You may – or may not – have heard about Google’s latest mobile OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you are one of the rare birds who has actually used Lollipop you may have experienced a few problems, mainly in the area of the OS containing some major screw-ups. The issues are so bad that the few devices that ship, or can support Lollipop, are almost unusable. Think iOS 8.0.1 with more problems and you are on the right track.
I made a comment a while back, almost a joke really, that when iOS made it to version 9, that would be the end of it. Why? Because iOS 10 would become iOS X and we would then see the culmination of what Apple has been doing since the exit of Scott Forstall, replaced with Johnny Ive’s as lead OS dude — one OS that works on both desktop and mobile devices.
One of the distinguishing features of Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus is that if the device is turned sideways, the “desktop” will also rotate into landscape mode. While this has been around since day one with iPads, iPhones have only received this feature with iOS 8 — and only on the iPhone 6 Plus.
With so many announcements coming from Apple headquarters this fall, a few products slipped under the radar with nary an update. The iPod touch, once the music industry's symbol of portable music, has become forgotten, or at best, a good enough product in Apple's lineup. But the iPod touch may be beyond just staying put and is instead being readied for EOL (end of life).
Apple's latest iPod touch, the 5th generation music player, arrived on October 11, 2012, and has seen relatively little change ever since. Pricing was lowered with a 16GB version in May of 2013, and iOS updates have kept the software fresh, but it appears Apple has little interest in continuing the a product that only saw 2.64 million sales in the September quarter. Apple does not break out iPod touch vs other iPod sales, but Apple has historically seen 50% of it's iPod sales as touch models.
OS X, the world’s most advanced operating system, took some large leaps forward in its latest release called Yosemite. Technology such as Continuity, Mail Drop, and users being able to send and receive phone calls via the Mac, all in a speedy new OS are great advances. But for all of Yosemite’s achievements on the tech side of the house, did it go too far with its look and feel?
Politics, religion, and you can add operating system design to that list. It seems there are no shortage of strong opinions for these three topics. Now that OS X Yosemite is in the hands of millions, it seems almost everyone has an opinion about OS X’s evolution towards a more iOS look. Go to any message board or follow anyone of Mac significance on Twitter, and you’ll find the words “love”, “hate”, “awful”, “great” in abundance — with lots of exclamation points.
It was just a couple of months ago that bloggers across the globe — including a few of us at T-GAAP — were asking whether Apple CEO Tim Cook was ever going to take Apple forward. More iPhone, iPad, an Mac updates, it was becoming an innovation snooze-fest as Apple hadn’t entered a new market category or created a revolutionary new product for years.
While WWDC gave developers an entire suite of new software tools such as Metal, Heath Kit and Swift, consumers were wondering whether the magic of creating something new had died with Steve Jobs. Don’t get me wrong, Tim Cook has done a wonderful job managing the company, but users of Apple product expect more than just good company management, they expect cool new technologies that no one but Apple can deliver.
The original Apple TV graced our presence in September 2006. Originally announced as iTV, Apple was very clear that this was just a “hobby”. But step forward eight years and after two model updates and over 20 million units in circulation, we wonder is now the time for Apple to bring us a Big Apple TV?
During Tim Cook’s Keynote address last month, the way he began the introduction of Apple Pay was quite interesting. He said Apple was on a goal to “eliminate this...” and then a picture of a wallet appeared on the screen behind him. He then followed by saying that Apple Pay was the first step in that process. Following was a 15 minute description of how Apple had solved the payment system through a mobile device, eliminating the need for archaic credit cards while even enhancing security.
Apple’s latest update to iOS, version 8.0.2, removes many 8.0 glitches and is certainly an an improvement over iOS the ill-fated 8.0.1! One of the items that has been problematic with iOS and some iPhones is the axis/gyroscope sensor determining which orientation to display items on the page. Even when turning iPhone around in a circle the orientation in iOS 8 seemed to be “stuck”. This bug seems to have been eliminated in iOS 8.0.2.
Bugs aside, Continuity is a key feature of iOS 8, and while it currently works with other iOS devices, to take advantage of it's seamless workflow between an iPhone or iPad and a Mac requires OS X Yosemite (due next month). To see how Continuity works, if you have an iPad that is WiFi only, and for example, if you are traveling in your car, the WiFi only iPad can now see your iPhone and begin using it as the hotspot. This is different than legacy hotspot capabilities, as there is no need to do anything on the phone. It can remain in your pocket, or on the dashboard or in a purse and still be found and used by Wi-Fi only devices — which includes Macs.