I learned a lot the other day from the people who commented on my iPhone grouse. Er, post.
(For those who think I'm behind the times, I left out one important item of news out of the "Close Call and Other News" post. I'm no longer a GBG—grumpy beardy guy. Off went the beard the other night. I am now cleanshaven and boyish, light on my feet, light-hearted, light-headed [wait...] and hardly even grumpy. So there.)
I learned a) I'm 2.5 generations behind the times, which b) is unacceptable; c) you can swipe open the camera without unlocking the iPhone, which is a morsel of information I basically knew but had been pridefully ignoring; and d) it's best to throw caution to the winds and go naked (that is, I might indeed have been making my use of the iPhone more unweildy with my well-liked little leather case, and I should just be daring and use the iPhone without any iCase at all).
So I headed to the iStore...er, the Apple Store to look at an iPhone 6. I tried to mail some sample pictures to myself, but Apple was ahead of me and that didn't work. (Curses, foiled again.) Then I had a most interesting conversation with the nice young person with the Apple logo on her shirt:
She: So anything I can help you with?
Me: Yes. Can I buy one of these, please?
Me: What? Why not?
She: So we didn't get any in today. [Making goose-egg symbol with her hand.] Not a one. Zero. Nada. Nothing!
Me: Today. Do you mean you get shipments every day?
She: So, yes, almost every day! Except today.
Me: Does that mean you'll be getting more in tomorrow?
She: No clue!
Me: What do you mean?
She: So we have no idea what they're going to send us. We don't know how many, and we don't know what we're going to get.
Me: Then how am I supposed to buy one?
She: So, then, you want to buy one here?
Me: Well...it's an Apple product, and this being an Apple store....
She: ...So if you want to buy one here, you can just come in every day, and hope you get lucky!
Me: That's not very practical for me. This is a long drive for me. Can I get on a waiting list?
She [sadly]: So there's no waiting list.
Me: Why not?
She: So, we don't want to give people false hopes!
She did eventually tell me that the best way to buy a new iPhone is to order it online and then just wait. Then, at some point, they'll contact me and tell me that they're thinking of sending it to me sometime soon. This sounded vaguely existential; I pictured Samuel Beckett curled in the fetal position, wearing James Joyce's shoes and weeping, but I didn't go there.
In any event, I practiced holding the phone to take pictures and tried all the controls—the ones I could discover, anyway—and my impression was positive. I like the larger screen and the thinner body. I talked to three people altogether, and all of them were absolutely certain that the iPhone 6 was much, much better than the iPhone 4s although none of them could tell me specifically why. Just that it is better in every way that smartphones are already good. It has goodness heaped on top of goodness.
I did like it, I have to say. If I get one, I think I may actually work at learning to use it.
Could take a while, though, from the looks of things, so don't hold your breath.
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Rick Popham (partial comment): "It's weird: cameras are getting smaller—sometimes too small, and phones are getting bigger—sometimes too big."
Rob Rogers: "We just returned from a trip on which my wife carried her 4s as her camera. In the Amsterdam Apple Store we tried taking the same photo with the 4s and the iPhone 6. We framed it to contain both the store interior and the sunny street through the open doors. I was impressed by the new phone's ability to show tones in shadows that were not visible in the 4s photo as well as the fact that highlights in the street were not blown out. My son recently upgraded from a 5s to a 6 and reports that the faster focusing and wider-aperture lens on the 6 results in fewer missed/blurred shots of my fast-moving grandchildren."
Mike Chisholm: "So that 'so' thing is beginning to drive me so, so nuts.... It's become a mandatory verbal tic for academics here in the UK, for some reason."
David Dyer-Bennet (partial comment): "I was scared once by an Apple in my youth and have never fully recovered, or something."