First published on Beyond Bridges on March 20th, 2016.

Updated March 31st, 2016
Engadget agrees - and they are only talking about the iPad !

appleIf the rumors are anything close to true, we are about to have 3 different iPhone sizes to choose from when we buy our next iPhone.

Over in ‘iPad land we already have 3 iPad sizes – mini, standard and pro. The pro has stuff that the non pro doesn’t – size aside (at least from tomorrow – seems to be the prediction).

The iTouch is yet another device rarely talked about, but still there – in the iPod family – an iPhone without the ability to make phone calls.

Some of these choices are wifi only (iTouch), but most allow you to have a GSM connection.

And the inevitable question, as you try to work out which you need and/or should have to do what you need to do … which one ? The naming convention alone is tough enough to work out …

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[ the numbers down the left are current measures of the screen size in inches ]

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Here’s a new thought – as the industry tries to work out what Apple is going to call the new iPad with the ‘pro’ moniker.

Let’s call them all the ‘iConnect’ – available in 5 sizes.

4,6,8,10 and 12 – model numbers NOT screen sizes – but map to the dimensions.

  • All with wifi connectivity
  • All with or without cellular connectivity
  • Choice of pro – or not.

I am writing this on an iPad and will upload through my GSM link – so in some ways this iPad is already available as a ‘phone’. It even has a phone number, though I just can’t use it as a phone, because the ‘phone app’ isn’t on the iPad.

Only 9.7 inch and 12.9 inch available as Pro – they would be the devices with the smart connector on the side that allows you to connect the external keyboard. The pencil would be available to work on any of the devices.

So instead of the choice above, you now have a single iConnect product, with 5 sizes and two variations to that size (colors excepted).

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Every screen size comes with WiFi – your choice to add GSM – so you can make the device available to  – and of course only the 10 / 12 models are available as ‘Pro’ – that is the smart connector on the side to which you can connect your smart keyboard.

And no longer a decision as to what phone size you need to carry – or Apple needs to make.

What do you think ?

15688-12111-160125-WordFlow-lNot a huge fan of Microsoft, much like many other people (data provided by comparing how full their retail stores are compared to apple’s, or just randomly counting how many PCs you can see in your local Starbucks – and then how many Macs.

BUT – they do get some stuff right. I think this (one thumb keyboard) is one. Can’t wait to ‘get my hands’ on it.

[ Source : Apple Insider ]

Yes, I am a fan of Apple. Maybe even a fan boy, whatever that is. I also understand the humor and facts that stack up against them. Yes, iTunes sucks, iCloud doesn’t synch properly, to name the two that annoy me. But still … onwards. To me it isn’t the hardware, the software, the apps, the OS, it is the entire Eco system. THAT’s why I am a fan.

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Jason Snell writing about the design transformation of his 1 year old blog Six Colors .. Or Six Colours – as we would have it in the UK. But then his new logo wouldn’t be so clever …

 
 I like Jason’s writings – I track hundreds of feeds through my feedly news reader – but only a few qualify for my ‘must read’ section … 6 Colors is one of them. Kudos to him for what he has achieved I the past year. 

Separately – yet related – this book is designed to help your child learn.

  
You are never too old to learn.

The The one-page dashboard is a relic. Its form makes little sense in an era of touch screens, on-demand data, and interfaces crafted for interaction and user experience. It is the single purpose, brick-sized mobile phone compared to your smart phone.

Great article. It is so hard to keep up – but make no mistake – if you don’t, you will die. I remember when the ‘one page dashboard’ came out with SalesForce – it was revolutionary. Now ? Who cares. In the meantime, I have worked at and with companies that still send out activity reports, summary reports, people reports, success reports – with reports on the reports … and they just do not get read. At least by the people that count.

The one page summary was meant to replace all of that – but for it to be really succesful – the company has to know and work with the Key Performance Indicators that are the measures of their business. The problem is that KPIs are more often decided by what is the easiest to track’ #FAIL.

It is fascinating that games like Minecraft (a multi player virtual environment that is arguably more complex than most businesses) have such rich and engaging dashboards to manage play, leaves real world business tools in the dust.

To see what I mean – take this Ted Talk from FIVE years ago to see how Jane McGonigal was thinking back then.

This particular article doesn’t go as far as I do in my recommendations – BUT – it certainly highlights all the right things. The key – as always … People, Process and THEN Technology.

 

[ Source : Juice Analytics ]