Originally Posted by OriginalG
Interesting, another product from the Jobs era. I wonder how long it'll be before we see something conceived entirely since Cook took over.
Wonder no more:
Stock Dividends, corporate charitable contributions and seeking settlements over annihilation in some inter-corporate disputes.
(PS: Just an observation not an evaluation.)
Originally Posted by iSheldon
Sir' Jony's toys without Jobs' insight or direction should be vedy interesting.
They played well off each other in a creative tension, true. So the new homeostasis and synergy (or lack of same) among the top-decision makers will be of great importance
Originally Posted by Rabbit_Coach
I just checked out the Homepage of this guy, and spoke a prayer:
OMDG please don't let him have any influence on Apple design. Not now, not ever! Thanks! Amen!
The thing pictured looks like a Martian tripod in a bad moodm but the article - from 2008 -
is very revealing (slightly excerpted, emphasis supplied):
Renowned French designer Philippe Starck says he is fed up with his job and plans to retire in two years...
"I was a producer of materiality and I am ashamed of this fact'"
"Everything I designed was unnecessary. I want to do something else, but I don't know what yet. I want to find a new way of expressing myself... design is a dreadful form of expression."
Starck, who is known for his interior design of hotels and Eurostar trains and mass consumption objects ranging from chairs to tooth brushes and lemon juice squeezers, went on to say that he believed that design on the whole was dead.
Sound like the guy you want designing your next "magical and revolutionary" Apple product? Unless he had a spiritual revival by spending time with Steve, of course.
You also notice how a) he's addicted to hyperbole and delusions of grandeur and b) hardly followed through on his "retirement."
Originally Posted by Mr. Me
There appears to be a complete misunderstanding of "The Apple Problem." The Apple prior to Jobs's return did not lack for ideas. Its problem was that it had numerous ideas. Many were products. Many more were sinkholes of corporate resources.
When Jobs returned to Apple, he did the exact opposite of flood the company with ideas. He trimmed products and projects. He developed a focused corporate strategy. Most of the people who helped him carry-out his corporate strategy are with Apple now. They have no fewer ideas now than while Jobs was with us. We can only hope that they have as must discipline.
Originally Posted by tundraboy
You lay out what's wrong with existing car stereos and how Apple could improve it greatly and then conclude that Apple has no incentive to go into it.
I think it's more than just improving on car stereos. It will be in-car computing, a seamless extension of what iCloud/iPhone/iPad does now.
i believe Apple's long term goal is to achieve the ubiquitous and hyper-intelligent computing that is best demonstrated by what the federation crew used in Star Trek Next Gen.
Ford and MS seem to have forged a good working partnership with Sync. I've only seen demos, but if you could add some special Apple sauce....
Originally Posted by Flaneur
" . . . sleek, sexy . . . " these are words that PC gearheads use when trying to describe why Apple stuff is different. They betray only a superficial understanding, or misunderstanding.
The iPhone 4, for example, is about precision machining and materials engineering and deep functionality much more than it is about any tacky object-eroticism. The end result may be loveable, but it's the result of discipline and competence, and above all, taste in engineering.
Also well said. Form follows function. Which has always been true and was articulated about the emerging architecture of skyscrapers over 100 years ago:
Louis Sullivan, American Architect, 1896
It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic,
Of all things physical and metaphysical,
Of all things human and all things super-human,
Of all true manifestations of the head,
Of the heart, of the soul,
That the life is recognizable in its expression,
That form ever follows function. This is the law
He and Steve seem cut from the same cloth. As was Frank Lloyd Wright. Stay hungry!
PS: the phrase
was also used by a sculptor, Horatio Greenough, in 1852 (also in relation to architecture).
Originally Posted by Flaneur
As for "what has Apple ever done that is new," how about 1) the first personal computer 2) the first touch phone/music/podcast personal computer in your pocket 3) the first touchscreen computer in your hand?
Not quite as well said. I'm not going to re-refresh my memory by searching, but I'll basically stand by this: There were other devices which were arguably "personal computers" (for true geeks) emerging at Homebrew and elsewhere - Steve and Steve's was just better, more accessible and marketable. It's kind of like asking "who invented the automobile?" as the technology was ready for it to emerge, people had a vision of it, and, and although Karl Benz had the first patent (aided immeasurably by his wife, Bertha Ringer Benz
, it appeared independently in about 12 places within a period of a few years. And Henry Ford's "invention" of the assembly line was, not too arguably, what made the car business take off like a rocket.
In other words, the PC was GOING to emerge. It was however forever shaped and enormously influenced by Apple.
Apple WAS the first (I think) to merge a pocketable "phone/music/podcast personal computer" into one device, but all those things existed separately or in partial combination before that, so more of an engineering and design tour de force
merged with a brilliantly conceived and executed software and content infrastructure. And the 3rd device you described was an elaboration on the aforesaid iPhone (sans the phone), and not the first tablet, though those were previously stylus-driven in the main.
This is not to belittle Apple (nor to suggest they're not inventors - as they hold many thousands of in-house developed patents), rather it's a misapprehension of what they've always been fundamentally about: always using a whole panoply of emerging technologies in designing and making what other people were grasping for elegant, intuitive, useful and accessible to "the rest of us." (And at a very healthy markup!)