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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Perfection, a sin or a virtue
by shashank_hi on Sat 16th Oct 2010 04:31 UTC
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"That's it. Boom, multi-million dollar profit machine won't ship because the whites aren't exactly the same."

While the HPs and Motorolas of the world are driven by profit (I type this on a clunky HP laptop keyboard (yup, that's how it's been ever since I bought it)), Apple actually cares about what it's delivering, and I don't understand why that's a bad thing. Besides, Apple isn't the only organization that's holding back it's products until they are perfect; GNOME 3 comes to mind as an example right away. Quality over quantity is what makes them great. Sure we aren't getting our white iPhones, but when we do, we'd be assured that they rock.

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Yeah, if they sell 20-30% more of it because it looks great then who cares if it's delayed?

Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 is a very comfortable keyboard with shitty quality.

The Unicomp keyboards are probably nice to. And with better quality.

The Razer Blackwidow is mechanical to.

You can probably get a Sun keyboard from Ebay to.

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