By Michael Mulvey on December 4, 2013 9:27 AM
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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.
Mike Rundle says iOS 7 Went Too Far In The Other Direction
People weren't happy with the over-indulgent skeuomorphism in iOS and and now people still aren't happy.
I'm with John Gruber that the skeuomorphic training wheels needed to come off, iOS 7 looks beautiful.
If you create anything—music, art, writing, computers, whatever—listen to criticism (if you want, good criticism does exist), but trust your gut and do what you think is best.
Like Andy Warhol says:
Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.
Remember, Rolling Stone magazine trashed Led Zeppelin's first album when it came out.
Screw what people think.
If things are going so well for the regular S4, why the need for a mini version?
I refuse to use the godawful word phablet. Shit, I just did.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins talks some shit about the iPhone:
The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old.
I'm a little confused.
Below is the iPhone (left) and the Blackberry Z10 (right). Even when you factor in the interesting UI gestures how are they leapfrogging the iOS? (or Android for that matter)
*Z10 image via Ars Technica
"We think it's time to shake things up in the smartphone space," Mike Woodward, President of HTC America, told ABC News in an interview. "We have decided to come out and reinvent the smartphone."
Careful with the 'R' word.
I got news for ya, Mister Woodward. Your HTC One smartphone is not a reinvention, it's an evolution of the smartphone paradigm Apple introduced in 2007. Instead of making a phone with a few portable computing features, Apple made a mobile computer with the ability to make phone calls. The HTC One follows this paradigm precisely.
That said, the phone looks really sharp. Nice work.