"Tablets becoming more popular among Americans"
This is news? This was the case starting with the first iPad. :)
David0X: Lots of switches there:I'd like to see the cockpit as redesigned by the Apple design team...
"Apple let loose on a safety critical system. I hope you're not serious."
You mean like all the MacBooks used by NASA engineers?
rossdoyle: Wow, festooned with so many buttons. And one "Canada" panel in the back. This looks like it required the supreme concentration of 3 people to fly. And to think that the first American astronaut (arguably) was Ham the chimp. I wonder what the Soyuz control panels look like.
Aircraft always look much more complex than they really are.
RichRMA: Depressing. The Americans frittered away their money on the white elephant known as the ISS, killed the Shuttle program, and now have to go begging to the Russians to launch their people TO the white elephant while what's left of NASA hooks its wagon to the global warming gravy train to save what jobs they can. How did it get to this?
"I don't believe the ISS is a waste of money, Soviets first and then Russians showed that space stations are needed also to be able to plan for future trips to remote destinations"
The ISS is nearing the end of its planned life. It will never be used for such things. There is no benefit for America's participation in the ISS.
"it is better to share a common program, that having several national programs competing with each other"
No. America doesn't have to compete against anyone considering it leads the world in space technology and exploration. It would be foolish for America to give that away.
"It was a smart move from NASA to join a program with experienced partners, without having to develop everything from scratch, being some 20 years behind."
America has always had the capability to build something like the ISS all on its own. America is the one that transported and assembled it. It also previously had by far the biggest space station ever built, Skylab.
"Depressing. The Americans frittered away their money on the white elephant known as the ISS, killed the Shuttle program, and now have to go begging to the Russians to launch their people TO the white elephant while what's left of NASA hooks its wagon to the global warming gravy train to save what jobs they can. How did it get to this?"
The Shuttle was old and expensive and needed to be retired, although it should not have been retired until a replacement was made.
I agree the ISS has been a waste of money.
The Russian space program has been mostly financed by American dollars, including their participation in the ISS. America did not got "begging" for rides. That's just silly.
NASA is doing just fine driving new companies into soace, leading with new technologies and greatly reducing costs. In the end though, if you are not American it isn't your place to criticize what we do with our space program.
Basalite: Looks like a very sharp lens but difficult to know for sure as your sample images are awful subjects to determine that and/or only one image is raw processed. It doesn't help either when you guys can't be bothered to rotate your images.
Come on guys; you can do better than that!
"the reason I've shot subjects with fore-aft separation is to make it clearer what is and isn't in focus"
Considering what I previously said, what's left is a function of aperture setting and sensor size, not AF performance.
"The camera does record which AF point was used in the file's EXIF, so I may be able to check if you want to know, for any given image..."
That's not a practical or feasible thing to do and not something I would ask or expect you to do. What would be practical and feasible, for the reasons you said you took the pictures, and otherwise, is what I suggested, subjects at different distances with subject matter that is essentially flat in distance to each other.
Just offering some constructive criticism. You have to understand that you are producing a product for others. A chef that says he's OK with some crab shell in a crab dish doesn't mean most people are willing to eat such a thing. I saw that on Chopped. And yes, that chef got chopped, and rightly so.
"just to be clear on image sample rotation - we do nothing at all to the full size images precisely because we present them as 'out of camera'. It is a decision, not an oversight. We actually take pride in the amount of attention we pay to detail :)"
Leaving images that are not rotated to a viewable orientation is not something I would take "pride" in. All that does is irritate most of your readers.
Fair enough, but you have to admit such samples are not going to help you determine autofocus performance without more information, such as knowing exactly what you are focusing on.
My recommendation, in the absence of such information, is to take images where content is generally flat in terms of distance, such as distant scenics or walls.
And as I have said before, there's no excuse for not rotating your images before posting them. This has been a problem with your site's samples for years. It's the difference to attention to detail that makes for an exceptional site and one that is simply existing and going through the motions.
Nothing really new in those pictures.
Looks like a very sharp lens but difficult to know for sure as your sample images are awful subjects to determine that and/or only one image is raw processed. It doesn't help either when you guys can't be bothered to rotate your images.
pedroboe100: Where is Apple getting their curved screen now?
Apple wouldn't produce such a stupid phone.
Also, Apple doesn't use Samsung displays in the iPhones anymore. The iPhone 5, in fact, had only one part made by Samsung, and it wasn't the display.
God, what a ridiculous gimmick.
Basalite: Doesn't look like anything special to me. This man gets way, way too much credit. Heck, I even read all the time how Ive supposedly created the iPod when that's simply not true. Tony Fadell is the creator of the iPod. He led the design and production of the iPods.
Ive is not the only designer at Apple. Many people at Apple have had their ideas incorporated into the design of Apple's products, such as the engineers, especially as products got thinner and lighter. Lets face it, Steve Jobs had the most influence on final design and would not have allowed some of the poor design choices Ive made for iOS 7, such as ridiculously thin and hard to read default fonts and blinding white backgrounds. I don't think he would have went for the plastic iPhone 5C either when the current iPod Touch looks far better and more higher end.
No offense to the guy, I'm sure he is competent leading a design team, but lets dispense with the misinformation and especially the hype surrounding him.
"The design of the iPod was Ive's work as head of design."
You don't know what you are talking about. I suggest you do *plenty of reading* on the subject to avoid some of the misinformation you often run into, typically from those wishing to put Mr. Ive on a pedestal.
"Yeah, Jobs would have hated plastic for a phone and never allowed it...oh wait...they did do a plastic iPhone...under Jobs"
Try and think a little deeper than that; iPhones have greatly evolved. Try and think of the here and now. Steve jobs would not have allowed a current iPhone to look lower-end lower compared to the iPod Touch . The iPhone 5C is a fine phone but when you compare it's level of finish to the iPod Touch, it simply does not compare, and that's an understatement.
Jogger: Apple and Leica, the two most pretentious brands out there... sounds like a perfect marriage
"Not quite, third party manufacturers like Samsung, Intel and many others delivers to Apple and all Apple does is assemble it for you in a shiny box and slap on a fruity logotype for which you happily pay their premiumprice."
You obviously know very little about Apple. Your "shiny box and slap on a fruity logotype" is indicative of the kind of rhetoric you get from those that simply hate Apple.
"I am not sure."
I've always been of the opinion that if I am not sure about something that it doesn't even make sense to say "I am not sure" about something, never mind trying to discuss it.
topstuff: The comments below are, in the main,very very depressing...
Is Photography not a creative thing?
Is it not fair to assume that aesthetic issues, or design issues, are a subject that should resonate with creative people?
If so, how is it that so many people so HATE CHANGE ?? Why do so many people accept the fact that camera design has not essentially changed for 60 years?
Why are people so accepting that the black plastic lump that is every single DSLR on the market, is so universally clunky and ugly?
And why is it whenever anything comes along that simply questions this ethos, it gets shot down by DPR?
The degree of conservatism and neophobia on DPR always surprises me. Maybe it shouldn't. Maybe this is truly a place for gear heads and their black plastic boxes, scared of change and the shock of the new.
As for Jony Ive's interpretation of Leica, It is pleasant and nice enough. Infinitely more attractive as an object than any Canikon out there, that is for sure.
"The comments below are, in the main,very very depressing... Is Photography not a creative thing?"
A camera is first and foremost a tool, and a tool used to create something. Design that makes a tool more difficult to use is awful design.
falconeyes: Now, Jony brought to cameras what he brought to iOS. Jony, please, focus with what you are great at: designing computer hardware.
In an interview ( http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/19/4748572/apple-jony-ive-ios-7-interview ) Jony describes his philosophy ("objects whose forms don't hint at what they do"). And that's the problem, both for a UI and for tools: their forms SHOULD hint at what it does ...
And a camera is a tool.
Thing is Mr. Ive is just one part (and a very overrated one at that) of the design process at Apple, thankfully, otherwise Apple's products would be designed equally as bad. Thankfully, they are not.
liquid stereo: Jony Ive should give back all his awards. The guy is a design goofball.
First IOS 7 and now the POS M.
He really did need Steve Jobs to say "no, that's a turd."
It just goes to show that products at Apple are the result of much greater input beyond Mr. Ive, and especially when Steve Jobs was around.
This is an awfully designed camera and it also makes me wonder if Mr. Ive has ever even done any serious photography or used a camera beyond a point and shoot.
leisurefix: The bickering and criticism by such a large number of people here is just crass and depressing. I am not particularly philanthropic, but I will defend those that are. These two designers have given up a huge amount of their time to curate a charity auction. Leica has collaborated with them to create one camera for inclusion in that auction. They should all be applauded for their willingness to help a good cause. The functionality, usability, or whatever of the camera is very much secondary to the creation of an object that all people involved hope will sell for as much money as possible (for the good of the charity).
"Oh come on, this is a huge publicity stunt. Apple could easily donate one day's worth of profits to the cause.. but, no, that would not generate a large enough PR window leading up to the auction."
Uh, this camera and story has nothing to do with Apple.