iPhone Xs, Xr, and the Death of my Ideal iPhone

I have an iPhone SE. I love it.

Before I get too far, I will admit that I am probably in the minority. I use my iPhone SE mostly for Messages, Reddit (Apollo, ftw), a bit of Instagram, playing music/podcasts, and for *gasp* phone calls. Sprinkle in some Yelp, Amazon, and two factor authentication and you’ve got about what I use my iPhone for 90% of the time.

I do not animoji. I have no desire to animoji. I don’t game. I don’t AR. I have no desire. None. This all probably makes me a curmudgeon, and I’m okay with that. (Get off my lawn.)

I also have little girly hands. Really. My wife’s hands? Just as big as mine. I don’t have big fat Tony Soprano fingers. They’re slim. As a result, with my iPhone SE, I can actually reach the opposite corner of the screen with the thumb of the hand that is holding my iPhone. I’ve owned larger iPhones – I came from an iPhone 6S. I despise Apple’s solution for getting to things out of reach – Reachability – by double-tapping on the home button. Awkward. For this reason – for me – the iPhone SE is the perfect size. I also love that I can put it in my pocket and it doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall out.

It’s also super durable. I’ve never worn a case on this thing and it’s hit the floor/ground I don’t know how many times. It has an awesome Millennium Falcon patina to it. It looks great. I half expect this thing to make the Kessel run in 12 parsecs.

I also prefer to own my devices/things (including cars) outright. I don’t like monthly payments. I don’t like feeling like I’m renting something I use so frequently. It’s mine, damnit. My iPhone SE cost a reasonable (what I believe) amount of money when I bought it outright. I also prefer to have the ability to carrier-hop at any time. I’m one of those pre-paid whackos. (MetroPCS at the moment – super happy with it.)

What don’t I like about the iPhone SE? Truthfully, not much. Having had the iPhone 6S (briefly) I really liked the Taptic Engine. The simple vibration motor in the iPhone SE is dumb as a hammer. Very harsh. No nuance. I’d also like a better camera – you know, keep with the times. That’s all I’m after. Literally, that’s it, and I was holding out hope that Apple would update the iPhone SE with this event. But it seems to me that it wasn’t to be and my days of 4″ iPhone happiness are numbered.

With the introduction of the iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr Apple has also stripped from their site the iPhone SE. Overnight, silently, Apple has bid the time of the 4″ iPhone farewell. It honestly makes me sad. During a time when Apple’s desktops aren’t what I’m after (come on, update the bloody Mac Mini and make it awesome – I’ve got cash at the ready) they now also don’t make an iOS device that I’m after. I don’t think my asks are too far out of the norm.

Seriously, I just want a simple iPhone that’s updated. I don’t want or even need the wizbang stuff. Sure, I can respect the technology involved, but it’s not what I need. Number 1, I love the security and privacy that Apple’s platform offers. I like the usability. I like the design.

What I don’t like is that there now are so few products from Apple that appeal to me. Not just Mac, but iPhone now too. Ever increasing iPhone prices for iPhones that I don’t even want. It’d be one thing if they appealed to me. They don’t.


Replacements for Apple AA Rechargeable Batteries

About 4 years ago, I got a set of Apple rechargeable AA-sized batteries. At the time, for 6 batteries and a charger, it was actually a good price at USD $30. Well, 4 years on, I’d been swapping batteries into my wireless keyboard and trackpad quite frequently – usually once a week. The batteries just weren’t holding their charge any longer. So, I needed a replacement. 

I really didn’t want to toss my batteries and the charger (I do like the sleek design of it) so after doing some research, I found that Apple’s batteries were simply re-wrapped Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries. Sanyo’s since been acquired by Panasonic, so I ordered a set of 8 from Amazon for a whopping USD $19. They came about 70% charged and have been working just fine.