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: Hmmm
by galvanash on Fri 15th Oct 2010 23:39 UTC in reply to "Hmmm"
galvanash
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2006-01-25

This was an embarrassment to be sure, but it really is blown all out of proportion... The problem does not occur with a bumper case (or any other case for that matter), and even without one it doesn't occur unless you hold the device a certain way. And on top of that it only matters under certain conditions (you are in an area with poor reception in the first place).

Can it actually affect users? Sure, but it is going to be statistically infrequent. Imo the media latched on to it because reporting that Apple screwed something so trivial up in a product release was something they rarely got the opportunity to do.

That is what the media does - I'm certainly not whining about it, hell its just how human nature works - Apple had built up a reputation of being "Little Miss Perfect" (probably undeservedly, but that was the media image of them none-the-less) and everyone likes taken someone like that down a notch when the opportunity arises.

My only point is in hindsight it really wasn't a big deal, a minor hick-up at worst. Apple has had FAR worse problems in other products...

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RE[2]: Hmmm
by flanque on Sat 16th Oct 2010 04:49 in reply to "RE: Hmmm"
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2005-12-15

You're probably right that it was blown out of proportion but I think what really allowed this grassfire to explode in something worse is that Apple simply made up excuses and denied the issue even existed, when it clearly was present. It was the arrogence of their response.

I would have thought Apple would know to not try and fight the press.

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RE[2]: Hmmm
by tomcat on Mon 18th Oct 2010 19:12 in reply to "RE: Hmmm"
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2006-01-06

This was an embarrassment to be sure, but it really is blown all out of proportion... The problem does not occur with a bumper case (or any other case for that matter), and even without one it doesn't occur unless you hold the device a certain way. And on top of that it only matters under certain conditions (you are in an area with poor reception in the first place).


I think the real embarrassment was how Apple denied that it was even a problem, in the first place. They care more about industrial design than they do about basic utility. Remember the Cube servers that didn't have a fan that essentially turned into molten blocks? Niiice.

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