Saturday, December 30, 2017

Apple’s iPhone X Review: Part 2 or Why is the X User eXperience (UX) Better & Faster ?


In Part 2 of this iPhone X review I’ll focus on the improvements the X brings you, over the 8 and 8 Plus and other models without Face ID, related to the new User eXperience (UX). For part 1 check out Apple’s iPhone X Review: Part 1 or Why is Face ID Better & More Secure ?.

Here are some of the topics in this article:
  • How Apps Use the New X Features
  • Developers Need to Update Apps to Take Full Advantage of the X
  • Gestures Enhance the UX, Replace the Home Button & More
  • Adjusting to Life Without a Home Button
  • Notifications and Control Center
  • Other Changes of Note
  • Be Very Careful Who You Listen To
  • Going Backwards is Pretty Silly
  • Embracing the Notch
  • Apple’s Leather Folio Case
  • Other Reviews and Useful Articles

This review has now turned into almost 15,000 words - yikes !!! And also… ouch. I mean having this stuff swirling around my brain for weeks on end - yeesh. For me writing and publishing is cathartic. Hopefully you find this useful, or at least mildly entertaining. Well, one can hope.

This has now become the largest single article I’ve ever written on anything. Unless you count the books I contributed to. Although those aren’t technically articles, at least I got paid for those. Although not enough to cover the time it took. But at least back in the day you could make some money writing. To make a living at it you have to write a lot more than I do. And I know people who can, but it’s not easy. For technical books you have to write a few a year.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Apple’s iPhone X Review: Part 1 or Why is Face ID Better & More Secure ?


In this iPhone X review I’ll focus on some of the improvements the X brings you, over the 8, 8 Plus, and 7 Plus. Here are some of the topics in part 1 of this article:
  • iPhone X is (drum roll please)
  • Echoes of the Original iPhone
  • X Display is Great
  • About the X Display: the Technology, Size, Resolution, Color Depth, and more
  • Why is Face ID a Leap Forward in Security ?
  • App Security and Face ID
  • More Face ID FUD
  • Links to lots of other X reviews and useful stuff

When I started writing this article, in the late 60’s (seems like ages ago, but it’s only been a few weeks of any spare time I’ve had on nights and weekends) I had no idea it would turn in to over 11,000 words… and growing. I am still writing - Yikes ! When I set out on writing this, I did intend on writing it slowly over 2 or 3 weeks so I could live with the X for a while and write about what I learned. But now it’s been a whole month since I received my iPhone X. So, to keep my sanity I decided I needed to publish something, so I broke it in to 2 parts. I’ll publish part 2 soon, and I’ll continue with these topics:
  • How Apps Use the New X Features
  • New Gestures Enhance the UX
  • Notifications and Control Center
  • What’s it like Adjusting to No Home Button
  • Embracing the Notch
  • More links to more useful stuff
  • (Let’s hope more ideas don’t sneak in there)

This article is also published on LinkedIn: