19 06 2018

and why we should ignore most of them.

Smart phones are not only defined by their specs. When it comes to iPhones and their rivals they most often don’t matter nearly as much as some manufacturers may want you to believe. The problem isn’t limited to the manufacturers. More important are the news spread by tens of thousands of tech bloggers and lots of unbiased online magazines.

Self-appointed experts most often still don’t get it right when they ask “Which … is better?”, show us the specs, tell us that “The winner is …” and ridiculously enough ask “What’s your take? Leave a comment”.

The only way to get an entire picture of devices is to look at hardware and software. It’s an entity. The operating system for example mainly determines the energy consumption of a device. If it’s optimized a battery with less energy may last longer than the one with a better specification. A shining example is iOS 11 in a liaison with an iPhone 8. It lets the 8 (1,821 mAh battery) run 2 hours longer than the iPhone 7 which sports the bigger battery (1,960 mAh battery).

Camera …

Albert Einstein’s saying

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”

is so true for the megapixel discussion.

Cameras with more megapixels usually sacrifice image quality in certain ways. Normally when you pack so many pixels so close together, it creates artifacts called “crosstalk”: inaccurate colors and noise in your images.* Apple’s team worked on new techniques to maintain image quality and size despite the extra megapixels, including a technology called deep-trench isolation, which separates photo diodes and helps to maintain accurate, precise colors. The image quality is a matter of optimizing the processing of a large number of information taken by the camera and its sensors.

Processor …

The same situation applies to many other specs, like processors. The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a 10nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor 2.8GHz + 1.7GHz, 64 bit processor.

Some fanboys say “Wow!”

other not tech-savvy users ask What?.

(You should hear the rising tone and the keen sound when they ask “What?”.)

Nobody knows what these processor specs mean in every day life when using Google+ or surfing through the Web. Sure, the device is fast but none of the rivals are slow.

And the iPhone 8 has a A11 Bionic …

Whatever. What we know so far is that it crushes the rivals by far but does it help when I read my mails or check my bank account? Definitely not but AR, VR, and ML are coming. A beast may help. But even a beast has to take the existing hardware into account. Optimization is the keyword here as well.

What you don’t find in a spec table …

The build quality, the design, the UX, the ease of use, the timeframe the operating system is maintained, the pros and cons of the environment in which a device runs, the reselling price, the compatibility with devices of other family members, the ability to install company specific apps in the context of BYOD, etc. And last but not least the manufacturer’s commitment to keep our planet green, blue, and healthy.

Summary …

At the end of the day there is a purchase decision if you don’t want to go back to using smoke signals. It’s a complicated matter and it’s always up to you. All big manufacturers make good devices so forget the spec sheets and think about your priorities.

One more thing …

Steve Jobs made this belief of Alan Kay to one of the core principles of Apple:

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

It helps to boost the user experience.

Thanks for dropping by.

Simple wallpapers

12 06 2018

and their relation to iOS development.

Distracting wallpapers? 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.”

So black is my preferred theme.

If you think about more than just wallpapers you’ll quickly find out that simplicity would also be a nice feature for operating systems.

Every year users and developers all over the world are involved in the vicious circle of bugs and more or less successful attempts to fix them. If somebody would do a cost-benefit analysis of an update I’m not sure about the results.

The irony of this oxymoron is that simplicity can be quite difficult. It’s not about what you can add, but what you can remove.

Does it really make sense to develop what’s technically possible but meaningless in our everyday life? For people with special requirements nobody would call innovative ideas applesauce but there are tens of millions of users just wasting their time with useless features (and bugs).

Customers appreciate bug-free operating systems and apps.

With every iteration of an OS – wether it’s iOS, macOS, Android, or Windows – customers are faced with problems they experienced already years ago.

Apple, just follow Albert Einstein’s saying

Intellectuals solve problems

geniuses prevent them.

Keep it simple like my minimalist wallpaper and focus on finishing products, testing them extensively and delighting customers with bug-free features.

Thanks for taking your time.

Just 3 years

6 06 2018

The release dates of the first Apple Watch was 3 years ago on April 24, 2015.

iOS 12 will be compatible with the iPhone 5s released on September 20, 2013. iOS 12 will be the OS until September 2019. So the OS compatibility is 6 years.

watchOS 5 doesn’t support my first generation Apple Watch after 3 years already.

Apple, I‘m very much disappointed.

Liam retired

5 06 2018

Daisy is the new destroyer
recycling tons of valuable material.

Daisy disassembles 200 of nine different iPhone models per hour. Apple can recover materials that traditional recyclers can’t – at a higher quality.

Keep in mind

a ton of Gold is $43,000,000 as of April 2018.

This, possibly more, can be recycled per year. And there are many more high-priced materials like Aluminum, Silver, Rare Earth, Tungsten, Copper, Platinum Group Metals, Tin, Cobalt, and Tantalum.

Sustainable recycling …

It’s not to be had for nothing.

We have to pay a lot more for products which are made without taking finite resources from the earth.

The industry follows lots of technological standards but I don’t see any initiative of the big manufacturers of eWaste to create a consortium which establishes rules for making eco-sensitive products (e.g. without chargers as an option, replaceable batteries, etc). The focus is still on making money. Adding more and more Smart Home Products needing more and more resources is not so smart as the industry likes to tell us.

Daisy in action …

keep your device longer than a year.

The next logical step?

4 06 2018

Apple repeatedly told us that Face ID is the future of biometric authentication.

So the next step must be a 4” SE 2018 with Face ID. With an edge-to-edge display it would be an extremely handy device. The A11 Bionic processor would transform it into a beast. To make it affordable it shouldn’t sport wireless charging and an OLED display.

What do you think about this consideration?

The WWDC 2018 starting on June 4 would be a perfect launch date for a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Thanks for reading.


30 05 2018

It often takes a long long time
to create a product near to perfectness.

Here are some thoughts about a discussion which is quite useless in many cases. They refer to “News” published about the triple-lens technology of HUAWEI’s new camera system and the assumption that Apple will copy this approach to improve image quality.

It’s a rocky road for the R&D guys from an early idea via a patent filing in 2009 to the innovative True Depth Camera for facial recognition implemented in Apple’s latest iPhone X in 2017.

This wouldn’t be possible without OPTICS, the branch of physics which involves the behaviour and properties of light, including its interactions with matter and the construction of instruments that use or detect it. It started with the development of lenses by the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians in 700 BC.

For the fans of competing technologies:

Yeah, you’re right. Apple is a copycat.

They also copied Wireless Charging in that they used essential results of the groundbreaking publication *“A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field”*

published by Scottish J.C. Maxwell in 1865.

What can we learn?

Everything has its preceding ideas and the copycat discussion is quite useless. What matters for us as customers is that we see improvements in devices of the brand we’re addicted to.

It’s strange to see that the manufacturers often do not claim to be THE FIRST who developed a technology but authors of magazines and of course fanboys do. They all don’t know who started the development first and they all don’t understand that you can’t copy a technology simply by buying a competing device and analyzing it.

The details of

US Patent 9582889

Thanks for reading.


23 05 2018

A shot taken with my iPhone 6s Plus showing ชะอม in our garden.

Senegalia pennata (English: Climbing wattle) is a species of legume which is native to South and Southeast Asia. It is a shrub or small tropical tree which grows up to 5 metres in height.

In Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and Thailand, the feathery shoots of Senegalia pennata are used in soups, curries, omelettes (see my example embedded in the image) and stir-fries. The edible shoots are picked up before they become tough and thorny.

My wife starts cutting the shoots before sunrise. Believe me it’s hard work. To fill the basket it needs about 2 hours.

Thanks for reading.

Thanks to my wife หนูพัศ.

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