Originally Posted by Haggar
That doesn't change the fact that all the Apple defenders who kept dismissing these "minorities" now have to wipe the egg off their faces.
Apple should not allow third parties to create native iPhone applications. Nobody needs third party iPhone applications. Web apps are really really SWEET.
Apple should not support copy and paste on the iPhone. Nobody cares about copy and paste.
Apple should not support MMS on the iPhone. Nobody cares about MMS.
Apple should not support 3G on the iPhone. Nobody cares about 3G.
Apple should not put GPS in the iPhone. Nobody cares about GPS.
Apple will not make a video iPod. Nobody wants to watch video on an iPod.
Apple should not make their laptops easier to service in any way whatsoever. Nobody cares about accessibility. Making a laptop easier to service in any way whatsoever automatically makes it the size of a truck. Never mind the fact that the new unibody MacBook Pros are thinner, stronger and easier to service than the original MacBook Pros.
System 7 menus are better because you have to hold down the mouse button to keep menus open.
Who cares about automatic memory management? Just click Get Info and change the number yourself.
Who cares about preemptive multitasking or memory protection? Macs never crash.
Apple will never make a multibutton mouse.
Apple will never switch to Intel processors.
Well, Apple themselves said some of that.
But s I said, it's just a matter of business. In my own business, we had to determine what products or services we would offer depending upon how many wanted it, how likely it was that those who said wanted it would actually do something proactive if they got it, and whether it would cost us money, or make us money.
Sometimes you have to do something because customers want to "shop" everything in the same place. If that's so, then just one little thing can make them go somewhere else. How many are like that, as opposed to those who will grumble a little, but will stay? Most will grumble and stay.
This isn't a simple thing, as some want to make it seem. There are a lot of things to juggle.
For example. We've always had those who demand an FM tuner in iPods. But how many really want it, and how many like the idea of it, but won't actually use it? How many will buy something else because of the lack?
How much will it cost to add this tuner in hardware and software? If it costs Apple $5 for the tuner chip(s) and software development time, they could have to charge $10, or more.
If only 5% of people want the tuner, should everyone have to pay for it?
Where do you draw the line?
If a company thinks that current standards are going out, and better ones are here, should they support the old ones, and perpetuate them, or should they drop them, and get them to disappear sooner?
What if people are used to the old standards and are reluctant to move to the newer ones?
Not easy to answer.
I'm not speaking for or against any of them in this post, just trying to give an idea why companies move the way they do.