Happy Birthday iPhone

The iPhone.

It was the one device which the world needed.

It was the one device that changed the world.

Everything we do in our daily lives today will not have been possible without the introduction of the iPhone in 2017;

Taking uber,

Running a business from the palm of your hands,

Full scale, WIDESPREAD, portable video conferencing on the scale of everyone,

Checking the time it will take for the next bus to arrive at the bus stop,

Complaining about the next Singapore train breakdown on all of social media,

and much, much, more.

Hell, REAL social media won’t have been possible without the iPhone.

Here’s to ten great years of the iPhone. And to the next hundred.

Apple Watch Edition (in real gold and rose gold) on Sale at Apple Watch Shinjuku Isetan

Apple Watch Edition

I found out about this a few weeks ago, and I guess it will be mean of me not to share this.

If, for some reason, you are looking for a SERIES 0 (first release in April 2015) Apple Watch Edition in REAL Gold and Rose Gold, and happen to be in Japan, Apple Watch Shinjuku Isetan (the store) is having a secret sale on them for 70% off, with the final price around 400000 yen (around 3600USD), while stocks last.

You will have to speak directly to the sales people about those, there is no signage or banner indicating the sale at all. It is a secret sale for a reason.

If you crave a Apple Watch in real gold, and don’t mind the fact that the innards are the slow Series 0/S1 System-on-a-chip, then don’t miss the chance to get what is probably the first and the last Apple-made gold watch.

Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone

iPhone Original

I still remember the day I was sitting in my room, at my desk, watching the keynote and calculating how long would I have to save in order to afford the phone should it come to Singapore eventually (roughly 7 months, I was a student then).

Many months later when it seemed like the iPhone will not be coming to Singapore anytime soon I started exploring the possibilities of buying an iPod Touch instead, for it was running “iPhone OS” albeit with several restrictions like the inability to edit calendars on the iPod (they reversed that stupid decision very soon after the iPod keynote).

Then I finally saw it in person.

My friend Roger, had one and I remembered meeting him just to have a look at the phone. There I was, sitting outside McDonald’s at Bugis Junction, looking at this unbelievable device – supposingly a phone, but unlike any phone I knew then. It has such a bright display that it looked out of this world, for until then there was no such display in the world. The reaction to touch was instantaneous, and NOTHING with a touchscreen up till that point was as responsive as the iPhone’s display was.

It was, to put it simply, MAGIC.

I would eventually come upon a chance several months later to own one of the original US sets, thanks to a friend’s aunt who worked in an airline and flew to the US often back then.

Even though it now has a dent at one of its corner, and iOS 3.1.3 is as slow as hell on its hardware, it still sits proudly on my shelf in its dock(that came in the box!).

The original iPhone, is still my favorite iPhone.

Thank you Steve, and thank you Apple, for this wonderful gift to the world.

Sent from my iPhone

ExFAT 6: The 2-hour Rant

Ryu and Daniel came back after 2 months of hiatus for an epic 2-hour rant about WWDC. This was recorded pre-WWDC.

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Major changes coming to MacOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS during WWDC 2016

Right from the mouth of Mark Gurman (during the Jay and Fared Show Podcast), first reported by O’Grady’s Powerpage;

  1. No hardware announcements (that we already know)

  2. Siri in MacOS, to be featured in top right corner alongside Spotlight

  3. iOS Design Refresh with more colors – this is big. There are still many who insists that iOS 7 to 9 have been pretty bland and boring design-wise, coming from design powerhouse Apple, and refreshing the UI will definitely help in the looks department.

  4. Notifications will change (among other iOS system tweaks). Probably for the sake of watchOS 3, since the current less-than-perfect notification system is weighing watchOS 2 down.

  5. Big enhancement to Photos both on iOS and MacOS (to fend off Google Photos, as well as address the demise of Aperture somewhat. After all, Google Photo’s editing features are worked on by the former team at Nik.

  6. Redesigned Apple Music. (Whatever, just bring back the old Music app please)

  7. New encryption abilities (Wow).

  8. Send money to others through iMessage

ExFAT 5: The Uneventful Event

This was recorded late March, and was released this late due to some personal issues I(Ryu) had.

It was an uneventful March Apple event, and neither of us were really pumped up about it, making for a really lethargic sounding episode.

We are sorry about it.

The next episode will be better, we promise.

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iPhone 7? Maybe not

For all it is worth, early rumors of the next iPhone are showing something different about Apple’s strategy this time round – iPhone 7 might be the iPhone 6ss.

Nothing says more about a new iPhone being “new” than a need to buy a new case for it.

Right now the rumors are;

  1. Same industrial design (aka phone body shape and size) with the exception of redesigned antenna lines

  2. Dual-lens cameras on a brand new iPhone Pro, which will be the higher spec-ed model of a iPhone 7 Plus

  3. Will underwhelm. LOL.

Kind of a bummer.

Well, it is not like real iOS people are going to jump ship to Android all of a sudden, and the random customers who do will eventually come back when a nicer iPhone comes around in a few years’ time, so no big deal I guess.

Happy 40th Anniversary, Apple!

Like others, I thought it will be fitting for me to recount some simple milestones in how I got started in Macs and Apple.

iBook 1

This is my very first Mac – the iBook G4 12-inch.

I could not remember exactly which generation it was, except for the fact that I took ownership of it in December 2004. It was the very last one made in Taiwan before the production was shifted to China.

It was the cheapest computer (even among the PCs!) at the time that my university offered, and I got one partly for that reason (also receiving the news around the same time that my cousin ordered the almost 4000 dollar 12-inch Powerbook).

I did not like Mac OS X at the start, and it took me a while before I grew to like it, and then love it. Mingling among other Apple users (there were very very few of them in school then) helped, and I eventually got involved in MacNUS.

Photo 44

This was me during one of the Matriculation Notebook Fairs held at the Yusof Ishak Hall, I was tending the Apple (Diversitec) booth of course. I spend most of my time drinking iced tea since there were not many customers on most days then.

iBook + LG setup 3

Eventually this became my official room setup, after finding out the wonders of screen spanning on Mac OS X. I purchased a Apple Pro Keyboard (the white one) and paired it with probably the Razer Pro mouse for the setup.

iMac Setup 1

Then my very first desktop Mac appeared in my life – the 2007 Aluminium iMac 24-inch. This was the very first of the aluminium iMacs that will span all the time until today.

iMac Setup 4

The iBook got relegated to being the “side desk computer”. For the first time there was not a single Windows computer in my room.

By the way, in case you are wondering, all my Macs are still working fine today. The 2007 iMac is still in regular use on my desk, especially for podcast production, and my iBook is still running fine as well.

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This eventually became the setup (before I started buying other newer Macs) involving my first Mac notebook and Mac desktop. Can you spot the iPods?

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I also got to know some of my longest friends since getting involved with the local Mac User Group. The group is largely dead, but three of the friends I got to know then I still talk to on a very regular basis.

2014 Mac setup - 1

What is your Apple story?

The Progress that watchOS 2.2 brought us…

This is what was on the screens after randomly launching two of my apps and waiting for at least one full minute each time:

watchOS Screen 1 watchOS Screen 2

This is why you cannot hire an ex-Adobe guy to run your software team, especially when the fellow was behind the worst piece of junk in the software world – Flash.

ExFAT 4: 4 inch iPhone again?

After a long long Chinese New Year break, Daniel and I are finally back for the first ExFAT episode of 2016.

We talk about MWC, and (non)innovative every release at MWC is, the FBI vs Apple case, suddenly-dead Ethernet ports and speculate about the upcoming Apple event.

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