What are you missing out when you buy iPhone Xr?

What are you missing out when you buy iPhone Xr?

iPhone Xr (6.1″) has a starting price of $749 for the 64GB option. This compares to $999 for iPhone Xs (5.8″) and $1,099 for iPhone Xs Max (6.5″). All three new 2018 iPhone models come equipped with the same A12 Bionic chip. Beside the obvious screen size difference, what corners do Apple cut to bring you a lower priced iPhone?

One of the main selling point of iPhone Xs series is the OLED screen. iPhone Xr is using LCD screen similar to iPhone 8/8 Plus. Besides having more brilliant colors, darker black and HDR feature, OLED has the capability to curve and bend thus it gives a more borderless screen in iPhone Xs. There are edges on the LCD screen on the iPhone Xr, and it has a low 1792 x 828 resolution at 326 ppi, which is about the same ppi as iPhone 8. You get a high 458ppi with iPhone Xs. iPhone Xr also drops 3D Touch for its new LCD screen.

iPhone Xr is equiped with 3GB of RAM, the same RAM size as last year’s iPhone X. iPhone Xs series has 4GB RAM onboard. iOS is famous for being efficient with low RAM requirement. 3GB is more than sufficient in almost all iPhone use case.

iPhone Xr is build with aluminium frame instead of the more premium stainless steel material in iPhone Xs series. It is rated IP67 for water resistant while iPhone Xs is rated at IP68.

iPhone Xr has one single camera lens which is the same wide-angle f/1.8 lens in iPhone Xs. Even with just a single lens, all the portrait mode features in the Camera app are the same as iPhone Xs using software magic and the A12 Bionic chip.

The mobile radio chip in iPhone Xr is Advanced LTE with speed up to 300Mbps. iPhone Xs series is equiped with a brand new Gigabit LTE technology. To enjoy the higher speed off course requires your telco to support it in the first place.

Other than above, both iPhone Xr and iPhone Xs series are using the same front camera, same Face ID components, same glass back with wireless charging and same sensors.

While there are some compromises, you do not miss out anything significant by choosing the cheaper iPhone Xr. In fact iPhone Xr has the longest battery life among the three new models. If you’re not rich or famous, there is no point wasting more money with iPhone Xs. If you’re under peer pressure for getting iPhone Xr, just tell them you choose it because you value longer batter life.

How to download a copy of your data from Apple

Apple recently allows its users to download a copy of their data from Apple apps and services. This is likely an effort to be compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The data contains all your info stored and collected on Apple servers, including app purchase and usage, and data from Apple apps such as Notes, Calendar and Photos.

Note: The feature to download a copy of your data is not available in all countries.

To request a copy of your data, head over to Apple’s Data and Privacy site at privacy.apple.com and sign in with your Apple ID. Once sign in, click the “Continue” button to skip the first notice screen.

Download a copy of your Apple data

Under “Manage Your Data” > “Get a copy of your data”, click on “Get Started” link.

Your personal data on Apple servers

You will then see a long list of various Apple apps and services. Click the selection box next to each category to include them in your download. Click on the “Continue” button once you’ve completed you choices.

Apple effort to be compliance with GDPR

On the next page, you have to choose a maximum file size (1GB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, or 25GB) for the download. Apple will split your data into files with your chosen size or smaller. Click the “Complete request” button to submit your download request.

See what data Apple has collected on you

Apple will email to confirm that it has received your request and the preparation can take up to seven days.

Batterygate: Apple apologizes and offer $29 battery replacement for iPhone 6 and newer models

By now you should have heard about the on-going controversy of Apple purposely and secretly slow down old iPhone. Apple introduced new power management feature in iOS 10.2.1 to slow down iPhone in order to avoid unexpected device shutdown when the battery is old and unable to delivery energy load.

This power management feature is implemented in iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. And it will likely make its way sometimes in the future to iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Performance is restored to normal when you replace the aged battery with a new one.

Apple has addresses our concerns in a letter to customers. Apple says that it would never “intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.” Die-hard Apple fanboys will gladly accept the apology. A number of furious you might already be preparing lawsuit against Apple. Law suits against Apple are starting to accumulate, and is spreading to other countries such as France and South Korea.

Apple should have more clarity on that power management feature in the first place. It is doing damage control by reducing out-of-warranty battery replacement fee from $79 to $29. This is a world wide programme starting end January 2018immediately to December 2018, price varies by country and is for iPhone 6 and later models. Apple will also release an iOS update in early 2018 to let us see more info about the health of device battery.

So is it stil a good Apple?

Updated: Apple has announced on 30 December 2017 that the battery replacement programme is available immediately instead of starting in late January 2018.

Apple Machine Learning Journal

 

Apple Machine Learning Journal

Machine Learning / AI is everywhere. From image recognition, playing Go game to self-driving cars, the technology is getting more and more pervasive in our everyday life.

Google, Facebook and Baidu are known as the leaders in machine learning field, and scientists from these companies openly contribute their studies, papers and findings. In contrast, majority of AI research by Apple scientists and engineers are not known to the rest of the world.

Apple has launched a new blog called Apple Machine Learning Journal that publishes “posts written by Apple engineers about their work using machine learning technologies to help build innovative products for millions of people around the world.”

Could this be the first step to a more open Apple regarding their AI research? Check out the Apple Machine Learning Journal blog.

App Development with Swift

App Development with Swift

Since its debut in WWDC in 2014, Swift programming language has become one of the most sought-after skill for developers on the Apple platforms. As part of Everyone Can Code effort, Apple has released a new app development full-year curriculum called “App Development with Swift”. The course, comes as a free download ebook on the iBooks Store, is designed for those who want to pursue careers in iOS app development.

5 things Apple did not mention in WWDC 2017 keynote

5 things Apple did not mention in WWDC 2017 keynote

It was a jam packed WWDC 2017 keynote by Tim Cook and his team. Besides new version of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11, Apple also launches new update to iMac, MacBook and MacBook Pro, new iMac Pro, new 10.5” iPad Pro and new Siri-powered $349 smart speaker HomePod.

This WWDC also signals Apple’s inroad to being an AR (Augmented Reality) platform, there is an emphasis to GPU processing in its Metal 2 API. And high end iMac are now boosting GPU good enough for AR/VR play and production. In addition, Apple is making it easier for developers to add Machine Learning (ML) into their apps wth its Core ML SDK and Visions API.

Here are 5 things that Apple did not mention in its keynote:

1. iOS 11 does not run 32-bit apps

Apple has been displaying warning message in iOS 10 when you run a 32-bit app. Apple actually advised its developers to upgrade to 64-bit since mid 2015. In iOS 11, 32-bit games and apps will not run. Check out this post on how you can identify if your favourites apps are 32-bit.

2. New Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

Kind of surprising to get a full-size wireless keyboard from Apple. Its $129.

3. New iCloud storage pricing

Apple has updated its iCloud storage pricing by increasing what you pay $9.99 per month for from 1 TB to 2 TB. The rest of pricing tiers remains unchanged.

– 5GB free
– 50GB $0.99
– 200GB $2.99
– 2TB $9.99 

4. MacBook Air is updated with faster processor

MacBook Air is not dead. The processor gets a speed bump from 1.6GHz to 1.8GHz.

5. MacBook Pro is still limited to maximum 16GB memory

One of the major complaints with the redesigned 2016 year end MacBook Pro is its 16GB configuration limit. This limit supposedly pissed a number of “pro” users to switch to use Windows notebook. The latest update to MacBook Pro is sticking to the 16GB limits.

WWDC 2017 will be in San Jose Jun 5-9, registration opens March 27

Apple WWDC Jun 5-9 2017

Apple has announced the 2017 edition of its annual World Wide Developer Conference. WWDC 2017 will see a change in venue from the usual San Francisco’s Moscone Center to San Jose and is on the week of June 5-9. WWDC is the event where Apple releases technical info on the next major version of iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. 

Technology alone is not enough.Technology must intersect with the liberal arts and the humanities, to create new ideas and experiences that push society forward. This summer we bring together thousands of brilliant minds representing many diverse perspectives, passions, and talents to help us change the world.

Tickets will be offered by random selection to those who register their interest. Registration opens Monday, March 27 at 10 am PDT. You must be a member of Apple Developer Program to register. Mark your calendar and check out the WWDC site.