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Friday, October 21, 2011

Results of last night's MacSTAC meeting

Thanks to all who attended last night's meeting at Denny's. We had a record 32 people there. Some asked for a copy of my presentation and the web links. Here it is:

OCTOBER 20, 2011


Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. (Apple Inc.)

iPhone 4S

Sold in the United States on Verizon, AT&T and now Sprint in three capacities (16GB, 32GB and 64GB).

A faster processor than its predecessor (a custom chip Apple designed called the A5) and a new cell radio that can work on both CDMA and GSM networks, so the Verizon and Sprint models will be able to function overseas.

An eight-megapixel camera with improved optics 

Some of the cleanest photos any mobile device. Apple has done a similarly excellent job with video. 

Captures 1080-pixel content, and does so with the same crispness and polish that it lends to its still photos, meaning the phone could easily stand in for a dedicated point-and-shoot camera.

An improved antenna design as well. The phone can "intelligently" switch between its two antennas..

Faster download speeds over certain 3G networks

No larger screen, no new body design, no set of stereo speakers, it doesn't do 3-D, and Apple didn't add a kickstand.

Software. Gone are those intrusive pop-up notifications. Now when you get an alert, you see a small notice at the top of your screen. Apple takes a page right out of Android's playbook and utilizes a window to collect all of your notifications in one place.

A new messaging component in iOS called iMessage. Think of it as a BlackBerry Messenger killer. The service is free and works across 3G or WiFi connections, and it's really fast.

iOS 5 allows you to wirelessly sync your device over WiFi, meaning you don't have to plug in a cable to transfer files or backup your phone.

Perhaps the biggest breakthrough feature in the new operating system is called Siri.

Siri is one of the more novel applications Apple has produced. Utilizing a combination of voice recognition, logic and text-to-speech, the software can interpret casual requests and follow conversations. With Siri, you can ask to get directions, send text messages, schedule reminders or appointments, get suggestions on where to eat, and lots more. 

Siri understands what you're saying and the context in which you're saying it. The software also learns things about you and the people you communicate with.

Siri works — at least most of the time — better than you'd expect. It understands and responds to you in a way that's so natural it can sometimes be unsettling. The software even has a good sense of humor.

That's not to say Siri is without issues. Sometimes it misunderstands you or can take too much time to get answers to your questions because it has to connect to Apple's servers for data.

Still, while Siri may not be finished yet, it acts like something straight out of a science-fiction story. 


The iPhone 4S is launching alongside another new Apple service called iCloud, which is free. iCloud can back up your data, music and app purchases and documents, keeping them synced across multiple devices. 

Apple has said that pre-orders of the iPhone 4S exceeded 1 million within the first 24 hours the device was on sale.


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FYI, we do not know if the library will be available for November 17th. Stay tuned for details.

Ben Margolius

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