AMITIAE -Wednesday 5 November 2014
Arrival of the iPhone 6 in Thailand (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
While battery life has been improved for both models, the iPhone Plus wins with its larger capacity. There is also the feature of optical image stabilization that is only available on the iPhone 6 Plus.
I had intended to wait until I could handle both models, but when a marketing email arrived from Apple on Friday morning, the temptation was too great. A priority was space. As my 64 GB iPhone 5s now has only 10% free, the 128 GB iPhone 6 was my choice. My budget would not stretch that extra few thousand baht needed for the iPhone 6 Plus with 128 GB.
As it turns out, my decision was probably right as I was able to handle both models on Saturday. The larger iPhone 6 Plus did not feel comfortable in my hands or against my face.
As well as its A8 processor, these new iPhones belatedly fill a gap in the networking capabilities with their new Wi-Fi features (IEEE 802.11ac). New Macs have been able to use such faster networks for a year or more; and I already have the Airport Extreme router that transmits at these speeds. This will make my home system faster with data transfers and synchronisation.
Apple Extreme Router (left) with ISP router
With OS X 10.10, Yosemite, for a larger display of the information about any networks a Mac can see, press the Option key and click on the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar. If that icon is not in the menu bar, it can be added by using a checkbox in System Preferences. That Option key is useful with other menu bar icons: Bluetooth, Time Machine (when the menu is already open), Sound (speaker) and Power Source.
I was watching Bloomberg TV during the week and one of their experts opined that the iPhone was an "unfinished product" because a case was needed. I never use these as I think it limits the device, particularly when the screen is covered. The only protection I ever use is an old iPod sock and Apple have stopped making these now.
While he omitted to mention the other handset makers whose customers also buy cases, Apple has always left this particular door open to accessory makers, particularly as this means the users have a wider range of options: from Hello Kitty to the OtterBox Defender.
If anyone has an iPod sock, I would be grateful. . . .
UpdateUsing the link in the email from Apple, I was able to follow the progress of the iPhone from Shenzhen to Hong Kong, and then by Monday its arrival in Bangkok. After it was cleared the delivery agent DHL collected it for delivery and, although Apple had written that it would be delivered by Friday, on Wednesday morning I had my fingers crossed that it would be with me a bit earlier. . . .
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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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