Thoughts on the upcoming Apple iPhone event

Apple is priced for an iPhone hit. What could go wrong? “About 40% of Apple’s install base, based on our estimates, have not upgraded for three and a half years. If you combine that into a 5G, four phone release, we believe that really creates a perfect storm of demand,” Ives said, predicting that AppleContinue reading “Thoughts on the upcoming Apple iPhone event”

Adventures in NOT buying things

I’ve been thinking about external storage for the last few days, for our iOS devices. When we bought my wife’s iPhone XS Max, we made the mistake of going for the 64 GB option. Pretty soon, tired of a filled-to-the-brim phone, she opted for Apple’s 50GB iCloud solution, priced at $1/mo, to both backup herContinue reading “Adventures in NOT buying things”

Magzter Gold vs Apple News+

Today, I got an email from Magzter, a digital magazine subscription service, telling me of their Magzter Gold service, which, for $100/year, gives me access to more than five thousand magazines. The offer is that instead of a cool hundred, you can get the subscription for half off for the first year. When I lookedContinue reading “Magzter Gold vs Apple News+”

Automatic app updates out, this method in.

Automatic app updates are a bad idea. Apple should recognize this by now. In case you, dear reader, aren’t convinced of that, here are some simple reasons why automatic app updates are just no good – Software is buggy – how many times have you heard that “we shouldn’t get the dot zero version ofContinue reading “Automatic app updates out, this method in.”

A couple of things about the iPadOS.

To me, this is the most exciting consumer announcement at WWDC today. Everything, from better copy/paste (that terrible tap UI be damned), to the new Apple ID based app sign-in (it’s been a long time coming), to the fact that you see footnotes on the iPadOS page for the first time at about 70% downContinue reading “A couple of things about the iPadOS.”

Reuters takes offense at hacked apps in iOS

It is unclear how much revenue the pirate distributors are siphoning away from Apple and legitimate app makers. Source: Software pirates use Apple tech to put hacked apps on iPhones | Reuters It’s taken a long time and another massive Facebook privacy scandal for the news media to discover this underbelly of hacked apps chuggingContinue reading “Reuters takes offense at hacked apps in iOS”

The Original iPad mini and Apple’s fluid vision

It is meaningless, unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter of the present size. Apple’s done extensive user-testing on touch interfaces over many years, and we really understand this stuff. There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on aContinue reading “The Original iPad mini and Apple’s fluid vision”

Security vs Usability

I’ve come to a point where I do **not** update apps, plugins, software in general. I know that’s a regressive approach to safety, but safety can’t keep trumping usability all the time. Source: My comment on Stephen’s Notebook   Every few days, I have a conversation about security vs usability somewhere. With my iPad Mini,Continue reading “Security vs Usability”

How do you like them upgrades?

Every few days, my iPhone politely but firmly nudges me to ‘downgrade’ my iOS from iOS 10 to iOS 11. I say downgrade because that’s what iOS 11 is to me – a crappy OS that was shoved out with half baked ideas which work well for the latest and greatest iPhone, but not atContinue reading “How do you like them upgrades?”