Why I Didn’t Wait for the iPhone 8

I spend a lot of time reading tech news. I enjoy hearing all the latest rumors about upcoming products, seeing leaked images, listening to experts’ witty banter, and obsessing about what I’m going to get next.

Except that I’m poor.Who isn’t, right? I can’t afford to buy a fraction of the products I obsess over, but when I do buy something I try to be well informed. It doesn’t hurt to look.

Who isn’t, right? I can’t afford to buy a fraction of the products I obsess over, but when I do buy something I try to be well informed. I tell myself that it doesn’t hurt to look, but it does wear on you.

So, when my iPhone 6 Plus passed the two-year mark I started getting anxious. I told myself that the update to the iPhone 7 wasn’t that big and that I could just wait till the iPhone 7s/8 came out. But I didn’t.

You see, I have a problem. Maybe you have it too. When you spend a disproportionate amount of time looking forward, it becomes increasingly difficult to see what you already have … or could have. My iPhone 6 Plus was still working. It is still working. I didn’t need a new phone. But I wanted one.

With starting our YouTube channel, Teach Me Media, I was looking to upgrade equipment. I was, and am, still using a MacBook Pro from 2012 and an iPhone from 2014 to film, edit, and post our videos. It really slowed the process down. We’ve actually filmed several episodes that I’ve just never finished editing because the equipment wouldn’t cooperate. So, when I read about some of the deals AT&T was offering, I decided to sell my soul and go for it.

I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised as I stumbled across some of the features of the iPhone 7 Plus that I had forgotten about. I was acutely aware of the camera lenses, but I had forgotten about the ability to take and edit RAW files. As someone who enjoys photography that was a big deal. I am still waiting anxiously for Filmic Pro to release their update that includes the ability to shoot in a flat profile, but that’s another story.

I had forgotten about the “peak and pop” feature and I’m still not sure that I know how to use it, but I will. I had forgotten about the speed of TouchID and the extra speakers. I had forgotten about its water resistance and the taptic¬†engine everytime I press the Home button. I had forgotten about a lot of things, and it has been a subtle joy to rediscover things I had forgotten about.

I don’t think I’ve really put my new phone through it’s passes yet, but I look forward to doing so. Now, I’ll be honest that I signed up for the yearly update plan so that I can still upgrade to the next iPhone when it comes out, but I don’t regret my decision to not wait. Just this week a rumor surfaced that the latest and greatest new iPhone might be released a month later than normal–in October rather than in September. They also expect high demand, as is evidenced by Wall Street’s reevaluation on Apple’s futures.When I read that, I felt smart. That would mean that I would be

When I read that, I felt smart. I had to wait an extra month or two to get my iPhone 6 Plus when it came out and I expect the same may be true as Apple is rumored to make huge changes to the next iPhone. Rumors say that there will be three models and a new screen size. They say they’ll have wireless charging, glass backs, and maybe even a rounded glass screen. Who really knows? Apple. And Apple likes to keep secrets. But this much seems to be true, the next iPhone will be much like the last 10 have been. It’ll be a little bit better, a little bit faster, and even more polished. It might have a few things that make me cringe. I hope it has a few things that make me giddy, but they already have a pretty great phone and I look forward to pushing this thing as far as it can go to make media, make pictures, and … of course, to research what the next iPhone will be like. Until then ….


Riverdale … or … How Betty Met Veronica … and the Girls from Pretty Little Liars

So, let me start by being honest. I’ve never read any of the Archie comics. As I watched the pilot episode of Riverdale, The CW’s take on the classic Archie comics, I found myself scouring Wikipedia to try and keep up with all of the references. Some characters I recognized without prompting. I knew who Josie and the Pussycats were. I had heard of the other characters as well, but I really didn’t know anything about them.

And you don’t have to.

There are a few tongue-in-cheek throwback jokes to the comics, but the show doesn’t expect you to know the source material at all. In fact, I didn’t even realize it was based on anything until I read an article about it.

You have all of the characters you would expect–Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead–but not in the way that you would expect them. Archie is a tortured teen who recently turned into a man because he spent the summer working construction for his dad. Betty is the lovelorn girl-next-door who is patiently waiting for Archie to discover her. Veronica is the rich girl who has just escaped to Riverdale to start a new life with her mother, but who desperately doesn’t want to be the mean girl of her past. And Jughead. Jughead is the mopey emo blogger who narrates the whole story.

When I started watching, I really didn’t have any expectations. I watch a lot of shows on The CW. I love the Arrowverse. I love The 100. I wasn’t interested by the previews for Riverdale, but I was willing to give the show a shot. As the plot progressed it quickly became familiar though, because I had seen it years before … in Pretty Little Liars.

So here come some spoilers. The pilot of Pretty Little Liars starts as a group of mean girls wakes up in the middle of the night to discover that their “friend” is missing. One year later, at her memorial service, the girls meet back up only to discover that someone named “A” knows their dirty little secret-whatever that is. Throughout the pilot of Pretty Little Liars we get to know a little more about each of the girls. Aria, the smart girl with a poet’s soul, meets a man at a bar and, after lying about her age, quickly takes it to the next level. When school starts again, she discovers he is her English teacher. Dun. Dun. Dunnnnnn.

As an English teacher, I resent that Hollywood always makes us literary types out to be unethical¬†and incapable of maintaining appropriate relationships with students (or parents … ahem Gilmore Girls …). Anyway ….

Enter Riverdale.

The show opens as we see Betty with her shirt unbuttoned talking with her gay friend about how hunky Archie is next door. From the start, the writers of the show wanted to set the tone for the kind of show that this was going to be. It was going to be progressive and it was going to shake up expectations. Noted.

Through Jughead’s narration and as the story progresses, we also learn that Archie has discovered the power of music by dating the music teacher. Check. Oh, and a boy from school went missing over the summer. And check. I’m sure I’m not the only one who realized that the pilot for Pretty Little Liars got dusted off and reused for Riverdale. But does that really matter? Probably not. Only to nerds like me.

So, was it any good? Yeah. I mean, I’ve already watched the second episode. And yes, I’m curious what’s going to happen next, like any show.

Riverdale hits on a lot of established notes. It clearly isn’t afraid to repeat what’s worked before (a la J. J. Abrams and The Force Awakens). So, naturally it feels familiar. It feels new-ish. It feels like it’s going to be a fine show. I for one am willing to keep watching to see how it progresses as it stretches out and (hopefully) becomes it’s own.

Source: The CW