The Apple Positive Review Club

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But it’s worth noting that it’s just as instructive to compare the iPhones 8 to the iPhone X as it is to compare them to the iPhones 7. The iPhone X certainly has much to offer: the edge-to-edge 5.8-inch OLED display, the form factor that’s easier to hold and pocket than the Plus, the front-facing sensor array for Face ID and depth mapping with the front-facing camera, and an even better camera system on the back (with optical image stabilization for both lenses — the iPhone 8 Plus only has OIS for the wide angle lens). But the A11 chip (including the improved image processing that I described above), inductive charging, True Tone — all of these things in the iPhone X are also in both iPhone 8 models… More at DF.

There are certain websites and publications that get an Apple product to review when applicable. The reviews are all published to a specific timeline, they are always considered and at times appear to be leaning on the positive with only a nod to criticism thrown in to offer a sense of balance.

Far be it from me to suggest that the entire setup has become so pointless that to even read the reviews would be to buy in to the ‘club’, but seriously it is getting worse each year.

Is Apple perfect? Not by a long shot.

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It just works. As Apple users, we get so used to that saying that when something doesn’t work, we’re shocked, annoyed, pissed, etc. because our world has been shaken.

I use Windows 10 in Bootcamp to play games that I can’t get under MacOS. I usually boot into Windows a couple of times a day. At least 2 or 3 times a week, it freezes. Not when it’s booting, but when it’s loading startup applications or the first application I start. I have to reach around the back of my iMac and press the power button to power off and then again to restart. I’m annoyed when this happens, but I know that it happens and after all, it’s Windows. If that was my Mac, I’d be tearing my hair out, and likely reinstalling everything.

Generally, Apple is very smart regarding feature management. I learned a long time ago when I was in software development, that it’s very difficult to take something away once given, so you’d better make sure it’s right. Apple does a pretty good job of making sure it’s right. Many of the little advances in iOS that people say should have been there from the start, were added once they were sure it was what they wanted.

Is Apple perfect? Not by a long shot. But then few, if any, things are. And they’re better at what they do than anyone else. At least in my opinion and experience.

Bob

In 1999, Samsung made a watch that could make calls

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Inspired by wrist-worn communication devices seen in sci-fi flicks, Samsung announced the SPH-WP10 in 1999. At the time, this was the smallest and lightest “wireless terminal” ever produced, and its design truly reminisced of something pulled out of Star Trek. By today’s smartwatch standards, however, Samsung’s watch phone was neither light, nor thin – it weighed 50 grams (1.78 ounces) and had a thickness of 2 centimeters (0.78 inches), not to mention that an antenna was sticking out of its side… More at phone arena.

So there you go.

HBQ i7 Twins True Wireless Earphones

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Free yourself from wires with these convenient, high-powered Bluetooth 4.2 earphones. Made with a super lightweight design for supreme comfort, you might just forget they’re in your ears when you’re not listening to music! On the commute, at the gym, or anywhere in between, your music, podcasts, and phone calls can’t do much better than the i7 Twins… More here.

$30, noise cancelling(?) and well, $30. Possibly a good alternative if you do not want to spend AirPods cash, but possibly absolutely awful.

It… Just… Works…

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I have witnessed a lot of snark and humour at Apple’s expense over the past week since the iPhone X was announced and I wonder where it all comes from at times. I am not wondering because of what is being said exactly, but more because it simply does not matter.

My MacBook works, my iPad Pro works and my iPhone, which gets countless hours of use every day, works. What more do I need and why do I need to be concerned at how the products came to be?

Computing products should be designed to help you do things, to help you manage your life and to help you communicate with others. Anything else is just noise floating around the edges of the real world.

A brand new feature that does not work well is just a time suck that ultimately is a mere novelty that has no positive end purpose. This is why Apple is often very late to the party when it comes to introducing features that are new to Apple, but far from new to the computing world.

Look at Touch ID- it was the first fingerprint sensor that you forgot about within days of using it. Look at the Apple Watch. I may prefer real watches, but the reality is that the Apple Watch is a decent watch which works perfectly well as a time teller which just happens to have a few handy features as a bonus.

I could take this further- look at macOS and iOS as a whole, they (99% of the time) just work and are designed to help you do something useful.

Face ID will likely be the same when we get to use it and it is likely to outperform anything from Google for its ease of use and efficiency. Apple Pay, iCloud Notes, the touch system and so it continues. You may not get tons of customisation, but you will get a system that gives you control over your days without the need to mess around with settings and reliability problems.

There are features that could be better of course (Siri is a good example), but the reality is that Apple produces products that are beneficial to the individual and not just laden with fancy inventions to catch the eye.

Who cares if the features come later than the competition as long as they work in a way that makes them disappear and become a small part of your life? When you add them together you get loyalty, compatibility between person and machine, and the ability to charge more than £1,000 for a phone.