What if Apple removed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7? – Your thoughts

There were a number of reports over the last 7 days that Apple will remove the headphone jack on the next iPhone.

Connection to your music will either be done via bluetooth or using the lightning connector. Personally, removing the headphone jack might upset a few people, but really it is not a major disaster. Potentially the sound quality via the lightning cable should sound better and bluetooth music audio is particularly good nowadays.

Now if Apple provided an adapter to allow 3.5mm headphones to connect to the lightning port, then I really cannot see the fuss or inconvenience other than not being able to charge the phone whilst listening to music.

But what about yourself? Would you care?

Has Adele broken subscription streaming services? – Editorial

Here are the facts from Adele’s new album 25 after just its first week of sales.

– UK – sold 800,000 copies.

– USA – sold 3.38 million copies.

Now lets add some meat to those figures. In the USA, 25 is the first album to ever have broken the 3 million mark in a week. It is also the biggest selling album in 2015 in the USA, with Taylor Swift’s 1989 selling just 1.8 million albums.

In the UK, the figure of 800,000 is more than the next 86 albums sales combined.

What is so significant of these statistics? Prior to release Adele announced that her new album would not be available on any subscription services, meaning you would have to buy it if you wanted to listen to it. People on monthly subscription services aired their discontent on social media but actually it probably fuelled the fire to engage people to go out and buy the album. Heck, there was even queues at HMV.

But what does this stance mean for future album releases and subscription services? It shows a weakness in the subscription model. The subscription model does not pay artists a fair share versus the potential earnings they might make from an album sale. Just think, there is no way Adele would have earned as much if she had allowed her new album to be available on subscription music services.

Do you think it was fair of Adele to ban 25 from being available from music subscription services?

Amazon Fire 7 Tablet at £34.99 – Just look at how popular it is!

Amazon has been selling across its own store and at other retailers it’s Amazon Fire 7 tablet at a reduced price from £49.99 to £34.99. 

Below is a tweet showing a photo of the next batch of the Amazon Fire tablets to leave the warehouse. A truly staggering amount. 

It is also possible to side load Google Play store with this tablet. Anyway if you want one of these tablets for £34.99, head over to Amazon now while the deal is still live. Click HERE.

Apple iPhone 6S Plus – A variety of camera footage demonstrating the magic of the 12mp camera!

Apple made a big point at just how good its new 12mp sensor was on the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. I have taken a variety of footage, both video, photos and timelapse and below is a selection of what was possible.

Please allow a few minutess for all the photos to appear if they do not appear straight away. Click on all footage to gain access to the original version.

Timelapse Mode – Impressive as taken on a windy day too which meant iPhone 6S Plus was moving on tripod.

4K Video. Play clip to the end to view a quick breathtaking view across Dartmoor.

Photos – A selection including panoramic mode

St Andrews Church, Whitchurch #iphone6Splus

I'm watching YOU #Tiggy #iphone6Splus

Out to Sea - Views of Newquay #iphone6Splus

The Rock #Goliath #Roborough #Common with Dartmoor in the distance #iphone6splus

Staple Tor, Dartmoor with George #iphone6splus

Sunrise over the summit of Staple Tor, Dartmoor

Pink Pink Macro Flowers #macro #unedited #iphone6splus

Staple Tor, Dartmoor

Believer Forest #panoramic #iphone6splus

The Chase - Tiggy & Fury dash through the water on Dartmoor

Sunrise over Great and Little Mis Tor, Dartmoor #iphone6splus

Beautiful sunset on Dartmoor tonight

Beautiful but cold - Dartmoor at 6pm Today

Summit of Great Mis Tor, Dartmoor

The Bench with a View #Dartmoor #iphone6splus

Pink Pink Macro Flowers #macro #unedited #iphone6splus

Stunning Panorama over Dartmoor #iPhone6SPlus

Amazon ‘s BLACK FRIDAY deals – 11 of the Best Deals with links

Today is Black Friday and Amazon has fired off with some great offers. At 1 second past midnight it offered a 200gb Sandisk micro sd card for £59.99. I managed to tweet about this deal, and I know some of you were very lucky to grab one too. Anyone, below are the best deals so far. I will update this post today, so keep checking regularly.

Fire TV Stick with Voice now £34.99

Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers now £34.99

Sony PlayStation 4 1TB Console with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection now £279.99

Xbox One 500GB with Ori and Rare Replay now £229

SanDisk SSD PLUS 240 GB Sata III 2.5-inch Internal SSD up to 520 MB/s now £39.99

Jawbone UP3 Fitness Tracker now £77.99

Sennheiser HD598 Special Edition Over-Ear Headphones – Black now £75 (I bought these)

Samsung Memory 64 GB EVO MicroSDXC UHS-I Grade 1 Class 10 Memory Card with SD Adapter (Frustration Free Packaging) now £12.99

Pebble Time Smartwatch for Smartphone – Black now £124.99

Sennheiser Momentum 1.0 On-Ear Headphones – Pink now £59.99

Netatmo NSC01-EU Wi-Fi Home Camera with Face Recognition – Gold £149.99 25% off

FitBit just released a super cool update to its software – details

There is no denying the impact the FitBit Charge HR has made on my personal wellbeing. It has been the single most effective device at making me fitter and motivating me more. Add to the fact it works really well with third party services like MyFitnessPal and you have a great combo.

I wrote a review of the FitBit Charge HR using it with MyFitnessPal. Click HERE.

However, since this review FitBit has updated the software several times, but the last update is really fantastic.

Now detection is made automatically for walks, runs, outdoor biking sessions, elliptical training, “high-movement” sports and aerobic workouts.

This means no going into the app settings to select the exercise mode etc.. This new feature is fantastic in use. Now the FitBit detects sleep, activity and all your exercises without lifting a finger!

This new update has arrived for iOS and Windows users. The android update is coming soon.

Huawei Mate 8 – is 6 inches too big? Plus details of specifications


Huawei have announced the Huawei Mate 8, a 6 inch screen slab of phone with the following specs –

– 6-inch 1080p display spec covering 95 percent of NTSC gamut.
– 2.5D glass
– new octa-core Kirin 950 chipset, 16nm FinFET+ CPUs (4 x Cortex-A72 and 4 x Cortex-A53), ARM’s flagship Mali-T880 GPU and integrated LTE Cat 6 modem
– Fingerprint sensor on rear – new advanced sensor able to read 3rd level of detail
– 16mp rear camera plus dedicated image processor
– Colours – Champagne Gold, Moonlight Silver, Space Gray and Mocha Brown
– Android 6 with Emotion UI
– Pricing in China $500 for 3GB RAM /32GB of storage, $690 for 4GB RAM / 128GB of storage.
– 4,000mAh battery

The specs stack up on paper to potentially translate to a fine beast of a device. But we will see this over in the UK?

My main grip is its size. As a phablet, a 6 inch screen is pushing the boundaries of what is acceptably comfortable to hold in one hand, and with the need to use the fingerprint sensor on the rear, could translate to a very awkward in hand experience.

However, on paper and based on the outlined specs and press renders it sure looks like a fine piece of kit. Will 2016 be the year Huawei overtakes Samsung?

Source – Engadget

Introducing the Meitu V4 in Rose Gold – 21mp camera on the front and rear!!!

Meitu have announced the Meitu V4. This phone has many new features, a rose gold finish (sound familiar) and with one or two unique features up its sleeve, including dual 21mp cameras, one for the front and the other for the rear. So now you can take perfect macros of your nose hairs!

Other specs a 5-inch 1080p screen, octa-core 64-bit MediaTek Helio X10 SoC, 3GB RAM, 64GB internal storage space, 2,650 mAh battery and MeiOS 2.5 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Have fun watching the video introducing the phone and all its features!

Amazon’s BEST 15 lightning deals TODAY – with times and direct links

Today brings another day of deals as part of Amazon’s Black Friday Event. Leading up to this week, the lightning deals had been debatable, but now they are much better. Note if you are a prime member you can access the deal time shown 30 mins earlier.

If you are buying anything else on Amazon please use this special link – Gavin’s Gadgets Amazon UK link . It doesn’t cost you anything more either!

Deals of the Day – Available until 11.59pm or until stock runs out

NOW £299.99 – Fire HDX 8.9, 8.9″ HDX Display, Wi-Fi and 4G, 64 GB – Includes Special Offers

Wileyfox Swift 4G Dual SIM-Free Smartphone now £99.99

50% off Johnnie Walker

Lenovo G50 Laptop deal – now £239.99

The below deals are the best lightning deals with times they will go live. Prime members can buy 30 mins earlier.

LIVE AT 8am Today

Microsoft Lumia 640 5-Inch SIM-Free Smartphone – Black

MY FAV Bluetooth Headphone – Plantronics Backbeat Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Mic

LIVe AT 8.40am

Samsung Memory 64 GB EVO MicroSDXC UHS-I Grade 1 Class 10 Memory Card with SD Adapter (Frustration Free Packaging)

LIVE AT 9.00am

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On Ear Headphones for Apple iOS- Brown

LG Urbane Smartwatch

Epson EB-S04 SVGA 3000 Lumens 3 LCD Portable Projector

Asus ZenWatch Smart Watch

LIVE AT 9.40pm

SanDisk Ultra II SSD 480 GB Sata III 2.5-inch Internal SSD up to 550 MB/s

LIVE AT 2.00pm

Acer H7550BD 1080p DLP 3D Home Cinema Projector

LIVE AT 4.00pm

Panasonic TX-48CX400B 4K UHD 48 Inch TV (2015 Model)


Ted Baker London Finisterre DAB/DAB+/FM/Bluetooth and NFC Radio – Brushed Silver/Black Leather

Why I bought an iPhone instead of a Samsung Note 5/S6 Edge Plus

There are many reasons for buying a phone. It could be you prefer iOS, android or windows phone. It could be a set of features or an app or a game. But one factor I really think that is more important to factor in is the commitment to software updates, especially when you are buying flagship devices that cost a lot of money.

Above is a statement from Samsung confirming it is not updating their top of the line tablet. Personally, I think that this is disgraceful. It is a worrying trend by Samsung too as it has left out features on the Galaxy S6/ Edge that it included with the S6 Edge Plus. Both of these devices are current flagships, but the S6 Edge Plus is slightly newer and for example has camera software that provides better manual options. These could easily be implemented into the S6 at the same time as the larger Plus version arrived, but alas Samsung has failed to deliver. Another worrying trend was the Note 5 not being sold by Samsung in Europe. Let me be clear on one fact before I continue, all of these flagship phones from Samsung are absolutely excellent phones.

However, if you are buying a flagship phone, you will have this for at least 2 years, unless you are lucky enough to be able to upgrade earlier. My worry was what support will Samsung be offering 2 years down the line when they are already cutting back on costs and chopping their workforce numbers. Whilst I am mentioning Samsung specifically, this could easily be any other company.

On the flip side is Apple, who generally provide 3 years worth of software updates. This in turn provided me with comfort that 3 years down the line, my iPhone 6S Plus will still have the latest version of iOS and be updated the same day along with all the other iOS devices. Hence my reasons for choosing Apple.

O2 and EE to block adverts – Editorial

“According to Businessinsider O2 is at advanced stages to actively implement using technology that can block mobile ads at a network-level before they even get served. In addition, the company is considering whether to offer customers easy access to ad blocking apps and browser extensions. O2 is also working with advertisers to improve the standard of mobile advertising.”

O2 is not alone. EE have stated they are looking to block adverts. Is this a good or bad thing?

The positives will be a faster web browsing experience and less battery drain caused by adverts. However, I have noticed that with some ad blockers web sites do not run properly. Personally, I do not use any ad blocker, except on two websites where they take the biscuit for over indulgent adverts.

If O2/EE block the adverts, how will good quality websites that rely totally on the advertising income survive? I can tell you know, people will not want to pay to access information. If O2/EE control the adverts, what right do the have to decide what we see and don’t see? Are they really doing this to act as the gatekeeper and charge advertisers a fee to pass through their filters?

This seems more about taking a cut of the advertising revenue than reducing bandwidth and or improving the customer experience.

What are your views?

iPad Pro – To Europe and Back – Another viewpoint

TecnhnoBuffalo took up a challenge. One of their writers went on a week’s trip to Europe with just the iPad Pro and Apple Keyboard, instead of a laptop. I will share my opinions of their experience after the video.

Size matters. One of the difficulties of using the iPad whilst travelling was its size. On the plane it was so big it got in the way. Relaxing in bed it was too heavy to hold like you would the iPad Air or Mini. Both these situations affected me.

The flip side was the large screen is superb for media consumption along with the strong battery life. However, more work related stuff does get compromised.

I thought the criticism of the Apple Keyboard was unfair. I found it really fast and operations like going to the home screen can be achieved with simply command key operations. In fact, holding down the command key for a few seconds in every app reveals all the shortcuts. Tweetbot has loads of shortcuts!

As I have said before, the Apple Pro is an excellent piece of hardware, if it fits what you need it to do. One of my favourite iOS app, Reeder, just received a big update, most importantly it now supports the iPad Pro properly. However, this is only the 3rd app I have seen updated since the iPad Pro’s launch that I use that has been specifically updated for the iPad Pro.

One week later – Mike airs his current views on the iPad Pro

Regular reader Mike Patterson added a detailed comment to my post yesterday “downsizing from the iPad Pro to the iPad Mini 4” airing his current views on his iPad Pro after just over a week. 


“Well I have until 20th January 2016 to decide whether or not to keep the Pro. If you had asked me earlier I would have said “it’s a keeper”. However, what with the issues I am having:-

1. It continually dies after each full recharge ~ this is EVERY SINGLE BL**DY TIME.

2. I am STILL waiting for my online order of the iPencil to change from being Processed to Shipped ~ getting on for two weeks now and no point in walking into my nearest Apple Store….. All this yet in the US where they too have similar online issues Apple have been selling more accessories to Best Buy and Staples than what goes into their own stores.

It’s infuriating, you go into an Apple Store and the answer is “Nope, none in”, yet go into Best Buy or Staples and walk out with one under your arm. Online orders… what a joke. Whatever happened to get up early, place your order and you are now at the top of the delivery system.

What has happened to Apple? I remember when they used to be customer first where other companies were envious of the way they managed to get hardware out on day one to everyone……. Now all they have become is another second rate shipper.

3. Apple should have looked at iOS on the Pro ~ All that wasted space on the Home screens. It needs a rework.

4. Lack of Apps that fully utilise the Pro ~ This I am laying the blame firmly at Apple. For Apps to take full and complete advantage of the pro (not just the screen size but the extra RAM, Processor Speed, etc. etc) requires developers to place a lot of time and effort. Problem is these Apps can not be treated like your normal iOS App. They work similar to OS X and as such would warrant OS X prices. But there’s the rub, users of the Pro are in a mindset this is just another tablet and basically it isn’t. So even before developers start there is a problem.

To counteract this developers would like to offer free trials so that you can test the software before making a huge in iOS terms payment commitment……. But no, Apple will simply not allow software to be released in this manner. They are stopping the development of these type of Apps.

It’s not too bad if you are a big company like Adobe where you can afford to place a team of highly paid developers to build your Pro software. They can run at a big loss and charge a high price at the end……. But for your average one man developer, he/she doesn’t stand a chance.

4. There’s bound to be a number four and a five and a six…… but I just can not be bothered to stay here and write them down.
Apple you enticed me in, you made me fall in love with your whole expensive system of design, management, delivery and performance.

Now you leave us frustrated, short changed and angry.

So many areas of errors and anomalies yet nothing in return of apologies or reasons. And let’s not mention iCloud failures.”

Podcast Guest Appearances – Phones Show Chat & One More Thing Audio Podcasts

I was a guest on a couple of podcasts over the weekend.

The Phones Show Chat Episode 318 starred Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon, along with myself and Stephen Quinn as guests. This recording was really good with Ted highlighting his thoughts on the OnePlus X and tons more from everyone.

In addition, I was also a guest on One More Thing Audio Episode 10. David Rich and I discussed my views on the iPad Pro (like the good old days!) and then Jason and David continue with their Apple banter.

Downsizing from the iPad Pro to iPad Mini 4

Boom. It’s all change. 

The iPad Pro was neatly packaged up yesterday and returned to Apple along with the accessories and instead, I now have an iPad Mini 4. 
In the end it was a simple decision to make whether I kept the iPad Pro, and it boiled down to the fact that the iPad Pro was just too large and heavy for my armchair browsing and gaming. The iPad Pro is a marvellous piece of kit but more at home on a table than anywhere else. 

But why the Mini 4 instead of the Air 2. I have an iPad Air which work provide so I am familiar with the benefits of the processor and screen canvas. The Mini 4 appealed to me as even with a Smart Cover and smart case attached, it is very light and slim. 

In fact I am on my sofa typing this on the Mini 4 in portrait mode using the split keyboard layout with two thumbs and my typing speed is just fine. 

Setting up the iPad I decided to restore from an iCloud backup but at first this was not possible. The iPad had to have a software update to iOS 9.1. Then I had to hard reset and start the setup process again. Setting up a new iPad even using an iCloud backup is quite a lengthy and complex process. No wonder they have in store setup counters. After the iCloud backup had done the first part of the restore it reboots once. And that was as far as I got for 4 hours. I hadn’t waited to restore fully but Apple staff did mention it might go into a reboot loop and if this happened I would need to put the iPad into recovery mode and connect to iTunes and reinstall the firmware. So it just works !!

So 4 hours later I figured the apple logo was going to go away. So I did a warm reset and fortunately the iCloud restore continued. All my apps and  games downloaded and then it was time to add my photos and music. I then entered all my user names and passwords across all my apps. This caused another issue. Several apps (about 30%) refused to load and quit straight away. This was only resolved by deleting and reinstalling it.  Since then I have discovered that when playing a game for the first time, it is telling me my cloud (iCloud) backup file is corrupt. The recommended course is to delete it and lose all my game play and start again.

I am not alone with iCloud issues. When I got my iPhone 6S Plus I had terrible issues uploading photos and music to iCloud. I put part of these issues down to my slow internet upload speed. However, I am aware of several people with quite severe iCloud issues. I do wonder if Apple has suffered some huge failure of the iCloud, maybe a hack attack and is desperately on the quiet trying to repair or fix it. All I can definitely state, it most certainly does not work properly for me. I am tempted to reinstall every app over time, just to make sure everything works in the longer term.

Next I was confused why text messages were not arriving on my iPad from my iPhone. A quick google and back into settings, messages, text forwarding and hit the toggle on button. I don’t understand why Apple hide this setting and don’t ask if text forwarding is required during the initial setup. 

I have connected my Bluetooth Plantronics Backbeat Pro headphones to the Mini 4 and they sound divine with the iPad. 

When the first Mini arrived I had one but the difference from the original iPad Mini to the retina Mini 4 is huge. Text is really crisp and typing in portrait mode using the on screen keyboard is so easy, even whilst relaxing on the sofa. 

Anyway, I’m much happier with this size of iPad. I prefer it over the Air size.