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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Where's the keypad?
by IndigoJo on Tue 10th Sep 2013 20:56 UTC
IndigoJo
Member since:
2005-07-06

I had a look through the page for the new iOS and there is no mention of the word "keypad" anywhere (do Ctrl+F and try it yourself). The Apple keypad hasn't changed since 2008, and it's the weakest of all the keypads I've seen on smartphones; the simplest of those available on Android is better than it. No Swype or equivalent, no long-press for numbers or punctuation, no predictive text. It's the biggest weakness of iOS and I wouldn't even consider a phone that had no keypad of the quality of Swype or SwiftKey.

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RE: Where's the keypad?
by darknexus on Wed 11th Sep 2013 10:59 in reply to "Where's the keypad?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

The only thing I can say to that is, remember who uses the iPhone most often. Input methods like swipe and swiftkey are cool for us techies who wish to take the time to learn them, but most people don't wish their keypad to be so complex. Touch the letter, type the letter. That's what they want. Most non-techie android users are the same; they never look past the default input method and when you show them things like Swipe they give you the confused face and say something along the lines of, "Why would I want that? That's annoying." I think we sometimes lose sight of which platform targets which users, since I hear a lot of techies lament the way iOS can't be tweaked the way Android can be. Oh well, choice can be a wonderful thing. ;)

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