Apple’s Restocking Early to Sell iPhone 8!

Wireless charging

Wow…It’s Happening Already !!!

Apple has Shut Down their Site Early for iPhone 8 Restocking

Whenever someone in my family needs to get a new iPhone, we  excitedly monitor late the evening before the day the iPhones will go on sale. Usually sometime after midnight the Apple website shuts down and all they show is this message:

Apple site we'll be back notice

Here’s a link to the post where I describe how to be one of the first people on the planet to order a new iPhone as well as how I first discovered this early ordering trick.

My post about being 1st to buy iPhone

If you’d like to closely monitor when Apple’s site comes back for business…here’s the link you need.

Tech Radar’s Comparison 4 Minute Video

Tech Radar made the best video I found that compares the features of all three phones.

Some of the Major Differences | iPhone X  8+ &  8


Battery Comparison Between iPhone X  8+  and  6+


Helpful Links

iPhone 8 information including some tech specs for iPhone X too.

iPhone 8 models and pricing

iPhone 8 Tech Specs

Compare All iPhone Models

Gallery of New iPhone Images

iPhone PDF’s

I made a couple downloadable PDF’s for you to peruse until the Apple site comes back up.

Compare all New iPhone Models

iPhone 8 Tech Specs

Compare iPhone X to iPhone 8


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Some Great Hurricane Monitoring Tools for ios

I just finished a post at my sister site vsatrends that discusses a lot of great tools for ios to use in monitoring Irma. Because this information is critical and timely, and because I have completely different followers for each site, I decided to share the link to this article with my vsatips readers too. So, here’s the link to my article on vsatrends.

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How to Watch Apple’s iPhone 8 Live Event on September 12, 2017

Apple’s Live Event Is Tuesday September 12 at 12 Noon Central Time

Some of the new is 11 wallpapers

Above:  Some of the new ios 11 wallpapers which you can download at 9to5mac

New iPhones 7s  7s+  8 | Watch 3 | ios 11 | Are the New Product Launches Expected

Apple Live Event Announcement

Main Time is 10am PDT , 1 pm EDT, 6pm UK Time, and 12:30am IST

It’s no secret I’m a huge Apple fan…but then its no secret I love Android and Windows too. I’m a bit of an aberration within my own social realms, but that doesn’t prevent me from taking every opportunity to narrow that divide a little. Sharing Apple’s upcoming live event is one way I try. I always make the effort to watch most of Apple’s live stream events but I realized this time that maybe other’s would like to watch them too. After all..rumors surrounding the iPhone 8 being very special because it’s Apple’s 10th anniversary of the iPhone have been bouncing around the internet since shortly after the iPhone 7 was launched last year at this time.

If you’re interested in watching the livestream you’ll find that, just like anything, it’s easy if you know where to go and what tools to use.

That’s my 2nd reason for writing this short post…to include a simple set of instructions for watching the Apple Livestream.

Below:  Exactly which Apple devices can watch the livestream, live

Requirements: Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 9.0 or later, a Mac with Safari on macOS v10.11 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).

You Can Easily Watch Using an Apple Computer, iPad or iPhone (or iPod) or Apple TV

If you use Apple devices you’ve got it made. Apple makes it very easy for their customers to watch their livestreams as long as your device meets the requirements shown in the screenshot above. The simplest way to watch Apple’s livestream for any of their keystone events is simply by visiting the website they’ve designated for this.

This is the Link to Apple’s Website to Watch Tuesday’s Live Events

The link above will always take you to a livestream that’s already in progress. It will also take you to Apple video’s of their most recent livestream.

But What if Your Apple Device is Older or You Don’t Have One?

You can still watch it but there will need to be a little bit of preplanning involved.

One option you have is to download a little program called VLC Steam, which will enable your nonApple device to also watch the live event. You can read more about it in these articles by or HowtoGeekOr, you could watch on of the news sites that covers it like CNET’S Apple Byte’s program on YouTube.

Last, if you’re on Twitter, you could just search for the #Apple Live or #iPhone8 and more than likely you’ll find someone who’s ‘illegally’ rebroadcasting the stream. It’s not really illegal in the legal sense I suspect…but Apple doesn’t want people to rebroadcast it.

Incidentally, while writing this  I learned that when Apple publishes the video of their live events…usually later the same day that they occurred…their video footage is broadcast in full 1080p…which is a much better resolution than the one they livestream their event in. So, if you’re patient you can watch a much better version of their live video by visiting the same link as the one that I gave you for the actual live stream.

Extra Resources to Learn More Information

What May Be Announced Tomorrow

If you’re super excited and can’t wait until tomorrow here’s a video of what you can expect from CNET’S Apple Bytes broadcast. They’ll begin covering the event on YouTube 1 hour before the broadcast begins:

In this ‘Cult of Mac’ Article the new iPhone’s availability, or lack thereof is discussed as speculation about material shortages for the OLED screens abound.

And if you’re as interested as me you’ll also want to be one of the first people in the world to order the new iPhone. In which case you can read one of my first posts ever written on how I accidentally discovered the way to be one of the first people in the world to order a newly released Apple device.

Above:  A few of Apple’s Recent Live Events

Don’t Forget About ios 11

Don’t forget that in addition to the new iPhones, Apple will be rolling out a brand spanking new ios too…ios 11. Every September Apple says that their new ios is a revolutionary upgrade. Almost every single time this has proven to be more a case of ‘wishful thinking’ than ‘inspired coding.’  So, let’s hope that they say it this year…because they would finally be right!

The good news here is that there are a ton of brilliant new features…like the ability to record your screen’s activity now thereby creating a video using the recording. You can learn more about that here. The bad news of course is the learning curve…which is a significant one this time around.

For some odd reason Apple’s once again mistakenly leaked something. This time it’s what they call their ‘Gold Master, or final edition of ios 11 a few days ago. You can both read and watch more about that in 9to5 Mac’s article. You can also download many of the brilliant new wallpapers that will come on the new iPhones and ios 11.

More Resources to View Previous Apple Live Events

Here’s a link to watch some of their more recent events (beginning in 2016)

Here’s a link to all of the Apple Live Events Available for streaming today via the Podcast App

Below:  Apple’s Podcast for their Keynote Events


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How to Setup Siri for Spoken Caller ID on ios 10 | How to Add or Remove Devices for WiFi Calling

At the end of this post look for a video I embedded of a favorite YouTuber ZoneofTech discussing what Apple’s September 12th Live Keynote will entail.

This is what the app looks like.

Introduction to Call Announcements ios 10

I was pretty surprised to discover today that there’s a feature of ios 10 I almost missed shortly before ios 11 is launched. Call Announcements or Talking Caller ID. This neat feature appears to have flown under the radar for a lot of iPhone users. More importantly it also applies to iPad users too as long as you’ve enabled phone calls to be routed to your iPad as well. Since I use both I’ll run through how to setup this up on both devices.

Having callers announced out loud to you can come in really handy if you usually find yourself in situations that make it difficult to drop everything instantly and answer the phone as soon as it rings. It gives you the opportunity to either answer quickly to arrange a callback in a few minutes…or to decide if you even want to talk to the caller. Regardless of the type of phone call involved…in my family, no one ever seems to actually answer a phone call immediately. I really think it’s generally just a timing thing. Because what almost always occurs is that someone calls someone else…they don’t answer so they leave a short message…and the callee calls back within 5 minutes without ever having listened to the actual message. I’ve always wondered if that’s pretty typical or not…if you can shed any light on it let me know in the comments way down at the bottom of the page.

How Answering Calls Works With Our LandLine System

At home we have a nifty little device that plugs into one of our cordless telephone bases and announces out loud who’s calling whenever our landline telephone rings. This is great for me because I’m the most time challenged member of my family! When it comes to answering phone calls it’s difficult for me to act immediately for one of 2 reasons. Either I’m in the middle of writing something and tearing myself away mid-sentence has more negative consequences than waiting until I’ve completed my thought does. 2nd, no matter how quickly I may act, I rarely can physically make it to the phone to answer the call before it’s gone to voicemail.

So, we’ve setup our answering machine to allow 6 rings before it kicks in to answer. 6 rings is a great number to use because it gives me time to get within hearing range of the talking caller ID and find out who’s calling. Also, I’ve learned that it’s a good number to use for blocking out most telemarketing calls. Most telemarketers will hang up after 4 rings (or really on the 4th ring,) I suspect because that’s the default number of rings that most answering systems are setup for out of the box.

I’ve always wished I could setup a similar arrangement for incoming cell phone calls. It turns out I can…sort of!

How to Enable Call Anouncements on iPhone

The steps are pretty simple…I’m not entirely sure why this seems to have flown completely under the radar for almost a year…and in fact just a few weeks prior to the launch of ios 11!

iPhone Setup

Go to Settings – Phone – Announce Calls – then Select either:

  • Always
  • Only While Using Headphones in your car
  • Only While Headphones period
  • Never

iPad Setup

Go to Settings – FaceTime – First Make Sure ‘Calls from iPhone‘ is Turned On – Then Drag the Right Side of the ‘Settings’ Screen Up to Go To ‘Announce Calls‘ at the Bottom of the Page –  Turn this On – Then Select Either:

  • Always
  • Only While Using Headphones in your car
  • Only While Headphones period
  • Never

That’s all there is to it! Now, whenever someone calls you you’ll have a spoken Caller ID message announcing the caller.

How to Enable WiFi Calling

In some of the screenshots above the purple arrows show you were to find WiFi Calling Settings on your iPhone. When you enable WiFi Calling your iPhone will use any WiFi it’s connected to to improve the quality of the phone call if you happen to not have a great cell phone signal wherever you may be.

Here’s a link to Apple’s instructions for setting up WiFi Calling.

I also made a PDF of the steps you can download here.

How to Remove A Device to Free Up Space for ios WiFi Calling

If you happen to get a new device that you want to setup WiFi Calling for and you get an error message telling you that you’ve registered the maximum number of devices allowed to you for WiFi Calling…follow the instructions in the screenshot below.

ZoneofTech’s Video Discusses


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