Originally Posted by Blackintosh
Really simple actually. I'm a normal regular person. I see Apple for what it is. A company. Not my friend or my family. I see Steve Jobs for who he is. A CEO, not a God.
Actually I wish more people in this forum where equally like minded. As such though you should realize that Apple strives to make decisions in its best interest. Thus the decision years ago not to crap iOS with flash.
I have a realistic view of Apple and it's products. I think the Mac OS is the best thing they make, iLife is terrific and the iPhone is like my third hand.
Yes Mac OS/X is pretty damn good, so good that iOS is derived from it. However iOS is tailored for a completely different market.
But lately Apple has taken a turn for the weird. Glass iPhones, ultra glossy iMac screens,
What is the problem with either one of them? Seriously if you think a glass iPhone is a mistake buy a 3GS. As fr the glossy screen whine enough already, the market has pretty much proven that the overwhelming majority like such screens.
crippled devices like the iPad and so on.
Crippled isn't the word many would use. Rather they seeit as the first tablet that works well. Besides I'm not going to defend iPad as I see the lack of RAM on the device as a reason not to buy. I don't call it crippled but rather see it as a rev 1 device that doesn't meet my needs. For others it is an ideal device.
Oh and the lack of flash isn't a sign that the device is crippled at all. Rather it is a sign that somebody is taking a stand against crap software.
I think Steve Jobs has lost his mind lately, either due to his medications (that's my excuse)
Jobs didn't create the iTunes/app store environment in a vacuum, many very smart people at Apple put this altogether. Nothing in this world is perfect but frankly I've had pretty positive results from these services. In any event Steve is only the head of the company, not every idea is his, it is his job to make any ideas pursued successful though. Sometimes that involves being an excellent salesman. App store and iTunes though pretty much sell themselves these days.
or because he is feeling his mortality
This is an interesting comment as history is full of people that have come back from a near death experience and enjoyed great success. I not going to dive into the psychology behind this but it does happen.
You seem to take this additional focus as a negative yet the market votes with dollars and by that measure iPad has been very successful. So maybe he is feeling his mortality or maybe not but he certainly has a feel for what people want.
and wants to force another revolutionary product out before the end. He thinks the magical iPad is it, but it ain't. Not by a long shot.
By any measure the iPad has been a wild success for Apple. As to what Steve thinks of iPad, realize it is only one element of a very interesting line up of products. I don't think it is his desire to force anything except for possible good design. In the end he can only guide Apple to make the best products they can. After that the market takes over.
IPad is revolutionary if you step back and look at what it is doing to the market. It trashed netbook sales for one. It has caused many manufactures to rethink their tablet plans and at the same time has spurred the development of new OSes to compete with iPad.
Revolution or not what is notable here is that this was all done with a marginal platform or a very rev one device. That should be considered amayzing in and of itself. After all who would have thought that any modern tablet could be successful with only a 120MB or so of RAM available to the installed apps? Even worst non paged RAM for data.
Care to argue the point? As if you could anonymoose.
Unfortunately we loose focus again.
In any event iPad isn't designed for the needs of every potential user. It is designed to reliably serve the needs of a large number of users. That it does very well.
I'm not surprised at all that it sells well. There are many positives when buying into iPad and the app store and iTunes infrastructure around it. Obviously it isn't for you but it is a wonderful thing for many.