Pyongyang Time

4 10 2015

There is an update for Kim’s iThings.

On August 15, 2015, North Korea switched to a new time zone, turning its clocks back by 30 minutes to mark its liberation from the Japanese at the end of WW2. Bells rang out in the capital Pyongyang at midnight as the new time zone came into effect. Unfortunately Kim did not inform Tim about this innovative move so iOS devices showed the wrong Pyongyang Time.


The world of bliss returned because special forces now installed iOS 9 on Kim’s iThings.

What can North Korea learn from this history-charged issue?

After upgrading the time zone of their iThings people in power should upgrade their conception of the world as well.

Regarding iOS 9 let’s say it with slightly modified words of Neil Armstrong …

That’s one small step for a man developer, one giant leap for mankind Kim Yong Un.

A big THANKS to the Cupertino guys.

iPhone 6S/6S Plus

15 09 2015

Welcome to the iOS family.

See this concept map (created with the app INSPIRATION on an iPad) which shows all iOS versions in relation to all iPhone models on which they can be installed. 

It started with compatibility to 2 models. Since iOS 6 the installation on the actual model and 3 predecessors is supported. With iOS 7 and 8 Apple’s mobile OS is ready to install on 5 models. iOS 9 now supports 6 iPhone iterations and these iPad models: Mini, Mini 2, Mini 3, 2, 3, 4, Air, Sir 2, Pro

Some people argue that less fragmentation isn’t as important as Apple officials tell us on the company’s yearly events. Well, stats about iPhone device share (Localytica, 2014) tell us that usually more than 60% of iOS users are on older devices (with a higher percentage for the iPad) but like to benefit from improved OS versions. This is proofed by extremely high adoption rates (>80%).

Alan Kay is one of the key people who have shaped the way we are using computers today. He can be seen as the key scientist behind the graphical user interface and the object-oriented programming. Regarding Apple’s success the most important thing Steve Jobs overtook from Alan Kay was the belief that

“People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.”

Jobs made it to one of the core principles of Apple.

Less fragmentation is just one of the benefits Apple brings to its customers and it’s possible because they build both, hardware and software. Customers love the durability of their iPhones giving them an extraordinary resale value. Beside customers thousands of happy developers can see their apps running on old iPhone young timers, a not to be underestimated economic factor.
Of course not all features of updated operating systems are available for older devices. 3D-Touch for example needs a new touch screen technology. 
Anyway …

“There is a huge difference between market share of units and usage share. We’re about selling the best and having the best experience and having the happiest customers. Happy generally means using more.”

(Tim Cook)

Start being creative …

Read about 

The app Inspiration

if you are interested in creating awesome infographics.

Thanks for paying attention.


Imagination and Reality

9 09 2015

Many workout apps for iOS are too narrow in focus and omit important guidelines recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine, according to a recent study.

Here is the imagination

and you’ll find the reality in the research study below.


My suggestion …

Do not delegate your way of life to any mobile device. Just keep your brain running.


Related …

Fitness apps ignore guidelines


Stay healthy.
Physically, socially, and financially.


1 09 2015

If you’re about to take the leap of faith, switching from one of the 18,796 unique Android based fragmented devices (stats below) to the hightech and sleek-looking iPhone just wait until iOS 9 is out.

There will be an app for that.


There are so many Android devices out there that it’s likely that finding the right one already gave you a headache. A great number of Android powered fragmented devices are cheaper, and have nearly no limitations to personalization and data exploitation. However, there are certain challenges that some might face when making the switch to iOS. Additionally the method of carrying out a task on one device might be different from another device.  

Humans like to go the primrose path, right?

Personalization of your mobile device is great. So style yourself, be creative, engage in social projects, and more but don’t waste your time with customizing your device, e.g. finding out a way to automatically change the wallpaper every full hour.

So here is what you need to get back to basics and focus on what really matters:

A just working iOS-powered device running iOS 9 designed by Apple in California, the epicenter of design, revenues, profitability, and innovation.

Related …

To iOS via app

To iOS via friendly humans

To iOS manually

To Android

(for people not trusting me)

Android fragmentation

About focusing


This post was written by an open-minded user of Apple’s mobile devices. So please do not stone me to social media death. Just take it as one of many opinions with a dash of irony. TIA.

Thanks for dropping by.

Mailing fails over WiFi

28 08 2015

Given that all settings of your mail accounts are correct it might happen that your iOS device cannot receive or send mails although it connects successfully to the Internet.

I experienced this issue today on my iPhone 4S running on iOS 8.4.1 although this update was already installed weeks ago.
The following steps solved the problem but I cannot exclude that it will return.

1 Go to

Settings – Privacy – Location Services – System Services

and deactivate Wi-Fi Networking.

Go to 

Settings – General – Reset

and tap on Reset Network Settings.

Mailing should work properly now. For me it worked also after re-activating Wi-Fi Networking. Strange, isn’t it?

Notes …

Wi-Fi Networking …

If Location Services is on, your device will periodically send the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple to augment Apple’s crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower locations.

Reset Network Settings …

Maybe the problem already can be fixed with just turning off Wi-Fi Networking. If not you must reset the network settings which means that credentials to join networks are deleted from your device’s memory. Onetime you must manually choose a Wi-Fi network and enter the credentials.

Dear Apple devs

it’s annoying to be faced with Wi-Fi issues since years. I hope we will see a *final fix* in iOS 9. If not I will ask Siri to stop working for you. She already told me “OK, maybe not.”. It’s antediluvian to periodically refill an iThing with fresh settings.

Related …


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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.

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


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.”
“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 …


China sets up first ever mobile phone lane

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

Thanks for dropping by.


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