I've had an iPhone since Ava decided to upgrade to a newer one and insisted I'd never regret changing to Apple. She also bought me an iPad for my last birthday which was a surprising and, to be honest, unrequested present! Since then I've been struggling with Apple's odd way of doing things. Some things which should be simple(deleting music from the phone, copying photos onto the phone, sending a text to a group, etc) prove to be impossible and leave me missing my cheap, old phone which could do all these things easily.
However, there's no doubt that Apple machines do other things incredibly well. My iPad "boots-up" immediately, gets great Internet connections for Skype or Facetime and downloads all the podcasts I enjoy listening to without me even asking it to. JD also enjoys the free painting, animal recognition and and letter-tracing apps. But yesterday, I was blown away by my friend Leah's use of an iPhone app I'd not seen in action before. Kunming's taxis need to be flagged down - there's no centralised office to book or request one - and, at busy times or places, that can mean a long wait. But Leah insisted she could get a taxi easily. She pressed a button on her iPhone and her location was immediately sent to any taxis within a kilometre (whose drivers also use the app). Five seconds later she got a call from a nearby driver who asked where we wanted to go and how many passengers. His name and registration then popped up on her phone and two minutes later the cab pulled up. Now that is a mightily impressive use of technology! And all for free.
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