AMITIAE - Wednesday 11 March 2015
Last Minute Thoughts Before the Apple Watch Arrives; and Security Notes (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
Will I have an Apple Watch? . . . A year ago when rumours started, I would have said, No. I have not worn a wristwatch for 20 years, although I have had pocket watches. I do not expect Apple to be making an "iFob."
After the presentation at the Flint Center 6 months ago when Tim Cook confirmed its existence and there there were some slick videos, I began to weaken.
I am easily seduced by Apple products anyway, although I always put forward the best arguments for this. As ever, with the Apple Watch, three things stick out: design, software planning, and integration.
In the last couple of weeks, both Tim Cook and the usually-private Jony Ive have been interviewed at length by British newspapers and a few extra snippets of information appeared.
The device has been one of the biggest open secrets for more than 6 months. Apple's own site has had a Watch section for quite a while with plenty of nice images and an overview. The online stores will be updated with prices and ordering information.
Whatever the Apple Watch Edition does cost, Baselworld opens in Switzerland next week. Many of the luxury watches displayed there will cost several times the price of the Apple Watch Edition. For those interested, there is a Baselworld app, which is as well-made as some of the watches: local app developers should take note.
For more up to date comments on the product announcements from Apple, see Apple Reinvents the Watch, the Computer and Data Collection for Research.
This is all well and good, but most of us are not murdering criminals or slavering pedophiles and deserve privacy. The mantra that if you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear does not cut it and is the sharp end of a very long wedge.
I was able to speak to someone in my Contacts list who was in Orchard Road, Singapore using an app called Redphone on Android. A random security phrase is used to ensure future calls from the same source. Voice quality was reasonable, but signals were affected slightly by many others in the vicinity using Singtel's 3G signal.
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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