Category: Tech

Short Thoughts: Red iPhone 7.

Long rumoured, and now official.
This looks to be continuing a trend from last March, where the iPhone SE was announced.

Something new that appears halfway through a new iPhone’s lifecycle.

Instead of an event, it was a pre-announcement from the Apple Store, promising ‘something new’. Once the Store came back up, we were shown the red model, alongside a side-grade of the iPad Air 2, alongside bigger storage options for the SE.
The iPhone 7 is in a matte red design where it continues its ‘ProductRED’ campaign.
I’m disappointed the front is white, alongside a silver home button instead of a red, but the back finish looks great.

It releases on Friday. I’ll be surprised if it’s available anywhere else than Apple’s own channels, due to it being for ProductRED.

We’ve now reached the halfway point for iPhone 7. We’ve reached the small event, and now it’s the next build up of anticipation for September.

Ten days with the Nintendo Switch.

Justification is one of the most important things to me when looking at a big purchase.

When I think about buying something, I need it to justify itself being in the bag I carry around almost every day with me.

  • Why do I want it.
  • Will I be using it as much as I did when I bought it, in a month’s time.

When I stayed up for the event in January, followed by the Birmingham visit, that all went. I wanted it.

After ten days using the Switch almost non-stop, these are my impressions so far.

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Short Thoughts: Nintendo Switch Presentation.

As Amazon’s Alexa woke me up at 4AM, I watched Nintendo’s presentation with more details of the Switch announced.

Mostly for the hour, it was information that we already knew, while there were some details I thought would be announced, such as how past-purchases would be handled, Virtual Console, and the online service.

We were only given information that the online service would be a paid one (while free until the end of the year), while a ‘free’ NES/SNES game could be downloaded and played for the month, but not kept.
Compared to PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold, it was a disappointment, but better than nothing.

The games announced I liked. Having Zelda: Breath of the Wild at launch is a great attribute, but puzzling that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is being released on April 28th, while ‘Super Mario Oddessey’ is out at Christmas.

But regardless, I love the idea of the Switch, and one has been pre-ordered for its release on 3rd March.
Once I have tried one out, some more detailed impressions will be published.

Nintendo Switch Official Site.

Others who were lucky enough to be at a Switch event, their impressions can be found below.

Chris Scullion’s impressions.

James Bachelor’s impressions.

Short Thoughts: iPhone is Ten today.

The 9th of January 2007 was when the iPhone was first announced. I remember watching the first part of the keynote, where Steve Jobs announced a ‘Widescreen iPod with touch controls‘. I had been hoping for one for so long, I was so excited to see one finally confirmed.
But then I had to go to work, and it wasn’t until I got back around midnight, that I could see what an ‘iPhone’ was.
I remember buying one from eBay not long after its June 29th launch. It even came in an AT&T bag, and using some ‘methods’, got it unlocked. I haven’t owned another smartphone since.

Reading Apple’s ‘Newsroom’ post from this morning, I believe it when they say it’s still only the start of things. We really are still closer to the starting line than the finish line ten years on.

Some posts from around the web:

Steven Levy’s interview today with Phil Schiller.

Marco Arment’s thoughts.

John Gruber’s Daring Fireball Thoughts.

Photo Comparisons of iPhone 3G & iPhone 7.

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As I was writing the impressions last week, I decided to walk around Lincoln and take side-by-side shots of the 7, alongside the iPhone 3G, mainly for curiosity.

None of these images have been changed, they were both taken at the same time, no settings applied.

I would also not recommend seeing them on Apple News, as they don’t show the slider feature. Open in Safari and the below will work as it should do.

Enjoy the findings.

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‘I’ve had a haircut, this is my best suit.’

‘It’s the end, but the moment has been prepared for.’

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A confession.
I didn’t like the 6 and 6S.
The design I didn’t like, with their thick border lines. I always thought it was a step back from the elegant iPhone 5 and 4 before it.
It even felt uncomfortable to hold to me.
I wanted to go back, and I did with the iPhone SE. The latest features alongside a great design in a smaller body? How could I say no.

But then on Friday, the iPhone 7 appeared in matte black.

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Emulators: OpenEmu.

Nostalgia isn’t just a word these days, it’s a commodity. It helps bring you back into a place where you were happy, and enjoyed something profoundly.
With games, its the same principle. With emulators, they can help transport us back to that time more-so.
It’s an open secret that we use them. It’s easy to a load up one and quickly play a level of Sonic or Nights, and then go back to whatever we were doing in the present.
One was even used for Sega’s games on the App Store, before they were either taken down or remastered fully.

On a Mac, there used to be an age-old joke of how you couldn’t play games on an Apple Computer. With the move to Intel in 2006, the Mac App Store and Steam a few years later, it’s only buried that joke into the ether.
With the emulator in question below, it’s only cemented the fact.

This week, I wanted to talk about one that I use almost daily, and how it helped me produce the best images to use for Final Zone.

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