These new iPhones seem to be more fragile and easier to drop. It’s just been a week and a half since launch and I’ve seen people around me either drop and crack their phones, or buy cases & screen protectors when they have never done that for the previous models.
A bigger phone leads to a looser grip. Can’t deploy that death grip like you can on a 3.5” or 4” phone.
Thin rounded edges instead of a steel band (iPhone 4) or similar flat, chamfered edge (iPhone 5). This again affects the ability to grip the device tightly, especially when its round and thin.
Smooth and curved aluminum back. The entire phone is slippery like the 1st iPhone.
Glass curves from all 4 edges of the phone. There is a higher chance a drop will hit parts of the cover glass, leading to a higher possibility of cracking the screen.
Everyone, take care of your new toys!
New iDevices are upon us. Here are 3 signs that Apple cares more about their profit than your product experience:
1. 1GB RAM
The iPhone has 1GB RAM since the A6 was introduced in the iPhone 5 back in 2012. With the introduction of the 64-bit A7 CPU last year, 64-bit apps use up to 30% more memory which means less free memory for multitasking and gaming. Android devices require more memory due to higher OS overheads and flagships have 3GB. It’s time for Apple to go to 2GB so that these new devices have a longer lifespan beyond iOS 9.
(This RAM limitation is even worse on iPads due to larger memory requirements of a higher resolution display, and there are countless of users complaining that their shiny new 2013 iPad Airs and retina iPad minis cannot hold more than 1 or 2 Safari tabs in memory without reloading. Bad.)
2. +$100 for more storage
See my earlier post on Apple’s Storage Ripoff. If Apple keeps their storage increments to $100, it’s clear they want to continue milking us to feed their fat profit margins.
A few months ago, Apple made each storage increment (16GB to 32GB, 32GB to 64GB) of the iPod touch $50. They will not lose money because it merely costs $19 to go from 16GB to 64GB. Look at how much SD cards cost in retail, and there’s your benchmark.
3. 16GB model at last year’s price
16GB is hardly enough, as storage requirements increase due to:
- Universal apps which contain assets and retina-sized images to support multiple screen sizes of the iPhones and iPads models out there
- Larger apps compiled for the 64-bit A7 (and the upcoming A8) CPUs
- Higher megapixel cameras and higher resolution video, requiring more storage
- Users’ number of photos, music and videos increase over time
If the entry level model still remains at 16GB, it is clear that Apple wants to keep the cheapest model severely gimped to push users to the more expensive ones. The higher tiers are where the fat margins are, given that storage is the only difference and these NAND memory chips are dirt cheap, and even more so with Apple’s buying power.
A small concession is that the 32GB model is gone, and the only higher capacity models are 64GB & 128GB at the current prices of the 32GB & 64GB iPhone. But still, 16GB in 2014? Geez.
My bet is that Apple will fail the test on all three counts. I’d love to be proven wrong.
Look at the recently released Motorola 360 smart watch making the news in the review circuit. It’s round, very much like a classic mechanical watch driven by gears and a battery. The constraint of a mechanical watch is that the hands need to move around the clock face.
Digital devices do not have or need such constraints. In fact, rounding and lobbing off the squared edges of a tiny screen is an immense waste of useful screen space. Unless there’s something really beneficial to such a form factor that I’m obviously missing, an inventive company like Apple wouldn’t make a watch that’s totally round.
The form factor of a device should be true to itself, and is too constrained when it has to model its analog predecessors just because it’s fashionable to, or because of a penchant to keep with the past or keep things familiar. A MP3 player shaped and sized like a honking CD player is anachoristic, while one that is true to its form becomes iconic.
Can’t wait to see what Apple’s wearable looks like, and watch [pun intended] the copycats ape the general design and shape while later claiming it is what things would have naturally evolved to anyway when accused of copying.
"I will be clear up-front that I do not hate Android. I only hate stuff that makes my life harder, or would if I hypothetically bought it. I do, however, hate people yelling “OPEN” and “CLOWWWD” every ten minutes as if they have some kind of Technological Tourette’s Syndrome."
— Fraser Speirs, On the Rapid End-Of-Lifing of Android Devices
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— Maya Angelou