eXtensions - Wednesday 14 September 2016
Apple Event: A Tale of Three Chips and Some Other New Features (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
Late News (1): it was being reported on several sites on Tuesday evening that pre-orders at T-Mobile for the iPhone 7 are at an all-time record, shattering the numbers for the iPhone 6 (Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac). He adds, "Sprint is also reporting almost four times as many orders for the iPhone 7 this year, though its comparison was against the 6s".
Apple Watch 2 Versions - Image Courtesy of Apple
Apple WatchThe Apple Watch Series 2 appears only to have had some minor external changes, although it is now waterproof: swimming, not scuba-diving however. A clever little trick uses the speaker to eject water from the housing. Inside a new twin-processor design handles data better, so apps react more quickly. Brightness has also been improved.
Apple Watch 2 - Ejection of Water
During the introduction, John Hanke of Niantic Labs showed a version of Pokémon Go developed for the Apple Watch which caused as much excitement as the appearance of Shigeru Miyamoto who announced the arrival of a Super Mario game on the iPhone.
Shigeru Miyamoto - Nintendo
iPhone 7One well received change is that iPhone capacities now start at 32GB and go up to 256GB. After the event Apple quietly updated iPad sizes too. Perhaps the biggest change was the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Users will now have Lightning-connected EarBuds. In the box is a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter. There is also to be an option of AirBuds: Bluetooth connected in-ear devices.
Although it had been rumoured for months that the headphone jack would be removed (perhaps leaked by Apple), there was much negative comment on this. In the past several other handset makers have provided devices with no headphone: one releasing a phone with a wireless-only solution that was widely praised. But this is Apple and many critics, some who have never owned an iPhone hold Cupertino to a different standard.
Like many decisions Apple has made in the past (removing floppy disk drives, optical drives, Ethernet) there is a right time to make a move. Do you make the change before everyone, or become a sheep?
Inside each of the AirBuds is a new Apple-developed W1 processor that is Bluetooth-capable, with some tricks. When only one AirBud is used, output is in mono. When the second one is inserted into the other ear, output is stereo. Tap the side twice for Siri.
Using the case, pairing with an Apple device is quick and then the AirBuds are available to a user's other iOS and Mac devices via iCloud. At $159.00 (6900 baht in Thailand) they should be available in October.
Jason Snell on Six Colors had a try of the AirPods last week. His comments on setup and use are quite positive.
iPhone 7 and AirBuds - Image Courtesy of Apple
There are changes to cameras on both models, with the iPhone 7 Plus having a dual camera installation: one with 28mm equivalent lens and the other with 56mm lens allowing x2 zoom and up to x10 digital zoom. Combining inputs gives some useful effects that previously might only have been available on DSLR cameras. These cameras still use the 12MP sensor, although lenses are upgraded. The selfie camera has been upgraded to 7MP.
Inside is where much of the magic happens and the A10 Fusion chip is said to have 30% more speed than the A9X, making it faster than the iPad Pro, for now. The processor has four cores: two for speed and two for those apps that only need lower levels of processing power, like Mail.
iPhone 7 Colors - Image Courtesy of Apple
There is no date on availability in Thailand as yet.
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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