Friday, November 8, 2013

Bad Reviews of the Original iPad

Below are the quotes of the 'experts in technology' that Tim Cook quoted from his keynote on October 22, 2013. It's funny to look back and see what people thought of this "just a big iPhone" that Apple released on April 3, 2010.


"I just don't see a need for thing"
  - John C. Dvorak


"It’s not going to revolutionize anything, it’s not going to replace netbooks"
  - Bruce Berls


"Anyone who believes this thing is a game changer is a tool."
  - Paul Thurrott

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Find My Friends on the Mac?

Find My Friends on iOS
I'm a big fan of Find My Friends on iOS. It's a great way for my wife and I to keep tabs on each other throughout the day. I'm sure that for some it may feel like an invasion of privacy allowing someone to see where you at any moment of the day but for me it just makes things easier when trying to coordinate picking up kids or getting errands accomplished.

So why doesn't Apple also offer this application on the Mac? They offer Find My iPhone on iCloud which is available on the Mac so you can find your own iPhone, but what about your friends? I guess they might think that your Mac really isn't a mobile device so it doesn't make as much sense but I think that it would be a great addition to the growing application list that they provide.

It might just be that they have a limited amount of resources and it just isn't high enough on the priority list at this time. I can't honestly say that it's something that is high on my priority list either. It just feels like a simple addition to a service that they already make available and would be relatively easy to make available on the Macintosh platform.

Find My iPhone on iCloud

Friday, October 25, 2013

Safari in Mavericks shows which tab is playing video or audio

Have you ever been in Safari, switching between multiple tabs and then all of the sudden you started hearing audio playing? The problem is you don't know what tab the audio is coming from. Well now you don't have to worry about that. The Mavericks Safari has an icon on the tab that shows you which tab is playing the audio. This will definitely save some embarrassment from users when audio kicks in from a website long after they have left the page.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Siri Needs to be More Reliable

I want to use Siri. I really do. I love the whole idea that I can speak to my phone and have it respond with an answer to my question or perform the task that I requested.

But my success rate falls far short of my expectations. Even when asking Siri a question that I know she can handle, I often receive the below response.


I honestly don't know where the failure occurs. Did Siri not understand what I said? Did it have a problem connecting to the Apple servers?

I guess in the long run it really doesn't matter. Whatever the reason, it just makes the whole experience terrible. When I hold down the home button and wait for the Siri to kick in, my confidence level of Siri actually being able to perform the actions that I request is extremely low. Most of the time I am actually surprised when it does work.

One of the things that I think makes Apple products great is that they make using their products enjoyable. It's not just that they create interfaces that help you get things done. They make interfaces that make getting things done fun. Siri has the potential of being fun. It has the potential of putting a smile on my face as it 'magically' responds to my requests. It's just not there yet.

Apple continues to add features to Siri so I am hopeful that they are still working on making the experience better. I hope that Apple believes that that Siri is technology important to their future and keeps it a priority. But for now, Siri feels to me to be a technology with great potential that is yet to be fulfilled.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

iPhone and iPhone mini in 2014?

I just ordered my iPhone 5s and I'm looking forward to receiving it in the mail (sometime in October if the current status is to be believed). The iPhone has not even been out a week, I haven't received the new model and I'm already thinking about what Apple will be offering as far as the iPhone next year.

Most people seem to think that the iPhone will at some point have to have a larger screen and I must admit that I agree. Maybe it's my "getter older" eyes but to me a larger screen just seems to be the way to go. When comparing my iPhone with some of the larger (but not ridiculously large) Android phones, my phone appears wanting.

So now that Apple has increased their one iPhone lineup to a two iPhone lineup, what will they offer next year?

My guess is that they may go either the route of their MacBook or iPad lines and have a smaller and larger version.

If they go the MacBook route then they would retain the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s and make a small and large version of one or both models (i.e. iPhone 6s 4" and iPhone 6s 4.7") just like they have the MacBook Air 11" and MacBook Air 13".

If they go the iPad route then they could just rename the iPhone 5c the iPhone mini and the iPhone 5s would go back to just being called the iPhone but the new iPhone would now be the larger (and more expensive) model. I won't even get into them getting rid of the number naming system and just calling the latest model the 'new' iPhone and iPhone mini as they do now with the iPad.

So my next year's lineup guess:

The 'new' iPhone mini (4 inch model) and the 'new' iPhone (the larger flagship model).