Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X Announced: Theotek Podcast #101

Apple announced all their new gear a couple of weeks ago. Our team talked about the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X. We’ll also talked about Apple TV and Apple Watch. Watch below or listen at the bottom of this post.

Apple Products Pricing and Availability

The new Apple products made it to store shelves and you can order most of these now or will be able to some time soon. Here’s a list of links to Apple’s site to get them.

 Should You Upgrade?

Should you upgrade? That’s the big question that people should answer. Here what our team recommends.

From LaRosa Johnson…

Upgrade only if you can afford to buy it outright and your current phone is no longer working.

From Wes Allen…

If your phone is still functioning and allowing your workflow without getting in the way then, there is no need to upgrade. If you want to push the limits and want to pass on an older phone to someone while it’s still useful, then an upgrade can be a good idea.

I have a 4K tv and am not getting the new unit. Also, I’m very happy with my 6s plus

From Rick Mansfield…

I can only speak for myself. I won’t upgrade to the new AppleTV because I don’t have a 4K television. If my current gen 1 Apple Watch ever gets lost or if the battery does not last the full day for multiple days in a week, I will get the new one with LTE. I’m getting the iPhone X because I’m in the Apple Upgrade program (so why not?), and I can legitimately write it off on my taxes because I use it for work extensively.

From Mark Allison (the new guy) …

I had an Apple Watch Series 1 and liked it a lot, but sold it to buy a Garmin Fenix 3, that was a more capable watch for the things I like to do – hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor activities. The new Apple Watch includes an altimeter, which means it can record elevation accurately. It’s also water-resistant, a feature added in the last version of the watch, which makes it a more compelling upgrade for outdoor enthusiasts. I’m not happy about paying $10/month for the LTE version. Paying $120 a year for a watch adds up. Still, it’s nice to be able to make a call without a phone, and the call quality is supposed to be excellent.

I have an iPhone 7, and I’m not planning on upgrading. iPhone 8 doesn’t have enough compelling features (in my mind). The iPhone X looks nice, but I’m more inclined to wait a year until they have all the kinks worked out. That’s saying a lot, because I typically get any new phone that Apple introduces. I guess I’m just happy with the iPhone 7 and don’t feel a strong compulsion to spend the money for features I’m not excited about.

I have the original AppleTV and the newer one too (not the 4K version). I don’t have a 4K television, so it wouldn’t make much sense for me. If I had a 4K TV (and when I purchase one, it will have HDR, which I’m more excited about than 4K) I’d certainly get the latest version of the AppleTV.

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Here’s my take. I love the latest greatest and am often upgrading faster than I ever need to, but the iPhone 8 is so boring an upgrade that I have no interest in it. I’ll stick with my iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone X is a terrible design. I hate the “notch” and think it’s a ridiculous mistake. It’s a rip off of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ with the Apple logo and all the cachet that goes with that. For some, they want the latest greatest Apple phone and can afford it. That’s Rick’s stance above. For most of us we should probably not upgrade if we’re being frugal and good money managers. LaRosa said only get it if you can pay outright for it. At $1,000 for the X and $700 or higher for the 8, that’s few people.

As for the Apple Watch, only get one if you’re an iPhone user and want a smartwatch and don’t already own the earlier generations of Apple Watch. Same for the Apple TV.

Remember that if you have an old device, sell it yourself on eBay, Craigslist or Facebook. Don’t sell to the device trade-in services like Gazelle. Selling yourself is a pain, but you’ll get more money. You’ll often get enough to buy the new phone for half or even one-third the cost using the money from the sale of your old device.

Getting Fitness with Tech: Theotek Podcast #098

Our team all uses tech of some kind to track fitness and such. We’ll talk about what we use to get fit, stay fit and track our health from fitness tracking watches to apps for calorie counters and devices we connect to our phones for keeping diabetes in check, at least for two of us.

Sorry, no show notes with links. Just had to get this one up and it’s been really busy as ministry happens!

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Apple iPad Pro, iPhone and TV: Theotek Podcast #039

Apple showed off their new iPad Pro, a nearly 13-inch iPad with support for Apple Pencil and a keyboard cover they call a Smart Cover. In addition, we learned about the WatchOS 2.0, Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus as well as the updated Apple TV that runs games and apps.

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The Theotek crew unpacked all the news and gave our opinions of each new product. We also talked a little about how this impacts Bible and church tech users.

Give the Theotek Podcast #039 a listen below or watch the video above.

Kevin Surrenders to the Apple Watch: Theotek Podcast #036

After stating on more than one occasion that I’d never get an Apple Watch, guess what I did? I got an Apple Watch. It was under some unusual circumstances and I still don’t think it’s worth the $400 ($350 for the smaller version) price tag Apple put on it. This cost will also run up the price of other Smartwatches, which I don’t like. Find out what I think by watching or listening to episode 36 of the Theotek Podcast below.

The other things we discussed include Logos 6.5, which recently came out. Wes recommended Scapple, a nice mind mapping program. It’s not really mind mapping, but that’s the closest description to what Scapple does.

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In a bit of congnitive dissonence I also upgraded to a Google Nexus 6 smartphone. I talk a little about that decision as well. Finally, we chat about Church website SEO based on an article from Church Tech Today.

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Theotek Podcast #028: Apple of My Eye

Apple unveiled their new operating systems, iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan at WWDC 2015. We talked about what the new features mean for Church and Bible technology in this week’s podcast.

What do you think iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan do for Christians who use computers, and specifically Macs, iPads or iPhones?

We also talked briefly at the end about Apple Watch and the newly named watchOS 2.0.

We record the Theotek Podcast evert Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. unless ministry gets in the way. Watch it on our YouTube channel or find the links to Stitcher Radio and iTunes in the menu above. Listen below.

Theotek Podcast #022: Apple Watch This

The Apple Watch is out and a few Bible apps wants to put the Bible on your watch. We talk about that and some other new developments in Bible software and more church tech on this week’s episode of the Theotek Podcast #022: Apple Watch This. LaRosa Johnson, a former regular on Theotek and a member of the Olive Tree team also joined us during the second half.

I found that Olive Tree isn’t the only game in town on the Apple Watch. In fact the Bible app from LifeChurch and YouVersion also has an Apple Watch app. There are a number of others too.

We also talked about Stephen Johnson’s new ESV Bible app. He also Tweeted about it running on Apple Watch.

Here’s a screenshot. The app does more than it used to, thanks to the great coding of Stephen.

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ESV Bible app from Crossway developed by Stephen Johnson, formerly of Olive Tree.

Rick and I will be getting our Surface 3 tablets and we’ll talk about them next time. Mine’s in and I really like it.

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The crew also discussed Microsoft’s wish to turn your phone into a desktop replacement. Hook up a Windows 10 phone to a display, keyboard and mouse or a dock with those things connected, and you can replace a desktop using the phone as the PC instead.

Android already lets you do this. Hook up a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. Either connect an HDMI display or wirelessly cast the screen using a Chromecast or Miracast receiver, remember to use nothing but top glass protectors to take care of your watch. This gives you a desktop style functions with the same Android user-interface.

While LaRosa Johnson was with us, he discussed Bibletek. He didn’t mention his new book Raw Material. Get it on Amazon. It’s a nice basics for the Christian disciple.

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Follow @LaRosaJohnson on Twitter and get his new book Raw Material.

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Theotek Podcast #016: Matters Ministry Does

We might have gotten away from the Theo part of Theotek this week as we talked about the hot news of Apple’s announcement of an Apple Watch, the new Apple MacBook and Google’s new Chromebook Pixel.

Our entire crew joined us this week plus we added a new contributor, Pastor Paul Culbertson from Grace Community Church in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Paul is a serious Apple Geek and a great pastor. We hope Paul will start joining us regularly

We don’t have a lot to share in the show notes this week. If you’re interesting reading more about the details of the Apple Watch, the new MacBook and the Chromebook Pixel, check out some of the content at GottaBeMobile or Notebooks.com where I write in my free time.

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What do you think about the Apple Watch and its competitors, the many Android Wear watches or the Pebble Steel Time.

Would you prefer a new MacBook or a Chromebook Pixel? For Bible study, the MacBook will work better since a Chromebook means no locally installed Bible software. However, there’s a great set of online Bible study tools, as we posted recently in our two-part series on online Bible study sites (part one and part two). Also church media people will prefer the new MacBook, but it won’t really help much. They should look at a MacBook Pro or a full-powered Windows laptop that runs an Intel Core i3 or higher processor.

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That said, as a second machine, the Chromebook Pixel looks attractive. However, Acer announced today that they will sell an Intel Core i5 Broadwell chip 15.6-inch Chromebook coming in April for $500. That sounds appealing to me as a Chromebook fan.

Let us know what you’d like to hear on a future Theotek Podcast. We are also always looking for good guests who have something to say. Invite yourself by contacting me personally or one of our other hosts. You can find their contact information on our Theotek Podcast page.