Revising My Stance on the Apple Watch

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Last week I wrote a not-so-nice piece about how Apple had “lost its way” with the release of the Apple Watch Edition. While this was precisely how I felt at the time, now that I’ve had time to reflect, research, and understand why the Apple Watch Edition exists, I’m revising my stance.

How I Feel Now

One of the reasons I railed on the Apple Watch Edition so hard was because I felt it showed a fundamental shift in the culture that Apple had worked so hard to cultivate over the years. My argument was that Apple had spent a lifetime becoming a company that was considered an accessible BMW-esque brand for the majority, and the Apple Watch Edition showed they’re intention to abandon their core user base in favor of designing for the 1%.

The exclusive gold watch is a marketing exercise. It bathes the lower-priced watches in a golden light, and makes the entire line aspirational. [source]

I read an article that detailed how the Edition was merely part of a bigger plan by Apple to make the Apple watch more appealing to the majority, rather than an just an unnecessary extravagance. The article points out that the Edition casts a golden halo over the entire line and aims to make the entire line more desirable to people from all walks of life.

I’m Still Not Buying an Apple Watch

The fact remains that the Apple Watch still isn’t a compelling product to me, and I don’t see myself needing or wanting one anytime soon. However, every now and then Apple is going to make a product that isn’t for me, and frankly, that’s ok. Apple is beginning to offer a far more diversified portfolio of products than they have in the past, so it stands to reason that some of them would fall short of being a must-have for me personally.

That’s not to say that the Apple watch won’t become a product that I want or need in the future. The fact remains that I’m still unclear on the story of this product, and I don’t believe Apple is done writing it either. Once we have a clearer picture of what this product is and how it will help or change the way we do certain things, there’s no reason to give it a damning review.

My Immaturity Shined Through

Another thing I’d like to address is my analysis of Jony Ive. Let’s be clear… I don’t know Mr. Ive, nor do I know anyone who knows him personally either. That makes me completely unqualified to pass judgement on him, his demeanor, or his thought process when designing products. I’m not the only one that jumped on the Ive Bashing bandwagon, but I might be the only one to realize how childish and unnecessary it was.

Also, I played a card that I swore I would never play, the “Steve Jobs would never have…” card. It’s easy for us fanboys to play this card because we know there’s no way to disprove it. What we fail to realize is there is no way for us to prove its validity either. None of us know what Steve would’ve done. There’s a chance he may have had input on this product in some way, but we don’t know, and Apple certainly won’t tell us. The truth is that Apple is doing its best to honor the memory of their iconic founder, while at the same time doing everything it can to escape the shadow he left behind. It’s not fair to judge Apple’s decisions based on Jobsian logic. Apple is Tim Cook’s company now, and we should be supportive of that. After all, he gave us bigger iPhones, and that’s something Steve actually said he didn’t want to do. Think about that.

Lessons I’ve Learned

I’ve learned very valuable lessons over the past week. From this point forward I’m going to keep a more open mind about the products that I review, and I’ll make an honest effort to look at the big picture rather than jumping to premature, myopic conclusions. To anyone I offended with my comments, I apologize, and I promise to do my best not to produce such low-class material in the future.

The Future of Apple TV is Bright, and I’m Excited

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Several news outlets are reporting that Apple is finally ready to enter the TV business. However, the way they’re choosing to enter the market differs greatly from what was previously expected. Many speculated that Apple would actually produce a television, but that no longer seems to be the case. According to the Wall Street Journal Apple is slated to unveil their new streaming TV subscription service later this year. This is huge, and I’m excited.

Why This Matters

Those of us who have attempted to “cut the cord” know how difficult it is to do so. There are no shortage of sans-cable options, but many of them don’t offer interesting packages for most people. Cable companies have had a stranglehold on the industry and many of the standalone streaming apps, like HBO GO for instance, required a subscription to a cable provider in order to use it. This is not ideal and defeats the purpose of cutting the cord to begin with.

Apple’s new streaming service won’t be enough to take down the cable industries. In fact, I’m not sure it’ll even make a dent in the grand scheme of things. The amount of people who own Apple TVs vs those that don’t is minuscule. What this new service does do, however, is that it shows other companies (and studios) that they have options. With a behemoth like Apple negotiating deals for streaming content, the cable companies will have to take notice, and it could spark real change in how cable TV works in the future.

As an Apple fan I’ll be first in line to try this new service, but I don’t expect it to replace my existing TV service… Yet. What I do expect is for this to send a shockwave into the world of cable TV and hopefully make it so that the process of subscribing to channels and services becomes a little more democratic. When it comes to TV, all I really need is a decent internet connection and a handful of channels. I’d love to be able to select a base internet package, at let’s say $40-$50 per month, and then be allowed to choose the TV channels I want a la carte for $5-$10 per channel. I’d wager that this would take my bill down under $100, which is a huge departure from the near $200 charge I currently pay.

My Expectations for the Apple TV Service

If the rumors are accurate, the Apple TV streaming service will feature around 25 channels for roughly $40-$50 per month. This is quite a bit more expensive than competitors like Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Sling TV. That doesn’t mean that it won’t be successful, but I do think that its success will hinge on what type of content deals Apple has been able to negotiate with their content partners.

Not surprisingly Comcast/NBC is reportedly not a part of the initial offering for Apple’s service. Comcast has always been hesitant to broker deals for streaming, however, and I expected this. The question is whether or not the lack of all that programming (Comcast owns a LOT of content) will ultimately hurt the popularity of the new Apple TV service. I don’t think it’s a deal breaker necessarily, but it’d be great if Apple could somehow get Comcast on board with this.

The service is said to include ABC, FOX, and CBS, but there needs to be more big name players involved if you ask me. For instance, I think ESPN is a pivotal piece of the puzzle. Sports is one of the most popular broadcast genres and without it there’s going to be a gaping hole in Apple’s new service. Another plus would be bundling in Disney, HBO, and other partners that are normally part of the “premium tier” of cable TV services. If you’re charging a premium price, you need premium content.

I also hope that the service isn’t just 25 channels. I’d like to see there be 100+ channels available, and you get to pick your favorite 25 for your subscription. This would also allow for multiple tiers of subscription revenue for Apple, and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind another influx of cash. Of course, this is probably just a pipe dream, but we’ll see what happens.

The Future of Apple TV Hardware

At Apple’s recent “Spring Forward” event they lowered the price of the current model Apple TV to $69. At first I expected they were doing this to make way for updated hardware that we’d see some time later this year (possibly at WWDC). However, I now believe that there will be multiple models of Apple TV, much the same as we see in iPhones and iPads. I’d wager they’ll keep the current model Apple TV around as a budget option in order to get people through the door, but that they’ll release a newer model with expanded capabilities at a much higher price point. The sweet spot for this would probably fall around $150-$200.

Whether or not Apple bundles the TV service with the new hardware is a whole other discussion. Personally, I don’t see that happening. Apple is all about making profits and they rarely bundle things together. That being said, I think that’d be a great up sell for the high-end Apple TV model.

Conclusion

I’m very excited about the future of TV. No, not just Apple TV, but the industry as a whole. Having more big name players in the space creates competition, and that is one thing that the industry lacks big time. Apple is big enough and popular enough to affect change in this space, and seeing as this is an industry ripe for disruption, I welcome their entry into the market.

The Apple Watch Edition Means Apple Has Lost its Way

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The Apple Watch is finally upon us, and whether you like it or not, it’s probably going to be another astronomical product for Apple. While I understand the need for Apple to enter the wearable space, and as much as I want them to succeed within it, I simply do not understand the Apple Watch Edition. If you’re not familiar with the Edition version of the watch, basically it’s the one that costs anywhere between $10,000-$17,000 and is made up of miniscule amounts of gold. This is a weird product for Apple to produce, and the people who buy it are (in my opinion) even weirder.

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My Thoughts on Apple’s “Spring Forward” Event

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Today was a big day in the technology world. Apple held a live event in San Francisco and unveiled two new products and announced a huge partnership with HBO. Since I’ve been getting calls, texts, emails, and tweets all day long about this, I thought I’d share my thoughts on the event here on my blog. I’ll also be talking about it on a podcast with my friend Scott Simpson later in the week, so if you have questions, please leave me a comment.

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25 Years of Photoshop: What it Means to Me

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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the very first release of Adobe Photoshop. That’s right, friends, Photoshop is 25 years old. Many of you don’t remember a world without Photoshop, but I certainly do. In this article I’ll be reflecting on my history with this amazing program and how it’s shaped my life over these past 25 years.

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The Beginning

The very first time I saw Photoshop was in a friend’s attic during summer vacation circa 1994. I was around 10-11 years old at the time and I remember vividly how we played and hacked around for hours. Even though version 3.0 was the most sophisticated version of Photoshop to date (they had just released the layers functionality), most of our creations were simple patterns and pixel stick figures. We had a blast that summer, and I’ll always remember this as the summer that I truly fell in love with digital imaging and computer technology.

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It would be a few years later (around 1996) that my family finally put a computer in our home, and with that computer came a new piece of hardware called a scanner. At the time, I had no idea what that machine was used for, but it came with a bundle of software that made me happiest boy on earth. That’s right, we actually got Photoshop 4.0 bundled with our scanner! How cool is that?

Armed with my new PC and a fresh copy of Photoshop I began my self-educated journey into the world of digital imaging. I spent hours at the computer learning all I could about the tools and filters of this amazing application. My dad, who was very into computers & technology, helped feed my addiction by constantly buying me books, magazines, and additional software (plugins, etc.). As much as I tried, however, I never could talk him into buying me one of those really cool Apple computers that we would see every time we went into CompUSA.

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Seemingly every time a new version of Photoshop was released, my dad knew about it, and he would buy the upgrade disc(s) for me. Every upgrade was like Christmas morning for me. I’d rip open the package, install the software, break open the user manual, and proceed to read it cover-to-cover. I’ve probably read more Photoshop user manuals than most people have read actual books. Sad, I know.

Finding My Passion Early-On

In 1998 I was in junior high, and as part of our curriculum we had to choose a career and find someone within that industry to job shadow for a day. Fortunately for me, I already knew what I wanted to do, and my mom knew just who to help get me there. My first stop was King’s Publishers in Mayfield, KY with graphic designer Rick Nance. This is where I got my first taste of Photoshop in an actual working environment. I remember this day like it was yesterday. The computers, the sound of the press, and the smell of the ink. All of it captivated me and made me thirsty for more.

Round 2 of the job shadowing project took me to Murray State University and their Graphic Communications Management program. There I met two of my mentors, Steve Horwood and Gross Magee. Little did I know at the time, but these two gentlemen would actually be my professors later in life and inspire me to become an educator. The GCM department was amazing to me. They had an entire lab of computers, all of which were loaded up with top-of-the-line software for both graphic design and commercial printing. I was smitten.

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The next few years would see me take a break from the tech scene. This was due, mostly, in part to my being involved with high school athletics, but also because my high school wasn’t exactly up to date in terms of technology education. I wouldn’t use Photoshop regularly again until college, and the release of Photoshop 7.0. I remember this version well because it introduced two of my favorite features in the healing brush and Camera Raw 1.0 (as an optional plugin).

Photoshop on Campus

College was a troublesome time for me, however, as I found myself struggling to find a purpose. The interest I once had for the print/graphic design industry hadn’t necessarily gone away, but I quickly realized that my hear just wasn’t in it like I thought it should be. This would send me into a vicious cycle wherein I dropped in and out of school a few times. I struggled to hold down jobs, and was generally unhappy with life. Through it all, however, the one thing that gave me joy was sitting at my computer and creating something using Photoshop. I realize that sounds cliche, but it’s the truth. When I was at that computer everything just seemed to fade away.

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One random afternoon as I was working in the college computer lab, I happened to notice a book sitting on the desk next to me. The book was called “Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks” by Scott Kelby. The book belonged to a classmate of mine and he started telling me about how great this book was and how many amazing things he had learned from it that weren’t in our college textbooks. Then he showed me something on the computer that would change my life forever. He launched iTunes and brought up the podcasts section where he showed me Photoshop User TV, a weekly show put on by Scott Kelby and the “Photoshop Guys”.

The idea of learning by watching a video was foreign to me up until that point, but I felt an instant connection with it. I knew right then and there that this was the future and that I needed to jump on this train while it was still in the station. The year was 2005 and online video was still very much in its infancy, so there weren’t many people doing it besides these guys and another company I hadn’t heard of before, lynda.com.

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The Birth of the Podcast

I began the Photoshop Quicktips Podcast in 2006 alongside the release of Photoshop CS2. I’m not ashamed to admit that those first few episodes were a little rough. At the time I still had a pretty thick Southern accent, moved my mouse around while I talked, and no real content roadmap to speak of. Every week I would just ask myself what I would want to learn about Photoshop, and then record a video on it. The concept was simple, but it worked out pretty well.

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The big moment for the Quciktips podcast came when John Nack (then product manager of Photoshop) agreed to do an interview with me on the show and to demonstrate new features from the upcoming release of Photoshop CS3. The downloads for the show immediately skyrocketed, and it was propelled into the iTunes Top-Ten, where it would remain consistently until the show retirement in 2012.

The Total Training Days

With the newfound popularity of the show came newfound recognition for me and my teaching style. I was profiled on several blogs and even contacted by a few companies to do training videos for them. One of those companies was Total Training. This was my big break, and it solidified my future as an online video educator.

During my tenure with Total Training I authored four Photoshop courses which contained a whopping 30 hours of video training combined. I consider my time at Total Training as my true education. There I learned more about the business and process of video-based training than I ever had before. While the relationship didn’t end on the best of notes, I still have lifelong friends from those days and I’m so thankful that I got to work with them. I owe all of them a huge debt of gratitude for helping to launch my career.

Then, Now, Forever

Over the next few years I continued podcasting, while at the same time trying to find steady full-time work as an instructor. I had expanded my skills to teach nearly every application in the Creative Suite, and also Microsoft Office as well. I had a true passion for teaching and I loved working face to face with students. However, I still felt like I needed be a part of something bigger. Enter, lynda.com (again).

While Photoshop isn’t my primary focus as a staff author for lynda.com, I still work in the program on daily basis. I’m still amazed by what the application can do, and I’m always waiting to see what Adobe will come up with next.

Even though Photoshop is generally known as a cutting-edge digital imaging application, that’s only it’s most basic descriptor. Photoshop is a common language, spoken by millions of designers, photographers, and creatives all over the world. It’s one of the few applications that you could mention to just about anyone on the planet and they’d know what you’re referring to. Photoshop is a source of inspiration, an icebreaker, and even (sorry Adobe) a verb! I’m very thankful that this application exists, and I’m glad that every time I fire it up I still fell like that kid in the attic during summer vacation.

Happy Birthday, Photoshop!

 

Instagram Adds Caption Editing, Improves Discovery

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Good news, Instagrammers! You can now edit the captions on your photos after they’ve been published. Instagram rolled out a new update earlier this week that allows users to edit their captions and also added improved recommendations via the app’s Explore menu.

Mobile photographers have long been frustrated by the lack of editing capabilities within the Instagram app, and Instagram addressed that in a blog post that was published on Monday.

This has been one of the top requests that we’ve heard from the community, and we’re excited to finally bring it to you today.

The only caveat is that edited posts will display a note indicating that the post has been modified after its original publish date.

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In addition to the editing capabilities, Instagram also revamped the Explore tab of their mobile application, making it easier for users to find interesting content and people to follow. The Explore tab has two sections: Photos and People. The photos tab is the same as it’s always been, but the people tab showcases interesting accounts for users to follow along with an inline follow button.

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The new version of Instagram is available now via the App Store and Google Play.

How to Change Your System Font in Yosemite

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If you’re not a big fan of the revamped version of Helvetica Neue that ships with OS X Yosemite, I have great news for you! You can replace the system font fairly easily in OS X by downloading Input by Font Bureau. Credit for this little trick goes to Jeffrey Zeldman, who posted about it on Facebook.

Downloading Input

First things first, you need to download the Input font to your computer. Just visit the Font Bureau website, scroll down, read & accept the license terms, and then click the big green download button.

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Installing the Input Font

Once you have the font downloaded, you then need to install it into your Library/Fonts folder. This can be found by navigating to your Macintosh HD folder and then selecting Library/Fonts. This is NOT the User/Library/Fonts folder.

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Once the fonts are installed, all you have to do is log out and then log back into your Mac. Then your system font should be changed from Helvetica Neue to Input.

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Uninstalling Input

If you’re not satisfied with your new system font, you can always remove it by deleting all of the font files from Library/Fonts and the logging out and back in to your Mac. That’s it!

Disclaimer

Even though this method for changing the system font works, it’s not 100% foolproof. There are some apps that specifically call for Helvetica Neue to be used in their user interface elements, and therefore you will not see Input as the font within those applications. If this seems like something that might bother you, I’d suggest not changing your default font, as there is no way around it.

 

Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality

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Today was a big day for the issue known as “Net Neutrality”. President Obama started off by endorsing it, and outlining a plan on how to keep the internet free and open.

 

Shortly thereafter, Texas Senator Ted Cruz decided he’d issue a rebuttal via Twitter:

Senator Cruz is (obviously) uneducated on the subject, and has decided instead to spew propaganda to further his political agenda against the President and his Affordable Healthcare Act. No matter which side of the proverbial aisle you sit on, however, Net Neutrality is an issue you need to support and care about deeply. That is, if you care about the future of technological innovation and the future of the society that your children grow up in and inherit. In this article I’ll explain a bit about what Net Neutrality is, why it’s important, and I’ll give you some ways you can get involved to help us keep the internet free and open.

What is Net Neutrality

As of right now we live in a pretty open market when it comes to the internet. You’re free to go where you want, consume what you want, and access it at whichever speed tier you deem necessary for those activities. The big telecom companies desperately want to change that. Monopolistic entities like Comcast are lobbying for “fast lanes” which users will have to pay extra for in order to consume the content they want. Basically the telecoms are going to start walling off sections of the internet to those who can’t afford it or refuse to pay their outlandish tariffs.

Not only that, they’re also threatening businesses as well. They want businesses to pay more for access to their customers. Think I’m crazy? Well, they’re already doing it to Netflix. Just imagine if you’re a startup company trying to attract new users on a shoestring budget. If Comcast has their way, you might have to pay them in order for people to access your content or at least to have them access it at a decent speed. For companies like Google and Facebook that might not be a big deal, but for small businesses, it’s a huge deal.

The idea of Net Neutrality means keeping the internet free and open. No fast lanes. No restrictions. Just the same internet we’ve grown to know, love, and depend on for the last 10-15 years. President Obama’s idea of treating the internet like a utility is intriguing to me. Basically he’s saying we should act as though the internet is in the same class as water and power services. It’s an interesting thought, but I still don’t think it’s the perfect solution.

Why is Net Neutrality Important

As someone who works for an internet-based company, the idea of tiered or restricted internet scares the hell out of me. However, even if you’re not a “techie” you should be just as worried. More and more schools are implementing online tools and utilities in the classroom, and that means that kids today need the internet in order to get a decent education. If the we abandon Net Neutrality, schools, libraries, and other public institutions will all be subjected to the same tiered system. This could cause schools to abandon online curriculum and slow down innovative teaching methods that help students learn and retain information more efficiently. That might also mean tuition hikes at private schools and universities. Do you think they’re going to incur that cost and not pass it along to the students? I don’t think so.

Another thing to think about is how this will change your daily life. How many times per day do you check your phone or tablet? How often do you jump on Amazon to order something? How often do you and your family sit down together to watch Netflix, Hulu, or HBO Go? Ending Net Neutrality will fundamentally change the way you do all of these things. You might wind up paying extra the next time you want to order a pizza online, or sent to a different search engine instead of Google because you haven’t paid the surcharge to be able to access that quadrant of the web. Does that sound like fun? Again, I don’t think so.

By instituting true Net Neutrality we ensure that everyone has full, unfiltered access to the internet and all of the doors that it has the potential to open. The internet was originally created to be a worldwide source of information, like a public library that you can access 24/7 with no limitation on the number of things you can read, download, or consume. By putting up roadblocks and denying certain classes of individuals and businesses access to this information is spitting in the face of the spirit in which this amazing utility was created.

What Can I Do to Help Save the Internet?

My first suggestion is to write to your senators and congressmen (and women). Tell them that you’re in favor of a free and open internet, and that you’re not interested in corporate America dictating what you can/can’t have access to. After writing to your elected officials, consider signing a petition like this one. Finally, educate your friends, family, and co-workers on the idea of Net Neutrality and the companies/people who are trying to destroy it. Explain to them that this isn’t an issue of Republican vs Democrat. This is an issue of freedom, and that is something that everybody agrees on no matter which side of the aisle they choose to sit on.

Conclusion

The internet has given us so many wonderful things, and I’m not just talking about cat videos. I have a full-time job that I love because of the internet. You’re able to reconnect with old friends that live thousands of miles away because of the internet. And our country is creating thousands of jobs every single year because of the internet. Let’s do everything we can to keep it safe, please!

My First Impressions After Using Apple Pay

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Today is the day I’ve been waiting for ever since Apple announced the iPhone 6. The new payment system, Apple Pay, is now live (in the United States) and it is awesome. I just used it this morning at my local Walgreens and I’m already reluctant to use anything but Apple Pay in the future. If you aren’t familiar with Apple Pay, let’s examine the service and what it does.

What is Apple Pay?

Apple Pay is a new way of paying for things, both at brick and mortar stores and online, that eliminates the need to swipe your actual credit card at the point of sale terminal. As far as I can tell, it works by storing your credit/debit card information securely within your device locally, and then it relies on a separate number (unrelated to your actual card number) to complete transactions via NFC. The big draw here is that your card will no longer be susceptible data breaches like the ones Target and Home Depot have encountered this past year. Accompany that with the fact that it might just replace your physical wallet altogether one of these days, and this is a very attractive option for many.

How Does it Work?

Apple Pay requires an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus running iOS 8.1 or later to work. That means if you have an older model iPhone, you’re out of luck, unfortunately. iOS 8.1 was released today and is available as an OTA update from your iPhone settings. Once you’ve updated your phone to the latest OS, simply go into your settings and find a new section labeled Passbook & Apple Pay. Once inside that screen you’ll be able to add your credit/debit cards either by taking a photo (which is absolutely amazing to watch) or manually by entering in the card details.

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You may have to verify your card either via email or SMS text, but once you’ve verified it, your card is all set to be used with Apple Pay. I also went in and added my default shipping/billing address as well as my phone number. This will help expedite online checkout when/if you run across an online retailer that accepts Apple Pay.

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When you go to a participating store, paying with Apple Pay is really simple. When you’re at the checkout, look for an NFC terminal (like the one above). Hold your phone close to the “Tap to Pay” area. Your phone should automatically recognize that you’re attempting to pay, and it will ask you to authenticate the transaction using Touch ID. The transaction will use whichever card you’ve designated as your default payment method in your settings, but you can also change cards on the fly if you wish. Once you’ve verified the card and authenticated using Touch ID, that’s it. I was really shocked at how fast the transaction happened. I walked up, pressed my finger on the Touch ID sensor, and had a receipt in my hand in under a minute.

Where Can I use It?

Depending on where you live, Apple Pay may not be available at very many locations. The full list of supported retailers can be found on Apple’s website, but some of the more recognizable brick and mortar stores include McDonald’s, Subway, Walgreens, Macy’s, Nike, Office Depot, Panera Bread, Petco, Toys R Us, and Whole Foods. In addition to these retail outlets, you can also use Apple Pay inside of various apps like Airbnb, Groupon, Target, and even Uber. Later this year you will also see Apple Pay supported at PetSmart, Disney Stores & Parks, Urban Outfitters, and inside applications like StubHub, Ticketmaster, and Starbucks.

Aside from the limited amount of partners at launch, the other major downfall of Apple Pay is that it is only available in the United States. However, I think if it catches on Apple will rapidly roll it out to other countries as soon as they possibly can.

Final Thoughts

Apple Pay is exciting for many reasons, but I think the thing I am most excited about is the security that it provides to the consumer. The traditional payment system in the United States is outdated and flat-out dangerous. Hopefully more retailers get on board with Apple Pay soon and help push it to the forefront of the mobile payment ecosystem. Time will tell if Apple has what it takes to revolutionize this industry the way they have others (see music and mobile phones), but I think their implementation is darn near perfect and their rollout strategy is solid. What are your thoughts on Apple Pay? Have you used it yet? How’d it go? Let me know in the comments or drop me a line on Twitter.

How to Enable VoLTE on Your Verizon iPhone 6

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I’ve been debating on whether or not to switch to Verizon for a few years now. The one thing holding me back was their inability to use voice and data at the same time (talking on the phone while checking email). However, with the launch of the iPhone 6 and Verizon’s new VoLTE network enhancements, that day has finally come. In this article I’ll show you how to enable VoLTE on your Verizon iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

The Steps…

  1. Go to Your Settings
  2. Tap on Cellular
  3. Tap on Enable LTE
  4. Select Voice & Data

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Once you’ve selected “Voice & Data” you may see a spinning wheel that indicates your phone is attempting to perform some sort of operation via the network, and the check mark might not appear immediately. This is normal. If you back out of the settings and give it a minute or two your settings should be in place.

I should also note that some people have reported that in areas where VoLTE isn’t the best, they tend to drop calls more than usual when this feature is enabled. In my hometown, we have pretty decent coverage, and I’ve yet to drop a call.

Conclusion

Hopefully there are more handset manufacturers that add this functionality into their devices soon and I also hope Verizon continues to expand its VoLTE coverage so that everybody gets a chance to experience this. Believe me, you never realize how much you miss a feature like this until you don’t have it anymore, and until I figured out how to turn this on I was very lost! What are your thoughts on Verizon’s VoLTE service? Have you tried it yet? Let me know in the comments below or find me on Twitter. Thanks for reading!