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.

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