Thoughts on Apple’s iPhone 5S announcement


By now you’ve heard all the latest news regarding Apple’s announcements on the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C being available on 20 September 2013. There are some articles that curate Apple’s announcement very well, but first, allow me to share my opinions.

I’m reservedly excited because I’m a little lethargic in the iPhone department because my iPhone 4 functions slowly and Apple’s cloud solutions leave a lot to be desired. However, I am excited for the 5S for two reasons.

Fingerprint Scanner
It isn’t so much because of the biometric security that impresses me, but the layer between technology and human that the company has peeled away. It’s perhaps the first device that has seriously attempted to remove the barrier between man and machine by letting you confirm actions through biometrics. It’s not the technology that is new, but how the technology is presented that is the real innovation.

Why is this important? Because touch is an otherwise often overlooked sensation yet full of potential. We remember certain sensations and our memories form connections with them. Now, there is a device that you can quite literally be connected to. The iPhone 5S is the first real step forward into becoming you. If you’re not wowed by that, then you have no idea how much the world is going to change in the next 20 years.

Improved Photography
The Apple marketing machine has been hammering this down our throats like Japanese water torture during World War 2. As a iPhone 4 user, I welcome this. I welcome the increased camera sensor size, the dual-flash and even the high-speed video function.

It’s interesting that they’ve chosen photography to be another core pillar of this product cycle, but I suppose it makes sense. If this version of the iPhone is supposed to be even more ‘human’, then it makes sense that one of the core activities we use with our phones (that is image capturing, manipulation and sharing) gets the much needed boost it deserves. I think plenty of people are underwhelmed by this particular improvement is because they take the convergence of camera and mobile device for granted, but after a few weeks, the effects will be felt everywhere, especially on the social networks and connections we share our images to.


– Reads –

With The iPhone 5S, Apple Is Making You The DeviceCo.DESIGN

Thoughts and Observations on Today’s iPhone 5C and 5S IntroductionDaring Fireball

Apple Announces Two New iPhones: iPhone 5C and iPhone 5SLife in LoFi

iOS 7: what’s changed since June?The Verge

Apple iPhone 5s and 5c: everything you need to knowThe Verge


Throwdowns Into A Realm Of Creativity

A couple of things have been making the news in the world of tech lately, namely the console wars between the XBOX ONE (Or xbone) and the PlayStation 4 (PS4), the recent iOS7 announcement at WWDC.

Here’s some light reading at PlayStations two-hour long press reveal of the PS4 just in case you were wondering.


Deconstructing The New iOS7 Visual Language


A pretty good deconstruction of Apple’s recent reimagination of the iOS User Interface, compared with the UI decisions made by Android and Windows Phone 8. While it’s true that the very first iOS set the standard, it existed in an era where it felt “right” with the product design as well. iOS6 just didn’t feel like it fit the product design of the iPhone4 or iPhone5, and we’ll see where they go with this refresh. I’m looking forward to future iterations of this and how it will co-exist with hardware.

But iOS now felt old. And I mean mostly old compared to the competition. Where to go, though? Microsoft stole the extreme of simple-as-flat. Google stole the extreme of simple-as-light-and-soft. Apple had to move away from the simple-as-materials.


PlayStation 4 Announcement Live Stream (Replay)

I’m an XBOX360 owner, but with the Xbone not letting me play my old games, imposing restrictions on game sharing and always-on connectivity, I am re-thinking my choice of the next generation console. I’m going to assume that I’ll be getting a system that my friends are getting so that I can play multiplayer games with them, because that’s something I’ve always had problems with, not being able to join my friends. I still prefer the XBOX controller though.


Fatty Industries, Lean Enterprises

“It leads to the ABYSS”

Good reads by ReadWrite Editor-in-Chief regarding the state of Silicon Valley, seeing as how some companies aren’t doing so well. There’s a lot of food for thought when thinking about your own tech startup ecosystem, and how funding and culture come together, and sometimes determine the success of companies in rather intangible ways.

There’s also no “Listen” segment today as I just hadn’t the time to listen to new music. But I’ve been listening to lots of good music while commuting, so I think I share those soon.

On to the Curated Day!


Let’s all shed tears for the crappy startups that can’t raise any more money

ReadWrite Editor-in-Chief, Dan Lyons, lays the smackdown on the state of investments in Silicon Valley. Too sum it up, with too much focus on ‘social’ ideas and everyone trying to be the “next-insert Facebook equivalent here”, funding is going to be played closer to the chest from here on end.

Then Facebook went splat and Zynga went splat and Groupon went splat and now VCs are pulling back and nobody can raise money and all those people who claimed there was no bubble are reporting that guess what, something like 2,000 lame-ass companies are going to flame out, but this just means that things are coming back to normal and isn’t it great that the frothy times are over?
But if that’s the case, doesn’t it mean that we were in fact in a bubble back when all those blogs were saying there was no bubble? Apparently the answer is, No, that wasn’t a bubble. That was just frothy.
I’m sorry but the whole thing is hilarious. Or sad. I can’t decide which.

The enterprise is cool again, and Box CEO Aaron Levie is loving it

A good follow up to the previous link, again by Dan Lyons. It’s a good case study of what’s been working out for Box (, and not so much the idea of box, but the game it’s changing. The company invested early in cloud tech, and is now reaping the benefits as the enterprise industry is ready to make those big changes in cloud infrastructure. Also, enterprise customers are more mature and when they buy something, they aren’t flippant like us regular ‘ol consumers.

Five years ago, Levie figured out that the enterprise ultimately would be a better market than consumer products. He focused Box entirely on the enterprise. Back in 2007, that might have seemed like a crazy thing to do. Facebook and Twitter were the hot new things. All the so-called smart money in the valley was chasing consumer stuff.


Ghosts of Techno: Ghostly International

Features Ghostly International Owner, Sam Valenti IV, Label Manager, Jeff Owens and Ghostly International and Spectral Sound Artists, Kate Simko, Todd Osborne and Scott Hanson. Pleasant glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes.