November 12, 2016

Link: iPhone 7 Plus as a Primary Computer ☍

Justin Blanton hasn’t gone iPad-only or iPad-mostly, but rather has moved almost all of his work to his iPhone:

Much of what makes this possible is that I can delegate in one way or another most of what I think of, and can get away with being extremely terse in my emails. At this stage of my career my day-to-day job requires minimal work-product; if I was coding all day, designing websites, or researching, I probably wouldn’t be able to leverage my pocket computer the way I do, but I wouldn’t want to either.

At my day job, I see so many people obsess over what kind of computer they have, what the specs are, and the idea that for even basic tasks, some sort of “upgrade” (more RAM, an Intel Core i7 processor) is a necessity because they are a “power user” of some sort. However, they’re not doing some sort of heavy data processing, software development, graphics/media work, or all the other traditionally power-hungry tasks, but rather email, some document manipulation, and web browsing. Furthermore, when out of their offices, they often supplement their computer with their phone for most of these tasks. For most people, the current crop of iOS devices are plenty of computer for most tasks. Besides that, for most people that would rather focus on the tasks at hand, there’s often less that can go wrong or fuss with on mobile operating systems in general.

November 11, 2016

Link: Lifting the Mouse ☍

Matt Gemmell has been moving to an iPad-only workflow. The whole series is well-worth checking out:

I think it’s also about the perceived adaptability of the device. I’m not having to adapt to it quite so much; instead, it adapts to me, rotating into a new orientation, showing or hiding the on-screen keyboard, and — in the case of the iPad Pro — actually adjusting its screen colour and speaker balance based on where and how I’m using it. Our gadgets should do that, shouldn’t they? They should respond to a direct touch, rather than this bizarre thing where we use a glass pad several inches away from the screen, mounted at ninety degrees, that vaguely maps to some portion of the display depending on where a little pointer happens to be. It’s so familiar that we forget how crazy it is. How rooted in the hardware limitations of the past. We’ve accepted it and internalised it, and now it’s not just normal but proper. Which is crap. It’s still normal, but it’s not proper at all. It’s old, and no matter how effective, it’s still cognitively wacky.

He also throws this bit of wisdom in, which I’m feeling more and more towards “computers” as a whole:

Tear it all down. Throw away the rule book, and come at the whole thing from the other end. iPad software, to me, looks like software for people who are so tired of software’s crap. So fed up with design-by-geek, and function keys, and installers, and anti-virus, and… I don’t know; printer drivers? Are they still a thing? Probably.

October 31, 2016

“A lot of it boils down to this concept: We demand Apple innovate, but we insist they don’t change anything.”

October 25, 2016

News: Apple Reports Q4 Results

Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter ending September 24, 2016. In the conference call, Apple posted quarterly revenue of $46.9 billion and quarterly net income of $9 billion, or $1.67 per diluted share…

October 13, 2016

Link: Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Recall is an Environmental Travesty ☍

Jason Koebler for Motherboard explains how smartphone recycling mostly makes us feel better than it actually is:

Early Tuesday morning, Samsung announced it has permanently discontinued and stopped promoting the Galaxy Note 7, and has asked its customers to return their devices for a refund or exchange. A Samsung spokesperson told me the phones will not be repaired, refurbished, or resold ever again: “We have a process in place to safely dispose of the phones,” the company said.

This sounds reasonable, but the fact is that besides sitting in your nightstand drawer for eternity (a fate that will surely befall some of these phones) or being thrown into a garbage dump or chucked into the bottom of a river, being recycled is the worst thing that can happen to a smartphone.