Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 17:53 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Jobs called Android a 'stolen product', but theft can be a tricky concept when talking about innovation. The iPhone didn't emerge fully formed from Jobs's head. Rather, it represented the culmination of incremental innovation over decades - much of which occurred outside of Cupertino." Nothing particularly new in there for regular OSNews readers, but still handy to have it in one place.
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Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

but Apple's products are almost always far more polished than those of their competitors.


Or maybe it's because Apple has a huge PR machine that the small competitors and innovators can't match.

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earksiinni Member since:
2009-03-27

What does having a PR machine have to do with how polished your retail products are? Are you suggesting that the only reason why Apple's consumers think that their products are polished is because they are fooled into thinking so by Apple PR?

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Throwing in "only" there seems like a trollbait... but anyway, really, look at research showing how frighteningly large proportion of OSX users think they're perfectly safe from online threats just because they use OSX, because Apple PR said them so.
Which in this case might very well still come back and bit them (unless the idea is to push people into iOS-like model anyway; but there, you had occasional "jailbreaks" via Safari - with people even more convinced about safety - essentially a root for any random website)

"Polished" is, yes, also a major part of that PR machine. While it was curious to see the evolution of responses to the silly flaw of iPhone 4 antenna (an expression of "polished" in a way, but not where it matters for an antenna); even the describing language curiously emerged ...it wasn't any "grip" or anything - "gentle touch" in the wrong spot tends to bridge it.

(BTW, I haven't yet been on a Final Cut Pro Apple event presentation during which FCP wouldn't crash less than two times)

PS. And that's also coming from a culture which, in late 90s, went on "to help Apple" by mass-buying (and refusing to pirate) a clearly inferior, more expensive, flawed product (for better part of a decade) http://www.forbes.com/1997/08/08/column.html
...not directing such passion at some people in need & on hard times or smth - a company, one which deserved to fail (and essentially did, but MS needed at the time to be able to point fingers at some competition); that's a bit insane.

Edited 2012-03-01 18:42 UTC

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