November 12, 2013
I did it. I broke down and got an iPhone 5s.
- It is. So. Fast. Compared to my old 4
- The camera is amazing
- LTE is a godsend, and T-Mobile actually has good coverage
- I can’t live without Touch ID anymore, and I wish my MacBook Pro had it
- AirDrop is kind of useless given that it doesn’t work between iOS and OS X
- The UI translucency that wasn’t available on my 4 makes iOS 7 look way better
- Finally have flyover navigation in iOS Maps, it works great
- Seriously, it’s so fast
If you have an iPhone 4 still, you 100% should upgrade. Really.
September 20, 2013
I’ve been using iOS 7 on my iPhone 4 for a few days now, and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. It can get laggy, especially when opening and switching applications, but that’s to be expected. Unfortunately this lag hits a lot while I’m typing. A common problem is the keystrokes being processed lag behind my actual strokes by a fair bit. This happened in iOS 6 too, but the problem now is that it processes me hitting Send or Done before it processes the rest of my keystrokes.
This causes me to accidentally send texts cut in the middle. On iOS 6 this was never a problem so I’m not sure why this behavior changed between versions. Minor inconvenience that I have to adjust for I guess.
The camera is greatly improved. Since it’s still the same hardware, this means the changes must have been made on the software end. That just makes the changes even more impressive. The camera initiates faster, focusing is faster and seems to do a better job, but most importantly of all the camera takes photos much faster.
I don’t know if this is because they got rid of the shutter animation, but I’m sure that helps make it seem faster. I was having a rough time on iOS 6 with my camera taking forever to open, focus, and take the picture. But now it’s worlds better.
Overall verdict for iOS 7 on an iPhone 4? Bearable. But I think at this point it’s a matter of how long before I break down and get a 5S. The lack of translucency in the UI and missing out on features like Siri, turn-by-turn voice navigation and more are just one nail after the other in my iPhone 4′s coffin. God, I wish I had AirDrop and AirPlay.
At least the iOS 7 lock screen makes my background look awesome.
January 9, 2013
iPhone 4 and 4S
iPhone 3G and 3GS
I made this from a desktop-sized version a while back, and I thought I would post them up here. There is a retina size for the iPhone 4 and 4S, a lengthened version for iPhone 5, and a reduced size for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. They’re all available in the gallery above.
November 29, 2012
iTunes 11 was released today, and seems to have made at least one major feature change: iTunes DJ is gone, replaced by a new feature called Up Next (the small dialog box open in the screenshot above).
How it works:
- Everything has a little arrow button that lets you Play Next or Add to Up Next. This button shows up for albums, individual songs, playlists, artists, and so on.
- The Up Next dialog box is opened by clicking on that “list” icon in the right side of the player area, or by pressing Command + Option + U on the keyboard.
- There, you can see previously played tracks, delete tracks from the Up Next list, rearrange them, and so on.
When I realized that iTunes DJ had disappeared, my first thought wasn’t good. But after using the Up Next feature for a while, it has grown on me a lot. I actually think it’s a much more streamlined implementation of the feature than iTunes DJ ever was.
The only problem is that dialog box. It’s so small, and when you start queuing whole albums back to back, that’s only going to compound this limitation.
My suggestion: Make the Up Next feature a whole sidebar to the right on its own. This may cut into the screen real estate for the item listing, but it’s a lot better than exiling such a main feature to a small dialog box.
Apple definitely seems to be limited with screen real estate with iTunes 11, though.
Update: Just discovered something new. In the Mini Player (Command + Option + M) mode, opening the Next Up list makes it a windowed view. Pretty cool, check it out in the screenshot to the right.
September 14, 2012
I recently had to swap from an Apple keyboard to a Dell keyboard here at work on my iMac, and I had a problem with where the Windows and Alt keys are located on the Dell keyboard. By default, Mac OS X treats the Windows key as the Command key, and the Alt key as the Alt key. However, this is backwards from where the keys are located on the Apple keyboard, as shown in the picture above.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to fix this.
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