/2017/05/apples_china_problem_wechat

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anonymous:
"But more importantly, I just think the whole “if it doesn’t have an altogether new form factor, it’s boring” thing is hogwash. I wrote an entire column about this when the iPhone 7 debuted, and won’t rehash the whole argument here. But I am convinced this viewpoint is mostly that of the tech and gadget obsessed."

It is exactly not this. It is the viewpoint of the fashion and status obsessed.
6:58 pm — Friday, 5 May 2017
anonymous:
Did we really need that footnote?
7:04 pm — Friday, 5 May 2017
JK:
Our armchair cultural anthropologist in action. If you have never been in Asia, then just shut the fuck up about how people behave there. You have no fucking clue.
7:53 pm — Friday, 5 May 2017
Sebby:
> Whenever I bring up this thought experiment — would you rather run Apple’s software platform on non-Apple hardware or run some other software platform on Apple hardware — I get email from readers who say they actually do choose Apple products, especially MacBooks, for the hardware. I believe them, but those are the sort of customers with the least loyalty to Apple. If all you depend on is, say, Chrome, a text editor, and a terminal, it’s easy to switch to another laptop brand. If you depend on native Mac and iOS apps, iCloud, and iMessage, it’s arduous, at best, to switch.

Bollocks! I don't doubt that macOS is superior, but the hardware *is* relevant. I enjoy running Windows on a MacBook, just as much as I enjoy running macOS in a VM. Apple's software is important to the experience, sure, but you can't imagine that it's anything more than lock-in to tie the software to the hardware. Apple is simply great at both the hardware and the software--when they do it right.
7:53 pm — Friday, 5 May 2017
Mac Pro is Dead:
I'd much *prefer* a perfect ThinkPad to a perfect unibody Macbook.

An Apple-quality laptop using the design language and materials of a (modernized) ThinkPad X60 would be perfection.
8:17 pm — Friday, 5 May 2017
anonymous:
Chinkpads are fucking garbage now. Software is shit too.
9:04 pm — Friday, 5 May 2017
To Be Fair:
>Part of why Woz is so venerated is that he was unimaginably gifted at both hardware and software.

He was completely imaginable.

Woz was talented as a hardware designer, but he wasn't some kind of transcendent genius. At software, he was average at best.

The idea that Woz had outlier levels of talent is revisionist history. He was a competent engineer with an ability to think outside the box.
11:18 pm — Friday, 5 May 2017
Make peace, not liberals:
Dude, he shrunk a fucking disk drive controller to a chip back when things ran at MHz speed. That's something nobody else could do.

He got colors by screwing around with the scan line timings or something weird like that. I mean Jesus, the Mac didn't even have color for years.

"Not a transcendent genius." What does that mean to you, exactly? That he pulled a new element out of his anus?
4:57 am — Saturday, 6 May 2017
anonymous:
Another American that has never been to China thinking that he understands the Chinese...
7:02 am — Saturday, 6 May 2017
To Be Fair:
>Dude, he shrunk a fucking disk drive controller to a chip back when things ran at MHz speed. That's something nobody else could do.

Plenty of engineers could have done it, if given the task. We're not talking Theory of Relativity level stuff here.
7:43 am — Saturday, 6 May 2017
@To Be Fair:
> Plenty of engineers could have done it

But they didn’t did they?
2:14 pm — Saturday, 6 May 2017
Gruber the Booger:
Gruber wouldn't be hating on Woz if Steve Jobs were still alive.
4:19 pm — Saturday, 6 May 2017
anonymous:
To Be Fair, what the fuck have you done lately?
10:49 pm — Saturday, 6 May 2017
To Be Fair:
>But they didn’t did they?

Hence the clause "if given the task."
12:09 am — Sunday, 7 May 2017
Make peace, not liberals:
Plenty of engineers didn't do it. Did fucking Rodime, Quantum, WD, IBM, etc do it?

How do you know the engineers didn't say, when asked, "that's impossible?"

You don't think that the engineers of the time, when asked to design a floppy controller, thought "hey, maybe I'll make this with as many chips as I can because it increases our margins?"

Most engineering doesn't work that way. They did the best that they could. Woz just did it an order of magnitude better.

IMO Atkinson was more of the kind of genius guy than Woz. When he saw the PARC stuff he was like "oh shit, they're doing the graphics like this" and they weren't doing it like that at all. That stuff he came up with basically was quickdraw, and the region code made the Mac GUI perform at least 2 orders of magnitude better than anything at the time. Apple probably still has patents on the region stuff.
6:33 am — Sunday, 7 May 2017
Make peace, not liberals:
There are very few secrets in hardware. Everyone is using off the shelf stuff, even back then.

The same can be said with cooking. Everyone has the same ingredients. The best chefs can take McDonalds ingredients and make them into a Michelin experience. Most can't. They might say "I could have done that." But they didn't.

Not everyone can do everything. You must be in school to believe that. In the real world there are people that really are an order of magnitude better than you can imagine. If you haven't seen that then you're working in the wrong industry.
6:36 am — Sunday, 7 May 2017
Ero:
> and I’ve never traveled to Asia

Whether he realises or not, this explains a lot, more than anything he's said in a long time.
7:40 am — Sunday, 7 May 2017
To Be Fair:
>Plenty of engineers didn't do it. Did fucking Rodime, Quantum, WD, IBM, etc do it?

That's much more likely a failure of management than a failure of engineering. It was just something that wasn't a priority for them because of their business model.

Read Woz's autobiography. That makes it clear that he's an above-average engineer at best, not an unimaginable genius.

8:14 am — Sunday, 7 May 2017
Gruber the Booger:
@To Be Fair

>Read Woz's autobiography. That makes it clear that he's an above-average engineer at best, not an unimaginable genius.

Woz is an incredibly kind, down-to-earth, humble person.

What is he going to say in his autobiography? "I am a genius, suck it."
11:15 am — Sunday, 7 May 2017
ano:
The outer form factor of the 6-7 line _sucks_. It's not like the 4-5. Without a case, the light, curved metal back is slippery as fuck. I' surprised Apple never did anything to address that.
3:49 am — Monday, 8 May 2017
Make peace, not liberals:
@TBF:

A perfect example of how mediocrity can rise to the top.
5:59 am — Wednesday, 10 May 2017
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