A Nerd’s Confusion: What is this!

Hi there, I’m an iPhone! Wait, no you’re not an iPhone. Where is your Apple logo? You have this strange square box logo thingamajig. Imposter!

I had absolutely no idea about the OnePlus android phone brand until my friend introduced me to his a few years ago. They were kind of a nothing phone to me until I recently came across their latest attempt at trying to be the next big thing. And this time, that attempt is to blatantly copy the design of the iPhone 7. If you didn’t know already, I’m an Apple fanboy. I love their products and design. (Some company tactics, less so). In an article on BGR OnePlus is quoted saying:

the company never wants to be different for the sake of being different. Instead, it tries to make design choices that are familiar to users.

Despite it’s blatant copy of the iPhone (which I really think Apple should do something about, I mean seriously, what is this!?) the phone has what I would call a nicer looking version of Android than what I’ve been used to seeing. Whilst at the same time, they do continue to fall short of the amazing phone they’re copying. The two cameras they’ve added don’t even have a full 2x optical zoom like the iPhone.

what is this!?

With this year being the 10th anniversary of the iPhone (I may or may have not ordered a brand new iPhone 1st gen that is on it’s way to me) and  one thing that I’m most definitely looking forward to, following a flurry of rumours, is the iPhone 8. The iPhone 7 Plus of mine, is a powerhouse. It’s the best iPhone that Apple has made. So with a monumental celebratory year, it’s going to be exciting to see what Apple decides to release later in this year.

– Michael Topschij.

 

A Writer’s Full On Day

From seeing Michelle Obama talk in person to visiting Twitter headquarters and even being on the news, it has been one heck of a full on day for me here at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. The morning began with a ‘fireside’ chat between Michelle Obama and Apple’s Lisa Jackson. They spoke candidly about what’s been going on with Michelle lately in addition to discussing advice for areas such as business, making an impact on the world, diversity in the app development world, inspiration for women and of course fun stories from the White House.

“Do not fall, at least not in front of the cameras. Because you will be a meme for the rest of your life.”

My day continued with a sudden but exciting interview with ABC 7 to discuss my reactions to what Michelle had to share.

Check out the full interview by clicking on me!

Before the morning had finished, my friend and I made our way on into San Francisco. We we’re very privileged to be able to visit the headquarters for Twitter. I got to enjoy lunch from the amazing buffet of food and even enjoy a smoothie from the free smoothie bar!

It was certainly a most exciting second day here at WWDC. I’ll be spending the rest of the week getting hard to work on my projects with app development. I’ll be talking with engineers and experts from Apple and making the most out of the conference.

– Michael Topschij.

A Nerd’s Impression: Apple’s HomePod

Today Apple introduced something expected (and unexpected) at the worldwide developers conference a.k.a dub dub. A speaker. That would be, a speaker that you can talk to. A speaker that when it starts up, analyses the room it is in so that when it starts to play, it sounds amazing. HomePod as Apple calls it, is a wireless speaker that has built in Siri (Apple’s smart assistant) to allow users to control their media playback. The biggest push that Apple feels separates their speaker from the competition, is the quality of the audio. From their press release they state that it has;

Spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio.

It’s 18 centimetres tall. Comes in black and white. It has a built in “A8” chip that powers the way it thinks and works. You can even use an iPhone to get it setup, similar to the way you can quick setup with the new iOS 11 or currently on an Apple Watch.

HomePod will be available starting in December, initially in Australia, the UK and the US.

– Michael. Topschij.

 

A Writer’s Big Day: WWDC 2017

I think it’s fair for me to say that I am more than ready for bed. It’s been a long day. Waking up at 5 in the morning to then stand in line for hours for a very fully packed morning at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2017. This is the second year in a row for me to be attending and as always the lining up was a little brutal.

The keynote address was full of wonderful nerdy goodness. I work as a developer making apps/games for iPhone. We got to see some awesome changes and also some awesome (again) new stuff. A new iPad, a freaking wow space grey iMac that is one heck of a machine. Then finally a speaker that has Siri built in. Something heavily rumoured, but released to much excitement for all us fanboys sitting in the audience.

Coming up in the week there’s some more interesting and exciting events including a special talk with Michelle Obama. I’ll be attending that one, for sure.

– Michael Topschij.

A Writer’s Excitement: Apple WWDC 2017

For the second year in a row, I’ve quietly been building my excitement for getting selected to attend the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose this year. Apart from my passion for writing, a lot of my time is also spent developing apps. I’m a nerd, by all counts. You could definitely nickname this event; nerd-fest for Apple fans.

California is also a proud second home to me. I have family in California whom I’ve spent many months when I was a lot younger. I also spent a few months relatively recently living there. I’m looking forward to going back, and enjoying all that my favourite fruit company has to offer.

– Michael Topschij.

A Writer’s Trip To England

It’s been a few weeks, and I thought it might be a good idea to share of my recent trip to the U.K. I’ve traveled to England once before a couple of years ago. But did not get to soak up the culture as much as I did on this trip. I traveled there with my mother, to enjoy Southampton for a couple of weeks. I did some writing, which was good because a character I’m creating in my current novel, is from the United Kingdom!

I also made my way through a couple of novels and also bought myself quite a few new ones as well. Books, are very well priced in the UK!

I also visited a couple of Apple stores. Because of course I would do such a thing… I really enjoyed the train system, being able to quickly hop between Southampton and London. The whole being charged to use the restroom was quite shocking, and I definitely wasn’t excited about that idea.

All in all, it was a touristy trip done, like a local. As best it could.

– Michael Topschij.