I would rather walk face first through a giant spider web than go shopping. I truly hate walking into large cavernous spaces with grumblings, rumblings, and piercing screeches resounding, rebounding, and reflecting from every surface. I tire of unbridled children pawing at my guide dog, and I could really do without the adults who treat shopping as a contact sport. Make that three giant spider webs that I'd be willing to walk through. If I cannot escape to the parking lot, I mentally retreat and perform my primary function as the designated guardian of the shopping cart and purse.
There is a singular exception to my retail aversion. I love walking into the local Apple Store to touch things. That may sound creepy, but it really isn't. I spent a lot of time holding new iPhones. The iPhone 6 was comfortable and familiar. However, the bigger iPhone 6 Plus called to me. For many months, I went to the Apple Store to make sure that the iPhone 6 Plus was not too big for my hands and that it would still glide into my shirt pocket. You cannot be too careful. Things might have changed. I just needed to be sure.
On September 12, the iPhone 6S Plus became available for purchase. That same day, one very special iPhone was reserved in my name. I am so ready to welcome it home. The immediacy of my latest iPhone purchase was not about craving a faster processor, or a stronger aluminum shell, or the much anticipated 3D Touch. I wanted the new iPhone 6S Plus because I currently own an iPhone 5S and the battery life of this older device absolutely drives me nuts.
An octogenarian acquaintance of mine likes to offer personal advice. She often exclaims, "Never pass up a bathroom!" I understand that feeling, but for a different reason. I might wander past a Mens Room without a pang of concern, but I get a little panicky when my battery level drops below 40%. I am one of those "wall huggers" and tend to memorize the locations of electrical outlets in public places. I am a man who has a charging cable in the living room, office, bedroom, and car. I have multiple rechargers in my luggage and I keep a Mophie Juice Pack PowerStation Duo in my carry-on. I am also frequently carrying another emergency battery in my pants pocket, just in case.
At present, I am charging my 5S multiple times a day. Although always fully charged in the morning, I usually have to plug it in again before noon, and one more time in the early evening. I really wish I could remain untethered for longer periods of time. I yearn for greater power. I want the iPhone 6S Plus because I want to be free.
The more power I have, the more I want to use it. Even though the new iPhone 6S Plus battery is much more capacious than the one in my 5S, I am betting I will find all new ways to quickly drain my new phone. So, I am keeping my eyes open for new portable battery technology. Besides that, I like new toys! I recently read about a couple of different solar powered batteries that I could connect to my iPhone. You just never know when you might be lost in the woods with active cell coverage and no electrical outlets. Should I ever find myself in those circumstances, I hope I also have my old Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760. It pays to be prepared.
I am very much looking forward to my new iPhone 6S Plus. I am excited about the expanded screen real estate for Braille input and four-finger taps. I would like to play with Peek and Pop in the iPhone sandbox. And, I want to wallow in the 128GB of roomy storage on my new iPhone. However, what I covet most is the new battery. I look forward to walking past outlets without checking my phone. And, when I inevitably run low on juice, I hope new power technologies will quickly charge me up again. Those pending charges are important. As you discover new ways to boost your own energy reserves, I hope you will share them here.
I want my iPhone to be a fully functional pocket computer. I continue to look for a complete set of powerful apps to meet my various needs. I remain hopeful that enhancements to the iPhone operating system will greatly improve the power user experience. Even so, a powerful pocket computer needs a powerful battery. If I am going to pour all of my energy into using this device, I really want a device that has plenty of energy to pour into those efforts.
*** Morgan is the author of “Think Small”, another blog entry on the AppleVis site.