Updates for 9/27/17

I am a little behind, but the
News page of the site
has been updated with the last Apple event. I just received my iPhone 8 a few days earlier and I am, as usual, just as impressed with it as I have always been with new iPhones.

I chose to go with the iPhone 8 at this point, though, as a new gadget guy, the iPhone X was surely tempting. It really came down to financial considerations at the moment, and, well, the reality is the iPhone X is probably going to be the form factor for future iPhones and will, thus, be perfected in the next versions.

I also ordered my Apple Watch Series 3. Basically, I felt it was about time to upgrade my original Apple Watch. Also, I find that Watch OS 4 with VoiceOver is not running as crisply as the early versions. I like the idea of the watch having a cellular connection as well. I will have the watch over the next couple of weeks.
As far as iOS 11 goes, it is always entertaining for me to read the usual email list chatter when a new version of the iOS comes out and you have the usual reactions that range from the over dramatic to the highly exaggerated, with actual facts and good information sometimes being lost somewhere in between. In sum, iOS 11 is fine. For those of you on the fence, unless you are a hardcore Braille user, the update is perfectly safe to install. There are reports of Braille problems that, depending on how much you utilize Braille, might be best for you to wait for the maintenance releases. There are, as with any new software release, some bugs that are documented by Applevis, but none that are show stopping at all.

The same exact thing can be said for MacOS High Sierra 10.13. There are no bugs that are serious enough that one should hesitate to update their Mac. Only in the cases of situations in which you might have a much older system that might be borderline for updating that one might want to think about not doing so. I’ve been Beta testing it all summer and it’s running on both my 2013 iMac and my 2017 Mac Book Pro.

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