¿Es este el nuevo iPhone​ 11?

Se rumorea que Apple tendrá varias actualizaciones de iPhone en su evento próximo este otoño. Esto incluye una nueva versión del iPhone XR con dos cámaras, así como posiblemente el iPhone 11 con un diseño de cámara triple. Una toma recientemente filtrada de los esquemas del iPhone dice ser el “nuevo iPhone XR“, pero en realidad podría ser el iPhone 11.

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Esta imagen del esquema del nuevo iPhone XR fue compartida por la cuenta de Twitter laobaiTD que ya anteriormente ha compartido diseños y prototipos de productos de Apple. Aunque cuando la imagen compartida dice “Nuevo iPhone XR”, la imagen coincide con las versiones anteriores del iPhone 11 basadas en esquemas filtrados. Esas imágenes provienen de la cuenta de Twitter de Onleaks, que es regularmente confiable.

 

El peor producto de Apple en muchos años.

Una columna devastadora de Joanna Stern sobre la continuación de la saga de los teclados no confiables en la línea de MacBook de Apple.

Considero que estos teclados son uno de los peores productos que Apple ha producida en su historia. Las computadoras MacBooks deberían tener los mejores teclados de la industria y en cambio, son los peores. Estos teclados están haciendo un daño duradero a la reputación de la marca MacBook. Lo que no entiendo es, ¿porque no olvidarse de este diseño de mariposa y utilizar el antiguo diseño que las MacBook del 2015 y 2014 tenían?

Breves reflexiones y observaciones sobre el evento de Apple “Show Time” de esta semana

 

  • Apple Card: Me gusta la idea, pero la verdad es que no será una tarjeta de bajo interés como se dijo durante el evento. En la pagina web de Apple Card está escrito: “Los APR variables varían de 13.24% a 24.24% con base en la solvencia crediticia. Tarifas a marzo de 2019.” Esos porcentajes ponen a esta tarjeta en linea con otras tarjetas en el mercado. Algo que podría ser ventajoso, es que esta Apple no incluirá cargos por pagos retrasados. Los pagos atrasados o perdidos resultarán en un interés adicional que se acumula hacia su saldo. Otra cosa interesante es que te ofrecerán 3% en compras de productos Apple, 2% cash back en compras echas con Apple Pay y solo un 1% cuando utilices esta tarjeta para cualquier otra compra que no acepten Apple Pay.
  • Apple News Plus: Mucha gente en redes sociales dicen que las revistas ya son cosa del pasado, yo en lo personal soy un entusiasta de estas y me agrado mucho esta noticia de Apple. Por $10 al mes tienes acceso a una gran variedad de estas revistas y periódicos, y aunque en algunos casos no tendrás acceso a todo el contenido de alguno de estos medios (como es el ejemplo del Wall Street Journal), aun así creo que esta bien.
  • Apple Arcade: El anuncio de este servicio fuel el mejor recibido por la audiencia (o al menos eso me pareció), y por mucha gente en las redes sociales. Es fácil entender porque la emoción sobre el Apple Arcade, una suscripción, no anuncios, disponibilidad de juegos de manera desconectada, hasta 6 miembros de familia pueden usar una suscripción, etc. Si todo lo que se dijo sobre este servicio es cierto, la noticia de Apple Arcade suena mucho mejor que el anuncio de Google y su nuevo servicio de videojuegos llamado Stadia. ¿Pero Apple, porque no nos dices cuanto costara?

  • Apple TV Channels and TV Plus: El segmento sobre este nuevo servicio y suscripción fue algo raro, y algo que simplemente no esperaba ver en un evento de Apple. La idea de Canales en donde puedes ver contenido de varias plataformas en un solo lugar tiene sentido, y es algo que muchos han tratado de hacer pero nunca lo han logrado debido al alto costo de licencias y negociaciones difíciles. Ahora, el segmento de Apple TV fue raro debido a lo largo y lento que fue, algo diferente a lo que estamos acostumbrados ver con Apple. Además, no hubo mención de el precio y tampoco avances de las películas o los shows que están siendo producidos por Apple.

Commentary: Home devices are becoming less cool and more creepy

Amazon, Google, Apple, and now Facebook are now all pushing for home invasion, they are fighting hard to get conquer the consumer’s home (and possibly your car), and while competition is great for us consumers, not everything about this is good for us.

When Amazon released Echo with the wonderful digital assistant Alexa, I was pretty excited, I bought one, and I’m still pretty happy with it. It took Google and Apple a little bit to respond with their own flavor of a smart speaker/home assistant, but they did. So far so good.

I have to admit, when the Google home device was released, I started to worry about all of this. The Amazon Echo, while creepy sometimes, it’s not entirely aware of my life, it knows what toothpaste I buy and how often but it doesn’t know about my contacts, my email, etc. Also, it’s good to know that Amazon’s primary business model isn’t advertising, and neither is Apple’s.

Now, Google is another story, but I’m still trusting them with my email, and only some of my searches and internet browsing (I’ve switched to Firefox as my primary browser and DuckDuckGo as my primary search engine).

Facebook is where I feel the line has been crossed into creepiness, I just don’t trust the company now, and I am definitely not feeling that bringing Facebook’s eyes and ears into my house is a wise choice. And how can we trust them? They haven’t been playing nice with consumer’s privacy and why would they? Facebook’s business model is advertising, and their success is the result of highly targeted advertising that is only possible by them collecting multiple data points from us, our contacts, and our online (and offline) behavior to create detailed profiles that can be bundled and offered to whoever needs them.

I invite you to read Ben Thompson’s weekly article with the title The Battle for the Home which inspired this brief commentary.

MacBook Pro and Surface Book 2 images

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 – The laptop that is what the Macbook Pro should have been

It has taken a few years for Apple to make any considerable upgrades to its most powerful line of laptops, the MacBook Pro (MBP). This I believe, has given Microsoft the opportunity to release a second and better iteration of a product that has both a new design and a set of features that can potentially make MacBook Pro users switch to this Windows laptop, at least for now. So what’s Apple to do?

Well, perhaps nothing if they aren’t as excited as they were once about pursuing the high-end laptop market which is made of, undeniably, of many of their existing customers via iPhone and iPads. The MacBook Pro has always been considered upscale and the high-end of laptops for professionals. The premium materials and powerful specs of the MacBook Pro were still on par with its high price, which made it hard for Windows laptop companies to compete.

The MacBook Pro

Presently, I consider the current MacBook Pro overpriced for what it offers. The 13 and 15-inch MBP models are priced only $100 less than Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 laptops of the same size with similar specs. But I consider that the Windows laptops while still expensive, offer a computer with better specs than the MacBook Pro where it counts. The Surface Book 2 includes a much better battery life (up to 17 hours vs. MBP’s 10 hours) a 10 point multi-touch display, better connections including a full-size SD card reader, and the versatility to be not just a laptop but also a tablet, and portable studio all-in-one.

The Surface Book 2

The Surface Book 2 also has better options for storage, Microsoft offers four storage options for the 13-inch model, and 3 storage options for the 15-inch model which range from a Solid state drive (SSD) 128GB to a roomy 1TB PCIe SSD, and you’ll still be under $3,300 while the Apple MacBook Pro will cost you over $4,000 if you choose a drive larger than 512GB.

The Surface Book 2 also features two cameras, a 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video and an 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p Full HD video. In comparison, the MacBook Pro includes a 720p FaceTime HD camera. To be honest, I haven’t really used the Surface’s rear-facing camera yet, I just haven’t found a use case for it, so not sure what advantages exists for having it.

The main advantage

The versatility of the Surface Book 2 is also no joke, I was a bit skeptic of it, but I’ve been using this laptop for two months now, and the tablet and studio options have been handy for me. When you detach the screen to use as a tablet, you end up with an incredibly light and powerful tablet.

The design is something I wasn’t a fan of when I first saw it, but it has grown on me. The hinge adds a bump to the Surface Book 2 profile, but it doesn’t bother me. This powerful laptop isn’t the thinnest, but it is indeed not the heaviest either. The 13.5-inch model wights 3.38 lbs while the 15-inch model is at 4.2 lbs. In comparison, the new Apple MacBook Pro is at 3.02 lbs for the 13-inch model and 4.02 lbs for the 15-inch model.

Another advantage of the Surface Book 2 is its QWERTY keyboard, it feels good, and it is definitely much better than the MBP’s keyboard equipped with the low-profile butterfly switch mechanisms.

The main disadvantage

The most significant disadvantage of the Surface Book 2 is that it falls short in memory options as you can only get up to 16GB while the MacBook Pro is configurable to 32GB of memory. This is important to a lot of people, having the extra memory comes handy when using memory hungry applications while coding or using photography and/or video editor applications.

Apple failed to impress with the release of the new options of their MacBook Pro line earlier this summer. In contrast, Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is already a great laptop, and there are rumors that the Surface Book 3 release might be around the corner. There are good chances that the Surface Book 3 will include a 32GB memory option, and perhaps a better screen resolution if they want to stay ahead of Apple’s MacBook Pro line.

Bottom line

Most people who have gotten the Surface Book 2 would agree that Microsoft is changing the game and it’s regaining the attention of creators in search of a powerful and capable laptop, while Apple has a hard time keeping up after leaving their line of laptops unattended for so long.

Yup. Microsoft got its mojo back, and there is competition again.

Image credit: By SimonWaldherr [CC BY-SA 4.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons