Masked FaceID and Security

In a Beta of iOS 15.4, one of the new features is FaceID that works while wearing a mask. Apple says the iPhone can recognize unique features around the eyes to authenticate, and that you must look at your iPhone to use Face ID while wearing a mask. Apple says that...

Monterey – macOS 12 Status & Recommendation

The new macOS 13 Monterey is available, but is a little bit rough, especially for anyone not on an Apple Silicon Mac. I recommend waiting, for now, and will have an updated recommendation soon. I’m testing on my M1 MacBook Air, and will be testing soon on my...

iOS 15 – Go Ahead and Install

iOS 15 is now available for all iPhones back to iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE first generation, all released in 2016, and all iPhones since. (also including iPod Touch 7th generation, from 2019). On older iPhones, some features are not available, because...

Those Cameras! The iPhones 13

Remarkably, Apple continues to make significant improvements in the cameras on new iPhone models. These cameras are amazing. This is an excellent update to the iPhone with solid improvements in processing power and battery life, and even better cameras. My bottom...

Ubiquiti Security Breach – 2021

I still recommend Ubiquiti products and their UniFi line in particular, but I think it’s important for me to address a problem that’s been in the news lately. Ubiquiti had a security breach in December, which they announced in early January. At the time they...

New Macs (Apple Silicon M1)

Apple has released three new low-end computers. They are remarkable. Both performance and battery life tests from various reviewers show that this is the beginning of a huge change in the Mac ecosystem. Apple M1 Computers: MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini These...

Apple’s new iPhones 12

I can best explain my advice regarding the new iPhones by stepping through my own thinking. The iPhone 12 is the default iPhone. It’s a great value. If I needed a new phone, this might be my choice. But its cameras, while excellent, are not an upgrade from my iPhone...

I wish we had Ireland’s Covid Tracking

Ireland has released its Covid-19 Tracking app along with related support systems and information. It looks like an excellent implementation and strong response to the pandemic while preserving privacy of Irish citizens. I wish we had this here in California. The...

Macbook Pro 16″

Macbook Pro 16” (late 2019)    Apple: $2399  The Macbook Pro 16” is the powerhouse laptop of the Mac lineup. Even in its base configuration, it’s a performance machine for serious work.   Key Features  6-Core i7 or 8-Core i9 processor 16GB to 64GB of Ram...