The Apple TV 4K is a new brand of Apple TV designed by Apple and which has been updated to work with 4K TVs, though it can also be used on other TV models. It allows programmes and films to be watched in 4K HDR with sound from Dolby Atmos, and offers great content from apps like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV. This level of 4K gives a crisper image using four times more pixels than Standard HD, and the High Dynamic Range (HDR) delivers brighter, more realistic colours and greater detail. Having partners with some of the world’s biggest TV networks and broadcasters, it allows you to watch live programmes whenever they’re on, and no matter what type they are. Coming with a Siri remote, you can operate it by just using your voice, but I would love if Apple could raise more awareness in future of accessibility features available to allow non-verbal people and others feel just as involved as their peers.
When you first get your Apple TV 4K you will see that it comes in a black box, with: the Apple Tv 4K, Siri Remote with a glass top trackpad which can be easily used to track and tap, a Power lead, a USB Lightening Cable and Documentation.
You can also use your Apple TV for playing games which you get by downloading them off the App Store. These can be played by just using the Siri Remote, but also through the Apple TV Game Controller sold separately or by mirroring them from your iPad or other devices to it via Bluetooth. However, you could also use the Apple TV Remote App which is a free download on iPhone and iPad, which is how I operate most of mine.
There’s not much more to say about the Apple TV other than what has been said already, but I do still think it’s a good option to buy if you want an Apple-based TV system. Its Accessibility features include: VoiceOver, Zoom, Increase Contrast, Reduce Motion, Closed Caption and SDH Support, Audio Descriptions, Siri and Dictation, and Switch Control. These can be set up in the settings app.
So what do I think about the Apple TV 4K overall? The graphics and High Definition of programmes, movies and games are powerful, making it impressive for anyone who’s interested in graphics. I would say it’s accessible to people with disabilities, but I would like there to be a bit more awareness about what accessibility features you can change. I also like how your iCloud photos will store on the TV the same as it would for your other devices.
The Apple TV 4K is available from Apple for £179.00 or £199.00, depending on if you settle for the 32 or 64GB one.
The iPhone X is one of the new iPhones designed by Apple, and has been on the market since 2017. The first to lose the home button, to have an OLED and mostly edgeless display and to include Face ID, it gives us many new technologies that are different to earlier models, and is made of stainless steel and glass. All of this has made it still a popular phone two years on from the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, and it is the cheapest option of the Xs available.
What Comes in the Box?
The Box that the iPhone X comes in, like other products, has a picture of the phone on the front, but as it’s smaller than any of the products I’ve reviewed so far, the product title and apple logo are on opposite sides of it. You get information about what else comes with it at the back of the box, including how many Gigabytes (GB) you have. The lid of it seems easy enough to take off, but like what I’ve said before about other Apple products, it would be better if they could introduce handles to let people with physical disabilities open it.
The first thing you see when you open the box is paperwork, a quick Start Up guide and Apple stickers, with the iPhone hidden under. Like other products, it has Apple’s special plastic, and once it is peeled off, you can really see the colour. Under it. there are EarPods with a Lightening Connector, a Lightening to Headphone Jack Adapter, a Lightening to USB Charger and a USB Power Adapter. (WARNING: THE LIGHTENING TO HEADPHONE JACK ADAPTER IS ONLY INCLUDED WITH THE IPHONE X, SO IF YOU HAVE AN XS, XS MAX OR XR YOU’LL HAVE TO ORDER SEPARATELY OR BUY WIRELESS HEADPHONES.)
What Else is There to Say About It?
The iPhone X comes with a Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto camera; a 7MP TrueDepth Camera, which works alongside the new Face ID and Animoji’s; an A11 Bionic Chip, allowing for greater speed; has water resistance of up to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 seconds, and allows for wireless charging. There’s a range of different Wireless chargers that work with the iPhone X, and I will review the Anker one I have in a future review. The capacities available are: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB, and it has a Super Retina HD Display, a 5.8-inch diagonal all screen OLED Multi Touch display, a HDR Display, and a True Tone and Wide Colour Display. This allows for 2436-by-1125 pixel resolution at 458 ppi and 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. There is also 625 cd/m2 max brightness and 3D Touch.
Adding to Apple’s dream of making its products lighter than their previous models, the iPhone X is 143.6 mm (5.65 inches) in height, 70.9 mm (2.79 inches) in width, which is smaller than previous models, 7.7 mm (0.30 inches) in depth, and 174 grams (6.14 ounces) in weight.
How Do I Set My Phone and Face ID Up?
Your phone sets up in the same way as other iPhones, but where this one will differ is when it comes to setting up Face ID instead of Touch ID. The option to set up Face ID is included in the iPhone X set up, and you do it just by tapping Set Up Face ID. From here, you will be shown the camera, and it will guide you through what angles you should use to turn it on. Once it is completed, you will see a message allowing you to move on, and you just tap continue.
From here, you can set your Apple Pay and the iTunes and App Store to use Face ID instead of entering your password, but for me, it’s easier to have it set up so that I only have to use it once, as it would mean I would have to ask for it to be moved back more often. If you still have your old phone when updating to an X, you can get all your data from it when setting up the X.
How Do You Get Around the iPhone X if There’s No Home Button?
The iPhone X doesn’t have a home button, and although there’s still buttons at the side, a lot of them have been renamed. This means that a lot of the buttons we used to press have now been changed to gestures, including that to wake up the phone, you just simply tap it. To go to the home screen, you swipe up from the bottom, and to switch between apps you can swipe from the bottom and hold, swipe the bottom bar from left to right or swipe up from the bottom and over to the right. To close and review an app you can ether swipe up from the bottom and swipe up on an app, or swipe up and hold the page and card until the minus sign pops up. To activate Siri you can either hold down the side button or say: “Hey Siri,” and to take a screenshot you press the volume up and off button. Having a bigger phone means we no longer get the option of having our battery percentage, but you can get it by dragging into control centre by sliding down from the right corner. All of these have can be changed in Accessibility, so if you’re like me and struggle to reach the top of the phone you can turn on Reachability, which will allow you to drag from the middle instead of the top, and anything else you may have problems with.
What is the Camera and Audio Like? As well as having Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, the iPhone X also includes the second instalment of Portrait Mode _ first being used in the iPhone 8 Plus. It’s the first to use Dual Optical Image Stabilisation, with a 2x optical zoom and a digital zoom up to 10 times. The larger camera size allows for a wide colour capture of photos and live photos, and it is now possible to use different built in lighting effects while operating it. (The iPhone X comes with 5 different lighting effects _ Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, and Stage Manor). It also includes a Quad-LED True Tone flash with slow sync, and HDR for Photos. It allows both HD and 4K Video Recording as well, with an Optical Zoom Stabilisation for video as well. However, the optical and digital zoom for video is slightly less _ being between 2 and 6 _ but it does have Slo-Mo support for 1080p at 120-240 fps, and has support for Time Lapse.
What are My Thoughts Overall?
I got the iPhone X for my birthday this year, and while I struggled getting used to it in the beginning, I’ve had very few problems with it that were all easily fixed. I use mine for Photography, filming and recording, and while the camera on my old phone _ an iPhone 6 _ was able to get good photos, this one captures everything better. The gestures I can’t do I’ve been able to change to being more accessible, but I would like Apple to raise more awareness of these feature so people who are locked into their bodies won’t be left out. I was never able to use Touch ID, so I’m finding Face ID a lot better.
The iPhone X is available in black and silver, and can be bought from any phone warehouse with various prices.
The 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is the larger of two Pro laptops designed by Apple, and available in silver. Made with a diagonal 15.4 inch LED-backlit display, 2880-by-1800 native resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for graphics, supported scale-resolutions, 300 nits of brightness, a Standard Colour Gamut (sRGB) and 900:1 contrast ratio. There’s two choices of Processor to choose from: the 2.2GHz plan _ including a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache _ or the 2.5GHz plan _ 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache Configurable to 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache, with 16GB of 1600MHz of unbound memory, and 2.2GHz-256GB, or 2.5GHz-512GB in storage. So what else is there to say about it?
When you first get the 15-Inch MacBook Pro, you see it comes in a white box, with Apple’s special plastic over it. After taring it off, you can see information at the back, with the main picture of the product on top of the lid, and the product title on the side.
Inside, you get the 15-Inch MacBook Pro, with some information and apple stickers, a charger and a charging block below. This MacBook Pro is lighter than previous generations _ height: 0.71 inch (1.8 cm), width: 14.13 inches (35.49 cm), Depth: 9.73 inches (24.71 cm), and weight: 4.49 pounds (2.04 kg). Giving its an older model, I expect it will get lighter over time, but it would help a lot if it did to make it safe for people who can’t lift it as easy as others.
There are ports at the side which are used to charge, plug in USBs and other pen drives, as well as one for the wire of wired headphones to go into, but it also supports wireless headphones.
It also includes a force touch trackpad, which can be accessed by a harder click, and can bring content up no matter where you click on it.
Aimed at people working in Film, Photography, or any other creative market, it has Intel Iris Pro Graphics _ 2.2GHs-256GB or 2.5GHs-512GB _ Dual display and video mirroring _ supporting full native resolution up to 3840 by 2160 pixels _ Thunderbolt digital video output, HDMI video output, and a 720p FaceTime HD camera.
So what are my thoughts about it?
As someone working among photography, video production, graphics and writing, the 2015 15-Inch MacBook Pro is a good laptop which has been able to show all my content in good definition. It takes a long time for the memory and storage to fill up, which works for me as I often have to work with big documents.
My only bit of criticism is that it’s hard for me to do a force touch on the trackpad, and since I got my laptop in mid-2015, I’ve also struggled with doing a right click. I fixed this a few months ago by changing the two-finger-right-click to a right-trackpad-tap to allow me to do this, but in future versions I would like for the user to be able to set this up during the setup.
The Apple Magic Keyboard is one of the newest Bluetooth Keyboards from Apple, and available in silver. It is more thinner and lighter compared with earlier models, and has bigger keys with a stable scissor mechanism below each key, along with an optimised key travel and a low profile between each key. Now coming with a built-in rechargeable battery, there is no reason for buying and replacing batteries, as everything can be done by plugging it into your computer. At the back, you get your order number, but with a service that can make it sit wherever is possible. So what else is there to say about it?
The box that the Magic Keyboard comes in has the product title on top, with an included image of the actual keyboard below. Like every other Apple Product, their logo is at the side, but non-like some Apple products, there’s no information at the back. The only bit of advice I’d give to Apple to improve their boxes in future is to include a handle at the side, so that physically disabled reviewers can feel like they’re taking part in the full unboxing experience.
The first thing you see when you open the box is the Magic Keyboard itself, but when you pull it out, you see it comes with Lightening USB cable, with a quick start up guide . There is a bit of plastic for sliding the keyboard out, but like what I said about the box, I would love if Apple could introduce a bigger one of these in future, as it would also help with making physically disabled reviewers feel more involved.
To pair the keyboard up, you press the small Bluetooth connection button at the top, before going to System Preferences on your mac, going into Bluetooth, and from there, clicking on your keyboard. But if you would prefer an easier way, you can plug your USB connector into the keyboard and into your mac, and it will pair automatically within seconds.
Depending on how often you use it, you could go about a month without needing to charge, though this could be less if you work on it daily, and it takes about 2 hours to charge, but you can still use it while it is charging.
It can be bought through Apple for £99.
I’ve had a few months to get used to the keyboard, so what are my thoughts on it overall? The scissor mechanism makes typing a whole lot easier, and the bigger keys make everything a whole lot easier to see. I had problems before pairing it of needing to press two buttons at the one time, but my normal One-Button-Click system worked as soon as I got it paired, and while some don’t like the bigger arrow keys, I’m personally happy with them. The only bit of criticism I have is on how you have to slide out the cover and the keyboard, but the main set up is fine.
Skullcandy Uproar Wireless are wireless headphones by Skullcandy, and available from £24.24-£50.98 on Amazon, $63 and €56. Their colours include white, grey and red; street, grey fade and heather; red and black; blue and cream; black and grey; and black. In this blog, I will be reviewing the white, grey and red ones.
The box that they come in has the word Uproar on the side of it, with a picture of the headphones on front, some more pictures at the side, and some more information _ available in English, Spanish and French _ at the back, along with a diagram showing what each button is for. So what comes inside the box?
Inside the box you get the headphones, a charger to charge them with, and a set up guide. To set them up. you just have to hold down the round, red, microphone button at the side of them, but depending on when or on what device you use them, you might have to do this for a long time as a short press could result in a call to emergency services, while a long press connects or disconnects. Pressing the buttons is even easy for me to do as a paralysed person, as the following image shows with me pressing it with a chopstick.
To say you’ve disconnected the headphones will let out a small tune, and to let you know it’s connected it follows that tune with a few buzzes. If you are using them with a phone or tablet, it beeps to tell you when your volume is completely up, but the same doesn’t happen on any computer or laptop. They also come with 10 hours battery life, allowing them to be used for all-day activities. The same tune that tells you they’ve disconnected is also the tune that tells you if they’ve ran out of charge.
So what do I think of the Skullcandy Uproar Wireless Over-Ear Headphones over all? When I first tried them, I was absolutely blown away, not only by how clearly I can hear whatever music, audiobook, or news programme I am listening to, but also by how loudly I could hear myself type when on my phone or iPad. I originally bought them so I could play games or record tunes without disturbing anyone on my new iPad Pro _ which doesn’t have a headphone jack but I will review later _ but thanks to how comfortable they are and how clear the volume is, they are my every day headphone which I use alongside my black, wired Skullcandy headphones. I also like how useful its alert sounds are.
Judging the sound, how comfortable it is and its accessibility to me as a disabled person, I will give Skullcandy Uproar Wireless 5 stars.