Apple’s Biggest Misstep in iOS 7

Following the unveiling of iOS 7 at WWDC 2013 earlier this week, there’s been a great deal of criticism hurled at Apple, much of it coming from some of their most loyal devotees. I have to say that I disagree with most of what is being said. By and large, the most¬†unanimous hatred is focused on¬†the design of the¬†new icons. Personally, I’m really pleased with them. Look at the old camera icon next to the new one:

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The old icon looks totally¬†bizarre¬†to me now. It’s much more a disembodied cyborg’s eyeball than a camera icon. Continue reading Apple’s Biggest Misstep in iOS 7

Google Squint: The New iOS Gmail App

After hearing near universal praise for Version 2.0 of Google’s Gmail app for iOS, I gave it a try on my iPhone 4. The app proved to be modern and sleek, however, in my opinion, it has a very basic, and very damning flaw. Simply put, the text is far too small and thin. I end up squinting a lot when I try to read emails, and my vision is pretty darn good. Here’s a¬†juxtaposition¬†of the same email, the old iPhone mail app is on the left, the new Gmail app is on the right:

Like the new Google Search app for iPad and iPhone, the new Gmail app seems like an attempt on Google’s part to Android-ize your Apple gadgets. However, by supplying an email app that favors visual flair over readability, you have to question the decision makers at the helm.

US Patent Law, The Decisive Winner of Apple v. Samsung

This post is here to direct you to an article that I just wrote about US patent law and the Apple v. Samsung case. You can read it right now at The Verge by clicking this link:

http://www.theverge.com/2012/8/27/3271027/us-patent-law-the-decisive-winner-of-apple-v-samsung

 

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Mourning the Loss of Steve Jobs

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after awhile.”

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday, not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. Continue reading Mourning the Loss of Steve Jobs

The iLife: It Feels Like Someone Else’s Life, But it’s My Life

Apple iPad 2, iPhone 4, MacBook Pro, Apple TV, AirPort ExtremeAfter going back and forth for several months between lusting after an iPad 2 and being indifferent about it, I finally grew tired of the seesaw of desires and surrendered my credit card. What’s unsettling is not only am I the owner of a shiny new iPad 2, but now I’m one of those weirdos who has the entire range of the Apple-branded revolution gadgets in my home. While these products are fun and exciting to play with, I can’t help but feel a bit like a conformist. I’ve become that latte-sipping, croissant-munching stereotype that people love to hate. Continue reading The iLife: It Feels Like Someone Else’s Life, But it’s My Life

Apple’s New FCPX: Has the Pro Finally Been Cut?

Apple Final Cut Pro XAfter reading people’s reactions to Apple’s latest release of Final Cut Pro X over the past week, I’m starting to come to grips with the fact that the “Pro” days of Apple products may officially be over. This realization stirs up an odd cocktail of emotions in me. On one hand, I saw it coming. I couldn’t have predicted the cannibalization of Final Cut Pro, but over the past six years it’s been pretty obvious that Apple has been “getting along nicely” with the consumer market (to the tune of 75 billion dollars in revenue). On the other hand, I figured it made sense for Apple to keep its professional products alive and well, no matter how small of a slice of the pie it was. “Industry leader in professional production tools” has a nice ring to it, right?

If you haven’t read about FCPX yet, here’s all you need to know: the new version is 100% incompatible with projects made on older versions of the software. Continue reading Apple’s New FCPX: Has the Pro Finally Been Cut?

It Just Doesn’t Work

Yucky Snow LeopardIf you’ve been reading my blog, you may have me pegged as an Apple fanboy. Sure, I own an iPhone, three Mac computers, and I even have the new Apple TV (a review is on the way). But I can assure you, even though I poo-pooed Windows 7 in my HP Envy review, I am not a blind Apple fanatic.

You’ve heard it before from others, but I’ll say it again: I just appreciate well-made products that make me feel like they’re worth the money I paid for them. So far I’ve had pretty good luck with Apple. Well, until recently.

For the past week and a half my six month old MacBook Pro has been malfunctioning. Here are the symptoms: If there are empty fields on a screen (such as Google’s search field) it will suddenly start filling them up with square box characters. Out of nowhere it starts making “bomping” noises. Bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp. It’s annoying. Worst of all, sometimes drop down menus become unusable. Continue reading It Just Doesn’t Work

The Best Camera is the Phone You Have With You

Recently I was given access to some really nice DSLR cameras at work, so I can take better pictures for business purposes. I had the Nikon D90 last week, and it was really fun to mess around with. I took some product shots for work, and I managed to shoot a short video that I may or may not upload to YouTube after I edit it. 720p with shallow depth-of-field, baby!

A cool building in midtown NYC

But there’s an old saying that I’ve heard a lot over the years: “The best camera is the one that you have with you.” The D90 was awesome, and I recommend it as a good choice for a DSLR, but any camera like that with a real lens on it is large, and you can’t just throw it in you backpack every morning to have it at all times. So even though I had that nice camera last week, the best photo I took during that time came from my trusty old iPhone 3Gs.