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  • Parker: Apple announcements – the Bottom Line

    Posted on September 11th, 2019 at 06:41 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From Nathaniel Parker:

    Yesterday Apple’s “special event” included lots of announcements of interest to AskWoody readers. Here’s my take on the bottom line.

    iPhone 11: Available September 20, Preorder September 13. Successor to iPhone XR. New dual-camera system with ultra wide lens and night mode, improved portrait mode and smart HDR, QuickTake video recording, slow-mo selfie, all-day battery life, increased water resistance, A13 processor, and ultra wideband U1 chip. Also includes: spatial audio, Dolby Atmos, Wi-Fi 6, and dual-SIM with eSIM. Available in purple, yellow, green, black, white, and Product red. Price starts at $699. Available unlocked on launch day.

    iPhone 11 Pro: Available September 20, Preorder September 13. Successor to iPhone XS. New triple-camera system with telephoto lens and ultra wide lens, night mode and smart HDR, QuickTake video recording, slow-mo selfie, enhancements to OLED display, increased battery life,  increased water resistance, A13 processor, and ultra wideband U1 chip. 3D Touch has now been replaced with Haptic Touch. Also includes: spatial audio, Dolby Atmos, and Wi-Fi 6. Available in gold, space gray, silver, and midnight green, all with matte glass instead of gloss glass on the back glass. Finally includes USB-C charger and cable in box. Available unlocked on launch day.

    Apple Watch Series 5: Available September 20. Successor to Apple Watch Series 4. Now offers always-on Retina Display, built-in compass, plus the return of ceramic (white) and new titanium (silver and space gray) Apple Watch Edition models in addition to aluminum and stainless steel. There’s also a new way to purchase the Apple Watch color and band color combination customers want with Apple Watch Studio. No more purchasing an Apple Watch with a hideous band color and buying a separate band at purchase.

    iPad with 10.2” Display: Available September 30. Successor to the lowest-cost 9.7” iPad. Mainly good as an entry-level iPad or for educational use, which the iPad website seems to heavily promote as an educational iPad. New 10.5” Retina Display, now supports the Smart Keyboard, still supports first-gen Apple Pencil, comes with A10 Fusion chip.

    Updates on Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. Apple TV+ coming November 1. $4.99/month after one week trial. One year of Apple TV+ also free with every new major device purchase (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, or Apple TV). Apple also announced some of the shows that’ll be on Apple TV+ on launch day, as well as what is coming soon. Apple TV+ will also work on the web on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. Apple Arcade coming September 19. $4.99/month after 30 day free trial. Apple also previewed some of the games that will be on it.

    Updates on Apple operating system release dates: macOS Catalina arriving in October, iOS 13 available September 19 with iOS 13.1 available September 30, iPadOS arriving September 30, watchOS 6 arriving September 19 for the Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 4 (delayed for older models).

    Apple also discontinued the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 4, released new cases for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, priced the Apple Watch Series 3 now at $199, and rolled out a new 1M Apple Watch USB-C cable. Apple also releasing a Filmic Pro app and Apple Research heath study app later this year.

    I own an iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 3 (LTE). Apple’s new models are nice refinements, but I’ll be hanging onto my current Apple gear for the time being. I am glad to see Apple continue to improve their products, and I am most excited about the new Apple operating system upgrades on their way. In terms of services, I may take a trial of Apple TV+ just to see how it goes (Snoopy in Space would be fun to watch). The price is quite inviting and one Apple has priced well if it wants to drive adoption of it. In terms of Apple Arcade, the price is also inviting for heavy gamers, but I don’t play games, so I’m likely not interested in it.

  • Apple’s revelations about keeping/scanning Siri recordings demand a response

    Posted on July 29th, 2019 at 10:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Excellent article out this morning from Johnny Evans in Computerworld.

    You may have heard on Friday the Guardian assertion:

    Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant

    For a company that touts its privacy superiority, that’s clearly way over the line. Even I was shocked – and I’ve been jaded by years of Microsoft’s snooping.

    This morning, Johnny Evans published a clear plan for fixing the wrongs:

    • Apple should introduce much clearer and easier to understand privacy warnings around use of Siri on its devices.
    • When setting up Siri on a new device you as a user should be given the chance to explicitly reject use of your voice for any purpose other than the original request.
    • Apple should bring this [contracted human snooping] work in-house, become completely accountable for what its voice workers and management do with these recordings, and ensure customers have some way in which to punish any infraction of their data privacy.
    • In the event Siri is invoked but no specific request is made, the system should be smart enough to ignore the interaction and delete any recording made as a result of that interaction.
    • Only in those instances in which different voice recognition systems can’t find a way to agree on what is said should human ears be necessary.

    It’s an excellent article. Windows users take note.

  • The scale of tech winners

    Posted on October 14th, 2017 at 16:01 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Fascinating piece from Ben Evans:

    Microsoft was working on smartphones and mobile devices 20 years ago, and now it’s killed Windows Mobile, acknowledged that the PC is going the way of the mainframe and, like IBM, has to make its way in a market shaped by other companies. There probably won’t be a technology that has 10x greater scale than smartphones, as mobile was 10x bigger than PCs and PCs were bigger than mainframes, simply because 5bn people will have smartphones and that’s all the (adult) people.

    Check it out.

     

  • 2016: The year Apple lost its magic

    Posted on November 29th, 2016 at 07:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A very pithy and well-informed look at what ails Apple, from Galen Gruman at InfoWorld.

  • Can Google and Apple take over the PC market?

    Posted on May 3rd, 2016 at 07:45 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Very important post by Paul Thurrott:

    Can Google and Apple take over the PC market?

    And some significant insight from Steve Sinofsky:

    This misses one point

    If you want to see the (bleak) future of Windows, I think they’ve nailed it. Google and Apple are going to roll over the PC market by building their mobile OS’s “up.” Microsoft’s lost by trying to shrink its dinosaur “down.”

    The transition’s going to take a while, but I’m convinced that my son’s going to grow up in a world where “Windows” elicits the same old-fuddy-duddy response as “IBM,” “BlackBerry,” “AltaVista,” and (dare I say it) “Yahoo!”

    BTW: Don’t get me wrong. Windows is going to be around for a long, long time. Microsoft may put the marketing name “Windows” on some other product. But Windows as we know it isn’t going to be at the forefront of worthwhile technological advances – indeed, hasn’t been for some time.

  • One day after Microsoft’s Win10 privacy policy arrives, Apple posts its privacy policy

    Posted on September 29th, 2015 at 08:58 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m not going to comment. You should compare for yourself.

    Here’s Microsoft’s Windows 10 privacy policy.

    Here’s Apple’s corporate privacy policy.

  • Tim Cook wins where Steve Jobs failed

    Posted on April 30th, 2012 at 18:25 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    He got Larry Ellison to start cooking — if not eating — his own dogfood.

    InfoWorld Tech Watch.

  • Will Apple’s “Slide to Unlock” patent stomp on Android or Windows 8?

    Posted on October 26th, 2011 at 22:02 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Short answer: No.

    But the long answer is quite interesting, I think.

    InfoWorld Tech Watch.