Tag Archives: Apple

Interesting view…

“Apple started doing stores because nobody wanted to sell their PCs. Okay?”

Ballmer: Macs Don’t Get the Full MS Office, Don’t Work in Business || The Mac Observer

Even if it’s true you can be sure that they’re glad they did it now.

iMac working again…

So how did I get the iMac working again?

Simple, I put in the installation DVD and went 24 hours back in time.

Apple – Mac OS X Leopard – Features – Time Machine

I’m amazed how well it worked; you’ve got to love technology like that.

Commodities…


“Apple appears to have other plans to further innovation around its Multi-Touch platform that will reduce its reliance on chip designs conceived largely by third parties.”

AppleInsider | Steve Jobs: it’s time we design our own iPhone and iPod chips

If you read the business papers, they give the impression that all hardware is now a commodity, that everything is assembled from off the shelf parts. Either they’re wrong or Apple is about to change that.

It just shows that very few things are really commodities.

Cars by Apple…

“An absolutely superb customer experience and once again gives a lot of weight to what Jobs says: when you control the hardware and the software (and, it turns out, the point of sale) then the integrated experience you can give to the consumer is nothing short of superb. I bet there is not a single phone on the market made by anyone else that could reproduce this experience.”

Parisblog: Apple Fanboy moment

What this actually shows is how bad most customer experiences are. You spend tens of thousands of Euros on a car and you can’t get service like this!

MacBook Air…

“The key to understanding the appeal of the Air is that you’ve got to stop thinking about technical specs as the primary factors. Here’s an analogy: the MacBook Air is like a sporty convertible coupe. You buy one not for practical reasons, but because it is satisfying to own something beautiful and clever and fun.”

Daring Fireball: The Appeal of the MacBook Air

If John’s right, and he normally is, this really is the end of the old hardware business.

The “you can have any color as long as it is beige” period of development is over. So is the market to split like the car market.

We can have the MiniVan PCs, the sports PCs, the executive PCs, the hummer PCs, the city PCs and they’ll all be built on the same basic chassis and only rarely will anyone look under at the moving parts under the hood.

Management vs. Design

“I think a lot of these MBA-type executives have no idea what good design really is.”

 Daring Fireball Linked List: February 2008

 

Actually, I know that they know what god design is and can even recognize it when they see it.  However, the reflex responses of “that’s cool” and “that feels good” have been beaten out of them. The standard management approach to most issues is a functional list, a fit analysis and a market report. Watching the response to the iPhone in corporate world has been an education. I’ve seen tens of conversations that go…

 “..but it’s not 3G”

“yeah, but it’s works…”

“…but it doesn’t connect to our email”

“yeah, but its just better”

 

Normally, both parties leave the room shaking their heads.The difference between the ones that “get it” and those that don’t? Those that get it have experience!