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Thomas Unterstenhoefer
Do things accurately and never without passion.
Do things accurately and never without passion.
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iOS 12 Compatibility
A lot more power to you.
iOS 12 is designed to make your iPhone and iPad experience even faster, more responsive, and more delightful.

Here’s the updated map created with an awesome app on an iPhone 6s Plus. It’s INSPIRATION from Inspiration Software Inc., USA.

The oldest iPhone model on which iOS 12 can be installed is the world’s first 64-Bit smartphone, the iPhone 5s, manufactured by Foxconn and first released on September 20, 2013.

Apple’s updated version of iOS can be installed on up to 7 generations of iPhones.

This will remain a dream for people using Android-based devices.

Some people argue that less fragmentation isn’t as important as Apple officials tell us on the company’s yearly events. Well, stats about iPhone device share tell us that lots of iOS users are on older devices (with a higher percentage for the iPad) but like to benefit from improved OS versions. This is proofed by extremely high adoption rates within a narrow timeframe.

Alan Kay is one of the key people who have shaped the way we are using computers today. He can be seen as the key scientist behind the graphical user interface and the object-oriented programming. Regarding Apple’s success the most important thing Steve Jobs overtook from Alan Kay was the belief that

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.

Jobs made it to one of the core principles of Apple.

Less fragmentation is just one of the benefits Apple brings to its customers and it’s possible because they build both, hardware and software. Customers love the durability of their iPhones giving them an extraordinary resale value. Beside customers thousands of happy developers can see their apps running on old iPhone young timers, a not to be underestimated economic factor.

Of course not all features of updated operating systems are available for older devices. 3D-Touch for example needs a new touch screen technology.

Anyway ...

”There is a huge difference between market share of units and usage share. We’re about selling the best and having the best experience and having the happiest customers. Happy generally means using more.”
(Tim Cook)

Thanks for reading. Enjoy iOS 12.
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The Agony of Choice

Apple revamped its lineup of iPhones on September 12, 2018. The devices are really great but I recognized some shortcomings.

• Discontinued iPhone SE
• No iPhone below €500
• Pointless memory size for the 7/7 Plus with 32GB and the much appreciated 64GB discontinued
• No second biometric authentication system
• Ridiculous 5W Charger even for the €1,649 device (without tax in Germany it’s €1,386 which equals $1,563!).
• Headphones with Lightning connector so that it cannot be used for any other device and it’s likely that we need an adapter again if the company moves over to USB-C
• Inconsistent technology because 3D-Touch is missing on the XR
• Adapter Lightning-3.5mm headphone jack is not included in delivery
• Silicon Cases of the X can’t be used for the XS because of a slightly different camera position

Not to talk about the ever increasing price. I‘m sure we’ll have a $2,000 device soon. Hopefully not with a 5W Charger.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

Hardware is nothing (but a conglomerate of expensive materials) without software. With iOS 12 Apple is supporting devices as far back as 2013’s iPhone 5s, so if you have an older iPhone this new update is definitely worth a shot before deciding to go out to buy a new phone.

Enjoy the map.
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Lake Garda, Malcesine, Italy

Can’t stop taking photos from this beautiful location.
There’s everything you need for going YOLO.
Pizza, pasta, wine, water, mountains, friendly people and best weather conditions for my son to do paragliding the whole day.
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Don‘t buy a new iPhone.
Use your old device and install iOS 12.

“Because they last longer, you can keep using them. And keeping using them is the best thing for the planet.”
Lisa Jackson, VP of Environment at Apple
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Good morning from Malcesine, Italy
Shot taken with my iPhone 6s Plus

Making holidays in Europe with my son, a paragliding nerd, instead of watching the Apple event. This is definitely much more amazing.

The same people using the same phrases about the improved iPhone models every year. Phil Schiller: “It’s amazing. This is the best iPhone we’ve ever made.” Yeah Phil, great news and the company would make a fool of itself if the XS wouldn’t be an improvement.

Yawn!

The iPhone Xs Max is an equivalent to a three week holiday at this beautiful location in Italy. Photos taken with the latest iPhone iterations are only marginal better than those taken with my 6s Plus. Furthermore, in many cases the imagination standing behind a photo counts much more than the quality.
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Lake Garda, Malcesine, Italy

Lake Garda (Italian: Lago di Garda) is the largest lake in Italy. It is a popular holiday location in northern Italy, about halfway between Brescia and Verona, and between Venice and Milan on the edge of the Dolomites. Glaciers formed this alpine region at the end of the last Ice Age.
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Evening, Malcesine, Italy

No flashlight, just a street lamp
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On top of Monte Baldo, Malcesine, Italy

Making holiday in Europe with my son, a paragliding nerd. It’s much more interesting than to view Apple’s Keynote 2018. The same people using the same phrases (Phil Schiller: “It’s amazing. This is the best iPhone we’ve ever made.” Yeah Phil, great news.) about the improved iPhone models every year.

Yawn!

The iPhone Xs Max is an equivalent to a three week holiday at this beautiful location. Photos taken with the latest iPhone iteration, the XS, are only marginal better than those taken with my 6s Plus. Furthermore, in most cases the imagination standing behind a photo counts much more than the quality of an image.
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Not funny

Hey Apple, your events are reduced to convivial gatherings confirming what we already know.

Yawn!
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Nasty journalism
Clickbait at its best
Suddenly, Confirmed, Nasty, Serious
Master of the rumor mill’s confirmed fake news

“‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating the best features and biggest problems hidden behind the headlines”,
says Gordon Kelly about his work as a journalist.

To avoid TL;DR here are just some examples. I could easily add a bazillion more.

You mustn’t read the posts, just the headlines to understand what I mean and why I’m criticizing this kind of journalism.

Apple Leak Suddenly ‘Confirms’ Expensive iPhone XC
Sep 9, 2018
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/09/09/apple-iphone-xc-xs-max-new-iphone-upgrade-release-date-price-cost-iphone9/

‘iPhone XS Max’ Name Revealed In New Leak
Sep 6, 2018
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/09/06/apple-iphone-xs-max-plus-new-iphone9-se2-upgrade-release-date-price-cost/#6c4eb89c593b

Apple’s New iPhones Have A Nasty Surprise
Sep 14, 2017
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2017/09/14/apple-iphone-x-iphone-8-iphone-price-cost-release-date-battery-life-specs/

iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus Have A Nasty Surprise
Nov 2, 2017
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2017/11/02/apples-new-iphones-cost-repair-cracked-glass-specs-availability-stock/

Apple Warns iPhones Have A Serious Problem
Sep 2, 2018
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/09/02/apple-iphone-8-problem-upgrade-iphone-9-xs-repair-price-cost-release-date/#133bde362cf2

Apple’s iPhone 9 Has More Compromises Than Expected
Aug 28, 2018
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/08/28/apple-iphone-9-x-plus-xplus-release-date-specs-price-cost-iphone-xs/#35c8ae3c25dd

Apple’s New iPhones May Have Underwhelming Performance
Jul 3, 2018
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/07/03/apples-new-iphone-x-x2-iphone-xplus-se2-specs-camera-release-date-cost/amp/

Apple’s New iPhones Have An Expensive Surprise
Apr 12, 2018
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/04/12/apple-iphone-x-2-iphone-se-2-iphone-x-plus-price-cost-release-date-specs-upgrade/

Just replace “Apple” with “Samsung” or “Microsoft” and “iPhone” with “Galaxy” and you’ll get the headlines for Gordon’s other surprising articles. Keep on reading about Apple’s nasty surprises, serious problems, and alleged confirmations. Don’t misunderstand me, it’s not always fake news but it shouldn’t be called news either.

Sorry Gordon.
Lots of colleagues do a better job.
Btw, it also casts a poor light on Forbes.

Serious research?
Abiding by the Copyright or Fair Use policy?

No, that’s not the way you get attention today. Quality of journalism today seems to be measured by clicks and followers not the published content.

To be fair, there are also some articles (despite the headline) which raise hope. Here’s one:
Apple’s iPhones Years Away From In-Display Readers (Sep 4, 2018)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/09/04/apple-iphone-xs-xplus-se2-iphone9-faceid-touchid-upgrade-release-date-price-cost/#4b516b983ba5

Yours truly, Thomas.

Note
Gordon Kelly’s
https://plus.google.com/+GordonKelly
reaction wasn’t a nasty surprise for me. He restricted his Google+ profile immediately after I criticized one of his posts so that I’m not able to comment any longer.

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