iPhone 5C thoughts
January 29, 2014
John Gruber came to this conclusion from Apple's financial results:
[The iPhone average selling price] means the 5S had a very good quarter, and that the 5C didn’t really change things much from Apple’s prior practice of selling year-old iPhones at the mid-tier price point.
It hasn't changed much now, but I wonder in another 6 months. Next time they refresh the product is line, is Apple going to continue selling the 5C but add a 6C model at the current price?
Everyone expected the 5C to be a budget iPhone, Donna Tam from Cnet published this quote from Tim Cook last October:
That was never our intent, honestly. Our entry iPhone is the iPhone 4S.
I think The 5C is the budget phone everyone expected, but not in it's launch year.
It won't compete with the Lumia 520 though, which appears to be doing great in emerging markets. Apple won't compromise on quality and it simply isn't possible to produce a good product at that price point — all the good Lumia models are in the same price range as the current 5C.
January 28, 2014
Jordan Golson, writing for MacRumors:
Intelligence agencies can grab data as it travels across the Internet,
looking specifically for data from smartphone apps including Google Maps --
searches within the app allow Governments to locate users to within a few
yards -- and even Angry Birds. Much of the information being sent seems to be
related to targeted advertising.
Worrying, but there was a glimmer of hope:
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been vocal in his disapproval of some of the NSA's
methods, meeting with the President to discuss NSA surveillance and more
recently saying the NSA "would have to cart us out in a box" to have access
to Apple's servers.
Perhaps some day Apple will force third party apps to reduce the data they
gather (they did it with newstand) or else lobby for stronger privacy laws.
January 23, 2014
Dan Goodin, writing for Ars Technica:
Typing "Brunch with Mom at Java 11am Sunday" is intended to schedule the event for the following Sunday morning at 11 and list the place as "Java." Participants can be added by listing their e-mail addresses, and in many cases, Google will respond by automatically adding an entry to the participants' calendar as well.
How could anyone possibly think this is a good idea?
January 23, 2014
Cyrus Farivar, writing for Ars Technica:
Verizon announced on Wednesday that it received over 321,000 total orders from
various American law enforcement agencies in 2013. It is the first major telecom
to publish such a report.
We need a way to communicate without these breaches of privacy. I see two
- Encrypting the message contents;
- Hiding the intended recipient of the message.
The first is easilly solved with S/MIME today (I use it myself) but the second
is the most commonly abused and much harder to solve.