Congrats Sir Jonathan

4 07 2015

Apple senior executive Jonathan Ive has officially assumed the role of Chief Design Officer at Apple.

Designers play the essential role in the development of successful products. Let’s have a look on the man who is responsible for design at Apple, Inc.
Sir Jonathan Paul Ive, KBE RDI (born 27 February 1967) is an English designer. He has the overall responsibility for Industrial Design and also provides leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) software teams across the company. He is the lead designer of many of Apple’s products, including the MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, iOS 7, etc.
  

KNE (Knight Commander)

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order is composed of five classes in civil and military divisions.

RDI (Royal Designer for Industry)

Royal Designer for Industry is a distinction established by the British Royal Society of Arts (or RSA) in 1936, to encourage a high standard of industrial design and enhance the status of designers. It is awarded to people who have achieved “sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry”. Those who are British citizens take the letters RDI after their names, while those who are not become Honorary RDIs (HonRDI). Everyone who holds the distinction is a Member of The Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry (founded in 1938).

Designers are always like philosophers. Endless thinking about their product regarding uniqueness, acceptance of potential customers, usability, feasibility, and more is their daily task always with the risk to fail.

More …

Sir Jonathan now is CDO

Related …

Designed by Apple in California


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The Decision

30 06 2015

The question
What do I need the device for?
is important to avoid errors in motivation when purchasing a mobile device.

For some people it’s not only about sheer specs, e.g. screen sizes, CPU frequency, or megapixels.

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It’s also about

  • 1 rejecting bells and whistles and focusing on tasks backed by the simplicity of the operating system
  • 2 looking for build quality
  • 3 getting more than just a device, an exciting history and fascinating leaders who have something to say, people with blood flowing through their veins
  • 4 being a customer of a company which target isn’t selling your data
  • 5 admiring a historically relevant company which changed the lives of many of us through constant innovation
  • 6 supporting a company which takes care of our environment, feels responsible for labor conditions, creates lots of jobs, and delights people

It’s your decision, nine times out of ten.

Note
The restriction refers to the price of Apple’s devices.

But
a smartphone is a personal device (comparable with a watch) and so the purchase decision is up to very personal preferences. It’s an object of interest but never a mocking stock or a case for a war with words. No need for vulgarness or otherwise running out of etiquettes.

Trolls, a new species of living organisms which came up with the launch of social networks, shouldn’t get a second chance here on Google+, the content network #1 (btw, credits to Google). These people patched their brain with a powerful filter mechanism which allows to ignore arguments of normal people using a device of a competitor. The Internet changed the way people argue. A phone might not seem to be something worth fighting over, but what it stands for most definitely is. A hardcore fanboy immediately turns into a hostage.
Hostages have no choice but to buy certain products. They are far less likely to care if one device is better than another. It’s the choosing one thing over another which leads to narratives about why you did it. If you have to rationalize why you bought a product, you will probably find ways to see how it fits in with your self-image. All of this forms a giant neurological cluster of associations, emotions, details of self-image and biases around the things people own.

So,
be sympathetic and take my points.

Related links …

Going Apple

Fanboyism

Thanks for reading.
Hope to meet you in front of an Apple Store.





Apple Watch

15 06 2015

Apple talks about

Our most personal device yet.
Our goal has always been to make powerful technology more accessible. More relevant. And ultimately more personal. Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the relationship people have with technology. It’s the most personal product we’ve ever made, because it’s the first one designed to be worn.

Agree to the headline

“Our most personal device yet”.

Do you also agree to my alteration

Our most personal gadget yet“?

Each device you use should fit your needs. But there are not only needs when it comes to a purchase decision. Today’s electronic devices also have to stimulate the Play Instinct. Stats show us that smartphones are often exclusively used for playing games.

Some major tech companies offer a new processor-based product category, the SMARTWATCH.

The smart watch …

Here is what we find on Wikipedia:

A SMARTWATCH (or SMART WATCH) is a computerized wristwatch with functionalities that are enhanced beyond timekeeping. While early models can perform basic tasks, such as calculations, translations, and game-playing, modern smartwatches are effectively wearable computers. Many smartwatches run mobile apps, while a smaller number of models run a mobile operating system and function as portable media players, offering playback of FM radio, audio, and video files to the user via a Bluetooth headset. Some smartwatches models, also called watch phones, feature full mobile phone capability, and can make or answer phone calls.

Such devices may include features such as a camera, accelerometer, thermometer, altimeter, barometer, compass, chronograph, calculator, cell phone, touch screen, GPS navigation, map display, graphical display, speaker, scheduler, watch, SD-Cards that are recognized as a mass storage device by a computer, and rechargeable battery. It may communicate with a wireless headset, heads-up display, insulin pump, microphone, modem, or other devices.

Some also have “sport watch” functionality with activity tracker features (also known as “fitness tracker”) as seen in GPS watches made for Training, Diving, and Outdoor sports. Functions may include training programs (such as intervals), Lap times, speed display, GPS tracking unit, Route tracking, dive computer, heart rate monitor compatibility, Cadence sensor compatibility, and compatibility with sport transitions (as in triathlons).

Like other computers, a smartwatch may collect information from internal or external sensors. It may control, or retrieve data from, other instruments or computers. It may support wireless technologies like Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS. However, it is possible a “wristwatch computer” may just serve as a front end for a remote system, as in the case of watches utilizing cellular technology or WiFi.
Wikipedia

Facts about Apple Watch …

As usual I used a mind map to visually summarize what Apple publishes about the new product.

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Feel free to download this map from my Box account.

The alternative file formats have been created with iThoughts for iOS (.ITMZ file format). Compatibility to other tools is limited. The DOCX file format is suggested for those who don’t use a mind mapping tool. The file contains the image as well as a detailed outline of all topics.

Application File format
Adobe Reader PDF
Apple iWork/Microsoft Office DOCX
iThoughts ITMZ
MindManager MMAP
XMind XMIND

The screen is small and therefore it’s not designed for intense interactions. Benefits may come up when sensors constantly collect data which can be used for health and fitness or notifications are pushed to the watch so that users get informed about important events or mails.

Apple ad …

“See and feel what’s next on your schedule.”

Please tell me, what’s so important for me as a normal user that should be pushed to my wrist some seconds before I go into the details on my smartphone?

Apple ad …

“Sensitive enough to tell a tap from a press.”

Force touch distinguishes between a light tap and a deep press, and trigger instant access to a range of contextually specific controls … or a mode that allows you to select different watch faces – whenever you want. It’s the most significant new sensing capability since Multi‑Touch.

How many times a day do I change the watch face?

Apple ad ..

“Say it with feeling. Sketch. Use your finger to draw something quickly. Your friend on the other end can watch your drawing animate, then respond with a custom creation for you.”

Do I really have benefits if I replace built-in shit (Emojis) with handcrafted bullshit (Sketches)?

Here’s to the crazy ones. The gamers. The artists. The Emojis. The ones who like to block the more meaningful way to connect, aka calls or face-to-face conversation.

Honestly, this is just fun and people will try it out a few times and quickly forget this feature.

HealthKit …

HealthKit is Apple’s name of the interface developers can use to take advantage of iOS designed to process health and activity data.

According to Reuters, 14 major U.S. hospitals have rolled out trials for Apple’s HealthKit tool. 8 out of the 14 hospitals trying out HealthKit are on the U.S. News + World Report’s Honor Roll which ranks the best hospitals. As part of the pilot program, physicians will use the patients iPhone and iPads in order to monitor patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. This allows doctors to watch for early signs of trouble and intervene before a medical problem becomes acute.

Several hundred patients are being tracked, who are struggling to control their blood pressure. The devices measure blood pressure and other statistics and send it to Apple phones and tablets. As part of the pilot, Apple is also said to be evaluating the issue of privacy, as well as delivery. According to the report, Apple has recruited informal industry advisors, including Rana and John Halamka, chief information officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, to discuss health data privacy and for introductions to the industry.

Added values …

If the smartwatch is seen as a gadget we mustn’t query if there are added values when purchasing a constant little companion of a smartphone.

If we are focused on more essential things and are looking for something that makes our lives easier then the Apple Watch doesn’t really fit into our bag of e-loot. Not now. Maybe never because our eyes and our fingers won’t mutate into useful tools for taking control over a smart watch.

Summary …

Wether an electronic device is useful or not always depends on the

  • 1 frequency with which we use it
  • 2 acceptance of the UI and UX

With an evil eye I see

a fascinating design, a demonstration of what’s technically possible with miniaturized sensors and processors , the necessity of a periodic maintenance (daily charging and less frequent updating of the OS and apps), redundant notifications, an incredible small screen (although the world was eager for Apple’s new iPhone screen sizes), another electronic device which is on the way to take control of our daily life in a way that we listen to the device and more often forget those humans around us.

In some countries we already have courses for addicts named Digital Detoxing!

China already has an estimated 300 internet addiction centres, according to a report on state broadcaster CCTV’s website in February 2014. It also cited a survey showing there may be more than 24 million young Chinese addicted to the internet.

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The city of Chongqing in China has reportedly set up the country’s first sidewalk for ‘mobile phone addicts’, with a lane specifically dedicated to those glued to their screens.

Are you also a web junkie using a smartphone more than 6 hours a day, go to sleep with your device right beside you, wake up and your very first activity is to glance on the screen?

Well, then it’s time to look for professional help.

The Apple Watch and all the other smart watches are unbefuckinglievable pieces of miniaturization but just gadgets with two exceptions:

  • 1 using the device for taking care of the health of people who suffer from diseases which can be controlled and observed with reliable sensors
  • 2 using the device as an expensive and quite overdressed fitness tracker

I’m not really convinced of this product category (as a normal user of iThings).
Apple’s competitors, especially Microsoft with Microsoft Band, walk on the same rocky road. People say that only Apple owns the power to bring a new category successful into the market. This time they will fail. The profit and loss account might look good but the relevance for us is that of a Game Boy which 8-bit model was discontinued in 2003.

In context with Microsoft Band the company says “Live healthier and be more productive.”
Well, living healthier cannot be delegated to an electronic device. We have biological sensors which shouldn’t be dulled. And being more productive can easily be done with an intense use of the brain.

Related links ….

About creativity …

Power on your brain

Blogging with iPad and iPhone

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Visualizing your Success

5 06 2015

Some people think that personal success can be measured in bucks, clicks, +1s, or Likes.

So I won’t be surprised if somebody wants to visualize his personal value with a chart created with Apple’s spreadsheet app Numbers for iOS.

Here is the tutorial.

  • Step 1
    Create a new spreadsheet within Numbers.
  • Step 2
    Create a table (table 1, top left) and enter the months and the corresponding number of bucks or clicks in a month.
    The last row should contain the sum. It’s needed to display the relative amount of success (the ratio bucks / total x 100).

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  • Step 3
    Create another table (below the first table). This table isn’t really needed but usually it’s worth to separate the data from its visualization.
    Refer to the the first two columns of table 1 by using terms like ‘=Table 1::A1′. This will show the months and the absolute values of bucks.
  • Step 4
    Now let’s create the crux of the matter.
    Use the built-in function REPT (Repeat) with the money bag (from Apple’s Emoji keyboard; activation via Settings – General – Keyboard – Keyboards – Add New Keyboard and select Emoji).

Refer to Apple’s excellent help for this function and all the others to understand the parameters.

  • Param 1
    the symbol you want to use for the bar graph
  • Param 2
    the length of the bar (the monthly value in % of the total)

Use it and you will see that Numbers for iOS is perfectly adapted to touch screens.

Note
If you want to refer to a cell of an other table in a function, just tap on it instead of entering the table number and the coordinates. That’s perfect user experience, isn’t it?

Now your visualized success is always with you, on an iPhone, an iPad, or an  Watch.

I suggest to publish your stats quarterly on the internet like Apple does in its U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings.

Summary …

The usage of functions in Numbers is explained in meaningful helps.
An alternative is to enter the values in a table and use the feature Create Chart from Table. But that would be too easy. Always following the KISS principle doesn’t help you to improve your knowledge.

Related links …

Avoid a Liquidity Bottleneck

An Invoice created with Numbers

If Then Else

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10 Features of Fanboys

29 05 2015

There are just two platforms dominating the fiercely competitive mobile market: Android and iOS. Both approaches to enrich life are supported by millions of followers.

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The ignoramuses.

and, sorry, the fanboys.

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They usually argue that it’s all about specs. Here are the specs of themselves (or should I say here is the list of ‘mental throwbacks’?):

  • 0 They just like images.
    Reading articles is not their bag. The thing-in-itself is represented just by shape and color.
  • 1 Their comments on social networks are quite short-worded, frequently reduced to a single emoji. Authors repeat one emoji up to ten times and highly creative authors use emojis in an alternating order, randomly or following a law of nature which states that the entropy never decreases.
  • 2 Their heartbeat is near to frequency of their devices’ processors.

    Advantage Apple fans. Because their OS is optimized, the frequency is low.

  • 3 While sleeping and dreaming the device always takes up an outstanding room.

    Scientists say that it’s also with young people when making love with their ranked #2 honey.

  • 4 They set their priorities:

    1 news about a successor, 2 getting the money for it, 3 buying accessories for their actual device, and light years later communication with other fanboys, friends and last (but not least) the family.

    This ranking is completely updated with the mother or father in the pole position if she/he pays for an updated device.

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  • 5 They change their device’s wallpaper at least 5 times a day to keep up the imagination of loving something new.
  • 6 Youtube, games, and some messaging apps connected to social networks are the most frequently used applications.
  • 7 They patched their brain with a powerful filter mechanism which allows to ignore arguments of normal people using a competing device.
  • 8 They talk about their beloved company as if it’s a political candidate running for control of the universe.
  • 9 An unboxing video is always a case for an academy award, the Oscar, nothing less.

There are more features but expanding the list might be a mental overload for the target group.

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If it’s funny, no problem.
If it becomes the philosophy of life, a doctor should be consulted.

Summary …

Please respect everyone’s prerogative to have personal preferences. We all know what happens at an advanced stage if people are disrespectful and regularly run off etiquettes.

Related links …

Fanboyism

Out of the Box

Going Apple

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iOS 9

25 05 2015

Publishing media predict iOS 9 to run on the iPhone 4S, Apple’s design masterpiece fully made of sapphire glass, which was launched in October 2011 with an A5 Dual-core processor, 512 MB memory, 3.5″ display, and lots of well-working sensors except the Touch-ID and the Barometer sensor.

The most amazing iPhone yet (Apple’s slogan for the 4S) still works for me since 2011 without any physical deficiency. iOS 9 would be the 5th OS after iOS 5, iOS 6, iOS 7, and the actual iOS 8. A dream which will never come true for Androids, right?

  
Apple, are you looking for a smashing slogan for iOS 9?

Here are my suggestions:

An old flame never dies.


Refurbished.
Old love does not rust.

Apple, thanks in advance for keeping my old companion alive and sorry for not purchasing your upcoming new iThing.


Related links …

The mother of all considerable mobile OSs

The mortal apparel of Steve’s masterpiece

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Apple Pay

22 05 2015

This is what Apple publishes on its website

Your wallet.
Without the wallet.
Paying in stores or within apps has never been easier. Gone are the days of searching for your wallet. The wasted moments finding the right card. Now payments happen with a single touch.

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Apple Pay will change how you pay with breakthrough contactless payment technology and unique security features built right into the devices you have with you every day. So you can use your iPhone, Apple Watch, or iPad to pay in a simple, secure, and private way.

How it works …

Passbook already stores your boarding passes, tickets, coupons, and more. Now it can store your credit and debit cards, too. To get started, you can add the credit or debit card from your iTunes account to Passbook by simply entering the card security code.

To add a card on iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3, go into Settings, open Passbook & Apple Pay, and select “Add Credit or Debit Card”. On iPhone, you can also just open Passbook, then swipe down and tap the plus sign. From there, use your iSight camera to enter the card information or type it in manually. The card you had stored in iTunes is your default payment card, but you can always switch it in Settings.

After scanning a credit card the usage is easy for the iPhone 6 as well as the Apple Watch.

  • iPhone 6
    There’s no need to open an app or even wake your display thanks to the innovative Near Field Communication antenna in iPhone 6. To pay, just hold your iPhone near the contactless reader with your finger on Touch ID. You don’t even have to look at the screen to know your payment information was successfully sent. A subtle vibration and beep let you know.
  • Apple Watch
    Double-click the button next to the Digital Crown and hold the face of your Apple Watch near the contactless reader. A gentle pulse and beep confirm that your payment information was sent.

Making reservations …

I want to express my reservations about Apple Pay and electronic payments with smartphones or smart watches in general.

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Which biometric data will be used for payments in the near future?

Well, in your everyday life the easiest way to get rid of your -bogus- money is to pay cash. Carrying cash with you is followed by two risks:

Loss and mugging.
Both may also happen to your password.

So there is a need to innovate and make payments secure and fast with something you always carry with you: eyes and fingers.

Note
Admittedly you also carry your belly with you but after intense scientific researches it turned out that the waist circumference isn’t as unique as required.

Apple decided to use the fingerprint for identification.

You fingerprint might be unique but the technique to transform it into bits and later retrieve you as the actor can be buggy according to Murphy’s law.

So, what happens if things don’t go your way?

If you need support the worst case that can happen, a customer’s nightmare, is, that you have more than one partner. Here it’s Apple and your bank.

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Apple will say that they don’t have access to your data and the transaction isn’t done with real data but with generated tokens. The bank will say, that it’s not responsible for the technique and it suggests to contact Apple or, that your A8 processor should be repaired.

And what about the lost money?

It’s way to complicated to explain the strange redemption of John Doe’s or Mr A.N. Onymus’ money. Refunds are announced many times, according to legislation. But it seems that there are some unexpected black holes implemented in laws.

For God’s sake do not invest in any technique except your pillow (only halfway filled but secure). SMSs are winging it’s way to recipients in a jiffy but money still uses the Silk Road on the back of turtles.

Sorry for going ballistic …

Abso-fucking-lutely fuckers, that’s what bankers are when returning money or gaming via Investment Fonds, sorry, ASFs, aka Arrant Scoundrels Fonds.

Btw, did you know that ASF is also the official abbreviation for ‘African swine fever virus’?

Bankers are responsible for the financial crisis, they dashed people’s hopes, force people into poverty, and forward a very special legacy to our children, valuelessness.

So we learn:

Isn’t the law – still not adapted to activities in the Internet – a nicely flexible and bendable thing?

If you are a shopaholic or not don’t use the ultra-modern techniques. Get rid of your money by paying cash or using the old-fashioned credit card.

Don’t trust all the involved techniques and transfers of data over thousands of miles via cables, servers, and through the air. They are not qualified to build up confidence.

I’m an Apple fan and trust in what Tim Cook tells us about privacy. But there should be limits because even Tim and his excellent engineers can’t kill all bugs living in Apple’s ecosystem. Some are like bacteria, resistant, and some others are doing their job on the way to Maiden or other data centers.

Summary …

New kinds of electronic payment systems are not designed to reduce the costs but to get more personal data and force people to spend money they don’t have.

Why going a long way round? The next level of paying is to do it even without any device, just with your fingertip or your eye.

Follow Roman poet Ovid’s slogan Nip things in the bud (“Principiis obsta”) to prevent the society getting fully electronic instead of improving humanity.

Related links …

Security Made by Apple

Fingerprint Technology

Tim Cook about Privacy

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