I have 3 main sections..
1. This shows how I use it on the go.
2. This shows my desktop setup
3. How I use it for Apple Music and get lossless/hi res audio out while still using a display.
I posted a new video on Youtube regarding the new iPad OS16 (beta) update that allows external monitors to be used with the iPad.
I have 3 main sections..
1. This shows how I use it on the go.
2. This shows my desktop setup
3. How I use it for Apple Music and get lossless/hi res audio out while still using a display.
As in past years(2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011), I am putting together a new list of my top tech. The list contains my favorite things from the last year, even if they were available in prior years. By "tech" I am basically including any new toys, apps, etc... that I find cool and/or useful and currently own or owned in the last year.
Note: I may get paid commissions for purchases made through any links to Amazon products on this page. Also, I get some products for free to review from Amazon (though, I do have to pay taxes on them).
My Favorite Tech of the Year
Apple Watch Ultra - This is a more rugged Apple Watch with a much better battery. The screen is larger, sharper, and very bright. It has an extra hard button that can be assigned different functionality. While it is still basically an Apple Watch, it just feels, looks and performs better. For me, it was the most exciting Apple product since the release of the M1 Mini. Below is a quick video about my impressions.
Almost my favorite tech - Best Streamer
Wiim Mini - This was a close second on my list. This is the first time I could have gone with a co-winner since I started making these lists. This is a very affordable hi res streamer that fills a void in the market. It can send out a 24/192 signal over digital optical and works with DLNA. I use it with Amazon Music Ultra HD and it will stream over the air and I can control it with Alexa. It also works with most of the other music services and supports Airplay 2 and Bluetooth.
For the Digital Music Fan
SMSL Sanskrit DAC - This was a great addition to the headphone setup I have on my nightstand. It has a very small footprint and gives me an LED read out of the signal it is receiving (44.1, 48, 96, 192). You can select different filters with its remote, too. However, the main upside it that it could take a USB signal or Digital Optical signal. That allowed me to use it with my Wiim Mini and my iPhone/iPad and get a hi res signal when needed. Oh yeah, the sound is great, too. Below is a review of Amazon Ultra HD, but it also shows the DAC.
For the Apple Sheep
Apple 14 Pro Max - I updated from my Apple 12 Pro Max this year. The 48MP raw photo files was the main reason. I also like the dynamic island and always on display. Hard to believe how much phone cameras for both video and photos have advanced over the years. I remember when I was shooting with a Canon DSLR 20D that had 8.2 megapixels!
For the person that has everything
Bejoan toilet seat - Okay, I never thought I would be one to mention a bidet on here, but it is a nice addition to the household. It has it all, heated seat, water spray that has a couple different options, options to adjust seat and water spray temperature, a blow dryer, etc,. It does require an outlet nearby and the thing beeps when you sit down and get up (which is quite annoying), but It is too cool not to make this list.
For those with allergies
Enerzen O-888 Ozone Generator 20,000 mg/h - Air Purifier Sterilizer Odor - These can be a bit dangerous, so read instructions carefully if you get one. However, if you have a musty space, this thing can make it smell fresh again. We had a leak in our water heater in the garage and the room had a musty smell. We ran this out there for 4 hours and the air was fresh again. I have also used it in my bedroom since I have allergies and this kills a lot of the contagions.
For those that prefer clean pools
Dolphin Proteus DX4 Automatic Robotic Pool Cleaner - My old pool cleaner was worn out, so I wanted to get something that addressed some of the issues I had with my old cleaner. The old one had a bag and it was disgusting when you had to pull it out and clean it and getting it back on was also an issue. It also didn’t want to clean my pool walls even though that worked initially for a couple months. Anyway, this answered both of those issues. It uses a basket that is easy to remove and clean. It has zero issues cleaning the walls. It is a one button push operation and I have never seen my pool so clean!
For those that want to double their fun
Portable Monitor, QQH 15.6" Portable Travel Monitor for Laptop 1080P FHD IPS Second Screen, Gaming Monitor, USB C HDMI External Monitor Display for Computer Phone PC MAC PS4 Switch, Foldable Kickstand - At home, this monitor is mainly paired with a tiny Nuc style computer and acts as a digital photo frame for showing my photos or for showing Album art when I am using it with the WiiM Mini PC app in the bedroom. However, it is also great for when I need to take my show on the road. I can connect it up to an iPad (see below for more) with one cable or Laptop and get an extra display. It also folds down, so it takes up very little space in my bag.
For the recent iPad converts (it requires M1 or M2 chips)
iPad Extended Monitor Support with Stage Manager - Apple have finally made the iPad compatible with larger displays. Before this update (still in Beta, but should be out at the end of November), the iPad could output a signal to a display, but it was the shape of the iPad screen. Now it can support even ultra-wide screens and with Stage Manager you can pop back and forth between apps. It also allows me to share my Mac Mini's keyboard and mouse thanks to Universal Control. If I only used an iPad and did not have desktop computers, this would have been my "tech of the year". Its a game changer for those that want to use an iPad for everything.
For the sweaty bo-hunks
DeLonghi PAC AN125HPEKC (my unit is no longer for sell, but is was the same brand, but model #PACAN120EW) - This is a strange one since I bought my particular model several years ago for my sunroom, but never used it all that much. However, it was a godsend this summer when my air conditioning went out. It took over a month to get the part for my broken Air conditioning unit, but this unit kept my main living space cool and comfortable. It could also be moved around if needed, though we just suffered when we got ready for work in the back of the house. We slept on the sectional in our living room for a month and it all worked out. It would not have been nearly as "fun" without this unit. I would recommend picking up something similar for such an event. I can't imagine what we would have done if we did not have a unit like this available.
The Wrap Up
This year was rather light on new tech. I think it's because we got out of the house more---both for work and for going places again. The Apple Watch and Phone are more representative of my current lifestyle than packing in more home tech. In the past two years, I guess I got most of the things I wanted for around the house. You should check out the links to prior years if that is your main interest.
As I mentioned last year, I had to update my pool liner early this year and that burnt through a lot of money. The things on my wishlist consist of a wide angle Tamron lens for my Sony A7 R4, some larger SSD storage drives, Apple Pencil 2 (been using a knock off with less features), and a Loupedeck Live. Also, the Wiim Pro is coming out soon (tried to hold up this post for it, but it isn't out, so maybe it will be on my list for 2023). I also would love to get an automatic projection screen for watching movies, but it isn't too bad getting up and pulling it down, but it would be more consistent with setting up for movies with a one button operation.
As you can see, I have some wishlist items for 2023, but the fun part is when something new comes out that gives you the excitement that I had for (especially) the first two items on this list. Have a great 2023!
Below is an off the cuff video about the Ultra. It has some cool apps in the middle of the video if you want to skip past my thoughts.
I usually don't have a lot of time for videos, so I have adopted this off the cuff style to get my thoughts out. I wish I had the time to script and pay closer attention to the time limits...I usually have to cut to get down to 15 minutes, but I expect to do more videos like this, so we will see how it goes.
A little over a year ago, I did a fun little post called " The Answers" which I pulled questions from the Robb Report. I thought it might be interesting, especially for me when looking back over the years, a new list of some of their more recent questions. Of course, they often tailor their questions around the person they are interviewing, so I had to pick and choose from different articles.
As I mentioned, I don't often write about myself, in fact I have been accused of not having a life because the site is so focused on tech and some of my other hobbies. However, that being said, it still may not be a life that would impress others, but I am happy, which is all that matters when it's all said and done.
First thing you do in the morning?
The first thing I do in the morning is let the dogs out. Then, I usually get their food ready and make myself and the wife and espresso to start the day.
What, apart from time, would make the biggest difference in your life?
I would imagine for most it would be to have a lot more money. Heck, if I had millions, my life would be much different, not that I am complaining.
What in your wardrobe do you wear most often?
Adidas Men's Advantage Sneaker
What do you crave at the end of the day?
No traffic on my way back home to my wife and pets.
Are you wearing a watch and how many do you own?
I have a few watches... Seiko, Omega (a couple), and a few others, but no interest in collecting them since I mainly wear an Apple Watch these days.
Recently, I got and Apple Watch Ultra (reviewed here) that I have on my wrist. I have been wearing the Apple Watch 4 daily since I first got it, but this is version 8, so I thought it was time for a change. The Clockology watch faces look even better here than they do on the 4.
What song is currently in your head?
Alice In Chains - No Excuses (live). We play their MTV Unplugged album around he quite a bit. We listen to a lot of music styles, but this one is stuck in my head at the moment. Really sad that so many of the influencers from the Seattle music scene are no longer with us.
If you could learn a new skill, what would it be?
Playing guitar. I did make an attempt at this once, but the tips of my fingers starting bothering me, so I took a break. Never went back, but would like to find the time.
What is the most recent thing you added to your collection?
Of course, the watch I mentioned above, but I also bought the new iPhone 14 Pro Max that I am still waiting for. I just could not resist that 48 Megapixel sensor. The main feature I usually update for is the camera and this was a big leap over my 12 Pro Max. Much better in low light, too.
What is always in your hand luggage?
I haven't travelled lately, but that would be contacts and glasses along with cables and stuff.
What is the car you are most attached to?
I assume they are referring to one I have owned. I have mainly had Jeeps and BMWs my adult life. Of the BMWs, I loved the original Convertible135i. They only made it for a few years, but it was cool to drive around in something no one in Memphis had at the time. I had to get mine from Atlanta, so they just weren't available in Memphis. It also got more postive comments than any car I have owned. The thing had some pickup, the engine purred, and the top would come down in a matter of a few seconds. It was my answer to the continuing expansion of the 3 series that got me in the BMW to begin with. I will say that the hard top 3 series convertible looked sleeker, but the 135i's homage (at least that was my opinion) to the 2002 really stole my heart.
What was the last live performance you saw?
Gershwin with Marcus Roberts Trio.
What have you done recently for the first time?
Less than a year ago, I married the woman of my dreams. Considering my age, no one saw that coming.
Where do you do your best work?
No doubt that is working from my home office. We recently started going back to the office after working from home for 2 years and I realized I am much more productive at home. I won't complain about the number of distractions and the long hike to get water or go to the rest room, but working at home is just more productive. Just the commute alone means I don't work as many hours. I guess getting out of the house is better for me, but I definitely get more done at home. I also miss my bigger monitor (34 inch ultra wide) and standing desk when working away from home!
Do you binge on TV?
I recently watched every show of the Yellowstone series, so yes you could put me in that category!
What do you do that’s still analog?
I mentioned playing vinyl records last year and I still do that, however, just unwinding with a drink in the backyard and enjoying the view, birds singing, and getting fresh air is my favorite "analog" activity.
What is your most treasure possession?
Definitely all of the photos I have in my possession, including those I have taken and those given to me.
Recently, I won the World Photography Day 2002 Animal category on Flickr and they are sending me a metal copy of the winning photo. I know I will cherish it for being the first photo I have ever entered into a contest and for also being my first win. The fact that it is of my 14 year old sweetheart Allie will only make me treasure It more.
What music makes you smile?
Really too many to list, but one that always puts a smile on my face is "Songs for Swinging' Lovers!" by Frank Sinatra. Also, I can just throw on any album by The Beach Boys or Ella Fitzgerald.
Where do you find calm?
For me, getting lost in music has always been the best medicine.
"It's too BIG", "It's Ugly", etc... I am sure many of you have seen these type of reviews already. The main thing I am hearing is that this watch is not for everyone. Anyway, here is my take on the watch and my viewpoint on some of the other reviews I have seen.
With any design, the engineer has to first determine the purpose for the thing they are building. In this case, Apple made the decision from the outset that this would be their rugged watch that could get you through more than a day of battery life. However, part of that decision making also gave them cues about how it would look.
First off, the size will mean this watch may not work for some people. Apple makes a small watch that wouldn't work for me, so this isn't just some issue that they created with the Ultra. The fact is they make watches for everyone, even if one of the particular watches in their lineup may not work for you.
This watch is definitely bigger. I personally see this as a benefit. Bigger screen equals a watch that is easier to see. This is especially helpful with watch faces that have numerous complications.
Of course, the more rugged design meant a sapphire crystal flat screen. The edges on the titanium casing protrude past the screen, to save it from bumping the screen directly. I have an Apple Watch 4 and have banged something against that screen more times that I can remember. The extra protection is good.
The one thing that most of the tech reviewers that handled the Ultra in Apple Park complained about was the extra layer of titanium to protect the larger crown. Some thought it was ugly, but Apple isn't the first to implement such a design. Panerai (and probably others) have had that as a feature for a long time. It is practical for a rugged watch, so it goes along with the rest of the design choices.
It isn't round
Somehow, this complaint is still out there. Personally, I would like to see a round design, but it doesn't make ergonomic sense with a "watch" that is also meant to show text. This is essentially a small computer on your wrist and no one uses round computer displays because they aren't ideal for text. Sure, Apple could still do it and use the square inside the circle for text, but it isn't like this is the first non-round watch. Many people approve of the classic Cartier Tank design. Like the Cartier, the Apple Watch is easy to recognize because they went with this non-round display. It is a practical design that also makes the watch instantly recognizable.
Like the prior Apple Watches, the integration with the iPhone is unparalleled. This gives the watch the ability to do all kinds of things. Below are just a few ways I use it in no particular order:
1. Siri - I know she has seen some bashing over the years, but the implementation is the watch makes it easy to do just about anything. Launching apps, setting reminders, sending texts, turning on and off Hue lights, etc..
2. Music control - iPhone, HomePod, Airplay 2 devices, etc.
3. Remote app for controlling the Apple TV
4. Activity rings and stand up reminder
5. Seeing weather
6. Reading email
7. Listening to podcasts on the AW speaker
8. Controlling the shutter on the iPhone camera
9. Reading headlines on apps like Flipboard
10. Using voice to record memos for Drafts
Even beyond that is getting notifications. I have security cameras and it will send me a snapshot when it sees motion. Getting messages from my credit card company which can give me instant feedback if my credit card is getting unauthorized use. It is no different from your phone in the fact that it makes it easier to just see when things happen. You can then decide wether it needs to be acted on immediately or not. Of course, I only allow certain apps to send me notifications, so I am mainly seeing the most important stuff on my wrist.
Safety and Cellular
The safety features on the Apple Watch can save lives. Sure, I fast forward through the fist hand accounts in most of their keynotes, but it is just a fact. Things like fall detention can be so important. It could mean the difference between life and death and I am sure those still breathing due to these features would not be without the Apple Watch again. They have added Crash detection and SOS features to the new watch, so even more lives will be saved.
The Ultra adds a new alarm/siren that can be heard from 600 feet away. There is also backtracking, waypoints, etc. so you don't get lost. The screen is bright enough to be used as a flashlight in a pinch.
Of course, having cellular is not only a safety feature, but means you can also get emergency calls if you are out on a run and something happens back at the house. I personally have not turned on that feature, though I have had it as an option on my Apple Watch 4 and now the Ultra. However, it is there if my lifestyle changes.
My own likes
First off, the biggest upgrade to the watch is the battery. No it doesn't get 4 years of battery life like my Timex or charge via motion like my automatic Omega. Instead, it is computer on the wrist that now gets 2 days of battery life.
I also like the Always on Display combined with this bigger, brighter watch face. I can run different clock faces depending on what I am doing. For example, I was at a Symphony over the weekend and chose night mode, which illuminated the red, low power face. When I have music playing, I keep it on a modular face that will show the song name. When I am at work, I use one of my many Clockology faces. I have been messing around with a few of them with orange and orange accents, but even with my orange watch band, other face colors still look fine with it. As far as the band, I like it, but I am looking to get a silver metal band for more dressy moments. It also works fine with my Apple Watch 4 bands. However, this isn't my first watch with an orange band, so I just like the look of it.
My own dislikes
There is one feature I have wanted since Apple Watch 1 and it still hasn't been implemented by Apple. The feature is playing media audio over the speakers. Yes, the AW speakers have been horrendous over the years, but this watch improves that dramatically (at least compared with my Apple Watch 4 on phone calls). It is good enough for when I am out by the grill or taking pups out to the yard. I did find a Podcast app that will do this, but I want the watch speakers as an output option. Yeah, I know I can send this to bluetooth and airplay devices or play it over the phone, but when I just want my watch on, like when I am pulling weeds or something, I would rather have the AW speakers as the output. No reason not to allow it. There is at least one app already doing it!!
To Wrap Up
This watch is more expensive than the normal Apple Watch. However, the bigger battery, at least for me, makes that price easier to swallow. Bigger batteries mean longer life and I am one to hold onto an Apple Watch for a while. My Apple Watch 4 was already having battery life issues, so I have no doubt this watch could give me a year or two longer than my last watch. On top of that, it just looks better to my eye. Of course, keep in mind that I am a Jeep guy, so a more rugged look and design speak to me. (woof, woof). Of course, I didn't mention the action button, but it comes in handy and is easy to change from one thing to another. Currently, I have it launching a shortcut for my Home app, so I can control lighting around the house.
All in all, for me, it has been one of the more exiting tech products I have used in a while, so I am going to keep it.
All of the Appley stuff
Bigger brighter screen
more rugged design
Price (though, I was expecting it to cost more)
should work without the need of an iPhone
too big for some
needs option to send "now playing" audio to watch speakers
So we are back to another iPhone release.. hard to believe how much faster things are moving now that I am not being forced into my cave all the time. Apple released a bunch of new products, so I have to rationalize an update to myself if I wish to get something new.
The new 48 megapixel upgrade is obviously the biggie for anyone that uses their iPhone for photography as much as I have in the past couple of years. Sure, I could definitely make more use of my Sony A7 RIII, but the beauty of the iPhone is that it is in your pocket all the time. Also, being a newly wed means more photos of my beautiful wife along with the pups and cats that are always a subject that has me pulling out my phone. As a side note, shooting with an iPhone is just less off putting that shooting with a regular camera. Something about a big camera brings out some apprehension in most people.
Of course, Apple made other changes to the cameras to give you much better low light performance and those changes have doubled up since both the 13 and 14 had major improvements in this area. All in all, given the number of photos I take with the iPhone, I think that alone is enough to justify an upgrade.
There are also new video features that have been added since the 13, but the big on this year is better stabilization. If you have chased around critters while recording, you know this is a great feature! It should also be nice for nature/action video. There are more changes, but this is the one I think I will use the most for video.
While the screens are both great, the 14 Pro Max also has a 120Hz refresh rate. I know some people that upgraded last year just to get this feature. Of course, Apple also trimmed down the boarders of the iPhone and switched the notch to a pill sized cut out (more about this below). The display is also a lot brighter...1600 nits compared to 1200. This means it should be easier to read in the sun.
Apple is constantly pushing for better performance and efficiency. While I have no complaints in the area with the 12, these are the kind of things that effect everyday use that may save a second here and there and become a big time saver over a couple years of use.
Some new software features
The pill shape that replaced the notch now has something called "Dynamic Island" that turns a negative into a positive. If you have not seen this for yourself, you will be shocked at the ingenuity. Sometimes Apple hits a home run and this appears to be the case with this feature. There is also SOS and crash detection that add even more safety features.
The Wrap Up
I was still on the fence with this model since a new telescopic lens and USB-C port additions are already being rumored for next year. Life is too short, so I will just deal with that issue down the road (I am financing this for 3 years so it costs next to nothing, but that also means I could have to pay it off if I want to trade it in next year...oh well, sorry future me.).
Of course, this is a short list of the many new features that have spanned the past 2 years. I am sure I will post my thoughts when I have the phone in hand. It will be a while since I just ordered it, but hopefully it should be here before I do my yearly top ten tech list.
So, Apple came out with its rumored "extreme" sports watch. They showed it being used in mountain expeditions, scuba diving, etc... I don't blame them, there is a certain segment of society that fits into those categories or at least likes products that have the ruggedness to fit into those categories.
Below is the Apple Video I am referring to:
So is this watch also for slackers?
Personally, I don't do any of the activities in the video, but I ordered the Apple Watch Ultra. Why? There are a few reasons.....
1. The battery life - I have an Apple Watch 4 that is already having battery issues. My guess is that a longer battery (36 hours with normal use...double the amount of their new AW8) will not only help now, but also down the road as the battery power starts declining.
2. Bigger Brighter screen - A bigger brighter screen is also welcome. While the current screen (on my Apple Watch 4) is decent, a bigger, brighter screen is always welcome. For example, it makes it easier to read, especially in the sun. Additionally, this screen is so bright it can be used as a flashlight!
3. Action Button - Having an external button that can be programmed to start an activity is great. Not sure if they will let you program it to non-active apps, but I could use it in the pool or when I take dogs for a walk. Even a slacker has to move on occasion. LOL
4. Better Mics and Speakers - When I answer calls with my watch, it usually means I am outside or working on something away from my phone. Better mics and speakers will be welcomed! The mics use beam forming technology, which means wind noise and other noises should be kept to a minimum.
5. Bigger and more tactile Digital Crown - Better for big guys like me (6'5). I also look forward to using it with gloves on.
6. Night Mode - Sorry, this red and black face, just looks too cool. Looking forward to trying that out at the theater or in other dark arenas.
7. Will act as a dive computer up to 40 meters - While I don't dive, I expect this to be great for the pool and visits to the ocean. It is supposed to be able to give you the water temperature, which will come in handy.
8. Chunky design - I know many people will not like the thicker styling of this watch. As I mentioned, I am bigger than most people, so I expect it to look decent compared to my size. However, I still have the Apple Watch 4 if I need to have something slender for wearing with a suit or something like that. I also have a regular mechanical watch that I typically wear on special occasions, so I am covered in any event.
9. Watch Bands - Even though they changed the case size, the old bands will still work. I went with their Alpine Loop design. The reason is that I don't have anything like it and I expect it will be harder for 3rd parties to duplicate. Not sure I will want it for everyday use, but I have old bands that will work if it proves to be a pain to take on and off.
10. Improved GPS tracking with Backtrack - We do go to the Smokies on occasion. One time, I was still out on a trail when the sun was going down and I would have loved to have this backtrack feature. Will be great for visiting large cities, as well.
11. Bluetooth - They even have a better version of Bluetooth on this watch compared to the series 8. I will use Bluetooth headphones with this watch, so great to know they went with a higher standard ( 5.3 vs 5.0).
While the price on these is more than I paid for my Aluminum Watch with Cellular, it still seems like a bargain a $799 (for Apple anyway). Last year, I considered a watch upgrade and didn't like any of the colors, so I was seriously considering a stainless steel watch. If I remember correctly, those were $749. With this lightweight titanium design with all of these new features, this price is lower than just about anyone expected.
And for style, it should fit in nicely with my Jeep Wrangler. I could see the watch coming in handy when I take the Jeep on back trails as well as using it on an everyday basis. Of course, I don't have the watch yet, so maybe I will hate it when it is actually in hand. We will see, but I thought it was worth a trip to the Apple Store if I do end up returning it.
I added the Amazon Beta update for my WiiM Mini (a demonstration in video below). Personally, this is what I want from a streaming platform... the ability to stream directly from the native iOS/iPad app in the native resolution of the file, even at 24/192. It works like a charm, so I went ahead and added Amazon Music to my monthly subscription services. This service is cheaper than Qobuz (I already had a Prime membership) and works with the many Amazon devices I have around, so that makes it more bang for the buck.
I am still keeping Apple Music alongside it because I also have HomePods and CarPlay along with AppleTVs. So, I guess, I am just going to carry two services. Luckily. Apple bundles Apple Music with other stuff and it makes sense for our family needs.
So, here we are a few months from the Apple updates and I thought I would throw out some of my wishlist items..just in case they are listening. LOL. Personally, I haven't kept up with the rumors this year, but hopefully, some of these concepts are on their way!
1. Apple TV - I love my AppleTV ( I have the 4th edition with the old remote), but it resamples all audio to 48k. I want it to do bit rate switching on the fly to take advantage of the better audio capabilities of Apple Music. Outside of that, and the remote they updated last year, I am happy with my current AppleTV, but this kind of update would put me on the upgrade path.
2. Speaking of Apple Music, they need to update Airplay 2 to handle hi res. Well, by that standard, I saw articles last year saying that Apple Music was compressed with Airplay2, so that also need to be fixed (if it hasn't by now).
3. MacOS - Along those same lines, they need bit rate switching on the fly so multi-thousand dollar Macs have the same capability as the cheapest iPad on the market.
4. Apple Watch - I am looking for one single feature that lets me run any app with always on mode. I want to take full advantage of my Clockology watch faces. I will take the battery hit!
5. Homepod - Simply bring back the bigger model and make it cheaper. I have the original and the mini and the mini is not in the same league.
6. iPhone - Better lenses.... more megapixels. I would also love to get rid of the ultra wide lens and replace it with another telephoto. They need a long and shorter telephoto. Personally, I find the distortion on the ultra wide so bad that the lens is mostly unusable.
7. iPadOS / iPad - Please add some version of Final Cut.. and make the large iPad's lighter and thinner (where is Jony Ive when you need him? LOL)
8. Macs - 4k screens would be nice....however, I can't see me updating my 2016 MBP because I prefer using the iPad when I am not in front of larger screens.
I doubt I will update any hardware this year unless I see some of these changes. Just better things to spend my money on than changes I will barely notice or not even use. All in all, the Apple Music lossless/Hi Res release was so exciting, but they have so many products that can't take real advantage of it that it is disappointing.
I wanted to get a quick video up to discuss Wiim's Hi Res Audio options at the moment. Please forgive the rushed feel, but I wanted to get it out there as soon as possible.
The reason I posted it is because I was watching a Darko video where he says he doesn't believe the WiiM is a Hi Res streamer. I also included his video below (it does look like he edited it to remove some info about Qobuz, if I remember the initial video correctly), but as of this post it still says "he doesn't believed that this is really a hi res streamer (3:51 into the video unless he edits it after this post).
Below I talk about how to get Hi Res audio out of the streamer, show you what I believe to be gapless playback from the WiiM app (you can judge for yourself), and demonstrate using it with DLNA. While I know this won't wipe out the people that only see his video, but maybe someone looking into the device with stumble onto my video.
Dog loving, Big Green Egg worshiping, Tech enthusiast, residing in Memphis, TN. Home of the Tigers, Grizzlies, Elvis, Al Green, Stax, Hi Records, Ardent Studios, Beale Street, Peabody Ducks, etc.. I have also added the Jeep Wrangler to the list of things I am enthusiastic about.
Flickr pics below