Results tagged “iphone”

You Forbes Guys Are Funny

By Michael Mulvey on June 4, 2014 10:14 AM

(my emphasis)

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(a sizeable jump in its own right), but because the company is keeping the distinctive, large, circular and utterly outdated home button.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.

Cheap Android Phones

By Michael Mulvey on April 7, 2014 1:26 PM

Slate: Here's Why Developers Keep Favoring Apple Over Android

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:

John Paczkowski: Why Build a Cheaper iPhone? Because It's Stupid Not To.

CNet: Apple needs a low-cost iPhone, says analyst

Enough About China, Apple Also Needs A Low-Cost iPhone In The US

Cult of Mac: Why Apple Needs A Low-Cost iPhone More Than Ever

As Gruber points out, Apple has been offering low-cost iPhones for a while now.

1997 Mike Would Have Totally Bought This

By Michael Mulvey on January 9, 2014 2:45 PM

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via YIMMY'S YAYO

More Remixing

By Michael Mulvey on December 13, 2013 10:42 AM

Kirby Ferguson is back with a new, one-off video, Everything is a Remix Case Study: The iPhone.

I love Kirby's work, but this video isn't as strong as his bigger Everything is a Remix Series.

In fact, his TED Talk on the subject of the iPhone was even better.

Samsung's Next Ad Campaign

By Michael Mulvey on December 12, 2013 9:10 AM

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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?

Bizarro World

By Michael Mulvey on December 4, 2013 9:27 AM

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via Yimmy's Yayo

That's a Big Twinkie

By Michael Mulvey on September 26, 2013 6:11 AM

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

That's a big Twinkie.

Right On Schedule

By Michael Mulvey on August 12, 2013 10:26 AM

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.

No Watson, This Was Not Done By Accident...

By Michael Mulvey on June 11, 2013 8:36 AM

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.

Never Pleased

By Michael Mulvey on June 10, 2013 2:13 PM

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.

I'd Run My Business With Chart #3

By Michael Mulvey on May 24, 2013 8:30 AM

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Chart taken from Tech.pinions via Daring Fireball

Double Standard

By Michael Mulvey on May 13, 2013 5:33 PM

So Samsung is releasing a mini version of it's S4 phone even though the everyone in the tech press seems convinced Apple has to release an enormous version of the iPhone.

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.

Handy Tip

By Michael Mulvey on April 16, 2013 8:25 PM

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via thisisnthappiness

Pot Calling the Kettle

By Michael Mulvey on March 18, 2013 8:00 PM

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)

iPhone vs Z10

*Z10 image via Ars Technica

Evolution, Not Reinvention

By Michael Mulvey on February 19, 2013 11:35 AM

Over at ABC News, details on the new HTC One (via The Loop):

"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.

Follow?

That said, the phone looks really sharp. Nice work.

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