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]: Underwhelmed
by Soulbender on Wed 11th Sep 2013 17:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Underwhelmed"
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They're stuck with overpriced, stale designs, using technology which is behind the curve, and that have little to no value proposition to capture new consumers in significant numbers.

Isn't it funny how history repeats itself and in such short cycles?

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RE[4]: Underwhelmed
by tylerdurden on Thu 12th Sep 2013 03:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Underwhelmed"
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Everything is cyclical; Apple captured the market initially because they were hungry and took it from Microsoft, Nokia, and BlackBerry, who had all become complacent.

Now google is complacent, and the android clusterfuck is the ones who are hungry and gunning for Apple's market and profit share.

And perhaps once Android becomes dominant, there will be another hungry player gunning for them. Or maybe a new device category eclipses smartphones, just like smartphones eclipsed feature phones.

And the world keeps on turning round and round...

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