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  • Editorial: Will Apple's 1990's 'Golden Age' collapse repeat itself?

    My home was everything Apple until a few days ago.

    I remember the day to turn myself to Apple's Mac because I believed that Microsoft Windows was intolerable when Steve Balmer punished us for not upgrading hardware and made Windows running slower for every update.

    The story is repeating.  It's impossible and unaffordable for me to replace every Apple devices every 2-3 years.  It's also a blind-faith to put premium prices buying lagged-behind technologies just because of "security", "safety" and "privacy".  The turning point came a few days ago.

    I bought a Google Home Hub, and it immediately gave me and my family surprises.  
    1. Installation in 5 minutes.
    2. Just by saying "hey Google" or "OK Google", every one in the family can command the Google Home Hub to do something and relate them with our individual Google Accounts, all in one Google Home Hub device.  Unlike iPad and iPhone, we can only have one Apple ID in use per device.  Google Home Hub recognises individual voices instantly.
    3. With just voice, I can ask for the weather, set alarm, set timer, change volume, change brightness, play music of my choice or randomly picked up, play YouTube.  
    4. With the Google Home app and Google Assistant app on my iPhone / iPad, I can do much more, much much more than Apple Siri.

    Before the intrusion of Google Home Hub, about $150- $220, and it was already 2 year old on the market, I thought that I could be still an Apple fan for another few years.  Now, I know that I might be an escaped planet from Apple the solar system, or at least travelling in a twin-star system including Google.

    Apple, do you know what's wrong with you?

  • Messages in iCloud: Everything you need to know

    From a user perspective, If I enable Messages on iCloud, I would have to pay monthly fee for iCloud service immediately. Saving the iCloud costs in three years mean I can get a 128GB iPhone instead of a 64GB, or a 256GB iPhone instead of a 128GB.

    I am happy to stay with Messages on current “Apple cloud”.  All messages are readily searchable on all of my devices includind iPhone, iPad, multiple Macs even without internet. I don’t have any synchronisation problem among devices. Why do I need to enable Messages on iCloud? It doesn’t make any sense to me.
  • Law firm that extracted $450M settlement in Apple e-books case is going after company for ...

    1. Capacity depleted up to 20% of design should not fail to deliver peak power required by the iPhone;

    2. Running down to 30% energy left after a full charge will still provide peak power required by any iPhone;

    3. Not mentioned by any battery-gate article editors that all lithium-ion batteries have their own circuit processors managing the batteries. It should not be the iOS business to throttle it.

    4. iOS should not “assume” all batteries of the same age depleting at the same rate by the iPhone model, iOS version or the time-stamp of the battery on the iPhone and throttle the iPhones accordingly!

  • Google Assistant response speed getting improved by on-device processing

    Google Home Hub (with Google Assistant) is multi-user and instantly recognise the user voice and switch to that user profile. E.g. a family of six can ask “hey google who am I?” And the Google Home Hub can instantly response “You name is whoeverasking”. 

    It can play your music library, YouTube Recommanded, Spotify, Google Photos of the user asking, instantly, at the volume you commanded, and control the lighting, turning on/off fans and aircond  as setup from Google Home app, all by voice.

    Google Home also sync setting changes from Apple HomeKit for wherever changes, but not vice versa. That’s Apple HomeKit’s problem.  
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  • Apple disallows developers from collecting and sharing Contacts data

    Contacts on iOS and macOS and iCloud should have field-level security and be stored in seperate databases according to user specified category and security level. 

    Apple is just not doing good enough.
  • Editorial: The mysterious curse of iPhone 6, lifted with... the headphone jack

    1. Apple may consider 2.5mm headphone jack if 3.5mm is too “big”.
    2. Headphone jack can be put at the top right corner, so the extra thickness just balance the odd camera pop-up and make an iPhone perfectly stable on a flat service.
    3. Not listening to customers, like what Microsoft did, would eventually staked them up and wait for the last straw to come. And they’ll go away one day without hesitation.
  • iPhone's global marketshare drops in March quarter as Chinese rivals remain ascendant

    Apple is now 6 years lagging behind the world, e.g. 5G modem in 2025. No break-through in house apps, e.g. still the same Contacts app of 5 years ago. Poor HomeKit & Siri than Google Home & Assistant. Poor ergonomic screen design, you have to press buttons with your fingers flying to every corner of the screen to do simple tasks, the bigger the screen, the longer distance your fingers need to travel.

    my friend told me that his iPhone 6s is as fast as his son’s iPhone X. I asked him how come. He said it’s because he never updates the iOS and thus able to retain the original speed. Comparing to my iPhone 6 Plus with the current iOS version, his iPhone 6s runs like the Flash. And, he keeps the lovely 32-bit games which I have to forget because there’s no more 32-bit version.

    frankly, my kids are using latest iPhone versions. But I find nowhere near to upgrade mine.  Apple, do you know your problems?
  • Apple's quiet update to Siri Shortcuts brings the niche tool into the mainstream

    Siri is counter-productive. Waste a minute, try it yourself.
  • Does YouTube's new dark theme save iPhone X battery life?

    Dark mode to read; white mode to print. As simple as that.
  • Apple's March Event: a big new move into subscription software

    Subscription is OUT.

    You want to read a newspaper, you buy a copy of that day. With subscription, you need to pay for a month!