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I have been using Backblaze for several years to backup my entire Mac and an external hard drive. It’s easy to use and very affordable. Backblaze works with both Mac and Windows! Give it a try here…
GAIA GPS is a Maps and navigation app that I use when off the beaten path either hiking or driving. GAIA provides the ability to download maps for offline use as well as choose which Map layer will work best for your location and activity. This is a great App for anyone that enjoys roaming the wilderness!
Become a GAIA GPS member to access all the maps layers and download maps for offline use. Save 20% or more here… GAIA GPS Membership Discounts
Inexpensive iPhone 12 Cases
I purchased these cases for my iPhone 12 Pro. Get a 2-pack for under $10! They are somewhat flexible and provide good protection for the iPhone while not being too bulky. This seller also has cases for the iPhone 12 Mini… https://amzn.to/2K3j3dy
Qardio Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
The Qardio Arm is a battery-powered Bluetooth enabled device that will wirelessly send accurate blood pressure and heart rate readings to the Health App on your iPhone! See our full quick lesson on how to use this device here…
Eufy Smart Scale
With the Eufy Smart scale each time I get on the scale my weight BMI and Body fat percentage are all sent to the Health App on my iPhone. This makes it super easy to track my weight and other measurements over time. View the full Apple Health App overview here…
Macs, upgrades, and accessories at OWC…
OWC (Other World Computing) has been a great resource for Apple/Mac users for many years. They sell great hardware upgrades, peripherals, and usually have a good selection of discounted Macs, iPads, and even iPhones! Check them out if you are looking for something new or if you want to breathe new life into an older Mac!
Luminar AI is a great App that can quickly suggest and apply enhancments and corrections to a variety of different image types. Use it with portrait shots to automatically retouch the subjects eyes, skin, lips and more. With landscpaes and other shots use the suggested presets to make the shot look more dramatic or you can even replace the entire sky with a few clicks! Take a look at our overview lesson here…
BlueDriver Automotive Scan Tool
With BlueDriver you can turn your iPhone into a vehicle diagnostics tool. When connected to the Blue Driver device you can read and clear check engine codes, get real-time data from your vehicle as it’s driven, and more! Using BlueDriver can give you a good idea of what might be wrong with your vehicle before you bring it into the shop! See the full quick lesson on BlueDriver here…
How to use BlueDriver with your iPhone to view diagnostics, error codes from your vehicle!
iTap 2 Magnetic Mount Rough Road Test…
iOttie iTap 2 Wireless Magnetic iPhone Mount
I recently replaced an older clamp style iPhone mount in my car with the iTap 2 Wireless mount. This is a magnetic mount that does require a small metal plate to be affixed to your phone or onto its case. What’s special about the iTap 2 Mount is that it has inductive charging so there is no need to plug in the iPhone when I get in the car. Just stick it to the mount and it begins charging. This works great in my vehicle which also has Bluetooth Audio. So there is no need for any cables to go to the iPhone it will charge and play audio wirelessly on this mount. The magnetic mount has yet to fail even while driving on several miles of rough unpaved roads.
Apple Products & Services
I won’t list everything available from Apple here just some of the products I use regularly.
I got a pair of AirPods Pro for Christmas 2019. They have been my favorite new Apple product in a long time. I had always liked in-ear headphones that create a seal to keep out noise. AirPods Pro do that plus have noise cancellation which works great. I also often use only one AirPod Pro at a time when walking on trials. This allows me to hear whats going on around me as needed. I have not had any Problem with AirPods Pro falling out of my ears. They have stayed in while biking, hiking, playing basketball, and mowing the lawn! They also quickly can switch between devices if you want to listen to something from your Mac or iPad rather than your iPhone. They change over is close to instant. These are a great option for anyone in the market for a good quality pair of headphones especially if you own multiple Apple devices!
I’ve been an Apple Music subscriber for a few years now and really like it. It’s right up there with Spotify as the best music stream service plus it integrates with your current music library on your Apple devices. All Access Members can view a full tutorial on Apple Music here…
New subscribers can get an Apple News+ membership with the first month free! News+ gives you access to hundreds of popular Magazines and Newspapers (mostly magazines). I enjoy having full access to Outside Magazine, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, and my local paper the Idaho Statesman all from within the News App on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac!
Learn more about the Apple News App in our full tutorial here!