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iPhone X, CBS Star Trek issues, HD Standards, Mobile Gaming, & Alpha Access

On “Altered Geek,” Steve is rejoined by Mike Powers to catch up on tech. The guys examine the new iPhone from an Apple enthusiast’s perspective, Star Trek Discovery controversy and the CBS All Access Distribution platform, HD Digital standards, mobile gaming and getting Alpha Access on Battlefield 1 Incursions. All this and more on Altered Geek!

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  • Tim Silvers

    Enjoyed the show. Welcome back, Mike!

    Interesting discussions. Regarding the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, I still use my iPhone 6. I just don’t need the constant upgrades. My current phone is fine except a bit sluggish with ever iOS update, it seems. Saving money is more important to me. I do use my phone a fair bit, but mainly for a few things, which all work fine with that phone I have now. That said, I think the 8 might as well have been called the iPhone 7S. And the X is what the latest iPhone should have been with no price bump. The Face ID tech is cool, but I think the unlock and swipe is clunky. Yet, it is better than Android, which can be fooled with only a picture.

    Another tech discussion I wanted to weigh in on is the Apple TV and 4K. This is why I am sitting this out until things are more fully baked. Well, that and the fact that I have a 65″ 2013 plasma that has a fantastic picture. Even if I had a 4K TV, I would watch less than 5% of 4K content on it. There are actually Dolby Vision encoded UHD Blu-rays now, including the latest Transformers film. I think Power Rangers is as well. So, yay, I guess. The HDR standards are still shaking out (there is HDR, HDR 10+, Dolby Vision, HLG, and Technicolor). LG TVs support all but HDR 10+, which was just announced THIS YEAR! So, anyone jumping into 4K right now needs to take a healthy dose of patience and realize they are early adopters and all perks and frustrations apply. Things are very much in flux and the TV you have now will look paltry in a year or two as the manufacturers race to support wider color and produce more peak brightness. Even the best TVs are only hitting in the ballpark of 1000 knits. Content is mastered at 2000, if I recall. Plus, most films are shot in 2K, not 4K. So, content is upscaled from 2K masters. I understand they look good and there can be some improvement in detail, however. And the content mastering will get better. So, the UHD version now will get a remaster in a few years so you can go buy it all over again.

    So, what was that about planned obsolescence? 🙂