APPLE TALK 5: 9/9/14 EVE
Goodhour, Synapse Circuit Readers. How are you doing? I hope that all is
well in your world! Are you all charged up for tomorrow? No doubt if you are an
undying Apple / iDevices fan you are frothing at the mouth! If you happen to be
one of those “other guys” you are curious! And if you love technology in
general you are, like me, very curious about Apple’s big reveal!
What do I think? Hmmmm... I’ll tell you what I think...
#Apple #Samsung #Google #SteveJobs #TimCook #iPhone6 #iPhone6Phablet #iPhone6L #GalaxyNote4
Unless you live in a hole you would know that Apple have hired yet
another design icon in the form of Marc Newson to join Jony Ive’s team. It will
be interesting to see what Newson will bring to Apple. So, perhaps we’ll see a
little arty documentary video of Newson come tomorrow to introduce the
I don’t know about you but I think that Apple’s design factor is overrated. <ducks
flying objects flung at my head by Apple fanatics> Seriously, I think that
other manufacturer designs get overlooked. ASUS, Samsung, LG, HTC, Lenovo /
Motorola, Xiaomi and Huawei have created some amazing designs from the standard
handset to the tablet and phablet! I look at the iPhone, for example, and I can’t
say that I find it a thing of beauty to look at. I look at the Galaxy Note 2
and I can see that a lot of thought has gone into it. This is not to say that
Apple / Ive don’t put a lot of thought into their products but I think they are
as wonderful as the (biased) tech media makes out. I look at the LG G3 and
marvel at it. The iPad is undoubtedly a fine device but the LG G Pad looks
wonderful and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S is just a stunning piece of work!
Apple designs are great to begin with until the competition unleash their own
devices. Yes, when I first laid eyes on the first ever iPhone I was impressed;
I loved the form and the icons within iOS. Then the HTC Hero came out and that
was my second touch screen handset upgrading from the LG Viewty KU990 – another
iconic handset (I could have been touching the screen with an oversized leather
glove it was that bad). HTC has made some of the most fantastic looking handsets
in the world from the Hero to the Desire to the One X and now the One M7 / M8.
While Samsung handsets have mastered minimalism to great degree from the Galaxy
S1 right up to the present Galaxy S5, Note 3 and now Note 4... Oooh, the Galaxy
Note Edge is sublime! One can see a design process and progress with Samsung
handsets. Let’s face it, whether you like Samsung or hate them they have paved
the way for the whole of the large screen industry that accommodates the much
talked about iPhone 6L.
Now if those “leaked” photos of the iPhone 6L 5.5” handset are real then I do
not see much by the way of a “design” going on (outwardly of course). From what
I have seen so far the iPhone 6L and the new standard 4.7” version looked scaled
up from the iPhone 5S. I find that quite boring.
Is it possible that we’ll be seeing a 6C version of the iPhone? I’d be
surprised just because the 4.7” version will be quite an experiment. It is hard
to see / understand where Apple is going with the 4.7” handset considering the
once stringent viewpoint that the 3.5 and 4” versions were designed with the
thumb to screen ratio (in that it should be easy to reach all four corners of
the screen without effort). Will 4.7 inches prove to be too much for the sensible 5S / 5C users? Is Apple
catering to market demand or does it feel compelled to follow trends set by
Samsung / Android?
And we still don’t know if 5C was a success. Presumably the costs of the 5C and
5S will come down to make them lucrative to those seeking an iPhone bargain!
iPAD AIR 2 / iPAD MINI RETINA 2
There’s a rumour that we’ll be seeing some new iPad models and one model
will feature a 13” screen! Gosh! Now considering the iPad market is in decline
I wonder if there secret plans to stuff essentially what is the Macbook Air
into an iPad! Now would be the time for Apple to pull something more practical
out of the bag! We’ve seen that they can take an umbrella stand and turn it
into a Mac Pro!
What do you think the future of the iPad could be? Can you envisage a 13” iPad?
Do you agree with me that somehow the Macbook Pro should morph into a tablet?
Look at the odd Surface Pro 3 as an example of how a piece of tech can go
horribly wrong. The UK ads go along the lines of this, “Surface Pro 3; the
tablet that can replace your laptop...” However, the Surface Pro 3 is being
advertised with this flimsy looking blue keyboard that it may as well be a
laptop! And the cost of the thing??? C’mon... How many billions must Microsoft
lose, eh? Microsoft’s best bet is to design a thin laptop and have the keyboard
so that it can be folded out the way for when it isn’t needed. There! A
Microsoft tablet that works as a laptop because that’s what it is! No messing
around with having to invent apps when iPad and Android tablets have a distinct
And those other guys... Well, if you have been following my articles you will
know that the iPad – just like the iPhone – cannot stem the Android flow
especially as there are a bunch of tablets coming out with either 3G or 4G
built into them! I predicted that we’ll start seeing Android tablets on the
streets in ubiquity and it is coming to fruition! I have been documenting this
phenomena – when I can – whenever I am out on the streets: Sightings
It’s really interesting to witness the rise of cost effective Android tablets
happening around me.
Hey, don’t you think that it’s about time that Apple and other manufacturers
should just have 4G in the contraptions by default? Give people a break! And
will the new iPad have a better screen than the Galaxy Tab S models? We shall
Now that we’ve seen a proliferation of Android and Tizen based
smartwatches can Apple really surprise us with its own smartwatch? I can’t
possibly imagine what Apple can surprise us with where the functionality of a
smartwatch is concerned. Yes, it’ll probably take your pulse as you jog, count
the steps you’ve made for the day, give you notifications of text messages
coming from your iPhone, etc. But that’s nothing that all the Android and Tizen smartwatches released so far cannot do already!
However, Apple can possibly come up with a design that could make the efforts
by the competition look pedestrian. It has been said that Apple has invited
prominent individuals from the fashion industry to attend the launch later on!
We’ll see... I am intrigued!
No doubt that the iWatch or iTick-Tock – whatever it’ll be called – will go
down greatly with iPhone and iPad owners looking for a complete set! The
downside is that it could very well be that Apple will make this smartwatch too
expensive for many. Also, I would imagine that the iWatch may just work with Apple
products which could have people ditching Android in favour of. There again it
comes down to function and pricing!
After the Samsung product launch last week I wonder if Apple can show us
something worthy of the word “innovative”. The Galaxy Note Edge is a great
innovation that will change how people interface with a touch screen! Already
the Apple biased tech media are dismissing the Galaxy Note Edge as “weird” and “typical
Samsung excess” as though we weren’t expecting them (Samsung) to release a
handset of this nature as it has been on the cards for a while ever since we
saw a prototype at the CES. It’s as though the Apple biased media are predicting
that Apple will not offer much by the way of innovation but larger versions of its devices
and therefore they feel it necessary to play down Samsung’s unique inventions! Will
we see an answer to the Gear VR? iVR? Hmmmm... I doubt it!
Samsung have enlisted Swarovski to add a bit of sparkle to the Galaxy Note 4
and Gear S smartwatch. Samsung are pulling out the stops!
That’s something to think about!
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