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Tuesday Talk ~ iPhones 8 and 10


(Images from Apple’s iPhone NZ page)

Is an X sexier than a 10? It’s bolder-looking, anyhow, but begs being expressed as ‘Ex’ instead of ‘ten’. I remember how uncomfortable Apple used to be about people saying ‘Oh Ess Ex’ (just say it a couple of times) yet they persisted, I wondered if changing the nomenclature to ‘macOS X’ was a part of the gradually persuasive campaign to get people to pronounce it as ‘macOS Ten’ instead (it used to just be ‘OS X’ but then iOS and watchOS became big players).

And should you wait for an iPhone X or spring for an 8? They have many of the same features, Personally, I don’t like phablets as they’re simply too big for the pocket, so the 8 is the natural choice for me for three reasons: it’s cheaper, it’s smaller and it’s available now.
I still have an iPhone 6. I bought it three years ago. I took all the pictures in my latest book with it. It’s getting a little shoddy but it still performs perfectly well and I like the slim form factor (virtually the same as the 8). If I can hang on till the iPhone 8s, I will, but it may not last that long. The iPhone 8 is a wonderful phone with an Apple-developed A11 Bionic CPU that blitzes the chips from all them other smartphone makers. That’s pretty compelling, although I have to admit, since I don’t play games on my iPhone, the camera advances are likely to be more useful to me. I have noticed my 6 processing photos quite slowly these days, so I will definitely appreciate more core-power.
Apple is using the new A11 Bionic in its iPhone 8/8 Plus models but it’s the same as that in the iPhone X. The scores Geekbench outlines for the three models show some variation between them (less than 5% in single core and around 7% in multicore), likely related to the difference in display resolution and offset by a difference in RAM.
The A11 Bionic is 25% faster in single core and 80% faster in multicore scores than iPhone 7. This is particularly noteworthy because Apple’s latest chip delivers new neural net, camera ISP and GPU capabilities above and beyond what a generic processor benchmark measures. With more Augmented and Virtual Reality apps due to start arriving soon, thanks to Apple’s ARKit promotion, this performance will become ever more useful.

I guess this all begs the question ‘are we excited about iPhone 8 and X?’ I don’t know if ‘excited’ is the right word for me, but that normally happens once an Apple expert talks me through a new device. These are very solid improvements, no doubt. I have always lauded Apple’s dedication to improving things and making them more useful. On that spectrum, these are pretty dramatic advances.
I’m really looking forward to a new iPhone for myself, for sure, and it’s not like me to imagine waiting another 12 months for something I really want and need, so we’ll see. For me, the 8 ticks all the boxes.
But do I understand the allure of the iPhone X model? I have to say no, for the same reason I don’t ‘get’ Porsches. They’re technically amazing, for sure, but you can’t drive them anywhere near their performance, so what’s the point? Apart from showing off. I’ve never been one to own things merely to show off, and to me so far, at it’s ridiculous price point, the X hints more of that.

I don’t believe this is just reverse-snobbery, by the way. I like to use something to at least 50% of its capabilities. Driving a supercar on a New Zealand road, you’re getting 20% of its potential at best. Paying a premium to do that is very far away from common sense.
I feel the same way about an iPhone X. At least there are no speed limitations for it, but very few iPhone users will be pushing it to anywhere near its potential.
So what’s the point, unless you have the ego of a Mike Hosking? (And indeed, what’s the point of Mike Hosking’s ego? It’s without worth.)

A11 Bionic, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone X, solar-powered batteries, 4K movies already, Watch 3 ad


Apple has shrunk the iPhone 8 batteries yet they last as long

A11 Bionic processor in iPhone 8, iPhone X contains first Apple-designed GPU, new secure element — Apple has brought design and development of the A11 Bionic processor even more in-house with the eradication of outside solutions, allowing the company to speed up and further integrate the new chip’s various processes more than it ever has before. The effort appears to have paid off, from a raw performance perspective. Early benchmarks of devices purporting to use the new chip test the A11 Bionic as notably faster in every regard than the processor found in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8. This new CPU has also allowed Apple to go all-in on augmented reality.

Apple’s iPhone 8 & 8 Plus use smaller batteries, maintain battery life — Apple has actually shrunk the batteries in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus compared to their predecessors while maintaining the same longevity, filings with the Chinese government show. Here are the differences between the two 8 models (other than size).

Should you preorder Apple’s iPhone 8, or wait for iPhone X? The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are now available for preorder ahead of next Friday’s launch. But with the iPhone X so close behind, prospective buyers may have a hard time choosing between the two. AppleInsider offers some video insight to help you make your big buying decision. [For me it’s simple: cost.] There is also discussion about the X’s so-called ‘notch‘ in the screen.

Apple removes fake iOS ‘virus-scanning’ apps — Apple has updated its developer app review guidelines for the App Store, and says iPhone antivirus apps aren’t allowed anymore. Fake apps that claim to scan for viruses have been around for a while. But now Apple is banning them [cos there aren’t any viruses, unlike for Android]. 

HELIO is a 5200mAh solar-powered portable battery with built-in lamp – Makers4Good has a project on Kickstarter called HELIO. It’s a solar-powered portable battery with a built in lamp and emergency beacon. And the company is doing something very cool: 100% of the profits from HELIO will be used for charities working to bring solar power and light to the developing world. HELIO blew past its US$10,000 funding goal in two days, topping US$18,000 with 48 days to go

Apple starts rolling out 4K HDR iTunes content ahead of Apple TV 4K launch — Apple has begun began rolling out 4K HDR movies on its iTunes Store, content that customers will be able to stream using the company’s new Apple TV 4K set-top box come next week.

Apple airs Apple Watch Series 3 ad showcasing Apple Music over LTE, AirPods support — Apple on Friday posted to its official YouTube channel a new commercial hyping Apple Watch Series 3 and the device’s ability to stream Apple Music over cellular networks.