Ignore the boring magazine-y headline. This story is about indentured servitude in Apple’s supply chain. It’s crazy sad.
It will be a phone.
If Apple kills the iPhone 4S and makes a plastic phone instead, then there will be consistency across the entire lineup. 4-inch screens, LTE, and Lightning connectors.
I love that Google is building its own mini ecosystem on the iPhone. Most of the apps and services are better than what Apple makes.
She claims she was hacked. So did Anthony Weiner.
[The iPhone 5] also provides a larger screen without sacrificing one-handed use. We put a lot of thought into screen sizes and we think we picked the right one.
Tim Cook on why there isn’t a bigger iPhone.
Of course, we’ve heard Apple knock down alternative display sizes before, so don’t count out a bigger iPhone one day.
Former Windows boss Steven Sinofsky on all those “hahahahahaha he uses an iPhone” posts you may have seen over the last day or so:
Gotcha. Traitor. Snicker. Those were some of the reactions when people discovered that I was using an iPhone. I stand before you accused of using a competitor’s [sic] product and I plead guilty.
Moving beyond the gotcha blogs, there’s an actual reason for using technology products and services other than the ones you make (or happen to be made by the company where you work/ed). I think everyone knows that, even a thousand tweets later. The approach in many industries to downplay or even become hostile to the competition are well-documented and studied, and generally conclude that experiencing the competition is a good thing.
Learning from the competition is not just required of all product development folks, but can also be somewhat of a skill worth honing. Let’s look at the ins and outs of using a competitive product.
Sinofsky has also said he uses just about every major phone out there. As he should.
Watch the whole thing. They interview a horse.
I really like this take from Farhad Manjoo. I’ve been an iPhone user since the beginning, and until recently I haven’t used a device that matches it. That changed in December with the Galaxy Nexus. Then the HTC One X. Then the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Last week I turned off my iPhone 4 for good and switched to the Galaxy Nexus. I’ll probably use it until the next iPhone launches this fall.
Overall, I still think the iPhone provides a cleaner experience, but it doesn’t have that “holy shit, I’ve never seen anything like this before in my life” quality anymore. Everyone else has caught up. And I think Google has a real winner with Google Now, the voice-powered search tool that’s a key feature in Jelly Bean, the new version of Android launching later this month.
From Manjoo’s column:
The problem is not that Apple has slipped. The iPhone 4S, Apple’s current model, is a fantastic device, and presumably the next iPhone will be just as wonderful. But the iPhone is a mature product, a gadget that has maximized its potential. There are no longer any obvious shortcomings for Apple to address, and many of the features that the company has added over the last couple years—FaceTime, iCloud, Siri, and now a better version of the Maps app—haven’t been revolutionary.