Yes, I’ve done the deed, I have cheated on my Nexus 4. My lover is none other than my ex, the iphone. Why, because I’m fickle and I like to play with new things, in this case, apps. What I have noticed since using my Nexus or Android device is that most companies would first develop an app on the iphone. Being the bleeding edge person that I am, I can’t help but try these apps, that way I know if it will be a hit before it becomes mainstream and is why my iphone is still getting constant usage.
I can understand why developers would prefer the iphone as a first choice and here’s my reasoning:
1. Fragmentation – IOS 7 installed rate have reached over 80% of all ios devices which supports it, as for Android, it is left to the handset manufacture to decide, of course unless you have a Nexus device or Google play editions of phones. For a developer, this may become frustrating as it will involve more than coding to cover all versions of Android and screen resolution.
2. Monetisation – I don’t know why but I much prefer to spend money via the Apple App store than using Google Play store, maybe because it’s habit since I started with itunes to buy music for the past 8 or so years therefore I’m so used to the process. So as a developer, I will pick the platform which can make me the most money.
3. Security – Many might argue this but my point is that Apple have a tighter control over the App store, so as a consumer, I am more trusting to install an IOS app and knowing it will probably be safe. As a developer, this may have an opposite side since Apple have such a grip on the App store, there is a chance the app will get rejected.
So, my trusty iphone 4S is still getting plenty of love and with great new apps like “Paper” from Facebook, I don’t see it getting retired anytime soon. If the new iphone 6 that is coming out this year sports a bigger screen, I will seriously consider switching back.
Every year around the September period, there is always some buzz in the air as Apple usually launches a new phone. This time round they release 2 new phones, Iphone 5C (color) and Iphone 5S (it used to stand for Speed when the first ‘S’ appeared on the 3GS). Anyhow, what can you expect from these 2 new phones? Let me break it down in a few words:
Iphone 5C – Same as the iphone 5 (2012) but now comes in colors (5 to be exact), only thing new inside is that it now supports more LTE Bands.
Iphone 5S – Looks exactly the same as the iphone 5 but now with a faster processor (A7), new camera/flash, fingerprint reader, 64-bit processing and another new chip M7. Oh, it also now comes in Gold (bling bling!!).
Apart from the new phones, the OS also saw a major upgrade to IOS7 which is a complete re-haul of the whole operating system. I did manage to installed in on my iphone 4S just to see what the fuss is about. Well, first impression is that it is very different visually. It feels like a complete do-over, some good some bad. If you are interested in the details there are many review out there to read about it, I can’t be bothered really.
Anyway, my initial impressions are positive, the new control center and notification is a good welcome, the color scheme, not so much. Well, I’ve only got it for 2 days so still learning more about it. Any do check it out here if you own a iphone 4 and above.
At WWDC Apple gave a preview of their mobile phone software the IOS. We are now at version 7 and Apple have decided to completely change the look and feel of the software. Everything now is more Flat and Clean, gone are the days were drop shadows and 3D icons ruled the internets. This is getting a lot of mixed feelings as many designers out there are shocked by what Apple have come up with, especially with the icons and color scheme while others don’t mind it so much.
Anyhow, as this is only the Beta version, many things might and probably will change when the final release comes out late Sept/Oct to coincide with the launch of their next iphone. If you are an iphone owner and is jealous of all those new wonderful Android features, you will certainly enjoy the face lift on IOS 7. Feature wise, not so much, still the same of IOS we are so used to. There is the new control centre where you can pull up a fixed set of apps/tools for quick actions and some enhancement to the photo/camera app. That is really all I could see that is new, any way take a look at the promo video from Apple, it’s magical as always.
You know what, I’m loving this concept video for the next ios 7. I hope it comes true as it looks great!
There has been at least 2 other movies in the works that is devoted to telling the story of Steve Jobs the creator of Apple Inc. Now funny or Die have done their very own biopic on Steve by producing a 80 mins production call iSteve which is loosely based on facts and pretty much else fiction. The lead that plays Jobs is no other than the ‘Mac guy’ Justin Long from the popular ‘I am a Mac’ Apple ads. If you are having a slow night and in need of some entertainment, I highly recommend it. Unfortunately I am unable to embed the video so please check out the video link here.
I have thought of switching back to Android but was waiting for some Apple IOS apps to be available on it, but the leaked pics of the next google phone is definitely pulling me in. Once Camera+/Tilt shift gen/Photosynth ports to Android I’m leaving Apple behind!! Check it out here.