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  • Jobs biographer slams Apple design and missed TV opportunity

    If he's going back 15 years, he's also leaving out the original MacBook Air and the iPhone in addition to all of the other products listed. What is the last great Apple product they designed, the 2004 iMac?

    As for TVs, they are a very low margin product that has to interact even now with cable. Coming out with a new TV is a lot harder than I think he realizes.
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  • Samsung Electronics CEO admits he launched the Galaxy Fold too early

    macgui said:
    I absolutely think there's a market for foldable phones, just not this version, not yet. The typical use case is obvious, or should be. The concept is sound but this Samsung was a prototype/demo at best and just as obviously never should have shipped.

    A foldable phone needs to be light and thin. Both of those metrics can be more than today's non-folders, because there will some compromise with the market willing to make some compromise for the larger screen. But even if this same Samsung were durable, it's just too thick and too heavy for 99.9% of  those wanting a folder. Once the novelty wore off, this thing would be a brick. A functional brick, but still a brick.
    LOL, I love it when people post the market and use for a folding phone is obvious, and then the person posting it doesn't explain what that user case is. Other than it being a cool gimmick what is the point of it?

    I know lots of people say that it will be a phone and a tablet, but why do people really want that? I think that folding phones might really take off, but they need to something that existing products don't do. Think of the iPhone. When it was first rumored, it sounded very much like all it was going to be was a cell phone and an iPod combined. While such a product would have been nice, it wouldn't have been the earthshattering product it was and it's hard to imagine it toppling Blackberry. The phone was essentially a portable computer you could carry anywhere along with being a phone, an iPod, and a GPS device all rolled into one and then some. For folding phones to become something exciting enough to really discuss, there needs to something more than what we've seen.
  • Apple's millennial leap from fading Golden Age icon to flexible, flashy plastic fashion

    avon b7 said:
    "... and the fastest-growing Android maker in China is also threatening to use its own Linux fork"

    Huawei isn't 'threatening' anything of the sort. 

    The linked article even makes that crystal clear. They have NO plans to move from Android. They have a backup plan in case the US government tries to impede its use of Android. That's it. No threats in sight.
    Sort of like how Apple isn't developing its own chip that could power the Mac line or its own modems.

    Huawei may be developing its own version of Android out of fears of a trade war, but if they come up with something that's better or just as good why wouldn't they release their own OS? It's not like the threat of a trade war won't end when Trump leaves office.
  • Samsung clawing back Galaxy Fold from reviewers amid faulty screen complaints

    lkrupp said:
    Here’s the bottom line. Read it and weep... or throw up in your mouth.

    Headline reads:

    Samsung Galaxy Fold phones are breaking. Here's why it doesn't matter

    Double standard? Naw.
    "Samsung, unlike Apple, doesn't need to get it right the first time,"

    ...quoted source says this, but never explains this. Why does Apple need to get it right the first time, whereas Samsung doesn’t?
    Apple needs to get it right the first time in large part because Apple is so dependent on a handful of products, and so if they have a massive problem like this or the Note 7's problems Apple would be in serious trouble. Google can release a deeply defective Pixel or Samsung can have problems like the one with the Fold, and they have enough other products to fall back on that this isn't an issue.

    Remember this the next time someone is complaining about how Apple isn't "innovative" enough. Apple can't afford to release what are essentially beta versions of their products.
  • Samsung clawing back Galaxy Fold from reviewers amid faulty screen complaints

    mjtomlin said:
    MplsP said:
    "Destroy the evidence!"

    tylerd said:
    I have to admit that I was looking forward to feeling some schadenfreude as I watched Samsung ship what is clearly a prototype, that has questionable utility (at least in the immediate future). I find it odd that they would effectively send these units to reviewers and hope for the best. I understand that the race to be first has some strong marketing power (just look at 5G), but is it really worth the negative impact inflicted on your most loyal user base (the early adopters)? Say what you want about Apple, but they would only ship a finished product.
    It seems like a classic case of marketing overruling engineering.

    Or the classic case of an engineering mind over-estimating a layman mind. It's very common for an "educated" person to not understand the level of which their audience might not be knowledgable and overlook certain critical details.

    Anyway, still not getting as much backlash as Apple did cancelling the AirPower - at the very least Apple knows when to say "No" and quit.
    What do you mean an example of an engineering mind over-estimating a layman's mind? Are you referring to the reviewers who had problems with the Fold, because I'd say that's a pretty sophisticated audience. If you are selling devices to people pitched above the level of these reviewers, you're not going to be selling very many devices. Or are you referring to the people who thought the Fold was the greatest technical breakthrough since the invention of fire. In that case, you're right.

    I would argue that Jobs's greatest accomplishment was getting tech companies to design products more for consumers than for engineers. I wonder at times if part of the Android fanboy resentment of Apple (a resentment that started even before the iPhone or anyone had heard of Android) is because Apple products for the most part are relatively easy to understand, and they don't require a lot of geek skill to navigate.