Popular Polish Apple blogger. Editor in chief of MyApple Magazine. Archaeologist with master degree, who switched to technology many years ago. Active musician, father of two young Apple users.
From time to time I am asked by podcasters or bloggers from other editors what I use and what services I use. For years it has been an Apple ecosystem consisting not only of Macs, iPads, iPhones and Apple TV, but also of various types of accessories communicating with them via the HomeKit platform and services offering, among others, digital content (i.e. App Store, Apple Music and Apple TV, formerly iTunes Films), mail access and file synchronization via iCloud both between systems and across multiple applications. All this is based on my digital identity, Apple ID.
In September last year, during the presentation of new Bowers & Wilkins products, I had the opportunity to get acquainted with the Formation Flex speaker, as well as with the new PX7 and PX5 headphones. I have already written about Formation Flex, and in the last two weeks I had the opportunity to test a smaller model of top Bowers & Wilkins headphones, the PX5.
Among home audio systems there are many speakers and devices that stand out for their sound and original design. However, all of them seem to be boring and commonplace with Devialet devices. Devialet Phantom speakers look like products of alien civilizations, taken out alive from such SF cinema classics as "2001: Space Odyssey" or "Alien". I have been waiting for a long time for an opportunity to test them and finally an opportunity has come. A few weeks ago I received a Devialet Phantom Reactor 900 speaker in matt black finish for testing.
Apple has just presented new models of the Apple Watch. Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE
In September last year in London, Bowers & Wilkins presented a number of new products, including the latest addition to its wireless multi-room high-res system - the speaker Formation Flex, which soon afterwards came to me for testing.
iPads are real computers, or at least closer and closer to them, thanks to changes in iPadOS that introduce, among others, the possibility of working with two program windows or using a keyboard with a trackpad or a mouse. It is trackpad keyboards that are now becoming accessories sought after by users. Of course, Apple offers a case with a keyboard, but it costs a lot, besides, you can only connect its keyboard and trackpad with one device. And yet you often work on several different devices, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows computer. It is worth having a universal accessory at hand, offering both the function of a keyboard and a trackpad, while having a compact form. The solution is the Mokibo keyboard, which I had the opportunity to test.
I recently wrote about the death of the Apple TV device in a text about the Samsung Q60R smart TV, which in addition to AirPlay 2 support (i.e. wireless sending of video and audio from a Mac, iPhone or iPad to the TV), also offers a native Apple Music app. Apart from the obvious, because already well visible in the above sentence, naming problem, which causes a lot of confusion, Apple has another, in my opinion, very serious problem with this device. It is becoming more and more unnecessary in the times of omnipresent smart TVs.
Users of 12-inch MacBooks, the latest lineup of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air know that without an adapter or a move, users of 12-inch MacBooks, the latest lineup of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, know that without an adapter or a move, users of 12-inch MacBooks, the latest lineup of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, are able to do so. Depending on the version, these computers have one to four USB-C ports. This is a universal solution, because it can charge your computer and connect virtually any accessory or peripheral, but still has one disadvantage. This standard is still not popular enough to do without the already mentioned adapter or hub. The latter also allows you to connect many more devices to your computer than there are ports available in it. There are many such hubs on the market. I have already tested several of them myself. Without a doubt, however, one of the best is the HyperDrive SLIM 8-in-1 USB-C Hub.
Last year I described QLED smart TV from Samsung Q60R. It was one of the first with a pre-installed Apple TV application, giving access to the movie library in iTunes Store, and from November to Apple TV+ service. I wrote then that in my opinion it was just a TV like Steve Jobs once thought. I also mentioned that smart TVs with access to the iTunes collection and Apple TV apps could mean the death of the apps with this name. Recently all Samsung TVs, including my Q60R, have also gained the Apple Music app. It has become even more doubtful for me to own an Apple TV or buy another model (e.g. Apple TV 4K or the newer one announced).
BWM i3 is probably one of the most recognizable electric cars. Manufactured for almost 7 years, it has lived to see a lift in i3s version. The differences, however, are in my opinion small compared to the REx model described on MyApple. BMW designers should really be praised for the fact that despite the passage of years this car still looks futuristic and eye-catching. I had a chance to drive the i3s model for the last few days.
A good office monitor is quite a key issue for many. It's not just about browsing the web or working in a text editor or spreadsheet, although in both cases it's also a big deal. A good office monitor is also a key issue for programmers who spend hours staring at lines of code written in one language or another. For me, who does both, it is of great importance. It is also important that such a monitor can be easily placed on your desk according to your needs and that it offers something more than just displaying an image. For the last few months my desk horse was a Philips Brilliance 272B QUB monitor.