My Million Dollar iPhone Idea

I figured out a way to make a million dollars. I’m going to make a smartphone that’s exactly like the iPhone in every way except it vibrates loud enough you don’t miss half of your calls.

Facebook App Draining Batteries

The recent news reports are for iOS, but some people are seeing the same thing with Android.

When I got my iPhone 5 the battery would last a day. Apple replaced it for that and other reasons, but I did some Googling back then on ways to extend iPhone battery life and it helped.

Disable location services where you can to avoid the drain of GPS
I left location services on for weather apps, map apps, Yelp, and Find My iPhone. That’s it. I turned off location services for everything else that wanted to know my location. For me, that was 11 apps, including headscratchers like Fruit Ninja and Photoshop Express.

Location services are under Settings:Privacy. 

Disable Push and use Fetch
Push notifications come from Apple servers from a variety of sources. They’re sent to your phone automatically and require attention from your phone that uses up battery life.

To disable, go to Settings:Mail, Contacts, Calendars:Fetch New Data. Turn Push off. Turn Fetch on to periodically download notifications. If you choose the Manual setting, notifications will only be downloaded when you open that app (Mail, Facebook, etc.).

Kill apps running in the background
I just checked and I had 20 apps running in the background, including things like picture apps, maps, and good old Fruit Ninja.

To stop apps, doubleclick the Home button, press and hold any app, and click the minus icon on the app you want to stop. The apps will return the next time they’re used, so you’ll have to repeat this every now and then.

Update on iPhone 5 Problems

I had some problems with a new iPhone 5. The battery life was terrible. It was dropping calls at my house, even though my other Verizon phones had worked fine there for years.

I took the phone to the local Apple store. They ran a hardware diagnostic, decided there was a problem with the antenna, and swapped it out for a new phone. I’ll know pretty soon if that fixes the battery life problem.

P.S. That was my first time using the Apple store’s customer service and it was great. Greeted as soon as I walked in, scheduled for an appointment with a cell phone specialist at the genius bar, and the problem resolved 15 minutes into the appointment. I’ve enjoyed iPhones so much this last year, it makes me want to go back to Macs.

iPhone 5 Battery Life

I had an iPhone 4s at my last job. When I got laid off I picked up a used BlackBerry for 40 bucks, thinking I might land another job that would pay for a phone. No job yet and I hated the BlackBerry, so I bought an iPhone 5 last week.

I like it a lot, mostly. It’s thinner, the screen is taller, it has 4G, does noise cancelling to improve phone conversations, and some other things. Not a monumental upgrade over a 4s, but nice.

The reason I say mostly is that this morning the screen started flickering after waking up. It stops after a few minutes, but it shouldn’t do that.

The other thing is that the battery life is terrible. The 5 is supposed to have better battery life than the 4s, but so far I’ve had the opposite experience. Yesterday I took it off the charger at 100%. Seven and a half hours later it was down to 18%. Granted, I used it a lot, but that’s terrible battery life. Some 5 users are saying the same thing; others say their 5 is much better than their 4s.

I’m trying battery life tips this morning. I turned off push notifications, which I didn’t know about. Now I’m fetching data every half hour. Also turned off Location Services for everything but Find My iPhone, Maps, and Google Maps. I’m going to try some battery tips and stop at the Genius Bar the next time I’m out that way.

Anything else I should try?

“What happened to netbooks?”

Farhad Manjoo thinks Apple killed the netbook with the iPad and MacBook Air.

Netbooks are dead. Good riddance! Just a few years ago, these small, underpowered, ultracheap laptops were considered the future of the computer industry. In 2008 and 2009, recession-strapped consumers around the world began snapping up netbooks in droves. They became the fastest-growing segment of the PC market, and some wild-eyed analysts were suggesting that netbook sales would soon eclipse those of desktops and regular laptops combined. That didn’t happen. Over the past couple years the netbook market crashed. Now, as Charles Arthur reports in the Guardian, most major PC manufacturers have stopped making these tiny machines. The last holdouts were the Taiwanese firms Acer and Asus. Both say they won’t build any netbooks in 2013.

If you study the PC industry over the past five years, you find only one company that had the means, motive, and opportunity. Apple killed the netbook, more or less single-handedly, and we should all be grateful for it.

Steve Jobs Loves Us, He Loves Us Not

He loves us, he loves us not:

The leading computer company plans to build a system that will sense when people are trying to video live events — and turn off their cameras. A patent application filed by Apple revealed how the technology would work.

If an iPhone were held up and used to film during a concert infra-red sensors would detect it. These sensors would then contact the iPhone and automatically disable its camera function.

Steve needs to get to work programming the iPhone to detect if you’re attempting to take a picture of your wang and sending it to Twitpic.

The world didn’t get its financial house in order, but it did buy a lot of iPads

Zillions still unemployed and the world awash in debt, but at least the economic bandaids allowed the world to buy 7.5 million iPads. One more round of stimulus and maybe we can hold things together long enough for the next generation with the camera (codename: “I Can’t Believe Anyone Bought the First Generation”).


Apple: Our Signal Bars Were Bullshit Anyway

Apple is looking more and more like a crapweasal the longer the iPhone antenna issue drones on.

Apple `stunned’ to find iPhones overstate signal strength; holding it wrong still a problem

Apple Inc. said Friday that it was “stunned” to find that its iPhones have for years been using a “totally wrong” formula to determine how many bars of signal strength they are getting.

Apple said that’s the reason behind widespread complaints from users that the latest model, iPhone 4, can show a sudden plunge in signal strength when they hold it in a way that covers a small black strip on one edge of the phone. Users have jokingly called this the “death grip” for the phone.

That drop seems exaggerated because the phone can wrongly display four or five bars of signal strength when it shouldn’t, Apple said. “Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place,” the company said in a statement to users.

PreviouslyiPhone and the Cult of Mac

iPhone and the Cult of Mac

Fake Steve JobsThere Is No Spoon:

The other strategy we use comes from Zen Buddhism. You ever study Zen koans? Most of them make no sense at all. You read them and you go away feeling confused and stupid.

We do something similar. We call it “clouding.” Right now, for example, we’ve sent out the following messages about iPhone 4 and the antenna issues:

1. All mobile phones have this problem.

2. Our mobile phone does not have this problem.

You see how this works? These two statements cannot both be true. Yet we’ve said both of them.

Bonus! Cracked’s 10 Convoluted Solutions For Fixing an iPhone 4G’s Antenna

How to take credit card payment with your smart phone

Square for iPhone, iPad, and Android and Intuit PaymentsToGo for many smart phones (and the Web-based version works on any smartphone with a Web browser). Type in the card number manually or use the optional dongle to swipe cards. With this setup any small business from an IT consultant to a plumber can take credit cards in the field.

Buy an iPhone 4, Get a Pee-stained Screen and Dropped Calls FREE!!!

“You think you’re so cool because you buy a five hundred dollar phone with a picture of a piece of fruit on it. Well guess what? They cost eight bucks to make and I pee on every one.”
Steve Mobs of Mapple Computer on “The Simpsons”

Some iPhone 4 Displays Have Yellow Bands, Spots, Other Problems:

There’s a problem with the iPhone 4’s Retina displays: Some screens have a yellow tint across the surface. 55 cases and counting. In some, it’s a yellow band. In others, yellow spots. See the gallery. [Updated with Apple support feedback]

I guess Steve Jobs really does pee on every one.

iPhone 4 Loses Reception When You Hold It By The Antenna Band?

This is a reader video found on Macrumors forums illustrating something weird. When the guy holds the iPhone in his hands, touching the outside antenna band in two places, he drops reception. Placing the phone down gets him 4 bars.

Gizmodo has dozens of videos showing dropped bars and dropped calls when people hold their iPhones 4s a certain way. This is why Apple tries to avoid any attempt at backwards compatibility with outdated equipment. Such as the human hand.

It’s OK, though, ‘cuz (Fake) Steve Jobs is on it: You assholes need to stop sending emails to me about this antenna issue.

Jakob Nielsen Reviews iPad Usability

Alertbox: iPad Usability – First Findings From User Testing:

iPad apps are inconsistent and have low feature discoverability, with frequent user errors due to accidental gestures. An overly strong print metaphor and weird interaction styles cause further usability problems.

Thom Hogan: “the iPad is not quite ready for serious photographers”

When the iPad appeared I briefly thought it could be useful for photographers. You could review images at a size much larger than your camera’s LCD. You could do basic editing. Once in range of a WiFi connection you could email photos or post them online. And it’s small enough to fit in a cramped camera bag full of gear.

A lack of connectivity options immediately shot down that idea. The iPad has no built-in card readers. It also lacks a USB port, which is the other solution to ganking files off a digital camera.

One fine day an adapter will fix those problems, but after using the iPad for a bit Thom Hogan found other problems that are much harder to remedy.

All you can do is review [the pictures] and possibly delete the ones you don’t want. But I should point out that even this right now is a bit problematic: the iPad does three things with images brought over from a camera: (a) it uses only the embedded JPEG for NEFs [Nikon’s RAW photo format]; (b) it strips much of the EXIF data from view (it doesn’t actually remove it); and (c) it resizes the images from most recent cameras because it only supports 3mp sizes max. Thus, those people thinking that they can import from the camera and then email the image will find that their 12mp images become 3mp ones. Curiously, if you later hook the iPad up to a computer running Lightroom, you’ll be importing the original file (NEF, EXIF intact, original size).

As much as I enjoy my iPad, I’ve yet to find a photographic usage that I’d carry it to a shoot for. If I need backup storage, I’ll use a portable hard drive image importer. If I need to cull, rename, rate, and caption images I’ll use my MacBook Pro. If I need to know the sunrise time or location, I’ll use my iPhone.

Bottom line: the iPad needs expandable storage (removable SDHC cards), more RAM for applications, plus applications need to get more sophisticated and workflow friendly, before it becomes an indispensible photographer’s gadget.

Thom’s site doesn’t have permalinks. His iPad articles are currently on the front page, but by the time you read this they may have moved to the 2010 archives.

Previous iPad bashing:

Steve Jobs: “No one needs more than 256 Megabytes of RAM!”

Granted, Steve Jobs didn’t say that in so many words. He said it with design specs.

I knew the current-gen iPhone and iTouch only had 256 MB memory, but I didn’t realize the iPad was likewise hamstrung. Yeah, Apple’s really going to take over the world with that quarter gig of RAM. Way to save five bucks worth of parts, Jobs.

What was Apple thinking? I remember a Macworld column from a dozen years ago by Guy Kawasaki, who worked at Apple in the early days of the Mac. In Kawasaki’s opinion Apple’s biggest mistake with the Macintosh was not shipping it with more RAM, because limiting the RAM greatly hindered the development of third-party software. It looks like Apple made the same error with the iFamily, starting with the iPhone, and can’t change course now. Considering how cheap RAM is now compared to 1984 that was a stupendous boner.

So yeah, the iPad. It’s basically an overpriced iPhone that won’t fit in your pocket and won’t make phone calls.

Apple Under Scrutiny for Anti-trust Violations

And Bill Gates laughed and laughed:

Apparently, Apple is now under antitrust scrutiny for its licensing agreements with iPhone app developers. Those developers–and competitors–are complaining that Apple has recently changed its licensing agreement to forbid using non-Apple software tools to build applications, as well as banning the transmission of data that could help third parties run targeted ads. That would, of course, give a huge edge to Apples new iAd system.

In other words, Apple is using its dominant market position in mobile devices to boost other Apple products . . . exactly the complaint that was levied against Apple competitor Microsoft ten years ago.