The iPhone SE

Well, here it goes. Apple recently announced the launch of the iPhone SE, most of us thought it would be called the iPhone 5 SE, but it seems the 5 was dropped to just call it the SE.

Personally having taken a look at the device, it seems like an iPhone 5S. Apple claims that the power and performance of the iPhone 6S has been packed into the little form factor of the original iPhone 5S. 

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In a market dominated by large screen devices it seemed that Apple was following the footsteps of Samsung and making devices just bigger in size. However, in my opinion I feel that the iPhone SE is a good addition to the market IF you are getting your first iPhone, and not just upgrading from the iPhone 5S to the iPhone SE (why would anyone do that?)

Apple claims it to be the 'most powerful 4 inch phone ever' and goes on to further state that 'To create it, we started with a beloved design, then reinvented it from the inside out'. Well yes, it was from inside out as it is just the components that are INSIDE that's improved. 'The A9 is the same advanced chip used in iPhone 6s. The 12‑megapixel camera captures incredible photos and 4K videos. And Live Photos bring your images to life. The result is an iPhone that looks small. But lives large'. Very powerful statements by Apple who seems to be targeting a market of iPhone fanatics just looking for a powerful device at a smaller size.

Moving on to the camera, as the iPhone SE uses the same camera found on the iPhone 6S, users will get the 12 mega pixel iSight Camera which also has the capability of 4K video. The phone also features live photos (which I don't find very interesting to be honest, but some people do happen to like it)

The device also features Apple Pay, and claims to have faster LTE and Wi-Fi. According to Apple, the iPhone SE is capable of up to 19 LTE bands and speeds of over 150Mbps (network dependent). Over Wi-Fi the device is capable of reaching speeds of 433Mbps. As the devices supports voice over LTE and Wi-Fi calling this should be great when making calls when your low on carrier network coverage.

Apples official specs could be found at http://www.apple.com/iphone-se/specs/ 

Await more updates on the iPhone SE!

Foldable Smart Devices is the way forward for Samsung!

Hello world!

So while I was browsing through the WWW I stumbled upon something that caught my attention and I thought was worth sharing with you. According to technewstoday.com, Samsung has been busy (apart from getting themselves involved in lawsuits with Apple) to work on a ‘Foldable Smart Device!’ Of course this time they made sure to apply a patent on their product before using their R&D budget as lawyer fee!

Anyway, jokes aside…. I did find this pretty fascinating. It also rumoured that this technology will NOT be used in its upcoming Galaxy S7. So there might be a wait until we see this bit of tech in action!

Read on, article courtesy technewstoday.com

Samsung Invents Worlds First Foldable Smart Devices
Patent Application

Samsung could be working on a foldable smart device, perhaps a tablet or a phone. That’s the conclusion of Patently Mobile, after studying the Korean giant’s recently won patents especially the most recent three. There is now another that explains more of this technology

This one – which describes foldable technology in some detail – has only recently been made public by the US Patent Office. It describes a tri-fold smartphone with the capability of supporting multiple operating systems.

Samsung has evidently been working on this type of smart device for a long time. The number of patents it has been granted suggest it has tried out several form factors featuring flexible displays.

These forms have been divided into four categories, highlighted in an earlier patent: A Scrollable Smartphone, The Tab Style Smartphone, The Foldable Smartphone with Hinge and The Bendable Smartphone. To have a better understanding of the most recently published patent, which talks about a tri-fold smartphone and the multiple operating systems it has to offer, here’s an overview of the earlier form factors.

Scrollable Smartphone

Illustrations of the “Scrollable Smartphone” show a tube from which the screen can be unrolled and rolled up again. When it explains ‘rolling’ it is clear the display being rolled is flexible enough for the user to easily pull it out of the tube.

The patent also shows that for the flex-display, the glass substrate will be replaced by a plastic film. The tube out from which the screen is rolled could feature a button to push out the screen.

Tab Style Smartphone

The next set of illustrations described a smartphone which can be folded like a piece of paper, only with the tab still being exposed on the left side. This left-sided tab could house the favorite apps and display added information, just like the curved edge of the Note 4 Edge or Galaxy 6 Edge.

The Foldable Smartphone with a Hinge

This design is similar to another already described, but it includes a hinge in the center, which divides the display equally into two parts.

The Bendable Smartphone

The last design described in the patent, is a smartphone which can bend. On the face of it, this appears the most unrealistic form factor, although the illustrations show how a flex-display will allow the phone to bend.

These are concepts on which Samsung is already said to be working. The recently published patent suggests it has combined these forms to create one design. The new patent shows how a combination of forms could be possible if Samsung applies the foldable technology on a range of devices, such as a tablet PC, personal digital assistants (PDA), and MP3 players.

Another point on which the patent sheds light is the use of multiple operating systems. It becomes clear they will be based on the unfolding degree of the smart device.

Rumors that have surfaced about the next Galaxy series smartphone, the S7, suggest it will not feature any of this technology. Considering the strong smartphone industry competition, Samsung may need to introduce something that astonishes. Perhaps a smartphone with foldable screens, will be out really soon.

 

Source
technewstoday.com
Written By – Bob Hahn

Former Apple designers say the company has lost ‘the fundamental principles of good design’

Bruce Tognazzini was Apple’s first interface designer

Two early Apple designers have written a piece on Co.Design chastising Apple’s new design direction, which they claim puts elegance and visual simplicity over understandability and ease of use. Bruce “Tog” Tognazzini, who was Apple’s 66th employee and the writer of its first human interface guidelines, and Don Norman, Apple’s user experience architect from 1993 to 1996, aren’t holding back in the least.

“Apple is destroying design,” the duo wrote, calling out their former employer for trading in the fundamental design principles the company once held for a new minimalistic approach. That new approach has manifested in a new font called San Fransisco, which many, including Norman and Tog consider to be too small:

No more. Now, although the products are indeed even more beautiful than before, that beauty has come at a great price. Gone are the fundamental principles of good design: discoverability, feedback, recovery, and so on. Instead, Apple has, in striving for beauty, created fonts that are so small or thin, coupled with low contrast, that they are difficult or impossible for many people with normal vision to read. We have obscure gestures that are beyond even the developer’s ability to remember. We have great features that most people don’t realize exist.

They also criticized Apple for things like not including a universal undo or back button, which is present on Android, having too many “hidden” gesture-based menus, and for pushing visual simplicity over usability testing in its new human interface guidelines for developers.

Good design should be attractive, pleasurable, and wonderful to use. But the wonderfulness of use requires that the device be understandable and forgiving. It must follow the basic psychological principles that give rise to a feeling of understanding, of control, of pleasure. These include discoverability, feedback, proper mapping, appropriate use of constraints, and, of course, the power to undo one’s operations. These are all principles we teach elementary students of interaction design. If Apple were taking the class, it would fail.

Norman and Tog state that Apple’s design transgressions go far beyond the font on your phone, given Apple’s vast influence over design culture, stating that Apple’s choices could have reverberations in different industries like infrastructure and health care. “Apple is reinforcing the old, discredited idea that the designer’s sole job is to make things beautiful, even at the expense of providing the right functions, aiding understandability, and ensuring ease of use,” they wrote.

Worse, other companies have followed in Apple’s path, equating design with appearance while forgetting the fundamental principles of good design. As a result, programmers rush to code without understanding the people who will use the products. Designers focus entirely on making it all look pretty. And executives get rid of user experience teams who want to help design the products properly and ensure the products are made usable during the design phase, not after manufacturing, coding, and release, when it is too late. These uninformed company executives assume all this up-front design research, prototyping, and testing clearly must slow down the development process. Nope. When done properly, it speeds things up by catching problems early, before coding even begins.

It should be noted that Norman and Tog didn’t limit their design criticism to Apple. They also denounced Google Maps and Android for similar flaws. But when you’re the biggest company in the world selling the most popular smartphone on the planet, the brunt of the blame lands at your feet.

While they do admit that Apple has succeeded at making its devices visually appealing, in their eyes that appeal has damped some potential complaints from users. “The product is beautiful! And fun. As a result, when people have difficulties, they blame themselves. Good for Apple. Bad for the customer.”

Source
theverge.com
Written By – Micah Singleton
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