Angry Inch

How many of us replaces a watch every two years? iPhone 5 for example is kind of made like a watch. It’s extremely well made object. But so many people in Japan for example always want the latest and greatest, thus they abandon their extremely well designed and manufactured aluminium and glass iPhone 5 for the latest thing. What a pity, really.

I honestly think 4 inch iPhone 5 is perfect size for me. I don’t want it any bigger. It’s just right for me. It’s easy to handle and works perfectly. If I need to read or write a long article I’ll probably use Mac or iPad. Smaller device is also more discreet. And if I need to do something what I can’t do with 4 inch screen, I would still probably feel uncomfortable doing with 5 or 6 inch screen.

Gadget buying is kind of like having a fever. I admit it, honestly I would like to have Leica M6 with a really nice Leica lens. It would be amazing.. But I know if I would buy it I would probably soon get used to it. I would probably keep using it, but the pleasure of my shiny new camera would soon diminish. To be honest, actually my Voigtlander is probably almost as good as Leica. The experience of shooting isn’t that different. Instead of worrying about buying new shiny things, I focus on shooting more pictures.

Eric Kim has brilliant article, Happiness and Street Photography. Number one on his list “What hasn’t brought me happiness in street photography” is Cameras and equipment. I concur, Eric.

It’s good idea to use the money for experiences rather than material.

And you know, when we die we can’t bring any of that stuff with us.

Ommwriter

If there was one program that I could say that has significantly improved my life and conciousness, it would be Ommwriter.
The app allows me to write without distraction, and it has significantly improved my ability to concentrate and write.
It is just beautiful.
You can freely adjust the writing space on your screen, and the app comfortably hides everything else on your screen. There is super simple menu that appears when you move mouse, and it quickly disappears when you start writing. Very well designed.
The new version of the app for Mac is optimized for Retina screen. The soft background images and changing color and soothing beautiful ambient background really help to forget distraction and just write.
The music in the new version is more melodic than the tracks in earlier version.
Even the keystroke sounds actually work, they in fact somehow help me to focus. They are just so cute and lovely, especially the one that sounds like I’m tapping a glass screen. Music and keystroke sounds however only make sense when using headphones.
I really recommend trying Ommwriter.

Handoff

I had my Eureka! moment when my wife called me and I was away from my iPhone, using my iPad. The call came through to my iPad and I was able to answer it. Then, I was able to make ordinary calls with iPad and send SMS messages.

It’s something that doesn’t seem like it’s such a big deal, but actually it makes a lot of sense. This kind of effortless integration is one of the reasons why I love using Apple’s devices. For Handoff to work I had to do absolutely nothing, (except update to iOS8). Apple guessed I would like this to be enabled by default, and they were right.

Moreover, now I’m able to send SMS from my iPad. Really good thing. Can’t wait Yosemite so that I will be able to enjoy this kind of comfort from my Macbook Pro.

Regarding iPhone 6 design

I was honestly turned off by the industrial design of iPhone 6. Segmented back and general absence of Apple’s design standard left me cold; while I dig the curved glass and round edges, the protruding camera lens and unnecessary complexity of the design left me wondering; is Apple becoming just another gadget company?

Take for example, iPod Classic, especially the last version with click wheel. From industrial design point of view, there’s no question about it, it’s extremely well designed. It’s bold and original. It can be recognised from distance; it’s iPod, clear and simple.

iPhone 3G, iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 (and 5s) were also good designs. My own favourite is still black iPhone 5. It is obviously informed design and it has nothing unnecessary. It is also honestly black; everything is black in this phone and there is no decoration. It looks like monolith from 2001: Space Odyssey, and it’s what I like; it’s elegant and sophisticated, and yet so simple.

I believe industrial design should be a statement of the core values of the company that manufactures it. For example, organic curves of Genelec’s speakers is a bold design that goes surely noticed. Seeing the speakers I felt that the designers must be beautiful people. (and they really are, by the way). Moreover the design serves a purpose; the organic shape provides a stronger structure and less interference for sound. Design is communication.

Another example; Apple’s Macbook Pro. It’s is simplified design from earlier versions. The “Macbook Pro” title is gone from the display, the sleep LED light is gone too, and I don’t miss either of them. The new Macbook Pro is a great and sophisticated design that is joy to use. There are no visible segments except the removable bottom plate. The computer has clean lines and form that serves function. I liked Apple’s choice to simplify the existing design.

With iPhone 6, Apple however seems confused. It doesn’t even lie flat on surface because of the protruding camera lens. It’s just a packet of latest technology. It seems to me that Apple just had to make it thinner so that they could say it’s thinner.

It is dangerous game; can they make iPhone 7 even more thinner? I am not expert by any means what comes to cellular antennas but there must have been a better way to get antennas working than accept the god-awful bloody segmented back; they could have made the phone from polycarbonate for all I care if that would result a cleaner design.

Technology should enhance our lives in unobtrusive, visually pleasing way. It saddens me to see that Apple seems to be losing it’s core values regarding their phone’s design.