AMITIAE - Wednesday 24 September 2014
Comments on iPhone 6 and Update to iOS 8 (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
Glass is a crystalline substance and by its nature, when strong forces are applied, the structure will fracture. I have dropped my iPhone 5s many times and (fingers crossed) have been lucky, although the body has a few scrapes. I do not use a case. As anyone who has washed wineglasses will know: sometimes you do, sometimes you don't.
When Apple staff allowed people lining up to handle the two devices, most decided on the smaller iPhone 6 with the 4.7" screen. This is despite many experts insisting that Apple needed to produce a phone with a larger screen. My decision will depend on what it feels like in the hand, and what I look like in a mirror.
I cannot understand the need for people to line up for days to have the iPhone right away, especially as those who ordered online were able to receive theirs within hours of the launch. Perhaps the numbers headed for the Chinese market or arriving in Mahboonkrong at inflated prices, may explain that.
New apps included with the download were Tips and Health. The first provides a number of suggestions on new features of iOS 8 and it is expected that these will be expanded from the original nine.
The Health app enables users to monitor activities, such as walking, sleep as well as input from foods. There is a large list of other options too. The difficulty for many will be accessing data that needs to be entered, such as calorie intake or blood pressure levels.
Instead, I found that the predictive functions in the new iOS keyboard worked better than I had expected, guessing some of the words I might use in a sentence as I wrote it. I was initially reluctant to use this, but after a while glanced at the three words offered each time and began to speed up the entry of text in messages and email
Images are organised differently in the Photos app, with there being a main library, marked "Recently Added" and the ability to show a whole year's images in one panel.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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