Here are some things that caught my attention today — Om

The iPhone12ProMax reviews are out — and everyone agrees it is a fantastic camera. As I said on Twitter, I’m skeptical of positive reviews of the iPhone cameras. One needs to use the devices for a long time to understand the good and the limitations. Still, the iPhone12ProMax seems to be a big step-up from 11Pro. I am a little bummed that despite calling them all iPhone Pros, Apple has created three different classes of cameras for their phones. 

My photography has become more abstract, and I much prefer to use my standalone camera. I personally use the phone as a visual data sensor — a device to capture more than just photos. I am waiting for the Mini — it is just ideal for my needs. If you want to see the performance of the iPhone12ProMax camera; check out photos by Swiss writer Rafael Zeier and by Austin Mann, who is a professional photographer.  

The world of semiconductors is dominated by acquisition hungry giants like Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Broadcom, Qualcomm, and Nvidia, who keep getting bigger. And there are the smaller independents who keep growing, not by acquisitions but by innovations. According to Mike Hurlston, CEO of Synaptics, that isn’t enough, for chips have become a scale business. “Apple is a very reliable customer, more so than most,” he said. “As long as you’re able to execute with them, you’re in pretty good shape.” This interview with Hurlston by veteran tech writer Tiernan Ray is full of insights. 

Steve Jobs’ legacy & The iPhone X

If you total up the energy spent debating the merits and demerits of the Apple iPhone X event and various devices announced today, odds are that you could actually power another keynote, one where the basic question is why: why does the iPhone X matter? Why it’s even possible and where it could lead us – and why Apple is best positioned to lead us there.  Continue reading “Steve Jobs’ legacy & The iPhone X”