Apple starts a new fiscal year at the end of September every year.  Last Thursday, amid all of the media attention on the new iPhone X, Apple released the results for its 2017 fiscal fourth quarter (which ran from July 2, 2017 to September 30, 2017) and held a call with analysts to discuss the results.  This is typically a transitional quarter for Apple considering that so many sales take place in the October to December quarter that contains holiday sales.  Sales of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus started September 22, 2017, so about a week of those sales were included in the fiscal fourth quarter, but of course it did not include any iPhone X sales.  Apple announced quarterly revenue of 52.6 billion (up from $46.9 billion a year ago) and quarterly net profit of $10.7 billion.  If you want to get all of the nitty gritty details, you can download the audio from the announcement conference call from iTunes, or you can read a rough transcript of the call prepared by Seeking Alpha.  Jason Snell of Six Colors also prepared a transcript.  Apple's official press release is here

As always, I'm not particularly interested in the financial aspects of this call.  But I'm always interested in the statements of Apple executives that pertain to the use of the iPhone and iPad.  Here are the items that stood out to me:


  • Apple sold almost 46.7 million iPhones in the last fiscal quarter.  By my count, that means that Apple has sold just over 1.25 billion iPhones as of September 30, 2017.  Apple sold its 1 billionth iPhone in July 2017, and it is amazing that it didn't take much more than a year to get to 1.25 billion.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook stated in his prepared remarks that iPhone sales in the past quarter "exceeded our expectation."  The iPhone 8 Plus in particular "has gotten off to the fastest start of any Plus model," according to Cook.  "That, for us, was a bit of a surprise, and a positive surprise, obviously.  And so we’ll see what happens next."
  • Cook stated that initial demand for the iPhone X is "very strong for both direct customers and for our channel partners, which as you know are lots of carriers throughout the world."
  • When asked about the price of the iPhone X, the most expensive iPhone every sold, Cook stated:  "In terms of the way we price, we price to sort of the value that we're providing.  We're not trying to charge the highest price we could get or anything like that.  We're just trying to price it for what we're delivering.  And iPhone X has a lot of great new technologies in there that are leading the industry, and it is a fabulous product and we can't wait for people to start getting it in their hands."
  • Apple clearly believes that it will sell a lot of expensive iPhone X devices in the current quarter because it announced a prediction of 2018 Q1 sales (October-December) of $84 to $87 million.  That would easily be Apple's best financial quarter ever, and would be a big jump up from the $78.4 billion of 2017 Q1 and the $75.9 billion of 2016 Q1.  So when I update the following chart in three months, I expect to see a very tall line at the end:


  • Apple sold just over 10.3 million iPads in the last fiscal quarter. By my count, that means that Apple has sold over 381 million iPads as of September 30, 2017.
  • Last quarter was the first time in three and a half years that iPad sales started to increase. That trend continued this quarter with more sales in this fiscal fourth quarter than last fiscal fourth quarter.  I think that the best way to see this is to look at a chart that shows the average of four quarters of iPad sales over time. In the following chart, the blue line shows the actual iPad sales each quarter (in millions), and you can see the peaks every year in Apple's fiscal first quarter — the holiday quarter, when folks buy lots of iPads as presents. The green bars show the average of the current quarter and the prior three quarters, which gives you a better sense of iPad sales over time. As this chart shows, the iPad was introduced in 2010 and saw a sharp rise in sales until the end of calendar year 2013 (the beginning of Apple's fiscal year 2014), followed by a decrease in iPad sales over time, and then finally a slight increase in the past two quarters.  I'm sure that Apple hopes that the last two quarter are evidence that iPad sales are back on the upswing again.

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Review: iPhone X

iPhone J.D. - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 01:21

One of the early reviews of the iPhone X that I read a week ago was by Jason Snell of Six Colors titled "Tomorrow's iPhone Today."  I've been using the iPhone X for just over two days as I type this, and it really does feel like somebody used a time machine to show me what the iPhone of the future would look like.  Yes, it has many elements of the iPhone that we have known and loved for the past 10 years, but it is so much more advanced that it feels futuristic.  I've loved every iPhone that I have owned since my original iPhone 3G back in 2008, but this iPhone X is really something special.  It is more expensive than other models of the iPhone, but if you use an iPhone in your law practice and your personal life as much as I do, then it is worth it.

I discussed the major features of the iPhone X two months ago in this post.  Take a look at that post again if you want the list of what is new, including the new screen, Face ID, better battery, speed increase, wireless charging, true tone display, better camera, Bluetooth 5.0, etc.  Today, I want to just focus on my major impressions of the iPhone X — what makes the device feel so special. 

Where everybody knows your name

I'm sure that everyone has private information of some type on their iPhone, but of course attorneys will have tons of documents and other information that is confidential and subject to privileges such as attorney-client, work product, joint defense, etc.  Thus, attorneys need to use some sort of authentication on an iPhone.  For every iPhone that I have used before the iPhone X, I would pick up my iPhone and then, before using it, I had to pause for authentication.  Sometimes that meant typing a passcode.  Sometimes it meant putting my finger on the Touch ID button.

As you know, the iPhone X uses cameras and other technology that Apple calls Face ID for authentication.  What this means in practice is that it feels like you often don't have to worry about security at all.  It's like Norm entering the Cheers bar; just walk right in and everybody already knows your name (and they're always glad you came).  When I pick up the iPhone X to use it, the screen wakes as I lift the device, and then during the time that I am swiping my finger up to access the home screen, the iPhone X recognizes me and unlocks the device.  Or sometimes, all I want to do is look at my notifications, such as new emails or text messages.  I have my notification settings configured so that they show up on my lock screen, but do so in a way that if someone else picks up my iPhone, they don't see any of the content of the message (just the sender name).  On the other hand, if I pick up my iPhone, the iPhone X recognizes me and automatically expands each notification to also show me the subject line and the beginning of the email or message. 

(To configure this, go to the Settings App and in Notifications make the top option Show Previews When Unlocked, and in the individual app, such as Messages, turn on Allow Notifications and Show on Lock Screen.)

I love that my iPhone X is smart enough that when I pick it up, it immediately says "oh, that's just Jeff, he can go ahead an do whatever he wants" without me having to take any action at all — no entering a code, no authenticating a fingerprint, nothing.  And it is smart enough to do so even when there are slight variations in my appearance; I usually wear glasses, but the iPhone X recognizes me even if I have sunglasses on or even if I am not wearing glasses at all. 

Touch ID isn't perfect, especially if your fingers are wet.  Similarly, Face ID isn't perfect, and sometimes would fail to recognize me.  I noticed that the infrared camera would sometimes have difficulty when I was outside in a lot of sun, such as when I was at my daughter's soccer game on Saturday morning.  It also had some difficulties when I first woke up on Sunday and wanted to use my phone — perhaps my iPhone X was trying to tell me that I don't look my best when I first wake up.  When that happens, I just have to enter my passcode.  I understand that when you do this, the iPhone X will make slight adjustments to its sense of what you look like, so that Face ID improves over time.  Maybe next Sunday my iPhone X will be more forgiving of my looks.

But even though the first 48+ hours of Face ID may not be quite as accurate as Touch ID, I would never want to go back to using Touch ID after using Face ID.  When Face ID does work — which is the vast majority of the time — it really feels like you are just skipping the security step altogether.  Whether I am unlocking the phone, or using an app that checks for security such as my 1Password app (my password manager), it is magical and incredibly convenient for my iPhone X to see who I am and let me right in, without carding me first.  And considering that I probably use Face ID well over a hundred times every day, this is a major advantage of the iPhone X.


The iPhone X screen is breathtakingly amazing.  The edge-to-edge screen, with no bezel, lets you see so much more.  It's almost like getting the larger screen of one of the Plus-size iPhones in a device that feels the same in your hand as a non-Plus iPhone.  It's a taller phone, which means that you get a few more lines for apps that display info in a list form top-to-bottom.  This includes some of the apps that I use the most on my iPhone, such as Mail, Safari, Notes, Twitter, 1Password, Music, Facebook, etc.  Videos and photos look fine when the iPhone X is turned on its size in landscape mode, but other apps do seem unusually wide.  But other than videos and photos, I virtually never have my iPhone turned to landscape mode anyway.  In portrait mode, the extra space is much appreciated.

And it's not just quantity, it's quality too.  The OLED screen is unlike anything I've ever seen on a phone before, including prior Android phones with an OLED screen.  Apple has done an amazing job with this thing.  The black are perfectly black, and colors are vivid (but not over-saturated).  Whether you are looking at photos or videos, or simply using the iPhone to get work done, everything just looks amazing.

The iPhone X also uses a True Tone display, which adjusts colors based upon the surrounding light.  I love that display on my iPad Pro, and it is nice to have it on my iPhone too.  White backgrounds always look like nice white backgrounds.

I cannot really post a picture that will give you a sense of how good the iPhone X screen looks because you'll be limited by the screen of whatever you are using to read this post.  Either go to an Apple Store to see it yourself, or just trust me — it is amazing.


I celebrated my birthday yesterday, so I'll admit that billable hours were not high on my list of priorities this weekend.  But I did do some work, and I can already tell that the iPhone X will help me to be more productive. 

First, as noted above, the taller screen lets you see more at one time, which is a nice productivity boost.  For example, when looking at a list of emails, I can see two additional emails.  When reading the text of an email, I can see even more of the message.

Second, multitasking works MUCH better on the iPhone X.  There is a short line across the bottom of most screens.  That mostly serves as a reminder that you can swipe up to access the home screen or do other functions that in the past would be accomplished by pressing a Home Button.  But if you swipe your finger from left to right across that line (i.e., across the bottom of the screen) you switch to prior apps that you have used.  Yes, I know that on earlier versions of the iPhone you can 3D Touch on the left side of the screen to invoke the app switcher, but I've always found that gesture awkward and a little slow on a naked iPhone and sometimes almost impossible to do on an iPhone in a case.  Swiping along the bottom of the iPhone X is vastly superior.

And then of course, as with every new iPhone, everything works even faster, so you spend less time waiting to do work.  Combine that with Face ID, and this means that you can get in, get your work done, and get out much more efficiently.

Fun with the TrueDepth camera

App developers cannot access everything that Apple can access in Face ID, but they do have access to the TrueDepth camera and the speedy A11 processor, which means that apps can analyze your facial expressions.  In a very creative demonstration of what that means, Apple included Animoji with the Messages app, allowing you to make an animated character mimic your facial expression.  You can either create a single image, or for even more fun create a short 10 second video in which the character speaks your words and uses your expressions.  Creative folks on Twitter soon realized that this means that you can create Animoji Karaoke (Harry McCracken was one of the first).  Here is an example of a good one, using multiple Animoji to sing Bohemian Rhapsody:

This is just the beginning.  When David Pogue of Yahoo reviewed the iPhone X, he had access to a pre-release version of Apple's Clips app which uses the TrueDepth camera like a virtual green screen that can put your face in other environments, such as on the Millennium Falcon.  And those are just apps from folks at Apple, who have access to the iPhone X for a while now.  Clever third parties are going to come up with all sorts of fun uses for this technology.

No, the TrueDepth camera is unlikely to help you in your law practice, unless someone out there is being more creative than I am right now.  But it sure is a lot of fun.  My kids had a great time making silly faces with the Animoji characters, and I even received a birthday greeting from my three year old nephew who was very cute as an alien.

Come on and zoom-a-zoom-a-zoom-a-zoom

I've always been jealous of the zoom camera on the Plus versions of the iPhone, but those phones are just too darn large for me to want to ever own one.  With the iPhone X, I finally have an iPhone that feels like the right size in my hand while also having two cameras, the traditional wide-angle camera and the telephoto camera, both with optical image stabilization.  I love taking pictures and video with my iPhone, but it was often frustrating to me to not have a zoom lens.  (Sure, you could do a digital zoom, but the picture quality decreased rapidly as you zoomed in.)  You can now get full quality even with a 2x zoom, and if you need to zoom in a little bit more you can do so with much better results than ever before. 

This past Saturday, when I attended my daughter's soccer game, I used the iPhone X to take a video of game highlights, including the two goals that she kicked (yeah!).  I kept my iPhone X in 2x mode and got a great results with the 4K video, even when she was far across the soccer field from where I was watching. 

Feels great in the hand

With a width of 2.79", the iPhone X take up essentially the same amount of space across your hand as an iPhone 7 or similar non-Plus models of the iPhone (2.64" for the iPhone 7).  The glass black feels very similar to the Jet Black version of the iPhone 7, and also feels similar to the glass black on the old iPhone 4.

I used a case with my iPhone 7, mainly to add some friction to decrease the chance that I drop it.  For now, I'm using the iPhone X without a case.  I made decide to add a case in the future, and of course if you use a case it will be the case that you are feeling.  But if you don't use a case, the iPhone X feels great, and you can really feel and appreciate the build quality and care that went into creating it.

Other advantages

The built-in speaker is louder and better-sounding.  Most of the time I use AirPods, but sometimes if I'm listening to a podcast or song when nobody else is around, I'll just set down my iPhone and turn up the volume.  That works better with the iPhone X.

I haven't used the iPhone X long enough to do battery tests, but I'm encouraged by Apple saying that the iPhone X lasts two more hours than the iPhone X.  I suspect that the battery is larger, but that's not the full story.  I noticed that when I'm not looking at my iPhone X for a while, it pays attention to that and turns of the screen.  My iPhone 7 has no idea if I'm looking at the screen or not, so it keeps the screen on much longer when I'm not using the device, wasting battery life.

I know that this iPhone X has wireless charging.  At this point, I don't see a need for that; plugging a Lightning cable into the bottom of an iPhone doesn't seem like that big of a deal.  But as wireless charging becomes more of a thing, it might be something that I find useful, either at home if I purchase a charging device or in a restaurant or other public facility.  For now, the jury is out on this feature, but I suppose it could be nice to have.

I also haven't yet had a chance to try Bluetooth 5.0, but this is one feature that I definitely look forward to using when compatible devices become available.  While Bluetooth 4.2 has a range of up to about 30 feet, Bluetooth 5.0 has a range of up to about 260 feet.  If Apple comes out with Bluetooth 5.0 AirPods with much longer range, that would be fantastic.


There really isn't much of the way of bad news with the iPhone X, other than the fact that you have to pay more to get these extra features.  And although I have a lot of muscle memory associated with the traditional iPhone Home Button, it only took me about a day to get used to the new gestures such as swiping up instead of pressing a Home Button.  Indeed, last night, as I was taking some screenshots with my iPhone 7, I found myself swiping up on the bottom of the iPhone 7 to exit an app instead of pressing the button, which is clear proof that it doesn't take long to get used to the new gestures.

The advantages of the iPhone X — especially the better screen and Face ID — are fantastic, making this a substantial upgrade over prior models.  If, like me, you use your iPhone a large number of times a day, throughout the day and every day, I can highly recommend the iPhone X.  What a great product.

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In the news

iPhone J.D. - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 00:42

Apple starts selling the iPhone X at 8am today.  And because of time zones, that means that folks in Sydney, Australia (which is 15 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone) have been using an iPhone X for a while now, and Apple has a few pictures.  Shortly after Apple started taking pre-orders one week ago, shipping times slipped to 5-6 weeks.  Apparently Apple is working hard to ramp up production, because as I type this it is now down to 3-4 weeks.  Of course you can also show up at an Apple Store today to buy one without a pre-order, but I'm sure that supply is very limited, so unless you are already standing in line as you are reading this in the early hours of Friday morning, I suspect that it is too late for you to get one today.  And now, the news of note from the past week:

  • If you have any interest in using your iPhone to control lights and more in your home, Florida attorney Katie Floyd and California attorney David Sparks had a fantastic episode of their Mac Power Users podcast in which they speak with home automation expert Robert Spivack.  It was good to hear that Spivack is as much of a fan of Lutron Caséta light switches as I am.  (My review.)
  • New York attorney Nicole Black discusses on the MyCase blog five third party Apple Watch apps that lawyers might find useful.  At this point, however, I think it is really the built-in Apple Watch apps that attorneys will use most of the time.
  • Rene Ritchie of iMore notes that the iPhone X lacks the setting to display a battery percentage in the top corner, but as a workaround you can see it when you bring up the Control Center.
  • Apple Pay works a little differently on the iPhone X, as Rene Ritchie of iMore explains.
  • Speaking of Apple Pay, Bryan Wolfe of AppAdvice notes that you will soon be able to use Apple Pay in some new locations, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Dick's Sporting Goods and Albertson's.
  • My favorite app for listening to podcasts, Overcast, was updated to version 4.0 yesterday.  Federico Viticci of MacStories explains what is new.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook was interviewed by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt to discuss Apple specifically (including the iPhone X) and the tech industry in general.
  • Apple has a special page of its website devoted to iPhone X tips.
  • Lance Ulanoff of Mashable talked to a few Apple executives to get the backstory on the creation of the iPhone X.
  • For folks who want a new iPhone but want a more traditional model with Touch ID and without the $1000+ price tag, Apple now has the new iPhone 8.  Jason Snell of Six Colors wrote this review.
  • As noted by Trevor Daughterty of 9to5Mac, a neat AR feature was added to the Amazon app this week.  Tap the camera icon at the top and then tap AR view.  Now you can select lots of different products and see how each would look in a room in AR.  Once you place the object, you can walk around it, zoom in and out, etc.  Neat stuff.
  • And finally, Apple came out with a new commercial for Apple Music this week, and I really like it.  It features the Apple Music logo (two eighth notes) worked into animations of famous albums and artists.  Every time I watch the ad I pick out something else; for example, the homage to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album cover goes by in such a fraction of a second that I didn't even see it the first two times i watched the video:

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Initial reviews of the iPhone X

iPhone J.D. - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 02:10

The new iPhone X is a big departure from the past decade of iPhones.  The screen is edge-to-edge, with a notch at the top.  The home button goes from being the single most distinctive feature on an iPhone to non-existent.  And for the first time, the iPhone uses infrared sensors to recognize your face.  We've heard lots from Apple about this new phone, but I've been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to hear from independent reviewers.  Yesterday, we saw the first set of reviews from over two dozen media outlets.  (Joe Rossignol of MacRumors has compiled a fairly complete list.)  Overall, the reviews of been incredibly positive.  All of the reviewers found that using your face to unlock an iPhone instead of your fingerprint works really well, and most of them quickly concluded that it is an improvement.  All of the reviewers loved the incredibly high-quality screen (the first iPhone to use OLED) which goes edge-to-edge.  Many of them noted that it takes a little time to get used to the new features, but of course that is true with any technology improvement.  If you want to learn more about the iPhone X, here are the reviews that I recommend:

  • If you want something relatively short that covers the key features, Jim Dalrymple of The Loop has this first look at the iPhone X.
  • Jason Snell of Six Colors also wrote a helpful review of the iPhone X.  He calls his review "Tomorrow's iPhone today" and that is a good three-word summary because the iPhone X really does start a new chapter in iPhone features.
  • Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch was one of the few reviewers to have the opportunity to try out the iPhone X for a week; most of the other reviewers had less than 24 hours to write their initial reviews.  His review is less technical than others and focuses on how the iPhone X works in real world usage.
  • If you want all of the nitty gritty details and you have time to read it, Rene Ritchie of iMore wrote the most comprehensive review of the iPhone X.
  • Attorney Nilay Patel of The Verge notes that "the iPhone X looks so good one of our video editors kept saying it looked fake" and says it "is clearly the best iPhone ever made."
  • Lance Ulanoff of Mashable has a longer but very good review with great pictures.
  • David Phelan of The Independent in the UK was of the other very few journalists to have over a week with the iPhone X.  His written review is good, but I thought that his short video review (at the top of his written review) was one of the best videos for getting a sense of what it is like to hold and use the iPhone X.
  • I'll mention two other video reviews which are excellent.  First, David Pogue of Yahoo — who has been reviewing iPhones since the original iPhone 10 years ago — has a great video review at the top of his written review.  He is also the only reviewer to mention and show off the virtual green screen in Apple's Clips app — a feature which is neat on its own, and also makes me wonder what creative third party developers will be able to do in the future with the advanced front facing cameras on the iPhone X.
  • And finally, Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal focuses her review on just one new features of the iPhone X: using the new FaceID system to unlock the phone with your face instead of your fingerprint.  She put it to the test, even going to the trouble of having a mask made of her own face.  As you can see in this video (embedded below and also included in the written review), the iPhone X does incredibly well:

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iPhone X orders are shipping

iPhone J.D. - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 22:35

The new iPhone X is a high-end model, more expensive than any iPhone sold in the past.  It includes lots of features that Apple couldn't afford to put in the more mass market version of the iPhone, and I expect initial sales to go mostly to true iPhone enthusiasts.  I am one of them, and I know that many folks who read iPhone J.D. are as well, so I suspect that many of you were up late Thursday night (or very early Friday morning, depending upon how you look at it) to place an order.  From what I could tell myself and what I heard from others, the online store officially opened around 12:05 a.m. Pacific / 3:05 a.m. Eastern, and for about 10 minutes you could place an order with a delivery date of this Friday November 3.  Then it switched to a 2-3 week wait for about 15 minutes or so, and then it slipped to a 5-6 week wait.


From what I could tell from the comments on Twitter, podcasts, etc., most folks who stayed up late to order had a good experience ordering online (especially if you used the Apple Store app on the iPhone, which continues to be the best way to order from Apple when time is of the essence), but a few folks had hiccups.  For example, one part of the buying process is for a carrier to confirm order eligibility, and for most (like me) that occurred quickly.  But for others, there was a delay, and some received a note saying that an iPhone X was reserved but that Apple would have to wait for the carrier to come back and confirm eligibility.  Florida attorney Katie Floyd had that experience:

I got “we couldn’t reach your carrier” but we reserved a phone for you. (Verizon) so I have to come back later to finish.

— Katie (@KatieFloyd) October 27, 2017

(Fortunately, even with that delay, Katie will still get her iPhone this Friday.)

Before last Friday, many folks were predicting that Apple would have very few iPhone X models available for pre-order, and that shipping dates would quickly slip into 2018.  Thus, I was surprised and happy to see that once shipping slipped to 5-6 weeks Friday morning, it stayed there the rest of the day and over the weekend too.  It is still not too late to get an iPhone X before the holidays.  I suppose one possible explanation is that after the early morning Friday sales, very few additional folks decided to buy one.  But I suspect that Apple deserves the credit here for making far more devices than folks had predicted would be possible.  There was a time when Apple used to proudly announce the iPhone sales when new models were introduced, but they haven't done that in a while now.  Apple did tell iMore:  "We can see from the initial response, customer demand is off the charts."  Apple didn't indicate what number was at the top of those referenced charts.

If you did order an iPhone X and your delivery date is this Friday, there is a good chance that it is already shipping from China.  Apple hasn't yet sent out official emails with tracking numbers, but I learned from a tweet from Mark Gurman of Bloomberg that you might be able to figure out your own tracking number.  Here's how.  First, get your Apple Order number, which you saw when you placed your order and which is also in the email from Apple confirming the order.  (Mine is W followed by nine numbers.) 

Then, go to this UPS website on an iPad or your computer.  (I couldn't get it to work on an iPhone.)  By default, that webpage offers to track by UPS tracking number, but if you look down the left side you will see an option for Track by Reference — click that.  Then, enter the Apple Order number but leave off the last two numbers.  Then click search.  That will bring you to a page with the full tracking history (including the UPS tracking number).  For my order, I can see that as of early October 30, my iPhone X is currently in ZhenZhou, China:

If you didn't pre-order an iPhone X in time to get one delivered to you this Friday, it is still possible to get one this Friday because there will be limited quantities at Apple Stores starting at 8am.  Of course, if you choose that route, I'm sure you will have to get in line early to get one.

And finally, if you are still deciding if the iPhone X is right for you, here is Apple's introduction video which shows it off:

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In the news

iPhone J.D. - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 03:16

Apple's new iPhone X (pronounced "ten") went on sale at Midnight Pacific / 3am Eastern this morning.  I ordered the 256GB version (Space Gray color) using the Apple Store app on my iPhone and my delivery date is Friday November 3, which is the same date that the iPhone X officially goes on sale in the Apple Stores.  I presume that we will start to see reviews of pre-release models from select members of the press next week, and I look forward to trying out this new iPhone design myself a week from today.  And now, the news of note from the past week:

  • Virginia attorney Sharon Nelson provides password advice based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  First, requiring users to use complex passwords with capital letters, lowercase letters, special characters, etc. is actually less secure.  The same is true for short password expiration periods, such as a requirement to change passwords every 30 days.  It seems counter-intuitive at first, but when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.  Passphrases, such as a bizarre sentence, are just as secure and are far easier to remember than something like j#(FlWFd19J$.  And requiring folks to change passwords frequently only results in people being more careless with their passwords, such as writing them down.  Sharon also notes that the best solution is to use a password manager, and I strongly agree with that.
  • In a post for MacStories, Chicago attorney John Voorhees shares some photos of Apple's impressive new flagship store in Chicago on Michigan Avenue
  • Alex Cooke of Fstoppers (a website for photographers) reviews the 12.9" iPad Pro.  Yes, the review has a photographer angle to it, but it is a useful review for anyone thinking about getting the larger version of the iPad Pro.
  • I happen to fly Delta frequently, so this story caught my eye.  According to Killian Bell of Cult of Mac, Delta's 14,000 pilots and 23,000 slight attendants are moving from Nokia handsets and Microsoft Surface tablets to the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPad Pro.  It's nice to know that the pilots are using the same tablet that I'm using.
  • I've seen lots of reports of Apple CarPlay being added to cars, but this is the first report I've seen of CarPlay on a motorcycle.  As reported by CarPlay Life, the 2018 model of the Honda Gold Wing motorcycle has CarPlay prominently in the center of the console.
  • John Hancock has an interesting life insurance perk.  Under its John Hancock Vitality program, if you pay $25, the insurer will give you an Apple Watch Series 3.  You then pay off the Apple Watch over a 24 month period, but instead of paying cash  you have the option of "paying" by earning points every time you workout using the Apple Watch.  John Hancock says that earning 500 points in a month means that you pay nothing, but I don't see on the website how much exercise you need to do each month to earn 500 points.  If you meet that goal every month for 24 months, then you'll never pay anything more other than the initial $25 payment.  It's an interesting way to give life insurance customers an incentive to stay in shape.
  • Wirecutter has a great roundup of the best gadgets and apps for your home office.
  • Jesse Hollington of iLounge reviews the Fibaro, a $70 HomeKit-compatible flood sensor you can place in a basement or other area that you are concerned might flood.  The Fibaro can give you an alert, and it can also trigger other automation such as turning another appliance on or off.
  • This article isn't directly related to the iPhone, but it is certainly related to tech security, an issue that we all need to think about.  David Sanger, David Kirkpatrick and Nicole Perlroth of the New York Times wrote a frightening article about the rise of North Korea as a source of ransomware, hacking, and other cyberattacks.
  • Nicole Nguyen of BuzzFeed posted a profile of Angela Ahrednts, Apple's SVP of Retail for Apple.
  • And finally, in an interview with CNBC, Ahrednts discusses Apple's new stores and the sale of the iPhone X.  Ahrednts, who was previously CEO of Burberry, notes that she wants for the stores to be inviting to build a relationship with customers.  "It's no different than fashion.  ... Don't you go back to someone who has taken really good care of you, who you trust, to make you a better version of yourself?"  Ahrendts is a great spokesperson for Apple, and I'm glad that we are starting to see more of her.  Here is the video:

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[Sponsor] iManage -- document and email management for your law firm

iPhone J.D. - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 00:27

Thank you to iManage for sponsoring iPhone J.D. this month.  iManage is the industry's leading email and document management application, allowing lawyers to create, manage and collaborate on work product.  Over 2,000 law firms use iManage.  I have been using iManage at my law firm since 2003, and over that time I've seen the product evolve and improve greatly.  (The name has changed too — from iManage, to Interwoven, and now back to iManage.)  As iManage has improved over the years, the iPhone and iPad integration has improved greatly over time. 

iManage is sponsoring iPhone J.D. to promote iManage Work version 10, which is a major upgrade, offering tools for lawyers to work on documents from anywhere on any device.  Indeed, iManage 10 advertises that it uses a "mobile-first user experience" so that you can learn the software once and then have a consistent experience across phone, tablet and desktop, enabling you to work from anywhere and stay productive on-the-go.  iManage Work 10 includes smart features such as personalized search, document timelines, and intelligent worklists.  Companies around the world in the legal, accounting and financial sector use iManage to handle their documents and emails.

At my firm, we are getting ready to upgrade to version 10, and I'm very much looking forward to the new features.  I see that iManage recently issued a press release discussing how Minneapolis family law firm Honsa Rodd Landry is using iManage Work 10.  Kristy Rodd, a partner at the firm, is quoted as saying:  "Since we don’t have dedicated on-site IT staff, technical issues could result in delayed access to critical documents. ... Because of my past experience with iManage at a larger law firm, I know how valuable it would be to incorporate the same platform here. Getting iManage Work 10 and iManage Share via the iManage Cloud is an essential solution for us."

iManage manages not only documents, but emails too.  On the PC in my office, I use the iManage software which is incorporated into Outlook so that I can take any email from my Inbox and drag it in to the appropriate folder in iManage.  That way, case-related emails are stored with the appropriate case, and can later be found by browsing or searching.

If you are looking at adding or improving document management at your law firm, you should definitely check out iManage.  And thanks again to iManage for supporting iPhone J.D.

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Apple, AT&T, Google and the FCC together provide improve cell access in Puerto Rico

iPhone J.D. - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 23:54

After Hurricane Katrina, lack of dependable cell phone service was one of the major problems for those of us who were in New Orleans and the surrounding areas.  And when I say "surrounding" I don't just mean the Greater New Orleans area; I'm talking about over hundred miles away.  Katrina caused huge areas in Louisiana and Mississippi to lose power, and also damaged many cell towers.  At the same time, people had an even greater need to use cellphones to try to locate friends and families, putting even greater strain on the networks.  As a result, it was incredibly difficult to use a cellphone to make a call.  I remember driving around Mississippi to find a spot with weak cellphone connectivity and then having to redial over-and-over again to try to get service.  And I remember how relieved I was every time I was able to confirm someone's safety and whereabouts.  Back in 2005, text messaging was far less popular than it is today, and many folks (me included) discovered that even if you couldn't make or receive a call, you could often make and receive text messages.  Even a limited ability to send and receive text messages made a huge difference in the recovery effort.  And Katrina was not unique in this respect; I've heard many stories of other disasters after which it was difficult to use cellphones.

The situation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria is horrible on many different levels, but I know that one of the many problems is limited to non-existent cellphone service.  Thus, I was delighted to read an article by Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch describing how better cellphone service will soon be coming to Puerto Rico through the combined efforts of many different parties.  Panzarino provides the details, but in short, AT&T and Apple are tapping into a currently-unused (and unlicensed) part of the spectrum which will let working cellphone towers do more, Google is sending its Project Loon balloons to the region to provide even greater cellphone coverage, and the FCC is giving emergency licenses to make all of this possible.  The article says that the additional coverage will still be limited, but it should be enough for many more folks to send text messages.

I have no doubt that this joint effort will do a lot of good as folks in Puerto Rico undertake the long recovery process.

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In the news

iPhone J.D. - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 01:16

Senator Al Franken recently sent a letter to Apple, asking about the privacy implications of the Face ID system in the upcoming iPhone X.  After all, it would be a little creepy if Apple uploaded a picture of every owner’s face to an Apple server.  Apple recently responded and addressed those concerns, as reported by Mikey Campbell of AppleInsider, in an article that also includes a scan of Apple's letter.  As confirmed by Apple, your face information stay securely on the phone, and is not even stored as a picture of your face — similar to how Apple stores your fingerprint on an iPhone or iPad with Touch ID.  It is nice to see more confirmation that Apple treats privacy so seriously.  And now, the news of note from the past week:

  • California attorney David Sparks has advice for using the new Siri face for the Apple Watch and explains why it is now the face that he uses all of the time.  I agree with everything he says, although it is my second favorite watch face; I use the Activity Digital face even more to keep track of my activity circles.
  • New York attorney Nicole Black recommends five apps for lawyers on the MyCase Blog.
  • Serenity Caldwell of iMore asks why Apple is the only smartwatch manufacturer that makes smaller versions of a watch that are more suited for many women.  John Gruber of Daring Fireball says that the answer is likely that the other companies just don't have the same ability to make the technology that small; Apple is by far the leader in this area.
  • Jeff Byrnes of WatchAware tells the story of how an Apple Watch helped to save a man's life by alerting him that his heart was unusually elevated.
  • David Pogue of Yahoo reviews some of the first augmented reality apps for the iPhone and iPad running iOS 11.
  • If you use GMail, you can now make it even harder for a hacker to access your account by requiring not only a password but also a hardware dongle to login.  Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai of Motherboard explains how it works.
  • Rene Ritchie of iMore reviews the Apple Watch Series 3 Edition (the ceramic model).
  • I see that there is an Indigogo campaign for a new product called the Bento Stack, which has lots of compartments to carry all of the power cordsa and accessories that go along with your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.  Looks like an interesting design.
  • And finally, tonight at 5pm, Apple is opening an impressive new Apple Store in Chicago on Michigan Avenue.  It is a beautiful building that sits on the river and blends in with steps going down to the river.  Taylor Hartz of the Chicago Sun-Times gives a sneak peak of the newest Apple Store, and this video from the Chicago Sun-Times provides a great preview of what this store looks like:

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Wi-Fi is hacked, but iPhone and iPad will soon be safe

iPhone J.D. - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 01:21

I suspect that virtually every attorney with an iPhone or iPad uses Wi-Fi in connection with the representation of a client.  And if you are on a modern password-protected network, it should be reasonably safe to do so.  Unfortunately, things became more uncertain yesterday when Belgian security researcher Mathy Vanhoef revealed that it was possible for a hacker to intercept Wi-Fi communications, even over a secure password-protected WPA2 network, and even if the hacker didn't know the password.  Yikes.

Lily Hay Newman of Wired has a good explanation of the flaw, which Vanhoef calls a Key Reinstallation Attack (KRACK).  And while the technical details of the risk may go over your head (mine too!), an argument can be made that every lawyer using technology such as Wi-Fi needs to keep up with this stuff.  For example, ABA Model Rule 1.6(c) says that lawyers shall take "reasonable efforts ... to prevent unauthorized access to ... information relating to the representation of a client."  What reasonable efforts should a lawyer take?  Comment 8 to Model Rule 1.1 says that "a lawyer should keep abreast of ... benefits and risks associated with relevant technology ...."  And ABA Formal Opinion 477 (May 11, 2017) says that "lawyers must, on a case-by-case basis, constantly analyze how they communicate electronically about client matters" and must undertake "reasonable efforts to prevent inadvertent or unauthorized access."  Of course, keeping abreast of the risks is easier said than done considering that technology changes so rapidly, as do security risks.

That's the bad news.  Fortunately, there is good news for iPhone and iPad users.  First, while every Wi-Fi device is at risk to some extent, those of use who use iPhones and iPads are at less risk than folks using Android.  According to Tom Warren of The Verge, 41% of Android users are at risk, especially those using Android 6.0, because of the Wi-Fi implementation on those devices.  The current version of Android is 7.0, but unlike iOS users, it is typically much harder for Android users to update their devices.  There are many reasons for this, including that most Android phone manufacturers have no financial incentive to update older devices so they don't do so.  Fortunately, Apple makes it much easier to update iOS devices and makes its frequent updates available for a wide range of devices, so you can expect to continue to receive security updates long after you buy an iPhone or iPad. 

The second item of good news is that Apple already has a fix for KRACK, as reported by Rene Ritchie of iMore.  Apple says that the fix is currently in a beta version and will soon be available for all users.  I'm not sure if this update will be in iOS 11.1 which I expect to come out in a few weeks (the one with the new Emoji in it) or if Apple will release a iOS 11.0.x update just to fix the KRACK flaw.  (Similarly, Apple has a fix for KRACK in a beta version of macOS.  And if you use Windows in your office or home, Microsoft similarly has a fix, as reported by Tom Warren of The Verge.)

What is currently less clear is whether you need to update both your iPhone/iPad and also your Wi-Fi router to fix this, or if just updating your iPhone/iPad is enough.  That article from Rene Ritchie of iMore says that whether you need to also update your router depends on the brand of router that you can using.  Of course, you have some control over the Wi-Fi router in your home and office, assuming that the manufacturer of your router releases an update.  But what concerns me is that if you are using Wi-Fi in another location, such as a hotel or conference or even just at another law firm, how are you supposed to know whether (1) the router is one that is vulnerable and (2) that router has been patched?  Hopefully we will soon get more information on how to confront this.

Note that there is another solution:  use VPN.  For a long time, I have recommended using VPN with your iPhone or iPad (and computer!) if you are using a public Wi-Fi network, but you can also use VPN on a private, password-protected network to protect yourself from any hacker using KRACK on the same network.  You can set something up at your own law firm so that all of your users can use VPN over Wi-Fi to connect back to your law firm network, or anyone can use a third-party VPN service.  For example, back in 2014 I reviewed a great app called Cloak; the name recently changed to Encrypt.Me and the service still works really well.

You could also avoid this particular hack by using cellular data instead of Wi-Fi.  I've been doing that more and more myself now that I have an AT&T unlimited data plan, and nowadays AT&T LTE is often faster than Wi-Fi for me.

Hopefully we will learn more about all of this very soon.  And when Apple does release the next version of iOS to fix this security flaw, I encourage you to install the update so that you have more protection when using Wi-Fi.

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In the news

iPhone J.D. - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:39

I've noted in the past that you can charge an iPad Pro twice as fast by using a USB-C charger instead of the 10W or 12W charger that comes with an iPad Pro.  The new iPhone 8 also supports fast charging, but the results are not the same as the iPad Pro.  According to a test conducted by Dan Loewenherz reported by John Gruber of Daring Fireball, a USB-C charger is much faster than the 5W charger that comes with the iPhone 8, but you can get almost the same results using a standard 10W or 12W iPad charger with an iPhone 8 as you can using a USB-C charger.  Of course, if you have both an iPhone 8 and an iPad Pro, using a USB-C charger with both makes sense because then you get the fastest possible charging with both devices.  I'll be curious to find out in a few weeks if the iPhone X results with USB-C are similar to the iPhone 8.  And now, the news of note from the past week:

  • I often link to articles relating to the iPhone or iPad written by California attorney David Sparks, who publishes the MacSparky website.  This week, that website had its 10th anniversary.  In addition to the iOS-related articles that I often mention here, David also writes about the Mac, technology in general, and occasionally even his favorite topic, Jazz music.  (And yet amazingly, I don't think that David has ever made it to Jazz Fest down here in New Orleans, which just makes no sense to me.)  Congratulations, David, on reaching this milestone, and thanks for all of the informative posts over the past decade.  I hope that you can celebrate by taking some time to relax and listen to Kind of Blue.
  • Chicago attorney John Voorhees of MacStories discusses the new drag-and-drop feature in GoodNotes, the app that I use to take handwritten notes on my iPad Pro.
  • Earlier this week, I wrote about Apple's impressive new general counsel, Kate Adams.  Supreme Court practitioner Neal Katyal noted on Twitter that now both Apple and Facebook have a general counsel who previously clerked for Justice Breyer.
  • If you feel like taking three seconds to vote for iPhone J.D. in a legal blog contest being run by The Expert Institute, feel free to click the VOTE box on this website.  (No registration required.)
  • Apple is developing a video service, and news broke this week that Apple reached a deal with Steven Spielberg to bring back his Amazing Stories TV series from the 1980s.  I have lots of questions about what Apple has planned, and Jason Snell of Six Colors saved me the time of asking them out loud by exploring them all in this post.
  • With iOS 11, many iPhones and iPads can now run apps that take advantage of Apple's new ARKit to create virtual reality experiences.  These are early days so we don't yet have a lot of these apps, but Andrew Hayward of Macworld describes 10 of the best ARkit apps that you can try out now.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why ARKit is such a big deal in an interview with Andrew Griffin of The Independent.
  • The iPhone X is the major new design for the iPhone, but Apple VP Jony Ive says that it is just the beginning of a new chapter in iPhone development, as reported by Ben Lovejoy of 9to5Mac.
  • Michael Simon of Macworld reviews the Apple Watch Series 3.
  • Neil Hughes of AppleInsider explains why he likes the Apple Watch Series 3.
  • Craig Lloyd of How-To Geek explains that in iOS 11, if someone wants to use your WiFi network, you can have your iPhone send the password, saving your friend the trouble of typing it in.
  • Thanks to Apple's AirPods, which I absolutely LOVE, I haven't needed or wanted to use a wired headphone in a long time.  But if you prefer to use wired headphones which plug into a headphone jack, and you want to be able to charge your iPhone at the same time that you use headphones, the Belkin 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar ($35 on Amazon) is what you need.  Jesse Hollington of iLounge posted this review.
  • And finally, here is a short but great video in which photographer Albert Watson talks about some of his most iconic photographs over the years, including the great shot of Steve Jobs which appears on the cover of Water Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography.  I'm sure that you will recognize many of the photos in this video.  As for the Steve Jobs photograph, Watson explains:  "When you think of a Mac or an iPad, it's pretty simple.  And the shot is pretty simple and direct.  I said, 'I'd like you to think about your next project, and think about that some people might not let you do it.'  And that's where that look came from."  Here is the video:

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New emoji coming in iOS 11.1

iPhone J.D. - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 00:18

When iOS 11.1 is released at some point in the future — my guess is in the next few weeks — one of the new features will be the addition of new emoji.  Apple recently previewed high-quality versions of some of the upcoming new emoji.  In case you are curious what is coming soon, take a look.

New faces include face with symbols over mouth, face with monocle, crazy face, and shushing face:

New food includes pie, broccoli, takeout box, and dumpling:

New animals include giraffe, hedgehog, cricket, and sauropod (a dinosaur with a long neck, tail, and four thick legs, such as a Brontosaurus):

New accessories include coat, gloves, billed cap, and scarf:

New lifestyle emoji include man climbing, curling stone, sled, and woman in steamy room:

New mystical emoji include mermaid, mage (wizard), woman fairy, and man vampire:

Apple will also add gender-neutral emoji, including a child, adult, and older adult, as well as an orange heart:

Another one coming is the American Sign Language gesture for "I love you":

The 28 emoji images shown above are just a small sample of the new additions.  According to Emojipedia, there should be 239 new emoji in iOS 11.1.  A larger number of those are variations on a central theme; for example, many emoji come in two genders and five different skin tones.  We saw an example of that last year in iOS 10.2 when Apple gave us 12 different versions of the judge emoji:

Other emoji coming in iOS 11 include face with hand over mouth, bearded person, breast-feeding, zombie, flying saucer, and coconut.  And also, there is a new face emoji with one eyebrow raised, which many folks call the Stephen Colbert emoji.  Colbert discussed it back in March of 2016, as you can see in this video:

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Apple hires Kate Adams as new General Counsel

iPhone J.D. - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 23:43

This past Friday, Apple announced that Katherine "Kate" Adams will be the next general counsel of Apple.  Specifically, she is the general counsel and senior vice president of Legal and Global Security, reporting to Apple CEO Tim Cook.  Here is some background on the general counsel position at Apple and Ms. Adams.

The general counsel position at Apple over the last 20 years

After almost dying as a company, Apple purchased NeXT in March of 1996 and brought Steve Jobs back to the company.  Eighteen months later, Apple hired Nancy Heinen to serve as General Counsel and Secretary, a job Heinen had also held at NeXT.  Heinen held the position until May of 2006, when she resigned shortly before Apple admitted to some irregularities in the backdating of stock options.  Heinen eventually settled claims brought by the SEC for about $2.2 million, without admitting to any of the SEC's charges.

It took Apple six months to replace Heinen, and the next two replacements did not last as long as Heinen.  First, Apple hired Donald Rosenberg in November of 2007.  Rosenberg had previously been general counsel at IBM, where he had worked for over 30 years.  But Rosenberg did not stay at Apple very long, leaving after only 10 months to become general counsel at Qualcomm, a position that he still holds today.  Today, Apple and Qualcomm have more than Rosenberg in common; they are also suing each other in huge litigation over Qualcomm's cellphone patents.  A few days ago, Max Chafkin and Ian King of Bloomberg Businessweek wrote an article about this litigation called Apple and Qualcomm's Billion-Dollar War Over an $18 Part.

In September of 2007, Apple replaced Rosenberg with Daniel Cooperman.  Cooperman had previously served as General Counsel for Oracle for 11 years and before that was a partner in the San Francisco office of the firm that eventually became Bingham McCutchen.  Cooperman stayed at Apple for only two years, and then he returned to Bingham McCutchen.  When that firm collapsed in 2014, he moved on to DLA Piper, and now teaches at Stanford Law School and advises an angel investor.

In September of 2009, Apple hired D. Bruce Sewell, the fourth and final general counsel hired during the second tenure of Steve Jobs at Apple.  Before coming to Apple, Sewell had served as Intel's general counsel for 15 years.  During the eight years that Sewell has lead the legal department at Apple, Apple become the largest company in the world thanks to the iPhone.  Sewell oversaw numerous complex legal issues including litigation with Samsung for copying the iPhone, efforts to return a prototype iPhone 4 that an Apple employee left in a bar, and numerous consumer privacy issues including negotiations with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies around the world eager to access confidential information on iPhones.

Sewell announced last week that he will be retiring from the Apple at the end of 2017.  "To have worked with this amazing executive team and all the incredibly smart people at Apple, especially my colleagues in legal and global security, has been the honor of a lifetime," said Bruce Sewell in Apple's press release.  "The years I have spent in this job have been the most gratifying of my career.  I’m delighted Kate is joining and I know she will be a huge asset."

Kate Adams

Adams grew up in New York, and thanks to her father John Adams, had lots of early exposure to the law.  John Adams worked as a Wall Street attorney and then a federal prosecutor, but is best known for co-founding the Natural Resources Defense Council in 1970, the nation's first litigation-focused environmental advocacy group.  Under the leadership of John Adams, the NRDC was involved in some of most important environmental litigation in the 1970s and beyond. 

Kate Adams went to college at Brown University, where she graduated in 1986 when a B.A. in Comparative Literature with French and German concentrations.  She thought about becoming a professor of literature, but got a job after college working in the criminal justice system, and this made her decide to be a lawyer.  She explained in one interview:  "I got a job right out of college [at Brown University] in the Bronx criminal court system working with repeat offenders.  I was exposed to lawyers and working in the justice system and got really interested in that whole arena of the intersection between law and society.  I thought, 'Maybe I should do this.  It’s not a professor of literature, but I will do a lot of writing.'"

Adams then went to law school at the University of Chicago Law School, where she graduated in 1990.  After law school, she clerked for Stephen Breyer, who was then the Chief Judge of the First Circuit, but would be appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1994.  From 1991 to 1993, she worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, working on environmental law.  From 1993 to 1994, she worked as a law clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1994, Adams joined the New York office of the Sidley Austin law firm, where she had an environmental law and litigation practice for almost ten years.  She made partner at Sidley in the late 1990s, and also taught environmental law as an adjunct professor at Columbia and NYU.

In 2003, Adams left private practice to work as Deputy General Counsel at Honeywell.  In 2009, she was named general counsel at Honeywell.  She worked to improve Honeywell's safety and environmental record, and reduced Honeywell's new case filing rate through litigation prevention measures.

After working at Honeywell for 14 years, eight of those years as general counsel, Kate Adams is now the first general counsel hired in the post-Steve Jobs era of Apple.  Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release:  "We are thrilled to welcome Kate to our team.  She’s a seasoned leader with outstanding judgment and that has worked on a wide variety of legal cases globally.  Throughout her career she’s also been an advocate on many of the values we at Apple hold dear."  Adams is quoted as saying:  "Apple has had a tremendous impact on the world and it's an honor to join their team.  I’m excited to help Apple continue to grow and evolve around the world, protecting their ideas and IP, and defending our shared values."

Kate Adams seems to have the perfect background for this position.  She is incredibly smart, has experience as a general counsel, has a lot of experience with patents and other technology issues thanks to her time at Honeywell, and she grew up with a deep appreciation for protecting the environment and other values that are critical to Tim Cook's Apple.  Good luck to the entire legal department at Apple during this transition, and I hope that Adams has a long and successful tenure.

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In the news

iPhone J.D. - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 00:44

As I type this, New Orleans is a potential target of Hurricane Nate,  Enough with the 2017 hurricanes, already!  But if you are tracking a hurricane or just wondering when it will rain next, here are two weather apps that I have been using a lot lately and that I can recommend.  First, I like Hurricane HD, a great app that focuses just on tracking hurricanes.  Second, for a long time I put off trying CARROT Weather because it has a reputation for being snarky, which seemed like just a gimmick to me.  But I've been using the app for a few weeks now, and it has quickly become my favorite weather app.  And now, the news of note from the past week:

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[Sponsor] Westlaw -- extend the power of Westlaw to your iPhone and iPad

iPhone J.D. - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 01:05

Thank you to Westlaw for sponsoring iPhone J.D. this month.  Westlaw is incredibly useful on a computer, but it also works really well on an iPhone or iPad with the fantastic Westlaw app.  With the Westlaw app, you can extend the power and collaboration capabilities of Westlaw so that research begun in one place can be continued on your mobile device and vice versa.  The Westlaw app has long been useful on the iPad, and as I discussed last year, the update to support the iPhone made the app even more useful.

There have been countless times when I was in court and I suddenly needed to pull up a case or statute.  With the Westlaw app on my iPhone or iPad, I was able to do so quickly and easily.  And using KeyCite, I could quickly see if there were cases distinguishing the jurisprudence cited by opposing counsel..

Even when I have been in my office with my computer on my desk, and thus I don't technically need to use Westlaw on a mobile device, I often find that it is nice to be able to access Westlaw on my iPad so that my computer screen can be devoted to a brief that I am writing.  I can lean back in my chair and review cases on my iPad, and then pull back up to my desk when I'm ready to type again on my computer. The Westlaw app lets you run searches and filter the results, review prior research in folders, and add notes and highlighting.

If you haven't yet checked out the Westlaw app for iOS, or if it has been a while since you did so, use it the next time that you perform legal research.  It's a great tool for any attorney with an iPhone or iPad.

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Memories in iOS

iPhone J.D. - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 23:41

It wasn't that long ago that photographs were rare and special.  You only had a limited number of photos on a film roll, so you wanted to save your film for just the good shots.  And then you had to bring the film to a store and wait for the film to be developed.  Sharing photos meant going through the trouble of ordering additional prints.  Suffice it to say that there was a lot of hassle, and it meant that people took and shared far fewer pictures than they do today thanks to digital photography.  There were digital cameras as far back as the 1990s — I have some pictures taken with an Apple QuickTake 100 back in 1995 — but picture quality and storage on those older models was limited.  It wasn't until I bought my first digital camera in 2005 (a Nikon D50 DSLR) that I was able to start to enjoy the freedom of taking unlimited, high-quality photographs that I could see (almost) instantly on my computer without having to find the nearest Fotomat.  I suspect that most of you can similarly remember when you transitioned from film to digital photography.

It has been a year since Apple introduced the Memories feature of the Photos in iOS 10 and on the Mac.  I've always considered Memories interesting, but thanks to updates in iOS 11 (and macOS High Sierra), the feature is becoming much more useful.  If you haven't paid much attention to the Memories feature in the past, I hope that this post encourages you to check it out more often. 

Curate collections of photos (and videos)

The goal of Memories is to automatically create curated collections of your most meaningful photos and videos.  When the feature was first announced, I thought that it would be mostly useful for folks who don't take the time to organize their photos.  I figured that for people like me — who take the time to delete bad photos and then put the good remaining ones into an event with a title such as "Mom's Birthday" or "Christmas 2016" — the feature would be largely irrelevant.  Surely my ability to organize my own photographs would be better than a computer. 

Now that I have used Memories for the past year, I see that my first impression was wrong.  Sure, for folks who don't take the time to organize their photos, Memories can handle much of that function.  For example, it is smart enough to notice that you have a bunch of photos taken when you were on vacation at the beach, and it can automatically put those photos together into a single memory. 

But Memories will also collect photos based on categories other than date, and that makes Memories useful for everyone, even people who take the time to curate their photo libraries.  For example, I can see that Memories put together a collection of some of the best photos and videos in my collection that were taken in Chicago from 2012 to 2016 (much of which is photos from ABA TECHSHOW).

I also see that Memories recently put together a collection of what Memories thinks are some of the best pictures of my wife from 2006.  Suffice it to say that Memories often comes up with collections that I wouldn't have taken the time to create, and it does it all without me having to lift a finger.

Below the pictures and videos, you will see thumbnails indicating the people whose faces appear in the Memory, the locations where pictures were taken in the Memory, and other Related Memories.

In iOS 11, Memories does an even better job of creating collections based on something other than a specific date range and/or place.  Apple says that iOS 11 adds "[m]ore than a dozen new memory types including pets, babies, weddings, and sporting events."  I've seen reports that other new ones include sporting events, performances, outdoor activities and nights out with friends.  Sure enough, just yesterday Memories was able to figure out my wedding date and put together some great pictures for me from that special day.  When I first saw this happen, I have to admit that I was a little surprised.  How did Memories know the date I got married over 20 years ago?  I suppose it was smart enough to figure out that if I was wearing a tuxedo (certainly not an everyday occurrence) and my wife was wearing a white dress, well then that must be a wedding.  And a few days ago, Memories put together a memory called "Go Team! New Orleans 2015" which included some great pictures of my kids playing soccer that year.

I hope that Memories continues to add new themes which connect photos taken in different years and/or in different locations.  These are the collections that I often find most interesting because they are the ones that I rarely take the time to create myself.

Surface great photos (and videos)

Another reason that I've grown to love Memories you get new collections frequently.  Thus, whenever I tap the Memories tab in the Photos app, there is a good chance that I will see something new.  Some are better than others; a "best of the last week" collection isn't that impressive if I didn't take particularly noteworthy pictures at that time.  But more often than not, Memories will suggest that I look at a collection of pictures that I would not have otherwise thought to look at

Sometimes I will see an "on this day" collection that will remind me what I was doing on this same day many years ago.  Or maybe it will surface pictures from a family vacation or a holiday many years ago.  Sure, I could have searched for and found those pictures on my own if I had thought to do so, but I love the serendipity of Photos just nudging me as if to say:  "Hey Jeff, remember these great pictures from that such-and-such event?"

Sometimes I disagree that a Memory is worth being a Memory.  Memories recently offered to show me pictures from September 9, 2005, a day when I was taking pictures of what must have been the last apartment in Baton Rouge, LA that was still for rent after Hurricane Katrina, when a large part of the Greater New Orleans population tried to squeeze into the state capital.  I really didn't need to see those pictures again.

But far more often than not, Memories surfaces a memory that I do want to think about again, and jumping into those photographs and videos makes me smile.

Compared to the old days of film photography, I far prefer the world of digital photography, in which it is easy and virtually free to take lots and lots of photographs.  But the downside is that there are so many pictures that it is easy to forget about them.  I see that I have over 45,000 photos in my collection right now, so there are tons of pictures that I wouldn't even thinking about looking at again if Photos didn't bring back that memory.  Thus, Memories ability to surface great photos from the past is one of my favorite parts this feature.

Presenting a Memory

All of this would be useless if Photos just dumped hundreds of pictures on me every day.  But perhaps the best part of all is that the Memories feature automatically creates a nice little slideshow of some of the best photos and videos.  Just tap on the play button at the bottom right of the banner image for each Memory.  If the high quality versions of the photos and videos are not already downloaded to your device, you need to wait a little while for your device to download those images from iCloud, and then the movie will start. 

Apple calls this a "Memory movie" and the word "movie" is appropriate because it truly is more than just a slideshow; it features nice transitions, zooms in on the people in the pictures, and uses great background music.  Each photo doesn't stay on the screen for very long — just enough to time for you to say "oh yeah, I remember that!"  And it does a fantastic job with videos — including videos associated with Live Photos — because it creates very quick video segments and then moves on, which is can be far more interesting than, say, sitting down and watching the entire dance recital again. 

The final effect can be really dramatic, making it sometimes look like Ken Burns himself had created a documentary based upon your collections of photos.  In fact, the movies are so nice that sometimes they are out of proportion to the subject matter.  Allison Johnson of Digital Photograph Review recently said:  "The misses are all much funnier because of the slightly dramatic treatment: panning, gentle transitions and music give the impression of something that's been carefully curated to invoke nostalgia.  It's all very serious, and works very well for a post-hike selfie with a majestic backdrop.  It's downright laughable when it's a photo of some acne-treating serum I took a picture of to send to my sister."

Strangely, the Memory movie feature is currently missing from Photos on the Mac (although I suggest a workaround below).  But it works on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, and I'm sure that it will come to the Mac soon.  If you own an Apple TV, this feature is really nice because it is such a great way to share with family and friends who are sitting around your televtion.  There have been many times when my family has sat down to watch a movie but first we take a quick look at a new Memories slideshow.  And then we need to one related Memory, and then another, and the next thing you know we have laughed for an hour as we walk down memory lane.

If you are just looking at Memories by yourself on your iPhone, even that experience is better in iOS 11 because Memories now optimizes its slideshows for both portrait and landscape view.  Thus, no matter how you hold your iPhone in your hand, the slideshow will look great.

You can also send a Memory movie to someone else.  Start to play the Memory movie, then tap the screen to show the edit options. In the bottom left you will see the share button (a square with an arrow pointing up).  Then choose how you want to share the movie — Messages, Mail, save it to Dropbox and then give someone else a Dropbox link, iCloud Photo Sharing, etc.

And if you really like a Memory, you can scroll to the bottom and select "Add to Favorite Memories."  Over on the Albums tab, you will see a folder near the top called "Favorite Memories" with every Memory you designated as a favorite.  This makes it much easier to find that Memory in the future, and saves you the trouble of scrolling through newer Memories in the Memories tab to find that older one that you really liked.

Editing a Memory movie or creating your own

If you want to make some quick fixes to a slideshow, Memories makes it easy to do so.  Just tap on the screen and pause the slideshow.  There, you can easily change the length of the movie to short, medium or (if there are enough photos in the collection) long.  You can change the mood of the movie, which changes the font of the title screen, the transitions and the background music. 

While I don't consider myself much of a "Club" person, I like the diagonal transitions that the "Club" setting uses.  Check it out.

For more advanced edits, tap the Edit button at the top left, which brings you to a screen where you can change the words and style of the title and the picture displayed behind the title.  You can also add or delete specific photos or videos from the Memory movie.  And you can choose an exact duration.

For the background music, you can add any song from your own music collection, but I find that the movies work great if you select one of the dozens of Memory Soundtracks (some of which are also in the Clips app).  The Soundtracks are grouped by mood:  Dreamy, Sentimental, Gentle, Chill, Happy, Epic, etc.  At the very bottom there are Special soundtracks, which Memories only selects automatically under very special circumstances, such as a Happy Birthday soundtrack only used for birthdays, a song called Girls of Waikiki which is only used automatically for photos taken in Hawaii, etc.  Most Soundtracks are just instrumental, but a few feature vocals, such as the nice song "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri (Apple Music link) located in the Sentimental section.  By the way, that song is one that that Memories will sometimes automatically select for wedding movies.  Memories does a great job of adjusting these Soundtracks so that they last the right amount of time for your movie and so that pictures change with the beat of the song.

As sophisticated as all of this is, of course it doesn't come close to what you can do in an expensive program like Final Cut Pro.  Nevertheless, I love that I can just spend a few minutes to get in and get out and then have an even better slideshow to show off to others.

In addition to editing a Memory movie that was created automatically, you can also instruct Photos to create a Memory movie from a collection of photos.  First, you can tap the Photos tab at the bottom of the Photos app, which is where you see your pictures organized into Years, and then Collections (pictures taken around the same general date and place), and then Moments (pictures on a specific day and usually in a specific place).  For each set, just above the set of pictures, you will see bold words with the place where the pictures were taken and then the date just underneath (or sometimes, if there is no place, just the date in bold). 

If you tap on those words, Photos will start to create a Memory for that collection of photos and videos.

If you like what you see, you can scroll all the way to the bottom (just below the related Memories section), and on the bottom left tap on the word "Add to Memories" to add this collection to the Memories tab in Photos. 

You can also instruct Photos to create a Memory movie from an album that you created yourself.  In other words, you can collect any photos you want, taken at any time or place, and make that a Memory. In Photos, tap the Albums tab at the bottom right.  Then select any album that you created.  Then at the very top left (just above the first picture in the album) you will see bold words with the title that you gave the album and the date(s) underneath.  Tap those words to create the Memory.  Once again, if you like what you see, scroll all the way to the bottom and you can choose to "Add to Memories" so that this one appears in  your Memories tab.

The ability to share Memories also provides a sort of workaround for the current limitation of not being able to create a Memory movie on the Mac.  You can create your own Memory collection using Photos on a Mac, then choose Add to Memories on your Mac, then go to your iPhone or iPad and you will see that same Memory, and from there you can create the Memory movie and then use the share function to send it back to your Mac.  It's a clumsy workaround, and will hopefully soon become unnecessary as Apple expands the Photos app on the Mac.


Memories is an example of Apple at its best:  simple to use but professional results.  If you don't want to do any work, you can just tap the Memories tab and scroll through to see what the Photos app has already created for you.  You are sure to find something interesting, and then you can enjoy the Memory movie.  Although you can stop there, with just a few seconds of effort you can often dramatically improve the movie by adjusting the mood and the length.  And then if you want to fiddle around for a few minutes, you can take out the photos you don't like, add in some really good ones, pick some great background music, and end up with something really special that would have taken you hours to create without the Memories feature.  And whether you send the Memory movie to others, share with family and friends on an Apple TV, or just enjoy the movie yourself on your iPhone or iPad, there is a darn good chance that you will smile as you walk down memory lane.

So Apple:  thanks for the Memories.

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In the news

iPhone J.D. - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 02:23

Apple released iOS 11.0.1 this week.  As noted by Samuel Axon of Ars Technica, the update fixes a bug that could have stopped your iPhone from sending emails if you (or your company) uses Microsoft Exchange 2016 or some other Microsoft products for email.  I never had a problem with the email at my law firm, and hopefully not of you did either.  In the meantime, Apple is already giving developers access to the beta version of iOS 11.1.  And now, the news of note from the past week:

  • Florida attorney Katie Floyd discusses some useful and inexpensive gadgets for your home.
  • Horace Dediu of Asymco does the math and explains how Face ID on the upcoming iPhone X could save the equivalent of over 12,000 lifetimes.
  • Dedui also estimates that 33 million Apple Watches have been sold.
  • It often seems like a waste to pay for Gogo in-flight WiFi when you just want to send or receive a simple text message.  Fortunately, Delta announced this week that starting October 1, passengers will be able to use iMessage, WastsApp and Facebook Messenger for free.  It will only work for text; no photos or videos.
  • Killian Bell of Cult of Mac reports that Netflix now provides HDR video when available if you have a premium subscription (the $11.99/month "Ultra HD" plan), resulting in a better image on the iPad Pro, iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
  • Jason Snell explains, in an article for Macworld, discusses Apple's decision to unveil both an iPhone 8 and an iPhone X this year.
  • After the passing of Hugh Hefner, Luke Dormehl of Cult of Mac discusses the Playboy interview of Steve Jobs back in 1985.
  • Unlike the iPhone, there is not a built-in calculator on the iPad.  Fortunately, Calcbot for iOS — a very good calculator app — has been updated for iOS 11, so you can use it in the split screen modes.
  • Zac Hall of 9to5Mac has some great tips for customizing the new Siri face on Apple Watch in watchOS 4.  I'm very impressed with the Siri face and I use it frequently.
  • And finally, if you are a fan of the HBO show Silicon Valley (like I am), you'll appreciate this Funny or Die video imagining how the characters in that show would react to the new iPhone X:

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