Category Archives: IOS

Apple you are starting to worry me !


Mountain Lion, IOS 6, Retina MacBook Pro – impressive line up of new tech and thats just the stuff thats been announced so far. However, I feel a dark undertone churning away in the Apple marketing department, why you ask ? Well lets take a look at some of the new tech.

IOS 6 – Ok, I am not going to list out all the features (especially as I am under NDA), but I can’t help but think Apple is starting to piss off upset its consumer base by limiting the features which can be deployed to legacy devices. So, FaceTime over cellular ? I understand why this is not enabled on the 3GS in IOS 6 (yes it’s still selling) and lets face it no one wants to see a blurry sweaty palm, but not enabling on the iPhone 4, really ? Hardware restrictions maybe ? Nope, the Jailbreak community has had FaceTime over cellular for sometime which works just fine. Creating a personal hotspot to an iPod touch can work – so why ? Apple wants you to buy an iPhone 4S even tho technically there is no good reason why the iPhone 4 users can’t have it !. FaceTime is nothing more fancy than a video call, to which many 3G carriers have offered in the past with much earlier tech which worked in a fashion.

Whilst on the subject of IOS 6, Maps – come on Apple, lets face it Google rocks here !

No iPad 1 support, but surely if the 3GS can run it … Apple says NO !. Siri on iPad 2 .. Apple says NO !, so we have to ditch all the barely 1 year old tech to get the latest IOS offering – Apple says YES !. Ok, it could be worse, I could be a poor schmuck Windows Phone 7 (or is it Windows 7 Phone ?) user and feel like I have been crapped on from a great height to find out no Windows 8 update – ever !, or I could be an Android user who is still waiting for my carrier to test/validate/bloatware the rom images which may never come. So to be fair, Apple has until recently provided pretty good support and has mass take-up of new IOS versions due to the simple upgrade path.

Retina MacBook Pro – love this machine, looks awesome and I had that initial I want it feeling, but then I started to think. Non upgradable RAM & SSD (well as far as I know) ?, Non user replaceable battery, No optical drive, No ethernet port. Ok maybe the last few can be overcome by purchasing via add ons, but anyone who has ever owned a MacBook has I am sure replaced a battery, upgraded the RAM and/or Hard Drive – as time goes on we realise we need more space or better performance. However, we all know that failure exists and these things can go wrong and have to be replaced to avoid writing off a £2k laptop ! So what happens in 2-3 years (if I don’t have AppleCare) and the RAM goes bad ? Its no longer possible to remove and replace, SSD ? Battery ? – are we to toss these units away once the warranty expires and purchase the new generation of Mac laptop ?.

The iPad I know is again another device to which you have to make the choice up front about the spec before purchasing i.e 16/32/64GB etc and if the RAM fails you are in the same boat, but where does this path lead us, where are the days of people understanding how these machines actually work, what RAM and disks are or should we be blissfully unaware of what hardware components lie inside and just enjoy the tech ?

Ok, I am probably starting to sound like an old fart who nostalgically nurtures his 6 year old 17″ MacBook Pro – but heck I can replace the battery when it swells up, I can swap out the RAM if it goes bad, I can increase the HDD capacity if I want. I do worry Apple are taking this future of locking the user out from the Hardware and enforcing Software limitations to a place which is only going to leave a sour taste and possibly push some of it’s consumer base away.

Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android

As some of you may already know I tend to listen to Podcasts on the way to and from work (40 mins e/w) when I heard about this new watch. Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Andriod. Pebble looks to be huge, currently as a Kickstarter project here the goal was to reach $100,000 but is currently (at time of writing) upto a whopping $8,944,369 with nearly 60,000 backers !

So what is this watch ? Well basically its a smart watch which contains an ARM CPU internally, runs for approx 7 days on a full charge and contains an E-Ink display, like the ones you find on a Kindle reader and connects to either your iPhone or Andriod smartphone via Bluetooth. Not only do these watches look stunning but the ability to customise them and deliver new content via an iPhone app or SDK is what I found really attractive. So if you want to get this years hottest new IOS/Android gadget – you better pledge.

The project is to run for another 11 days after which the watch will be fully funded and will no doubt be going into production. it is expected backers will receive their watch(es) at about September this year. So what are you waiting for, get your Pebble pledges in now before the clock stops ticking ! (sorry couldn’t help myself).

 

I am sorry I don’t know how to do that !

Ok, so finally I have the iPhone 4S as O2 finally decided to offer via the website !.

As some of you already know I have been in hospital for a bit and my contract renewal was slap bang during my stay (I didn’t fancy my chances of getting it delivered there). So I placed my order on 19th Nov and received my text message advising the iPhone 4S was out if stock and it could take 3-4 weeks to supply. I kinda expected a delay due to the demand for the 4S.

So to my surprise I got a text on the 20th to advise delivery on the 21st :O wow !

So now I have said device what’s my thoughts, well it’s good and it is a much needed upgrade of my flagging 3GS and Siri is a nice feature but one of those after a few mins gets a bit old hat. Sure it’s a neat bit of technology and I am sure once Siri is out of beta and learns more new tricks it will be a much more useful feature. However for now I am a bit disappointed, sure I can dictate a text but not a tweet even tho IOS 5 has Twitter integration built in and API’s. Sure I can ask Siri to play my music, search a website, add an appointment to my calendar even set a geo-fence reminder – but you have to make sure Siri gets your request clearly otherwise you will get “I am sorry I dont know about….”

Ok I am probably being a bit tough on Siri, and whats with the male UK voice ? Why not female (without having to switch to US mode). I think once I can get Siri to locate where the nearest Pub/Indian/Chinese is in my country my use of Siri will be much more heavily utilized 😉

 

iPhone 4S

So, no iPhone 5 but iPhone 4S – yes I also felt a little underwhelmed at first but when you think back to the 3G and 3GS this was no small update, ask anyone who ever used a 3G 🙂

Siri looks to be an awesome feature and will certainly help with emails and texts during my daily commutes, but seeing as I am currently using a 3GS – for me this is a huge up spec !

8MP camera, Siri, Dual Core A5, Retina Display the list goes on. The iPhone 4S will ship with IOS 5 as expected but I can’t help feel that Apple kind of forgot the usual ‘Devs get ready’ email and the 2 week submission window. GM seed is now out and an expected date of 12th October seems a little short compared to previous releases.

IOS 5 is quoted as having 200 new features, coupled with the Dual Core A5 I can’t help thinking this is going to be a fantastic marriage of hardware and software – but I can’t seem to shake the doubt that Apple are holding back for an iPhone 5 debut next year Q2 or something.

Anyway, the 3GS has served me well and it won’t be long before we see this old faithful drop off the glossy list of handsets once another unit is appended – just as once this exact fate existed for the 3G.

iPhone 5 or IOS5 ?

So, October 4th seems to be the date in mind for Apple to officially announce to the world the very long awaited iphone5.

However, looking at the iOS 5 betas it would seem we are close to seeing a GM so I would not be surprised if Apple combine both the iOS and iPhone announcement at the same event.

Well, my upgrade is due in November so by the time Apple announce and then start shipping – O2 will hopefully have got their act together in time for my upgrade 🙂

I guess I will just have to wait like everyone else.

Appsterdam Weekend

Just as the dust settles on WWDC here is another venue looking to attract a number of Apple Developers. So if you fancy a weekend in Amsterdam with like-minded party people look no further, a site with the low down on the event can be found here

T-Shirts for the event are €20 if you pick them up at the party. If you need them shipped to you, it’s an additional €5 in the Netherlands, €10 international. More information can be found here