A Never Obsolete SmartwatchTuesday, September 30, 2014
  • John Gruber suggests that the Apple Watch internals could be replaceable: 

    [...] Perhaps the internals of the watch will be upgradeable. Apple is calling the S1 chip a “computer on a chip”, not a “system on a chip”. Take it in for servicing, and for a few hundred dollars, perhaps you’ll be able to replace your S1 for an S2 in a year, and an S3 the year after that. 

    When you consider how Apple has designed the watch and the S1 chip, it starts to make sense. And if it proves to be true, demand for the first Apple Watch will increase greatly. The first edition, particularly the gold model, will be more of a collectible that never becomes obsolete instead of a replaceable product like iPods and iPhones have been. 

    As components shrink, it could even be possible for the first Apple Watch to shrink in size with an upgrade. Apple lists the thickness of the watch separately from the thickness of the heart rate sensor on the back. If the internals of the watch shrink, it would allow Apple to also decrease the space required for those sensors. 

    All of this solves a problem that I’ve had since the announcement of the Apple Watch: As a collector of watches, how do I suddenly limit myself to a single watch? Perhaps, I don’t. Maybe in three years time I have multiple Apple Watches, all with distinct styles and shapes, but internally all offering the exact same benefits. 
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    When Abused, Phones BreakSaturday, September 27, 2014
  • Consumer Reports: 

    [...] Bear in mind that it took significant force to do this kind of damage to all these phones. While nothing is (evidently) indestructible, we expect that any of these phones should stand up to typical use.

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    Android Had it FirstThursday, September 25, 2014
  • I keep hearing how the iPhone 6 is just a year-old Android phone, but it seems like every feature that Android was first to offer is in a different phone. Before I could finish writing about it, The Macalope beat me to the punch: 

    Look, all you need to do is get an Android phone from HTC for build quality. Then get an Android phone from Sony because their cameras are so good. Then get a Galaxy Note from Samsung for the largest screen. Then get a Nexus from Google to get a decent software experience. Finally, get a phone from Hauwei because they’re cheap. Then mash them all together and you’ve got one phone that’s better than the iPhone! 

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    iPhone 6 Plus Bends When ForcedTuesday, September 23, 2014
  • In other news, if you drive over nails with your car, your tires go flat. 

    (Ridiculous video here, if you're interested.) 
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    iOS Adoption RateTuesday, September 23, 2014
  • Apple reports that 46% of users (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) were already on iOS 8 by September 21, just three days after the release. Only 5% of users are on a version older than iOS 7. Compare that with Android's adoption rate; The newest release, KitKat, has been available for 11 months and has less than 25% share. Jelly Bean is over two years old and is in use by 54% of Android users. That leaves a whopping 21% of users on an operating system that is over three years old. 

    So why does this matter? User experience. 

    If your users are on outdated operating systems, what kind of experience are they getting? And what about the app developers? Do you design for a majority, meaning your apps aren't as rich as they could be? Or do you design for the newest and lose 75% of your potential customers? 

    Every time Apple release a new feature, Android users jump on the chance to mention Android had it first. Maybe, but Android users certainly don't. 
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