By Michael Mulvey on January 13, 2015 1:30 PM
Buzz has been building since the new iPhones were unveiled on Sept. 9 at an event near Apple's headquarters, with pre-orders topping 4 million units in the first 24 hours and surpassing earlier releases. A third of Android users polled by Boston-based Gazelle said they're likely to upgrade to the iPhone 6, with 39 percent saying the bigger screen was driving the decision. Last year, a 10th of the smartphones traded in when the iPhone 5s and 5c went on sale were Android-based devices, according to Chris Sullivan, Gazelle's CEO.
—Tim Higgins, Bloomberg
Apple posted O-ficial product shots of iPhones and iPads with rules on how you're allowed to use them.
Brad Reed at BGR:
It's something we've long suspected but now we finally have the proof we need: Your wireless carrier wants to push you to buy a Samsung smartphone over an iPhone. Kantar Worldpanel has just released a new study (PDF) confirming reports that we've long heard about carriers trying to steer their customers away from the iPhone and toward rival devices -- most prominently, Samsung's.
No shit. Mobile carriers and cable companies are run by scumbags.
Why, exactly, are carriers doing this? It's not exactly a conspiracy so much as it's rational self-interest. The iPhone carries a very high subsidy cost for carriers, who are concerned about Apple racking up too much market power. After all, if the iPhone becomes more popular than it already is, then it gives Apple leverage to push for even stronger carrier subsidies.
This is exacerbated by the fact that iPhone customers are the most fanatically loyal smartphone users around -- once they've been converted they don't even think of trying other devices.
This last part is the key: "This is exacerbated by the fact that iPhone customers are the most fanatically loyal smartphone users around".
This isn't as correct as it should be. Apple sold 1-2 million iPhones in 2007. They sold over 35 million iPhones in Q3 2014.
It's not only that iPhone customers are loyal: Apple continues to gain more and more loyal users each quarter of each year. There's a good chance the person you're pointing at and calling an "Apple fanoi" or an "Apple fanatic" wasn't one 6 months or a year ago. This is despite the efforts of scumbag carriers trying to convince you to buy phones you don't want.
As Steve Jobs once said, "Let the consumers vote with their wallets."
Hats off to Apple. The markets may disagree, but WWDC 2014 was a resounding success. Its mixture of imitation and innovation plugged holes against Android and set off a new war in both wearables and smart homes via smart SDKs (software developer kits). Furthermore Apple execs seemed upbeat and relaxed, as if the company was finally comfortable in its post-Steve Jobs skin. And yet there was one major, potentially disastrous mistake.
Here's a hint: Apple made an ad about it.
Yes - unlike owners of increasingly big Android rivals - users of iPhones can easily reach the top corners of their devices. It is convenient and, to quote the ad, "a dazzling display of common sense." But the common sense won't last much longer.
Everything changes with the iPhone 6. Not only because Apple is widely known to be increasing the screen size from 4 inches to 4.7 inches (a sizeable jump in its own right), but because the company is keeping the distinctive, large, circular and utterly outdated home button.
—Gordon Kelly, Forbes
So Kelly, is that your final answer? Your opinion about how Apple is shooting itself in the face is tied to the hardware home button on their iOS devices?
That is a stupid statement. Or a bold one. Maybe both. Definitely stupid.
I wonder if Gordon Kelly believes carmakers have made a disastrous mistake by keeping the distinctive, large, circular steering wheel on automobiles year after year.
This map showing the locations of 280 million individual posts on Twitter shows a depressing divide in America: Tweets coming from Manhattan tend to come from iPhones. Tweets coming from Newark, N.J., tend to come from Android phones.
If you live in the New York metro area, you don't need to be told that Manhattan is where the region's rich people live, and the poor live in Newark. Manhattan's median income is $67,000 a year. Newark's is $17,000, according to U.S. Census data.
The tech press keeps saying Apple needs to release a low-cost iPhone.
Maybe none of them know what they're talking about.
The noise I'm referring to:
As Gruber points out, Apple has been offering low-cost iPhones for a while now.
via YIMMY'S YAYO
Taken from Samsung's 132-page engineer's guide to copying the iPhone.
Question: Wouldn't it be more effective to give that document to Samsung's designers? Does Samsung have designers?
Eric Chemi at Bloomberg Businessweek puts things into perspective for the iPhone haters:
If [the iPhone] were its own company in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index, IPhone Inc. would outsell 474 of those companies--ranking between Wells Fargo (WFC) ($90.5 billion) and Marathon Petroleum (MPC) ($84.9 billion). The iPhone's $88.4 billion in annualized revenue tops 21 of the 30 component companies in the Dow Jones industrial average--it would be the ninth-biggest stock in the Dow 30
Most of us geeks and nerds know Apple's product cycles are pretty regular.
I know this from not only following the tech news regularly, but I've also known about MacRumor's Mac Buyer's Guide for at least 8 years now. Apple releases a new iPhone every year, or to be more accurate, every 338 days.
Please share this knowledge with any non-nerd/geek relatives who nag you about whether they should get a new iPhone now or wait.
There's absolutely no reason anyone should still be saying, "Dammit! I wish I had known Apple was going to drop a new iPhone. I would have waited."
No more excuses.
Cap Watkins smartly observes iOS 7 is unpolished by design.
Matt Mullenweg's 2010 post on this topic keeps getting better with age:
Many entrepreneurs idolize Steve Jobs. He's such a perfectionist, they say. Nothing leaves the doors of 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino without a polish and finish that makes geeks everywhere drool. No compromise!
I like Apple for the opposite reason: they're not afraid of getting a rudimentary 1.0 out into the world.
Most of the noise you see right now surrounding iOS 7 is in reaction to veneer, to styling, not to design. If you watch the demo videos of iOS 7 on Apple's site, you'll see there's been fundamental human interface changes to the operating system beyond the Helvetica 45 light and semi-transparent panels.
I haven't even brought up the most obvious point: Most people complaining about iOS 7 haven't even used it yet.
Don't knock it 'til you try it.