The public beta of iOS 9 has been out for a while (in fact the second version was just released recently) and I have been trying it out on my first generation iPad Air. I think that the new features are well covered by tech blogs and other news sites, so in this post I am going to share with you what I like and dislike about the new iOS so far.
A few disclaimers first before I begin:
- iOS 9 is still in beta (though I must say it has been rather stable so far!) and things might change in future releases!
- I am running the beta on a first generation iPad Air. Some features may or may not be available for your device.
- I believe that not all features are/will be available in Singapore.
So with that out of the way, let’s begin! Continue reading iOS 9 – What I Like and Dislike so far
It has been over an year since I last covered anything Apple Related, but yesterday’s WWDC keynote included some pretty exciting news which I felt obliged to cover.
Continue reading WWDC’13
Loving the new iTunes, especially its Up Next feature and revamped mini player.
Now back to studying for exams.
It’s really easy to make a new product that is bigger, everyone does that. That’s not the challenge. The challenge is to make it better and smaller. – Phil Schiller
Once again, as with every over-hyped Apple event, there is a wave of disappointment rippling through the interwebs over the announcement of the iPhone 5. “Why isn’t the screen wider (or larger)?” seems to be the most common complaint, given that many competitors already offer phones with screen sizes varying from 4.5″ up to 7″.
But do you really want a wider screen? The answer should be no. For most people, the current iPhones are just wide (or narrow, depending on how you perceive things) enough to hold comfortably in one hand. While holding it in one hand, my thumb is just able to reach the “Q” character on the soft keyboard (without over stretching) when texting from my iPhone. And that is the way I like it – most other phones with wider screens that I’ve tried are too wide to type with one hand and too narrow to type with two. With that in mind, it is impossible to make a screen much larger than 4″ without making it ridiculously tall – and there are already some complaints where the top of the screen is slightly too tall to reach comfortably with one hand.
As a current owner of an iPhone 4 and being fully eligible for a re-contract, upgrading to the iPhone 5 (when it is available in Singapore) is a no brainer. It offers me the full features of iOS 6, many of which I would not be able to enjoy on my iPhone 4 (such as Facetime over cellular network and turn-by-turn navigation, just to name a few). It also offers a substantial increase in performance, theoretically up to 4x the CPU performance and over 10x the graphics performance over the iPhone 4, as well as faster cellular network speeds (support for 4G LTE), a dramatically improved camera and longer battery life.
Update: And so I got one.