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In the news

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 00:28

It has been all over the news that as a part of the investigation of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, the FBI has obtained messages that were sent and received in apps such as WhatsApp, Signal, and Telegram — apps normally thought to be fairly secure.  How is that?  Seth Hallem is the founder and CEO of Mobile Helix, a company that makes the LINK encrypted app for lawyers, and he explains in an interesting article on CSO the most likely scenarios for how the FBI has accessed those messages — and also explains how you can protect your own secure data.  And now, the news of note from the past week:

  • Attorney John Voorhees of MacStories explains how the Documents app by Readdle can transfer files using WiFi between a Mac and an iPhone or iPad.
  • Rene Ritchie of iMore wrote an interesting article explaining the original reason for the heart monitor on the Apple Watch, and how that has turned the Apple Watch into a healthcare device.
  • Andrew O'Hara of AppleInsider shows off 24 iPad-specific features in iOS 12.
  • A blog post on the TripIt website explains how the TripIt iPhone app can now give you safety scores for neighborhoods around the world.
  • Ed Baig of USA Today explains that when iOS comes out this fall, your iPhone will automatically share your location with first responders when you call 911.
  • AppleInsider shows off the new Walkie-Talkie feature that will be added to the Apple Watch this Fall.  I don't see using this feature very much when I'm in the office, but I can see this being very useful for quickly communicating with friends and family after hours and during the weekend.
  • If you have kids, then I presume that you know what Fortnite is.  Luke Dormehl of Cult of Mac reports that after three months on iOS, the company made $100 million on the Apple platform alone.  What makes this particularly amazing is that the app itself is free to play; my understanding (from my kids) is that the in-app purchases are mostly cosmetic, just ways to make your character look cooler and do things like dance around.  But unlike some other games, you can win without spending any money.  My daughter has certainly won a ton of games without paying anything, although she has to use my iPad because the hand-me-down iPhone 6s that she uses can't run the game.
  • If you are a fan of Westworld on HBO like I am, you might want to check out the free episode of Apple's Carpool Karaoke which will come out today.  According to Christian Zibreg of iDownloadBlog, it will feature Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden — the actors who play Dolores and Teddy.  You can watch the episode in the TV app or the Apple Music app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • According to Juli Clover of MacRumors, in the future, your iPhone will be able to act as a digital key for your car.
  • And finally, if you have had a long and busy week like I have, then you deserve something silly and fun to end the week.  And what could be better than combining an iPad with magic and cute monkeys?  Take it away, Simon Pierro (video link):

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Review: Eve Degree -- HomeKit-compatible weather station

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 01:25

There are lots of iPhone apps which will tell you the weather in your general area, but if you want to know the precise weather at a specific location — such as at your house — you need a thermometer.  According to the fine contributors to Wikipedia, the thermometer can be traced back to Hero of Alexandria, a mathematician and engineer who lived from 10 AD to 70 AD.  But Apple's HomeKit technology wasn't around back then, so the folks in Alexandria couldn't use an iPhone to check the weather at their house.  Back in 2015, I reviewed a device made by Elgato called the Eve Weather.  The Eve Degree is the second generation of that device; you can still find the Eve Weather on Amazon, but Elgato no longer has it listed as a product on its website.  Elgato sent me a free review unit of the Eve Degree, and I've been trying it out for the last few weeks.

The hardware

The Eve Degree is a small 2.1" x 2.1" square which is 0.6" deep, a much smaller size than the Eve Weather, which was 3.1" x 3.1" and 1.3" deep.  The body is made of anodized aluminum, and the front is acrylic glass.  It looks very nice.

Unlike the Eve Weather which just had a white plastic front, the front of the Eve Degree has an LCD display which displays the current weather.  This is a great addition, making it simple to see the current temperature without even having to use your iPhone.  The default setting of the Eve Degree is Celsius, but using the Eve app on an iPhone you can easily change that to Fahrenheit. 

The back of the device has a hole, so you can hang the Eve Degree on a nail to mount it on a wall.  There is also a reset button on the back, and a cover for a replaceable CR2450 battery.  Elgato says that the battery should last about a year, and replacement batteries cost around $1 to $3 on Amazon, depending upon the brand and the quantity that you buy.  (The Eve Weather used AA batteries which only lasted about three months.)

Etched into the bottom of the Eve Degree is a unique HomeKit code that you use when you first set up the device with your iPhone.  It's nice that it is down there so that if you ever need to perform a setup again and you no longer have the box or instructions, you will still have that code.  And having it etched looks much nicer than just putting a sticker down there.

The measurements

The Eve Degree measures three things: First, it monitors the weather, accurate to within 0.54° Fahrenheit.  Second, it monitors the humidity, accurate to within 3%.  Finally, it monitors the air pressure, accurate to within 1 mbar / 0.03 inHg.  In the following picture, you can see the data after I moved my Eve Degree from my back porch to my study so that I could take a picture of it for this review.  You can see that the humidity and temperature decreased noticeably after I brought the device inside.

The Eve Degree logs each of these measurements every 10 minutes, and can store up to two weeks of measurements on the device.  The main page on the Eve app shows you about the last 12 hours, but you can get more information for the past hour/day/week/month, and can even see each specific measurement in the log.

 

Every time you use the Eve app to check the current measurements, that log is downloaded to your iPhone.  Thus, as long as you use the Eve app to check in with the Eve Degree at least once every two weeks — or, to be safe, once a week — your iPhone will have an unlimited historical log of all of the measurements.  Using the Eve app, you can even export this data to a spreadsheet.

Where to place the Eve Degree

The Eve Degree can work either indoors or outdoors.  If you keep it outdoors, it is rated IPX3, so it is OK if it gets wet from rain, although it shouldn't go underwater or be sprayed with a jet of water.

Having said that, to get the most accurate readings, you should put it in a place that is always in the shade — which means that it probably won't be exposed to much rain either.  Official outdoor temperature measurements are always in the shade because when a thermometer is in direct sunlight, the sun rays can heat up the fluid that is used to measure the temperature, so you end up getting a reading of that fluid and not the air.  At my house, I put the Eve Degree on my back porch in a spot that was mostly shaded, but every morning there would be a short period of time when it was exposed to sunlight.  Thus, when I looked at my temperature logs on sunny days, I saw artificial peaks that lasted about 30 minutes.  For example, in the following picture, I got a recording of almost 110º the other day.  It certainly can feel pretty darn hot in New Orleans in the Summer, but not that hot.

If you don't want those false readings, move the Eve Degree to a place that will not get direct sunlight.

One other issue to think about for placement is keeping it near a HomeKit hub.  The Eve Degree uses Bluetooth 4.0 to send data.  So if your iPhone is reasonably close by, you can get data measurements.  But if your iPhone is far enough away from the Eve Degree — either on the same house or when you are away from home — the only way that you can see the current temperature is if your Eve Degree is in relatively close proximity to a HomeKit hub device.  You also need to use a hub if you want to use the Eve Degree to do automated tasks (more on that below).  If you have an Apple TV, that will work, so I place my Eve Degree on my back porch in a location that is just on the other side of the wall from where my Apple TV is located.  An iPad can also serve as a HomeKit hub, if you keep it at your house all of the time, and a HomePod can also serve as a hub.  See this page on the Apple's website for more details.

Unfortunately, if the place at your home that you have decided to keep Eve Degree to take measurements is not sufficiently close to a HomeKit hub, then you lose some of these more advanced functions.  As a workaround, you could use a Bluetooth range extender to act as a bridge between the Eve Degree and your HomeKit hub.  Except that these products don't exist yet.  Elgato announced one called the Eve Extend back in January 2017, but it still isn't available.  When someone recently asked Elgato about this on Twitter, the company said that it has "nothing to announce at this point" and Elgato seemed to point the finger at Apple:

We have nothing to announce at this point. What's more, please note that the range extender category currently isn't listed on the Apple Support page with upcoming and available Home accessories: https://t.co/PfOlZ7JNy3

— Elgato (@elgato) May 30, 2018

Siri and automation

Because the Eve Degree is a HomeKit device, you can use Siri with it.  Thus, instead of opening up the Eve app, you can just ask Siri the current temperature at your house or your backyard.

You can also set up HomeKit automations, such as turning a fan on or off depending upon the temperature, or turning on a lamp when it gets really hot outside.  With the new Shortcuts feature in iOS 12 coming this Fall, I suspect that you will be able to do even more sophisticated things with HomeKit automation.

Durability

Everything about the Eve Degree seems like a much better design than the Eve Weather.  However, one thing that I don't know about is long-term durability.  I used an Eve Weather on my back porch for about two years, and then it stopped working completely.  I haven't seen other people complaining on the Internet about similar problems with the Eve Weather, so maybe there was just a problem with my unit.  Perhaps it was exposed to too much water in a very strong rainstorm. 

Whatever it was that caused my Eve Weather to bite the dust after two years, hopefully this Eve Degree will work for even longer.

Conclusion

Only you can decide if you have an interest in measuring the precise weather at your house.  Perhaps you want the specific temperature right now.  Perhaps you want to see a historical log.  Or perhaps you want to trigger some HomeKit automation based upon the weather.  For the two years that I used an Eve Weather, it was interesting to have access to that data, and while I cannot say that it was life-changing, I liked the product.

If you do think that this sort of product is for you, the Eve Degree works very well.  I love that you can see the temperature right on the device itself, and I like the smaller size and the aluminum body.  And I like that you don't have to change the battery every few months.  It is also nice that HomeKit has improved over the years — triggers were not even possible when I first started using an Eve Weather — and with the increased automation coming in iOS 12 with Shortcuts, I expect that this will only improve.

It is a shame that you need to keep an Eve Degree reasonably close to a HomeKit hub to get the full value out of the product, but depending upon the layout of your house, this might not be a problem at all.  And perhaps even that will improve the in future if and when Elgato releases the Eve Extend.

Click here to get the Eve Degree on Amazon ($59.95).

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In the news

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:40

This week, Apple announced that as a part of its ongoing efforts to make iPhones (and iPads) safer, the upcoming iOS 12 will include something called USB Restricted Mode.  This means that if you plug your iPhone in to a computer or other hardware using a USB to Lightning cable, you will not be able to transfer data to and from the iPhone unless your iPhone has been unlocked within the past hour.  This way, if a criminal steals your iPhone, even if he has a hardware hacking device that can try to crack your iPhone's password, he won't be able to do so unless he gets your iPhone to that hacking device within 60 minutes.  Many outlets reported this as Apple battling law enforcement because many law enforcement agencies use a device called the GrayKey sold by Grayshift to try to hack the password on an iPhone taken from someone accused of a crime.  For example, the New York Times headline is "Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices."  But the idea that only the good guys have access to these hacking devices seems incredibly optimistic, if not downright ridiculous.  As an attorney who keeps confidential attorney-client and work product information on my iPhone and iPad, I'm glad that Apple is always working to close any security loopholes, regardless of who is known to be using them today.  In the cat-and-mouse game of security, hackers will always be looking for new exploits, so Apple and others should always be working to improve security.  (Indeed, just yesterday, Joseph Cox and Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai of Motherboard reported that Grayshift already has found a way to defeat Apple's latest security improvements, although the reporters note that "it is unclear ... how much of this may be marketing bluff.")  And now, the news of note from the past week: 

  • On a recent episode of the Lawyerist podcast, Minnesota attorney Sam Glover interviews California attorney David Sparks to discuss ten ways that lawyers can get more out of their iPhones.  That interview starts just after the 10-minute mark if you want to jump directly there in the podcast.
  • In a post on his MacSparky website, David Sparks explains why he is excited about the new Shortcuts feature in the upcoming iOS 12.
  • If you want a full explanation of Shortcuts, the absolute best resource for learning about it is this article by Federico Viticci of MacStories.
  • In an article for Tom's Guide, Jason Snell explains why iOS 12 will be the biggest iPhone upgrade in years.  And as you might guess, the Shortcuts feature is one of the reasons.
  • David Rubenstein of Bloomberg interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook.  The video is 24 minutes long, but it is sharply edited so that the pace of the interview is very fast, and this is one of the best interviews of Cook that I've seen in a while.
  • Stewart Rogers of VentureBeat discusses the ABBYY TextGrabber app, which you can use to capture text using the camera and then translate it into another language, even when you are offline.
  • If you don't have CarPlay in your car, you can instead mount an iPhone so that it can provide you with driving directions.  There are many ways to do so, and CarPlay Life discusses good options for mounting to the air vent in your car.
  • I posted a review of Anker's USB-to-Lightning cables earlier this year, and I still really like them.   They are very durable, and they are much less expensive than the cables sold by Apple.  As pointed out by Alexandria Haslam of PCWorld, you can now get a two-pack of red three-foot cables for only $15.99 on Amazon, which is a $4 discount and a very good deal.  As you can see from my review, the red color is very striking and makes your cables really stand out.  It is always nice to have some extra Lightning cables, so consider grabbing these before the sale ends.
  • Ben Lovejoy of 9to5Mac notes that Verizon now has three different plans called "Unlimited," all of which have limits.  But he also notes that other carriers do something similar.
  • The iPhone 3Gs, which I reviewed in 2009 and which Apple stopped selling in 2012, is on sale again.  Sort of.  Roger Fingas of AppleInsider reports that a South Korean company obtained a whole bunch of them from a warehouse, still shrink wrapped, and will soon be selling them for ₩44,000 — about $40.
  • In an article and associated video, David Pogue of Yahoo shows off the new stereo feature of the Apple HomePod.
  • If you are interested in meditation, Alex Arpaia of Wirecutter discusses the best meditation apps.
  • Do you hate losing your glasses?  Janet Cloninger of The Gadgeteer reviews the Orbit, a tiny tracker that attaches to the arms of your glasses, so that you can use an iPhone app to locate your glasses.
  • In its continuing series on essential iOS apps, Ian Fuchs of Cult of Mac discusses GoodNotes, a great app for taking handwritten notes.  I myself use that app almost every day at work.
  • And finally, if you have ever had the urge to throw your iPhone X off of a 1,000-foot high bridge, I implore you not to do so.  But if you cannot resist seeing what this would look like, I encourage you to watch this video instead.  If you want to skip to the "good" stuff, the iPhone is dropped at around the 45-second mark, and the video taken from the iPhone X while it is falling is shown at around the 2:35 mark.

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[Sponsor] Westlaw -- powerful legal research on your iPad or iPhone

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 01:21

Thank you to Thomson Reuters 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.

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 didn't technically need to use Westlaw on a mobile device, I have often used Westlaw on my iPad so that my computer screen can be devoted to a brief that I am writing.  Also, it is nice to be able to 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.

I'm not the only one who has had good experiences with the Westlaw app.  Earlier this year, the Westlaw app was named the Best Legal App in the seventh annual Best of The National Law Journal Readers Rankings.

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.

Click here to get Westlaw (free): 

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What to look forward to in watchOS 5

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 01:21

Last week I discussed the numerous reasons that I think that lawyers will love iOS 12, due out for the iPhone and iPad this Fall.  Apple will also update the operating system for the Apple Watch this Fall, and it looks like there will be some nice additions.  Here are the features that I am most looking forward to.

Notifications

When it comes to using my Apple Watch in my law practice, one of the things that I like best is using my Apple Watch to handle my notifications.  There are many ways to control which notifications are important enough to deserve a tap on your wrist, and it is quick and easy to glance at my wrist and see the notification without significantly disrupting whatever I am working on.

In iOS 12, notifications on the iPhone can be grouped, making them easier to manage.  The same is true for watchOS 5, which should make it faster and easier to deal with multiple notifications at the same time.

watchOS 5 will also add more advanced Do Not Disturb functions.  For example, you can tell your Apple Watch not to disturb you for a specific period of time, or until you leave the current location.

Additionally, apps will be able to create watch notifications that are interactive.  For example, Yelp can send you a notification that your table is ready, and right on the watch you can tap to extend the reservation for 20 minutes because you are running late.

Siri Shortcuts

Another feature that I mentioned when discussing iOS 12 is the new Shortcuts app.  It is an expanded version of the Workflow app already available for the iPhone, but the new version will allow you to create shortcuts that can be triggered by Siri using a voice command that you choose.  watchOS 5 will support this as well, which is convenient for those times when your iPhone is not in your pocket and you want to just talk to your watch.  And even when your iPhone is close by, just saying a command to your watch might be faster and easier.

For example, I can imagine creating a command triggered by me saying a phrase like "on my way" which will send a message to my wife which says something like "I'm leaving now, and I should be home in X minutes."  All I would need to do is tell my Apple Watch "on my way," and it will figure out where I am located, how many minutes it will take me to drive home, and then it will send the appropriate text message to my wife.

The ability to automate tasks, combined with the power to trigger those tasks using a phrase that you select, will be an incredibly powerful function on both the iPhone and the Apple Watch.

And by the way, speaking of Siri, there will be a new feature whereby you don't have to first say "Hey Siri" before giving a command and instead can just raise your wrist and speak.  I'm curious how this will work in practice, and a little concerned about false positives when you lift your arm for some other reason, but if this works well it could be very useful.

Walkie-Talkie

The new Walkie-Talkie app will allow you to press a button on your Apple Watch and say a short message, and then the message will automatically play on an Apple Watch of a friend or family member.  And they can do the same thing to quickly respond.  Press to talk, let go to listen.  It's a very simple way to communicate. 

Fitness Improvements

The Apple Watch does a great job of encouraging you to be more active and monitoring your workouts.  This will get even better in watchOS 5.  A new "Competition" feature will allow you to compete with another person in closing your rings every week.  The watch will be able to track new types of workouts, including yoga and hiking, and if you forget to press the buttons to start or stop a workout, the watch will detect when you have done so.  And if you have a target pace when you run or walk, the Workouts app will help you keep track with your desired pace.

Podcasts

You can currently use an Apple Watch to listen to music even without an iPhone nearby.  This Fall, you will also be able to listen to podcasts using only the Apple Watch.  Apple's own Podcasts app will work, and it looks like it might be possible for third party apps — such as my favorite podcast app, Overcast — to do the same.

Safari on the Apple Watch?

Using a web browser on a watch seems silly, and no, Apple isn't adding a Safari app.  However, in watchOS 5, when you get an email or text message with a website link, you will be able to tap the link on the watch to see a version of the web page optimized for the watch screen.  If you don't have your iPhone with you and are just using an Apple Watch with cellular, and if you are just trying to get a quick piece of information from a website such as an address or phone number, this could be very useful.

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In the news

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 01:21

In the latest episode of the Mac Power Users podcast, California attorney David Sparks and Florida attorney Katie Floyd discuss Apple's announcements earlier this week at WWDC.  I recommend this episode if you want to hear some insight on the announcements while you are driving in your car, doing some chores this weekend, or otherwise looking for something interesting to listen to.  Like me, they were impressed with many of the new features coming to iOS.  However, Katie was less impressed with the new improvements to Animoji in the Messages app, including Memoji, saying:  "I was stunned when we went to the ABA TECHSHOW this past year, and the lawyers, the professionals that we entrust to secure our liberty and to save us from tyranny, were going crazy over the [Animoji].  I shudder for what is going to happen with the Memoji."  I had not previously considered Memoji a threat to the foundation of this country, but I guess we'll find out in a few months.  And now, the news of note from the past week:

  • Kentucky attorney Stephen Embry shares his thoughts on Apple's WWDC announcements.
  • Virginia attorney Sharon Nelson discusses Formal Opinion 2017-5 from the New York City Bar, which was updated on May 9, 2018, and which discusses an attorney's duty to keep client information on a mobile phone confidential when crossing the U.S. border.
  • Ste Smith of Cult of Mac posted a video showing every new iOS 12 feature in action.
  • Jeff Banjamin of 9to5Mac posted an even longer video showing off 100 new iOS 12 features.
  • Jeff Benjamin also posted a video showing off 50 new watchOS 5 changes.
  • Dan Thorp-Lancaster of iMore notes that Microsoft's To-Do list sharing app now works on iOS, Windows. and Android, if you have a need to share lists with folks on other platforms.  Of course, if you just need to share with folks using an iPhone, you can easily share a note with a checklist or other list in Apple's Notes app.
  • One of the iOS 12 improvements that I am really looking forward to is the ability for password manager apps to integrate more directly with Safari, so that you can use them without having to leave Safari.  1Password (the password manager that I use) posted a short demo of how this could work, and it looks great.
  • Another interesting iOS 12 feature is called Live Listen.  Steven Aquino describes the feature for TechCrunch.  In short, if you are in a situation in which you will have trouble hearing, you can put your iPhone near the audio source and then step away while you are wearing your AirPods, and your AirPods will play the audio that your iPhone is hearing.  There are some hearing aids that work the same way. 
  • Graham Bower of Cult of Mac discusses an Apple Watch stat that I had never heard of before called Heart Rate Variability, which you can use to determine how hard you should work out and when you should slow down.
  • John Sculley has been talking about the 10 years that he was CEO of Apple ever since he left in 1993.  Even so, in this article by Catherine Clifford of CNBC, Sculley reveals some interesting details that I had not heard before.
  • Although this has nothing to do with the iPhone, if you find yourself getting hungry, I thought you'd want to know that TripAdvisor named New Orleans the best food city in the United States (and #5 in the world) and the best place in the United States for a foodie vacation.  Rankings were done using a "proprietary TripAdvisor algorithm which considers booking volume, traveler reviews, and traveler ratings based on all food tours and food-related experiences on our site."  You can't argue with science.  (And if you find yourself headed this way, feel free to ask me for restaurant recommendations.)
  • And finally, the upcoming iOS 12 will include features which let you limit the amount of time that you spend using your iPhone.  But what if you need to REALLY limit the time that you use your iPhone?  Conan O'Brien came up with a solution — the new addiction-proof iPhone, shown in this video:

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Songs from The Americans

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 21:27

Last week, FX aired the final episode of The Americans, one of my all-time favorite television shows.  (There are no spoilers in this post, so read on without worry.)  The concept of the show is intriguing (especially considering that it is based in part on a true story), the spy adventures are exciting, the dynamics between the main characters are interesting and sometimes heartbreaking, the acting and writing are first-rate, and I enjoyed watching a show set in the 1980s.  On top of all of that, the music in The Americans is amazing, with great songs from the 1980s and others that fit in perfectly with each scene in the show.

I put together an Apple Music playlist of some great songs from The Americans, and everyone can enjoy these songs, regardless of whether you ever watched the show.  This isn't every song that was ever used in the series; I just included my favorites, and I even left out a few which I like but which seemed out of character with the rest of the playlist.  At the end, I added a song by Sting that I was surprised to never hear on The Americans.  All of these are fantastic songs, and if you grew up in the 1980s like I did, you probably have specific memories of your own life associated with many of these songs.

If you want to listen to these songs on your iPhone, you can click here to get the Apple Music playlist.  In fact, even if you don't subscribe to Apple Music, I believe that you can click that link and hear previews of every song, and you can also sign up for a free Apple Music trial.

The songs on the playlist are as follows, and I included an indication of the season and episode in which each song was used.  Total running time is 2 hours and 51 minutes.

  1. Main Title from "The Americans" by Nathan Barr
  2. Tusk by Fleetwood Mac (S1, E1)
  3. Harden My Heart by Quarterflash (S1, E1)
  4. In the Air Tonight (S1, E1)
  5. Roller by April Wine (S1, E1)
  6. Queen of Hearts by Juice Newton (S1, E1)
  7. Love With Find a Way by Pablo Cruise (S1, E8)
  8. Slap and Tickle by Squeeze (S1, E11)
  9. Rough Boys by Pete Townshend (S1, E11)
  10. Mississippi Queen by Mountain (S1, E12)
  11. Games Without Frontiers by Peter Gabriel (S1, E13)
  12. Passion by Rod Stewart (S2, E1)
  13. Beer Bar Blues by Lloyd Conger (S2, E1)
  14. Here Comes the Flood by Peter Gabriel (S2, E3)
  15. I Melt With You by Modern English (S2, E4)
  16. The Gambler by Kenny Rogers (S2, E5)
  17. Rock This Town by Stray Cats (S2, E8)
  18. It Must Be Done (from "the Americans") by Pete Townshend & Nathan Barr (S2, E10)
  19. Twilight Zone by Golden Earring (S2, E13)
  20. Every Breath You Take by The Police (trailer for Season 3)
  21. All Out of Love by Air Supply (S3, E3)
  22. Don't Go by Yaz (S3, E4)
  23. Only You by Yaz (S3, E4)
  24. Goody Two Shoes by Adam Ant (S3, E4)
  25. I Ran (So Far Away) by A Flock of Seagulls (S3, E5)
  26. The Chain by Fleetwood Mac (S3, E7)
  27. Stand and Deliver by Adam & The Ants (S3, E10)
  28. Tainted Love by Soft Cell (S4, E2)
  29. Under Pressure by Queen & David Bowie (S4, E5)
  30. Winter Kills by Yaz (S4, E9)
  31. Major Tom by Peter Schilling (S4, E9)
  32. Out of the Blue by Roxy Music (S4, E13)
  33. That's Good by Devo (S5, E1)
  34. Old Flame by Alabama (S5, E3)
  35. Slave by The Rolling stones (S5, E5)
  36. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John (S5, E13)
  37. So. Central Rain by R.E.M. (S5, E13)
  38. Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House (S6, E1)
  39. Louisiana Saturday Night by Mel McDaniel (S6, E1)
  40. Gold Dust Woman by Fleetwood Mac (S6, E1)
  41. Drivin' My Life Away by Eddie Rabbitt (S6, E4)
  42. With or Without You by U2 (S6, E10)
  43. Russians by Sting

Enjoy the playlist.  And if you created your own playlist which is worth sharing with iPhone J.D. readers, feel free to post a link in a comment to this post!

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Why lawyers will love iOS 12

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 02:48

Yesterday at its WWDC conference for app developers, Apple provided the first sneak peak of iOS 12, due out this fall.  This free update will bring lots of great new features to the iPhone and iPad.  It does not look like iOS 12 will include a heavy focus on iPad productivity features like iOS 11 did (the dock, multitasking, etc.), but there is still a lot in iOS 12 that lawyers and other professional users of the iPhone and iPad will love using to get things done.  Here are the highlights.

Performance

A common worry regarding iOS upgrades is that the new features will work well on newer devices but will cause older devices to run slower.  But the first thing that Apple said yesterday about iOS 12 is that it will increase performance.  iOS 12 should make every device that can use iOS 11 run faster at many tasks — including older devices like the iPhone 5s and iPad Air, which were released in 2013.  Apple says that on some tasks, the performance increase will be an impressive 40%. 

Better notifications

If your iPhone is like mine, then you are always getting notifications.  New emails, new text messages, various apps that want your attention, etc.  iOS 12 improves just about everything that there is about notifications.

First, when you get multiple notifications from the same app, they are now grouped together like a stack of cards.  The top card may tell you that you have 8 new emails.  Tap on that to get more specific information if you are ready to work with emails, but if not you can move on to the next stack.  You can even manage all of the notifications from a single app at once, such as marking all new emails read.

Second, you can now adjust the notifications when you get notifications.  If an app sends you a notification and no no longer want to hear from that app, swipe on it and tap Manage to turn off notifications without having to open the Settings app and then going to Notifications and then finding the settings for that particular app. 

Third, you can set some types of alerts to be "critical" alerts so that they always come on top, even when Do Not Disturb is engaged.  (I don't yet know the details on this feature.)

Fourth, you can manage the notifications that you see during the night.  Apple has improved the Do Not Disturb features in iOS, and you can now turn on Bedtime Mode.  With this mode turned on, if you happen to look at your iPhone in the middle of the night (for example, to see what time it is) you won't see any notifications on the lock screen.  Thus, you won't be tempted to start looking at emails, only to realize that now you cannot go back to sleep.  In the morning, the first thing that you see is a friendly Good Morning message with the time and weather.  Once you are ready to move past that and start your day, then you see all of the notifications that came in during the night.

Fifth, you can use Do Not Disturb during the day, with new 3D Touch options.  For example, you can quickly turn on do not disturb for just the next hour or during the next even on your calendar to make sure that you are not bothered during an upcoming meeting, but then your notifications will return after the meeting is over.

Shortcuts

I am a big fan of the Workflow app, which I first discussed on iPhone J.D. back in 2015 after California attorney David Sparks crated a useful guide on using the app.  I've since expanded the number of automated tasks that I do with this app, but it always had inherent limitations because it wasn't built-in to iOS.

Fortunately, those limitations may be going away.  In early 2017, Apple purchased the Workflow app and (more importantly) hired the team which created the app.  This team has been working in the Siri division of Apple.  Now we know why:  yesterday, Apple revealed the new Shortcuts app with Siri.  Individual app developers can now enable their apps to expose certain functions to Siri, and the Shortcuts app can now trigger one or more actions after a voice prompt that you give Siri. 

As an example of multiple steps, you can create a set of actions which occur when you tell Siri you are leaving work.  For example, that can trigger Siri doing the following:  (1) send a message to your spouse to say that you are on your way home, (2) tell you how long it will take to get home with current traffic, (3) start playing a song playlist in your car using CarPlay, and (4) tell the HomeKit thermostat at your home to adjust the temperature to something that will be more comfortable when you arrive at home.  The Shortcuts app comes with hundreds of workflows, and you can adjust them to meet your specific desires.

As an example of a single step, you can now interact with a single third party app using Siri.  Apple yesterday gave the example of an app containing your travel itinerary giving Siri access to the next item.  You might decide that every time you say "travel plan" to Siri it tells you what is next, without you even needing to open up that travel app.  That way, when your plane lands, just say "travel plan" and Siri will tell you the info on the hotel where you will be checking in so you have that information as you approach the taxi stand.

Siri will even recommend shortcut actions to you based upon your frequent activities.  If you start every day by using an app to order a specific type of coffee from a coffeehouse on the way to work, Siri can help you do so more easily.

The new Shortcuts app already looks like a big improvement on the Workflows app, and if Apple gives this app enough tools, it has the potential to be something really special.  I cannot wait to try this one out myself, and I look forward to Apple developing this app further over the next few years.

Screen Time

The new Screen Time tools in iOS 12 allow you to limit the way that you use your iPhone or iPad.  Do you feel that you spend too much time in Facebook, Twitter, reading the News app, etc.?  Screen Time will show you how much time you are spending using different apps on your device, and then you have the option to limit yourself.  Maybe you don't want to use a certain app more than a certain amount of time every day.  Just set the limit, and your iPhone will alert you when you have hit that time limit.  You can choose to disregard the notification, but at least you'll know that you should start to wrap things up.  The settings sync across your iPhone and iPad, so you cannot cheat yourself by looking at Instagram on your iPad instead of your iPhone.

If you feel that you are spending too much time on your iPhone or iPad on non-productive apps, the Screen Time app looks like a nice way to help you modify your behavior.

Note that you can use the same features to impose hard limits — which cannot be bypassed without explicit parental permission — on devices used by your kids.  No text messages after 8pm, only a certain number of hours spent on YouTube each day, etc.  Your child can request additional time or privileges, but you have to approve it.  As a father of a 12 year old boy and a 10 year old girl, I'm already a big fan of the feature by which a child has to request a parent's permission before downloading an app from the App Store.  I look forward to having similar controls on many other aspects of a child's use of a mobile device.

FaceTime

Currently, I only use FaceTime for talking with family members.  If I have to talk with attorneys in other cities or clients, I typically use expensive videoconferencing solutions that sometimes don't even work very well.  With iOS 12, however, I will be tempted to start using FaceTime for my work-related videochat needs. 

Instead of being limited to you and one other person, iOS 12 lets you to have a FaceTime group videochat with up to 32 simultaneous participants.  Each person appears in a square tile which increases in size as a person is talking, and which moves the background or the bottom of the app when a person is quiet.  (But you can always tap on a specific square to bring that face to the forefront.)

I've used lots of multi-person videochat solutions in the the past, but after iOS 12 becomes mainstream and is used by a large number of folks, this free videochat solution might make it unnecessary to use other products, as long as you are talking with folks who have an iPhone or iPad.

Another nice feature — if you are in a Messages thread with multiple participants, you can initiate a FaceTime call for that entire group from within the Messages app.  Great idea.

New iPad gestures

In iOS 11, you need to remember different gestures for the iPhone X and the iPad.  A swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone X brings you to the home screen, but a swipe up from the bottom of the iPad brings you to the app switcher and control center.

In iOS 12, the gestures on the iPad will instead mimic the iPhone X.  For example, swipe down from the top right to see the control center.

There is nothing really inherently obvious about any of these gestures, so I think that it makes sense to have them unified as much as possible across the different devices.

CarPlay

If you have a CarPlay technology in your car, in iOS 12 you will be able to use third party navigation apps such as Google Maps or Waze.  It is nice to have more options when you are traveling to a deposition or a courthouse in a faraway town for the first time.

The fun stuff

Those are the primary new changes that will help you get more work done with your iPhone and iPad, but of course there are many other new features aimed at making the iPhone more enjoyable.  There are lots of improvements to the Photos app, including better search options.  For example, instead of just searching for pictures that include a dog, you can now search for pictures with a dog and a pig — or whatever other combinations are relevant to you.

There are new Animoji character, plus the ability to create "Memoji," a cartoon character that looks like you, opens your mouth when you do, etc.  And you can even wear Animoji or Memoji cartoons like a mask when you are in FaceTime.  This reminds me of this classic clip from The Jetsons cartoon.

Improvements to ARKit will allow for even more sophisticated augmented reality on the iPhone and iPad.  For now, this is mostly just an entertainment feature, but as Apple continues to develop this technology I can see it being more useful for business applications in the future.

Conclusion

iOS 12 surely has other tricks up its sleeve that we haven't heard about yet, but even based on just what we saw yesterday, I'm already eagerly looking forward to this software update in the next few months.

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In the news

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 02:01

This week is the calm before the storm in the world of the iPhone, iPad and Mac.  On Monday, June 4, Apple begins its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, CA.  The conference kicks off with a Keynote address on Monday at 10 Pacific / 1 Eastern.  Apple always uses this as an opportunity to preview the next version of the operating system for the iPhone and iPad, which I presume will be called iOS 12.  (This time last year, Apple previewed iOS 11.)  This is also an opportunity for Apple to make new hardware announcements, so perhaps we will see a new iPad Pro or a new Apple Watch.  With WWDC around the corner, there wasn't much other iOS news this past week, but here is the news of note:

  • About six weeks ago, I posted a review of the iPhone Field Guide by California attorney David Sparks.  It is a fantastic e-book (including tons of videos) with tips for how to make the most of your iPhone.  This week, David announced that he updated his book to version 1.1, adding new content and fixing some small typos.  David also announced that he plans to update this book "for a few years," with the next update likely to come after iOS 12 is released.  If you think you might be interested and you haven't yet purchased this book yet, I encourage you to do so now because David also announced that he is about to increase the price.
  • Earlier this week, I discussed the new Messages in iCloud feature of iOS 11.4.  David Pogue of Yahoo provides much more information about how this feature works.  For example, he explains that photos, videos, and other large files in your Messages app are offloaded to iCloud, which means that turning this feature on can save lots of space on your iPhone or iPad, although it does use up your iCloud space.  But it is easy to increase your iCloud space by just paying a little bit more; you cannot increase your iPhone space without buying a new iPhone.  So if you are running low on iPhone space because of Messages, the new Messages in iCloud feature might be very useful for you.
  • John Gruber of Daring Fireball notes that the Things app (a task management app) was updated to version 3.6 and adds tons of support for using a keyboard with an iPad.
  • Gruber also encourages everyone to turn on the iOS feature that erases all data after 10 failed passcode attempts.  I have never enabled this feature on my iPhone because I was afraid that my kids might trigger it on accident.  John points out that it would take over three hours before there could be 10 unsuccessful attempts, which certainly does reduce the risk of it happening when you don't want it, but I'm still on the fence.
  • It's now June, so one of the next special occasions to look forward to is Father's Day on June 17.  Roger Fingas of Appleinsider recommends a dozen Apple-related gifts for dads.
  • Guigherme Rambo of 9to5Mac discovered that a new Apple Watch face will go live on Monday, June 4 during WWDC.  It features strings corresponding to the LGBT pride flag, and it looks pretty cool.
  • And finally, here is a short video from Apple with a few tips for using the on-screen keyboard on the iPad.

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[Sponsor] Lit Software -- TrialPad, TranscriptPad and DocReviewPad apps for the iPad

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 00:21

Thank you to Lit Software for sponsoring iPhone J.D. again this month.  Lit Software was one of the first companies to recognize that the iPad is an amazingly useful tool for lawyers, and it has been creating great software for lawyers ever since 2010, the same year that the iPad itself was first released.  For many years, I have heard amazing stories of attorneys having great success using TrialPad to present evidence to a jury or judge (or other audience).  If you haven't yet thought about what TrialPad can bring to your own litigation practice, be sure to check out my review.

The second app for attorneys created by Lit Software was TranscriptPad (my review).  I know of no better way to manage, annotate, and work with transcripts in a law practice.  It easily beats working with paper or any other software solution out there.  The complex litigation and other cases that I work on don't go to trial very often, but I do work with depositions all the time, so TranscriptPad is the Lit Software app that gets the most use on my iPad.  I use this app every time I prepare a motion for summary judgment, and I cannot even count the number of times that this app has been essential when I am taking a deposition of one witness and I need to quickly look up what another witness said in a prior deposition.

More recently, Lit Software released DocReviewApp (my review).  This is an app that you can use to review and annotate documents on your iPad, so this app is especially useful during the request for production of documents process.

As I mentioned last month, Lit Software has already announced its next app for lawyers, an app called TimelinePad which will allow you to create timelines to explain to a jury and others how certain facts, documents, etc. work together chronologically.  And Lit Software frequently adds new and useful features to its existing apps.

Thanks to Lit Software for sponsoring iPhone J.D. this month, and a big thank you to Lit Software for giving attorneys these powerful apps which make the iPad so incredibly useful for litigators and others.

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Apple releases iOS 11.4

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 01:05

Yesterday, Apple updated the operating system for the iPhone and iPad to iOS version 11.4.  iOS 11.4 adds two more important features, plus it includes a few smaller features and bug fixes.

Messages in iCloud

We all know that you can check your email on your phone, your computer, or your iPad.  And deleting an email from one device will delete the email from all of your devices.  The system works because all of your devices talk to a single server to handle your email.  iOS 11.4 brings this same feature to your text messages.

Before iOS 11.4, if you deleted a message thread on one device it would still exist on other devices.  And while new text messages would normally show up on all devices, sometimes they would appear on one device but not another one.  And sometimes messages would display out of order on one device.  In iOS 11.4, once you turn on Messages in iCloud, iCloud acts as a central hub for all of your messages (both SMS text messages and iMessage messages) so that all of your devices can stay in sync.  And iMessage is encrypted end-to-end for your privacy.

To enable Messages in iCloud, open the Settings app, tap your name at the top, then tap iCloud and turn on Messages.

At least, that is how it is supposed to work.  Last night, the Messages app in iOS 11.4 worked great for me on my iPhone, but on my iPad the app seemed to get caught on the "Signing in..." screen, where it has been stuck for many hours.  I tried signing out of my iCloud account on my iPad and signing back in again, but that didn't fix the problem.  I haven't yet seen any other reports of something similar, so perhaps this was a hiccup unique to my iPad Pro.  I'll update this post when I figure out how to get this working.

Note that even though the messages are stored in iCloud, that doesn't mean that you can see them at the iCloud.com website.  That website does give you access to other items synced via iCloud such as mail, contact, photos, etc.  But for now, at least, there is no Messages app on the iCloud website.

Also note the keeping your messages one the iCloud server uses up some of your iCloud data space.  If you are not paying Apple for additional iCloud space and if you have lots of pictures and videos in your messages, you might not have enough space on iCloud.

AirPlay 2

If you own an Apple HomePod, iOS 11.4 is an important update for you.  Especially if you own multiple HomePods.  With AirPlay 2, you can put two HomePods in one room for richer, stereo sound.  Or you can place them in different rooms and the music will stay in sync as you travel from room to room.

If you own a smart speaker from another company, it may also support AirPlay 2.  Apple has a page on its website listing dozens of devices from manufacturers like Sonos, Marantz and Devon that will also work with AirPlay 2.

Fixes and Security

Virtually every iOS update fixes various bugs and improves security in various ways.  iOS 11.4 fixes issues with CarPlay in which audio can be distorted.  I don't yet know exactly what this means; I've noticed that CarPlay in iOS 11.3 would occasionally cause some popping noises for me, and perhaps this fixes this.  iOS 11.4 also fixes some issues that arose when accessing certain Google files in Safari including Google Drive, Good Docs, and Gmail.  Apple also fixed a bug that could cause Messages to crash if certain characters were sent in a text message.  And Apple will soon update this page with information on the security improvements in iOS 11.4.

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In the news

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 23:33

Cybersecurity is never easy, and often there is a tradeoff between convenience and security.  That's why I like services such as 1Password, which increase your security while also making it easier to use passwords.  This week, Eliana Johnson, Emily Stephenson and Daniel Lippman of Politico reported that President Trump uses at least two iPhones for Twitter and for making calls, but that he has resisted recommended security protocols such as swapping out his iPhone on a monthly basis because it is too inconvenient.  I that countless hackers are constantly trying to compromise mobile devices being used by world leaders, especially the President of the United States.  And now, the news of note from the past week:

  • California attorney David Sparks of MacSparky discusses Gemini Photos, an app that can look for duplicate (or very similar) photos on your iPhone to streamline your collection.
  • Joel Rosenblatt and Mark Gurman of Bloomberg report that a federal court jury awarded Apple $539 million against Samsung for copying the iPhone design.
  • Michael Potuck of 9to5Mac discusses some of the new features in the Dropbox app.
  • If you are on an airplane and you want to use your AirPods to listen to the in-plane audio (for example to watch a movie), Ben Lovejoy of 9to5Mac reviews AirFly from Twelve South, a Bluetooth transmitter that you can plug into a 3.5mm headphone socket. 
  • Jesse Hollington of iLound also posted a review of the AirFly.
  • If you want a direct connection from a 3.5mm headphone socket without using Bluetooth, Chance Miller of 9to5Mac reviews the Belkin 3.5mm audio cable with Lightning connectivity.
  • Buster Hein of Cult of Mac discusses Camera+ 2, the new version of the one of the best third party camera apps for the iPhone.
  • Andrew O'Hara of AppleInsider reviews Logetech's Logi Circle 2, a home security camera that works with Apple's HomeKit technology.
  • There are complicated rules on when it is permissible to record a telephone conversation, and even if it is generally legal in your state it may be unethical for a lawyer to do it.  But if you are in a situation in which a recording is appropriate (such as when you have the consent of all parties to the conversation), Elizabeth Stinson and Josie Colt of Wired give advice on how to record a phone conversation on an iPhone.
  • And finally, here is a colorful new music video produced by Apple using Animoji, featuring the song Citizen Kane by South Korean band HYUKOH.  (The lyrics are in English.)  Apple calls the spot Taxi Driver, which frankly seems like a better title for this catchy song:

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TeenSafe leaks Apple ID usernames and passwords

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 22:46

What is your teenager doing on his or her iPhone?  Many parents looking for answers to this question have turned to services that promise the ability to monitor an iPhone.  For example, TeenSafe offers a service called TeenSafe Monitor.  For $15 a month, parents can access a web-based dashboard to review their child's text messages (both SMS and iMessage, and even if the messages were deleted from the iPhone), messages sent through WhatsApp, incoming and outgoing calls, a full list of contacts on the iPhone, the history of websites visited on the iPhone, and the current and historical locations where the iPhone has been.  How does it get access to all of this information?  The iPhone has to be configured to backup to iCloud, two-factor authentication has to be turned off, and you have to give TeenSafe your teenager's Apple ID username and password. 

Those requirements may make you raise your eyebrows and bit, and for good reason.  If you are going to give any third party a username and password, you have to trust them.  Not only do you have to trust that they are going to use the information responsibly, but you also need to trust that they are going to safeguard this secret information.

Unfortunately, Zack Whittacker of ZDNet reported this weekend that TeenSafe wasn't very careful in storing this information.  TeenSafe stored a file which had all of those usernames and passwords and other information in a place on the Internet where anyone could access it.  Even worse, the data was not encrypted and was instead stored in a plain text format.  The reporter contacted some of the email addresses in the file that anyone could download, and confirmed that, sure enough, the leaked passwords were accurate.  Ugh.  As you would imagine, TeenSafe is now taking efforts to secure the data again and to inform its customers of the leak.

Did any bad actors get access to the usernames and passwords before the story was published on ZDNet?  Perhaps we will never know.

The ZDNet story came just one day after an article by Jennifer Valentino-DeVries of the New York Times.  She reported that while these services say that they are for parents to monitor their teens, they are heavily used by people to monitor their spouses, especially when infidelity is suspected.  The report goes on to explain that some stalkers are using them to monitor their victims. 

I'm reminded of an incident about four years ago, when a hacker was able to trick celebrities through a phishing attack into providing their Apple ID passwords.  Once he had the username and password, the hacker was able to access their iCloud backups, find nude photographs, and then leak them to the Internet. 

We live in a digital world in which many aspects of our privacy are often protected by little more than a username and password.  Every time you give a password to someone else — your spouse, a co-worker, or a third party — you need to be sure that you can trust that they are going to protect your privacy just as much as you yourself would.

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In the news

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:18

Only two weeks ago, I started In the news by stating:  "It seems like every time we get one security disaster behind us, the next one comes along."  Sure enough, two weeks after the issue with Twitter passwords, we now have the next one.  If you use PGP to encrypt your emails, the EFF reported this week that new vulnerabilities have been discovered, such that the EFF recommends not even using PGP anymore.  Sigh.  And now, the news of note from the past week:

  • If you use GoodNotes for your iPad handwritten notes, the developer recently posted a helpful article with videos showing you how to make the most of drop and drag with the GoodNotes app.
  • Rene Ritchie of iMore writes about how Apple has worked with a number of other companies to develop carbon-free aluminum smelting so that the aluminum used in future Apple devices can be made with less negative environmental impact.
  • Good news:  Ben Lovejoy of 9to5Mac reports that the Logitech Crayon for iPad is now on sale, giving you most of the capabilities of an Apple Pencil for half of the price.  Bad news:  it only works with the 6th generation iPad, and you have to be a school to buy one.
  • If you don't subscribe to Apple Music but you want to watch Apple's Carpool Karaoke show, Killian Bell of Cult of Mac reports that all 19 episodes of the first season are now available for free for anyone with an Apple TV.
  • The iMac is 20 years old.  To celebrate, you can give your iPhone a case that looks like the early iMacs.  Leif Johnson of Macworld shows off the cases, made by Spigen.
  • And finally, if instead of celebrating the iMac you want your iPhone to celebrate how much money you have to spend, the Russian luxury item company Caviar is selling an iPhone X in a custom case which includes a solar panel.  Caviar calls it the iPhone X Tesla.  The 64 GB version sells for 284,000 ₽ (about $4,500) and the 256 GB version sells for 299,000 ₽ (about $4,800).  Here is a video which shows off the device (with the voiceover in Russian):

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[Sponsor] iTimeKeep -- time entry built for attorneys

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 23:22

Thank you to Bellefield Systems, the creator of iTimeKeep, for sponsoring iPhone J.D. again this month. 

You may talk to a client over the weekend, spend time working on a brief at night after you put the kids to bed, or handle something in a courthouse because you happen to be there on another matter.  iTimeKeep makes time entry so simple and accessible that you can easily enter your time no matter when or where you are working, and thus you don't forget to record your time entries.

Forgetting to record a few 0.1 or 0.2 time entries may not seem like a big deal, but over weeks and months it can really add up.  This time that would have otherwise been lost is what Bellefield refers to as invisible time. With the iTimeKeep app on your iPhone — which is likely with you all the time — you can enter your time contemporaneously and before you forget about it.  As soon as you enter time, the app quickly talks to your firm's time management system so that the activity is officially recorded.  By using your iPhone to record your time entries at the time that you do the work, you don't have to worry about losing time that you forgot about as you try to reconstruct your activities at a later time.  It’s not unreasonable to expect that you will record some additional billable time every day by keeping your time contemporaneously with iTimeKeep.  Multiply that by 255 work days a year, and multiply that by your billable rate, and the value of iTimeKeep becomes obvious.

Contemporaneous time entry is good for another reason.  It is much easier to keep track of what you are doing while you are doing it than it is to try to reconstruct your time entries at the end of the day (or on a subsequent day).  We've all been there before — you are doing your time entries at the end of the day, and you find yourself staring blankly as you try to remember what it was that you worked on in the morning.  Eventually it may come to you, but you are wasting your own (non-billable) time as you attempt to remember what you did.  If you instead enter your time as you are doing tasks, you save yourself the agony of reconstructing your day.  And because iTimeKeep makes it so easy to keep track of your time contemporaneously, over time you will find that you do it more and more.

iTimeKeep works with law firms of any size, integrating with several time and billing systems:  Aderant, Elite, Omega, PC Law, TimeMatters, and many, many more which are listed here.

I started using this app in my own law practice last year, and I posted a comprehensive review in August.  I have used this app on more occasions that I can remember to record my time when I am out of the office, time that I might have otherwise forgotten about.  Thus, the app has helped me to get paid for the work that I am actually doing, plus it ensures that my timesheets accurately reflect all of the work that I am doing for my clients.

 

iTimeKeep validates your time against client billing guidelines, so you don't have to worry about forgetting to add a needed issue or task code for a file, or entering time in 0.1 increments when the client requires 0.25 entries.  And you can use built-in timers to keep track of precisely how long you spend working on a task.

What surprised me about iTimeKeep is that it isn't just a tool for avoiding missed time entries.  It is also a fantastic tool to use every day for recording all of your time.  The iTimeKeep interface is so incredibly well-designed and fast to use that I often prefer using iTimeKeep over the interface for my law firm's time entry software.  And fortunately, it doesn't matter which one I use — time that I enter in iTimeKeep shows up on my firm system, and time that I enter in my firm's system shows up in iTimeKeep if I have to go back and edit an entry.

I cannot type on an iPhone as fast as I can type on a computer keyboard.  However, I can often enter time just as quickly using iTimeKeep on my iPhone.  Sometimes I use Siri dictation to speak a time entry, which is fast and easy.  Other times I use the iPhone's keyboard shortcut feature to speed up time entry.  (In the Settings app, go to General -> Keyboard -> Text Replacement.)  For example, if I type "tcw" on my iPhone, it automatically changes that to "Telephone conference with " so I just need to type the name and the "re" information.

But iTimeKeep is not just a product for your iPhone (and iPad and Apple Watch, and even Android).  You can also use iTimeKeep on your computer via a secure website interface.  Whether I am entering time in the office on my PC or at home on my Mac, I frequently use the desktop version of iTimeKeep to type my time entries in the clean and efficient interface.

No attorney enjoys time entry, but it is a necessary part of the practice of law for most of us.  With iTimeKeep, you significantly reduce the friction associated with entering your time, especially when you record it contemporaneous with performing the work for your client.  Thank you to Bellefield for sponsoring iPhone J.D. again this month, and thank you for creating this perfect example of an iPhone app that greatly improves the practice of law for attorneys.

Don't waste anymore time.  Try iTimeKeep today.

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In the news

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 01:26

If you have an older iPhone with a battery that no longer holds a charge for very long, you can go to an Apple Store and pay only $29 to get the battery replaced.  When Apple first started this program a few months ago, I heard many stories about how hard it was to get an appointment for this service.   Serenity Caldwell of iMore reports that Apple seems to finally have a sufficient stock of the replacement batteries.  If you were waiting for the line to shorten before giving new life to an older iPhone, now seems to be the time to do so.  And now, the news of note from the past week:

  • California attorney David Sparks discusses Apple's efforts to make the iPhone more secure.
  • Debra Cassens Weiss of the ABA Journal reports on a federal Fourth Circuit decision holding that some form of individualized suspicion is necessary before the government can search a cellphone seized at the border.
  • In an article for The Daily Record, New York attorney Nicole Black discusses iPhone use by attorneys.  Note that the title of the article mentions 2018 use, but the data she is discussing comes from the 2017 ABA Tech Survey released last November (my report), which is based on data collected from February to May, 2017.
  • Luke Dormehl reports that Apple now has permission to use drones to improve Apple M4444444aps.
  • Benjamin Clymer of Hodinkee (a website and magazine devoted to expensive watches) interviewed Apple's Jonathan Ive to discuss the creation of the Apple Watch.
  • Matthew Byrd of The App Factor came up with a list of 20 iPhone apps that you might not know about but which are worth checking out.  There are some good ones on this list.
  • Harry Guinness of How-To Geek explains how secure Face ID and Touch ID are on an iPhone.
  • Olloclip has made external lenses for iPhones for years now.  Jim Fisher of PC Magazine reviews the new Olloclip for the iPhone X, and finds that while it can work well, there are tradeoffs.
  • Peter Cao of 9to5Mac reports that starting in July 2018, all new apps and all updates to older apps must include support for the iPhone X's display.
  • And finally, Ed Hardy of Cult of Mac reports that at the recent 97th annual Art Directors Club awards, Apple won Best in Show for an ad that Apple created called Barbers which shows how portrait mode on the iPhone can make anyone look good.  I mentioned this ad almost exactly one year ago when it debuted, not only because I thought it was a great ad, but also because it was filmed right here in New Orleans.  (I also noted that Apple made some digital changes to the neighborhood, including adding a fake law firm.)  Perhaps this will inspire Apple to film even more commercials in the Big Easy.  Here is that award-winning ad again:

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Tips for using 3D Touch

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 01:48

Unless you are using an older iPhone, I suspect that you are using an iPhone that can support 3D Touch.  This is a gesture similar to tapping, except that you push down a little bit more.  3D Touch was introduced with the iPhone 6s in September 2015, and also works on the iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and the iPhone X (and the Plus variants of those phones).  But even though 3D Touch has been around for many years, I talk to many folks who don't even know that the feature is there.  Frankly, I forget about it sometimes too.  But there are tons of really useful things that you can do with 3D Touch.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Quickly jot something down

I often need to quickly jot something down, like a phone number, a name, a case number, etc.  The built-in Notes app is a great place to put that information.  Of course, you can open the app and then tap on the button to create a new note, but it is faster to use 3D Touch.  Just push down on the app icon on your home screen and tap New Note.

Perhaps even more useful is the option just below that:  New Checklist.  If you need to jot down a number of items, such as a grocery list, the New Checklist option after you 3D Touch will open the Notes app, create a new note, and then enter the checklist mode (normally accessed by pressing the icon of the check mark inside of a circle).  Using 3D Touch and tapping New Checklist is far, far faster that doing all of those steps one at a time.

 Compose a new email, without distractions

If you 3D Touch on the built-in Mail app icon, there is a New Message option.  Thus, using 3D Touch is a fast way to compose a new email.  But the real reason that I like this shortcut is that whenever I open the Mail app to compose a new email, the first thing I see when the Mail app opens is a list of emails, which probably includes some new ones that I haven't seen yet.  Thus, I find myself distracted, and sometimes sidetracked, by those messages.  By the time I start composing my email, I may have even forgotten what I was going to say.  When I use the 3D Touch shortcut to compose a new email, I don't see my Inbox until my new email is composed and sent. 

3D Touch cursor

When typing an email, or when typing virtually any other text, if you push down on the keyboard, the keys turn blank and the keyboard turns into a trackpad.  You can slide your finger around to move your cursor up a few lines to edit or add to text.  Not only does this save you the trouble of tapping to select a new location for the cursor, I also find that it is far more precise than just tapping on text you previously typed.

While you are moving the cursor around, you can 3D Touch again to select a word, and then drag your finger to select multiple words.

Message a specific person

If you tap on the Messages app icon, you will probably see your most recent text message conversation.  But if you 3D Touch on the Messages app, you will see a list of names of folks who have recently had text message conversations with you.  Assuming that you wanted to send a message to, or review a recent message from, one of those three people, this is a faster way to jump directly to the text message conversation with that person.

Beware of Contacts

This isn't as much of a tip as it is a warning.  If you 3D Touch on the built-in Phone app, you see a list of four favorites.  Tap a name, and you call that person.  That makes sense.  What I don't like is that if you 3D Touch on the Contacts app icon, you see that same list of Phone favorites, and tapping one of those names will also call that person.  That shortcut makes sense to me on the Phone app icon, an app used to call people, but not on the Contacts app icon.  It would make much more sense to me for a 3D Touch on the Contacts app to bring up the Contacts entry for that person so that you can review contact information.  And that might be the behavior that you were expecting as well, which can cause quite a surprise if you were intending to quickly bring up a person's contact information to see some detail about the person and instead you find yourself calling that person's phone.

Mark my location

If you 3D Touch on the Maps app icon, the first choice is to Mark My Location.  Tap this to drop a pin on the map at your current location.  This can be useful if you are parking a car or a bike and then you are going to walk somewhere else and you are worried that you might forget where your car or bike was located.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

I frequently have a need to open the Settings app and go to the Wi-Fi settings or the Bluetooth settings.  Both are located near the top of the list after you open the Settings app, but an even faster way to access these settings is to 3D Touch on the Settings icon and then tap Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Get this app first

Sometimes I want to start using an updated version of an app, so I will open the App Store icon, tap Updates, pull down from the top of the screen to see what updates are available, and then I'll tap the button to update all of my apps.  Normally this works fine, but sometimes I find that I really want my iPhone to start by updating app X, and instead my iPhone is slowly updating apps Y and Z.  As I wait, I cannot even launch the app that most interests me because the app icon is gray.  Ugh.

To solve this, 3D Touch on the app icon on your home screen for the app in question, and then tap Prioritize Download.  This will tell your iPhone to put the other updates to the side and immediately start updating this app.

Speaking of the App Store, you can 3D Touch on the App Store icon to see a few choices, one of which is Search, which brings you directly to the search function of the App Store.

Adjusting 3D Touch

You can adjust how hard you need to press on the display to trigger 3D Touch.  Open the Settings app and go to General -> Accessibility -> 3D Touch to select Light, Medium or Firm.  You can also turn off 3D Touch, if for some reason you need to do that.

And much more

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to 3D Touch.  For example, you can also use it to "peek" at a link or a file before you officially open it.  And many third-party apps offer interesting 3D Touch options, such as the Launch Center Pro app which lets you see miniature icons.  Click here to see a short video by Apple showing off the features of 3D Touch.

If you are looking for something to do while in waiting in line at the grocery store, on a train, etc., take a few minutes to play around with 3D Touch in different places to find other interesting uses.  3D Touch is a useful, but I suspect underused, feature on the iPhone.

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In the news

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 00:50

It seems like every time we get one security disaster behind us, the next one comes along.  This week it is Twitter, which announced yesterday that apparently all of its passwords were accidentally decrypted and stored in plain text for a period of time.  Twitter hasn't said for long, and we don't know if any hackers accessed it during this time period, but obviously Twitter is telling everyone to change their passwords just in case.  Twitter also has optional two-factor verification, so while you are updating your password, you should turn that on for extra protection if you have not yet enabled it.  But more importantly, even if you don't use Twitter, this serves as yet another warning that you ought to use unique and secure passwords for every website and service — a task that is much more simple if you use a Password Manager.  (I use 1Password and was able to change both my @jeffrichardson and my @iphonejd account passwords very quickly.)  If you don't currently use a password manager, I strongly recommend that you do so.  Better yet, get it for your entire family, like I recently did with 1Password Families.  And now, the news of note from the past week:

  • Twenty years ago, Apple introduced the iMac, and Apple created a commercial called Simplicity Shootout to show how much easier it was to set up an iMac versus a PC.  I remember that commercial very well.  Michael Steeber of 9to5Mac explains how that video was made, and he even tracked down the two people who starred in that video.  The former PC-user now uses a 12.9" iPad Pro.  It's a fun article and worth reading.
  • Jennifer Vazquez of Channel 4 New York reports on a man who saw a notification on his Apple Watch telling him to seek immediate medical attention because something was wrong with his heart rate.  He immediately went to the ER and the doctors found a dangerous ulcer that could have killed him if he had waited.
  • If you want to get an Apple Watch, for yourself or someone else, Lief Johnson of Macworld reports that they are currently $50 off at Macy's.
  • In my experience, games don't work very well on the Apple Watch, but maybe I just haven't tried the right one yet.  Andrew Hayward of Macworld recommends 15 Apple Watch games.
  • If you use Wemo smart home products, you can add the Wemo Bridge to make it work with Apple HomeKit.  That normally costs $40, but as John Levite of iMore reports, you can currently get it on Amazon for only $30.
  • Today is Star Wars Day.  To celebrate, you can now pre-order tickets for Solo: A Star Wars Story at your local theater.  I just bought mine for May 25th.
  • Yesterday, to celebrate French film director Georges Méliès, Google released a Google Doodle video.  Thuy Ong of The Verge has details.  You can watch it on YouTube, but if you have Google Cardboard, I strongly encourage you to watch the VR version of it using the Google Stories app on the iPhone.  It is an incredibly well done VR short cartoon.  You need to watch it multiple times to catch all of the fun details.
  • And finally, here is an interesting picture recently tweeted by developer Steve Troughton-Smith that I don't remember seeing before, although apparently it was also posted back in 2014 on MacRumors.  This is the hardware setup that Apple used to create the initial software for the iPhone before it was released in 2007:

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Apple 2018 fiscal second quarter -- the iPhone and iPad angle

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:15

Yesterday, Apple released the results for its 2018 fiscal second quarter (which ran from December 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018) and held a call with analysts to discuss the results.  Apple's first fiscal quarter is the one with all of the holiday sales, so Q2 is usually not a particular impressive quarter for Apple.  In fact, two years ago, Apple had a particularly rough second quarter.  In 2018, in contrast, Apple had its best Q2 ever, with record Q2 revenue of $61.1 billion,up from $52.9 billion in 2017 Q2 (and $50.6 billion in 2016 Q2). Apple CEO Tim Cook attributed the record quarter to three factors:  iPhone revenue was up 14%, services revenue (things like Apple Music and the App Store) was up 31%, and wearable revenue (things like the Apple Watch and AirPods) was up almost 50%.  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 transcript of the call prepared by Seeking Alpha, or a transcript prepared by Mikah Sargent of iMore.  Apple's official press release is here.  As always, I'm not as interested in the financial details as I am the statements of Apple executives during the call that are of interest to iPhone and iPad users.  Here are the items that stood out to me.

iPhone

  • During the past quarter, Apple sold 52.217 million iPhones. The all-time record for Q2 was in 2015 when Apple sold 61.2 million iPhones, but this is the second most iPhones that Apple has ever sold in a fiscal second quarter (up from just over 50 million a year ago).
  • By my count, Apple has sold almost 1.4 billion iPhones since they first went on sale in 2007.
  • If you combine Apple's over $38 billion in iPhone revenue in Q2 with its over $61 billion in iPhone revenue in 2018 Q1, you get to about $100 billion in iPhone revenue for the first half of 2018, which Cook said was a new record for iPhone revenue in the first half of the year.  I'm sure that a big part of the reason for this was that Apple has been selling the iPhone X, its most expensive iPhone ever, during these past two quarters.  But whatever the reason, I'm glad that Apple has numbers that it can boast about, because that encourages Apple to continue to develop the iPhone, and encourages smart engineers who work at Apple to stay at the company, all of which results in better iPhones for those of us who use them every day.
  • What kinds of iPhones are people buying?  Cook said that in the past, the most expensive iPhone was not the best=selling iPhone.  In other words, the Plus model of the iPhone 7, iPhone 6, etc. sold less than the non-Plus model.  But in this past fiscal quarter, the most expensive iPhone being sold by Apple — the iPhone X — is also the best-selling iPhone.
  • Before today's call, there were rumors that the iPhone X was not selling as well as Apple had hoped.  Cook addressed this by pointing out what I just mentioned — that the iPhone X was the best-selling iPhone.  He also stated:  "I think that it's one of those things where, like a team wins the Super Bowl, maybe you want them to win by a few more points, but it's a Super Bowl winner and that's how we feel about it.  I could not be prouder of the product."
  • John Gruber of Daring Fireball offered this take on iPhone X sales:  "Year over year, iPhone sales were up 3 percent on unit sales, but 14 percent on revenue.  Unit sales are close to flat, but Apple grew revenue by double digits.  There’s no other way to explain it than that iPhone X is a hit."

iPad

  • Apple sold 9.113 million iPads in the past fiscal quarter.  iPad sales were highest for Apple in 2013 to 2015; for example, Apple sold 19.5 million iPads in 2013 Q2.  iPad sales have been reduced in recent years, but Apple did sell a few more iPads in 2018 Q2 than it did in 2017 Q2 (when it sold 8.922 million).
  • By my count, Apple has sold over 403 million iPads since they first went on sale in 2010.
  • To help you to see iPad sales over time, I prepared a chart that shows two things.  The blue line shows the actual iPad sales each quarter (in millions).  The green bars show the average of the current quarter and the prior three quarters.  I think that this chart is useful because while the blue line shows peaks every year in Apple's fiscal first quarter — the holiday quarter, when folks buy lots of iPads as presents — the green bars are more helpful for seeing 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).  From calendar year 2014 through 2017 Q2, iPad sales have decreased over time.  But then iPad sales started to increase again.  The increase wasn't very much each quarter, and thus if you look at the last four green bars in this chart, you can only see a slight increase.  But it does increase.  For four quarters in a row, the four-quarter average of iPad sales has increased every single quarter.  I don't know if we will ever see the record iPad sales that we saw a few years ago, but as long as iPad sales continue to increase, Apple will (hopefully) be encouraged to continue to put resources into iPad development.  And hopefully that will translate into better iPads for us to use.

Other

  • This was Apple's best-ever quarter for services, including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, etc.  Because much of this is subscription revenue, these should continue to be profitable areas for Apple in the future.
  • Cook noted that more transit systems are accepting Apple Pay, which has increased Apple Pay use by commuters.
  • Apple never reveals specific numbers for the Apple Watch, but Cook did say that 2018 Q2 Apple Watch sales were higher than any prior Q2, adding:  "Millions of customers are using Apple Watch to help them stay active, healthy, and connected, and they have made it the top selling watch in the world."
  • Apple also doesn't release specific numbers for the AirPods, but Cook said that the product is a "runaway hit."
  • Of course Tim Cook was not going to reveal any new products coming in the future, but Cook did show his excitement for the future, noting:  "We have the best pipeline of products and services we've ever had.  We have a huge installed base of active devices that is growing across all products, and we have the highest customer loyalty and satisfaction in the industry."
  • One analyst asked Tim Cook whether Apple's emphasis on user privacy was a focus because it could help Apple's revenue.  Cook pushed back and said that Apple doesn't see it that way.  "In terms of benefit, we don't really view it like that.  We view that privacy is a fundamental human right and that it's an extremely complex situation, if you're a user, to understand a lot of the user agreements and so forth.  And we've always viewed that part of our role was to sort of make things as simple as possible for the user and provide them a level of privacy and security."
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The transition to 5G on the iPhone

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 02:19

Yesterday, T-Mobile and Sprint announced that they will merge.  If the government approves, then we will have only three major wireless companies in the United States.  In the communications that I have seen from the two companies, including a joint website that went live yesterday, one of the main themes was that this merger would promote 5G, the next generation of wireless technology.  This makes me wonder, what will 5G bring us, and when can we start to use it on the iPhone?

100x faster

It won't surprise you that the primary advantage of 5G is faster Internet for mobile devices.  Indeed, wireless speed has increased dramatically since the iPhone was originally introduced in 2007, so we all expect this to continue in the future.

The original iPhone only supported 2G Edge wireless, and the addition of 3G support a year later was such an improvement that the second generation of iPhone mentions it in its name:  it was called the iPhone 3G.  Edge on the original iPhone provided download speeds of around 100 Kbps — about twice as fast as a 56K modem.  With 3G, the iPhone 3G in 2008 increased download speeds to around 500 Kbps.  Carriers improved 3G technology over time, and manufacturers improved devices to take advantage of that.  For example, in early 2009, I reported that AT&T was planning to double 3G speed, and by 2011, I was using an iPhone 4 with better 3G technology and I saw average download speeds of around 3 Mbps.

The iPhone 5 was introduced in the Fall of 2012, and one of the marquee features was support for 4G LTE.  It provided a major increase in wireless speed.  Here in New Orleans, in 2012-2013, I would typically see 4G LTE download speeds in the 30-40 Mbps range.  Those speeds increased over time as technology improved.  With my iPhone X in 2018, I typically see 4G LTE speeds of 75-100 Mbps, and I often see speeds well in excess 0f 100 Mbps.

 

While 4G has gotten faster over the years, just like 3G did, as I look back over the past decade, the major speed advantages have been when there was a new generation.  5G is being advertised as being the next major speed bump.  The CTIA, a trade organization for the wireless industry, says that 5G can be 100 times faster than 4G, and a chart on its website predicts a transition from 100 Mbps download speeds to 10 Gbps.  5G will also feature low latency that can make the internet five times more responsive when you initiate each request.

With this dramatic increase in speed, I imagine that we will see an increase in high quality video on demand, a vast increase in augmented reality, and even more services living in the cloud.  And of course, I'm sure that the faster speeds will prompt new innovations that many of us have not thought about yet.  The CTIA website says that with 5G, "[s]ensors will monitor the health and safety of critical infrastructure like buildings, roads, and bridges, while connected trash cans, bus stops, light poles and more will help cities operate more efficiently" and says that 5G will help self-driving cars.

A different kind of infrastructure

To date, wireless cell technology has been based on huge towers with antennas 125 feet in the air which would provide service for several miles.  But it turns out that 5G will be different.  5G is much faster, but the signal doesn't go nearly as far.  So instead of a smaller number of tall towers, 5G will work with a large number of microcells placed around 500 feet apart, often on streetlights or utility poles.

But it won't just be that microcell on a utility pole.  As reported by Allan Homes earlier this year in the New York Times, "[m]uch of the equipment will be on streetlights or utility poles," but it will often be "accompanied by containers the size of refrigerators on the ground."  That New York Times article includes pictures showing how these containers can be made to look like mailboxes so that they don't seem too out-of-place.  Because this equipment on the ground is a potential eyesore, some local governments are looking to regulate 5G implementation, which has led the wireless companies to lobby at the state and federal level to try to block local regulators from slowing down the transition to 5G.  Katherine Shaver of the Washington Post reports:  "Industry-backed legislative proposals introduced this year in 18 states, including Maryland and Virginia, would preempt most local zoning laws for small cell poles up to 50 feet tall.  They would limit residents’ input on applications for small cell facilities and restrict local governments’ ability to reject them."

In an editorial, the USA Today suggests this compromise:  "A smarter approach would bar localities from turning the permitting process into a cash cow, but would give them input on where 5G boxes go and what they should look like.  This kind of buy-in might seem burdensome.  But it is necessary to prevent a grass-roots rebellion of property owners and community activists."

The future is close

It will be interesting to see how these implementation details get worked out, but I presume that somehow, they will.  5G (and someday 6G, 7G, etc.) seems inevitable.  As noted above, T-Mobile and Sprint are seeking government approval of their merger so that they can be a leader in 5G technology.  AT&T announced a few months ago that "2018 will be the year you can experience mobile 5G from AT&T" with preliminary service "in a dozen cities, including parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas, by the end of this year."  Verizon announced a few days ago that it would launch 5G "in 3-5 markets later this year and take the same aggressive approach to the deployment of 5G mobility when devices become available."

As that quote from Verizon indicates, the initial rollout of 5G won't mean that you can start using it on your current iPhone.  When 5G first comes out, you'll need to have a dedicated hardware device to receive the 5G signal, which I presume you can then connect to a mobile phone via Wi-Fi.  3G was available in 2007 when the original iPhone was introduced, but Apple didn't take advantage of it for the first year of the iPhone because some of the initial 3G chips for mobile devices consumed too much power.  Apple waited for the technology to mature a little before adding 3G a year later in 2008 — and even then, just for AT&T.  (The first Verizon iPhone didn't come out until 2011.)

Complicating things further, I understand that there isn't yet any agreement in the industry on how 5G is going to work.  Thus, the technology that lets an iPhone talk to AT&T 5G may not also allow for communication with T-Mobile/Sprint 5G.

Nevertheless, I expect that it won't be long before 5G will start to have enough availability that you will want to have the opportunity to take advantage of it.  I don't expect a 5G iPhone or iPad in 2018, and I suspect that the technology will still be too new in 2019, but it wouldn't surprise me to see 5G in Apple mobile devices in the year 2020.

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