Distracting wallpapers?

31 01 2017

Not on my iPhone.


Think about these words of Sir Jonathan Ive, responsible for Apple’s iconic design.

“You have to deeply understand the essence of a product in order to be able to get rid of the parts that are not essential.”

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This is somewhat embarrassing, isn’t it?

28 01 2017

About 40 years ago I used this SEIKO calculator watch to do some maths on the go. Today I’m a proud owner of a high-tech wearable device made by the Cupertino based tech giant Apple (AAPL).

But where is the Calculator?


You might argue that there are 3rd party apps doing what your brain today is no longer capable of. Yeah, there are some apps but they’re horrible. If I pay lots of bucks for an admittedly awesome watch I also expect the device coming with useful software.

Apple released watchOS 3.x still without a built-in calculator and, what’s quite annoying for me, without Voice Memos.

Oh dear.
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Apple Watch 2016

27 01 2017

Did we see innovative features?

The first iPhone and iPad are shining examples of high level innovation, an ocean boiling new kind of device whereas follow-ups could be described with the words of Apple’s leader Tim Cook

Some people see innovation as change, but we have never really seen it like that. It’s making things better.

An innovative product is only born if it provides space for essential improvements in the future. This is what Apple did with its first wearable device.

Apple Watch
launched Apr 24, 2015

Apple Watch Series 1
launched Sep 16, 2016

Apple Watch Series 2
launched Sep 16, 2016

With Series 2 Apple upgraded the 1st gen Watch in a number of ways, and all of them useful. The extended battery life, the GPS abilities and the water-resistance now make this a top smartwatch, in my opinion the best approach to wearables – but it doesn’t quite do enough to make you need such a watch in your life… yet.

That’s what I also thought a year ago but today it’s my preferred device when it comes to messages from my family in Germany, reminders, control of bank accounts, codes for my many accounts with 2-Step Verification, and last but not least for taking care of my fitness with the Activity app.

Features I sorely miss on my 1st gen Watch:

Voicememos
Performance

Although watchOS 3 was a good move the performance is still poor.

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Frogs

26 01 2017

I took this shot (maybe from a wedding anniversary) with my iPhone 6S Plus in a distance of about 10cm.

But be careful when getting closer and closer to living stuff like this. Sometimes frogbits can hurt a lot more than bugs living in your iThing.

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Be creative

23 01 2017

Make the most out of your iThing.

Why should such a powerful device like an iPhone with 3D Touch technology solely be used for going Google+, Twitter, or Facebook?

Apple’s App Store offers lots of useful apps with a great UI and features you need to be creative.

Here’s my app portfolio for writing articles on WordPress, the world’s biggest blogging platform.

ByWord
a simple text editor for writing down ideas everywhere and every time

Inspiration
a tool for creating mind maps and concept maps which can summarize details of tech related topics true to the motto “An image is worth a thousand words”

WordPress
the official app for text formatting, adding images and videos, and publishing articles

Tap Forms
a database app for managing more detailed information about blog articles 

Here’s an app review of Inspiration:

Inspiration

If you’re interested in reviews of the other apps just enter their names into the SEARCH field of my website.

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About Loyalty

21 01 2017

It’s part of Apple’s DNA to keep customers loyal.


And it’s not so difficult to explain the How and Why. 

Best Experience in Every Category

I’m sure  Watch would also be in the pole position of smartwatches if it would have been part of the report.

More about

Apple’s Customer Relationships

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Lunar Tourism

19 01 2017

I took this shot with my iPhone 6S Plus.
But seriously, it was much too cold on the Moon to use my iPhone. Apple’s HT201678 support document told me:

Using an iOS device in very cold conditions outside of its operating range (0º – 35º C / 32º – 95º F) might temporarily shorten battery life and could cause the device to turn off.

Here’s my feedback:

You guys in Cupertino forgot a message like “iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it.” for very cold environments. My suggestion is: “iPhone is like you: It really hates the cold.” Additionally neither my iPhone nor my Apple Watch showed the right Time Zone after leaving the Earth. Your products might be water resistant but they are definitely not space-fit.

Btw, here’s an offer you can’t resist …

The Golden Spike Company is charging only $750 million per seat for future lunar landing. But do not wait for iPhone 8,9, … or any other device running a competing OS. I’m sure they also won’t work on the Moon. So call Golden Spike Company today and grab your ticket now.

Happy landing.
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