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stevew928
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9/10/2014 | 11:45:36 PM
Re: Standard Connector
I agree. I have a micro-USB on my Logitech mouse and nearly swear every time I have to plug it in to charge. I have to make sure it's the right orientation and then get the angle just right, etc. (And, I'm pretty sure it's going to break one of these days if I mess up just a bit.) While that doesn't seem like a huge deal, when you're used to such an pleasure-to-use connector like Lightening or MagSafe, it's kind of like getting out of your BMW and into a Yugo. I suppose they both drive you from point A to B, but wow...
stevew928
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stevew928,
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9/10/2014 | 11:40:46 PM
Re: really?
As one tech-journalist cleverly put it, something like... brining specs to an experience fight. Specs can sometime matter, but in the big picture they often become irrelevant.
stevew928
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stevew928,
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9/10/2014 | 11:37:10 PM
Re: Camera
Where in the world are you getting those market-share numbers from? (Not to mention market-share is typically pretty irrelevant as it's distribution in some quarter vs number of units in actual use.) Take a look at some website visitor logs and you'll quickly see how small the non-iOS percentage is. Or, look at where developers are making their money... it's mosly on iOS.

You seem very interested in extremely niche things. I suppose if some designer needs dual rear cameras, then they will go to some other platform (if one exists that has that feature). And, Apple will lose a dozen sales or so. Same with Glass, etc... fairly irrelevant in the big picture.

Now, you have a point about the 5-billion without phones yet. Apple will probably get some of that market, but unless the profit margin is high enough, Apple will probably leave that to others.
Brian.Dean
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9/10/2014 | 8:10:58 PM
Re: Camera
@melgross, point taken and it is a good point -- the camera is not a major upgrade but it is an upgrade -- not a big enough upgrade to make someone want to switch from the Google ecosystem over to an Apple ecosystem.

A user will only switch platforms if a product is 5 years ahead of its time. Apple's digital crown seems like a great intuitive and innovative advance -- a smart watch has a small display, controlling it by touch is not easy and users are already classically conditioned to control a watch using a crown. Will the digital crown cause a user to switch platforms? Maybe, it will.

A lot depends on how the phone market is viewed, if we say that the OS is the most important aspect of a smart phone, then Google has 89% of market share and Apple has 11%. And Google is giving the company the opportunity to grow its market share, by experimenting with projects such as Project Tango, Project Ara and Project Glass.

Either one of these projects has the potential to be huge, for instance, if an interior designs can showcase their design concepts to a potential client using 3D technology developed by Project Tango and dual cameras, then the designer would switch from an Apple platform to a Google platform. If the remaining 5 billion people without a phone are to be connected, then many might not want a camera altogether and Project Ara will help create a phone. 
jnskm
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9/10/2014 | 6:19:33 PM
Standard Connector
I hear you. It would be nice to have every hardware manufacturer use a worldwide standard connector for data and power. MicroUSB seems to be that standard for smartphones. Unfortunately Apple has always done things its unique way. Another unfortunate thing is that microUSB is ugly, and unidirectional.

Ugly is something Apple is not going to do. No matter what. If the USB consortium can come up with something that's not ugly, fast, durable, has no directional component (you can stick it in any way you like -- a circular connection perhaps), then maybe you can have some hope Apple might use that. But this is Apple you're talking about. To expect that Apple would use microUSB in leiu of its Lightning connector is not realistic.

I would hope the next generation of power and data cables will all use magnets. The MagSafe power connectors on the MacBooks as well as the new Apple Watch look great and function well (you don't drag your computer to the floor). Here's to MagSafe data & power connections for iPods, iPads, and iPhones sooner than later. And maybe the rest of the world can copy it and make it a standard. ;-)
jnskm
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9/10/2014 | 5:58:10 PM
Megapixels
I believe most who are interested in photography understands the number of pixels in an image sensor is not an important indicator of the quality of images. Of course you'll need a minimum number of pixels. If I were to guess the minimum to get a decent 8"x10" photo printed is about 4MP~6MP.

Apple leaving the image sensor in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at 8MP is a smart thing to do. 8MP is enough for most everyone except for those who are professionals who need to print large prints. What Apple did instead was focus on autofocus speeds and improve the quality of images taken in low-light conditions with optical image stabilization in the iPhone 6 Plus. OIS also allows for image stabilization in videos.

And speaking of videos the iPhone 6 series can take 1920x1080 at 60fps. Yes, 4K video capture is lacking, but so is 4K displays and computers and software that can handle (at the consumer level) 4K video. 4K is something nice to have, but in real life there will be very few who can take advantage of the additional pixels.

What I would have liked in the camera system is faster glass. Currently the lens is at f/2.2. Apple should have improved the glass to f/2.0 or even f/1.8. That would help capture more light and dramatically improve image quality in low light environments.
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9/10/2014 | 4:42:40 PM
Re: really?
I was surprised that Apple would include an inferior camera. However, it appears that megapixels aren't the whole story. There's a fair comparison between the iPhone 5s (8MP, 1.2MP) and Galaxy S5 (16MP, 2.1MP) at Tom's Guide (Google: iphone camera vs galaxy s5). They found that overall the iPhone outperforms the Samsung and the user-facing camera in the iPhone actually produced better photos despite its lower megapixels. Samsung does offer a few nice ways to customize your photos though.

 
melgross
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9/10/2014 | 4:39:31 PM
Re: Camera
If you can't think past megapixels then your understand of cameras is severely limited. The camera is improved, as you would know if you go to Apple's site. A new sensor, with imbedded focus pixels which will focus twice as fast. Greater dynamic sensor range. New lens. New anti shake technology, including optical stabilization in the 5.5" model. 60FPS 1080p abilities (which most video cameras in phones don't have yet). 120 and 240 fps slow motion. Better dual color light. One shot HDR in still and video. Manual and auto focussing in video. Ability to use extensions from other photo and video apps. There's more, but that's enough for now. As far as having two cameras on the rear. What? Seriously? Have you asked that of any other manufacturer? Seems like a strange idea. Obviously this is a personal thing for you.
GAProgrammer
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9/10/2014 | 2:58:22 PM
really?
"Apple's new phones are surely impressive, but really only bring the company on-par with many of today's competing smartphones." It cannot be impressive if it is only catching up. How is it impressive with a 1.2 MP crappy user facing camera?

I agree with your article, except for the fanboi "impressive" comment. Nothing about the phone is that impressive. The Apple Pay has yet to be proven, so while it is an interesting feature, I'd hardly call a handful of partnerships "impressive".

What is it with the tech press that you HAVE to compliment Apple products, even when you slam them? There is another article from IW that came out yesterday that did the same thing?
Doug Henschen
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9/10/2014 | 9:50:07 AM
Re: Watch is late, and lamely teathered to the iPhone
Time, day, and date unless it's in proximity to my mobile phone? That's lame. I'll buy a GPS watch and reach for my smartphone when I need something more. A Garmin Forerunner with heart-rate monitoring, splits and all sorts of other sports functionality is $150.
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