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  • Designers have social duties beyond a product's launch, says Apple's Jony Ive

    jdw said:
    "ultimately the work we do stands testament to who we are and what we care about..."

    So let's examine the work they do...

    • Butterfly keyboards
    • No MagSafe on MacBooks labeled "Pro"
    • No SD Card Slots
    • No LED on charging cable
    • No extension power cord in the box anymore
    • Not a single USB-A port on the MBP regardless of the fact USB-A is still ubiquitous in April 2019 and most of us have USB-A thumb drives galore!
    What Apple is and what they care about is out of touch with The Rest of Us.  Seriously, I love Apple, but all this philosophical chit-chat from Ive in no way makes me think better of Apple.  Apple products and they practical features they offer me governs how I think about Apple at any given time.
    Agreed. If Mr Ives was serious about ‘social responsibility’ he would stop sacrificing functionality for the utopian pursuit of ‘extreme thinness’. It’s hypocritical to preach social values while ignoring the problems in your own backyard. 
  • Designers have social duties beyond a product's launch, says Apple's Jony Ive

    A keyboard that actually works would be a big step towards social responsibility, Mr Ive. 
  • MacBook, MacBook Pro keyboard repairs 'prioritized' for in-store next-day service

    Instead of prioritising the repairs, Apple should be prioritising the complete redesign of these atrociously bad keyboards. 
  • Editorial: Could Apple's lock on premium luxury be eclipsed by an era of good-enough gear?...

    The main factor now driving Apple profitability is the software (iOS, MacOS), not the hardware. 

    Apple’s hardware is being destroyed by a ‘design extremism’ that prioritises thinness and minimalism over functionality. This results in faulty keyboards, lack of ports and the removal of much loved features Ike Touch ID and MagSafe cables. 

    Jony Ives has much to answer for in this respect. But Tim Cook won’t challenge him because he is basically a supply chain management guy, and feels out of his depth when it comes to design aesthetics and functionality. 

    If Steve Jobs we’re alive today he would tell Ives, ‘I don’t care how elegantly thin the new MacBook is, if the keyboard doesn’t work it’s trash! And stop removing stuff from our products that people really like - like ports, and TouchID. We’re not creating art here, we’re trying to make products that folks love to use and can rely on! If this means they have to be a little thicker - make them thicker, God dam it!’ 

    If Jobs was in a particularly bad mood, he might add, ‘Look Jony, you’ve had a good run here at Apple, but all this adulation and success has gone to your head. You’ve become a design extremist, and our products are suffering for it. If you don’t prioritise functionality over thinness it’s time for you to move on.’ 
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  • Apple looking at updated 4.7-inch iPhone based on iPhone 8 for spring 2020

    henrybay said:
    ...I don’t trust Face ID because it bombards my retinas with infrared laser dots (which can’t be healthy)....

    ...Also, edge to edge screens are just another gimmick - like those frameless reading glasses in the early 90’s.,,,
    Then, I presume you also stay indoors and only use fluorescent lighting.  After all, the sun and other types of indoor lighting also supply lots of IR radiation, probably much more than the "infrared laser dots" emitted by Face ID..

    The point of the edge-to-edge screen is that it provides more screen real estate in a smaller external package.  An SE-sized overall size iPhone with an edge-to-edge screen would have more screen area than the current SE.
    I would not be so sure about the safety of IR lasers. There are dozens of scientific articles pointing out the dangers of these types of lasers (even at low power). It’s true that there is ambient IR light all around us but this is quite different to shining a concentrated laser beam of IR directly into your retina and cornea. Here is a useful link.