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OSNews, Generic OSes It's not the return of the OSNews comic, but it was too good to let pass. Our coverage of the Apple event was minimal this week, so I decided to round the key points up in an illustration...
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Missing the point as usual
by tuzor on Sun 6th Mar 2011 11:58 UTC
tuzor
Member since:
2007-08-07

I know it's a humorous piece but nevertheless most people still I think it's important to note a few points that lots of people still get wrong.

On the topic of iDevices syncing wirelessly; you really think Apple doesn't have such a feature in development for some time now?
Of course it does but as always for them, providing a full user experience to the average user is much more important.

I'll give you an example to contrast their thinking from the rest, taken from one of their rivals.
Motorola made a big fuss about how the Xoom runs flash while the iPad doesn't; it was a strong marketing point. However it decided to release it with that major feature missing, something that won't be available for a few months. This is something that Apple would never do.

Also on the topic of the iPad requiring a computer to function.
These devices will become the main computing device for most people in the near future, considering how powerful they're becoming and they'll lose their dependency on the PC thank's to backups in the cloud etc.
However I suspect that most households in the future will still have a PC for heavy duty work (although I see it more as a fusion of the TV and PCs to be honest).


Oh and one thing I find funny is how 1 year ago many people on this site were predicting the failure of the iPad due to its 10inch form factor particularly when the Galaxy was announced. Fast forward a few months and most the competitors are running with larger form factors yet no one comes out admitting they were wrong.
Hey Thom maybe you could learn a few things from Gruber (other than the fact that he's a bit more successful and influential than you'll ever be as a tech writer).

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RE: Missing the point as usual
by Neolander on Sun 6th Mar 2011 12:09 in reply to "Missing the point as usual"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Oh and one thing I find funny is how 1 year ago many people on this site were predicting the failure of the iPad due to its 10inch form factor particularly when the Galaxy was announced. Fast forward a few months and most the competitors are running with larger form factors yet no one comes out admitting they were wrong.
Hey Thom maybe you could learn a few things from Gruber (other than the fact that he's a bit more successful and influential than you'll ever be as a tech writer).

Uh ? I don't quite see the point you're trying to make. Gruber changes his mind every month or so depending on where the Apple wind blows. Remember his post about how old-fashioned UI consistency is ?

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mtzmtulivu Member since:
2006-11-14


Motorola made a big fuss about how the Xoom runs flash while the iPad doesn't; it was a strong marketing point. However it decided to release it with that major feature missing, something that won't be available for a few months. This is something that Apple would never do.


Didnt Apple make a big fuss about their revolutionary outside antenna? What happened then? The phone ended up with the now famous "the touch of death", only from apple.

You have to have a very selective memory to make such statement you just made.

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aldo Member since:
2010-02-17

And I wonder how that white iPhone 4 is coming along...

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RE: Missing the point as usual
by _txf_ on Sun 6th Mar 2011 15:43 in reply to "Missing the point as usual"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

On the topic of iDevices syncing wirelessly; you really think Apple doesn't have such a feature in development for some time now?
Of course it does but as always for them, providing a full user experience to the average user is much more important.


Therefore it means that they haven't yet entered the post pc age then. Right?

Why say it now if idevices are still hopelessly tethered to a pc. Even worse is that they are tethered to that piece of s*** itunes.

Edited 2011-03-06 15:43 UTC

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RE: Missing the point as usual
by fran on Sun 6th Mar 2011 16:16 in reply to "Missing the point as usual"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

@tuzor

But you still keep on coming back for more do you.
That last paragraph says much more about you as a person then anything else.

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RE: Missing the point as usual
by kaelodest on Sun 6th Mar 2011 21:29 in reply to "Missing the point as usual"
kaelodest Member since:
2006-02-12

My funny moment is that the people who hate on the iPad(or most iOS implementations), well I can easily write a web-app for them that "fixes" whatever ailes them and it is trivial at best and BS MOST of the time. And that web app is better than imho than the base of what the 'droid platform offers. If you dont believe me than google up Sal Saghoian and Automator and see what I mean. Both options are there. And while I sometimes desire that Apple was a little moe OSS friendly, how much more can they be? I can write a closed iOS App and an OPEN Automator, Cocoa or Applescript on Cocoa (ASOC) app and who in userspace cann tell the difference?
I chose Apple because it works (or at least gets out of my way) When FOSS goes there then we ALL have won, but until then I am going with the best closed OS that I can GTD on.

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TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

I have no idea what you're trying to say.

None of this makes any sense whatsoever. If this isn't your native language, please re-post it in that language and allow someone else to translate it.

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TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

I looked back at an older post you made, and I think this goes beyond language-barrier.

I'm fairly sure that's part of it, but you seem to have a very poor grasp of many technical issues on which you comment.

It's moderately annoying, but there's a simple solution: read and ask questions rather than write and make assertions.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I know it's a humorous piece but nevertheless most people still I think it's important to note a few points that lots of people still get wrong.


Most people? Really? You seem to be the only one who feel a need to come out and "protect" Apple from a humorous picture.

Hey Thom maybe you could learn a few things from Gruber (other than the fact that he's a bit more successful and influential than you'll ever be as a tech writer).


No-one outside the sphere of Mac users gives a shit about Gruber.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Hey Thom maybe you could learn a few things from Gruber (other than the fact that he's a bit more successful and influential than you'll ever be as a tech writer).


If I ever need a professional critique of my ass-kissing abilities, I'll give him a mail.

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RE: Missing the point as usual
by Laurence on Mon 7th Mar 2011 00:33 in reply to "Missing the point as usual"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

However it decided to release it with that major feature missing, something that won't be available for a few months. This is something that Apple would never do.


No, instead iPhone users had to wait several years before they had copy and paste, MMS and multi-tasking. All of which were standard features on rival handsets and had been for years prior.

Edited 2011-03-07 00:36 UTC

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vocivus Member since:
2010-03-13

Not to mention voice dial.

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mrstep Member since:
2009-07-18

I can't fathom why the iPad/iPhone don't do wireless sync to iTunes (or 'the cloud') at this point either, but you may want to stick to criticizing that rather than making really bizarre cases up.

Apple wasn't claiming any of the features you're talking about in their ads until they delivered them, so what's your point? How does that relate to Motorola claiming features like 4G and Flash when they don't have it?

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