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Why I Didn't Get the iPhone 6 Plus

This morning -- around 6:45 a.m. -- I approached the Apple Store at the Menlo Park Mall in NJ to buy the new iPhone 6 from Apple and came upon what was the longest line for an iPhone sale I've ever seen (I've seen a few). I briskly walked by throngs of people chatting, reading, and generally nerding-out at the prospect of getting this new device. To get an idea of the line, here's a picture of the mall map and the crazy-long line of people, some of which were asleep with pillows and blankets.

Figuring I'd be in line for a good 3-4 hours, I decided to forget it. I could wait ... or could I? This evening, I decided to head down to the Freehold Mall to resume my quest for this new must-have device. There was a line of around 50 people at the Apple Store, and word was, everyone was out of the iPhone 6 Plus. I headed to the AT&T Store around the way, which had a line of four people, and they had the iPhone 6 (no Plus).

While I was 90% sure I didn't want the Plus, I did go to the display to hold both options in my hand -- get a feel for it. My concerns that the Plus was too big were confirmed. Something about it just didn't feel right. It was like I was holding a smaller iPad Mini. And while some people (okay, many people) prefer the phablet size, I simply don't. For me, the screen would have to be so big that the keyboard is actually functional as a near-fullsize keyboard. That doesn't happen for me until we get up to the iPad, and I'm certainly not carrying that around in my front pocket.

So I'm happy with my purchase and will continue to live without screen-envy, since I'll just see everyone else as having pants-pocket-envy.

Some cool new features: 

  • Touch ID fingerprint recognition: Not new, but still a useful feature, saving valuable seconds!
  • Moving the power button to the right side of the phone is a natural placement for my forefinger.
  • The (again) rounded design fits more comfortably in your hand.
  • The camera is much better and has nice features: auto-HDR, time-lapse video, slo-motion video
  • New "Find my iPhone" feature, where it will send the location of your iPhone when its battery is near-dead. Could be a real life-saver for some people.



What Does the iPhone 5 Mean to You?

Check out my podcast interview with my colleagues Stephan Merkens and Patrick Donnelly on the updates to the new iPhone from Apple and what it means to companies and consumers.


Finally ... iPhone 5

I was so relieved to hear about the new iPhone 5 and its features. I almost felt like I was at the presentation while viewing Engadget's excellent live blog of the event. My excitement wasn't solely because of the fact that a new iPhone was coming out (although that can't be dismissed). I had a more pressing reason for my excitement. I really need one!

The iPhone I did have was the iPhone 4, which I was perfectly happy with. So much so that I decided it would be a good idea to take it with me when I went kayaking with my daughter at a lake in the Poconos. When the kayak started to get a little unsteady, I thought we'd better turn around, so I can put my iPhone back on the deck. And then *bloop* our kayak overturned, and my iPhone took a dip in the lake. My brother-in-law got it into a bag of rice to dry out, but the damage was done. It was dead (begin sad violins).

So I decided to resurrect my old iPhone 3GS. I figured, "I only need it to last for four months until the next iPhone is released." Of course, fates being tempted, it happened. I dropped the iPhone 3GS onto my friend's porch and *crack* went the screen:

Come on!! I decided to get an Invisible Shield screen cover to keep the glass in place, since the touch screen actually still worked. This, from a phone that runs like a 2-legged dog since I upgraded it to iOS 5. And in this last week of its life, since the iPhone 5 announcement, it seems to be running even slower ... almost like it's taunting me.

If you need me, I'll be standing in line next Friday morning at the Apple Store.


Found My iPhone

I had my first real need to use Apple's "Find my iPhone" service, available through my MobileMe account (and now available as an app without the need for a MobileMe account).

After realizing that I had misplaced it, I roamed around the house with a cordless phone calling my cell phone. No luck. It was a busy morning, so I may have left the phone at either the gym, the bagel place, the dry cleaners, the Radio Shack, or the barber. I did not feel like retracing all of those steps, and then I realized I could just log onto my MobileMe account and have it find my phone for me.

When I activated it, I saw that it was still at my house but slightly off. Then I realized that I must have left in the car, which was parked two houses away. I told the service to send a tone to the phone for 2 minutes, along with a message that read, "Please give the phone to daddy." Sure enough, the phone was under the seat in my car. Must have slipped out of my shorts.

That service alone is worth the $99 a year I pay for MobileMe.


Apple vs. Adobe, Round 3

Remember when Apple and Adobe played nice while thousands of scruffy graphic designers happily used Photoshop to retouch images on their Macs ... and all was right with the world? Well, it all seemed to go downhill over the Great Flash War of 2010.

I saw inklings of trouble when Adobe continued to not fully optimize their CS suite of applications for Mac's Cocoa OS framework throughout most of this past decade. And when the iPhone was released without Flash support, you felt there was trouble brewing. But now, it's getting ugly.

Apple and Adobe have gone tit for tat on the subject. The latest have involved Steve Jobs's open letter regarding Flash, and now Adobe has published founders' Chuck Geschke and John Warnock's open letter in response.

My take ... Is Apple right for not allowing Flash to run on their devices? Yes, it's their device, and Flash is a resource (battery) hog. Is Apple right for restricting creation of iPad and iPhone apps to Apple development platforms? No, that's just plain selfish; Apple's not the only one who knows how to make apps. Is Adobe right for whining about others trashing Flash (which they didn't even make, by the way)? No, Flash is showing its age in an era where computing is becoming more and more portable, where the need for battery life exceeds the need to play Farmville.

And Adobe's argument that Apple should support Flash because it has a 99% install base holds no merit. I'm sure the manufacturers of asbestos had a 99% install base at one point. That didn't make it a good thing. (Okay, that example was harsh, but you get my point.)