Originally Posted by SolipsismX
Cook clearly isn't the showman Jobs was but I've never gotten the impression that Cook had a far inferior desire for quality and precision. In fact, I would argue that Cook's drive for unheard of efficiency is part of the same psychology that was present in Jobs, and probably why Cook was the primary choice as CEO. As an owner of a Retina MBP and an iPhone 5S I see no evidence that attention to detail has waned.
Same here. Late in 2013, I purchased a 13" MBA, a Retina iPad Mini and an iPhone 5s... every one of them is precision crafted to the smallest detail. Nothing visible is even so much as a hair's breadth out of alignment, every seam perfect. The finish is pretty much flawless, and I've looked them over very carefully.
And that's just how the look. They're beautiful to look at and beautifully finished, but also solidly constructed, high-performance/high efficiency devices.
My iPad lasts most of the day, and costs under $2 a year on my electric bill to keep fully charged. My MBA lasts all day, and I'm able to run all my major (aka 'pro') level apps on it. My iPhone is my only phone, my camera and my "PDA" (timer/alarm, calendar/reminders, weather, stocks, etc.)...
The only potential weak point in any of this might be the iPhone's battery life, that is, if I tried to use it in place of the other two... but I don't, and so I typically get two days of use between charges.
Software UX, UI, ecosystem, performance, quality and finish of the hardware, yeah... it adds up to an excruciating level of detail that has to be running from top to bottom in that organization.
This is a huge part of why I'm an Apple customer.
Edited by tribalogical - 2/19/14 at 12:18pm