Along comes iOS 11 and digital obsolescence……

There is a story on the BBC technology website today that indicates that the new iOS 11 imminent on your Apple devices will “kill” any old and unsupported apps. All of which got me thinking of digital obsolescence, a common and faster occurring phenomenon. All of us can recount items that have either disappeared or reduced to rare. Film vs digital, vinyl records vs cassette tape vs CD vs memory chip vs streaming, and so it goes on. But applications based on the Apple definition are those that were built and sold just 2 years ago.

Now the technical aware  will say – it’s not Apple its the hardware that is driving this change by adopting 64 bit based solutions vs 32 bit solutions. But actually 64 Bit is generating the environment for Apps to do more, faster and most importantly more potential for “big” memory. So who is driving what? Apps or hardware? Answer neither. It’s the consumer demanding more and more capability, and for things that were never possible before.

We talk “big data”, but for me “big memory” is more of the key that unlocks the doors of possibility.

Regardless of all this – losing some of my familiar and well loved Apps is still going to be a pain, but likely short lived.

 

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iPhone X….yes or no?

So to be clear, I’m not an Apple worshipper. I’m an iPad owner and think it’s great but I’ve never had an iPhone. Largely because I was one of those heretics that loved his Blackberry, and keyboard. And when Blackberry was swamped by the consumer commercialisation of Android and iOS to the extent that they lost nearly all their market share, I moved to Android. And actually I quite like Android. Even more so with the phones that Huawei were making at an extremely competitive price, with stacks of features that often exceeded some of the Samsung offerings.

So I was intrigued at what the iPhone X could bring to the market that would rival the original iPhone introduced 10 years ago (yes, it really is that long ago).

But I’m disappointed…..a depth sensing camera (which allows facial recognition), an all glass case (for wireless charging), a larger screen area and no home button. It looks good but is it worth $999? Or £999 in UK (can someone explain why it costs 30% more in the UK?). I’m not sure.

I am sure that Apple fans will rave about it, but apart from aesthetic virtues I can’t see the extra value and it sure doesn’t disrupt the market like the original did……but then I’m quite likely at the end of my current contract to move to a SIM only contract and not refresh my phone as it does everything I want, but maybe that’s just me.