Powermat Wireless Charging at Starbucks in Palo Alto

I recently went to Starbucks in Downtown Palo Alto for some Frappuccino to kill some time. While waiting for the hours to pass, surfing the web on my iPhone, I ran out of power quickly. This is when I noticed the Powermat wireless charging stations they offered in the store. This is how it works:

“Powermat lets you power your phone without wires or cords or worries. Simply visit one of our Powermat locations. They’re easy to find using our app. Plug in your Ring and place on a Powermat Spot to start charging.

When plugged into your phone and placed on a Powermat Spot, the Powermat Ring wirelessly recharges your battery. Powermat charges your devices just as fast as a cord, while being conveniently within reach (no more crawling around looking for outlets). The Powermat Ring comes in multiple colors and fits all Android and iPhone mobile devices.”

Well, I appreciate the effort and can say after some issues with the loading mechanism stopping when the iPhone goes to sleep, I was able to recharge my iPhone 6 Plus. There were only a few tables equipped with the Powermat Spots, so I also had to wait until a ring became available. Apparently many people are still using the old 30-pin iPod connector since they had far more of those rings than for lightning connectors. For some reason they also had usb connectors for Android user, but I didn’t see any at this particular Starbucks. Anyway, the charger worked well enough.

The main issue with this type of charging station is that I can’t really use my iPhone while charging. If the iPhone moves just a little, charging gets interrupted. So even when using the iPhone lying on the table, it hardly possible to keep charging. I suppose preinstalled cable based charging outlets would provide a better service for Starbucks’ customers and would work better. But that’s not very innovative and that’s what Palo Alto is all about, right?

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine Official Trailer

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine Official Trailer 1 (2015) – Documentary HD

Steve jobs – Official Trailer

I can’t wait. Whatever it might entail, I am all for it…

Trying on the Apple Watch

Starting today, the Apple Watch can be preordered online and is available for try-on-sessions in local retail stores with an appointment. Appointments can be made on online or via the Apple Store iOS App since 9:01 AM this morning (April 10 2015).

Apparently things are not as bad as expected, since I got a slot at 11 AM and the store was far from crowded. Looks like the demand is not that crazy after all. I really like the way they chose to display the watch and must admit that trying it on is the most personal shopping experience at Apple’s stores yet. Any edition of the watch just looks great, although one might opt for the pricier versions in terms of variety and style options. But still, the rubber silicon whatever wristbands of the Sport edition feel far better than expected. Anyway, I am hooked and will be preordering today… an Apple Watch Sport in black, I might add.

The New Macbook

The New Macbook.

Oh Jony … No matter the specs, no matter all my thunderbolt accessories, no matter fancy adapters, I want it… I really do. You got me at “collective obsession”

Apple Watch by Pipes News – Apple Watch Demo

Apple Watch by Pipes News

Mix Your Watch! – try out all available options

Just a few days before the upcoming Apple Event on March 9 2015, there is a way to try out all available options of the Apple smartwatch. Try it out and let me know which one you want…

Shot on iPhone 6

Apparently, there is a new showcase of photos taken with iPhone 6 on Apple’s Homepage. According to news at at macrumors.com it is just the beginning of a larger campaign:

“[…] involving 77 photographers, 70 cities and 24 countries. Apple will be featuring photos taken with an iPhone 6 in print media, transit posters and billboards across the world.”
Source: Apple Showcases ‘Shot on iPhone 6’ World Photo Gallery on Homepage

Apple Reports Record Earnings and iPhone Sales: $18B Profit on $74.6B in Revenue for Q1 2015

Apple Reports Record Earnings and iPhone Sales: $18B Profit on $74.6B in Revenue for Q1 2015

Why my iPhone 6 Plus won’t replace my iPad Mini after all

Personally, I was absolutely certain I would buy the iPhone 6 when I went to the Apple Store a few months back. For sure, I didn’t want a bulky mini tablet for a phone… so iPhone 6 Plus was out of the question.

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Source: iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 5S And iPhone 5: Should You Upgrade?, forbes.com, September 18 2014

When I first tried the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, they both seemed huge in comparison to my outdated iPhone 5S. None of the two I could operate with one hand, reachability feature or not.

For comparison, I tried different apps on both sizes, played with the horizontal mode on the iPhone 6 Plus (a nice gimmick, I might add) and thought about things like battery life and so forth. I couldn’t try Apple Pay, since it wasn’t available yet and probably won’t be for some time in Germany. Although I was pretty impressed by the fact that the iPhone 6 Plus has a full HD resolution display with 1920 by 1080 pixels at 401 dpi, the deciding factor for me was: reading.

I never enjoyed reading any long text whatsoever on any iPhone before. I know many people do, I don’t. No longer – with the iPhone 6 Plus, I could actually read books, I like that. So now, here I am, with my iPhone 6 Plus.

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My iPad Mini has been pretty lonely ever since. I used it for reading books and playing games, that’s basically it. I did use it for work and really liked the whole management by iPad stuff, but somehow that changed over the past 2 years. I am not quite sure, whether it is that the Google Apps for Work applications suck or that a 13″ Macbook Pro with retina display can do everything a Macbook Air never could.

Anyway, I decided I won’t be needing any iPad Mini anymore. This definitely justified the investment in the iPhone 6 Plus.

For the reading part, this has been great. The iPad Mini is heavy, the iPhone 6 Plus is not. I like to read in bed, so this is awesome. I have read quite some books on my new best friend, rest assured.

But, there is one more thing that always sucked on an iPhone and didn’t suck that much on an iPad and now I miss it: using a browser.

This goes for any website our there: I really can’t stand shitty mobile UI any more! I want to use the desktop site (with often shitty UI as well) with all its limitation unless there really is a superior mobile interface available. For absolutely most sites, there isn’t. Yes I know, on some sites you can switch to the desktop site, but you can’t enforce this as a default behaviour on Safari or Chrome. This is a real pain and I can hardly stand it when I am on the go and there is no real alternative because of the limited number of devices on me… but wait, there could be: the iPad Mini.

So in the end, I might end up using the iPad Mini again after all, sitting on the couch, enjoying a superior browsing experience.

The reason why I didn’t think of this, standing in the Apple Store, trying the iPhone 6 Plus? I was on the go and mentally accustomed to a shitty internet experience, that’s why.