To Rome with Love (and My iPhone)

iPhone Life Magazine - - Editor's Message -

A lit­tle over a year ago, I had the good for­tune to visit Rome. I vis­ited the Ital­ian cap­i­tal’s great his­toric land­marks, strolled along the Tiber River each day, and sipped cap­puc­cino in the morn­ing and Aperol Spritz in the af­ter­noon. It was one of the rich­est ex­pe­ri­ences I’ve ever had, and also one that opened my eyes to how many op­por­tu­ni­ties mo­bile tech­nol­ogy pro­vides for trav­el­ers. I found that my iPhone held the key to al­most ev­ery­thing I did while I was there.

I used Yelp to find the best pizza and gelato (Frigi­dar­ium, hands down) and to dis­cover new dishes, such as beef carpac­cio driz­zled with truf­fle honey and the au­then­tic Ro­man pasta dish, Ca­cio e Pepe.

I nav­i­gated the city us­ing Ap­ple Maps, which let me cache routes while con­nected to Wi-Fi and then track my progress us­ing GPS. Euro­pean travel ex­pert Rick Steves guided me through the Colos­seum and Vat­i­can with his walk­ing tour app. I re­searched wine tours in the Tus­can coun­try­side, mes­saged friends on What­sApp, took pic­tures by the Trevi foun­tain, and cor­re­sponded with our Airbnb host, all with my iPhone.

That’s what this is­sue is all about—help­ing you plan and make the most of your trip us­ing the de­vice that’s never far from your hand any­way (see pg. 41). This might just be our fa­vorite is­sue of the year, and we hope you en­joy read­ing it as much as we loved putting it to­gether.

A Crit­i­cal Mo­ment for the Ap­ple Watch

Un­like the iPhone, the Ap­ple Watch has not yet proven why it should be­come a cen­tral part of our lives. It wasn’t un­til Ap­ple’s “Spring For­ward” event in March that we learned of the full ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Ap­ple’s first wear­able, in­clud­ing its sale date of April 24. (See pg. 18 for a full run­down.)

Mean­while, wear­able tech­nol­ogy is still strug­gling to find its foothold in the public’s imag­i­na­tion, as a string of An­droid wear­ables have come to mar­ket in the past year with vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess.

The Ap­ple Watch has al­ready sur­passed its An­droid com­pe­ti­tion in terms of de­sign and build. Ac­cord­ing to early re­views, it is in­tu­itive, yet re­quires a sub­stan­tial learn­ing curve to mas­ter its dig­i­tal crown, small screen, and vibrating no­ti­fi­ca­tions. It isn’t just a minia­tur­ized ver­sion of the iPhone. But de­sign alone will not prove the value of the Ap­ple Watch— rather, its suc­cess will de­pend upon a healthy ecosys­tem of qual­ity, in­tu­itive apps that make it truly use­ful. If de­vel­op­ers can fig­ure out a way to make us view the Ap­ple Watch as part of our daily lives, it could rev­o­lu­tion­ize mo­bile tech­nol­ogy the same way the iPhone and the iPad did. With any luck, next year I’ll be telling you about how the Ap­ple Watch trans­formed my trip to Greece!

Donna Schill Cleve­land Edi­tor in Chief iPhone Life mag­a­zine, donna@iphonelife.com

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