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[6]: so so
by darknexus on Wed 11th Sep 2013 14:56 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: so so"
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SD-cards are quite irrelevant to the Average Joe as they just don't use such stuff -- I, at least, only know of one, single non-geek person who has an SD-card in their phones -- and part of the reason for that is how cumbersome they are to use with Android; they are treated as a separate entity in the storage system, you can't install apps or stuff on there unless you've got a rooted system and so on. This stuff should be fixed properly, maybe SD-cards would become more attractive then.

Possibly, but you still do have to maintain a certain level of separation between internal and external storage, else the user won't know where their media has actually been stored. It's not a problem if you only have one additional sd card and leave it in, but when you start to swap them out you do at least want to have some idea which files are on which card so as to not remove it at the wrong time and be able to find them again when you want them. Some Android apps are more intelligent than others in handling sd cards, e.g. many media players will index the card along with the internal flash and present a unified view.

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