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[2]: so so
by JonW on Wed 11th Sep 2013 00:28 UTC in reply to "RE: so so"
JonW
Member since:
2013-09-11

The point of the iPhone has not been to keep up with competitors throwing loads of components into a device just to get Android to work smoothly.

Stop looking at components for what makes a good experience. Start looking at the experience for what it is... The iPhone is high end in this regard.

And, no, I don't own an iPhone. I have used them though and will likely be picking one up as my next device after failing to be too impressed over time with WebOS, Android, and most recently Windows Phone.

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RE[3]: so so
by kragil on Wed 11th Sep 2013 00:43 in reply to "RE[2]: so so"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Yeah, a 640 Pixel wide tiny 4 inch screen is a great experience, sure.

AND nobody complained about the Moto X "experience", they looked at the specs and said "mid-range!". Same should be true for the Iphone S, but all the Apple-loving sites like TheVerge et al won't do that.
Double standard PERIOD.

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RE[4]: so so
by JonW on Wed 11th Sep 2013 06:20 in reply to "RE[3]: so so"
JonW Member since:
2013-09-11

Yeah, a 640 Pixel wide tiny 4 inch screen is a great experience, sure.

AND nobody complained about the Moto X "experience", they looked at the specs and said "mid-range!". Same should be true for the Iphone S, but all the Apple-loving sites like TheVerge et al won't do that.
Double standard PERIOD.


The idea that a 4 inch screen is "tiny" is purely down to opinion. My opinion is that I prefer a phone around that size and certainly not bigger than my 4.3 inch Lumia. Again, that is opinion, so you are just as right about it as I am.

Here is a fact for you though. Once you reach a certain pixel density (around 300 ppi) most people can't tell if it gets any higher rez. So the screen on of this resolution on a display of this size is factually pretty good.

Ultimately though, the experience I was most referring to is that of use. iOS is, and always has been, very smooth to use. And although there are some things that I enjoy more on other systems, it is very hard to argue with how well optimized iOS is and the fact that older generations of iPhones still get the updates promptly (which is something I wish I could say for any other platform I have used on a smart phone).

Also, please note that I didn't once make mention of the MOTO-X in my last comment. I do however think that it is also a high end device since it comes with a good design, a great screen, and seems to be pretty smooth running. If only it were to receive updates straight from Google with the Nexus devices.

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RE[3]: so so
by Lobotomik on Wed 11th Sep 2013 08:18 in reply to "RE[2]: so so"
Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

The iPhone is NOT a high-end experience compared to Android. The dependency on iTunes is a major PITA. The non customizable home screen sucks -- I want a calendar widget, a facebook widget, an email widget, a music player widget, you know, MY custom screen. I find email on Android much better than on iOS, and maps WITH NAVIGATION work perfectly on ANY edition of Android, unlike iOS, where Google itself had to come to the rescue. I find Android apps tend to be far more consistent in the use of menus and options, and there are less restrictions in the use of multitasking. And as for aesthetics, it looks to me like the much vaunted Jony Yves (or whatever) has tastefully photocopied the design book for Android's Holo look; good for us, anyway, to wave goodbye to fake vinyl.

With Android you can choose your phone cheap or expensive, large or small, plastic or glass, silver or blue, you can in general swap your battery when it is discharged or old, or pop in inexpensive memory cards if space runs out. With Apple, you have to go for their one-size-fits-all attitude and act as if Apple size is all you ever wanted and as is you dearly enjoy being herded down Apple's path.

Now, iOS is by no means a POS, and there is some extremely nice software for it that is sorely lacking for Android: iMovies and GarageBand, for example, are eye-poppingly good, maybe even reason enough to pinch your nose and dive into the Apple's ecosystem; I cannot understand how come Google does not invest in bringing out something vaguely competitive with that for phone and tablet use.

It is also good in iOS how you always know the price of apps in the store. With Android, they all claim to be free, but are invariably limited versions with unstated limits and unstated price to unlimit.

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RE[4]: so so
by sb56637 on Wed 11th Sep 2013 13:37 in reply to "RE[3]: so so"
sb56637 Member since:
2006-05-11

With Android [...] you can in general swap your battery when it is discharged or old, or pop in inexpensive memory cards if space runs out.


This used to be the case with Android and was a significant advantage for the platform compared to Apple products. But unfortunately, this is no longer the case. Most new Android devices have non-removable batteries, and many of them no longer have external storage slots. Android hardware developers need to stop copying Apple as the premium standard and design devices that are good by their own rights.

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