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The Vision

We are all a product of our environment. The values, desires and dreams we have are a reflection of our experiences. People who are the most passionate about cancer research, for example, are those that have either lost a loved one to cancer or have battled it themselves. It is out of these life experiences that the vision for the Chamberlain Firm was born.

It is our desire to help people protect themselves and their families. Too many people reach retirement age only to realize that their lack of responsible planning has left them and their family in a difficult spot. I’ve never heard anyone say, “I wish I would’ve waited until I was older to plan for my future.” I bet you haven’t either. We always hear the opposite.

The Chamberlain Firm exists to help you protect your family and preserve your legacy. The vision for the Chamberlain Firm is to provide individuals and businesses with exceptional legal services and to leverage our relationship with other professionals to provide a comprehensive experience for our clients in other areas including financial, tax and insurance needs as well.

We are excited about our future and hope you will consider working with us to plan your’s.

 

Why Apple’s New Augmented Reality Platform is a Game Changer

Since Apple conquered mobile beginning with the iPhone back in 2007, it seems everyone has been trying to find the next frontier. For a while, it looked like virtual reality was it, but it still remains a niche corner of the technology world. The problem? A great VR headset runs close to $1,000 and requires a PC that costs about the same.

Hands-on with the New 10.5-inch iPad Pro

For the first time, Apple has released a 10.5-inch iPad. I’ve been using the new model for a few weeks now and the experience has been great. I think Apple made all the right changes and the result is an iPad with no compromises. Here are some hands-on impressions from my time with the device.

Touch ID to Be Replaced With 3-D Face Scanning in Next iPhone

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg:

For its redesigned iPhone, set to go on sale later this year, Apple is testing an improved security system that allows users to log in, authenticate payments, and launch secure apps by scanning their face, according to people familiar with the product.

I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed by this story, and the word “improved” bothers me more than any. I’m a big fan of Touch ID and I can’t image facial recognition will be more convenient, no matter how good it is. It will be hard to stomach if Apple replaces it.

It also seems odd Apple would make the change to facial recognition only a year after adding Touch ID to the Mac. And if they do, I’m sure adding the feature to the Mac will follow.

At this point it is still a rumor, and I do hope Touch ID finds its way into the 10th anniversary iPhone. I’ll reserve final judgment on the facial recognition until it’s released, but I have a hard time believing it will be an improvement over Touch ID.

How to Choose Between the 10.5 and 12.9 iPad Pro

Apple recently released what are hands down the best tablets in the world. Both the new 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro knock out their only real competition, last generation iPads. To the delight of many, Apple has finally matched the feature sets of both models, making the size the only notable difference. This of course begs the question, how do you choose between the two sizes?

Thoughts on iPhone 8 Mockups

We are only three months away from Apple’s annual September iPhone event, and there has been no shortage of rumors on what we’ll see. Wireless charging, vertical dual cameras and an edge to edge display are all but a given at this point, but the latest round of case leaks and device mockups from last week came with a pleasant surprise. It seems the iPhone 8 will in fact have Touch ID implemented into the display.

I never felt comfortable with the idea of Apple moving the fingerprint sensor to the back of the phone, so this is good news. Of course the questions now is how well will it work? To my knowledge, no other company has been able to pull this off, so Apple will be in a class of its own here. That said, like with anything the company does, expectations are high and if the new technology is less reliable that what we have now, be assured Apple will hear about it.

The vertical dual camera setup is something I find really interesting. The current iPhone 7 Plus is the only dual camera phone Apple has ever shipped and it seems uncharacteristic to change the design so quickly. It has me wondering why.

The best I can come up with is augmented reality improvements. To quite a bit of fanfare, Apple launched ARkit at WWDC a few weeks ago claiming overnight it’s become the largest AR platform in the world. I guess it’s hard to argue with that considering how many iOS devices are out in the wild.

While single camera devices seem to support some degree of AR, the dual camera setup certainly allows for more functionality. However, at launch Apple is only supporting AR on horizontal surfaces. This got me thinking. When using AR on an iPhone, users will most likely be using the phone sideways turning the new vertical dual lens setup horizontal. Since Apple’s currently just supporting AR on horizontal surfaces, I assume the creates a better experience having the cameras on the same plane.

To be fair, I know little to nothing about how AR works but there has to be something behind the decision to move to a vertical dual lens setup.

Why We Do What We Do

An article was recently published by the Tennessee Bar Association which discussed the unfortunate growing issue of financial elder abuse. Financial abuse is recognized as the fastest form of elder abuse and costs our country and estimated $2.6 billion a year. It’s this issue that motivates us at the Chamberlain Firm, PLLC to work day in and day out to reverse this trend. For those aging in our communities, respect and appreciation is what they deserve, not financial exploitation.

But why is it that aging adults are the most susceptible to financial abuse? As you could probably guess, the issue is mostly present with elders who suffer from some degree of mental debilitation. Whether it is dementia, Alzheimer’s or just the natural effects of growing older, aging adults are vulnerable to financial abuse. What’s more, many elders feel they can trust family members to put their needs first. Unfortunately, 60% of financial abuse cases reported to Adult Protective Services (APS) involve family members, according to AARP.

Apple Addresses iPhone Upgrade Program Woes

Joe Rossignol for MacRumors:

Over the weekend, Apple updated its upgrade reservation page with fine print that recommends customers call its support team at 1-800-MY-APPLE and mention the iPhone Upgrade Program. By doing so, the company said a Specialist will help customers find the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus model they want.

I’m among the many who are struggling to track down an iPhone 7 Plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program. It’s frustrating to be one of Apple’s more loyal customers and be stuck waiting for the iPhone model I prefer.

However, I’m happy to see Apple continuing its trend of acknowledging issues and making efforts to fix them. I called 1-800-MY-APPLE last night and was told I would receive a phone call within 48 hours with an update of whether one of the black iPhone 7 Plus models I’m after is available.

I’m still frustrated by the supply constraints, but happy to see Apple making an effort to help its more loyal customers.

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