About the Author

Ben Lovejoy

@benlovejoy

Ben Lovejoy is a British technology writer who started his career on PC World and has written for dozens of computer and technology magazines, as well as numerous national newspapers, business and in-flight magazines. He has also written two technothriller novels , a romcom novel and an SF novella series.

He is old enough to have owned the original Macintosh. He currently owns a maxed-out 2016 MacBook Pro 15, a MacBook Air 11, 10.5-inch iPad Pro (LTE 256GB), iPhone X (256GB), Apple Thunderbolt Display, an Apple Watch (Series 3 WiFi) and two HomePods – and suspects it might be cheaper to have a cocaine habit than his addiction to all things anodised aluminum.

He thinks wires are evil and had a custom desk made to hide them, known as the OC Desk for obvious reasons.

He’s known for his op-ed pieces (Opinion, Comment and Change My View) and diary pieces, exploring his experience of Apple products over time, for a more rounded review:

He considers 1000 miles a good distance for a cycle ride, and Chernobyl a suitable tourist destination. What can we say, he’s that kind of chap.

He speaks fluent English but only broken American, so please forgive any Anglicised spelling in his posts.

If @benlovejoy-ing him on twitter, please follow him first so that he can DM you if appropriate. If you have information you can pass on, you can also email him. If you would like to comment on one of his pieces, please do so in the comments – he does read them all.

If you enjoy his work and would like to express your thanks, you can save this link as your Amazon bookmark. It will take you to the usual U.S. homepage, and you’ll shop as usual at the same rates, but Amazon will pay a small commission (typically 2-4%).

Ben Lovejoy's Favorite Gear

Today

The Apple Watch succeeded in converting me from a smartwatch skeptic to an Apple Watch convert, but I held out on upgrading until the Series 3 came along. There were two reasons that persuaded me to upgrade – improved Siri performance and the automatic monitoring of heart-rate, my Series 0 being the only model in the line-up not to support the latter.

I wrote before the launch of the Series 4 that there were likewise two reasons that would persuade me to upgrade again – and we turned out to get both of them …

expand full story

Apple has announced a new partnership with leading customer relationship management company Salesforce.

Apple and Salesforce today announced a strategic partnership that brings together the number one customer relationship management platform and iOS, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, enabling powerful new mobile apps for business. Working with Apple, Salesforce is redesigning its app to embrace the native mobile platform with exclusive new features on iOS …

expand full story

Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip

Further tests have confirmed early suggestions that the new radio tech in the iPhone XS significantly boosts data speeds on both Wi-Fi and LTE when compared to last year’s iPhone X.

Not all the real-life tests produced the dramatic gains reported in the first test, however …

expand full story

Following its teardown of the iPhone XS and XS Max, iFixit has now taken its blades and tri-point screwdrivers to the Apple Watch Series 4 – and was impressed by what it found.

The company said that the internals reveal a major design leap, living up to Steve Jobs’ oft-told story about painting the back of the fence even though no-one will ever see it …

expand full story

Apple claimed during the iPhone XS event that its new flagship models use ‘the most durable smartphone glass in the world,’ and it of course wasn’t long before people started putting that claim to the test.

One early test seemed encouraging, showing the new phones acquitting themselves well. But subsequent tests reveal mixed results …

expand full story

September 21

A HarrisX poll into reactions to this year’s iPhones found that almost half of Americans were impressed by the new iPhone lineup. Some 26% described it as ‘exciting’ while a further 22% found it ‘innovative.’

It wasn’t all good news for Apple, however …

expand full story

As you’d expect of an Apple-focused tech writer, I do have one or two pieces of Apple kit. The current tally comprises my 15-inch MacBook Pro, Apple Thunderbolt Display, 11-inch MacBook Air (only really kept as an emergency backup these days), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 4 (as of later today) and three HomePods.

But there’s one Apple product I dismissed as soon as I tried it: AirPods. That’s not to say I hate them. I love the idea of something that portable. I adore the pairing system. The battery-life is great. There’s a lot to love about them. But not, to my ears, the audio quality …

expand full story

We’ve already seen one iPhone XS teardown from a Dutch company who managed to get their hands on one early, but now iFixit is here with its usual detailed breakdown of what it has found inside.

The company reports that while much is unchanged from the iPhone X, there are a few differences, not all of them yet mentioned by Apple …

expand full story

Apple has shared some photos of the first customers to get their hands on the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4

expand full story

Instagram test shows that it’s considering a U-turn on its ‘no-regramming’ policy

Instagram has for years resisted calls for a ‘regramming’ feature – the equivalent of a retweet, in which users would be able to share posts from other accounts. Currently, you can only share public Stories in which you have been mentioned, unless you use a third-party app …

Finally an Apple competitor comes up with a useful marketing stunt for line waiters

Those waiting in line for new iPhones are one of Apple’s most visible forms of free marketing – so it’s perhaps not surprising that competitors sometimes try to hijack the event. Samsung picked a particularly dumb way to do it back in 2015, but Huawei has been a little smarter …

September 20

Instagram testing hidden hashtags, and the option to geofence posts

Instagram is testing the ability to add hashtags to posts without including them in the caption. That would retain the searchability of photos and videos, but without the untidiness you get when the #caption #is #stuffed #full #of #hashtags …

Final Cut Pro X has arguably been one of the most important pieces of software ever created, putting professional video editing tools into the hands of aspiring film-makers for a relatively affordable price.

Film editor Bradley Olsen decided last year it was time to tell the story, crowdfunding a movie about the app. That movie – Off The Tracks – is now available on iTunes, and if you are quick and can get to New York, you could snag free tickets to the premiere next month …

expand full story

Facebook has announced that it has created a ‘war room’ to fight the spread of fake news in the run up to the US midterms, as well as elections in Brazil …

expand full story

We’ve examined before the impracticality of Trump’s call for Apple to make iPhones in the US, and Tim Cook has spoken on numerous occasions about how it’s about skill-sets, not labor costs.

There’s also the fact that the move toward fully-automated production means that any US jobs that were created would soon vanish. And now a new analysis shows just how little the US would gain economically even if it could be done …

expand full story

When Apple showed off those beautiful new motion Apple Watch Series 4 faces, you might have assumed they were artificially created.

But no: a new behind-the-scenes video reveals that what you are seeing is video footage of real fire, water and powder …

expand full story

Update: Hancock advises us that the original Reuters story was incorrect – this has since been corrected. It is mandatory to join the Vitality program, but sharing of fitness data is optional.

Anyone with a life insurance policy from John Hancock – one of the largest insurers in the US – is now required to join the Vitality program, geared to encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

Those who choose to share fitness data from a device like an Apple Watch of Fitbit can earn rewards for doing so …

expand full story

September 19

Deliveroo can keep you fed while you’re waiting in line at the Apple Store – but not in the US

Lines at Apple Stores for the iPhone XS may not be very long this year, but for those sufficiently dedicated to start camping out the night before, food delivery service Deliveroo can make sure you don’t go hungry …

Greyhound finally offering mobile tickets in its iOS app, can convert existing tickets

It seems hard to believe there are still companies that don’t allow the option of e-tickets on your iPhone, but until today, intercity bus company Greyhound was one of them …

The iPhone XR isn’t even out yet, but supply chain sources are claiming that Apple is ramping up manufacturing orders for the device in anticipation of higher sales than it initially forecast …

expand full story

Powered by WordPress.com VIP