The iWheel

15 07 2016

Did you ever use an iPhone in a tropical country like Thailand (ประเทศไทย)?

The country is well-known for its excellent spicy food but also a challenge when it comes to touch screens.

Clammy fingers are like brakes when using gestures like drag, flick or pinch.
That’s definitely the most annoying bug in the design of bio-machines like human beings and there is no update available.

So …

The next iPhone should come with the Digital Crown of the Apple Watch for navigating, scrolling, and accessing the multitasking view.


It’s a matter of degrees

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I got goose bumps

27 06 2016

the first time I saw this historic event.


Well, the reason might be that I started to learn about computers by using punch cards. So these micro machines are still miracles for me.

Sad to say that smartphones today cause lots of accidents and are responsible for wrong posture, destroying the ability to focus, straining the eyes. Becoming addicted to a phone has become a condition that experts now call: ”Nomophobia” (no-mobile-phone-phobia). It’s not limited to the hardcore Wall Street types with their “crackberries” though.

Things do not happen.
Things are made to happen.

(John F. Kennedy)

Steve Jobs provides business leaders with a perfect template of how to deliver expertly tailored rhetoric.

The late Apple boss was a master of the art of effective and persuasive speaking, employing various strategies to adapt to differing scenarios and situations, while still delivering a constant message, according to Loizos Heracleous and Laura Klaering, of Warwick Business School.


Reckoning out Jobs’ talent

See how the most influential gadget of all times (Time, May 3, 2016) was introduced by the most influential entertainer in the valley. 

Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone
(14 min of January 9, 2007)

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31 05 2016

ADHD isn’t the label of an innovative new processor.

It means Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and it seems to become a new kind of disease propagating throughout the world and caused by mobile devices.

Making an eye contact is replaced by intense usage of screens, audio notifications, and administrative tasks making sure that the mobile device receives every bit created in the digital world.

If we are focused on more essential things and are looking for something that makes our lives easier then the Apple Watch doesn’t really fit into our bag of e-loot. Not now. Maybe never because our eyes and our fingers won’t mutate into useful tools for taking control over a smart watch.

So my opinion is …

The Apple Watch is just another electronic device which is on the way to take control of our daily life in a way that we listen to the device and more often forget those humans around us.

More …

A Sad Reason

It’s almost high noon. Mothers and fathers: Keep yourself and your young smombies healthy.

Pay attention to your communication partner. Your heart should be your processor not the one in your mobile device.

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iPhone, the most influential gadget

9 05 2016

According to the TIME  (May 3, 2016) it’s Apple’s iPhone.

With the iPhone SE Apple released its 13th model and it seems to be a beast amongst all other family members.

Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. It’s very fortunate if you can work on just one of these in your career. Apple’s been very fortunate in that it’s introduced a few of these.

(Steve Jobs)

It’s not only the hardware which makes a device successful. The environment is an essential part of product acceptance and success. It’s the All-In-One idea with the one and only key to open the doors, the Apple ID.
Think of it like this …

You order the latest Porsche 911 GT 3, for sure the company’s flagship. It’s delivered to a place about 250 miles south-west of India. I’m talking about one of the 1192 islands of the Republic of the Maldives. Your GT 3 is powered by a 475 hp engine and runs about 195 mph. Unfortunately the island is just about 500 ft in diameter and so I’m sure you won’t need one of the implemented airbags, the anti-skid breaking system, or any other innovative feature.

It’s the environment, the ecosystem, which makes the iPhone as powerful as it is seen today pulling millions of people into it and helping businesses to communicate securely with the most advanced OS in the market. Beside the internet (strange, but true, not provided by Apple) it’s the App Store, iTunes, iCloud, and more wherein an iPhone feels well and with it its customers.

Sources …

Speed test

50 most influential gadgets

Steve’s masterpiece

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It’s all about preferences

19 04 2016

After purchasing my iPhone 6S Plus I sold my iPad 3 because I can do all the things I want to do with the bigger screen size of the 6S Plus. Even collages and concept maps can be done on the 5.5″ screen. 

My wife likes the small screen size of the 5 because it fully fits her needs when using Facebook’s Messenger to contact her family in Thailand, making phone calls, or checking the latest news of her friends on Facebook. She now is on the SE mainly because of the Touch ID, a more powerful battery, and a drastically increased performance. 

Both devices have been easily restored from backups of it’s predecessors (my iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5 of my wife) within some minutes. 

Family Sharing is working perfectly and saves a lot of money. Not to talk about the resale price which was 150€ for my 64 GB iPhone 4S (bought in Oct 2011) and 100€ for the 16 GB iPhone 5 (bought in Sep 2012).
These are just some reasons why we prefer Apple products.

“Quality is more important than quantity.”

“You‘ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.”

Steve Jobs

More about this awesome device …

About the iPhone

Family Sharing

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3D Touch

13 04 2016

After using my iPhone 6S Plus for some months I’m quite disappointed regarding one of the highlights Apple announced last year.

3D Touch is definitely not that big thing.

I never really know in which context an app supports 3D Touch. Also, there are lots of useless applications of this technology, e.g. 3D Touch on Apple’s app Apple Store. Shopping, Accessories, Stores, and Orders are the functionalities in the context menu.
Does Apple really think that I will use these functionalities more than once or twice a year? So where’s the benefit for me to use 3D Touch instead of just open the app and navigate through it.

Another example is the Google+ app. Does Google really think that “Create Post” function is a frequently used feature for the majority of members?

I admit that there are also useful implementations like 3D Touch for Apple’s Mail app. But do we really have to pay for a high tech touch screen albeit a long press would do it also?
3D Touch? I personally don’t give a damn. I just want more energy to let my device live longer.

More …

Troubles with 3D Touch

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iPhone and Error 53

14 02 2016


How to increase sales.


Designed by Apple in California.

There is so much misinformation about the fact that an iPhone can be bricked after replacing the Touch ID sensor by an unauthorized repair shop.

So here are the facts …

The API hides a lot of the implementation details, so most developers won’t know how it really works but Apple documents it in their iOS Security Guide (link below).

When you boot your iPhone up, the filesystem is encrypted. It’s just full of meaningless junk; you can’t use the phone. Once you enter your passcode for the first time, the system reads the filesystem key (which itself is stored encrypted by your passcode), and tries to decrypt it. If your passcode is correct, it will end up with the correct filesystem key, and it can unlock your iPhone’s hard drive and read useful data from it. This filesystem key is called NSFileProtectionComplete.

The class key is protected with a key derived from the user passcode and the device UID.
… when a passcode is entered, the NSFileProtectionComplete key is loaded from the system keybag and unwrapped.


At this point your phone is unlocked. That is all there is to it. This filesystem key gets placed in the Secure Enclave so your iPhone can read/write from its hard drive. We haven’t used TouchID or fingerprints so far, just a passcode. This is why you always need to give your passcode after a restart.

So how does Touch ID work, exactly?

Let’s look at what happens when you lock the phone, and how it’s different between TouchID and non-TouchID:

If Touch ID is turned off, when a device locks, the keys for Data Protection class Complete, which are held in the Secure Enclave, are discarded. The files and keychain items in that class are inaccessible until the user unlocks the device by entering his or her passcode. With Touch ID turned on, the keys are not discarded when the device locks; instead, they’re wrapped with a key that is given to the Touch ID subsystem inside the Secure Enclave. When a user attempts to unlock the device, if Touch ID recognizes the user’s fingerprint, it provides the key for unwrapping the Data Protection keys, and the device is unlocked.

So basically if you have TouchID disabled (passcode only), this key gets thrown away and you need to enter the passcode again next time you unlock. It’s the exact same process as you go through on first-boot.
What Apple is saying here is that TouchID just holds on to the key which you already obtained via your passcode for a while (48 hours if the device stays on). But is TouchID really completely optional? Let’s ask Apple:

When Touch ID scans and recognizes an enrolled fingerprint, the device unlocks without asking for the device passcode. The passcode can always be used instead of Touch ID.

What about other stuff like iTunes purchases? How does that work with Touch ID?

Touch ID can also be configured to approve purchases from the iTunes Store, the App Store, and the iBooks Store, so users don’t have to enter an Apple ID password. When they choose to authorize a purchase, authentication tokens are exchanged between the device and the store. The token and cryptographic nonce are held in the Secure Enclave. The nonce is signed with a Secure Enclave key shared by all devices and the iTunes Store.

So when you enter your iTunes Store password the first time after a reboot, your device gets a temporary token to use for purchases, stores it in the Secure Enclave, and guards it behind TouchID. Again, it’s totally optional; just a shortcut for entering your password.

The same applies to Apple Pay:

The Secure Element will only allow a payment to be made after it receives authorization from the Secure Enclave, confirming the user has authenticated with Touch ID or the device passcode. Touch ID is the default method if available but the passcode can be used at any time instead of Touch ID. A passcode is automatically offered after three unsuccessful attempts to match a fingerprint and after five unsuccessful attempts, the passcode is required. A passcode is also required when Touch ID is not configured or not enabled for Apple Pay.

Man, Apple is really going to regret writing this document…


  • It is totally technically possible to rip the Touch ID sensor out of your phone and still be able to unlock it (assuming you have the passcode).
  • Touch ID does not seem to be essential for any single feature of the device; it is just a shortcut for entering the passwords you already entered.
  • It’s really weird that Apple only checks the Touch ID sensor’s integrity when they update the OS. Shouldn’t iOS check that on every boot?

So what did Apple do wrong?

  1. Apple should have communicated better (not when performing the update, but when buying the device!) that the Touch ID sensor can only be replaced by an authorised technician.
  2. If the Touch ID sensor is compromised, iOS should exclusively use the passcode instead.

The passcode is the only thing you really need to unlock the device. Apple should admit that they chose to the wrong option. Looking forward to a legitimate lawsuit or an updated version of iOS.

I always thought that the hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax, but now we have Error 53, designed by Apple in California.

Related …

iOS Security Guide

Fingerprint Technology

Credit to springsup on MacRumors

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