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iPhone 6 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus

A quick comparison of the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 7 Plus following a casual stroll around a lake after Thanksgiving dinner.

The original iPhone had a 960 x 720 pixel camera, which means the iPhone 6 Plus camera, at 3264 x 2448 pixels, and iPhone 7 Plus camera, at 4032 x 3024 pixels, are essentially either 11.6 or 17.6 original iPhone cameras at once. As carrying around 17.6 cameras seemed inconvenient, we (me) took a couple of photos with my iPhone 6 Plus, then snatched someone else’s iPhone 7 Plus to take more photos.

The iPhone 6 Plus photo:

Thanksgiving evening photo at Jackson Pond, Columbia, MD. Taken with an iPhone 6 Plus.
Thanksgiving evening photo at Jackson Pond, Columbia, MD. Taken with an iPhone 6 Plus. Full size image.

The iPhone 7 Plus photo:

Thanksgiving evening photo at Jackson Pond, Columbia, MD. Taken with an iPhone 7 Plus.
Thanksgiving evening photo at Jackson Pond, Columbia, MD. Taken with an iPhone 7 Plus. Full size image.

These are not exactly the same photo because I moved around, didn’t think of using the iPhone 7 for several minutes, etc. But then it also occurred to me to stand in the same place as the second photo and use the second lens on the iPhone 7 Plus to take a 2X view:

Thanksgiving evening photo at Jackson Pond, Columbia, MD. Taken with an iPhone 7 Plus, using the 2X lens.
Thanksgiving evening photo at Jackson Pond, Columbia, MD. Taken with an iPhone 7 Plus, using the 2X lens. Full size image.

As it got darker, it became much harder to see, much less take photographs. But the iPhone 7 Plus seemed up to the challenge:

A few minutes later, a different Thanksgiving evening photo at Jackson Pond, Columbia, MD. Taken with an iPhone 7 Plus.
A few minutes later, a different Thanksgiving evening photo at Jackson Pond, Columbia, MD. Taken with an iPhone 7 Plus. Full size image.

I also took a photo of some ducks, but it was quite dark, and the photo was poor. And yet — I discovered later, looking at the photo on a large computer monitor, that the “ducks” were clearly Canadian geese. This wasn’t clear to the eye, but the iPhone 7 Plus had no problem showing the distinctive plumage.

The iPhone 7 Plus may be an incremental improvement of the iPhone 6 Plus, but the increments are collectively quite impressive. Oh, it also makes phone calls, and is a great GPS.

AI and haiku

Siri does haiku. Haiku is a very ancient form of Japanese poetry, based on a pattern of seventeen syllables over three lines of five, seven and five syllables. It is also the bane of introductory literature students unfamiliar with poetry (or syllables, or creative writing), as often they are required to start writing haiku with little or no background information.

But Siri can make that quite easy:

Siri can write haiku. It can even write haiku about haiku, as the last example demonstrates.
Siri can write haiku. It can even write haiku about haiku, as the last example demonstrates.

That last haiku, in fact, is an item of envy: wish I’d thought of that.

Two photos, 26 seconds

These two photos, taken from my window at work, were taken 26 seconds apart:

A storm front comes barreling in to Silver Spring, Maryland. These two photos, taken from 10 stories up, were shot just 26 seconds apart, but the view changed dramatically in those 26 seconds.
A storm front comes barreling in to Silver Spring, Maryland. These two photos, taken from 10 stories up, were shot just 26 seconds apart, but the view changed dramatically in those 26 seconds.

Just before the storm hit, the Emergency Alert on my iPhone went off (most smartphones today are set to receive local weather, Amber, and other emergency alerts), screeching a flash flood alert. High winds in the area downed thousands of trees, and at one point shut down Interstate 70.

Do-it-yourself iPhone 5 advertising

Apple had billions of dollars worth of free pre-release advertising for the iPhone 5, ranging from publicity on news programs to slick ads produced by various mobile phone vendors and resellers.

And then there was this Radio Shack store in Columbia, Maryland. Want to grab everyone’s attention? Use a white board and not one, not two, but three different colors of marking pen! Complete with a somewhat odd happy face and sparkling stars.

iPhone 5 advertisement hand-written on a white board.
One Radio Shack store in Columbia, Maryland, used a high-tech white board and colored markers to advertise the iPhone 5.

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Photos taken at the Apple Store, Columbia Mall, Columbia, Maryland. Photos taken, appropriately, with an iPhone 4.

Post-It notes on the front window of the Apple Store at Columbia Mall, in Columbia, Maryland. Each sheet has a hand-written note, or drawing.
Post-It notes on the front window of the Apple Store at Columbia Mall, in Columbia, Maryland. Each sheet has a hand-written note, or drawing.
Part of the impromptu memorial at the Apple Store at Columbia Mall, in Columbia, Maryland.
Part of the impromptu memorial at the Apple Store at Columbia Mall, in Columbia, Maryland.