⓱opinion – the Unapologetically Imperfect iPhone 7

Scars aren’t defects – they are survival stories. It’s healthiest to wear them boldly and not conceal them in shame. They are a testament to durability – not a sign of weakness.

Admiring my worn and weathered Apple devices I’m reminded of a favorite scene from ‘Jaws’. Spielberg and Benchley expressed it masterfully…

I’m actually a little disappointed that my Series 0 Apple Watch still looks brand new. Some scratches would add character. My other watches hint at stories of journey and adventure.

That’s why I’m not going to worry about “micro-abrasions” on my new iPhone 7. I’ll carry it in my pocket without a case – scars be damned. 

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⓱Survival Guide – iPhone Life Without a 3.5mm Audio Jack

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It’s still straightforward and inexpensive to get great sound without an audio jack in your new iPhone 7. The key is choosing the right gear for the job at hand. These particular accessories were chosen from personal experience to handle each of the commonly encountered situations.

Best of all they are backwards compatible with your iPhone 6 and earlier. After using each of these products I think Apple was right to forge ahead with the wireless approach.

Your ‘Key to Survival’ is wireless audio via Bluetoth or AirPlay:

Home Speaker (Bluetooth – wall powered): Sonos famous room-filling sound

Portable Speaker (Bluetooth – rechargeable): great sound on the go from JBL

Audio Transmitter for Car Radio (Bluetooth to FM): listen in the car without wires. Pairs automatically. Full review available here

Audio Transmitter for Car Radio (Bluetooth to Cassette): wireless for older vehicles

Home Theater Receiver (Bluetooth and AirPlay): great versatility and awesound sound fidelity. The center piece of your living room sound system

Audio Transmitter for Receiver (Bluetooth): use your exising amp and speakers for the best wireless sound

Sport Headphones (Bluetooth): sweat resistant and secure fit

Economy Headphones (Bluetooth): great sound on a budget

Over the Ear Headphones (Bluetooth): best overall deal for the price and sound quality

⓱apple – Official Keynote BINGO Card for the Fall 2016 Apple Special Event

My BINGO Card this year is equal parts history, folklore, intuition, humor, leaks and wish list. Print out your card and play along.

After a decade of iPhone keynotes we don’t get too many surprises. This distraction should make things a little more interesting.

Unlike traditional BINGO we’re trying to fill the whole card instead of just the traditional up /down /across /diagonal. BTW: It always ends in a tie since were all using the same card.

print pdf: 2016 Apple Keynote BINGO Playing Card