iPhone

✱ The Top 10 Flickr for iPhone Tips, My Flickr Photos by Evan Troxel

If you're looking for a great place to share your photos, take a(nother) look at Flickr. I'm going to try using it solely for the forseeable future due to the whole Facebook/Instagram brouhaha.

Here's a blog post on the Flickr site regarding their recently released iOS app that highlights 10 tips & tricks. It's a great app that I highly recommend. They're even giving away free pro accounts for 3 months if you sign in before the end of the year.

You can find me there, and you can see my latest 20 pics posted to my Flickr page right here on this site.

The Design of the iPhone 5 by Evan Troxel

Watch the video on how they made the iPhone 5. It's just amazing. It truly shows the lengths a team and company will go to for excellence. All in, is there another piece of technology that even comes close to this thing? Thanks for showing us a little bit of what happens behind the curtain at Apple.

But did you notice that Jony didn't say the design was based on pebbles or water flowing in a stream? Yeah, me too.

The New iPhone 5 by Evan Troxel

I didn't think I would be buying this, but after seeing it I think I have to. As this tweet explains:

I'm in the same boat. I would love a new Mac, but they don't have the one I really want yet, which is a Retina MacBook Pro 13". By far the iPhone is the most important computer I have, and it is something that goes everywhere with me. They have completely reinvented every aspect of it again. And there is no doubt that it was made for architects. Just look at that sexy, black monolith.

So what is it going to do better for architects?

  • Panoramic photos. We've been able to do this for a while, but now it's right in the camera app. This goes without saying, but since it's right there on the lock screen, it gets the most use. This is by far the best camera I've ever owned. I'm not talking about megapixels - i'm talking about ubiquity. 
  • Maps. These look gorgeous and it's something I use every day. You have to get to the job site somehow.
  • Facetime over cellular. For those times when you need to show something to someone in the office when you're out on site. This is huge. If only AT&T didn't suck so much.
  • Photo sharing. The new way to share photos directly with other people is huge. It's like having your own social network, and this will be great for project photos amongst team members. They can all comment on them easily as well.
  • That screen. This is probably the most underrated piece of glass on the planet. Now with the touch sensors built right in, it's even crisper and has more contrast. This will be great for those times when you need to review a drawing in a pinch. It's really unbelievable how small text can be and still be readable. And it's so much better now that the screen is even bigger.

These are the things off the top of my head. The new iPhone ships on September 21st with preordering happening on September 14th.

The Pros & Cons of Betting the Company on a Single Product by Evan Troxel

This is a fascinating read.

There are so many things I want to do... I just have to convince myself that the worst thing that could happen is failure. And failure isn't that big of a deal. But if that thing actually takes off, it could change the world. 

Suppose you were the CEO of Apple in 2005 when a couple of intergalactic visitors with time-warping technology offered you this bet:
Design and manufacture a small mobile device that seamlessly combines the functionalities of a cellular phone, a web surfer, an audio/video player and a small PC, and your company will double its market cap and establish a third mass-market computing platform after Windows and Macintosh.
Would you take it?
Before you say, “Are you nuts, why wouldn’t I?” ponder just a few of the issues involved:

Read through to the end. Steve had cajones.