Redhat has recently been pushing their new developer portal pretty hard. They have finally, to little to late in some peoples minds, opened up Redhat Enterprise Linux to developers for no charge. Along with this, they have a series of excellent cheat sheets which for those still learning, or just cannot remember every little command I’ve found to be very helpful.
Listen. This is just a dream. But very clever people can hear dreams. So please just listen. I know you’re afraid, but being afraid is all right. Because didn’t anybody ever tell you? Fear is a superpower. Fear can make you faster, and cleverer, and stronger. And one day, you’re gonna come back to this barn, and on that day, you’re going to be very afraid indeed. But that’s okay. Because if you’re very wise and very strong, fear doesn’t have to make you cruel or cowardly. Fear can make you kind. … It doesn’t matter if there’s nothing under the bed, or in the dark, so long as you know it’s okay to be afraid of it.
— Doctor Who “Listen”
And so it begins again.
Ever since the iPhone 3GS back in 2009 I have been buying the new iPhone every single year thus far. 2017 has proved to be a unique situation, as due to the iPhone 8 and iPhone X coming out in the same year, there is a gap in my line up. Now, if that is not a first world problem, then I don’t know what is.
There was so much noise this year with the rumour mill that I’m considering stopping reading them all together. What is the point of reading a website which on a Monday posts a story about how bad the supply contraints will be and then on the Tuesday post one about them being just fine. Then repeat that cycle. Over and over again.
iPhone 8 or iPhone X: The Choice!
While for myself, choosing was easy, I think that the release of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X in the same year will help ease people into the future of the company. To be honest, it only took me a few hours not to miss a single feature from my iPhone 7 Plus. No home button? Not a problem. The over blown, crisis of epic proportions, omg wtf notch? I rarely even notice it’s there and when I do I’m starting to like how the colours flow around it.
Yes, some applications need to be updated to better support the new design and I am very happy to see the majority of the ones I use, have already done so. I would much rather people actually go out and USE an iPhone X, instead of basing their purchasing opinions on the hysterical, lenghtly self indulgent rantings of people on Youtube.
To know if you really want to dive into the new iPhone form factor you really need to play with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. These are just my opinions and should carry no more weight than what phone OS my cat prefers.
I’m pretty sure it’s Android. She’s evil that way.
Everyone Welcome OLED!
Anyone who has followed Apple over the years should know that they rarely jump on brand new technology and especially not something as critical as the screen. OLED phones are far from new with Samsung having released the Nokia N85 way back in 2008. With OLED having come a long way since those days, I’m happy that Apple finally decided to jump on board when the quality was right. If you’re interested in reading about what happens when you don’t strive for quality you can go read the reviews on the Google Pixel 2 XL screen.
Walking Around Camera
Ever since the iPhone 5S I stopped taking my DSLR camera with on vacation or pretty much using it at all. Now, the camera in the iPhone I don’t believe will ever replace the need for professional cameras, I cannot imagine buying a walking around camera (one without a detachable lens) ever again. I’m very happy with the quality of the photos and they, of course, get better every year.
Is the camera in the iPhone X that much better than the iPhone 8? The setup is very smilier with the exception of optical image stabilization in BOTH camera on the iPhone and telephoto lens is 2.4/f instead of 2.8/f in the iPhone 8. Below are the specs of the iPhone X camera setup:
12Mp wide-angle, f/1.8, OIS + 12Mp telephoto, f/2.4, OIS, optical zoom, 10x digital zoom, Portrait Lighting, Portrait Mode, quad-LED flash
The Screen: The insignificant notch
As soon as renders came out about what the front of this phone a collection of the Internet lost their minds over it. It did seem like an odd choice and one would imagine if they had another option, that wouldn’t make the phone look like a Samsung Galaxy as a result, that they would have gone with it. Interestingly, Apple has embraced the notch as a characterizing feature of the device and I agree.
First and foremost, it’s a complete non issue for me using the phone in portrait mode. I like the way the colours flow around the notch. It really does give the device character but I expect that Apple will ditch it as soon as another option, whatever that may be comes to light. As for landscape, this varies from application to application. Coming from the iPhone 7 Plus I keep trying to rotate the home screen, which it does not do. It can be oddly distracting but I’m interesting to see how applications evolve to find creative ways to support it.
Much of how I feel about the screen is the same as the hosts of The Accidental Tech Podcast and I highly recommend giving their review of the iPhone X a listen by clicking here.
While they believe it may be gone next year, I do not see that happening. That’s a bigger jump and while, perhaps, next year it might be smaller I have a feeling it will still be there. But then, anyway, developers will be more than use to working with it.
Nitpicking: Because nothing is perfect
I generally hesitate when someone says something is perfect. Now I’m firmly in the Apple camp and cannot see myself ever going to Android. However, Apple and their products are not perfect. One note though, can someone create me a filter to automatically block anyone who says anything along the lines of, “Steve Jobs would have…” because no one has any clue. Whatsoever.
Much of my nitpicking over the phone comes from the fact I was a Plus user. While the screen is larger than an iPhone 8 it feels, at times, much smaller than it did on the Plus. I would have liked it to be just a touch wider. My second nitpick is I’m not a fan of how you invoke Control Centre by pulling down on the upper right hand of the screen. Again, coming from a Plus I’m fine with reaching up there, but it just seems awkward and the animation when it springs up is very odd.
So… There you have it. My thoughts, for what they are worth (not much) on the new iPhone X. It is the future of the iPhone, there is no doubt about that. Even having used it for as little time as I have so far, picking up my iPhone 7 Plus I notice how old it looks. This is not helped by the fact that Apple kept the same basic format around starting with the iPhone 6 / 6S and then to the 7.
It is an expensive phone. A very expensive phone. Considering how many infinitely more cost effective Android phones are out there I wish Apple would play a little more in that space. While I doubt they would ever go for the low end market, I believe they should be playing a lot more somewhere in the middle.
If you can afford it, go for the iPhone X and skip the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. In the end the advantages of the screen and the camera will make the extra expense worth it.
My tradition of going to Disney at Halloween continued this year with an extra special trip in that I went with my Mother. We both like to vacation the same way and it had been a very, very long time since I went anywhere with her like this. Despite fears of the fires in California the trip turned out to be exactly what I wanted it to be, magical.
However, I do have concerns when it pertains to Disneyland (I tend to just lump California Adventure into “More Disneyland”) given the ever growing crowds. I made sure this year to avoid any special days, be far enough away from Halloween itself and it was still much busier than in 2015. I mean a lot busier.
What exactly can Disneyland do about this though? Star Wars Land is coming to Disneyland late 2018 possibly and that is going to be a complete mad house. Think of how busy Cars Land still is and then think of Star Wars having a larger appeal. The park was never designed for this many people and given how boxed in they are I’m not sure what they can even possibly do about it.
Of note this year was it was the first time ever that Halloween theming had been extended over to California Adventure. I was very, very impressed with the level of care and detail, especially in Cars Land.