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[4]: Hmmm
by Neolander on Sun 17th Oct 2010 13:38 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Hmmm"
Neolander
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Strange. There is e. g. a huge difference in HW usability, though. I've never seen a Dell having something like target disk mode.

What's that ?

Do HPs come with EFI?

I don't know about HP, but my Asus laptop has EFI (just set up to bios emulation as a default setting, for obvious reasons).

Why has DVI output been a standard on even the cheapest Mac laptops for years while HP's still used VGA, etc. etc.

Because DVI is highly overrated ;) No, seriously, as of today, screen connectivity is moving towards HDMI (which is a good thing since it finally unifies TV and computer connectivity). Most laptops come with HDMI connectivity built-in nowadays, except those from Apple (or have they changed their mind recently ?)

I see Apple's HW design choices (and yes: even if the number of suppliers of components is limited, there's still such a thing as a HW design) less a restriction than a set of choices that affects their software. It's part of the platform they build on.

Not sure of that. On a mature market like the laptop one, the configuration is now more or less standard : a keyboard, a screen, a webcam, speakers, minijack sound I/O, USB, wi-fi g+, legacy and HDMI video output, eSata (I really don't know why this one is so widespread now), and a CD drive. Bluetooth is not always there on lower-end models, don't know why exactly since it probably doesn't cost much.

So software does not have to support a wide range of configuration on the PC market, really...

E. g. iChat (AV) is a SW that directly relies on the availability of a cam on every Apple laptop.

Cam is more or less a standard features of laptops now, so this point is irrelevant. Moreover, what if I don't like video calls ? How come I am forced to buy a webcam in the name of some random software which I will not use ?

Even something trivial as sound output - I've never had a Mac with lousy sound output while the HP I have to use at work - even though it has a distinct sound card - has horrible sound quality.

Not sure what you're complaining about : speakers or minijack output ?
If it's speakers, well, it's no secret that good speakers are expensive, especially when they are small (because they have to defy the laws of physics through careful equalization, and things like that).

But if I want a computer just for work, do I need top-notch sound quality just to annoy my coworkers ? No ! So again, HQ speakers should not be a mandatory part of laptops.

Do you want to know why HP even bothered to put a sound chip in the PC? Easy - there are still way to much idiots that think a spec sheet tells the whole story. And that's why some people come to the wrong conclusion that it doesn't matter if you buy HP, Dell, Apple, IBM or whatever.

Indeed, spec sheets don't tell enough. But good vendors make a selection between the available products, and look for at least some level of quality when they go mid- and high-end.

Myself, I'm a bit of an Asus and HP fan, because I have had a very good overall experience with their computers, and a bit of an Acer hater because I've never met an Acer computer which did thermal dissipation right and computer spontaneously turning off because of overheating should have been left to the Apple III era. But I do think that all computer vendors (except Acer) now more or less sell the same thing, once you leave the low-end market where quality hugely varies between one model and another. Choosing a computer is only a matter of knowing what kind of keyboard you want, if sound quality matters to you, if you want bluetooth...

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