alex

131 months ago

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The new iPhones - what does it mean for ESR?

For those of you just arriving back from the wilderness, Apple released two new phones last week: the iPhone 5S and 5C. Apple also released a new operating system: iOS7. Whether you're thinking about buying a new phone, or upgrading your existing operating system, here's what we think:

iPhone 5S

iPhone 5S

iOS7

You are now able to install and upgrade to iOS7 on most anything Apple has released in the past two years, that includes the iPhone4, iPad2 and iPod Touch and iPhone 5.

We've been testing iOS7 for over a month now and we're happy with the results. The current EatSleepRIDE App release 1.2.5 has been fully tested in iOS7 without any issues.

ios7

ios7

The real question is should you upgrade?

I can't answer that for you, but the biggest change for the user is the way it looks. iOS7 does look a little psychedelic at first but you soon get used to it. We also found that battery life also improved somewhat with iOS7.

If your device supports it, I personally think it's worth upgrading to iOS7 however, check your other favourite applications for compatibility first. Also, word to the wise, backup your device before you start your upgrade!

Of course, the new iOS7 creative look means we're also working on updating the EatSleepRIDE App user interface (UI) to take advantage of some of the new sexy transitions.

On the iPhone 5C

If you're thinking about picking up the new iPhone 5C, we say go right ahead. From the specs, it seems to be an upgraded iPhone 5 in a new plastic case. It's a good phone, and while it could have been cheaper, we don't see any compatibility problems.

On the iPhone 5S

The iPhone 5S is completely new. Faster processor, motion co-processor, fingerprint ID, multipathTCP. I could probably cite specs for a lot longer, but what does it mean?

We won't know for sure until my device turns up next week, but the early indications are good. The faster processor is always welcome and the fingerprint security won't change a thing. The motion co-processor is perhaps the most intriguing. The developer specs suggest that it won't change anything about the way CrashLight® and Ride Record work, but it does offer the opportunity to make it more efficient and more accurate.

We'll be learning a whole lot more about it when our shiny new devices arrive very shortly and we'll keep you up to date.

While you're waiting for your new iPhone

Now, while you're enjoying your life, check out this short film by Casey Neistat: he shares a glimpse into the subculture of people waiting in line for their iPhone 5S. Personally, I'd rather be riding. EatSleepRIDE!

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alex

131 months ago

@Agent3012 - I wasn't going to mention all that, but you are right. As soon as our device arrives, we'll be looking very closely at what all this means. It would be great just to jump on your bike and have your phone "start recording" or "activating crashlight" without you thinking about it.

Agent3012

131 months ago

I do believe that there are a number of "under-the-hood" changes with the 5s that will be interesting to see develop over the next few years. The M7 co- processor is probably the most obvious, but I do think it will open up new opportunities than simply increasing battery life. Currently, the chip can tell the difference in types of movement, so that when you're in a car, bus, train, etc, it can automatically squash prompts to join wireless networks that you're currently driving by. I have to imagine that same kind of motion type sensing will eventually help improve the ESR app as well. I also can't wait to see how iBeacon is potentially used. The example used is with retail payment systems, but I'd love to see tiny signal boxes that make use of the Bluetooth Low Energy access to let my phone know I'm in my car vs on my bike, and change settings appropriately.