Originally Posted by melgross
You're saying then, that every cell user in Europe has a 3G phone, video and Bluetooth, as well as all of these other features. That's pretty hard to believe.
Apart from 3G, yes, at least in the UK. I don't know anyone without them. Even the crappy phone you get on supermarket checkouts that you pick up as an afterthought for £30 without a contract have them.
But we're talking about new high end phones like the iPhone not £30 supermarket phones.
Originally Posted by melgross
If you've read all the negative comments here about Apple putting several communication features in the new Mail app, you'll see why what they do in Europe isn't universally admired. Many people don't want all of this in one app. It's a matter of philosophy. It's neither better nor worse.
I wouldn't say it's a particularly European trait. Looks straight out of Redmond IMHO. I'm firmly in the worse camp although I'm sure I'll use the todo feature - pity they don't sync to the iPhone.
Originally Posted by TenoBell
Do all of these functions need
their own apps?
They all play media but over all they perform different functions.
Quicktime itself is the basis for Apple's media playback and content creation. Its best if that carries as little extra baggage as necessary. Quicktime requires a simple interface for media playback.
iTunes primary job is the acquisition, organization, and storage of large quantities of media files. Also to sync media and information to the iPod and iPhone. iTunes requires an interface suitable for managing large numbers of audio and video files. iTunes could playback DVD, but the way it is currently designed is not the best interface for navigating DVD menus.
Which is why there is a dedicated DVD player. It avoids other apps carrying around the luggage of DVD playback software. The players interface can be dedicated to the DVD style of menus and controls, without having to compromise with the interface of another app that has an entirely different purpose.
Front Row isn't so much an entirely different app but more a front end interface to easily use all of OS X media apps on your television. You have the option to use it or not.
Sure, you can explain all that if you're a geek but it's coming from a technical background, not a functional one. There's no functional difference as far as a user is concerned with playing a movie from a DVD or from a hard disk - they're just watching a movie - why should the interface be different?
Equally from my technical background, I can't see why Quicktime Player couldn't also be the DVD player - the interfaces are minimally different and you could easily have interface 'modes' depending on context. I don't see why iTunes doesn't open video in a Quicktime Player window, giving you better control than the pitiful controls you have in iTunes. And I don't see why iTunes is used to sync iPods (and now iPhones but not other people's phones) instead of iSync.
Oh and now we've QuickLook. SIX interfaces to media files.
Oh and also the media inspector in iLife/iWork Cocoa apps, but not iTunes. SEVEN.
It's not about baggage - I think there would actually be less if Apple rewrote iTunes and updated Quicktime to use the newer technology they're using in the rest of the OS. Roll on iTunes8 and Quicktime8.
To me it just smacks of departments within Apple all protecting their pie instead of someone sitting back and working out a consistent media interface.
Anyway, going off topic, I was just hoping with a 1.0 product like the iPhone they'd have the opportunity to rethink a bit harder than they already did. Maybe merging mail and SMS would be just too weird for some people although they did make SMS more like iChat, which may yet confuse people when iChat on the iPhone actually appears.