Just as I turned my back…


You may have noticed the lack of posts over the last two weeks. I should be getting back into the flow of things after this ‘break’, but I couldn’t have chosen a worse time to have a break. The second I look away from Apple related news (which was just all about the ‘death grip’), Apple releases some brand new products and renews some old. The new products being:

A massive trackpad. Exactly what it says. I fear this may be a step in the wrong direction for Apple, but the public killed the iPhone 4, so maybe Apple wants to kill the mouse to retaliate. When I am controlling the cursor on any computer, I will always choose a mouse (if it’s a laptop, only so long as I have one with me). Trackpads are useful for precisely pointing the cursor but they are very awkward and slow to maneuver. If I want to move the cursor from the bottom right to the top left, a mouse would get me there with a quick push of the mouse. With a trackpad, you would push your finger across the surface of the pad, lift it up and push your finger slowly across the pad another five times. Anyway, if you want to play a FPS computer game, you would use a mouse, not a trackpad (unless the mission objective is to fail miserably).

A battery charger. Is this special? Well, what’s in the box? A wall socket charger, six rechargeable AA batteries and printed documentation. At least it has the usual shiny white plastic Apple style, but £25 is a lot to spend on a battery charger. Anyway, why is Apple making it? What products do they have that require batteries? Well, ‘two are for your keyboard, two for your mouse or trackpad, and two for charging.’. So now Apple is making the Apple user no longer buy batteries from third party companies, but from them instead. And yet again, Apple is saving the environment. Apple has also updated their some of their Mac range, which I will cover in a later post.

iPhone 4 Signal Problem Update


Apple has (unfortunately) confirmed that the signal problem can’t be solved with a software update. The false bars problem will be solved but, obviously you can’t change the hardware with a software update. That is debatable, as Apple added bluetooth to the second generation iPod Touch with just a software update 🙂 However, the problem everyone complains about, the antenna being blocked, is true. Really ‘awesome’ technology.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/7879036/Apple-iPhone-4-signal-problems-are-not-a-software-issue.html

http://au.hadnews.com/apple-finally-fesses-up-says-iphone-4-signal-problems-are-hardware-related.htm

I think we can all see where this is going…


I think it is pretty clear that the end result is that Apple is not evil, and not even mistaken, just a great company without evil intent at all. Their products cost a lot because they are high quality and have an expensive brand on them. You don’t complain about clothing companies, so why complain about Apple? They’re in the same boat, just Apple is superior to them.

Mobile Graphics


Does everyone seem to like awful graphics? It would appear so, as recently I asked someone which game had better graphics, GTA4 or Saints Row 2. GTA4 obviously has much better, realistic graphics, but they said Saints Row 2. Back to the Apple topic, Need For Speed Shift (which isn’t the greatest graphical example) has much better graphics than, say, raging thunder 2 (also on the Apple app store, so those of you cool enough to have iPhones can compare between android graphics and Apple graphics). The graphics on NFS Shift are smoother and more realistic.

The iPhone 4G


This is really unfortunate for Apple. They work on their brand new iPhone, and, as usual, would reveal it with the whole world waiting with bated breath. This excitement has now been ruined, unless Apple was trying to throw us off the scent, or ‘leak’ it and hear the public’s opinions about it for market research, as this iPhone is a huge step for Apple.

Macs are great


Apple is the ultimate company. They are. But, Apple Inc. has released a new product today called the iAm. It is a personal robot that does everything for you in a nice Mac way. Just kidding, it’s April fools day (I think!), but Apple seriously is a great company.

iTunes


Where to start… iTunes is an online ‘shop’ where you can buy: music, films, tv shows and seasons, music videos, audiobooks and programs (‘Apps’). Their catalogue is amazing, and although it seems like things cost a lot, the new things don’t. On many occasions have I found music and films at much cheaper prices to download from iTunes than getting the CD or DVD in a shop. Unfortunately, this is very, very rarely the case for television shows, and some television shows on iTunes cost loads eg. Any season of Friends: £10 each, Season … of Chuck: £. Unfortunately, with old films on iTunes, if you look at the customer reviews for them, most people will be rating the film one star because of the price (being way too high). That is not the films fault, and it isn’t entirely Apple’s fault. As was explained to me, the old films price is high, as they won’t sell as many ‘copies’, unlike the newer films, so to make sure that they get some return, the price is higher. I’m not sure who decides the price though (Apple or the film company?). The downside is that the downloads will take a while, eg for a film on a poor BT connection, it took FIVE hours! On a quick connection, it took 45 minutes at the most! With a DVD, all you have to do is go to the shop, buy it then watch it, but there is a downside to DVD viewing as well. As far as I know, it is illegal to rip DVDs, and only some new, awful films have these dodgy sounding ‘Digital Copies’, so you buy the DVD and a ‘Digital Copy’, or a DVD, a Blu-Ray disc and a ‘Digital Copy’. I don’t think I have seen any film in shops that has these that is worth watching, so I haven’t tried it to see how it works. The other problem with downloading is space. My computer (an ancient ‘Tiny’ (most ironic name I’ve ever heard for a computer, the original ‘Tiny’ monitor that came with it was about 30cm deep)) has about 500mb of RAM and about a 60gb hard drive (with an 8gb ‘D’ drive, when I first got it, it had windows XP on it twice?!?) My hard drive is now full. I knew that a lot of it was taken up with iTunes items, but I checked to see how much was iTunes stuff; 40GB!!!!! 2/3 of my hard drive was taken up by a few television episodes, less than 10 movies and lots of music (only 3GB worth though). I am now trying to get an external hard drive, but that won’t solve the problem with the RAM. In the days when this computer was new, 500MB was huge! Nowadays, you couldn’t even run Vista with that (we have an acer laptop with vista and 1GB of RAM, and that’s slower than the tiny! On the tiny, iTunes always freezes. When I open iTunes and click on ‘Applications’ for example, it will freeze. When I sync my iPod, it freezes, when I’m making a purchase, it freezes. When I open another program, it freezes and even when I leave the iTunes window open and come back 15 minutes later, it will have frozen (even without a screensaver). I have tried everything that I can do, which is as far as ‘killing’ a few unneeded processes, but that’s all. I seriously need a new computer, and I have currently got my eye on the Samsung R720 laptop, as it’s specifications are great, and it’s got a big screen, but at £599, it’s a ‘little’ out of my budget (£50, which I’m saving for an even worse thatn the tiny, an HP Pavillion ZV5000 (it cost loads back in the day, but it is nowadays a cheap ugly lump of plastic)) When I went into the stormfront shop and had a go on the new huge screen iMac, I clicked ‘iTunes’ and it opened instantly. Coincidence? I don’t think so!

Pre-iPhone devices


Newton. The MessagePad was the very early forerunner for apple in the portable device Market. The first one was introduced in 1993, and the last MessagePad (the 2100) was released in 1997.

The final Apple MessagePad and an iPhone.