eXtensions - Tuesday 20 September 2016
Cassandra: Tuesday Review - iPhone buyers take no heed of press warnings; On the way to Sierra; and other notes
By Graham K. Rogers
iPhone 7 Colors - Image courtesy of Apple
Only last week he wrote, "Most People Have No Interest in Buying iPhone 7" citing a survey from research firm Morning Consult. I was so disappointed in this article that I used it in a Cassandra review last Tuesday, noting then "I have duly marked the calendar for a date 6 months into the future to see how prescient this was." I only had to wait 7 days. And I see Fortune still have those panels telling me to download the latest version of Flash. Not really with the program are we: in more ways than one.
For a look at something more positive take time to read Rene Ritchie's iPhone 7 Review on iMore. He and Serenity Caldwell have been in New York recently and have been playing with the iPhone 7 cameras to good effect.
Another surprise to me was a report on ZeroHedge that suggests AAPL shored up the markets last week because of "better than expected adoption and pre-order reports": fair enough. However the main idea of the article works off a report from JP Morgan, with the suggestion that this is all a little premature, particularly as there may be shortages in the Apple supply chain. But towards the end was half a sentence that just floored me: discussing the more positive outlook of some buyers, who are "eager to continue buying on hopes that AAPL's fate has finally changed."
Fate? This is the Apple is doomed meme all over again and seems somewhat out of place when discussing a company that has a market value of $611.48 Billion, with several billions salted away in foreign markets because of the 30% penalty the US taxman would levy if it were repatriated. Fate? Wall Street doesn't understand reality as every time they go wrong, the government bails them out.
Although the release date is said to be 20 September, by the time it is released in the USA, the sun has moved round a bit and it is later on Wednesday here. I did check this evening (just in case), but there was nothing, except an update to Affinity Photo from those nice guys in Nottingham: Optimised for macOS Sierra. They use the lower case "m" too.
There are known to be a lot of changes in the new version of macOS, although some are quite subtle. One new feature is Siri, accessed not using the "Hey Siri" of iOS but a menubar icon or keystrokes, like Fn + Spacebar. That will also have a new panel in System Preferences.
I will be writing about System Preferences in the near future, as I have done in the past. The last time was for Yosemite in late 2014. I am still seeing hits for that. This time I am certain we will see changes in Accessibility as well as a number of minor changes in other panels.
There was an interesting look at the new feature by Adam C. Engst on TidBits this weekend with the article outlining some of the problems users might look out for, especially if (having turned this On) users turn it Off. I don't think all that Adam outlines here will be problematic for most users (I have been using this for a while) but it is worth considering.
Although I have cable, I use the Apple TV for almost all my viewing these days (mainly Netflix), with additional input from iFlix on the iPad, which I stream to the television via AirPlay. My viewing of motorcycle racing - MotoGP - is also done using the iPad and the browser. This means that I only now use the cable connection about once every two weeks for Formula One races.
That article made the suggestions that the time had come for cable transmissions to rethink how they offer programming; and also for F1 to think about up to date means of transmitting their races to the fans: by cutting out the cable companies, the income would be direct, in the same way that Dorna AG controls MotoGP transmissions.
Just over a week ago it was reported (RT) that John Malone's Liberty Media had completed a takeover of Formula One Management and that although Ecclestone would stay on (he has a contract for 3 more years I believe), Chase Carey, of 21st Century Fox is slated to be the next chairman. It was interesting therefore to see Carey at the Singapore GP last weekend. Martin Brundle interviewed him on his startline walkabout (I love that) and although he was not giving too much away, there was the idea of new media floating about. I can hardly wait: both for the iOS app and to cancel my expensive cable link.
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. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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