Tuesday, September 10, 2013
APPLE UPGRADE - IOS7 iPHONE 5S
IOS7 & iPHONE 5S
I found today's announcement underwhelming: solid improvements but uncreative. And also scary.
- The phone gets a significantly more powerful brain, and a 64 bit OS.
- The 8MP camera is improved in several ways including better lighting control, zoom, and an automated burst mode.
- 1080p HD video, 30 - 120 (slo-mo) fps.
- Small improvements in battery life.
- Improvements to SIRI.
- Improvements in design.
- International phone connectivity.
- Fingerprint security.
Apple announced a fingerprint security model. I find this scary.
They claim the fingerprints will be local to the phone and heavily encrypted.
But... Encryptions may eventually be broken, and phones may eventually be hacked to upload fingerprint data.
In the short run, the fingerprint ID will improve security on phones by providing an almost invisible layer of security protecting the phone. In the medium run, there will be inconvenience when a phone needs to be opened and the correct fingerprint is not convenient to apply. Also, medium term, violence to steal a phone and the fingerprint along with it could grow. In the long run, it is likely to result in anyone's fingerprint being globally available.
The sooner fingerprint ID becomes a common (or the default) security mode of mobile commerce, the faster fingerprint theft will become an issue.
So far I have not been impressed with SIRI. I hope the improvements will be significant. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie HER (closing night at the New York Film Festival 2013) in which Scarlett Johansson's SIRI-like voice and computer self falls in love with Joaquin Phoenix.
For power, the announcement claims that iPhone5S/IOS7 has desktop power. Perhaps. I am looking for the ability to wirelessly link the phone to terabyte data storage, any large or small monitor or TV, a desktop keyboard, and a mouse or other convenient pointing device, making it effectively a portable/mobile desktop computer and media hub. (NOTE, however: that would greatly increase the security concerns of losing your cellphone.)
As for a camera, sharpness (a function of lens quality and small pixel size) is at least as important as lighting control. Macro focusing to distant zoom needs to be much greater. And, I'd really like to see a high quality 3D capture and processing system.
The iPhone 5S (and a simpler, cheaper, iPhone 5C) will be available later this month.
QPORIT ON HER -
SPIKE JONZE's "HER" WILL CLOSE NYFF 2013
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