It’s not just that the iPhone has fancy woo-woo transitions and
purty graphics; it runs all the way down the software stack. For
example, when I tap on something, I don’t have to hover for five
seconds wondering “now did it get that tap, or do I have to do
it again?” This is something other platforms are still
struggling with. When we say you have a bad experience, this is
the sort of thing we mean. It has little to do with features, and
everything to do with core functionality.
What matters is how things work in actual use, not how they’re supposed to work.
I suspect they would have used a new name for the Magic Mouse anyway, but even the former Mighty Mouse is now called the “Apple Mouse”.
Jason Santa Maria kindly invited me to write a short piece for his October series on candy. How could I resist? Love that purple.
Syncing bugs and performance problems led him to abandon the Palm Pre:
If the Calendar app is not running, it takes 10-15 seconds to get
from “I clicked on the Calendar icon” to “I can see today’s
events”. And then, switching from the display of one day to the
next takes 2+ seconds (and it doesn’t buffer swipes, so you have
to keep trying).
It seems to me that the only way this phone is going to be usable
is for it to get literally 10× faster across the board. There was
a speed improvement of maybe 10% between WebOS 1.0 and 1.2.1, so I
think it’s safe to assume that they’ve already picked the low-hanging
fruit. I don’t expect the performance of this phone to be
even remotely suitable for every day use for at least a year.
Good name and much nicer looking hardware than the Kindle, with a color touchscreen underneath the e-paper display instead of the Kindle’s clunky looking keyboard. Their tech specs comparison is explicitly aimed against the Kindle. Supports Wi-Fi, too — which is good, because the Nook’s 3G is provided by AT&T.
No longer ships with iMacs, it’s available separately for $19. Wonder why they moved play/pause out of the center?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports on the estimates from the leading Apple financial analysts. Andy Zaky and “Deagol” were pretty close, but were still low. (Deagol has a nice post-mortem here.)
I’m not surprised that so many of the analysts were way off overall. I’m only surprised that so many of them were so far off on estimates for iPhones sold. The two 3GS models are selling like hotcakes, and it’s not hard to find people at Apple who’ll tell you that.