2292 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007
I didn't shoot you down - I don't remember actually seeing your comment!
I wouldn't be so sure that the lack of anything "wondrous" was a problem with real world delivery of the 5 as much as the real world problem of nobody with any sense (yes I know this usually excludes Apple shoppers) would want to go spend iPhone 5 kinds of money on a new phone right now!
If they can keep moving the smoke and mirrors about and convincing their loyal shoppers that the 4S is the one everyone has to beat and take their wedge of cash from them, then why not. The fact there have been better phones than the iPhone option for several years doesn't seem to matter when you're facing with the Apple PR machine.
The only company which insists on taking its website down to put in an update and when it finally does come back trying to go to http://www.apple.com/iphone/features results in:
You don't have permission to access "http://www.apple.com/iphone/features" on this server.
I was wondering if it was on online or offline feature, and suspecting the former. As you observed, that little bit of info was rather hard to find, so again I was suspecting the former. Apple would make a huge song and dance about it (or an even huger song and dance) if it was offline, because those pesky droid phones already have a similar online feature.
And yes, it's a gimmick which is amusing for a while, but in reality not used.
Such cloud based features are all well an good when you're in your home country (although somewhat limited by the "unlimited" data carriers provide), but as soon as you leave the country, something us Europeans have a nasty habit of doing, mobile data roaming becomes something you only do if you really really have to. i.e. you've just severed a limb (because the roaming charges will cost you another one!).
That would be tricky, as Android is just an OS shared by many many companies, and each of those companies has many many models.
You'd need to target individual handsets, one at a time. And there just isn't time!
I can't quite believe I am commenting against such an anti-apple article, but #1... "One can see the commercial reasons why Apple doesn't like letting people change batteries in its devices easily"... One can? I can't see any commercial reason. In fact if they were removable, Apple could sell extra batteries for £99.99 a piece and hit their followers up with another huge profit margin.
The only reason I can see is that it might impact on the design, and Apple are the champions of form over function.
And #2, well yes, removable storage is very very nice, but a lot of phone manufacturers manage to screw this up by putting the microSD card underneath the battery *d'oh*. So you have to turn the phone off to swap the storage. The Nokia N70, N95 and N97 could both swap it on the fly. In this respect many modern smart phones are going backwards.
Apart from that, a perfectly good flame-bait of the Appleites. I guess this is a tactically timed post so that all the followers of the one true path are going to be in Covent Garden right now, all sharing the same overloaded mobile mast, and unable to check el-reg?
Ah, the random down vote... Are you an HTC employee, the author of an alternative firmware or someone that doesn't think a service pushed out in manufacturers firmware which allows all your contacts to be grabbed is an issue?
Or just a twat?
That's enough for me...
Cyanogen here I come!
Maybe they could spend some of that time making their updates not requiring a machine restart every time?
There are people that say it is possible to charge too low a fee for moving your own money about?! What asylum was this survey conducted in?
From my cursory look at the graph I would say that the sweet spot (if they must charge) is below £1. After that you get at least a 20% leap in the "dislike"... The people conducting this survey seem to think that the sweet spot should be defined as "pissing off less that 50% of your customers".
I don't think the magic pill is really going to help addicts and overdosers. Addicts don't keep drinking to avoid the hangover, they're generally trying to escape something else, and you could still overdose, in fact maybe more so. This drug only stops the effect of the drug on the brain, your kidneys and liver will still have to sort out all the crap you've tipped down your throat.
Evolution gave us pain because the human body doesn't come with a user manual.
They'd still say you're nicked as you will still fail a blood and breath test.
Well my experience of FF7 so far has been pretty good. I generally leave FF open with a zillion tabs in various tab groups on my laptop, and rarely shut the laptop down (takes too long to boot, so it get sleep/hibernate). FF6 would slowly leak and cause me to have to shut down the browser, restart it and then restore tabs, but so far today FF7 is being pretty good. I am seeing a memory footprint approx 40% smaller than before, and during the course of the day it hasn't proceeded to nibble its way through more and more.
So all in all, well done Mozilla guys!
No impact on call plan...
"How big is each message? The developer reckons about the same as an average e-mail but in the absence of an export option you'll have to take its word for that."
If you installed 3G Watchdog then you'd be able to tell us ;-)
I'm more worried about my data limit than my talk limits. Now if someone could work out a way of grafting an acoustic coupler to a mobile so I could use talk time for internet access...
but I don't think they can legally do that, if they have approved it, then they can't unapproved it.
If they then sack you for taking the holiday anyway, or sending them the bill for the cancelled holiday, then you could have great fun with them with an unfair dismissal hearing... Plus with this being the ever so media attention hungry Apple, I think sending your story "Apple ruined my holiday and then sacked me" to every paper you can think of would be the order of the day.
3 days on a 1900MAh battery?
Hmmm... Doubtful in any real world test... Unless they're reduced the radio consumption by a huge margin. Which you can do, but then it becomes useless as a phone unless you're standing on the top of a tall building - next to the mast!
I agree that for the great unwashed, anything which stops them getting infected is a good move. Although convincing them to install something other than windows would probably do far more good than a locked down BIOS!
A physical link would be a little annoying, a BIOS switch would be enough. There are already ones for protecting the boot sector, so along side that would seem to be a perfect place.
But this *must* be written into the spec from the beginning.
It is a little amusing that whilst M$ are going round trying to lock people into their OS, Android mobile phone manufacturers such at HTC are being forced to open theirs up due to the sheer pressure from handset owners.
"up to 100Mb/s"
Ho ho... We all know what that means in broadband circles don't we...
Lucky to get 20Mb/s.
Why couldn't it have been Chuo Chuo?
Is it too much to ask...
That they light from the bottom up when grabbed, with a satisfying zerwooosh sound?
This isn't a delay from mobile networks, this is a delay from the mobile manufacturers.
Google releases an update, but google doesn't release a ROM image for an HTC phone. HTC have to compile their bits and hardware drivers in with the google source. Only once HTC have done that can we grab a zip (the OTA generally turns up within a day of the zip appearing anyway).
And HTC are slooooooow... To busy releasing 24 phones a month to support any phones from the end of last year.
Blimee, and I thought I was cynical!
Damn good point though!
Now can we get El Reg to modify their search so we can put -iphone5 and have the site filtered by default?
<--- Here, you dropped this.
I agree that Apple do have the "We'll push out an upgrade to *our* customers when we want" attitude sorted. Carriers get no say, which sounds like heaven to me, and being a single supplier of hardware and software means control freak levels of control. It also means you don't get a choice in much at all. Want a Qwerty keyboard, no. Want a better camera, wait for next year. Want a bigger screen, sorry this is it. Want a smaller handset/screen, nope, sorry. It's swings and roundabouts.
With Android you go out and look at the handsets and buy the one you want. With Apple you get what you're offered, or you stick with your current handset.
Anyway, all that aside, I would hardly call Apple updates painless. Google the exact phrase "iphone update problems", including the quotes. 57000 hits. Lose the quotes and you're into the 150million marks.
How can you survey only 500 people and call it a global study? That's only 2.5 people per country!
You could have surveyed more people by standing at the UBS watercooler all day with a clipboard... Which is probably exactly what they did.
Oh there's plenty of it left, believe me. A large part of my home town has it.
Luckily we've now got FTTC, so the crappy Ally only has to carry the signal a couple of hundred meters, which it seems far better at than carrying the signal 3km from the exchange.
Well said that man!
I think you need a few more words to get Echelon beeping... I believe assassinate semtex and Allah akbar usually help.
Now I've got to pop out for a bit and take some photographs in .london
Oh gawd, that's done it!
I'd remove the last one if I were you, that's more than enough grounds for an early a.m. anti-terror front door removal.
I think Athens Georgia could be in with a punt though, Greece hasn't got any money left to pay the lawyers with so a US East Coast state should easily be able to out-gun them in the courtroom.
Have you guys done some creative editing, or was his entire criticism "I wish it had a larger screen"?
Apart from that it was glowing report!
I know American's have a reputation amongst us Brits for being a bit too enthusiastic, but surely it hasn't got so bad that "only" giving something an 8 is regarded as a total slating?!
The latest FB app on Android powers up the GPS to get a location lock the moment you start the app, which really annoys me!
I very very very rarely ever use the location feature, and if I did I would be willing to wait for it to get a lock. I don't appreciate the app trying to get a lock (and doing who-knows-what with the info) and clobbering my battery when all I wanted was to read a message.
A couple of times the GPS has remained active even after I've exited the app, and killed any facebook related processes and services. I had to "turn it off and on again"
Delays in updates aren't the fault of phone carriers. The phone manufacturers are the biggest bottleneck/slackers. Many of the "older" (aka released last year) HTC handsets have only just received the gingerbread update which Google released at the end of 2010.
I will be amazed if most of these handsets receive another upgrade before being dumped from support, even though owners could still be paying for them on a 24 month contract.
I'm all in favour of continual development, but if manufacturers continue to absolve themselves of any responsibility towards existing owners, I for one will continue hopping to different manufacturers - I'm already keeping tabs on how a few others treat existing customers for when I buy my next phone, and of course their attitude to rooting.
Sounds good to me.
If there is one thing which might get the US patent office to buck up their ideas it will be their favourite litigant Apple being hoisted by their own petard.
The only people profiting from this are the lawyers. Certainly not the end user. I'm sure there are plenty of small inventors too who just don't bother due to the legal mountain they could face.
Aye... This modern technology wouldn't be able to handle them!
In a electrical storm it is possible, especially with overhead phone lines, but Thor withholds his number.
I can think of several uses...
How about in the 24 hours petrol station to tell the numpty, who is in a semi coma watching a film, that the guy by pump number 2, who is jumping up and down and waving his arms, would like the magically locomotion potion to pour from said pump into the containing vessel cunningly built into his 4 wheeled tin box?
That would be useful until they legalise connecting an HT circuit to numpty's family jewels.
"Fellow member Kayla, who poses as a young female online, was said to be a bloke in his early 20s"
"Fun Zone and Apple Story have agreed to hand over to Apple all material listed in their inventory with the word Apple: that includes headphones, cases, labels, signs, prints, packages, wrappers, pouches, receptacles and advertising matter."
And the shop assistants packed lunch?
Hell, I'd chuck a granny smith into the box just for the giggle.
I would have thought...
I would have thought that standard trademark law would have been enough to have the lawyers writing letters to ICM if a trademark is abused.
Not that I feel any sympathy for lawyers missing out on a 5 course meal or two of course.
Tell that to the US patent office!
Need a few things fixed first of all.
1) Network coverage into the deepest bowels of the store.
2) Unlimited data contracts (no female could ever manage a single shopping trip on only 500MB!)
3) Improved battery technology so you can use your smart phone to do smart things in the low signal areas without it gasping for a top up after an hour.
Oh, and some protection from Paypal and their rather wild-west banking techniques, although judging from events of the last couple of years, even official banks don't behave any better!
Apart from that, flawless. Patent it.
That's a bit harsh calling K2 a killer mountain. It's just a mountain. It's hardly the fault of the mountain that crazy people like to dangle off its frozen sides with varying degrees of success!
Mountains don't kill people, people kill people (usually themselves, but sometimes include the next person attached to the same rope).
"It's not anything to do with the current Galaxy Tab 10.1 and impending 8.9 and 7.7, which seem to be rather more eagerly anticipated."
And judging from Apple's reaction in Europe, I'd say you were right. Nothing says "we're frightened we won't be able to complete" like a herd of lawyers.
- Definitely need a better collective noun for lawyers, "eloquence" makes them sound too civilised... Grasp sounds better.
@James Hughes 1
Actually, that doesn't sound all bad... At least the managers have a vague idea what they are talking about!
I'm sure plenty of us have worked in far more Dilbertesque environments!
@My Alter Ego
The second colleague actually suffered a double fiddled with whammy.
First HTC put sense on it (which is actually pretty good as far as manufacturer mods go), and then Vodafone install their crap on top of that.
Carriers have a long history of not being able to leave things alone. I don't know of anyone who went with a particular carrier because of something they added. You look at price, how many years you'll be locked in, at the included minutes and data. That's pretty much it. They just won't accept they should be a dumb pipe.
In exchange you get a hideous colour scheme (I'm particularly pointing at Orange here!), and you're lucky if you ever get a firmware update again in the next 2 years (again thinking of Orange and Nokia Symbian handsets).
So yes, there is something worse than a phone manufacturer supporting a fork. The carrier badly adding bits to a fork!
"Yes, this requires the handset manufacturers to become highly proficient in software, something they historically have not been".
A rather important point. You only have to see what the once mighty Nokia did to Symbian, a full mobile multitasking operating system. They bought in an OS years ahead of everyone, and still managed to screw it up.
You only have to see the delays handset owners have to currently endure when waiting for Android updates to see how unprepared manufacturers are for providing reasonable software support. Getting an update within 6 months of Google releasing it is currently considered "pretty good". I doubt supporting an entire OS fork will make things any faster or reliable.
There are many rumours about a purchase, but since Elop was placed at the head of Nokia it's been pretty safe to class the once mighty Finnish company as having been absorbed into the collective.
I didn't get arrested, or even questioned.
In fact I actually questioned too cops to confirm the location of the fireworks!
After that I had no interaction, even when I proceeded to climb up over a sea wall, and set the camera up for shots on what can only be described as a health and safety minefield!
Typo not so likely? You obviously don't read the Gradian very much! Half a dozen letters messed up is a normal service for them!
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