AMITIAE - Wednesday 29 July 2015
Variations on a Theme of iOS Devices (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
An interesting point with both of these friends is that they use their iPads for everything. One hardly ever touches a computer. The other has a MacBook Pro but uses that only when absolutely necessary. This matched with comments made to me elsewhere concerning some older users who claimed that using a PC made them dizzy and so use their iPads constantly.
I did wonder if they needed special glasses to compensate for the extra distance a computer screen is usually positioned, but this is academic and they are "addicted" (as I was told) to the hand-held devices. Tablet computers are now the new Personal Computers. Analysts may need to recognise that in the future some users will never touch what we think of as a PC (Macs included).
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad mini 3, iPad Air 2
On the iPhone 6 Plus, the text, including Numbers, is only slightly larger. Tentatively I would say it is possible to replace an iPhone and iPad with the iPhone 6 Plus. But it depends on the type of work being done and how good the user's eyes are. A smaller screen is bound to cause some strain if used to excess. I often connect my iOS devices to the television: there is an adapter available; or I link via Apple TV. Being able to display the contents of an iPhone on the large screen of a TV is a useful solution.
iPhone 6 Macro Shot
iPhone 6 Macro Shot
Last year I wrote that Microsoft had released a version of Office for the iPad (and later iPhone), but it was not available in the iTunes app store for Thailand. Official comments I managed to glean from Microsoft then told me it was "unlikely to be made available any time soon". Almost a year later, Office for the iPad is now in the iTunes App Store for Thailand. The components are hefty apps and may take some time to download.
The Apple Watch caused much speculation before and since Apple's quarterly financial results partly because Apple decided beforehand to lump the figures in with the "Other" sales, that included iPods. With that section showing an increase of about $952 million over the previous report, analysts thought they had the answer, but Apple's CFO Luca Maestri said not: watch sales were offset by declining revenue from iPods and accessories; so the figures were still just guesses.
Perhaps Rene Ritchie of iMore had it right when he wrote that "the iWatch will be one of the dumbest media frenzies of 2015".
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. 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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