Originally Posted by dtidmore
I have taken my 4G out of its silicone case several times to just study and marvel at the precision of it's design and manufacturing. Products exhibiting the level of precision readily apparent to those that have actually handled the 4G typically are produced by craftsmen in low volume and at high cost (to build as well as retail) such as Rolex, Leica, Hasselblad, Bowers & Wilkins, etc.
I've been marveling at the craftsmanship of mine in that fashion since Thursday, even with it inside its Bumper. But after reading your post, I removed the Bumper (briefly) to once again gaze at the device itself. Gorgeous! The styling. The solid build. The weight. It is truly a beautiful device to behold, and hold! Okay, enough of that. Bumper: ON!
Hey, look at that! It's still
Daniel's gushing write up in the first part of AppleInsider's iPhone 4 review may have betrayed journalistic integrity by ignoring objectivity, but I fully relate to the sentiment. Thankfully, I'm not a journalist tasked with writing a review.
Originally Posted by dtidmore
The fact that Apple and Foxconn have been able to hold the line at such a high level of fit and finish and at a reasonable price point, speaks volumes of the engineering and tooling that have been invested in the 4G production line.
Originally Posted by solipsism
I'm intrigued by the milling process Apple has quickly added to their product line. It started with the MBA, then the MBP and now even the iPhone and Mac Mini are milled. That has historically been a very expensive process and not fit for mass produced CE. I would love to know how they have been able to optimize this to make it viable, and if anyone else can possibly join them or is this a limited option for companies like Apple with a economy of scale within a single model design.
I too am greatly impressed by this! I wasn't terribly impressed with the design of first iMacs, but Ive's flat panel iMac really caught my attention. Their current product efforts though, have really exceeded my expectations of what CE products should offer. I'm not a visionary like Steve Jobs or an ingenious designer like Jonathan Ive. I freely admit to being enamored with Apple's recent product line, most of all with the iPhone 4.
I've never in my life directly
interacted with technology and digital information the way I do with my iPhone. I grew up playing the first
video games and have enjoyed a front row seat to the rapid technological evolution we've all witnessed since the late 1970s. Even with that perspective, even knowing that the technology behind the iPhone line are refinements and new implementations of existing technologies, experiencing what the iPhone 4 does, and how it does it (and with such
polish), still seems like magic to me!
If, a few years from now, Apple reveals that they've invented an actual
time machine, it not only won't surprise me, but fully explain Steve Jobs' unprecedented success with Apple these past few years. If I could come back in time with the ability to shape the future, I'd probably try to do something exactly along the same lines as what Jobs has done with Apple.