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.

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.


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.


16 05 2018

Sometimes the world stands upside down

¿ǝɔıʌǝp ǝɥʇ ƃuıʇɐʇoɹ ɹǝʇɟɐ ʇuǝʇuoɔ ǝɥʇ ǝʇɐʇoɹ oʇ SOı ɹoɟ ʞɹoʍ ɹıǝɥʇ ƃuıop ǝɹɐ sɹosuǝs ɥɔıɥʍ ʍouʞ noʎ pıp ‘ʎǝH

iPhones feature a number of sensors, which are used to adjust the screen based on operating conditions, enable motion-controlled games, location-based services, unlock the phone, and authenticate purchases with Apple Pay, among many other things.

Here are the sensors …


Audio input, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Water damage indicator, Barometer


Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Gravity sensor, Gyroscopic sensor


Fingerprint sensor or Camera for facial recognition

and last but not least the Accelerometer part of the device-motion information .

The 3-axis accelerometer senses the orientation of the phone, forwards it to iOS which then changes the screen accordingly, allowing the user to easily switch between portrait and landscape mode. Unlike the iPad, the iPhone does not rotate the screen when turned upside-down, with the Home button above the screen, unless the running program has been specifically designed to do so.

Your Google+ app doesn’t support screen-rotating so you can easily read the twisted message at the top of my post.

More detailed descriptions


For the nerds who like to control everything the app Sensor Kinetics by Innoventions Inc, available at the App Store, might help.

Thanks for reading.

Keep up your body and your thoughts.


9 05 2018

iPhone 6s Plus camera and flashlight

I took this shot of a wooden mask from Hongkong in an absolutely dark room using the iPhone’s flashlight. Less reflections. Unbelievable for a 2 year old device.

I don’t really think that the image quality of a 7, 8, or X would be significantly higher.

Thanks for dropping by.

Hard Work

2 05 2018

It’s hard work not only for me (to update our driveway) but also for my iPhone 6s Plus running in a moist environment with temperatures above 35C (95F).

I never got the warning

“iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it”

the sensors forward to iOS if an iPhone feels bad.

It’s why I remove the Apple Silicon Case if it’s getting hotter and hotter at noontime. It wouldn’t be that big deal if the device shuts down but you would have a severe problem if the Li-Ion battery gets too hot. So watch out when making holidays in hot countries.

Thanks for visiting iNotes4You.

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