Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Oct 2010 20:54 UTC
Apple Is it an indication of Steve Jobs' (in)famous strive for perfection, or just stupid bone-headedness? The white variant of the iPhone 4 was first delayed for a few weeks, but those few weeks became 'end of the year'. Now we know why: the manufacturers Apple employs are apparently having issues matching the shades of white of the various components. This anecdote ties in nicely with a very interesting interview with John Sculley about Steve Jobs' ways of doing business.
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RE[3]: Hmmm
by MysterMask on Sun 17th Oct 2010 12:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hmmm"
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In my opinion, this feeling that engineering both hardware and software makes the product better is totally wrong in the case of desktop/laptop.

I beg to differ.

Have a look at smartphones (they've become somehow the equivalent of the PC's of the 19xx in the 20xx era). Put something new like a compass in a phone and *poof* - new innovative software is written to the benefit of end users.

It's more difficult to get end user innovations without a vertical model i. e. a clear vision of a feature that consists of HW to support it and software to use it.

HW vendors have no real incentive for innovation without software vendors (which means primarily Microsoft) supporting new features properly.

I even think that the PC industry somewhat (not entirely) relies on vertical integrated vendors such as Apple as a driver or accelerator for progress (others like the game industry influence HW performance). We've all seen what happened to the adoption of things like USB, web cams or DVI out on laptops, etc. when vendors such as Apple start to push such technologies. It doesn't mean that Apple always succeeds (think FireWire), but it's one major first step for certain HW to gain traction.

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