Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Battery Life and other stuff

The battery life on the iPhone 4S has been in the news lately for being exceedingly poor.  The 4S has 200 hours of standby time and 8-14 hours of talk time, depending on if you are on 2G or 3G.  I felt compelled to point out that the original iPhone had 250 hours of standby time and up to 8 hours of talk time.  The poor battery life has been attributed to a possible bug in the iPhone's location software, but nothing has been confirmed yet.  I think it might be another bug in iOS5.  I say another bug because my Aunt Fran has an iPhone 4 that she just upgraded, and it would shut off by itself, have trouble finding a data connection, and basically became unusable until she took it into an Apple store and restored it to its factory settings.
     There have also been rumors going around that Apple has bought C3 technologies, which is a sort of offshoot of Saab.  Apple also acquired C3's map technology that is supposed to blow Google Maps away.  As much as I love Google, I've watched some of the demos of this map program, and it is amazing.  Unlike Google Maps, it lets you view everything in 3D, and the quality is stunning.  It's like watching a movie throughout the earth.  Google is trying something new with their maps by showing the insides of businesses in street view if they volunteer, but it's nowhere near as cool or compelling as Apple's maps.  Google is going to have to step up their game, and they're going to have to do it fast.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Are Macs Really Better?

Today I come to you with a question: what makes a Mac better than a Windows? A lot of people say that Macs are better, and there are three big reasons: They don't get viruses; they have a better user interface; and they come bundled with things like iMovie and iPhoto.  But is it really worth it to spend thousands of dollars on a Mac just to get these bonuses? 
     The first reason isn't even valid.  True, Macs are less susceptible to viruses, but they can still get them.  Hackers just don't bother making viruses for Macs because Apple only has 6.45 percent of the global market share, while Microsoft owns 90.3 percent with Windows XP, Vista and 7 combined.  
     The user interface issue is somewhat valid for now, but looking at Windows 8 and its Windows Phone look, it seems like the interface is going to be a lot more user-friendly than previous versions of Windows.  Even if you don't look at Windows 8, Microsoft has made huge strides since the release of XP.  Apple may have had the upper hand in the XP years, but the Windows 7 revamp brought larger icons, an easier start menu, and a generally more visually pleasing experience.  Macs can't really claim this as an advantage anymore.
     A draw for some people towards Macs is the fact that they come with powerful, preinstalled programs like iMovie.  This helps temper the initial displeasure at finding out how much a Mac is when you go to buy one.  However, you could buy a Windows machine and then buy Adobe Photoshop and Elements and still come out under a Mac's price tag (albeit barely, depending on the quality of the computer you buy).  Photoshop and Elements are a lot more capable than iMovie or iPhoto, too.
While a lot of people claim that Macs are better than Windows, once you dissect that claim, you can see that they're really about equal.  While a Mac's UI is still a bit easier than Windows, you can expect that to change with the possible release of Windows 8 late next year.        

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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Ridiculous Fanboys

It's amazing how staunch the masses are in their support of Apple.  I brought up some points at school today from the article I posted earlier ( if you missed it), and the reaction I got was astounding: "He had to be like that to be successful," or "He can do that because he is Steve Jobs," or, my favorite, "They planned the book to be released after he died so he couldn't come back at it."  Jobs' biography was being written in 2009.  It would be very difficult to plan a book release right after someone died on purpose... unless Steve knew when he was going to die because of the psychics he talked to.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Steve Jobs Exposé

An incredibly interesting and enlightening article from MSNBC...
     The real Steve Jobs was not the one portrayed by Apple.  He was really a big jerk who fathered a child at 23 and didn't even acknowledge her until she was 14, forcing the girl's mother to rely on food stamps to survive – even after Jobs became a multibillionaire.  There's more in the article, but I warn you, be prepared to be shocked.

Grand Theft?

Steve Jobs said, "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong.  I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product.  I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."  Because, you know, Apple invented the touch screen.  And the smartphone, too... unless you metnion the Kyocera 7135, the Palm Treo 600, or the Blackberry 7230, just to name a few (I know these aren't considered "smartphones" by today's standards, but they were pretty sweet back in the day).  Oh, and never mind that iOS5 blatantly stole Android's notification bar... that's not "grand theft" (another way Jobs described Android).  If anyone else steals something, it's called stealing, but if Apple steals something, it becomes "innovation".