Editor's Mes­sage

Use Tech to Stream­line Your Life

iPhone Life Magazine - - Contents -

There's no deny­ing it—win­ter has ar­rived! While the cold sea­son is my least fa­vorite as far as the weather goes, as an Ap­ple fan, it is un­equiv­o­cally the most ex­cit­ing time of year. Be­tween get­ting your hands on Ap­ple's lat­est prod­ucts and splurg­ing on cool gad­gets over the hol­i­days, you can coast through chill­ier days with de­vices that help us live our best lives. Load Up on New Tech The ver­dict is in; Face ID and edge-to-edge dis­plays are here to stay! Ap­ple has re­leased the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR with not only the same bezel-free form fac­tor as last year's X, but also faster fa­cial recog­ni­tion and a bet­ter cam­era, pow­ered by the su­per­charged A12 Bionic chip (see page 12). But if you, like most of the iPhone Life staff, hopped on the iPhone X band­wagon last year, I'd sug­gest hold­ing onto your phone for an­other year and sav­ing your­self some cash.

While the iPhone was the main event, I'd say the Ap­ple Watch Series 4 stole the show, be­com­ing a med­i­cal de­vice in its own right (see page 20). It in­cludes an FDA-ap­proved sen­sor that, ac­cord­ing to a study con­ducted by Ap­ple and Stan­ford Univer­sity, is more than 98 per­cent ac­cu­rate at de­tect­ing atrial fib­ril­la­tion, an ir­reg­u­lar heart rhythm as­so­ci­ated with life-threat­en­ing con­di­tions. The Series 4 also has a new safety fea­ture that de­tects when a user falls and then calls 911 if it doesn't de­tect move­ment af­ter a minute. A Buyer’s Guide Built by the Whole Team More than ever be­fore, putting to­gether this year's buyer's guide (see page 27) has been a group ef­fort. Over the sum­mer and into the fall, ev­ery­one on our team has been test­ing out an as­sort­ment of iOS gad­gets in real-life sce­nar­ios. I put true wire­less ear­buds through their paces while jog­ging on na­ture trails, web writer Leanne in­stalled a smart dog door at her farm (which she pro­grammed to keep her dogs in and her ducks out), and CEO David spent the sum­mer turn­ing his house into a bona fide smart home. As our res­i­dent wal­let case fan, COO Noah tested how long it took to draw a credit card from any case we threw his way. For our speaker roundup, I dis­cov­ered how much bass my neigh­bors can handle, and for our vir­tual re­al­ity ar­ti­cle, our se­nior gear editor Dig hand-picked the best head­sets avail­able for the iPhone. I feel con­fi­dent that all this hands-on test­ing has re­sulted in a buyer's guide that fea­tures our best prod­uct rec­om­men­da­tions to date. Let us know what you think! A Tool for Em­pow­er­ment This is­sue fea­tures a lot more than gear rec­om­men­da­tions. Our writ­ers are con­stantly look­ing for ways to use their phones to bet­ter their lives. In par­tic­u­lar, our for­mer web writer Con­ner Carey wrote a piece on en­tre­pre­neur­ial apps she's us­ing to grow her busi­ness con­sul­tancy as she trav­els the states in an RV with her mom and res­cue dog (see page 74). And then there's Cielo de la Paz, a con­trib­u­tor who has made a ca­reer out of cre­at­ing pro­fes­sional-qual­ity videos us­ing the cam­era that's in all of our pock­ets. In her ar­ti­cle (see page 64), Cielo shares apps, gear, and ad­vice that will al­low you to cre­ate your own work of art, no DSLR cam­era or stu­dio re­quired. How em­pow­er­ing is that?

“The Ap­ple Watch Series 4 stole the show, be­com­ing a med­i­cal de­vice in its own right.”

Donna Cleve­land Editor in Chief iPhone Life mag­a­zine, [email protected]

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