Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Sep 2013 18:25 UTC
Apple Apple's event is going on right now - and most of the new stuff already leaked weeks and months ahead of time. So, we're getting an iPhone 5S, an iPhone 5C, and iOS7 will be available later this month. I like the design of the 5C more than of the 5S; it's more playful, colourful - harking back to the coloured iMacs and PowerMac G3s. Too bad it doesn't come in red.

The fingerprint sensor in the 5S is interesting, but I wonder how accurate it will be in the real world; on top of that, with all the NSA news, I'm not particularly keen on Apple reading my fingerprint all the time. Supposedly, applications don't have access to it and it's not stored in the cloud, but I have little to no trust for companies.

The biggest news for me is the fact that the iPhone 5S has a new chip - the A7 - which has the honour of being the first 64bit chip inside a smartphone. iOS7 and first party Apple applications are all 64bit, and Xcode obviously supports it. While this obviously future-proofs the platform for more RAM, I wonder what other motives are involved here. ARM desktops and laptops, perhaps?

I doubt 64bit will provide much benefit today, but you have to hand it to Apple: at least they're done with the transition before it's even needed.

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RE[3]: iOS7
by darknexus on Wed 11th Sep 2013 14:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: iOS7"
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That's my point.
During the Jobs era, Apple made minimal and incremental changes to the design of its products, and still managed to appear as an innovative and design-focused company, and serve its revolution myth to fanatics.
This strategy served them well so far. Departing from it is a big mistake.

I don't know, new fonts and icons do not a new interface make. If you want to see the kind of transition that most users do not like, look at the ribbon in Office and metro in Windows 8. In both cases, damn near everything about the interface was changed from the looks to actual operation (metro especially so). Only a few interface changes have really occurred in iOS 7: the new app switcher and the addition of the control center. The rest are mostly cosmetic in the sense that the design and look has changed, but the operation of your device will remain the same. You don't have to learn new scrolling gestures. Touching an item will still activate it, and most items even though they look different will remain placed where they were before. Opinions will differ on the actual look of course and the flat appearance, but from an interface design perspective this is a small evolution, not a revolution.

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