I hadn’t even seen the original until I found this, but it’s awesome.
I hadn’t even seen the original until I found this, but it’s awesome.
“On Google Maps, the average data loaded from the cellular network for each step was 1.3MB, the company wrote on its Web site. “Apple Maps came in at 271KB – that’s approximately 80% less data! On some actions, such as zooming in to see a particular intersection, Apple Maps’ efficiency advantage edged close to 7X.”
Well that’s something.
It is with utmost pride and excitement that I announce that episode 1 of Podfusion, my podcast with Josef Kenny, is now available. Podfusion has been a dream of mine that I have been trying to get off the ground for over a year now, and thanks to the awesome team effort between Josef and myself, that dream has now come to fruition.
You can expect a wide range of topics on Podfusion, from Doctor Who to film to music to technology and even philosophy. In our inaugural episode, we are joined by my brother Ian, and we hit the ground running with a discussion of The Angels Take Manhattan.
Podfusion should be on iTunes by tomorrow. We really hope you like it, and that you’ll continue to join us in the weeks to come. Remember that while this first episode is centered on Doctor Who, the podcast aims to be about a lot more than that, so even if that’s not your cup of tea, we hope you’ll continue to listen. We’re trying to put together something special and we’d love for you to be a part of it.
Now available. It would mean a lot if you could find the time to leave us a nice review. Reviews will help us get noticed and help more listeners to find us.
Josef and Danny take another hour out of their empty schedules to talk about iTunes, the importance of the customer experience, washing machines, intentionality, and how to get stuff done. Don’t betray your system by making things more complicated than they need to be.
We touch on some interesting stuff this week. I wish we had more time to get into some of it, but we’re definitely getting settled with these shows.
On episode 2 of Podfusion, I spoke about how my Verizon iPhone 5 had an issue where whenever it dropped from LTE to 3G, it would hold onto that 3G connection even if I re-entered an LTE area.
Apple recommended that I confer with Verizon before assuming a hardware problem. Verizon support was extremely responsive and helpful. They reconfigured some things on their end, which did improve my signal quality dramatically, but did not resolve my main issue. They then proceeded to send me a new SIM card, which also did not resolve the issue. At this point, I was told to return to Apple and attempt to swap out the phone, which I did.
The best test for this issue has been the DC Metro, which is largely underground and has lots of signal fluctuation between stations. I ride the Metro as part of my commute, so today was my first opportunity to test after the swap.
The results were interesting. At the majority of stations, the phone quickly found 3G signal after exiting a tunnel, but only at one station did the phone automatically connect to LTE. However, I toggled Airplane Mode at the other stations (my previous workaround for this issue), and saw the phone then connect to LTE, so I know that LTE signal was present at many of the stations.
When I arrived at my destination (which is underground), the phone connected to 3G as expected, as there is no LTE signal inside the station. However, there is LTE immediately outside the station. I tend to lose LTE inside the station as soon as I have lost line-of-sight with the sky. This morning, upon exiting the station, the phone did connect to LTE by itself, but it took somewhere between three and five minutes for the phone to connect to LTE after I had line-of-sight with the sky.
This has led me to think some more about this. I am fairly certain that there was a hardware issue on my previous phone, as it would never reconnect to LTE after dropping to 3G, whereas on the new phone I saw it occur twice on just the first test. I even restored my previous phone to factory defaults without using a backup and still observed the issue, so I’m as certain as I can be that this was not a software issue. This leads me to speculate on possible causes for this issue, since there is still a delay, even though it does eventually correct automatically. Here are my theories, based on the evidence I have observed.
This is known behavior on CDMA networks, for whatever reason (chipset, antenna, towers, protocol, etc.). I have heard reports from non-iPhone users on Verizon that their phones often take a long time to connect to LTE as well, and that restarting the phone or its radios bypasses this wait.
This is a problem specific to the cellular chipset Apple is using in the iPhone 5.
There is a bug in part of iOS 6 that handles switching between 3G and LTE networks, and this may be fixed or improved in subsequent versions of iOS.
This delay occurs by design in iOS 6, so that the device is conservative in switching connections. It holds onto a known stable connection until it is sure it can transition smoothly to a connection that is equivalent or better.
This process is affected by network activity in iOS. For example, if you are sending an iMessage or uploading a file, it will not attempt to switch connections until all operations have completed and a timed “safety margin” has passed. While not conclusive, I have observed that the connection will not change while I am transferring data over the network.
Of course, it is likely a combination of the above. Whatever the case may be, I wanted to follow up in case others were curious or having similar issues. I’ll gladly provide more data points if they present themselves. If you have knowledge of cellular radios, CDMA, or LTE and can shed some light on why this might be happening and whether it’s a real problem specific to me, please get in touch!
Josef and Danny follow up on their iPhone discussion from last week, using it as a lens to discuss some of the good and bad about Apple in general, then take an in-depth look at what goes into their music. From hardware to software, they take a stab at their creative process, and the things that work for them.
Good show this week for anyone wanting to learn more about the music work that Josef and I do, in terms of hardware, software, and creative process. Josef’s side is especially interesting, but maybe that’s just because I’m me.
Thanks to Neal Gompa on Twitter for illuminating some of the reasons behind my LTE weirdness. This makes total sense to me based on my prior understanding of CDMA and LTE, and points primarily to option 1 out of the options I listed in my previous post. As Neal says, it’s just not meant to work that way, and it shows. The iPhone 5 is also limited because it does not support active dual-mode operation, meaning it cannot do CDMA and LTE simultaneously, which would surely enable it to jump between them more seamlessly.
This week, Josef and Danny are joined by special guest Chris Adams to talk about the deep dark world of social media. From Facebook to Twitter to what’s next, they cover the role these services fill, why people look to them, and why it’s not a bad idea to step away from time to time.
My excellent friend Chris Adams joins us this week to discuss social media. I think this is a really interesting discussion that a lot of people will find value in.
My new podcast with good friend Chris Adams. This week, we talk about gaming.