ITWIOS 002 Easy Bake iPhone

Dave and Melissa discuss some new hardware, software updates, security, and workflows. Listen to find out more about interesting use cases for the apps and services they recommend. Do you like meatloaf?

• Hardware: 

Apple’s $39.00 Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter is a very versatile tool compared to the $29.00 non-power-out Lightning to USB Camera Adapter.


It’s all John Gruber’s fault that we like

• Updates: 

Melissa discusses developing workflows, challenges and tips for using Apple TVs with projectors in an education environment connected to an enterprise network.

Apple TV Remote

Apple TV Remote app

iTunes Remote

itunes remote app

Dave reviews iOS 10.0 beta

iOS 10 Beta 5 Tidbits: New Lock Screen Sound, Widget Tweaks, and More” via MacRumors

• Security: 

Melissa and Dave discuss Social Engineering and what to look for along with some good advice for avoiding scams.

This Is What Apple Should Tell You When You Lose Your iPhone” via Hackernoon

Don’t Let Your iPhone Spill The Beans” via TheMacMommy

• Apps: 

Calendars 5

calendars 5 app

Melissa uses Siri a lot. It even plays “Bad Cop” in parenting scenarios.

siri app

Melissa discusses user experience differences in Apple Maps vs Google Maps while driving.

google maps app

Grocery Gadget is something the whole family can use in both practical and not-so-practical ways.

grocery gadget app

Cost: free with $1.49 IAP subscription fee to remove ads

iAllowance (Allowances, Chore Charts & Rewards)

iallowance app

Cost: free with limitations or $5.99 full version

Advanced Chore Charting: iAllowance App Review” via TheMacMommy

• Workflows: 

Melissa wants to find a better way to get video files off her iPhone and onto a teacher’s PC when she volunteers at school for recording projects. Is the iXpand Flash Drive the right tool for the job?

Cost: varies

Better sleep with SleepPhones wired or wireless — our critiques and wishes

Cost: varies

Dave talks about his Apple Store experience in getting his wife’s replacement iPhone case which comes with a one-year warranty.

• Tips: 

We discuss how to get the best value from Apple’s iCloud service in our homes for our family members. Dave recommends purchasing iTunes Gift Cards when they go on sale. Melissa’s uses the iAllowance app to manage iTunes Gift Card balances among family members.

Did you know you can send iTunes Gift Cards by Email?

• Meta: 

ITWIOS 002 Easy Bake iPhone was recorded August 9, 2016. This episode was sponsored in part by meatloaf.

ITWIOS 001 Introductions

Click the triangle play button to listen. This is our first episode, so bear with us while we work out the details and polish our audio. We will post show notes and updates here along with recordings.

In our first episode, we introduce ourselves and provide some background on what makes us so passionate about our subject matter. We discuss the gear we currently use in our everyday lives, work, and play.

• Equipment:
Dave currently uses: iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro 12.9, iPad Pro 9.7, Apple TVs — both 3rd and 4th Generation models, and 2014 MacBook Pro 15-inch. His wife has an iPhone 6 Plus.

Melissa currently uses: iPhone 6s, iPad 4th Generation, Apple TV 3rd Generation, and 2009 MacBook Pro 15-inch. Her husband uses an iPhone 5s and her children use an iPhone 4s each in addition to an iPhone 3Gs for games. Melissa enjoys supporting her family and their gadgets along with repurposing older tech wherever she can.

• News:
We discuss the rumors surrounding the elimination of the headphone jack and what that means to us. We both like to use corded SleepPhones, but what will happen when there is no longer an audio port?

AcousticSheep’s SleepPhones Classic
Video reveals what Apple’s iPhone 7 headphones may look like via BGR
Possible iPhone 7 Lightning to 3.5 mm Adapter Surfaces in New Photos via MacRumors

• Retro:
Melissa likes to repurpose older tech and Dave talks about how he recoups resale value by selling off older devices to put the money towards a new device.

How will iPhone users like Melissa’s Dad locate their misplaced iPhones if they ditch their landline service and don’t have reliable access to the Find My iPhone app? We discuss alternatives to consider for those who want to keep a landline. Dave recommends OOMA as an IPT (Internet Protocol Telephony) home phone or landline option.

• Beta:
Melissa talks about how she’ll soon have a blind client and what that may mean for learning more about interface features of the Mac and iPhone operating systems.

Our new friends in the Accessibility Community: Allison Hartley and Dr. Robert Carter host The Tech Doctor Blog and Podcast. They both gave presentations at Macstock 2016.

Dave discusses Apple’s Beta Program for iOS 10 and working with public betas. We don’t advise it unless you’re one of the Crazy Ones! Dave’s favorite new beta feature is Safari Split Screen View.

• Meta:
Dave is recording with Blue Microphone’s The Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter and Mic Preamp.
Melissa is recording with Audio-Technica’s ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone. ITWIOS 001 Introductions was recorded July 31, 2016.