eXtensions - Wednesday 24 October 2018
eXtensions - The Wednesday File (78): New Releases from Apple; Apple Watch Notes; Digital and Film Cameras; Problems with some Kickstarter Projects (Updated)
By Graham K. Rogers
The Wednesday FileLast week orders opened in Thailand for the new iPhones. As the iPhone XR was included, this means (for once) that Thailand has these phones at the same time as the rest of the world. Some sources report, however, that these are already sold out (Juli Clover, MacRumors). It also means that with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 still available here, the online store is looking less diluted these days. If you did not order an iPhone XR in the first days, you may have to wait. Mikey Campbell (AppleInsider) reports that it took Apple 4 days to sell out. More will be on the way. The Thai store is currently showing 1-2 weeks for delivery.
When I handed that Watch over this Monday, we had a brief session when I helped her set it up and explained, with the other lady who has a Watch, how the settings and apps may be fine-tuned for the user. I must admit, I am still learning things, and not just because I have the Apple Watch 4. I picked up a couple of extra ideas before I bought that for using the Apple Watch 3.
We must also consider the possibility that this time (maybe) will see the arrival of a new Mac mini, or new iMacs (more likely) and even something on the Mac Pro development. Notebooks are possibles for updates too. I can just add to my shopping list of things I want and can no longer afford to buy, especially having just come back from a UK trip.
I now put the TIFF images from the scans into Photos along with the D850 output, because Aperture no longer handles the RAW files from this Nikon (the D7000 was OK). Although Apple recommended that users switch to Adobe Lightroom when they announced that Aperture was no longer to be supported, that was a poor response. I think Aperture was the better product in several ways and it also integrated with iCloud. While I was writing my comments on the use of the Hasselblad in my UK travels, I saw an article by William Gallagher (AppleInsider) on the rise and fall - or rather inertia - of Aperture.
The Globe Inn - Rollei 400 film and Linslade Lock - PanF Plus
Editing Nikon D850 Photograph in Pixelmator
One of my reasons for buying the Nikon D850 was the 45.7MP sensor it had developed for the camera (and now the Z7 mirrorless), which is manufactured by Sony. I had been impressed a couple of years ago by output from a Hasselblad H6D-50c that I took for a test run. The larger sensor (they also have a 100MP version) made a massive difference to quality, although I am also sure the lens helped.
There were rumours that the design was being adjusted: nothing unusual there, to be frank; and eventually the cameras started to ship. Mine is on its way. However, there has been a considerable amount of criticism from those who have received their cameras as the quality leaves much to be desired. Petapixel ran an article earlier this week: Yashica's 'Unexpected' Y35 Camera is Worse Than Anyone Expected (Michael Zhang); and another with a video appeared on Monday. The video of a sometimes-angry Michael Zhang covers some of the shortcomings, but there is also speculation as to why certain changes were made and this is not based on fact. Nonetheless, I am not really looking forward to the arrival of my Yashica (according to tracking it has been in China for the last week).
Also last week it was revealed that the Kickstarter project for Meyer Optik Görlitz lenses had failed. The money is gone. There will be no such lenses (Michael Zhang, PetaPixel). And if you want to see how or why some companies go wrong, take the time to read Oliver Kmia (PetaPixel) on why Fuji thrived and Kodak dies.
One of those sources is TechDirt, who are often critical of Apple. They comment that they had held off (wisely) to see how this would play out, but having now examined many sources - commercial and government - suggest that Bloomberg is barking up the wrong tree: "at this point, Bloomberg has whittled away whatever benefit of the doubt there was left and set fire to the scraps. It's difficult to believe that Bloomberg's story was accurate, and the company and its reporters owe everyone an explanation", adding that there may be a kernel of truth in the story, but that the reporters may have "misunderstood" something.
Update: earlier today I saw a reference to an expert source who had analysed the problem. Patrick Kennedy, writing in STH (Serve the Home), looks at hardware, software, motivations, company reactions and a whole lot more in his 5-section article. Like some of the misquoted sources, he suggests that Bloomberg had an agenda and ignored many of the contradictions: cherry-picking. Read this if you are even remotely interested.
The delivery is good and the pictures sharp. The €90 that I pay is excellent value, in my opinion, and much better than the advertisement saturated delivery that the cable company gives. Along with Netflix and a couple of other channels, I am glad to have cut the chord there.
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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