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4. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jan 27, 2013, 18:44 Flatline
^Drag0n^ wrote on Jan 27, 2013, 17:12:
Post-Steve Apple is certainly doing all it can to not follow his playbook.

I cannot believe that, if alive, Jobs would actually have stood behind changing the form factor of the docking connector with NO performance improvement. I honestly believe this to be the greatest Achiles Heel of the current generation of iDevices. Were steve alive, I'm certain that any new dock connector would have been accompanited with corresponding USB3-level speed updates.

As it is now, the iPhone 5 is exactly the device he cancelled just prior to stepping down: an iPhone 4 with a biogger screen, and nothing else.


I was expecting Apple to coast for a good 5 years before it felt the loss of Jobs, but it looks like the company is going to take it in the shorts much, much quicker than that.

I have the iphone 4 since everyone at work has an iphone and they wanted me to support it. It's a good phone. It's the first iphone that is "good enough". The home button is failing mechanically, which pisses me off something fierce, but other than that it offers enough features that I have no need to upgrade to the 4s or 5. In fact, I may leave the apple ecosystem after this phone. My contract is expired but the phone still works "well enough" that I don't have issues keeping it going until the battery starts to go, and if I could replace the battery and the home button, I'd probably use the phone for a few more years.

And that's something I'm not sure even Jobs can deal with. The problem with that hyper-aggressive iterative development cycle is that sooner or later you get a product that pretty much is what a customer needs, and they'll be reluctant to upgrade and eek out as much life as possible. Cue planned obsolescence, which is the hallmark of Apple these days, but still... What can you do with this phone that's so revolutionary that you justify the ecosystem? I don't even find myself jonsing for 4g that bad.
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