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Watching out for Apple Watch

The day is almost here when Apple Watch will see the light of the day.

I’m a big fan of apple products – their quality of software and how it integrates with its great hardware. Here’s a good read by John Gruber titled Apple Watch Prelude.

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I’m really not knowledgeable enough to comment about its pricing or features (most of which had been unveiled in the WWDC anyway). The only point I’m trying to make (or rant about) in this post is about one thing of this new product by Apple which is concerning – battery life.

Why is it 24 hours / 1 day?

That just kills it for me. I own a Pebble and I love it – maybe I fall in love with products I own for a while. When I’d heard about Pebble Kickstarter project, I was mesmerised. It was a breakthrough innovation – a smart watch. I backed it and although it had its own issues (manufacturing delays mainly) I never regretted it – probably cause its CEO, Eric kept updating the backers about the delays, issues, what they were doing about it and what to expect. It was a wonderful journey and I always believed them. Got the Pebble about 1 year after I paid and am happy that I did what I did.

Apple Watch somehow, just doesn’t cut it for me right now. I just don’t feel the need to buy it right now – especially with the battery life that they mention. Probably cause I have a Pebble right now. In fact, it was only about a week back that Pebble went again to Kickstarter to crowdfund the next great version – Pebble Time and I almost started spilling the digits off my credit card. But then I skipped it. Why? because the difference is primary the colour (ok, and that timeline feature) – and I really am pretty ok with my current Pebble v1.0

Getting back to Apple Watch, I really think they have a long way to go – it would not sell like iPhones/iPads sell. I remember saying the same thing when iPad was introduced – I was all like “who needs a tablet – it’s the most useless thing to spend your money on. Apple has lost it” – I was so wrong. Not just the sales, having owned an iPad, I can clearly state that it is truly the best gadget money can buy – even after some 5-6 years post its launch.

I hope I’m wrong again. I would like to see it succeed and hope bhau does some wonderful work out there – I hope I don’t get so put off by the idea of having another gadget which needs to charged up everyday. The only alternative to the Apple Watch right now is Pebble (and its new version maybe, Pebble Time) and I’m pretty happy with it right now. I hope no one’s even thinking about android wear – it’s a joke at best.

Anyway, go Apple go, show the world the next best gadget money can buy – I’ll join ye once i’m convinced. Till then it’s Pebble time.

HDR on iOS

High Dynamic Range photographs – Simply put what it does is take a couple of photos, one under-exposed, one over-exposed and lay them on each other.
The effect, for some photographs, can be remarkable. The amazing part is that you have to do nothing extra, or as Steve would say, nothing new to learn. Just click and get that better picture.
Here are some examples, which, while may not be the best, do showcase the capabilities of HDR photography.
The normal picture, without HDR – looks fine (click on the photo for bigger version and toggle between the HDR & non-HDR versions):
Until you see this, HDR photo:
Another similar example, non-HDR photo:
The HDR version below 
A slightly different example, the non-HDR photo:
The HDR version of same photo:
Now for some moments (and i’ll just show one note really that uncool example) when HDR may not be a good choice – movement – remember, it takes multiple photographs, of the same picture?
naturally, if there is movement in those multiple pics, the stitching of those different photographs is not really going to be beautiful (artistic in some cases, yes)
So, here’s the normal one:
 and now for the HDR one, the birds are visible in this one (yeah, you can’t see them on the Non-HDR one), but Sekhon’s feet, they blur out.:
Just in case you are wondering where the pics are from, it’s Lodhi garden in New Delhi.