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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iOS in the car

20 03 2015

or

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This can happen if a high-tech car (a brand new Audi A3 with state-of-the-art security features), an iPhone (a generally disturbing factor like any other electronic device in the hands of humans), and an experienced driver (but inattentive for just a second) come together on a German Autobahn (freeway) and cause a rear-end collision with an extremely high deceleration. See the photo, does it look like a heavy impact? No, but it was horrible and fortunately the car got sidetracked because the other party drove a brand new Volkswagen designed to redirect forces.

It was on February 11, 2015 and the car (fortunately a fully insured rental car) was a total loss. The driver, it was me, still suffers from lots of bruises and a breastbone fracture caused by various airbags which opened in a jiffy to prevent the loss of an Apple fan.

You might call me a moron but you shouldn’t forget that humans frequently are as buggy as iOS 8. Shit happens Crashes happen.

Here is the recommendation for all of you based on my experience:

Your iThing is a really useful e-helper but neither an iPhone, nor an iPad, nor a Watch, nor any other iOS based feature (except navigation) should be used in a moving 4-wheel mobile device.

The human brain is a processor with a single CPU (nevertheless in some way much more powerful than any 64-Bit iThing ever can be) and it’s not capable of multitasking. It either focuses on the traffic or communicates with your iThing regardless of talking to SIRI or listening to Apple’s voice assistant intensively.

Whatever Apple will tell you

“Invite more apps along for the ride.”
or
“CarPlay The best iPhone experience on four wheels.”

iOS in the car is only helpful if it’s working quietly in the background, giving you some short audio advices, or just monitors what you are doing. Users are acquainted with all the security advices but often do not act rational. That’s what vendors of infotainment systems know but ignore when advertising their products.

Some headlines showing the facts …

Thats what I found with a quick Google search:

  • Distractions caused by smartphones contribute to about 25% of U.S. automobile accidents
  • Wake-up call: Accidents linked to smartphone use rising in Tokyo
  • Some 40 million Koreans now have smartphones, and an increasing number of them are causing accidents in busy areas
  • Germany’s Autobahnen are getting more and more dangerous because of the usage of smartphones. It’s unjustifiable that e.g. Ford allows the forwarding of an SMS to the navigation display.

… and uncountable more publications.

Definitely not the right way to solve the problem is to separate the normal people from the addicts like the city of Chongqing in China reportedly did when setting up the country’s first sidewalk for ‘mobile phone addicts’, with a lane specifically dedicated to those glued to their screens.

There is just one solution.

First think wether you really need a constant incoming bit radiation.
If it’s relevant, stop before using your mobile device.

Do you know that mobiles can be powered off?

It saves lives, yours, others, and that of your battery.

Steve Jobs take …

“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules…
That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand.
I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”

Just adopt Steve’s belief for yourself.

Note …

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

originally the title of a well-know 1966 Italian Spaghetti Western means in this context

The Audi, me, and the pain.

Related links …

Multitasking

China sets up first ever mobile phone lane

I hope you didn’t read this post in your car while driving.

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Gross and Net

27 02 2015

Gross refers to the total and Net refers to the part of the total that really matters. The stats show what you can take home when buying one of these little crazy machines, aka smartphones.

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The available memory for your photos, videos, and other stuff is reduced by the operating system of your device (most likely it’s Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android).

Important …

Keep an eye on your own memory, aka brain, and I do not mean the capacity which is as hard to increase as the memory of an iThing. Steve Jobs once told us …

I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. … .

To find it out, the usage of a device isn’t stringently required but it can help.

Summary …

There is no need to waste space.
It’s the pure and simple software design and the fact that Apple develops both, hard- and software, which gives you a fast running operating system not taking too much away from what you bought.

Related links …

Take advantage of your iThing

Power on your brain

About you and your device

Two running systems

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Activation Lock Status

10 02 2015

In November 2014 Apple added a new tool to further increase the security of iOS devices. It’s called ACTIVATION LOCK STATUS.

Activation Lock is turned on by default since the launch of iOS 7 and with iOS 8 it comes together with a new feature called Send Last Location (Settings – iCloud – Find My iPhone – Send Last Location) which transmits the last known location of an iOS device before the internet connection is cut off or the battery is empty.

Apple’s Craig Federighi (CEO Software Development) …

We think this is going to be a really powerful theft deterrent.

Apple on it’s website …

Losing your iPhone feels lousy. Thankfully, Find My iPhone can help you get it back. But if it looks like that’s not going to happen, new security features in iOS 7 make it harder for anyone who’s not you to use or sell your device. Now turning off Find My iPhone or erasing your device requires your Apple ID and password. Find My iPhone can also continue to display a custom message, even after your device is erased. And your Apple ID and password are required before anyone can reactivate it. Which means your iPhone is still your iPhone. No matter where it is.

Many users, once they find out that their iOS device has been stolen, completely erase it from iCloud or another iOS device with Find My iPhone installed. Erasing of a device is followed by Activation. This feature forces users to enter the Apple ID and password associated with that device to regain access.

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The new web-based tool allows you to check whether a device is currently locked for activation or not. To use the tool, users are asked to enter an iOS device’s IMEI or Serial Number, which is then cross-checked with Apple’s internal database to ensure that Activation Lock is not currently turned on for that device.

Summary …

Activation Lock Status is a further sophisticated step to secure your Apple device.

Related links …

Security made by Apple

2-Step Verification

Security made by Apple

Activation Lock Status

Apple about Activation Lock

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iPhone 6 Barometer

31 01 2015

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, launched in September 2014, come with an additional sensor, a barometer.

What is a barometer?

A BAROMETER is a scientific instrument used in meteorology to measure atmospheric pressure.

It measures the pressure exerted by the atmosphere above it. This measurement of pressure can be used to forecast short term changes of the weather. With other data and some not so easy math the measured pressure also can be used to estimate the current altitude.

A barometer is a passive sensor in contrast to an active sensor, like a GPS receiver. An app could alert you to your altitude when you approach certain thresholds, without draining the battery significantly. Apps could make use of an altitude trigger option, which could turn on the GPS to record your location at 50-foot increments of elevation change, saving your battery, but still recording a relatively accurate track.

With a barometer the operating system can read its data, your smartphone could have noticed a drop in barometric pressure and alerted you to the change. It could also have triggered a request to update weather forecast data, saving energy and data usage by only updating when the pressure changes.

All sensors …

See this mind map visualizing all sensors which are built-in the iPhone models launched in late 2014.

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Please read my article Sensitiveness (link below) to learn more about sensors of modern smartphones.

Summary …

Again Apple proofed that each iteration of the iPhone adds value although some publishing media don’t stop criticizing the company for it’s loss of innovative power.

Related links …

A description of all sensors …

Sensitiveness

Details about the fingerprint scanner …

Fingerprint Technology

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Out of the Box

20 11 2014

Apple’s packaging is brilliant and a lesson for packaging design. The boxes are about as small as they can get and all the parts are very thoughfully placed and pieced together in the box in the most efficent and space-saving way possible.

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Apple’s products and packaging is mass produced. The company sells millions of products but even though they are mass produced they don’t look like packaging just needed to protect a product on its way to customers. You feel like you’re holding a quality product, hand-made for you even when you open the box. If you take out an iPhone or an iPad the packaging then seems to be the perfect lid line of your purchase.

Unboxing …

Unboxing is the unpacking of new products, especially high tech consumer products. The product’s owner captures the process on video and later uploads it to the web. No wonder the phenomenon’s principal exponent, Andru Edwards – chief executive of the specialist, Seattle-based website unboxing.com – calls it geek porn.

Indeed, his website’s dedicated unboxing video channel, Unboxing Live!, boasts the tagline “Vicarious thrills from opening new gear.” (“It’s similar to an experience you’d have in a strip club,” Edwards said. “It’s stuff that you’re lusting over – you can’t have it, but you want it.”)

See an example of a fanboy who just got his brand new iPhone 5S Gold from an Apple Store in St. Louis. The video was published on September 20, 2013 and had about 2.5 million views until September 2014.


(3:33 min)

Some consider the popularity of this practice is due to the ability of showing the product exactly for what it is without any adulteration advertises usually make around the product. Being able to see what you are getting can contribute to the decisional process. So unboxing is a very special kind of advertisement done by many fanboys each time a new Apple product comes to life.

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Martin Lindstrom, author of Buyology, How Everything We Believe About Why We Buy Is Wrong, is an expert in neuro-marketing, “where science and marketing meet”. He claims the unboxing phenomenon is a result of so-called mirror neurons.
“Mirror neurons mean, in principle, that when I observe other people doing things, I feel that I am doing the same,” he explains. “When I scratch my head, and you watch me doing it, the same regions in your brain will be activated as would be if you were actually scratching your head.”

Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy (published October 2008)
is a bestselling book by Martin Lindstrom, in which he analyzes what makes people buy.

Apple’s packaging …

Apple’s classic packaging design makes it the unboxing market leader, but Lindstrom cautions against crediting the company with originating the trend. “Let’s not be fooled here – the concept of the portable player came from the Walkman, and the MP3 player was around for six years before the iPod arrived. The iPod wheel was invented by Bang and Olufsen in 1986, but it forgot to put a patent on it.

“Apple adapts a message very cleverly, about five minutes before it breaks through, and I have great respect for that. They’ve done it with packaging design, too, but in Japan you could have seen beautiful concept packaging design as long ago as the Seventies. It also appeared in the fashion and perfume industries long before Apple went into it.”

Apple and its rivals have made unboxing a mainstream pursuit, but they’ll have to be careful: if too many of us discover that we can just stay in and watch a video, will we still bother to buy the company’s beautiful gadgets?

The environment ….

Since 2008 Apple publishes environmental reports for all its products. Is there any competitor doing so? No, and sorry for the dig at Samsung.

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Smaller packaging means smarter packing.
Making thinner, lighter, and more material-efficient products not only reduces their carbon footprint and conserves resources, but also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced during transportation. Apple ships more and more products per trip, and the savings is adding up. Along with designing the iPhone 5s box to be 41 percent smaller in volume than the first iPhone box, Apple also redesigned the iMac packaging. The slanted shape of the iMac box makes it easier to stack more on each shipping pallet. So more products can be shipped in one trip, resulting in fewer emissions.

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60 % more iPhone 5s boxes in each airline shipping container saves one 747 flight for every 416,667 units Apple ships.

Climate change …

Optimizing the packaging is one side of the coin. The product itself plays the more essential role in the fight against pollution of any kind.

There are still climate change deniers.
This is what Tim Cook told them at the annual shareholder meeting 2014 in Cupertino:

If you only want me to make things, make decisions that have a clear ROI, then you should get out of the stock.

Greenhouse gas emissions have an impact on the planet’s balance of land, ocean, and air temperature. Most of Apple’s corporate greenhouse gas emissions come from the production, transport, use, and recycling of its products.

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Apple seeks to minimize greenhouse gas emissions by setting stringent design-related goals for material and energy efficiency. The charts (source Apple) above provide the estimated greenhouse gas emissions for the iPhone 3G and the 5S over its life cycle. Apple put the focus on reducing emissions during customer use which usually is a quite long time of 3 years according to Apple.

Summary …

No one spends more time with an Apple product than an Apple customer. By minimizing or outright eliminating many harmful toxins, Apple ensures that each product is safe to use, year after year. Power cords are PVC- and phthalate-free, touch screens are arsenic-free, cases and enclosures are BFR-free. No other company does more to keep its products free of so many toxins like Apple and the company does it already since decades.

So it’s not only better for the people who use the products but also better for the people who make them and better for the environment.

Related links …

Publications on Apple’s website …

Apple’s Environmental Responsibility

Articles on iNotes4You’s blog …

The Hidden Price

Apple’s Supplier Responsibility

About the iPhone

About the iPad

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