For obvious reasons, we spend a lot of time focusing on Apple here, but let's take a moment to turn our attention into another technology company (yes, it's others!) Competing in many of the same rooms like apple
This week, Google introduced a variety of new devices, from new smartphones to a tablet to a smart home speaker with a monitor. And while there will always be those who prefer one company's products to another, it's important to have competition in this room to run all companies, including Apple-forward.
For this purpose, a look at a few features Google announced in its products this week that many Apple device users ̵
A Wider Selfie Canvas
Apple began adding more lenses on the back of iPhones with the iPhone 7 Plus, a trend that continues with the iPhone X and XS. This not only allows the company to offer an optical telephoto lens to shoot far away subjects, but also makes it possible to complicate computational photography using information taken by both cameras.
Google Pixel 3, on the other hand, releases another rear-facing camera. But it includes a second front -facing camera for the purpose of taking wide-angle films. This is certainly an excellent choice. As Google's own marketing materials point to how often have you accidentally cut someone out of yourself, or blocked the background with too many people crowded in? Like someone with long arms, I'm often prepared as a group seller, and while I do my best to get everyone, I can only do so much without pulling a muscle. (And if you're about to say the words "selfie stick", you can just stop now.)
Obviously, Apple already has a lot to do in the XS and XS Max's True Depth camera system and plug another lens into it be difficult. But the result will probably be worth for those of us who take group selves who, let's face it, are most of us.
Show, do not tell
Smart speakers have proven to be a popular market, but the jury is still out to add a screen for these devices. I have a first generation Echo Show, and I have never particularly impressed myself, even though I could see the potential of having a screen attached to such a device. Google's home theater also looks like it can offer some practical features, such as displaying search results, viewing timers, and even playing videos.
It brings light to one of my least favorite parts of Apple's HomePod: "the display." I understand that the company wanted the speaker to look like an attractive item that you could place anywhere in your house, but the screen on top is the worst of both worlds. It gives little in the way of useful control or information for the device, limited to showing nothing but too little control at the sound level while playing sound or a bursting mass of colors to indicate that Siri has heard you. I already prefer physical controls to touch them, but if you want a touchscreen, you might as well embrace their full abilities.
I find it unlikely that Apple will put a screen in HomePod anytime soon; Again, I think it's a matter of aesthetics and design for the company. But given that the company makes such amazing displays on its other devices – and make the most of the limited viewing range of products like Apple Watch, it's disappointing to see the HomePod left out in cold.
Looking for an angle
Since I got an iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard, I've found myself using Apple's tablet much more than I used to. It's a wonderful lightweight and compact device for writing. In fact, I write most of my Macworld columns, including this piece, on it. But the combination has its limitations, the most remarkable, which is an ergonomic: there's only a single angle where you can use the keyboard.
Do not Make Me Wrong: If You Had To Choose A Single Angle Where To Fix iPad, The Apple Option Is Selected, Probably The Best Choice. But the biggest question is why choose only one? I was impressed with the keyboard as Google turned out for its new Pixel Slate tablet, which includes an adjustable viewing angle and converts to a folio, although apparently it still can not be used in the lap.
It would be great to see Apple take a page from this book and add more adjustability to the iPads Smart Keyboard. Although I do not necessarily want the iPad to be a laptop, I'm still quite happy with my 11-inch MacBook Air, thanks, I like the idea of a more versatile writing device. The good news is that a rumor suggests that the next iPad update will contain a new type of magnetic connector that can be hinted on an enhanced smart keyboard.
I will not skip ships from the iPad to a Pixel Slate anytime sooner than I would buy my iPhone XS for a Pixel 3. But hi, maybe adding a Google Home Hub to my apartment would not be so bad …