Putting The Apple TV TV Idea To Rest

I have a BluRay player which is connected to my big standard LCD TV with an HDMI cable. It’s not a very clever BluRay player, but when I turn it on, it switches my TV to the correct input.

This raises two questions for me.

1. Why don’t all HDMI devices do this as standard?

2. Doesn’t this totally eliminate any advantage Apple would gain by having an Apple TV built into a TV screen?

There’s absolutely no advantage to be gained by selling a TV rather than a set top box. I can’t see a way around this argument. There’s just no reason for Apple to make and sell a television.

Availability of Storage

The iPhone 5S is available with 16, 32, and 64GB of storage. The Galaxy S5 is available with 16, 32 and 64GB of storage. I’m just going to look on the Three website and see what prices those phones are. I know the S5 isn’t out yet, but the S4 comes in those storage sizes too, so I’ll compare the 5S to the S4.

Well the iPhone 5S 16GB is £99 up front and £41 per month. The 32GB is £99 and £46 per month, and the 64GB is £99 up front and £51 per month.

The Galaxy S4 16GB is £29 up front and £37 per month. It’s cheaper, but it’s an old phone compared to the 5S. The 32GB model is… err… hang on, Three don’t sell anything other than the 16GB. I’ll just check Vodafone. Wait, they only have the 16GB version too. I’ll have a look at EE and O2. Nope no look there. Hmm. Amazon? Out of luck there too. 

I suppose I should check back when the S5 is officially on sale to see how much the phone networks are selling the 32 and 64GB models for. It’s just that you could never actually buy a 32 or 64GB S4, nor could you actually buy the 32 or 64GB S3 when that was the new phone. 

A Bigger iPhone

Last night I was in the pub with three of my friends. Those three people were Will, who uses technology because he has to, but doesn’t really have a problem with it, Mike, who thinks of technology like Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation, and Rich (not me), who loves his tech but doesn’t really follow it as obsessively as I do. Between the three of them, we have represented many sections of the general public and their attitudes towards technology. 

All three of them are iPhone 4S users. Rich (not me) mentioned that he was way past his upgrade date, but was wondering if it was worth waiting for the iPhone 6, rather than getting the 5S. Of course that question leads on to what we’re expecting to see in the iPhone 6. At this point we don’t really know what we’re going to see, but the internet seems to agree that we should expect to see a bigger screen.

Pointing that out, stopped all conversation dead. They looked at me as if I had lobsters crawling out of my ears. A bigger screen? What would they want with a bigger screen? One of them even mentioned how they felt that the screen on my iPhone 5 was too big.

Maybe not everyone in the world wants a 5.2" screen on their phone. It was summed up by my friend Rich (not me) who said “Why do I want a phone thats that big? Isn’t that what my iPad Mini is for?”

“Yes, Rich” I replied. “That’s exactly what your iPad Mini is for.”

Balancing Work and Work

One of the questions I get asked the most is about what I do for a living. My job is the same job I’ve had for the last eight or so years, I run Simply Syndicated. But I do more than run it. Don’t get the impression that I’m sat in an office all day, barking instructions at Will. You probably know that I work from home. 

But really I have two jobs, and I have a great deal of trouble getting the balance between them right. It’s out of guilt from that problem that’s inspiring this blog post. 

One job is all about being an internet personality, whatever that is. It’s the job that involves making content. That includes things like being on podcasts, writing on here, tweeting, facebooking, taking pictures, recording SoundCloud things etc. Doing that never makes me feel guilty, because you can all see when I’m doing that. It’s generally pretty obvious.

My second job, is all about how that content that I make, is delivered to you. That involves building and maintaining websites, making everything work with SoundCloud, and any other kind of technical thing you can think of, ranging from computer programming, to audio engineering. This job is much less obvious to most people. For example, the last few days of my life have involved building something that will import SoundCloud posts, into Simply Syndicated. It makes life easier for people who post shows on Simply Syndicated, but the general public will see absolutely no benefit whatsoever.

It needs doing, it’s essential work. But it makes me feel guilty, because when I’m doing job 2, I’m not doing job 1. Luckily, that guilt goes away when I write meaningless blogs posts about it.

Thanks for listening.