iPhone 4S photos + retina MacBook Pro = photos that look like shit

Marco Arment:

Because as fun as it is to share iPhone photos conveniently on Instagram, that can’t be my only photography: I also need some photos that won’t look like shit when I look back on them in the future.

Image sensors, especially full frame ones, have gotten so good limitations of the lenses become pronounced. Likewise, the retina display on the new MacBook Pro has gotten so good photos taken by Apple’s finest photography tool look terrible on it. I’m looking forward to what Apple does with the camera sub-system in the new iPhone (5).

Happy Fifth, iPhone

On June 29, 2007 I picked up the iPhone as a birthday present to myself. Since then I’ve upgraded to the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4. But five years later I find myself having returned to the original iPhone. Everything at your fingertips worked for a while, but access to everything is distracting. I wanted simple and found the original iPhone to be exactly what I wanted: a good-enough phone with texting capability.

Phone and Messages. Nice and simple. The rest are on the second screen. This setup keeps me from being easily distracted.

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop:

[…] I thought I’d take a different approach and look at some of the iPhone naysayers so we could make fun of them together.

It might have been the magic of Steve Jobs, the simple and elegant industrial design, or the technical marvel of multitouch display technology. I’m sure it was all three, and I had to get it. After the keynote there was no doubt in my mind I had seen the next big thing. Millions of others did, too. But many really smart folks couldn’t for some reason.

January 2007 when Richard Sprague was senior marketing director at Microsoft:

I can’t believe the hype being given to iPhone.  Even some of my blindly-loyal pro-Microsoft friends and colleagues talk like it’s a real innovation and will “redefine the market” or “usher in a new age”.

What!?!?  Without even mentioning that the same functionality has been available on PocketPC, Palm, Nokia, and Blackberry for years, I just have to wonder who will want one of these things (other than the religious faithful).  People need this to be a phone, first and foremost. But with 5 hours of battery life?  No keypad?  (you try typing a phone number on that screen, no matter how wonderful it is — you will want a keypad).  And for all that whiz-bang Internet access, you absolutely need the phone to work, immediately, every single time.  Will it do that?

So please mark this post and come back in two years to see the results of my prediction:  I predict they will not sell anywhere near the 10M Jobs predicts for 2008.

The iPhone redefined the smartphone. In January 2007 every phone manufacturer on the planet stopped what they were doing, went back to the drawing board, and copied Apple (except for a few companies like RIM). Indeed, a new age was born.

Who will want one of these things? 217 million people all over the world. I wonder if Sprague uses one.

January 2007 Bloomberg columnist Matthew Lynn:

The iPhone is nothing more than a luxury bauble that will appeal to a few gadget freaks. In terms of its impact on the industry, the iPhone is less relevant. […] Apple will sell a few to its fans, but the iPhone won’t make a long-term mark on the industry.

I had to look up the word bauble: A small, showy trinket or decoration. Something of no importance or worth.

Harsh.

In August 2011 Lynn founded Strategy Economics: “[…] a new type of economic consultancy. Market-savvy, insightful and ahead-of-the-curve, it aims to deliver penetrating, original analysis of the big issues in the global markets.”

Insightful?

How can such smart people get it so wrong? The answer: Getting it right has very little to do with how smart you are. Either your mind is open or it’s closed. With an open mind you’re giving yourself a chance to get it right. Not so with a closed mind.

Steve Jobs really did think different. He opened his mind to the possibility of something much better. And he worked himself and others tirelessly until the iPhone became a reality. The world is a better place for it.

4K TVs Are Coming, But

Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica:

Carlton Bale has published an excellent chart and explanation that sums up 4K TV’s problems in a nutshell: at some distances and screen sizes, even the difference between 720p and 1080p to the human eye can be negligible, and this is even more true of 4K. To get any benefit out of a 4K TV, you either need to have a very large screen (the benefits begin to become apparent—barely—at around 50 or 60 inches), be sitting very close, or both, and small differences like this might appeal to true home theater enthusiasts or videophiles, but it’s going to be a hard sell for the average consumer.

Why do we assume 4K displays will be mainly used as TVs?

Update 2012.06.29: LG is researching 60-inch transparent flexible 4K displays. Reminds me of the curved transparent computer workstations in Avatar.

Apple iPad Smart Case

Andrew Kim:

I had high hopes for this case but it’s simply lacking in proper execution. This is the first time I’ve ever been disappointed this badly by an Apple product. I’m returning it tomorrow.

$49 for a dud.

A Terrible Track Record for Classroom Tablets

Bill Gates:

Just giving people devices, that has a really terrible track record. You really have to change the curriculum and the teacher and those things, and it’s never going to work on a device where you don’t have keyboard-type input. I mean, students aren’t there just to read things — they’re supposed to actually be able to write and communicate, and so this is a lot more in the PC realm.

It’s quite ironic that the tablet PC, which Bill Gates championed for many years, with keyboard, trackpad, and stylus had a dismal track record in and out of the classroom.

I wholeheartedly agree with Bill Gates that it takes more than just a high tech gizmo to reinvent education, but… a physical keyboard is required to write and communicate?

iOS is not color managed

Jeffrey Friedl:

So, I looked into how I might enhance my workflow along color-management lines, and discovered to my shock that iOS is not color managed. At all. I haven’t found a single application, from Apple or anyone else, that is color managed.

InVisage QuantumFilm

InVisage: QuantumFilm is made with quantum dots, which are semiconductors that capture light. Light sensitivity is quadrupled and light fill factor is improved from 60% to 100% by coating the image sensor wafer with QuantumFilm. Higher pixel count and higher light sensitivity can go hand in hand. Checkout the YouTube video for a jargon-free explanation of how QuantumFilm works.

Why are Apple laptops becoming harder to take apart?

Rafe Colburn:

There are a lot of tradeoffs that go into product design. When it comes to laptops, there are capabilities (display resolution, processor speed, storage space, battery life, and so on), size and weight, cost, and upgradeability. Apple seems to have gotten the impression that upgradeability is the factor that people care about the least, and I suspect that they’re right.

Why does Apple believe people care the least about upgradeability? Because out of the box there isn’t much upgrading that’s needed.

Sony + Panasonic = Large OLED TVs

BusinessWire:

Sony and Panasonic plan to jointly develop next-generation OLED panels and modules by each utilizing their core and printing technologies. They plan to jointly develop printing method-based next-generation OLED technology, which will be suitable for low-cost mass production of large, high resolution OLED panels and modules. Sony and Panasonic aim to establish mass-production technology during 2013, by integrating their unique technologies to improve the overall efficiency of development.

Better late than never. Looking forward to 55-inch OLED TVs this year by LG and Samsung.