Originally Posted by manfrommars
With the clumsy launch day with internet problems, the antenna issues and the ongoing supply debacle? I'd say as a launch it rated 2nd on the disaster scale to the me.com meltdown. Popular product? Yes. Best launch ever? That sounds more like the corporate hyperbole I'd expect from Cupertino.
If they ship so much as one phone, this statement can still be true. But supply issues again? You don't say.
3 phones an hour... that's pretty funny
So you are willing to believe a rumors site which says they can make 3 per hour instead of reality where Apple delivered 3 M phones in under a month? Of those, 1.7 M were on launch day, so they produced at least 1.3 M more in the next month. That's a lot better than 3 per hour.
As for the launch being a disaster, the numbers speak for themselves:
- 1.7 M phones on launch day
- 3 M phones in first month
- 1.7% phone returns (70% lower than Apple's previous best selling 3GS)
- 0.55% complaints about the antenna
Any company on the planet would kill for such a 'disaster'.
Originally Posted by ernstcs
What the US needs right now are some more manufacturing jobs for the many people here, in the US, that currently do not have jobs.
If you're having issues getting enough production out of your factories in lands far away, perhaps consider building a few of them here so you could be one of the few electronics manufacturers that can say Made in the USA.
There are many people looking for a job in the US so you should have no problems finding people willing to work for you at a minimal wage. It may not be quite as cheap as those foreign countries we are all becoming way to dependent on for EVERYTHING (which can be a problem), but your margins are so high I think you may be able to afford it.
After all, when I'm ready to buy my two iPhone 4's later this year...I actually want some to be available.
Think Different...make different.
You're talking to the wrong people. At least Apple keeps its support in the US - unlike most companies. It's extremely difficult, if not impossible, to have manufacturing for a high volume consumer electronic device in the US. Environmental laws, health and safety laws, and much higher wages make it unprofitable from the start - and that's before you even consider currency manipulation that China does.
If you want to bring manufacturing back to the U.S., you need to talk with your legislators to address those issues - either by changing the laws or adding tariffs to level the playing field.
Of course, in the latter case, you're going to be paying a LOT more for everything you buy at Walmart.
Originally Posted by FineTunes
AI report called it a paint job ø (•).
The pigment is applied to the surface
of the glass not mixed with the glass when it is formed--otherwise the glass would be totally opaque.
"The process is fairly simple where by the dry powders are arranged on sheet glass in any desired pattern or design. The glass is then fired in a kiln only to the point of making the powder stick to the glass, leaving the powder in what appears to be a soft powdery form as opposed fully fusing the powders into the glass."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powder_painting
Which (even if AI is describing the process correctly) simply confirms what I said. The color is a pigment that is part of the glass. It is not a paint. Apple specifically called it pigmented glass during one of their descriptions of the phone. Painting is an entirely different process. If it were painted on, it would be easy to scratch the paint off the glass - which doesn't happen.
(Hint, AI rumors are not a reasonable source of facts).
Originally Posted by Multimedia
I sure hope they give USA customers first dibbs on White orders. If the supply is so small, we deserve to get them first here in Apple's home country. I'm checking the Apple Store app every hour to be among the first to order mine when they finally start letting us place one.
Wish Apple would pre-announce the day they will let us order.
If Apple does that, all the non-US customers will complain. Again, there's nothing Apple can do that won't draw complaints.