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"Pick of the week" - the Sir Apfelot recommendations

Every week in the editorial team we select a particularly outstanding product, great service or a convincing program that receives the "Pick of the Week" award. Look here in our listwhat recommendations we already had for you in 2021.

28. November 2012
System settings notifications

Turn off notification of new emails on the Mac

The new message center, which since OS X Mountain Lion is also available on the Mac about new events, such as incoming mails, calendar events, game center invitations or other things. However, some people feel a little "stressed" when there are constant messages in the upper right corner
28. November 2012
Apple commercials

485 Apple Commercials - Good Entertainment!

The commercials Apple has produced and published over the company's history are not all entertaining. But some have become real classics, which one likes to take to heart again and again. A friendly Youtube user [...]
28. November 2012
iShower Bluetooth speaker

iShower: waterproof Bluetooth speaker for the shower

The name "iDevices" should mean something to some iPhone fans since the "iGrill" barbecue thermometer. After winter is in the house and the iGrills are living their existence in the garden shed, the manufacturer also has something for inside [...]
26. November 2012
JVC Everio GZ-VX 700 SEU camcorder

Camcorder test winner: JVC Everio GZ-VX 700 SEU

The JVC Everio was my first hard drive camcorder a few years ago. For those times it had an intoxicating picture, an HD resolution and a long battery life. And even today JVC plays with its Everio HD camcorder in the [...]
26. November 2012
QR encoder: Create a QR code

Create QR Codes with the Mac

QR codes are slowly making the leap out into the "real" world. Meanwhile, some people already know what these strange boxes mean and a few even know that you can use them with special apps for the [...]
26. November 2012
Sound Forge Pro Mac

Sound Forge Pro finally for the Mac with OS X

It was about time, because the Mac is known as the "workhorse" in audio production. Nevertheless, Sony's excellent audio program Sound Forge was previously only available in a PC version for Windows computers. Now finally [...]
22. November 2012
OS X keyboard shortcuts

OS X Keyboard Shortcuts - The complete list

Working with keyboard shortcuts under Mac OS X is often much more efficient than juggling the mouse or trackpad. There have been many attempts to put the most important abbreviations together in lists [...]
22. November 2012

Provide iPhone with EMEA lock (region lock!) - Unlock possible?

Today I got a question from my reader Matthias, who has a problem with his iPhone abroad: Hello Sir Apfelot! I tried to buy a different SIM card for my iPhone while on vacation in order to [...]
20. November 2012
xubix Lightning docking station

Lightning docking station from xubix for iPhone 5 and iPod Touch

Ok, in the previous post I thought the Lightning base stations were a new addition to Amazon, but I can already see: After a little research, you can already see a few on offer. I still want a docking station from a [...]
20. November 2012
Lightning docking station from Rydges for iPhone 5

First Lightning docking station available for the iPhone 5

While browsing Amazon I just noticed that there is the first (at least the first I know!) Lightning docking station for the iPhone 5. The docking station is from the manufacturer Rydges and has the product name "RMT-DSW1 [...]

Sir Apfelot - The Apple Blog about Mac, iPhone, iPad, Watch and accessories - completely in German

I have been working with the Apple Mac for many years - almost decades. Formerly in desktop publishing, but for several years in PHP programming, web design and online marketing. While I used to work more on the iMac, I now take advantage of the freedom that the MacBook and MacBook Pro offer me. Admittedly, I don't use my MacBooks very often, but I do now and then. For this reason, my solution with an external keyboard, mouse and monitor is the best compromise for me!

Why I started the Apple Blog

Sir Apfelot has been around for a few years now. I originally set up the Apple Blog to collect the experiences and solutions that I have worked out for problems with iPhone, Mac and Co., centrally. After several weeks, however, I noticed that there was some feedback from readers who thanked them for the instructions. That ultimately motivated me to keep adding to my German Mac blog. In the meantime, I no longer only write about Apple Mac and macOS, but also about iPhone, iPad and iOS as well as the Apple Watch and watchOS. In exceptional cases also via Android, Windows and PCs - but these are more marginal topics;)

German Mac News and Guides

A good part of Sir Apfelot is Mac News, that is, news and news about Apple's computers. Whether iMac, Mac or MacBook (Pro) - the individual computers with OS X and macOS are regularly updated and upgraded by the makers from Cupertino. If any of these seem important to me, I'll cover it in a post. Summaries from WWDC or the September keynote are also always suitable. There are also apps, i.e. individual programs and other software for the Mac / MacBook. From system helpers, which simplify operation and settings, to multimedia programs and games, a wide variety of Mac apps can appear here in the blog.

In this context, Mac guides are repeatedly made available to readers on Sir-Apfelot.de. These can be tips and tricks for macOS, help with difficulties after an update or recommendations for software and hardware. Modifications, conversions and the like are rarely considered, Mac accessories play an important role. Especially with the newer MacBook Pro models, which are limited in terms of connectivity to USB-C ports, there are numerous accessories that are presented here - preferably in the form of a field report after a comprehensive test!

iPhone news and guides

Apple grew up with computers and with the iPhone, the first “real” smartphone, it became the most important company. This is why this Apple blog is also about the iPhone, the iOS operating system and, last but not least, iPhone accessories. From cases and screen protectors to charging cables and power banks to more special peripherals such as memory expansions, microphones and Bluetooth headphones, there is a lot included. For each of the product examples mentioned, you will find one and the other test on my site. In the meantime, technology tests and product presentations have become an important part of this page.

But so that consumption does not gain the upper hand, there are plenty of advice, instructions and answers to readers' questions in this Apple blog. The Sir Apfelot page could almost be described as the “Apple Forum”, as there is sometimes a strong exchange in the comments and interesting questions keep coming in via the contact form. If I consider this to be of interest to the general public, I not only send the questioner an answer, but also turn it into an advisory article. There are already a lot of instructions and help articles for the iPhone.

iPad, iPod, Apple Watch

In addition to Mac and iPhone, the iPad, iPod, Apple Watch, Apple TV and numerous other technology from Apple, for Apple devices and from completely different areas also play an important role for me. For example, I use my iPad for websites, for apps, to control my DJI drones and, last but not least, as (of course limited) leisure activities for my children. Speaking of family: the Apple iPod no longer plays a major role in the Cupertino product family. However, this makes it particularly interesting as a used device. I described my purchase of a used iPod in this blog by means of an article so that all readers can find out where one can safely buy used Apple devices.

With the Apple Watch Series 3, which was presented in addition to the iPhone 8 (Plus) and the iPhone X at the September Keynote 2017, I also have Apple's first watch in use. The new technical data, especially the cellular network, which works with the Apple Watch 3 without an iPhone, convinced me. You can also find articles on beginner questions and problems, notes on usage, and watchOS and accessories in this Apple blog. If you have any questions about the watch, smartphone, laptop or desktop computer from Apple, please feel free to ask them. I always try to answer readers' questions as best I can.

DJI drones, photography, image processing

Also drones, especially those from DJI like that DJI Mavic Air, DJI Spark or DJi Phantom 4 Pro, play an important role here at Sir Apfelot. Since I have some models myself, you will also find one or the other test report, some advice on hardware and software as well as answers to questions asked by readers. There are also comparisons of individual models - within the DJI family as well as with other manufacturers, such as GoPro. This already shows that Sir Apfelot has grown from an Apple blog over the years to an extensive technology blog for all kinds of techies, nerds and interested parties. Still: Apple is always the main theme; and the DJI drones can also be paired with iPhone and iPad.

The subject of photography is also dealt with here in various ways. On the one hand, of course, through the quadrocopter, for which there are also information articles (Drone driver's license, License plate badges, etc.), but on the other hand with regard to the cameras and suitable image processing software built into the iPhone. There are some reports, tests, and recommendations for cameras and accessories such as clip-on lenses. In the area of ​​image and photo editing, both mobile software for iOS and software for macOS are dealt with. Both systems are used, for example, by the program Affinity Photo by the developer Serif or by Luminar very well served.

Sir Apfelot sweepstakes

If you as a blogger have achieved a certain reach and thus a certain advertising relevance with your Apple Blog, then from time to time you will also cooperate with companies. For me, as an Apple Blogger, these are preferably manufacturers of technology and accessories or developers of Mac software. The cooperation results in some tests, but sometimes also competitions. A competition not only brings information about this product or app as added value to the reader, but also what is presented itself. So if I am convinced of products or programs, then I will also be happy to work out a competition for Sir Apfelot's website my readers can also benefit from it.

Sir Apfelot newsletter

The Sir Apfelot newsletter tends to be closely related to the competitions. In addition to the other articles that were published over the course of a week, competitions are also featured in the newsletter of this Apple blog. In this way, all readers who do not come in regularly but keep themselves up to date through e-mails from me can always ensure that they participate in the raffle on time. There is also one or the other newsletter competition, which only makes gadgets and accessories available as a prize for those who are in the e-mail distribution list. Another way of always staying up-to-date is with push notifications, which you can subscribe to for smartphones (iOS and Android) and Google Chrome, among other things.

WordPress: help and advice

Since I myself work in the areas of online marketing, search engine optimization (SEO) and page building - not only for this Apple blog, but also for customers who hire me - I am very familiar with WordPress and suitable plug-ins. Therefore, in addition to Apple topics, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, accessories and gadgets, there are also a few posts on CMS topics here in the blog. If you have questions about WordPress or problems with the system, you can also get rid of your question here. If it is a question with a larger target group, it may even become a reader question article.

Summary

As a more or less professional Apple blog, Sir Apfelot went online a few years ago. In the meantime, the site is blessed with a larger readership and can in some cases almost be viewed as a forum for Apple and other technology topics. In addition to news, news and news about Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, there is also plenty of advice on macOS, iOS and watchOS (as well as one or two things about Apple TV with tvOS). By establishing itself as an Apple Blogger that is well worth reading, test reports, sponsored articles and competitions are possible. This page brings together useful content, entertainment, product recommendations and the chance for free technology. I am excited to see what the further growth will bring and look forward to your feedback!

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