iOS XI is coming

18 09 2017

Scheduled for end users on Sep 19, 2017

Never change a running system.

The saying presumably comes from German IT-experts. What they mean can be described by the saying

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

of US businessman Thomas Bertram Lance who is credited with popularizing it.

Just like cars, other tech stuff and even your body and brain iPhones need regular service and maintenance in order to run smoothly with the latest app versions and to bring the latest improvements and security patches from the Cupertinos’ to customers.

So instead of relying on your battle-proven system running for years without incident and change, you should regularly patch and update. Of course this bares *risks*.

Like you your iThing can be buggy although that happens rarely.

Without a backup it’s likely that you’ll get a proper ticking-off if something doesn’t go your way. Apple warned you.

How to backup iThings

Also make sure you know your Apple ID password before you update to iOS11. If you don’t, here’s how to reset it.

Reset Password for Apple ID

Good luck, have fun.
It’s up to you to avoid a nightmare scenario.

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Image Quality and Imagination

17 09 2017

High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI) reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity which is nearer to the range of luminance experienced through the human visual system. The human eye, through adaptation of the iris and other methods, adjusts constantly to adapt to a broad range of luminance present in the environment. The brain continuously interprets this information so that a viewer can see in a wide range of light conditions.

According to Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines, the larger 42mm Apple Watch has a resolution of 312 x 390 pixel at 326 ppi. The iPhone 6s Plus Retina HD display has a 5.5-inch (diagonal) with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution at 401 ppi.

The collage shows zoomed parts of the original image (taken with the iPhone 6s Plus) on the iPhone and the Watch.

The  Watch has a small screen with a limited resolution but I still like it for seamlessly looking at some images of my family, especially my grandchild, wherever I am and whenever I want.

People might say that the quality is poor but in my opinion it’s not the quality of an image but the related imagination which provokes the emotion you are looking for when viewing images. A lack in image quality will be compensated by a considerable increase in imagination.

There is no need to pull out its big brother. Sometimes I also use one of the images stored on my  Watch as a watch face to have that hearty laugh of my young grandchild right on my wrist.

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TrueDepth Camera System

16 09 2017

Apple calls its new biometric identification system for the human face Face ID.

(Source Apple)

It’s made possible by an all new TrueDepth front-facing camera system, one of the most intriguing features of Apple’s new flagship iPhone X.

In my opinion they didn’t make it right with replacing Touch ID instead of adding Face ID to Touch ID. There are lots of use cases where Face ID or Touch ID cannot be applied and so users have to go back to the inconvenient entry of a passcode. I predict the return of Touch ID when the technical problems of integrating Touch ID into the all new OLED display will be solved.

How TrueDepth Camera System works

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iPhone X. Worth it?

14 09 2017

In the USA …

Yes, value received if you don’t add additional costs for the wireless charging equipment, Apple Care, and a case which is mandatory for devices made of glass.

Outside the USA …

No, the price of the X is $999 which would convert to about €843 with a currency exchange rate of today. But Apple has its own exchange rates, not $1=€0.835 but $1=€1.15 and so it’s €1,149.

In addition to subtle tax avoidance strategies prices in the EU are another step to achieve a $1 trillion dollar market capital. What a nerve.

In my humble opinion the 6S Plus is the best alternative to be on iOS. It offers an excellent price-performance ratio.

But money is just one side of the coin.

Loyalty, design, excitement, must-have feeling, feast for the eyes, and last but not least lots of subtle improvements are on the other side.

So my overall assessment is YES and NO.

I know that currencies can be volatile and countries have different taxes. So the difference between the prices in $ and € might have a justification.

But my wallet doesn’t care.

Do I feel sad not to have the money? No.

Firstly, my 6s Plus is still a very powerful device and supports the useful 3D Touch.

Secondly, I feel committed to our environment and reject offers for yearly device upgrades.

Thirdly, there are a lot of bucks to invest in toys for my ever smiling grandchild.


  • Wireless fast charging needs another investment (Charger with more than 7.5W output power, Lightning Adapter; or even two for home and office).
  • If you think about a safety mask or other kinds of eye and face protection you won’t be happy with just one biometric identification system. A general disadvantage of Touch ID also if it’s the only system e.g. if a user wears gloves. Apple missed the chance to combine Face ID and Touch ID to give some kind of 2-Step Authentication for device unlocking and payments.
  • Plans of providers not taken into account
  • Prices taken from the German Store
  • If you’re living in Brazil ($1,468 for the iPhone X with 64 GB), it’s probably cheaper to book a round trip flight to NY and pick up your new iThing.

Two more things …

  • Apple, its bordering on impudence to again add this tiny 5 W charger not capable of fast charging.
  • There is a 256 GB version but the zipper to backup it on a free 5 GB iCloud storage isn’t born yet. A huge challenge for their iOS developers.

Do what you absolutely have to do.

Apple fans, Enjoy the X.

Bugs bug you

10 09 2017

Inextricably linked with apps are small animals which most aggressive life forms are well-known from tropical areas and called BUGS. Today we have them also massively in temperate zones and they are distributed for free by Apple, Google, medium-sized companies, and individual enterprises via Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.

A software bug is an error, flaw, failure or fault in an app that causes it to produce an incorrect or unexpected result, or to behave in unintended ways. This is a well-known problem, just replace “an app” by “a human being”.

Most of the updates we get from developers are about bugs and more or less accurately described in the App Store every time a new app version is released.


February 29th: If you consider to rent one of our great rental cars on February 29th, you should also consider to update to the latest version. Otherwise you might not find this day. :)

Oops … there was a bug in the bugfix so we fixed that bug. Sorry to bug you.


Bugs were found, bugs were fixed, the sun rose, a baby was born.

Took care of some bugs. They’ve been relocated to another app.


This week is all about our inner beauty. And by that we mean newly clothed bugs and app improvements.


Plenty of bug fixes

since Oct 2016!

Hey, the first developer which app has more bugs than lines of code. Quality control? Yeah, but not in Bugmond.

Here are the *most boring descriptions* which tell us nothing and often include off-topic information or advertisement.


Thanks for using Facebook! To make our app better for you, we bring updates to the App Store regularly. Every update of our Facebook app includes improvements for speed and reliability.


Thanks for using Word.

We regularly release updates to the app, which include great new features, as well as improvements for speed and reliability.

Did you know that with an Office 365 subscription, you can unlock the full power of Office across all of your devices? Find special offers in the app.

Hey Mr. Schiller, you shouldn’t allow that.

If you’re faced with bugs:

Please don’t use chemicals.

Your iPhone doesn’t like them.

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iOS 11 Compatibility

7 09 2017

The oldest model on which iOS 11 can be installed is the world’s first 64-Bit smartphone, the iPhone 5s, manufactured by Foxconn and first released on September 20, 2013. Apple wasn’t the first company using a biometric identification system but the 5s was the first smartphone with a perfectly functioning approach, the fingerprint scanner.

iOS 11 will be a further powerful iteration of Apple’s operating system for iDevices.

More about OS compatibility …

Bug fixing is just one of the main reasons for updated OS versions. An important other area developers have to work on is security. There are two reasons for delayed security updates from the customer’s point of view:

  • OS providers aren’t ready with fixing the vulnerability
  • You are the proud owner of one of the 18k different Android-based devices.

It’s all about fragmentation.

Fixing bugs is a complicated business. You have to test with multiple operating system versions, hardware vendor interface layers, hardware configurations, and network capabilities. The testing matrix for Android-based devices can be a serious challenge, impacting your product’s quality, time-to-market, and in the end, profitability.

That fragmentation is tough on developers, the folks who make apps you love. When you’re making software for so many devices, it’s difficult to make sure your app works well for each unique piece of hardware. It’s part of the reason why Android still tends to get updates much later than iOS does (except a minority of devices running pure Android).

Once Apple’s updated OS is out it can be installed on up to 5 generations of iOS devices. This will remain a dream for people using Android-based devices.

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Goodbye – Welcome

5 09 2017

Saying Goodbye
is as easy as Saying Hello (sometimes)

Whenever Apple launches a new device its huge church of loyal users tend to upgrade.

That’s because they know Apple’s products deliver the highest customer satisfaction levels of any smartphone, they want to use the latest exciting Apple technologies, and of course like to carry that undefinable element of coolness with them.

Tangible and intangible values are firmly connected to Apple products. Tangibles help to finance a new device, intangibles let some people become sad when selling their beloved device. But don’t worry, you will have an exciting time with an innovative new device designed by Apple in California (and assembled in China, hopefully without manufacturing flaws).

If you want to sell your current iThing you should know How to say Goodbye.

This concept map visualizes what you have to do if you plan to sell it. Follow these steps so that the new proud owner isn’t faced with problems after paying a lot of money for a second-hand device.

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