eXtensions - Thursday 7 October 2021
Thursday Comment: Making friends with the iPad mini; iPhones now Shipping to Thailand; Positive comments on iPhone 13 and A15 chip (Update and minor fix)
By Graham K. Rogers
The iPad mini has less storage at 64GB, but when I tried with 17 images - a normal number for a quick walk round - the import was quick and easy. At some stage I shall try to see if I can cause an import to pause: to see what the limit is for the device. While working with the imported images I found a slight annoyance that also occurs on the iPad Pro.
While Apple has belatedly added a metadata display to Photos, unlike the similar panel on the Mac, adding data to the Information panel is not totally straightforward. Adding a caption is fairly straightforward. Adding or changing date and time-zone information needs the user to press the Adjust text (it is not really a button). Adding a location also has a suitable link.
However adding the location for all images at once is not possible although I can do it on the Mac. On the iPad or iPhone the user is limited to a one-by-one approach that is not productive. However, with the images selected, the actions arrow (bottom left) has a number of features, including "Adjust Location". This opens a panel that displays the current data if there is any location entered, and a panel at the top allows the user to Enter New Location. Right hand, left hand. Apple giveth and Apple taketh away.
Using the iPad mini is a little different from using the other devices. While I use the iPad Pro mainly in landscape mode, because of the keyboard and case (and the iPhone has face-recognition), the new iPad has its fingerprint ID through the button at the top right. With its size, I find I often switch to landscape mode and the button is then on the left.
When it was set up, I used the right index finger, as I had for other devices I had owned with fingerprint ID, but that is not enough for the iPad mini and the different ways I work. I took some time one morning this week to set another fingerprint ID for the left-sided working, which should save me a few nanoseconds.
We are also warned that supplies of the Apple Watch 7 could be limited on its release. Orders open this Friday (at least in Apple's important countries) although there is no information at all in the Thai online store currently (which still shows the Apple Watch Series 6).
iPhone 13 Pro - Image courtesy of Apple
On Wednesday afternoon this week, a message on the Apple Watch showed me that a large sum had been authorized on my credit card. That was a signal that the status of the iPhone 13 Pro order had changed. When I looked at the information in the Apple Store, this had changed from Processing to Preparing to Ship. The next morning (Thursday), this changed to Shipped, although the delivery date still shows 14 October. As with recent deliveries tracking information shows it has already been picked up in Singapore: again not shipping from China. I should have that in my hands in a few days. The case I ordered is still shown as Processing.
Update - A message later Thursday afternoon told me that the case had also now shipped and was due to be delivered on 12 October: next Tuesday.
Image of A15 chip from Anandtech Page
Writing in The Guardian, Samuel Gibbs has reviewed the iPhone 13 and calls it "Apple's very best". Positive comments are made on the camera upgrades, the longer battery life and (in the UK at least) a small price cut. With regard to the macro mode, users of models other than the iPhone 13, are now able to take macro photographs with the latest update to Halide that was released this week. I tried this while using the iPad Pro and was surprised to see how the fabric in the keys showed up (as well as the dust).
iPad Pro keyboard using macro mode in Halide
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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