Don't worry about Apple's business, worry about its products
Posted 14 February 2013 - 03:39 AM
It really wasn't, and it wasn't actually "advice." It was his response - off the cuff - when asked out of the blue what *he* would do if *he* were to find himself in charge of Apple.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:26 AM
I agree with the basic premise of this article, but if I had an elevator ride with Tim Cook, I'd tell him Apple needs to tighten up its testing/QA, which has slacked off significantly the last couple of years. (p.s. I started using Macs in '85.)
Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:36 AM
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:54 AM
Guys, last I checked Apple was among the healthiest, most respected and profitable businesses in the world in ANY industry. Bearing in mind that these are not Gods we're dealing with but flesh and blood human beings, and considering where this company has come from, and considering all the simply awesome products that I use on a daily basis that Apple has designed, I think people need to check their expectations.
Before the iPod, before the iPhone, before the iPad, no one could have ever imagined the impact those products would have. They are all now iconic and ubiquitous in our society. Regardless of where Apple goes next, that is a stunning legacy, one that any one of us peons using their equipment would give a lot to put on our own personal resumes.
Bottom line is, Apple is doing just fine. Whatever comes down the pike next, it may not be as ground-breaking as the aforementioned products were, but how many products in HISTORY have been so?
The internet, news, speculators, pundits, mouth-pieces, stop your whining and move on. Apple products have been awesome up to now. There's no tangible evidence that that will change anytime soon.
So, STFU already and if you don't like what they're doing, try doing it yourself and show the success that they have. Then I'll start listening to you. The rest is all blather.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:16 AM
I'll continue to buy Apple products and am getting a new iPhone 5 for myself, an giving my old iPhone 4S to my wife, who has finally relented to trying it out.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:45 AM
It may also have something to do with the fact that many Apple fans are also AAPL shareholders. ;-)
Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:47 AM
Worth noting, however, that Apple's QA of its hardware seems to have improved dramatically in recent years. My 2008 MacBook Pro and my current iMac are the only two of many Macs I've owned since 1987 that didn't either come with or soon develop significant hardware problems.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:31 AM
If you've been using Macs since 1985 then you should know that Apple's hardware and software has never been "perfect"... there has always been room for improvement. But Apple's hardware and software has always been miles ahead of its competitors in how close it gets to perfection.
Are there occasional bugs in Apple's software? Of course!
Are those bugs small in number compared to competitor's software? Yes!
Has Apple been committed to fixing bugs as soon as they are found? Yes!
Although your impression of Apple's software quality may be different than mine, in my own experience Apple's operating systems and software applications have improved over time.
Over all, I'm very happy with the quality of Apple's software and hardware, and I'm rational enough to know that real "perfection" is unattainable... but I recognize that Apple continues to strive for it.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:50 AM
And that is the exact reason I quit listening to Macbreak Weekly last year. It was bad enough enduring Picks of the Week such as Windows 7 and the Zune on a show supposedly about Apple. But after weeks and weeks of continuous anti-Apple blather, I finally redirected that listening time to podcasts that at least recognize why their audience came to listen. I understand they want to be seen as unbiased and not be taken as "fanboys", but the show started to seem more focused on trying to convince people they should all buy Androids and on explaining why Apple was "doomed". Blech!