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Blind Bargains Qast 116: Pancake Complications Thingy

Apple released new hardware this month with the glass-backed iPhone 8 models and the spiffy Series 3 Apple Watches. BBQ Regular Shelly Brisbin drops by to talk about those objects and give her take on iOS 11. We also have a tip, "Sound Off" and the Last Word" in a very laid back long-form conversational edition of the Blind Bargains Qast.

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Discussion Topic: Apple Watch, iPhone 8 And iOS11 redux

Be prepared to hear the debate between Joe and Shelly as to which Apple product they like the most in the current line of shipping Apple products. The answer, as they say, might surprise you. below are some articles mentioned during the discussion. Note that we ran out of time and a few products might need a return visit to the spotlight.

Apple s iOS 11.0.1 update addresses Exchange e-mail server issue

How to use Apple s terrific document scanner in iOS 11

How to switch your video format to shoot in 4K/60FPS and 1080P/240FPS

How to record your screen with iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad

Apple Watch Series 3 review: A dash of iPod and a bit of iPhone for your wrist

iMore Watch OS4 review

Review: watchOS 4 breathes new life into fitness side of the Apple Watch

Apple Watch Series 3 teardown finds a bigger battery and few surprises

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review: The curious case of the time-traveling phone

iPhone 8 review: The status quo upgrade

iPhone 8 Teardowns Reveal Advanced Modems Likely Selected for Power Improvements

iPhone 8 Component Costs Estimated to Start at $247.51

Glass-Bodied iPhone 8 Shatters Repeatedly in Drop Tests

Apple's iPhone X to boast 2,716mAh battery, 3GB of RAM, Chinese regulatory filing shows

The iPhone X Portends a More Accessible Future

macOS 10.13 High Sierra: The Ars Technica review

MacOS High Sierra is well worth the upgrade

7 things to know before upgrading to MacOS High Sierra 10.13

Apple s Safari update secretly mines data to protect your privacy

Apple s new file system will eventually support Fusion Drive machines

How to downgrade from macOS High Sierra back to macOS Sierra

Apple TV 4K Teardown Reveals 3GB of RAM and Larger Venting System With Replaceable Fan

Apple just received a fast lane for developing health features that require FDA approval

Efest LUC Blu6 Bluetooth Battery Charger

An accessible battery charger? We're talking traditional AA or AAA batteries, not phone powerbanks. Patrick tries out the Efest LUC Blu6 LCD Intelligent Charger with Bluetooth available for about 36 bucks from Amazon. Listen to see if this might be an accessible solution to charge those old batteries.

Tip: Add the Apple TV Remote app to Control Center

Joe has mentioned a few dozen times that he is not a fan of the Siri Remote for the 4th Gen Apple TV. The new iOS 11 allows for the Apple TV Remote app to be added to the Control Center. Check out these steps to customize and reorder the new Control Center.

Sound Off:

Rebecca Skipper gives her opinion of iOS 11 and wonders about the form factors of iPhones.


I m running IOS11 on an iPhone SE.

I m not experiencing any problems deleting messages in mail yet.

However, I prefer IOS10 methods for moving files.

Apple s notification sheet reminds me of Windows notification center because both OS will let you clear notifications.

Would you care to speculate on the future of the iPhone SE?

The move to larger phones isn t for me, and I hope Apple will continue to support their smaller phone line.

Only time will tell, however, even the smaller iPod units disappeared when their sales slowed. Apple likes money but it is still primarily a hardware-based sales company. We'll have to see what happens with 8 models of iPhone in the channel before we begin to speculate which ones get voted out of Apple Park. Next, we're reminded of an old friend of the show. Ali Moosa writes...

"Hello Joe and J.J,
When you guys did shows in other places, I remember you guys had Alena Roberts on hosting one of the shows.
Have you guys looked at having her on the Blind Bargains show?
Hope to hear from you guys soon,
Thank you,
Ali Moosa "

Ms. Roberts is alive and well on the West Coast. Her schedule is crazy and we have not been able to book her for an appearance. We'd like to have her and Pete Bossley on at some point down the road. It is really fun to get the band back together when schedules permit.

Last Word:

Don't Say Velcro

Student outwits teacher's 3x5 cheat sheet

Next week, to J.J.'s relief, we probably will talk Google and Microsoft. Both companies, along with Amazon, are releasing new tech objects. Grab the wallets, it is totally the beginning of the holiday spending season for us geeks!

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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.

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