Hindsight is always 20/20

10 11 2016

With its phones Microsoft did and still does a poor job.

“500 dollars? Fully subsidized? With a plan? I said that is the most expensive phone in the world. And it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard. Which makes it not a very good email machine. … Right now, we’re selling millions and millions and millions of phones a year. Apple is selling zero phones a year. In six months, they’ll have the most expensive phone by far ever in the marketplace.”

Today Ballmer praises Apple’s cellular subsidy model and admitted he wished he had come up with it first.

“I wish I had thought of the model of subsidizing phones through the operators. People like to point to this quote where I said the iPhones will never sell. Well the price of $600 or $700 was too high and it was business model innovation by Apple to get it essentially built into the monthly cell phone bill.

Ballmer also admitted it was a mistake for Microsoft not to make handsets and tablets sooner.

“I would have moved into the hardware business faster and recognized that what we had in the PC, where there was a separation of chips, systems, and software, wasn’t largely going to reproduce itself in the mobile world.”

Ballmer about the iPhone …

Never mind, Steve.

You shouldn’t worry about your past decision, because you can’t change it now. Even Satya cannot fix this bug in the aftermath. Good for your competitors, bad for customers.

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Around the World

2 11 2016

Do you remember these words?

“This is a day I’ve been looking forward to for two-and-a-half years. Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. … Apple’s been very fortunate. It’s been able to introduce a few of these into the world. …

The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls.
The second is a revolutionary mobile phone.
And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device.

So, three things: a widescreen iPod with touch controls, arevolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough Internet communications device.

An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone … Are you getting it?

These are not three separate devices, this is one device, and we are calling it iPhone.”

In 2007 the iPhone started its way around the world and its name is still a synonym for a mobile device.

Best build quality, easiest way to use it, and the highest prices which sadden many people.

What about the prices?

See what an iPhone costs in different countries based on currency exchange rates of November 2, 2016.

USD 749,00

🇹🇭 USD 871,10 30,500 THB Thailand

🇨🇳 USD 914,80 6,188 CNY China

🇦🇺 USD 938,96 1,229 AUD Australia

🇩🇪 USD 963,20 869,00 EUR Germany

Well, if you visit the USA you should reserve an appropriate amount of your vacation savings for Steve’s masterpiece. But don’t forget, Apple Maps won’t show you a way through customs declaration.

Note
The app CURRENCY by Jeffrey Grossman with its support for the Apple Watch is a perfect travel companion. You can easily enter a value in the foreign currency and see the converted value in the currency of your home country.

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Overheating

9 10 2016

It happens not only with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 devices. So it’s good to know more about your smartphone’s energy pack.


If a Li-ion battery overheats, hisses or bulges, immediately move the device away from flammable materials and place it on a non-combustible surface. If at all possible, remove the battery and put it outdoors to burn out.

A small Li-ion fire can be handled like any other combustible fire. For best result use a foam extinguisher, CO2, ABC dry chemical, powdered graphite, copper powder or soda (sodium carbonate). If the fire occurs in an airplane cabin, the FAA instructs flight attendants to use water or soda pop. Water-based products are most readily available and are appropriate since Li-ion contains very little lithium metal that reacts with water. Water also cools the adjacent area and prevents the fire from spreading. Research laboratories and factories also use water to extinguish Li-ion battery fires.
(batteryuniversity)

More …

Li-Ion Batteries

Safety Concerns

Take care and thanks for reading.

Note
No, it’s not true that I took this photo of a burning Note 7 with my iPhone 6S Plus.





Good Vibrations

4 10 2016

Haptic feedback provides a tactile response, such as a tap, that draws attention and reinforces both actions and events.
While some people dislike haptics, the vibrations give you a strong acknowledgement that your touch has registered so you don’t have to tap twice.


Developers can use feedback generators to add their own feedback to custom views and controls.

Notes …

The most common vibration motor found in the modern day smartphone is what is known as an Eccentric Rotating Mass (ERM) vibration motor, an unbalanced mass on the driveshaft of an electric motor.

Linear Resonant Actuator (LRA) is a new type of vibrator unit which has recently been adopted into smartphones. It uses a completely different mechanism compared to ERM. A spring keeps a central mass under slight tension. There is a neodymium magnet attached to the mass that sits in a voice coil, which controls the oscillation of the magnet through electromagnetic signals. The general shape is similar to that of a small button cell.

Both ERM and LRA vibrators convert electricity into kinetic energy via electromagnetism. LRA has a few advantages over ERM: it uses less energy when vibrating and has a lower latency between turning on and actually producing a vibration.

But …

Good Vibrations by CA’s Beach Boys

are much better than everything a sophisticated taptic engine ever can generate.

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Camera technology

20 09 2016

Young bananas

This shot was taken with an iPhone 6S Plus in my garden in Khon Kaen, Thailand.

It’s amazing to see the result of innovative camera and camera software development.

See

iPhone 7 Camera Description

for more details about Apple’s latest stage of development.





Welcome to the iOS family 

16 09 2016

iOS 10
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

See this concept map (created with the app INSPIRATION on an iPhone 6S Plus) 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 10 now supports 7 iPhone iterations and these iPad models: iPad Pro 12.9″, iPad Pro 9.7″, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4th gen, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2.

 

 

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, 2016) 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 (about 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 needed 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.

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Not that big deal

23 08 2016

9,943 € for ETIHAD vs 745 € for Apple

For a One-Way-Ticket from Dusseldorf (GER) to Bangkok (THA) with stopover in Abu Dhabi you have to pay about 513 € (571 US$). The total flight time for 10,000 km (6214 miles) is 12h 35min. 

To get the iPhone 6S 16GB as an ETIHAD Airways Reward you have to fly 120,435 miles which is 193,821 km or 19.3821 flights from DUS via AUH to BKK. So the total costs for tickets is about 9,943 € (11,070 US$) and the price of an iPhone 6S 16 GB is 745 € (829 US$) in the German Apple Store. 

Not included is the labor costs of your working time when flying 244 h out of office hours.
As a direct consequence of this calculation you should buy at the Apple Store and enjoy the spicy food in Thailand during holidays.

More about flights on your iPhone

Flight Tracking

Flight Tracking 5 by Mobiata

Test Flight by Apple

Happy landing.








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