🔗 Device Advice
When deciding whether to buy or to hang on to devices and gadgets—both in the present and the future—the filter we need to employ is the simple question “What problem does it solve?” Device Advice
This is one of the biggest questions I ask myself when buying new technology.
Much of the time now the iteration or new product is not revolutionary, more iterative and if it doesn’t solve a problem - what’s is the point.
Don’t buy a new device because it is new, but because it adds something new that is needed.
HomePod Initial Impressions
🔗 Many Siris · Bryan Irace
If the Lyft app is installed on your iPhone, you can ask Phone Siri to order you a car. But you can’t ask Mac Siri to do the same, because she doesn’t know what Lyft is. Compare and contrast this with the SDKs for Alexa and the Google Assistant – they each run third-party software server-side, such that installing the Lyft Alexa “skill” once gives Alexa the ability to summon a ride regardless of if you’re talking to her on an Echo in your bedroom, a different Echo in your living room, or via the Alexa app on your phone. Many Siris · Bryan Irace
This is ultimately where the Apple privacy stance falls down. With on device processing Apple are unable (or unwilling) to make abilities available everywhere.
They could in theory sync encrypted information to other devices. Or allow for account information to be stored in iCloud, however this again breaks Apples privacy ethics.
There may soon become a time when Apple needs to back down from such a view point and give users the ability to opt in. Until then don’t bank on Siri being able to do everything everywhere.
Android Experiment - The Results
AirPods And Android
My Android Experiment
Sales Of iPhone X Strong But Not Record Breaking
🔗 Apple Trying to Get MacBook Down to $999. Maybe They Should also Try One with iOS. – BirchTree
As I said last night, Apple should also make a version of this new MacBook at runs iOS and see what the separation is in sales. I’d be incredibly curious to see is a MacBook with a 13 inch screen and keyboard would sell better running iOS or macOS Apple Trying to Get MacBook Down to $999. Maybe They Should also Try One with iOS. – BirchTree
The MacBook running iOS is the iPad Pro?
Whilst I see where Matt I coming from I just don’t see that this would sell very well. It may be appealing to us nerds that already work on their iPad/iPhone. But Apple must sell tens of millions fo devices to make it worth while.
Such is the life of one of the biggest companies in the world!
🔗 No Cutting Corners on the iPhone X – Tall West
Overall, these decisions seem minor, but from a design viewpoint they’re fairly opinionated. No Cutting Corners on the iPhone X – Tall West – Medium
Although I’m not a huge fan of the notch there are certainly many ways it could have looked worse.
I don’t think this is a unique stance, but Apple are one of the only companies that would pour this much design into corners.