The Agony of Choice

22 01 2018

Never ever before Apple offered more iPhone models than in 2017. The lineup consists of eight iPhone models (SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X), sporting screens in four sizes (4”, 4.7”, 5.5”, 5.8”) and offering 32, 64, 128 or 256 gigabytes of storage.

With so many choices, deciding which one is right for you can be a daunting task. Here’s a little guide to help you choosing the right model. It summarizes the iPhone options as of December 2017.

Criteria for a purchase decision can be …

• Price
• Screen Size
• Storage Capacity

If you use an iPhone …

• for more than just managing mails, bank accounts, and social media it’s recommended not to purchase models with 32 GB. Keep in mind that the iPhone’s memory cannot be expanded internally.

• as your Post-PC device it’s recommended to purchase models with screen sizes greater than 5” and 128 GB.

But don’t feel sad,

if you don’t have an iPhone,
well, you don’t have an iPhone.

This catchphrase of iPhone commercials in 2011 doesn’t give an answer to your problem but lots of competitors do it with more or less smart phones which are much cheaper than an iThing although they also give you technology on a high level.

Thanks for reading.

Expanding your iPhone’s memory

15 01 2018

As you might know, the memory of Apple’s iThings (iPhone, iPad) cannot be expanded internally after you purchased a specific memory configuration. Furthermore it’s not possible to directly access and transfer data from an external flash drive. But there are apps for that coming with these well-known flash memories

  • ADATA AI920
  • Kingston DataTraveler Bolt
  • Leef iBridge 3
  • Sandisk Sandisk iXpand V2

They all have a Lightning as well as a USB connector.

What you need to know …

• You will be prompted to download the developer’s iOS app as soon as you plug in the drive. To share files with another iOS user, that person has to do the same. The app itself weighs between 40 and 160MB depending on your drive you choose.

• The iOS apps provided from the manufacturers have exclusive access right to the drives’ content. They handle pretty much everything from media playback to Camera Roll backup and restore.

• If you plan on carrying files larger than 4GB, pick a drive that supports exFAT. Even though you can still format it into exFAT on your PC or Mac, there’s no guarantee that the app will recognize the file table.

• Files that aren’t natively compatible with the manufacturers’ bundled apps have to be first copied to your iPhone or iPad before a third party app can attempt to open. This kind of defeats the purpose of having external storage; having said that, this limitation only applies to unsupported file format.

• Apple iOS can neither import nor play DRM-protected media from these USB sticks. This might not be a deal breaker unless you want to play your iTunes-purchased movies and TV shows directly from these drives.

• Depending on the size of your photo library, a complete backup of the Camera Rolls is clearly a test of one’s patience, not to mention the toll it will take on the iDevice’s battery life. For this reason, we recommend you only use these drives as an intermediary storage for your media, especially if you plan on recording 4k video.

• You will want a drive whose app continues to receive updates on a regular basis whether to fix bug or to keep up with iOS requirements. Note these updates, however, might stop coming as soon as the company stops the production of their drives.

Details …

Flash Memories Lightning-USB

Thanks Ian Chiu for a comprehensive overview.

Bigger than bigger

2 01 2018

Rumors and wishes for 2018

was Apple’s slogan for the iPhone 6/6 Plus models. With the edge-to-edge display the slogan got a redefined meaning. The X is not the end of Apple’s long way to a “perfect” mobile device.

Well ”Better than bigger” would be the slogan I’d like to see in 2018.

5.8, 6.1, and 6.5. Meh.

I miss an edge-to-edge display in the 4” housing of a “Smaller than bigger” iPhone SE with a “Cheaper than wickedly expensive” price, 110g (3.93oz) weight, and Touch ID on the backside.

Here’s what NIKKEI, the world’s largest financial newspaper has followed up with something even bigger.

The details …

iPhones in 2018

Bugs bug lots of users

26 12 2017

Apple, where’s your quality management?

Here is what you can do yourself to fix a problem with an iOS device. Try it out in that order.







If you can’t fix the problem with these procedures please contact the Apple Support, an Apple Store, or an authorized repair center. Note, you don’t have other options. Don’t trust in what you found on the Internet.

It cannot be excluded that it’s not your device but a bug in iOS that causes the problem. So please read what’s posted here about bugs or visit the

Apple Support Communities

Discussions about Apple Products

Hopefully your brain isn’t buggy too.

Got a new iPhone?

25 12 2017

What’s inside every iPhone?

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; a revolutionary 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’s inside every iPhone

Merry Christmas.

Sophisticated Pricing

20 12 2017

Increasing revenues with flash memories

Costs for the flash memories of Apple’s iPhone lineup as of Dec 2018 in Germany …

iPhone X

64 GB/€1149 256/1319 €/32 GB = 28.33

iPhone 8

64 GB/€799 256/969 €/32 GB = 28.33

+ 30% for the memory of older models

iPhone 7

32 GB/€629 128/739 €/32 GB = 36.67

iPhone 6s

32 GB/€519 128/629 €/32 GB = 36.67

iPhone SE

32 GB/€409 128/519 €/32 GB = 36.67

Any Questions?

No, economically reasonable.
It’s just an optimization of revenues.
Definitely one of the strengths of Apple.

Thanks for visiting iNotes4You.

Rich Man’s World

8 12 2017

Europeans, you have my sympathy.

An example for customer discrimination?

The iPhone X, 256 GB …

  • € 1,329 ($1,580) The beautiful device
  • € 45 ($ 54) Apple’s Silicon Case
  • € 179 ($ 215) AirPods
  • € 65 ($ 78) Belkin Wireless Charger Home
  • € 65 ($ 78) Belkin Wireless Charger Office

€ 1,683 ($ 2020) Total

No iCloud Plan included

No AppleCare+ for € 229 included

Hey, welcome to the Rich Man‘s World!

If this phone sells well Apple‘s strategy of pricing up proves to be successful. Sadly the software quality follows a different strategy: reduce costs through dwindling quality management (or do we still don’t have the finished version of iOS 11 and why do we have this awful bug in macOS High Sierra).

iPhone X TCO

Thanks for 💧ping by.

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