When you combine Twitter, email, forums, and all the other channels, Rene gets sent dozens and dozens of questions a day. Since it's not even inhumanly possible to answer, let alone research, them all, we're starting a new column where he can post answers for everyone. So, if you want to share your questions and concerns, hopes and gripes, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them to @reneritchie with #askrene.
The Apple Watch—all collections—stays unlocked for as long as it stays in contact with your skin. If you're getting locked out, make sure nothing is covering the sensors on the back of your Apple Watch, and that your Sport Band isn't so loose that the sensors are intermittently coming off your wrist.
You're not, and we do indeed. Though, admittedly, fewer and fewer as time goes on. (I'm not sure if people have gotten used to the big and bigger sizes, or just stopped complaining about it.)
Personally, I love the new sizes. I've been using an iPhone 6 Plus almost exclusively since it launched. So much so the iPhone 6 feels small, the iPhone 5 feels claustrophobic, and the iPhone 4 feels like a toy. I don't travel anywhere nearly as much as you do, obviously, but I do use it in airports and while walking down malls, and I've gotten okay at using it one handed.
But I absolutely feel for your frustration.
Apple is filled with smart people and it's their business to know which screen sizes will be the most popular (and hence the most profitable). Right now, that seems to be bigger than 4-inches. If that ever changes, and it seems like smaller phones will be in higher demand, we'll likely see them again. (My guess is we won't actually see smaller screens, but smaller casings around bigger screens.
If it's something that's important to you, by all means, let Apple know how you feel.
I'd heard of people switching the Digital Crown around because they found it easier, but hadn't considered the accessibility angle. That's for sharing and for increasing awareness!
If I'm reading you right, you think Apple should have killed off Dashboard sooner? Personally, I haven't used Dashboard for years. The purpose it originally served—creating a dedicated space for glanceable information—has been subsumed by the iPhone and now the Apple Watch.
I'm sure some people still use and love it, but no one seems to be paying much attention to Dashboard. Whether or not Apple is killing it off soon enough, it's relevance seems to have died a while ago.
Leo Laporte, Andy Ihnatko, Serenity Caldwell, and I talked about this at length on MacBreak Weekly 459. (We tend to talk about everything at length, though.) Here's a quick recap on my thoughts:
USB C is a not-coincidentally Lightning-like connector that removes some functionality in the name of standardization. Apple likely went with it on the MacBook because the advantages of a standard connector outweighed the advantages of the more adaptable but proprietary Lightning connector. Namely, the availability of tons of third-party peripherals from a market where Windows PCs are still strategically dominant.
For Apple to bring USB C to the iPhone and iPad—replacing the Lightning side, not the current USB A side, which seems inevitable either way—the company would need to see similar benefits. Since iPhone and iPad are strategically dominant in mobile, those benefits would also need to more than exceed the cost of transition.
There are other ramifications as well, including the hardware differences, the Made for iPhone program, and the willingness of customers to transition again, only 2-years post 30-pin transition.
Never say never when it comes to Apple, but again, they'd have to see significant benefit to switch to USB C.
A cinema mode would be great. The last thing I want when there's a bunch of lights flashing in front of me is for a light to flash in front-er of me. It would add yet another button to the increasingly crowded Settings Glance, though. Maybe the Mute button could have 3 stages—audio, audio+visual, and none? For now, I'd mute it at the very least—I keep my muted all the time—and either keep it covered by a shirt sleeve, or, yes, you can power it down during the movie.
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.