eXtensions - Saturday 21 October 2017
Cassandra - Bangkok Trivia: Service, Crooked SMS, iPhone Availability and The Meyerowitz Stories
By Graham K. Rogers
When I look at products I like to take the time to read specifications, sometimes writing down notes for later, and while in the shop I imagine possibilities, perhaps leading to a purchase, as happened some while back with the CalDigit USB-C disk I saw there. Not today.
As soon as I was in the store, I was shadowed by an assistant. As I moved from shelf stack to shelf stack, he dogged my steps. I am sure he was trying to be helpful, but if I want attention, I am capable of asking. And close attention like this interrupts my thought processes. How can a customer make a decision with such close monitoring?
In the past, as well as the CalDigit disk, I have bought LaCie disks, the Nokia scales I use daily and many other Apple products. i walked out. Who knows, maybe if I had seen something that interested me, had checked details on the iPhone, and had time to consider the product, I might have made a purchase. Not today.
He had spotted charges of around 300 baht and said that some might have come from accessing certain sites (queue guilty face). He mentioned iWalker (which I did not recognise) as well as some that I did, like the BBC, although I cannot remember reading anything from them. Of course I might have done with the amount of news I go through every day.
He removed the charges and and SMS from DTAC told me this was being investigated. From what he suggested, I was not the only one seeing such charges and I will look at the bill when I visit my office next week. I will also take more note of any messages arriving from sources that I do not connect to.
I asked about the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. I had more luck here as he suggested that the iPhone 8 was expected in early December: holding up 3 fingers, he said 4 December. I double-checked: 4 December, 3 fingers. As the 4th is a Monday, this is an unusual day for a release in Thailand, so this could indicate the day they arrive on the shelves. With a Friday release (1 December), orders would be expected to open on 24 November.
He had no information about the iPhone X, which is already slated for release in Malaysia. It is shown on the site for Malaysia and prices (64GB, 5149RM; 256GB 5899RM) are about in line with what I expected. No dates are shown as yet for the device. The iPhone 8 went on sale this week there. If this is coming in early December here - far too late in comparison with other markets in the area - it makes it highly unlikely for the iPhone X to be released in the remaining days of December, so I anticipate January at best. That willgive me more time to save up of course.
I use certain extensions within Apple Photos and wrote about this yesterday. While testing I found that a couple of photo-editing apps were unable to handle HEIC images: the new format used on the iPhone (iOS 11) and transferred to the Mac (10.13, High Sierra). I dropped a message to Macphun, about Luminar (the other apps from them are OK) and had email on Saturday evening: on the to-do list. In the meantime, if I want to edit in Luminar I can export an image and work with the standalone app.
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. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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