After all of the Android coverage, talk about developing Android apps, and analysis about cool ass Android phones such as the Moto X; I was labeled, no, I was admonished by the twitterverse for being an Apple fan boy. Because of this tweet:
“Back down y’all playa haters. The iPhone5S is the most powerfully computing smartphone on the market.”
So this week, I’m having to defend myself on the Interwebs about why I think the iPhone 5S is the most powerful smartphone on the planet. I feel no need to defend a multi-national corporation that makes billions of dollars every month, but dammit I’ve been doing this for a long time and I know what I’m talking about. So playa haters, the iPhone 5S IS the powerful smartphone on the market. Deep down inside you know it’s true and here’s why.
1. 64 Bits
Last time I checked the number 64 > 32, that’s ’64 is greater than 32′. Sure, a 64-bit processor may not mean much for the black turtleneck or Facebook set, but a 64-bit processor opens a wave of opportunities in everything from imaging, video, and of course gaming. Servers use 64-bit processors, and if you were to buy an iPhone5S, you have that power on your phone. So what does a 64-bit processor mean, it means more realistic animations in so-called high-end games. The Unreal guys showcased the next version of Infinity Blade and the level of detail was amazing. It also means that the particle effects in Candy Crush Saga can be that more sugary. Long term, the opportunities in augmented reality, voice search, query/answer processing open up a huge way because more data can be crunched on-device in fewer operations.
2. A Motion Coprocessor
I’ve been wearing a computer 24/7 since early July. And quite frankly I love it. If we are to believe some trends, wearable tech is in our future. Your phone having on-device motion technology doesn’t just open up fitness tech, but it paves the way for more human computer interaction. One of the reasons why we can’t have Jarvis in our real life is because the motion piece of human-computer interaction is missing. Hackers are using XBox Kinects to provide the motion and activity tracking, but basic positioning and knowledge can help in home automation efforts. Right now, you’re reading this and according to Google Analytics most of you on a mobile device, and if you’re not using a mobile, your phone is with you. Relaying motion information from your phone to your home automation systems will make the lights turn on, A/C or heat start, and brew your coffee without requiring the added expense of dedicated motion sensors. Think about that for a second.
3. A Camera with f/2.2 F-Stop
I may be the only person that cares about this since I’m an avid iPhoneographer. The iPhone has always taken great pictures and it’s not MP count, but pixel quality that matters. The iPhone camera is no Lumia 1020 shooter, but at f/2.2 I wouldn’t be surprised that the iPhone takes the best low-light photography now. I will always want more megapixels, but after thinking about the iPhone’s user base, I can understand why more MPs weren’t added. Right now, I have 3,468 images and videos on my 16GB iPhone 5. The device is full and I’m at my limit. Increasing the MP count would mean I can only fit half that many pictures on the device. An Android user will cajole, “your camera is only 8MP!” And at the same time, they’ll have 15 TOTAL images on their device and barely anything else including music. Before you call me a hater, if you have an Android device tell me how many apps, videos, and photos you have on your device, according to the data analysis for Snapperific the average iPhone user has between 40 and 60 apps, 8 hours of music, and 1000 photos on their device. The iPhone is the most frequently used digital camera on the planet. Blindly increasing the megapixel count would significantly reduce the extra space needed for apps and everything else. So I like the fact they shrunk the megapixel spacing thereby increasing image clarity.
4. 10 Hours Talk
Much to my wife’s chagrin, I don’t plug my iPhone in every day and I heavily use it. My Android breathren can’t drive from DC to Baltimore without using up 50% of their battery. (This will no longer be true once the Moto X hits general circulation) You have to give Apple credit in maintaining superior battery life and increasing processing power and imaging performance simultaneously.
One of the frequent refrains I received after the announcement was, “…there’s no NFC! Apple ain’t thinking about the future. I can go to Wegmans and pay with my phone, see!”
Yep, Apple dumped NFC in support of something that I think is even more impressive, and that technology is called Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). In Apple speak, iBeacon. Apple announced iBeacon at their iOS7 event and have been keeping quiet on the tech since then. Basically, if a store or shop has BLE sensors and you’ve activated iBeacon on your iPhone, you can make your Minority Report dreams come true. A store that has BLE sensors installed will know that you’ve entered their shop because your phone is telling them through iBeacon. All sorts of personal information can be shared with the shop or personalized deals can be sent to you. And…you can also pay through iBeacon. “Well, Apple’s just copying off of Android NFC with iBeacon.” No idiot, NFC has a maximum range of centimeters, BLE has a range of 50 feet in controlled environments. 20 feet in the wild.
Also, our company still works with RFID technology and NFC is cool but doesn’t make general-use sense. The technology costs more which is why it’s only in the higher end phones. Personally, I think Starbucks’ app makes more sense. The Starbucks App generates a custom QR code that can be scanned by their POS systems barcode reader. Barcode reader attachments for a POS are cheaper than RFID (NFC) combo card readers which means that any shop can cheaply create mobile payment applications that actually work.
Also, if you look on the horizon and we accomplish an Internet of things, iBeacon will be the kickoff technology.
I’ve developed lots of applications on both of today’s major smartphone platforms for government, commercial, and consumers. In this regard, I can actually make commentary about the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of programming on iOS and Android. In the end it’s all going to come down to applications. From my observations, the market research we’ve performed for Snapperific, and asking Android users, “whatcha got on your device”, despite having a billion customers and device installs, most Android users browse, text, and make phone calls. With that being said:
- You and I both know that all Android apps virtually look the same.
- You and I both know that the higher quality applications are released on Apple’s platforms because of their review process.
- You and I both know that applications burn up an obscene amount of battery power on Android.
- You and I both know that there are more colors than black and white available.
- You and I both know that Android users don’t pay for anything.
- You and I both know that Google’s apps are the most stable on the platform.
- You and I both know that Swipe-to-Unlock, Facial Unlock, and “Phone Sex” (tap to share) are gimmicks.
- You and I both know that you want iOS to be on another manufacturers platform.
- You and I both know that the tablet version of Android still stinks.
- You and I both know that Windows RT and Windows Phone are better mobile operating systems.
Sure, the fingerprint sensor is a hokie feature and you still can’t have iPhone sex to share contacts, but with a 64-bit processor, built-in motion tracking, and a better shooter, Apple has delivered a very powerful device in only a minor revision. People, and haters, that follow Apple should know that you get one major and one minor revision of their phones, and Apple made a major processor upgrade in a minor release!
I’d love to know what you think about Apple’s latest and greatest iHotness. Please let me know what you think in the comments.
Happy iChampagne Wishes and App Store Dreams!
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