Are You Apple's Customer?
Two related recent data points from iOS. Newsstand has been a boon to publishers. Of course, Apple is getting that nice 30% cut. It is impossible to remove Newsstand from iOS. The best you can do, through some torturous means, is to move it into a folder and never open it again (on the pain of crashing). So, suppose you are someone who just loves that customer vs. product line that Appleistas...
↯ MG Siegler: "Too Old" →
parislemon: Google isn’t upgrading their flagship Nexus One to the new Ice Cream Sandwich flavor of Android. Why? It’s “too old”. The Nexus One was released on January 5, 2010 — not even two years ago. Apple often gets dinged for cutting support to older hardware, forcing users to upgrade if they want the latest and greatest software. So I feel it’s necessary to point out that the iPhone 3GS...
Features and Versions
Recently, there has been a lot of talk on Android orphans. The Understatement made a nice chart that’s been circulating: My problem with this chart, and much of the commentaries that followed—especially from the Appleverse—is that talking about versions of OSs is, at best, a red herring. What matters are the features that are included in the OSs. So, iPhone 3GS is nominally...
Oh no! The anti-Appleverse-verse might be self-exploding!? The Occasional Blargh: Jesus, there’s enough foolish and fanaticism coming out of ✪ and friends for the both of you. In fact, neither of you were the first to the scene and you definitely won’t be the last. Tru dat. P.S. I love that we’re a scene.
Reader Mail, Edition #2
From a reader who I’ll call “Dustin”, regarding Daring No Balls: I think you’re screwed. Making fun of idiot fanatics is never as popular as idiot fanaticism.
↯ The Atlantic: Apple's Marketing Playbook Was... →
Obviously the writer, Steve Blank, forgot to read Daring Fireball today.
"Apple Invented Design"
Okay, that’s not quite what the Apple enthusiast said. But almost. John Gruber: Apple’s priorities — simplicity, beauty, excellence — are becoming the industry’s priorities Really? You’re really saying that most other companies really didn’t care about excellence before Apple came along? Those three words — simplicity, beauty, excellence — are so trite and general that I bet...
↯ Are You Sirious? →
A deaf person attempts to use Siri. Looks like Apple’s doing great on accessibility.
↯ Daring No Balls →
This guy is (1) a fucking moron, and (2) totally stealing my schtick (except doing it with way less style).
Actuality is Apparently Hard to Imagine
A new meme in the Appleverse: look at how much Apple is winning now that software is designed for Macs and not Windows! The latest case: Lytro’s photo-editing software that comes with their $399+ camera. Apple enthusiast John Gruber: (In another sign of the changing times, their desktop editing software only supports one platform, and that’s the Mac, not Windows.) MG Siegler: Imagine...
↯ MacWorld: Losing iWork documents in iCloud →
Obviously it’s the consumer’s fault for not regularly backing up.
↯ The Understatement: Roboto vs. Helvetica →
I don’t quite see it as a rip-off like Arial. Definitely lots of commonalities, but the high ascenders seem to give a very different feel from the rationality of Helvetica. (See the “Th” glyphs especially, but also “f”, for contrast.) Wonder what typography experts think?
Irrelevance, Part 9474621
Apple enthusiast John Gruber: Total Android 3 Tablets Sold to Date: 3.4 Million That’s less than the number of iPhone 4S’s Apple sold last weekend. And that’s less than the number of Flamin’ Cheetos consumed on Sunday, October 16th, 2011!* (* not an actual fact)
Implicit Comparison Class, Part 13942
There’s a new meme in the Appleverse. 512 Pixels: Disappointing iPhone 4S Breaks Single Day Sales Record … What a piece of junk. Clearly, consumers wanted more from this device. Daring Fireball: Initial reaction by whom? What could be more initial than record-breaking preorders in the first 12 hours consumers were able to order the product? What she really means is that a...
Serious Seerious Sirious
Apple clairvoyant John Gruber: Siri is very cool and I’ll bet it’s something we’re actually going to use, not just something that demos well. No doubt. Like FaceTime.
False Dichotomy Galore
It’s probably unkind to speak ill of those who speak kindly of the dead. But this one is hard to let go. Horace Dediu: Steve Jobs was not a visionary. He put the dots together and saw where they led. Steve Jobs was not a futurist. He just built the future one piece at a time. Steve Jobs did not distort reality. He spoke what he believed would become reality at a time when those beliefs...
Now there are three iOS phones and two iOS tablets. iPhone 4 or below can’t run Siri and quite likely some new apps for iOS 5. iPhone 3GS is even worse. I expect Gruber to write about the badness of iOS fragmentation any time now.
Privacy and Deficit
I am increasingly convinced that privacy fear-mongering is to the Appleverse / techies as deficit fear-mongering is to the Republicans. Let me explain. The Republicans don’t really care about the deficit. Sure, they’ll scream about it as a way of gutting social security, medicare, and what have you. But when it comes to raising tax on the rich, they become eerily quiet. Deficit is...
Most Exciting Apple News of the Day
The only post on Daring Fireball today (so far): Yoni Heisler: But what we didn’t know was that Obama got his iPad 2 a little bit before the rest of us, from Steve Jobs no less. In a recent interview with George Stephanopoulous of ABC News, Obama explained: “Steve Jobs actually gave it to me, a little bit early. Yeah, it was cool. I got it directly from him.” I guess nothing else important...
Irrelevance, Part 8474029
Apple fanatic John Gruber: Mike Krieger, Instagram co-founder, on their engineering blog: With more than 25 photos and 90 likes every second, we store a lot of data here at Instagram. 25 photos per second is more than the 24 frames per second of a motion picture. And the 26 photos per second that CVS prints* is even more! What about the 27 photos per second that newspapers pull from the AP...
You are the Product
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