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12Sep/124

Apple's iPhone 5 keynote ended more than hour ago. It didn't bring any big surprise and even didn't convince me to change my iPhone 4 for the new iPhone 5 because I don't need a new phone and a larger screen or LTE which is not available in my country do not change it. I'm using tablet when I need mobile device with a larger screen and more computing power. The disappointment is missing NFC support because in my opinion, it means either that Apple doesn't believe in that technology yet or that the technology didn't succeed on the main markets.

Anyway I didn't start this short post to discuss the new iPhone. I wanted to watch the live stream of the keynote. One could think that it should be enough to turn on Apple TV and simply select a keynote and stream it to my TV or run iTunes on iPad/MacBook/PC select keynote and stream it but no luck. I didn't find the live stream and I believe the reason was quite simple - Apple didn't provide any. I know, I will be able to watch it as a podcast but that is not the same as streaming it live. There are rumors that Apple wants to bring streamed TV content to Apple TV. How Apple wants to do that when they are not able to stream their own keynote? This was a huge disappointment - bigger than anything in the keynote itself.

Btw. the new iPod Nano looks more like Lumia Nano ...

Posted on September 12, 2012 by Ladislav Mrnka
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  1. Go get yourself a Galaxy S3.
    I dumped my iPhone 4 for the sake of Galaxy S3.
    It beats the iPhone in every aspect: Screen size, battery, processor, open-sourced, not chained to i fu$in tunes, and many others.
    R.I.P Steve Jobs, R.I.P iPhone family.

    Today was a big day (for Samsung and Google).

    • Galaxy S3 is a great phone but it does not match my requirements. I used to have phone with 4.3″ screen and it already was too big. Moreover it would not be about replacing single phone but about replacing ecosystem and it would probably lead to replacing multiple phones/tablets in my family. But there is no reason for that because everybody is currently very satisfied with Apple devices.

      Btw. “open-sourced” is benefit for manufacturers but not for common end users. The “benefit” for end users is not receiving OS updates when they are released but waiting (sometimes endless) for the modified versions from their manufacturers. Replacing system with vanilla Android is a nice feature for geeks but not in general – reinstalling or reconfiguring OS is the last thing I want to do with my phone.

      I fully agree with iTunes hell – the worst end user SW I have ever used.

  2. From new iPhone I expected something like NFC, wireless charging and a slot for memory card. Hmm, it looks like iphonerers do not need it according to Apple.

    • I think Apple makes very good example of 80/20 – their devices offers minimal feature set (let’s call it 20%) which will be used by 80% users on daily basis. There are many features not available in iPhone or iPad but after two years I probably never needed any of them.

      Examples: memory card, Flash (I even turned it off on my PC, because it makes browsers very unstable), USB and HDMI connector, replaceable battery, widgets (OK, I maybe don’t need this because I have never had opportunity to use it for a longer period of time), real multitasking and more.

      Another example is definitely wireless charging – I don’t see any benefit in this feature because it still requires some dock station which is usually bigger than simple charging cable. Apple is not making devices for everybody. People who need replaceable battery or memory card will simply not buy iPhone or iPad.

      But NFC? I believe this can be the next big thing in the mobile industry but maybe I’m wrong. If NFC succeeds and will be broadly adopted, I believe Apple will include it in future versions of their devices.


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