This episode also features the World's Shortest Reviewcast by John Nemerovski. John reviews Jeff Carlson's Photos for OS X and iOS: Take, edit, and share photos in the Apple photography ecosystem. John also reviews the Thumbs Up Touchdual Boombox Speakers for Smartphones.
iPhone 6s and 6s+: Antonio and Peter talk about the new iPhone 6s range, especially with regards to taking photographs and shooting video with the smartphone. Antonio mentions how positive the buying experience was in his local Apple Store. It is great to hear the experience was wonderful as it certainly adds to the buying experience and confidence in the brand.
During the episode, Antonio referenced some photographs that he had taken with the iPhone 6s. Please click on the following links to see what is capable with the iPhone 6s in real-world usage: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4, Link 5, Link 6.
Antonio discusses the quality of JPG compression in the iPhone 6s and how it is not only keeping file sizes low, but allowing for some stunning photographic reproductions. Although, we do lament on the lack of a RAW capture option, especially as video capture in iOS 9 now has the ability to shoot at both optimum resolutions and lower resolutions to save on storage. Antonio also praises the quality iPhone 6s lens and how that also assists with ensuring photographs are captured to the best of the iPhone's ability. Antonio believes the iPhone 6s is so good that it is no longer essential to take his prosumer/professional grade Fuji camera with him everytime he leaves the house. Clearly the iPhone can't replace the functionality and quality of a dedicated camera, but it does show just how capable this device can be for not only everyday users, but professional photographers. What is your opinion of the iPhone 6s camera? Let us know in the comments.
We talk again about the 4K video capture capabilities, and Mark tries to not put his foot in his mouth again with regards to 'true 4K', but Antonio raises a good point that at this point in time there is really no way to enjoy the 4K video. Yes, you can view and edit it on the iPhone, but the screen size is so small that any perceived difference would be minimal. Peter rightly suggests that a display less than 32-inch in diameter yields minimal improvements in relation to 1080p vs. 4K video. Therefore, whilst it is great that the iPhone can do 4K, perhaps it is better leaving that setting on 1080p, especially considering capturing 4K video takes approximately 300MB+ of storage for every minute.
Mark raises the question of Live Photo and if it is a game changer or merely a gimmick. The general opinion was that the technology is cool, and certainly having the feature doesn't hurt, but at present there is really no way to share that Live Photo with anyone else as it is only usable within the device. I've no doubt that if Facebook could integrate this feature, it would be a massive hit. But until then, I believe it is a gimmick. What do you think of Live Photos?
El Capitan: We discuss some of the issues that arose through the upgrade, despite Peter's inability to have a single problem with the process.
During this segment Mark made reference to the following article by Adam C. Engst regarding the Levellator app: How to Revive The Levelator in El Capitan.
As we discuss the El Capitan upgrade, Antonio references the problems that he has had with Adobe literally stealing gigabytes of storage.
Other issues Antonio experienced was problems with iCloud not retaining his password on El Capitan. Whilst this is irritating, I don't feel it is limited to El Capitan as I have experienced this same issue on my iMac running the previous operating system, yet it has never occurred on my MacBook Air. Have you ever experienced this issue? If so, we would love to hear what you did to resolve it.
Allister's install went smooth but an interesting problem has occurred which leaves the entire panel stumped. No, I'm not going to tell you what the problem was, you will just have to listen to the show to find out. Although, we do discuss the dumbing down of software and how that is impacting the user's ability to define the functionality of their software and hardware. Are you tired of the dumbing down of apps and having to re-learn the apps and your workflow everytime there is a major update?