eXtensions - Wednesday 22 August 2018
eXtensions - The Wednesday File (71): Apple's Septem Horribilis - Exploding iPad, Australian Hacking, iPhone X Ire in Bangkok - and More Doom
By Graham K. Rogers
A couple of good examples occurred when Apple was assailed by these commentators around the end of 2012-13, aided and abetted by Carl Icahn who wanted more than a slice of the action. As we have seen with other companies he puts his soiled fingers into, his activism often results in changes to the board of directors, with subsequent losses. Ask those who worked at TWA. Ask Xerox.
There are some analysts I follow because they are so bad in their predictability. One of these is Michale Blair whose reputation among those who comment on his articles is such that when he writes, Sell, they buy Apple shares. I have lost count of the times Toni Sacconaghi has called for the replacement of Tim Cook who has taken Apple from a solid company to the first trillion dollar company in the world, but there is no innovation. . . .
There are a number of others, including Katy Huberty who has twice talked down the iPhone, coincidentally days before the Q2 then Q3 2018 results. A comment on this quickly resulted in me being blocked by Ben Lovejoy, I guess because I was the equivalent of a pesky hornet.
In the months leading up to the end of 2017 and up to the last results in July, the common view was that the iPhones were not selling, although looking around here, it was clear that more of the iPhone X devices were on the streets than other models; and Bangkok is not a particularly large market. So when those results were announced and it was (again) shown that Apple was selling lots and lots of iPhones, especially the iPhone X, the analysts jumped for joy and there was a festival of share-buying, which pushed the price over the magic $207 into trillion dollar euphoria, where it remains ($215.46 and $1.04T on Tuesday evening).
It was no surprise to see a Tweet on Tuesday with the remarkable summary that, because Apple had sold so many iPhones already this year, it was felt that when the new iPhones are announced in the next month (or so) that fewer people will buy them as they will be hanging on to their current devices: "Remarkable how the narrative went from 'iPhone X is a dud, they're gonna cancel it' to 'it was so successful almost everyone bought it".
I think we can be confident enough that the iPhone is on its way and one report on this (carried by a number of sources) suggests that there will be two OLED models this year and that they will support the Apple Pencil (Ben Lovejoy, 9to5 Mac). If that is the case, I will unpair that from the iPad and use it with the next iPhone when it arrives here. Orders in some markets are allegedly opening on 14 September. I expect the middle of November here.
With two OLED iPhones, that supports an earlier rumour that there could be an iPhone X and an iPhone X Plus. It is also rumoured that memory will rise to 512 GB. I had better start saving, although 256 GB has been quite enough with the 2TB I now use on iCloud. Last time, however, there was no interim option. Would Apple just offer (say) 64GB and 512GB: no Goldilocks option?
iStudio Pinklao - 2016
The initial problem was that he could not make the iPhone X he bought the day before scan his face, so other functions would not work properly. He was stopped from going into a storeroom to change the phone himself, and that is when he went a little awry: not for the first time according to my information. As he is the son of a Justice (judge) he used this to demand action and has apparently done so in the past. It is reported that he does have mental problems, but the public comment was not at all sympathetic towards him.
I am sure that this will be circulated more and that local representatives (and Apple at Cupertino) will want to find out what the root of the problem was and why it escalated like this. Although the iStudio staff are well-trained (Com7, whose shop this, is have a massive training facility) there are occasional lapses, although the denial of service here (exchange) would be official policy. It is not clear if the staff tried to help him set it up before (or on this day), but it does not appear that cooperation is a strong point.
There is a link to the video on Facebook, but this may well disappear at some time in the future.
I am sure the NSA would love that or Erdogan's other suggestion, the locally made Venus smartphones which look just like the iPhone or something; and all with Android Marshmallow. Pie is version 9.0, but Marshmallow is running on 25% of Android phones. What did Erdogan say, "We have to serve better quality goods than we are importing from them".
This could be a sign of clearing stocks. Not that Apple will have many in the pipeline: Tim Cook saw to that with the control he exerts on the delivery chain. Retailers may be a different matter and some may have a few more than they need when it is expected that the time for new hardware should be just around the corner. We have hopes for new iMacs, the MacBook, perhaps a MacBook Pro update (doubtful); and we are ever hopeful for the MacPro and an overdue update to the Mac mini, which is discounted by B&H to $399. They start at 18,900 baht here, which is $569. When the 7% VAT is deducted that gives $532.45 - quite a significant discount.
MacBook guts - image courtesy of Apple
There is also the idea of using an iPhone or iPad as a mini-computer: attached to a monitor, with a mouse and keyboard this is attractive for many. Although I like the idea, much of this is possible now. I often use a monitor (or overhead projector) with the VGA connector; I have Bluetooth keyboards that work with iOS devices; and I prefer a trackpad over a mouse any day. If an Apple Pencil is used, there is a natural pointing device, and there was a rumor that this feature could be coming to the next iPhones.
iPad Pro with A10X Processor - image courtesy of Apple
It most certainly is possible to download the images directly to the iPhone, but it takes a bit of shuffling, and I have never tried with more than about 20-30 images. With the XQD card it is not at all easy and I have to make a deliberate decision to shoot with the SD card in use. Too much fuss, until Apple comes up with a Lightning to XQD adapter (I did submit a suggestion).
Even with the 16GB RAM on the MacBook Pro, the computer has to work hard: I can feel this with the heat and see how the battery power levels drop. So the idea of doing industrial level tasks on an iOS device seems a little ambitious right now, although there is plenty of productive work that is possible; and it is here that a hybrid system could have potential.
I have been replacing and deleting some apps as I go through in preparation for the change, but two of my long-time apps are going to die, with no replacements planned by the developers. Fetch, which I have been using since System 7 said they are thinking about it. Feed for All which I use to manage RSS feeds, has no plans and suggested Feeder, which is now Feeder 3. I downloaded this, which was quite expensive and made several attempts to make it work. I have this problem with all FTP apps, but eventually hit the right settings.
After several attempts using the settings I apply with like apps, including total restarts, I had a look at the Help files (RTFM) and worked through each section slowly. Earlier this week, after another 3 or 4 settings changes, I finally hit the sweet spot and the RSS feed loads. Don't delay, if there are to be changes, prepare now.
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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