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From Balti to iPhone

Written by John Groves

Many, many years ago, in fact longer than I would care to admit, I was making corporate television for a very large, well known, multi-national pharmaceutical company. We were out filming on location and because of the remoteness of the location we borrowed the company’s only mobile telephone so that we could keep in touch with base. This phone was about the size of three house bricks with a standard BT telephone handset on the top. It weighed about the same as 3 kilos of sugar and had an extremely limited area of service as there was no network of mobile telephone responders in those days. Mobile phones were quite rare and very expensive, we are talking over £1,000 here.

One evening, and after a long days shoot, the film crew of 7 and I decided to have a curry so we visited the town’s only curry house. Having worked up quite an appetite during the working day we waited patiently for the waiter to come over to our table to take our order (maybe that’s why they call them waiters!). In sheer desperation, and in the throws of starvation and with my crew complaining about the long wait, I had an idea. I picked up the phone and called the curry house. Using the mobile I ordered a Takeaway and asked if they did free delivery. They said that they did “and where would you like it to be delivered?” he said, and I simply said, “to table 6 please”.
They were far from amused!

Times have changed since then; there are now many curry houses in every high street of every town and the mobile phone has evolved into a “must have” gadget and even a fashion accessory.

The new generation of iPhone from Apple, the 5S and 5C is once again setting the gold standard for the future generation of smartphones. The 5S uses Touch ID – a finger print identity sensor to provide security instead of you having to remember a password. The surface of the home button directs the image of your finger to a capacitive touch sensor, which reads beneath the outer layers of your skin to get a detailed print. Software then reads the ridges of your print and finds the match to unlock your phone. The iPhone 5S also leads the way with its 64 bit architecture providing faster response times. As for the fashion aficionados, the laser cut sapphire crystal home button takes some beating packaged up in a silver, gold or space grey metal housing but if it’s to go with that new designer outfit then the rainbow colours of its sister phone the iPhone 5C made out of polycarbonate resin (plastic) may be the answer.

The camera has been improved too, with its larger 8MP sensor and the new True Tone flash which intelligently figures out exactly how much light your shot needs.

Along with the new 4th generation of mobile communications it’s all come a very long way since I had that curry.




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