AMITIAE - Wednesday 18 May 2016
Looking Forward to WWDC in June; and an Apple Acquisition (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
All people have so far are rumours and dubious drawings. Remember with the original iPhone some insisted it would have a pull-out keyboard, a point that Steve Jobs joked about with his first image of the iPhone (with rotary dial).
The reality is always different. There is that iPhone 7 rumour about a twin-camera system of course. . . .
I am hoping that the audio jack will be removed and that headphones connect via the Lightning port. I would also like some way for iOS devices to access content on external media.
End View: iPhone 6s Plus (left) and iPhone SE
Side View: iPhone SE
The new features of the mobile operating system usually dovetail with announcements about the next iPhone, but with Apple shifting away from its usual plans with the iPhone SE, who knows? Mind you, if there was no iPhone 7, Wall Street would go into a tailspin.
Like the iPads, there is now a range of iPhone sizes and capacities to suit most people. I was asked by a lady in a local shop, who is ready to replace her iPhone 6 Plus, which iPhone she should choose. I suggested she start by seeing which one felt most comfortable in her hand.
MacBook - First Generation
I am happy in an understated sort of way: it saves me the effort of pulling the iPhone out of my pocket every time there is a message; and with the HealthKit app, am more aware of what I do (or don't do) on a daily basis.
The WatchOS was updated some time back (there was a release to 2.2.1 this week), but a new version of the hardware - Apple Watch 2 is anticipated. Perhaps WWDC will be when this is announced.
My own reaction to the CNBC Tweet was Curious. Is this a pouring of oil on troubled waters? and I was not the only one to tie this investment to Apple's recent enforced shutdown of some services in China. How long before these reappear? On Twitter, one comment was that, Apple spent more on this taxi company investment than all its acquisitions combined in the last twelve months. Like the investment in Beats, Apple must hope to have some return on that outlay (and a foot in the door in India - Didi owns a part of Ola).
Tim Cook is on record as saying that there are a number of strategic reasons including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the Chinese market (9to5Mac). Obviously anything to do with cars and Apple right now is going to cause ripples and Cook teased, we will have to wait to see what the future holds. Note that Apple will spend some $10 billion on R&D this year (from $3 billion in 2012), much of which is expected to be connected to its Titan car project, although some disagree this is the reason.
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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