In this special episode we dig deep into the latest announcements from Apple.
http://www.technologytell.com/apple/140358/iphone-6-release-delayed-china-due-regulatory-issues/ – Apple can’t release the iPhone in China
http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/11/27/foxconn-building-500k-iphone-5s-units-for-apple-per-day-with-nonstop-production-lines – China makes 500,000 phones a day.
http://www.asymco.com/2014/09/11/tentpoles/ – Tentpoles of Apple Watch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Enedx9lBUSU – Apple advert
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyCzbXx9i-M – One More Thing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpQNw46Sl24 – Shaun of the dead – Winchester Plan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8binC2Lm0BM – apple store opening in china
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJZZNHekEQw – You Shall Not Pass
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3tzQqKWf1o – Hand in Jar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Enedx9lBUSU – iPhone 6 Advert
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjW9UXoKU2s – To Be The Man (Ric Flair ‘woo’)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8nJKWJTsUg – Are you Geared Up?
It’s amazing to me that Thanos is pink skinned! A quick discussion of gender and racial representation in Marvel.
Music and clips:
The camera in the new IPhone 6 bothers me and this is the ONLY thing about these excellent iPhones that do. It’s the one feature that I was really expecting an upgrade for and Apple didn’t go all the way.
I had an iPhone 4S after owning the 3GS. The 4S had an eight megapixel camera, then I bought a second hand iPhone 5 here in Hong Kong to tie me over until the iPhone 6 came out, that also has 8 megapixels, I deliberately skipped the iPhone 5S because the camera still hadn’t changed and the screen size was the same as the iPhone 5.
“The six, will have everything”, I thought. Boom. No.
You can see the differences between the 4S to the 6 below as quoted from wikipedia.
Highlights in red are mine and illustrate new differences between models. iPhone 4S on the left, the iPhone 6 Plus on the far right.
|8 MP photos with 1.4µ pixels,f/2.4, 1080p HD video (30 fps),Infrared cut-off filter, Back-illuminated sensor, face detection,video stabilization, panorama and ability to take photos while shooting videos||8 MP photos with 1.5µ pixels,f/2.2 aperture, 1080p HD video (30 fps) or 720 HD video slo-mo video at 120 fps, improved video stabilization,True Tone flash, Infrared cut-off filter, Back-illuminated sensor, face detection, panorama, ability to take photos while shooting videos and Burst mode||8 MP photos with 1.5µ pixels,f/2.2 aperture, 1080p HD video (30 fps) or 720 HD video slo-mo video at 240 fps, True Tone flash, Infrared cut-off filter,Back-illuminated sensor, face detection, panorama, ability to take photos while shooting videos and Burst mode, time-lapse video, phase-detect auto-focus||8 MP photos with 1.5µ pixels, f/2.2aperture, 1080p HD video (30 fps) or 720 HD video slo-mo video at 240 fps, True Tone flash, Infrared cut-off filter, Back-illuminated sensor, face detection, panorama, ability to take photos while shooting videos and Burst mode, time lapse video, phase-detect auto-focus, optical image stabilisation|
8mp doesn’t matter if you didn’t want to print your iPhone pictures, if you live only in Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, but I don’t, I fancy printing my snaps. I also might want to crop a picture, having more pixels gives me some room to do so.
My hope is they will update the camera in the iPhone 6s as a defining feature. I can’t believe they have gone four generations now with the same camera resolution, I refuse to accept they’ll do it a 5th time. Then again what can I do? I find myself weighing the extra benefit of the screen size vs the shortcomings of the camera. Which will benefit me more? I’ll see.
As a sidenote, I haven’t seen any publication point out that the iPhone hasn’t had a megapixel bump since the 4S all the way back in 2011!
With regard to the updates. Did they need to make the 4.7″ thinner than the 5.5″ iPhone? What’s wrong with keeping it to 7.1mm like the 5.5″ brother? Then both models can have the OIS and better battery life. Why can’t the screens be the sole differentiator?
Oddly I don’t mind how the lens juts out, everybody is going to slap a case on them anyway. It won’t matter that much to many people.
At the same time, wouldn’t it have been nice to keep the iPhone 5s up to date along with the new models, giving the iPhone 5s the same makeover? The 4″ screen size is the most popular after all. But maybe they want the attention to be concentrated on the newest models. Maybe that screen size will get an update next year.
“No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame”. – Rob Malda (Cmdr Taco) with regard to the iPod.
“PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in”. – Ed Colligan with regard to the iPhone.
“This watch has no sex appeal. It’s too feminine and looks too much like the smartwatches already on the market”. – Jean-Claude Biver with regard to the Apple Watch.
Time will always tell, especially with this Apple Watch.
The age of mobile photography is transmogrifying into the era of selfie — and smartphone makers are changing their phones to keep up.
I’d like to add that I feel sad today when people don’t want to take pictures of other people. We’ve been conditioned en mass to focus more on the self rather than on the other.
‘Look at me, look at my potential, look at my enjoyment of life’.
This is the impression I get from Facebook, twitter, instagram. Possibly I’m following the wrong people. But I try to follow professional documentary photographers (on twitter) who go out into the world and want to show us all how other people live.
I’m not discounting selfies (I just don’t do it for other people’s enjoyment as I don’t think I’m interesting or assume I am. But everybody does it and we all have limited attention spans, one type of photography will supplant another. Where are the story tellers, the documentarians? Why isn’t somebody who isn’t in possession of some form of photography degree pointing their camera at something with more substance?
Maybe my sadness comes from being infinitely more interested in other people in an effort to document them for personal reflection, education and discussion, discovering why they do what they do.
Don’t misunderstand, taking selfies is fine, I just wouldn’t want it to be the primary from of expression that in turn it’s seen as being weird or deviant if you involve strangers in your photography spontaneously and you need to justify it. Though sadly we know this is already happening.
Nobody cares if you take a selfie on the street, but eyebrows are raised if you point you send at others. Negative thinking has taken over as the first concern, rather than understanding that somebody might have seen the beauty in somebody else and wanted to catch that.
I feel there was a golden age where we were interested in others, now not so much unless they are a celebrity and that’s another level of narcissism I don’t want to get into.
A discussion and rant about the latest Godzilla release by Mr Roland Emmerich, I mean Gareth Edwards.
I finally have my blue mic! The quality should be better now.