When Apple released the ios7 platform in 2013, I published the post Pros and Cons of Apple iOS 7 and so I thought it would be a good idea to talk about the anticipated release of the iPhone 6. It’s become apparent that the competition in the mobile market is fierce as ever before. So, will Apple make a big splash?

me iPhoneMost technology sites are covering the iPhone 6 expected release date, features and design. But, I’m not just hoping for a better, faster and perhaps slimmer iPhone. At BoldDreams.com, I expect more.

Quite frankly, I want more and expect more from Apple.

My life is integrated into the IOS platform, but Andriod and other hardware producers like Samsung as well as Amazon (yes, Amazon is entering the mobile market) are speeding ahead with new software/hardware applications.

Back in 2008, if your cell phone had a decent 3.1 megapixel camera, it was fine. Then, we had the race for the best resolution cameras. With 3G at scale, the camera was followed by a wave of technological advancement “foot-races” including the following:

  • Screen resolution
  • Processing power (speed)
  • Memory/Storage
  • And more…

However, today’s foot race for the next set of features are going beyond just the technical specifications of the phone itself.

Current Expectations for iPhone 6

According to TechRadar, the iPhone 6 may include a slightly bigger screen, better camera, enhanced audio capability, the new ios8 platform, more storage and perhaps wireless charging or a flexible screen?

Yes, +1 for wireless charging and a flexible screen.

According to International Business Times, the iPhone 6 is expected to have better battery life, a slimmer body and also better audio features.

Overall, the expectations for the new iPhone 6 are not disruptive, ground breaking, cutting edge or newly emerging. Put simply, expectations are low. What does this mean for Apple?

It’s Time For A Big Surprise

While most technology sites are talking about the continuity of integrating the Lightning port into the newest device, Apple has an opportunity to steal the show. Here are a couple scenarios that would surprise Apple consumers:

  1. The release of “iWatch” would be big. Samsung has already released the smartwatch, but it lacks the integration of a sound platform like IOS7 (or 8). Being able to talk to Siri through my watch to send messages, make calls or dictate notes is very exciting.
  2. The release of “iPhone Gear” would be equally big. In the past, Apple has been very successful at introducing completely new product lines from the iPod nano to the iPad Air (which just wasn’t light enough!) A new gear/device like eyeglasses would be equally surprising.

Going back to my relationship with the IOS platform, I use Apple products because they work, and they work well. If Apple is working on something, when it does get released, it’ll have to work better than the competition. A new iPhone watch would be a home run here at BoldDreams.com!

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Laptop KeyboardYou got your new laptop for its easy portability. But taking it outside your home makes it especially vulnerable to damage or theft. While you can never protect your lap top completely, a few basic precautions will help keep your computer safe and secure for much longer.

Use a Strong and Padded Case

Light and portable, laptops are made to travel. And even though laptops have become stronger over the years, they are not invulnerable to damage. Always carry your laptop in a padded, reinforced bag or backpack designed specifically for protecting your computer. Choose a bag that pads all sides of your laptop, with extra protection on the bottom where the laptop is most likely to strike the ground.

Zippers and closures should be top quality so as not to come undone and spill out the contents. The bag should have extra compartments for carrying chargers, cables and other devices. It should also be made out of water-resistant fabric for added security in poor weather.

Use a Lock

Most laptops have a Kensington slot, a small reinforced hole that can be fitted with a Kensington security lock. The lock secures your laptop to a sturdy piece of furniture with a cable, much like a bicycle lock. Having your computer locked up will deter would-be thieves from attempting to steal your laptop if you leave it unattended.

Keep it in Sight

Even a locked up computer is still vulnerable to vandalism, uninvited users or damage from a robbery attempt. Never leave your laptop unattended in a public place. The small effort of packing it up could save you from the inconvenience of having to replace it entirely.

Use System Passwords

Set up your laptop so that a password is required for all activity. As well, password protect your files. Use simple passwords that you can remember but are not obvious to others, and be sure to use equally suitable passwords for all your accounts. One way to make your passwords memorable is to choose a main system password that you won’t forget, and then to use a variation of that password for each account you have.

Use a VPN

Online banking, shopping and other financial information is generally safe and secure when you are at home with your UK broadband. However using public wireless services can put your information at risk. Consider using a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, to route your data through a secure network.

Install Security Systems

The moment you hit the internet, your laptop becomes vulnerable to malicious software. Be sure to install a firewall, along with anti-spyware and anti-virus software. McAfee offers reputable security software for free. After installing, check your software settings to ensure that they are providing the level of security that you need.

Update Security Software Regularly

Surprisingly, many people diligently install their security software the day they buy their laptop, and then never update the software. Often they don’t even realize their mistake until the computer has become infected by a virus and stopped working properly. Security software is only effective if it’s updated to resist the latest malware. Make sure your software settings allow for automatic updates and check your software regularly to ensure that the updates have occurred.

photo by: DeclanTM

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