AMITIAE - Wednesday 7 January 2015
Apple's New Year; iStudio Training; and Radar Tracking of Aircraft on the iPhone (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
Sales of 60 million iPhones for the financial Quarter 1 2015 are being reported, with some sites suggesting iPhone sales of 70 to 75 million "before inventory build." Either the fanboys are breeding or others are becoming infected.
In a short while - probably around 20 January (update - actually 27th) - Apple will announce its Quarterly figures (1/2015). Just before, Wall Street will make wild guesses about sales, growth and income, then will send the share prices down if Apple fails to reach their predictions, even if Apple is in line with its own guidance: between $63.5 billion and $66.5 billion revenue. Apple does not work on market share or share price. Focus is on profit and the product. That is how to measure success.
Although there are several sites dedicated to offering advice, it is sometimes the first steps when things go wrong for those new to the different approach that (certainly) OS X may need, but also iOS for those unfamiliar with these systems.
While sessions are being taught in Thai at the Siam Discovery store (and elsewhere), I am told that the personnel involved are able to communicate in English.
In each case, information on Twitter linked to radar displays of flight paths, allowing those interested to examine the last position or the flight path of the planes. Each time I tried to access these on the iPhone, however, I was offered a link to the Flightradar 24 app before the screen loaded. In the end, I weakened and bought the $3.99 app, allowing me to access live tracking of planes worldwide.
There are several ways I can use this. First there is a live map display. When this first opens, it centers on the user's location. In my case this is Bangkok and I can see aircraft arriving and departing both Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports.
It is easy to expand the map, to display a larger area or to switch to another world location. Tapping on any plane gives the user a small display of the plane, along with its flight number, departure airport and destination, and the flight progress. The path is shown on the map.
A search feature allows the user to find information by Text, Airline, Airport or nearby Flights. Of these the Airport search needed an in-app purchase. Airline and Nearby Flights showed a list of planes. Tapping any one of these showed it on the map.
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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