iPhone turned 5 yesterday: Happy birthday!

I think it’s pretty much all been said. iPhone revolutionized the phone industry, crushed many competitors on it’s journey, was underestimated by almost all pundits, kicked their asses, and is arguably the one device that made Apple what they are today.

The Verge has a great piece on the whole thing.

I wonder what everyone is going to write in 2015, the 5th birthday of iPad…

About Google I/0…

Anyhow, saw the keynote, read the blogs. Here’s what I think, in no particular order of importance:

Nexus 7.
– Will there be a Nexus 10? Why else the naming?
Verge says “Scrolling isn’t bad, but it couldn’t quite keep up with our thumbs.”.
– Butter? Who came up with that name? And I thought Android was generally fluid – just like iOS? I guess it’s not.
– Headphone jack on the bottom? This will be really convenient consuming Content in portrait mode.
– So IPS LCD is cool now, right? Not OLED anymore.
– 16:9…really not sure about that…movies yeah, but the rest on a 7″ screen?
– Speaker on the back? Again, consuming content on a table or in your lap will be interesting.
– No rear-facing camera…sure you don’t take too many pics with your tablet, but the huge finder (aka screen) is nice.
– Curious…no Flash on the tablet… Steve was right.
– 199 USD 8GB, 299 USD 16GB plus taxes, or get a brand new iPad 2 for 399 USD at 16GB, with a useful screen-size – remember that 7″ across is about half of 9,7″ across.

Jelly Bean.
– I get why it’s not Android 5.0.
– Again: Butter? But, but…. They showed ICS and JB scrolling side by side…too bad most will never get JB.
– Google Now: Creepy…remember what Google is? Hint: Advertising company.
– Offline Voice sounds cool – only english is a bummer, but that should rectify itself in time…if it’s not another eternal beta.
– Voice Search (aka Siri knock-off) seems to be good, considering that Andy Rubin, not even a year ago said that you shouldn’t talk to your phone, but to other people. Just sayin’..
– Widgets and apps rearrange automatically when you move something around…now, where have I seen that before…can’t remember…
– You can +1 pretty much everything…again, remember what Google is…
– Oh, oh…app encryption with a device-specific key…no more pirates?
– Incremental app updates – cool one. Apple should do this asap…
– OTA starting mid-July for Nexus S, Moto Xoom, Galaxy Nexus…so about 0,1% of all Androids out there…maybe less.
– Chrome is out of beta and the default browser, starting on the Nexus 7.
– Curious, the demo device used the phone UI…

Nexus Q.
– Who’s gonna spend 299 USD plus taxes for this?
– Google clearly doesn’t understand hardware…a ball-shaped object that sits next to my square HDTV, with a glowing LED line around it that distracts me? Right…
Google says “shifts and changes color in time to your music”..ok. Now I get it…nope, no dice.
– Made in USA…ok, easy if you will only sell a few units…no matter what The Verge says because those will not be made in huge numbers, and what about the Nexus 7?
Yeah, right…Asustek…Korea, right?
– Also, 299 USD vs. 99 USD – we’ll see how many will pay 200 USD more for the Made in USA label…
– You need an Android smartphone or tablet to access Google Play thru the Nexus Q… Read that again!
– No remote, and again, it only works with Android devices.
I rarely agree with Ed Bott, but…

Glass.
– Primary use, and I’m willing to bet on that and the lawsuits in 3, 2, 1…: POV porn.
– Yay! You get a glass block with it…
– The whole thing is creepy as shit, but not to worry, ‘cos they look fucking ugly, and they will set you back a cool 1.500 bucks, and will ship next year (maybe)…so Google is covering their asses by making sure that only looneys will buy this. Pew…close call!
But, just to be sure: If I see you with one of those things, checking out my girlfriend…I’ll punch you in the face, while cracking them. You have been warned creep.
– I think Arrington got it right: “I can imagine in a couple of years we’ll all be wearing these at events. Then a couple of years after that maybe we’ll look back and think we all looked like idiots.”

Random:
– When have you seen Steve Jobs, or Tim Cook, demo a native Apple app for Android…yeah…me neither…
– Andy Rubin still thinks one-size-fits-all is a good policy for tablets.
– The Nexus 7 may head to retail…with a markup, since Google is selling them nearly at cost in the Play store…Play store still sounds weird…
– 1 million device activations per day, 400 million total…know who that message is for? Google’s clients. Ad companies. Not you.
App encryption is a biggie: I’m surprised no one, to my knowledge, is talking about that. Device-specific key. Think about it.
– Let’s see how much of it is real in a year…
– Flashback to 2011:
Android Update Alliance – ‘member that? Yeah…
Chromebooks…
Google TV…

Again, Google showed off consumer-oriented stuff for their customers.

WWDC vs. Google I/O. or why Google tries to be like Apple.

An interesting thought has occurred to me as I saw the schedule for Google’s I/O conference which starts tomorrow:

Google is trying to be Apple, but they’re completely misleading everyone. Huh, you say? Well, let me explain:

Let’s have a look at what Apple announced at WWDC:
– MacBook Pro with Retina display
– MacBook Pro
– MacBook Air
– iOS 6
– Apple Maps
– Passbook
– OS X Mountain Lion

Now let’s look at Google’s schedule for I/O:
– Google Cloud
– Android@Home
– Nexus Tablet
– Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
– Google Maps
– Wallet

Both lists are incomplete, but you get the point.

Just for giggles: What is Apple making it’s money with? The stuff they announced, and shipped right away, at WWDC? You don’t say…
What is Google making it’s money with…to the tune of 95%+ of their entire earnings? Ads.

Google isn’t showing off their core business, they’re showing money-losing projects to make it look like they’re like Apple. But they’re not. Google is an advertising company, and it’s customers are other companies. All the products they’re expected to detail at I/O are there to help them sell more ads, not to satisfy the end-user.

Think about that for a minute.

AnandTech reviews the 2012 MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Anand Lal Shimpi:

There was another problem Apple faced in making the rMBP a reality: the display pipeline of the GPUs Apple wanted to use didn’t officially support scaling to the resolution Apple demanded of them. Let me explain.

All modern GPUs have fixed function scaling hardware that is used to efficiently scale between resolutions. A scaler either in your GPU or in your display panel is what lets you run non-native resolutions at full screen on your LCD (e.g. running 1680 x 1050 on a 1920 x 1080 panel). None of the GPUs used in the Retina Display MacBook Pro officially support fixed-function scaling of anything to 2880 x 1800 however. Modern day GPUs are tested against 2560 x 1440 and 2560 x 1600, but not this particular 5MP resolution. Even 4K resolution support isn’t widespread among what’s available today. Rather than wait for updated hardware and/or validation, Apple took matters into its own hands and built its own GPU accelerated scaling routines. Fixed function hardware is almost always more efficient from a performance and power standpoint, which is why there’s some additional performance loss in these scaled resolution modes.

What’s even crazier is Apple wasn’t pleased with the difference in baseline filtering quality between the Intel HD 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GPUs. As the Retina Display MacBook Pro would have to regularly switch between GPUs, Apple wanted to ensure a consistently good experience regardless of which GPU was active. There are a lot of filtering operations at work when doing all of this resolution scaling, so rather than compromise user experience Apple simply wrote its own default filtering routines. Apple’s obsessive attention to detail really made it possible to pull all of this off. It’s just insane to think about.

Unreal.

Read the whole review at the link above. It’s great – so much information on this marvel of modern engineering.

So, the NYT doesn’t like Apple anymore.

In recent months Apple has been the target of some outrageous “reporting” by the NYT.

The latest installment of Stupid comes in form of this article, where author David Segal alleges that Apple doesn’t pay it’s retail employees enough.

It’s retail, dumbass!

Apple retail employees make, right now, about 25.000 USD a year. Right now, because it’s been widely reported about two weeks ago, that they will get up to 25% raises soon. Curious timing on the article, don’t you think?
It kinda looks like the NYT is trying to make it look like they made Apple increase their retail employees salary by sheer force of their publication…

Anyways, the minimum wage in retail in the US is 7,25 USD per hour. If you work 9 hours a day, 220 days a year at most retailers you’ll make…14.355 USD before taxes.

Just sayin’…