The Henge Docks Horizontal Dock is Coming!

It’s the realization of a three year old dream…

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Earlier this year I made mention to a new docking station that I had ordered for my 15″ MacBook Pro Retina. The docking station is the Hendocks Horizontal Dock and as I eluded to above, the organization is now shipping those docks to its Early Adopter Team.

You’ll notice that the ship date/ timeframe I refer to in that article was, at the time of publication, about five and a half months ago.

Yeah… about that.

Boy, it’s been a long time in coming; and there’s a lot of background information here that you – and likely most of the internet – didn’t have access to. Some of this I’m going to relate in this article, as its going to likely come up in the review. Some of it I won’t divulge, as there are confidences with the folks over at Henge Docks that I’d rather not break.

What I will say about all of that, up front – because it’s VERY important – the folks over at Henge Docks are totally awesome. They’ve been all over the many issues that were encountered in bringing this product to market like white on rice, from the very beginning.

A Brief Product Lifecycle Review
Now, this isn’t going to be completely factual, in large part because I’m doing this from memory; but the project (at least publicly) kicked off in the 2011 time frame. I, and a number of MacBook Pro users who were looking for a docking station for their Macs had limited choices. There were one or two Thunderbolt docks available during 2012, but they were REALLY expensive and definitely NOT the form factor I was looking for. Much of what was available were things like the Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock or the Startech Thunderbolt Dock .

I hate any docking station that works like these.

These things look like meta bricks with a shoelace sticking out of them. With these, I have to plug a cable into my computer. I’d rather attach my PC to a stationary dock. Unfortunately, (until now) nothing like that was available.

When I heard about the Horizontal Dock from Henge Docks, I jumped on early. There wasn’t much on the site at the time, and honestly over the next year or so (into late 2012 and early 2013), you couldn’t do much more other than sign up for an email list that got you on an internal pre-order list.

I honestly think I signed up like three times… That was partially due to the fact that so little information was available on the product, and there were large gaps of time in between the times that I checked.

During this time, there were many milestone and availability dates that came and went with little to no reported progress. In fact, looking back at it all, (and I’m certain I’ll say this more than once here) this has really been a 4-5 YEAR journey from the point of dock announcement to dock shipping and receipt.

However, in late 2014, we were told that orders would open up in early to mid-January 2014. At this point, you had a choice. Henge Docks announced their Early Adopters program.

With the Early Adopters program, users could, for an additional fee of $50, join the program. The Early Adopter program got you the Dock at least three months before everyone else and also got you access to pre-release versions of the Dock’s firmware as well as its desktop control app. The Dock would also have a limited edition, customized base plate identifying it as an Early Adopter unit, and (I think) would be numbered.

I ordered my Dock on 2015-01-14. Early Adopter units were scheduled to ship in March of 2015, with GA units (general availability) shipping in June. Both of those milestone dates came and went. The date for Early Adopter units was pushed to May, then July, and then (I think) August. All of those dates came and went as well.

At that point, I had already started a very frank dialog with Henge Docks’ CEO, Matt Vroom.

Matt… is an awesome guy. He was frank, open and as transparent as he possibly could be. Henge Docks had opened their Early Adopter Portal and at the time, it echoed in there. There was little to NO participation there; and honestly, in retrospect, it’s not surprising.

The Portal was designed to be a gathering place for Early Adopters to share views, usage, insight, suggestions, etc., about the Horizontal Dock. With the Dock behind schedule, there was no need for any activity about the dock.

Where We are Today
However, without laboring too much on the issues and problems surrounding engineering, manufacturing and dock certifications (and believe me, there were challenges at nearly every step of the Dock’s journey, I instead want to fast forward to where we are today.

My Horizontal Dock is on a truck and should be delivered to me today (2015-10-20)!

This is a huge deal, as it is the culmination of a three year journey. After at least two trips to China, at least one year of brainstorming and preliminary design, and three years of engineering, design, reengineering and redesign, vendor selection and management, tooling, manufacturing, inspections, software design, coding, testing and finally product certifications with both Apple AND Intel, my Dock will be arriving today.

I will having an unboxing video shot this evening. I’ve also got a call scheduled with Matt Vroom and another executive at Henge Docks scheduled for Wednesday evening 2015-10-21. I’ll have write ups on both out as soon as I can.

In the meantime, I have to go and hit the tracking number on my shipping email again and look at the words, “on truck for delivery today,” again.

Are docking stations a big deal to anyone anymore? Do you really need one for your Mac or PC? Is the classic office setup – wired keyboard, wired or wireless mouse, wired LAN connection, wired speakers, and a full sized, desktop monitor (or two) obsolete? Is everything going wireless? Does the traditional office setup make sense to anyone, or has that gone the way of the local coffee shop?

Why don’t you meet me in the discussion area below and tell me about your computing set up and whether or not you use a docking station of any type?

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Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Build 10565 to Fast Ring Insiders

Build 10565 is the latest build to hit the streets for Fast Ring Insiders

Introduction
It’s been a while since you’ve heard me say much about Windows 10. Quite honestly, I haven’t been too happy with the way things have developed. I recently updated everyone on the status of the disappearing ink bug. It hasn’t been an easy go of things. Even with all of the potential fixes installed, the problem still remains.

It’s been very frustrating for me, and I know that there have been a number of others who have indicated that this particular issue has reduced the amount of value received from the device to near zero. They purchased the device because it was supposed to work so well with OneNote. (if you remember, the Surface Pen’s top button – the one that looks like an eraser at the end of the pen – actually opens OneNote. However, that’s not working right, especially under Windows 10; and as I said, ink is still disappearing.

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My level of confidence in the overall stability and quality of the OS has fallen since its launch on 2015-07-29. With Threshold 2 set to deploy to production sometime before the end of October 2015 – and TH2 represents the FULL vision of what Windows 10 was originally supposed to be when released – my level of confidence isn’t very high. In fact, I’m quite disappointed… but that’s another conversation entirely.

In the quest to get us closer to the final TH2 milestone, Microsoft has announced the release of Build 10565 to Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring. As with all pre-release builds, There are a number of release note items that you need to be aware of. While there are bugs and known issues that need your acknowledgement, the current build of Windows 10 isn’t feature complete. As such, Microsoft has also released a number of new features for testing to Fast Ring Insiders as well. I’ve got a run-down of both, below, for your consideration.

Bugs & Known Issues
Bugs and known issues are part of every prerelease (read: beta) software build or release and as someone testing or evaluating the software, you should be aware of these. These are the issues that Microsoft is currently working to resolve (or at least, the ones that they’re willing to admit to. Notice, my disappearing ink bug isn’t in this list). If you bump into any of these issues, then its assumed that you wouldn’t submit any kind of feedback about those.

Bugs

  • You should no longer see a warning message in the Settings app – Update & Security – Windows Update, regarding changed ring settings for preview builds unless you actually change your ring settings. (From Fast to Slow, or vice-versa.)
  • Background audio playback works again when apps like Groove are minimized.
  • Microsoft fixed the issue where clicking on the system icons in the notification area quickly results in Windows Shell blocking the launch of fly-outs like Audio, Networking, etc.
  • After Build 10525, Microsoft heard a lot of feedback that some context menus were too big for mouse. Therefore, they made adjustments to many of the context menus to make them smaller for using them with a mouse.
  • You can now pin contacts to the Start menu from the People app.
  • Certain apps won’t appear twice anymore when pinned to the taskbar.
  • Hiding desktop icons via context menu on the desktop now works.
  • Windows Store apps should now be updating automatically.

Known Issues

  • The search box does not work if you are in a locale where Cortana is not available. Microsoft is currently investigating workarounds.
  • The Xbox app for Windows 10 will consume gigabytes of memory on your PC if you have any Win32 games (non -Windows Store games) installed on your PC that have been identified as games or added by you in the Xbox app. Closing the Xbox app will release your PC’s memory.
  • WebM and VP9 have been temporarily removed from the flight builds. Microsoft continues to develop a VP9 implementation that we intend to ship in Windows. Expect VP9 to return soon in a future release.
  • Small form-factor devices, like the Dell Venue 8 Pro, that boot with rotation or virtual mode screen size set larger than the physical screen size will experience a bluescreen on upgrade and will roll back to the previous build.

New Features
As Microsoft moves closer towards the release of Threshold 2 – again, scheduled for release sometime during the month of October 2015 – additional, planned features are finally making it out to testers. Here are some of the newer and/ or enhanced features that you can expect to find in Windows 10 build 10565.
Skype
Skype will now offer integration at the OS level in Windows 10 Build 10565. The new app allows you to respond directly within Windows without having to open the actual Skype app. The integration will also appear in Windows 10 Mobile when an updated build is released to Insiders testing that OS on supported devices.

Microsoft Edge
Slow and steady wins the race. Microsoft Edge is making incremental improvements with every update and every new Windows 10 Build. Build 10565 gives Microsoft Edge the ability to show webpage thumbnail previews when users hover over a tabbed browser page. This build of Edge also introduces Favorite and Reading List synching to users. While the feature isn’t fully implemented in Build 10565, it’s definitely a start.

Cortana
Cortana is one of the more intelligent digital assistants. In Windows 10 Build 10565, Cortana has been updated to allow tracking of your free time activities, like movies and other event reminders. Cortana can scrape this information through email notifications, and will notify you of an upcoming event up to two hours prior to the start of the event.

If your Windows 10 PC has a touch screen, Cortana can also read your inked notes and will set reminders based on your location, the times in your notes and the information you write.

User Interface Enhancements
Build 10565 can now change the color of your window’s title bars to match your selected theme. Users interested in this type of customization can check out Settings – Personalization – Colors to check out the feature. Microsoft has also added new icons and improved context menus in Build 10565.

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Those that are interested in customizing the tiles on their Start Menu will appreciate this next update. A fourth column of tiles has been added to the Start Menu to allow users to place two large or two wide tiles side by side.

Finally, Microsoft has also made it easier for users to clean install the OS, if they choose. All you’ll need is your valid Windows 7 or Windows 8.x product key, and you can do a clean install.

Conclusion
This latest build of Windows 10, Build 10565, is available to Fast Ring Insiders now. I’m still not showing the build as available yet, but that’s somewhat to be expected. Microsoft rolls new builds out incrementally. If you don’t see it now, keep trying. It will eventually show up, provided you’re registered as a Windows Insider, and you’re on the Fast Ring.

Interestingly enough, Slow Ring really is slow. They haven’t seen a new build for quite some time. Honestly, I’m not certain what the last build was (extra points to the reader who can tell me in the Discussion area, below).

How is Windows 10 holding up for you? Are you on the Fast Ring? Have you installed Build 10565 yet? Why don’t you meet me in the discussion area below, and let me know? While you’re at it, give me your thoughts on the overall stability of Windows 10 on your PC’s. Is Windows 10 working better for you or was your PC better under Windows 7 or Windows 8.x?

Do you have a Surface Pro 3? Do you have the disappearing ink bug? How bad is it for you? Have any of the fixes worked for you? Again, tell me all about it in the Discussion area, below. I’d love to hear how things are working for you.

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UPDATE – OneNote 2013 and Windows 10 – Potentially Lethal

It’s been a long time coming, but there finally seems to be light at the end of the tunnel…

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I’ve been using the Surface Pro 3 at the office since December of 2014.  Prior to that, I used a Surface Pro 1 for a couple of years. It was the best and easiest way to really organize work at the office; and I say this to any and everyone who asks why I use it:

  1. It’s the best digital notepad (with OneNote) I’ve ever been to find and use
  2. With OneNote on the web and/ or OneNote’s sync capabilities, you have access to your notes nearly everywhere you have a device with internet access
  3. Paper notepads, notebooks and portfolios get lost. You’re never going to leave a tablet in a conference or meeting room (they’re too expensive to forget)

It’s a nearly flawless system, and it’s one of the best out there. Other software and hardware tools just don’t have the same capabilities or use cases due to one limitation or another.

When the Surface Pro 3 was released, I knew it was worth the upgrade from my Surface Pro 1, so off it went toGazelle, and over to the Microsoft Store I went.  While Windows 8.1 wasn’t as optimal a notebook experience as I wanted, and while (in my opinion) Windows still doesn’t know if it wants to be a desktop or tablet OS (even with Windows 10); with either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (and the right utilities, like Start8  from Stardock Software) it can still be a very productive tool in either an corporate or academic setting.

Until, however, you move to Windows 10 and you bump into the problems I mentioned in March of 2015.  The Disappearing Ink Bug is a huge problem for users of the Surface Pro 3.

It completely negates nearly all the value out of the device.

The reliability of the inking system is nearly gone. You never know when you’re going to lose anything you’ve written down, as the bug is completely random, and in end, you’re left with two very real choices – downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 8.1 or take your chances with Windows 10, the bug, and maybe you lose some notes or maybe you don’t.

Well, I have a bit of an update for you.  There appears to be, what may be, a final fix for this problem.  There are two very active threads on this issue over at the Microsoft Support Community (here and here).

Microsoft has released KB3093266 in response to disappearing ink on the Surface Pro 3 running Windows 10.  This cumulative update addresses not only disappearing ink, but tap becomes right click as well.  Both of these issues were contributing factors to the conditions being experienced (where ink would vanish in OneNote on a Surface Pro 3 running Windows 10).

The cumulative update available via Windows Update on your Windows 10 PC, may take a while to appear on your Windows 10 PC. Like all Windows Updates, Microsoft rolls them out in batches.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had it show up for me yet.

However, one really good point came up out of (this support thread. I wish that I could take credit for it, but I really can’t.  Credit for that goes to Clayton Dittman

“Can you possibly tell the Windows OS team to check with the surface team and tell the surface team to check with your team before releasing an Operating System which breaks core functionality of your Staple Devices?

I cannot in good conscious use a Surface (Pro or not) again because of the way this migration to Windows 10 was handled in lieu of Office 2016 and the Surface Pro 4.

I want to trust Windows, I want to depend on you guys for quality control and solutions my customers can trust. I just can’t…”

While it seems obvious, the reliability and trustability of Windows 10 for many users has greatly diminished.  It’s not just this issue, there are still huge privacy, stability and (other) reliability concerns.  You can check just about any and every Windows blog on the internet today and find at least 2-3 articles covering all that.

The cumulative update I mentioned may resolve the disappearing ink issue… it may not.  KB3093266 is not the first fix that was released to address the issue.  There were individual updates made to Windows 10, OneNote 2013/2016 as well as Office 2016 that failed to resolve the problems between May and September of 2015.

Results from those that have received this update have been generally positive, though somewhat mixed.  Generally, it seems to be working; but like Dittman noted above, how much damage has TRULY occurred for the Windows and Surface Pro brands?

How easily Microsoft can recover from this is going to depend on a couple of things:

  1. Does the cumulative update truly resolve the bug for all users of both the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface 3 (its actually experienced on nearly all Surface Pro devices as well as the Surface 3)
  2. How well the Surface Pro 4 is received
  3. How well the bug stays resolved (especially on the Surface Pro 4)

Every time Microsoft releases a cumulative update or a new build, this issue is going to have to be retested. It’s very possible given the depth and severity of the problem(s) that Microsoft may resurrect the issue in future builds and updates. While that’s not ideal and certainly won’t be intentional, it does happen quite often with software development. It’s simply the nature of the beast – sometimes, it comes back.

The Surface Pro 4 has been anticipated for many months now. While there’s no real evidence that any industry pundit can provide regarding a credible rumor on the device’s ACTUAL existence, it is said that Microsoft will announce something next week (2015-10-05 to 2015-10-09) with an actual release date also rumored to be SOMETIME this month (October 2015).  While it totally misses Back to School, it should hit the 2015 Holiday Buying Season, provided its already being manufactured.

Do you have a Surface Pro device (1, 2 or 3)?  Do you have a Surface 3?  Are you using OneNote and the Surface Pen to take notes?  Are you experiencing issues with floating and disappearing ink?  Have you been following any of the Microsoft support threads I mentioned (here or here)?  Have you received the Windows 10 Cumulative Update (KB3093266) that I mentioned?

If you have, do, etc. and have received the update, I would REALLY appreciate hearing back from you on this.  Please provide the appropriate comments and/ or information in the Discussion area, below, so that I can get your information back to Microsoft.  This is a huge bug, and really needs to be resolved once and for all.

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IPhone 6s Plus Unboxing

Let’s take a look at the new iPhone 6s

This is the new iPhone 6s Plus. The device comes in four color choices, Silver, Gold, Space Gray and Rose Gold. You have a choice of 16GB, 64GB or 128GB of on-board storage space. The 6s Plus, like the 6 Plus, has a 5.5″ LED-backlit widescreen display with 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi, and a 1300:1 contrast ratio.

The new rear camera packs 12MP into its new sensor and features the same five element, f/2.2 aperture lens under its sapphire crystal lens cover. The biggest camera-based advantage in the 6s Plus vs. the 6s is the inclusion of OIS (optical image stabilization), that helps keep picture motion to a minimum while you take stills and more importantly, video. Since this is the camera that you have with you all day, every day, this is a huge addition and a clear advantage if you can live with the larger screen size.

The iPhone 6s/6s Plus also include 3D Touch. 3D Touch is an entirely new way to interact with your iPhone. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can sense how much pressure you apply to the display. Based on the amount of pressure you apply, the phone assigns different system events to that pressure. You get all of the familiar multi-touch gestures that your used to like tap, swipe, pinch, etc.; but now, you also get Peek and Pop.

3D Touch completely changes the way you interact with your iPhone. It completely changes the entire iOS user interface. I’ll have a great deal more on this in the review that I will be publishing on the iPhone 6s Plus later in the Month of October. I will also have some information on it in the first impressions document that I’m currently compiling that will compare, to an extent, the iPhone 6 hardware to the iPhone 6s Plus hardware (excluding the size difference, of course).

Did you get a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus? How did you purchase it – via the Apple Upgrade Program, from your Carrier, or from Apple, but via a carrier upgrade? Did you purchase it new or as an upgrade?

What are you most interested in with the iPhone 6s/ iPhone 6s Plus? Is it the camera, 3D Touch, the improved specs and performance, a combination of these or other features? Meet me in the discussion area below, and let me know what’s got you interested in the latest flagship smartphone from Apple.

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Apple Releases iOS 9.0.2

Apple continues to swat at bugs with its latest iOS release

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Wednesday 2015-09-30 saw the release of iOS 9.0.2, Apple’s latest update to its mobile operating system.  Released a week after iOS 9.0.1, this latest update comes just two weeks after the initial release of iOS 9.

IOS 9.0.2 is another minor update – a bug fix, really – and also addresses other performance enhancements.  The following were called out in the release notes for this update:

  • Fixes a screen lock vulnerability that allowed Siri to be used to bypass the lock screen to access photos and contacts on a locked device
  • Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage
  • Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users
  • Resolves an issue where an iCloud backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup
  • Fixes an issue where the screen could incorrectly rotate when receiving notifications
  • Improves the stability of Podcasts

IOS 9 focuses on productivity and performance, with some major updates to both Siri and Spotlight.  Notable among its new productivity enhancing features is a split-screen multi-tasking view that allows more modern devices, like the iPad Pro, to share and pass information back and forth between apps (like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other productivity apps)  iOS 9.1, also due later this year, and anticipated during the month of November with the general availability release of the iPad Pro, is meant to focus on productivity for the new enterprise capable tablet and the AppleTV.

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Apple releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Apple’s latest desktop operating system has officially hit the streets on 2015-09-30

Apple released the latest version of their desktop operating system OS X 10.11, Code named El Capitán, to the public Wednesday afternoon, 2015-09-30. This latest iteration of OS X features enhancements to Safari and Spotlight, as well as bring optimization and performance enhancements to the platform.

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This latest round of system wide updates includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Metal is perhaps the largest improvement to El Capitán. It provides superior performance improvements to games and other graphic intensive applications, compared to previous versions of OS X.
  • Safari supports pinned tabs, playing web video via AirPlay and muting of audio on specific web tabs, all via the Smart Search field. Users can also search for specific locations in Maps and then push navigation to their iPhone.
  • Mail has been reimagined to allow users to use it full screen, much like its iOS-based cousin. It also includes swipe-based gestures for marking items as read or to delete them. You can also quickly add Contact or Calendar based events to their respective apps based on a message’s content.
  • Notes now supports check lists, attaching both video and stills, as well as URL and map locations. The app is now a true system component, as users can, for example, share web pages from Safari, as a Note to anyone with an Apple ID.
  • Spotlight has been enhanced to support searching via natural language. You can get information on weather conditions, stock performance, public transit schedules, etc. just by asking a natural language-based question.
  • Photos can now make use of third-party extensions and plug-ins, giving you more advanced control over retouching of your pictures. You also get more advanced options for sorting albums as well as tagging people and places
  • Other system-wide features include a Split View fullscreen mode, a more streamlined Mission Control, and a series of upgrades to Chinese and Japanese language support, such as new fonts and better keyboard and trackpad input.

El Capitán is a free update and is available now to all Macs and users currently running Yosemite via the Mac App Store desktop app. Those Mac users running Yosemite who wish to wait on updating to OS X 10.11 can also obtain an update to Safari 9, though it doesn’t have support for pinned tabs.

Will you be updating your Mac to El Capitán? Will you wait until OS X 10.11.1 is released, instead? I’ve got a review of El Cap that I’m working on and hope to have up in the next few days. In the mean time, why don’t you join me in the Discussion area, below, and give me your thoughts on this latest development?

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Rose Gold is apparently the Next Big Thing

Well… that’s what the stats from Apple preorders seem to state…

The iPhone 6s is supposed to be another huge hit for the iDevice maker. This latest iteration of Apple’s flagship smartphone is estimated to have sold between five and ten million units – and perhaps as high as thirteen million – during its opening weekend of availability. However, of those, nearly 40% are said to be of the rose gold variety.

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(Mine – or rather, I should say, my wife’s YELLOW gold iPhone 6s Plus – arrived on Friday 2015-09-25, and I have an unboxing video with iPhone 6 comparison, that is currently in editing. Look for it to post on Soft32 in a few days.)

Supply chain sources who spoke with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the rose gold iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been very popular, accounting for nearly 40% of all “tock” iDevice preorders. Most of the rose gold devices are said to come from Foxconn, who apparently is the only casing supplier who can satisfy the needed volume for this production version.
As far as what may be production manufacturing issues, aside from rose gold casing, items that may constrain the supply chain include the newest taptic engine (to support 3D Touch) and the new backlight module (to support the selfie flash on the front facing camera). Apple is expecting the 6s series of devices to track to record setting sales at launch.

This is largely expected due to day one availability in China, where many rose gold devices (gold is considered to be a huge status symbol in China, and the new rose gold case color will likely be seen as elite…) will likely be sold. Apple investors expect that including China in Apple’s launch day sales will likely set new sales records.

Last year, the availability of the iPhone 6 Plus as well as the yellow gold case, helped send iPhone sales through the roof. Both of these new features made the 6 Plus very difficult to get, despite the fact that – at least here in the States – phablets haven’t caught on as much as they have in both Europe and Asia. This year, I would expect the 6s Plus to outsell the 6s. There are a number of advantages to the larger screened device, including optical image stabilization in the new and improved 12MP rear facing camera. I know many people who are upgrading from the iPhone 5/5s/5c or even the iPhone 6 have seen the 6 Plus and are curious about how the larger device – with its larger screen and larger battery – may (or may not) fit into their lives.

Are you getting an iPhone 6s? Is rose gold a thing for you? Are you interested in that color casing? Are you interested in the iPhone 6s Plus? Will the camera improvements and the larger screen make it a choice for you this year? Why don’t you meet me in the discussion area below and tell me why or why not?

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The Biggest Thing Missing in the iPhone 6S

Well, that’s a bit of a misnomer… Honestly, its missing on every new mobile device you buy.

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Working with mobile devices as long as I have, you get to learn a few things about how things really should go. I’ve been writing for a long time, and honestly, I’ve reviewed a great many different mobile handsets. Some of them have been PocketPC’s/ Windows Mobile devices. Some of them have been Palm devices. I’ve also reviewed Android, Blackberry, and of course iPhones.

In fact, I’ll be doing an unboxing of the iPhone 6s Plus as well as writing a first impressions document on it based on my wife’s personal interaction as well as my own when it arrives for her on 2015-09-25.

Funny thing there – I ordered my wife’s iPhone 6s Plus on Saturday 2015-09-12 at approximately 11:30am, well after the early rush after the Store opened online at 12:01am PDT. My initial ship WINDOW was between 2015-10-06 and 2015-10-26. As of Wednesday 2015-09-23, I was still looking at waiting about another two to four weeks before the device shipped. Surprise, surprise… I got a note from AT&T this morning indicating that it would arrive on iPhone 6s Day, 2015-09-25. (I got her the standard yellow gold tone model, by the way.

So now, the point of this column is even more spot on. The iPhone 6s – and every other new mobile device – is missing a huge, HUGE “thing.”

A “How to use all the new hardware and OS features” document.

Now, I know I probably lost a few of you there, and you’re likely looking to jet… but stick around for a sec. You’ve come this far. Its not gonna hurt you to see it all the way through at this point….

There are a lot of new features in iOS 9.x, some of which you get with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. However, a lot of them you DON’T get unless you get an iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus. However, without knowing what ALL of the new hardware is, AND without knowing what all of the new features are, AND without knowing what requires what AND how to use them, you’re kinda left to figure it out yourself.

Some people rise to the occasion and figure it out. However, most people, don’t even know where to start and a lot of what makes a new device new and great, gets ignored.

It’s a shame, too.

Most people will get their new iPhones and fumble around with the new hardware and with iOS 9, and try to work it out; but they won’t get it all. They’ll get some of it. They may even look to the web and find something about what they’re interested in, but they may not find it all.

How can this be rectified? Its fairly easy, really; but then again, it requires that people actually use the tools that may be provided to them. Apple… Google… Microsoft… and every other hardware manufacturer that modifies or enhances a mobile operating system can provide a startup sequence or other getting started app or setup process that shows you the new stuff and is required to be reviewed before the device can be used.

Apple does something like this already, but all it does it configure the device. It doesn’t review the latest features and how to use them. It just runs through the required configuration settings. If however, it peppered new feature tutorials in between the configuration settings, it could inform as well as configure. That would be one of the best ways to resolve this problem.

However, I’m not certain that something like that is ever going to happen. If it was likely, it would have happened already. This isn’t rocket science…

I’ve got an iPhone 6s Plus in the house. It arrived on 2015-09-25 – iPhone 6s Day – and I plan on building some how to’s and some fact finding articles on how to use some of its new hardware features and those of iOS 9.

So I invite you to do me a favor and stick around, close to Soft32 and give me a hand. Let me know what you’d like to see and hear about with the new feautres of iOS 9.x. Let me know what you’re curious about when it comes to the new hardware of the iPhone 6x and 6s Plus. I’ll do my best to provide a good intro to the latest flagship iDevices and we’ll see what we can come up with.

So do me a favor, please… take some time and join me in the discussion area below and let me know what you’d like to know about first. I’d love to hear from you. Give me your thoughts, please. There’s a lot going on with not only the iPhone and iOS 9, but the iPad as well. I’m certain that everyone would love to hear about both. Wouldn’t you…?

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