We Want The iPhone XR

Tis the season for cellphone upgrades, fa la la la la…and so forth. My wife, Michelle and I, recently came back to YouTube, after a rather long hiatus off of all things social media, and made our comeback with our opinions as to why the iPhone XR would be the best choice for us.

Michelle’s reasons were pretty straight forward; She wants the “latest and greatest” iPhone model. Albeit the XR may not be the “Greatest” out of this year’s line, we hold the belief that such things are entirely subjective. She’s also looking forward to a minimal bezel, as opposed to her iPhone 8 Plus, which I also agree with (I have the same model), and she’s also looking forward to playing with some of the iOS 12 features that are simply not available on some older models.

Me, on the other hand, It seems that every year I get a craving for something a little different, yet I still prefer the familiar. It’s a difficult emotional and mental balancing act with me. I’ve been on other platforms in the past, and while I did not hate those experiences by any stretch, something about them just didn’t quite feel right. So this year, I’m thinking I could satisfy that with a different color than what I’ve had in the past. I’m personally going with the Product (Red) model. Which is a campaign I’ve always appreciated, we’ve even had our own Product (Red) campaign here on Braehawk Tech in the past.

For both of us, the iPhone XS-Max just seemed to be a bit too much phone, so to speak, for both of us. Same with the XS, moreso it was the price tag of either of those that really makes the XR very appealing for us. The XR base model starts at $750.00, while the others go upwards of $1000.00.

Along with this upgrade comes with a switch for both of us from Verizon to AT&T. The deal we worked out with AT&T got us a buy one get two free package, which will be completely covered when we trade in our older devices. Not to mention that we’re getting a better data package while keeping our bill under $170.00 a month. Verizon promised us something similar recently, but failed to deliver, and we’ve been dealing with an outrageous phone bill for a few months now.

So we’re both quite excited, and I’m looking forward to giving AT&T another shot. I was with them once briefly a long time ago.

So considering this is kind of upgrade season, I’m curious to know what you’re upgrading to, if you’re upgrading at all. Let us know!

~Brandon

BTLR; Twitter, Apple, And iOS 10.1

Twitter reportedly planning to cut hundreds of jobs.
Twitter is planning to cut hundreds of jobs, with an announcement possibly coming as soon as this week ahead of its third-quarter financial results, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Apple Replaces Support Profiles.
Apple recently removed Support Profiles from its website, redirecting the page to a new “Get Support” tool that similarly enables customers to check their technical support and service coverage status for iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other Apple products they own. There is, however, one notable difference.

iOS 10.1 is now available with Portrait mode for iPhone 7 Plus.
Apple just released iOS 10.1, the first major update to the iPhone and iPad’s mobile operating system since iOS 10 launched in September.

BTLR; Apple Watch Series 2, Chinese Tech Security, And Hello Again

APPLE WATCH Series 2
Apple Watch Series 2 is launching this week with a built-in GPS chip and waterproof capabilities. There’s also an Apple Watch Series 1, exactly like the iPhone smartwatch we reviewed below, but with the faster processor of the Apple Watch 2. Here’s our updated take on the first Apple Watch, now with new software.

The military is concerned that Chinese computer products could pose a cyber security threat
The Pentagon’s Joint Staff recently warned against using equipment made by China’s Lenovo computer manufacturer amid concerns about cyber spying against Pentagon networks, according to defense officials.

New Apple 13-inch, 15-inch MacBooks coming Thursday
With just a few days left before Apple’s next product event, the rumors are swirling faster every day, but a new one related to the MacBook is particularly interesting.

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1; Better Performance On Older Devices

The release comes almost a month after the release of iOS 8.1. As per the release notes, the focus is on bug fixes and performance improvements for older devices such as the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 4S and iPad 2 can technically run iOS 8, but the performance isn’t what you would call spectacular. Most noticeable, animations, some load times and overall responsiveness on the latest OS fall behind where those devices were on iOS 7.

In addition to updating iOS 8, Apple also released an small update for OS X Yosemite, dubbed OS X 10.10.1, which supposedly fixes Wi-Fi performance and a few other issues.

We covered the release of iOS 8.1.1, and a lot of other interesting news on BTLR, Monday, November 17, which can be seen here .