Originally Posted by Quadra 610
Then again . . . let's keep in mind that this is a device that does *everything.* People need to realize that, and allow for the fact that if gaming is one of the things it does well, it's going to be a bog selling point.
Flipping it over, however, we come back to your very correct assessment: Perception is Reality
. And Apple understands this very well. Perhaps there might be some truth to their alleged feelings about gaming. Interesting.
Sure, it does do a lot, but then on the other hand, it does not.
It will not play flash and therefore, you cannot watch any free movies or TV shows that are offered from all the free networks, no, instead, Apple wants you to purchase them from iTunes, so instead of watching, The Forgotten, ABC Lost Seasons 1-4, Flash Forward, Rescue Me, and so on, Apple want you to buy them. This is why, in my humble opinion, we will never see flash or if we do, it will be crippled somehow. Now if you jailbreak it, then you can get a flash plug-in for Safari and watch just about anything, better yet, you can use torrents, directly from the iPhone and download complete seasons, also another reason we will not see DVR capabilities on the Apple TV.
Now, when it comes to Apple being upset that it's seen as a gaming machine, this really comes down to Exchange,if you have ever used an HTC and it's GPS, it will give you INSTANT up to date traffic problems, I know, I had both a personal iPhone and an HTC given to me from my place of employment. Using this GPS was leaps and bounds beyond the present TOM TOM. It would tell you in :45 seconds you will run into traffic and slow down to 20 m.p.h. and would you like an alternative route, sure enough, :45 seconds later, you were going 20 m.p.h., plus the GPS is spot on where as Tom Tom you can be driving and go past a street before it tells you to turn right or left, as it's about 5 seconds behind in the directions so the only way around this is that you have to be looking in advance as to when you will be turning.
I think though that the biggest problem is that products like the NEWER HTC have Exchange done really well, and Windows mobile 6.5 looks more like OSX then Windows 7 does, and with Exchange, you can set up very secure systems that in a few simple clicks has the user with their contacts, personal info, maps, address, email address, et-cetera, very quickly and remember how poorly that went with Apple? They had so many problems they had to pull it, yet here we are slamming Windows and their OS and 3rd party hardware which they have to support (which is why you want certified for Windows 7, et-cetera, on the product, than not), yet Apple could not get just ONE program to work correctly, in that regard, Microsoft does a great job at working with 3rd party software/hardware which is why I think if the Courier turns out to be true, it would mean for the first time, if MSFT keeps it their own, they will have total control over the device unlike they do now with all the OEM's making computers and building windows machines.
This would mark the first time ever that MSFT has their own computer and this would for sure, eat into business probably replacing phones, or perhaps a side by side launch of a new MSFT phone that works perfect with the Courier.
Apple being upset is that it is NOT being accepted into the business market place as a machine that can do it all, first it can't (no flash, tethering, Exchange, GPS not as accurate), which means even though people now have two phones, a business phone and a personal iPhone, Apple would rather see just ONE phone being used.
Now factor in that Apple's top of the line iMac can't play one of the most modern games out there due to the GPU, not only does GAMING make more $$$$ than music and video combined, Apple does not have a product that appeals to this segment, nor do they have a machine that appeals to the Pro SUMER, someone who does MUSIC on a daily basis as musicians need at least three (3) Hard Drives, one for the OS, another for samples and one for Virtual Instruments and recording, something Avid/ProTools saw the writing on the wall about and therefore purchased M-Audio which makes PRO SUMER devices, hardware, recording solutions, in the past, you could purchase a Macbook Pro 15" with Express slots usings everything from eSata Hard Drive Ports to external OUTSIDE FX saving a lot of CPU power so the end user can use the CPU for virtual instruments.Examples
:eSata express card:
For the record, external eSata can also be run in RAID, and if not used in a RAID configuation, it boots up and works just as fast as a MAC PRO internal HD, much faster than firewire 800http://www.google.com/products?clien...ed=0CCcQrQQwAwOne example of express card for FX used in audio.
Look under Product>UAD.Laptops..., this is one of many makers that make express cards, these companies are quite upset with Apple dropping it on the 15"
http://www.uaudio.com/ProSUmers VERY upset (just one small group, there are many)
Then of course you have Windows commercials which forced Apple hands at releasing lower priced machines, yet at the same time, Apple dumped the ALL IN ONE Pro Care and One to One as it was BOTh for $99 and the One to One trainers knew LOGIC, FCP, SHAKE, MOTION, now most of them are not only NON TRAINERS but what apple calls some type of Mac Specialist in training and 90% or more do not know (including full time one to one trainers) any Pro Software but just iLife.
Then you have the Mac Pro which just 4-5 years ago you could get for $1499, now to get anything semi pro, you need a Mac Pro or a MBP 17" and the real kicker is that the Mac Pro is made of SERVER PARTS when it could have been made with i7 parts and a mid range product, that is headless and attract the following:GamersEnthusiastsVideo Users
(remember when they released a better GPU macbook yet no FIREWIRE? That really had the new One to One trainee's very upset, as these where the mom and pop users trying to make home movies with their firewire video camcorders and ILife. That made no sense at all.Audio ProSumers and even Pro's as they now record at home/project studios
The irnony, again, is that just in GAMER SALES, you know, where you load a CD/DVD, makes more sales than MUSIC and VIDEO SALES COMBINED
, yet Apple fails to take this into consideration and with regard to Blue Ray, BR looks fantastic.
One last time, let me wrap it up by saying not only does Apple NOT see the writting on the wall with regard to ProSumers the way Avid/Digidesign did...AVID
: http://www.avid.com/Digidesign http://www.digidesign.com/
Keeping in mind that Pro Tools is the industry standard..... they went ahead and boughtM-Audio
as they knew computers were getting faster, yet Apple refuses to release products for just this one type of user let alone the others and if you have ANY INCLINATION AT ALL to be a PROSUMER that wants to record (the imac would need three HD's or at least eSata Ports), but to many have huge displays, e.g. there is a HP that was $600 now for $250 with HDMI, HD, Blue Ray, Speakers, 1920x1200, they still don't have a midrange product line and do you know why?
Because they fear a midrange product would affect MAC PRO sales when in fact, MAC PRO sales are small, and almost non existent compared to laptops, plus ZERO PCIe card slots not to mention you can buy any GPU card you want that would run circles around some of the APPLE offerings and as I 10+ year AT&T user, I JAIL BROKE my iphone last month due to the lack of MMS, but it was the overpriced TOM TOM (again, far off from HTC GPS), but what pushed me over the edge was the GV Mobile. Now I have it along with FREE TETHERING and a dozen other useful apps (including running anything in the background), I'm starting to wonder if I should use this new hack that not only jail breaks but unlocks and then build a hackntosh 8 core machine as over at OSX86 they offer for FREE, something similar to what Pystar is offering in that you can install a RETAIL OS and UPDATES with ZERO problems - - in fact, even though I had macs at work, it was a HACK and TOSH and OSX that got me to buy several macs thereafter..
Anyway, with GV Mobile I have another free PHONE NUMBER, as an ATT user, I add this line to my A list, then during the week, if I know I am going to make a long call, I use the V Mobile number and it doesn't cost me a dime, plus I am using it for my business numbers....
There are a of of things Apple needs to do right and soon, especially if some of the rumors like Courier are true to building/offering mid range and express slots on all machines and eSata ports would not hurt, let alone the very reason for this post, get Exchange working the right way and getting their GPS to work really well and not be off by 4-5 seconds, no instant traffic updates, et-cetera.
And come on * let's get back to the CREATIVES and get it going again - stop dumping us for your consumer iPhones that are not penetrating business due to lack of Exchange working correctly.