Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Oct 2016 10:08 UTC
Apple

iMore's Rene Ritchie, linked by Daring Fireball's John Gruber:

So, everyone who'd been criticizing Apple and iPhone design immediately called Google out for aping it?

Not so much.

Except, every Pixel review did call Google out for this.

Surely they drew the line at Google's 2016 flagship missing optical image stabilization - not just in the regular-size, but in the Plus XL model as well - stereo speakers, and water resistance - things that were pointed to last year as indicators Apple was falling behind?

Turns out, not deal-breakers either.

Except, every Pixel review did call Google out for this. Here's a quick cut/paste image job I did yesterday, highlighting how Pixel reviews did, in fact, call out Google and the Pixel for the things Ritchie claims they are not calling them out for.

It's almost like the Pixel is being graded on a curve.

When you're as deeply enveloped in the Apple bubble as people like Rene Ritchie and John Gruber, reality inside the bubble starts folding in on itself. You sit deep inside your bubble, and when you look outwards, the curves and bends of the bubble's surface twist and turn reality outside of the bubble into ever more grotesque and malformed versions of it.

Ever since the unveiling of the Pixel up to and including the reviews published yesterday, everybody in the technology media has been pointing out the exact same things Ritchie claims are not being pointed out. The amount of mental gymnastics and selective perception one must undertake - one could call such exercises flat-out lies - to claim that the major technology media is "against Apple" or "grading [the Pixel] on a curve" is so humongous that I honestly didn't think it was realistically and humanly possible.

And I say this as someone who once got a flood of really nasty and angry emails because OSNews had not yet separated the FreeBSD category and its icon from the generic BSD category, so FreeBSD and Dragonfly BSD people alike were furious at me for putting a Dragonfly BSD story in the generic BSD category because it had a FreeBSD icon. I've been around the block when it comes to the kind of reality-warping, deeply idiotic bullshit the technology world can conjure up over absolutely nothing.

When I was 17, I went on a trip to Rome, the most beautiful city in the world. As I stood atop the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, looking down upon the countless tourists swarming St. Peter's Square, I realised how easy it would be to lose touch with the people down there if you spent most of your time up here.

The bubble is no different.

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RE: The Bubble
by fmaxwell on Sat 22nd Oct 2016 02:49 UTC in reply to "The Bubble"
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Member since:
2005-11-13

On a professional and personal level, I see how people from their 30s (like myself) to 60s interact with technology.

iPhone is more than technology to them. It is the thing that brought technology to them. Many times these are people who on a fundamental level do not understand 'computing'.


Thanks so much for clarifying why a 55 year old technical illiterate like myself, who began doing real-time, multitasking embedded system development in assembly language in 1980 and had an engineering career that spanned more than three decades, would gravitate to the iPhone. I guess that also applies to the iPhone wielding engineers and scientists I worked with when building, testing, and launching satellites and a space probe that's doing science in the asterold belt.

It's just nice to know that Apple makes products that even we can muddle through using.

Edited 2016-10-22 02:51 UTC

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RE[2]: The Bubble
by Dreadrik on Mon 24th Oct 2016 10:44 in reply to "RE: The Bubble"
Dreadrik Member since:
2015-09-23

Haha, I agree so much with this.
It's like some Android advocates simply cannot comprehend that many iPhone users are very technical indeed, but that the ability to customise and modify a mobile phone isn't even remotely interesting for most of us.
I've been a professional developer for over 20 years now, but I've stopped building my own computers long ago and have also gone from c64 to Amiga to Windows, beOS and linux and am now using macOS and an iPhone. Probably only because they are status symbols and I'm technically illiterate. Right? :-)

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RE[3]: The Bubble
by fmaxwell on Mon 24th Oct 2016 13:03 in reply to "RE[2]: The Bubble"
fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

It's like some Android advocates simply cannot comprehend that many iPhone users are very technical indeed, but that the ability to customise and modify a mobile phone isn't even remotely interesting for most of us.


Exactly. My smartphone is a tool, not a hobby. I value reliability, build quality, security, and performance and could not care less about widgets and alternate launchers. I want OS upgrades as soon as they come out -- not months later. I want a single vendor for the OS and hardware so that I don't have to deal with finger-pointing should a problem arise. I want carry-in service anywhere I might travel.

Probably only because they are status symbols and I'm technically illiterate. Right? :-)


Or you're a teenage girl. Or you're a hipster. Or you are elderly and technically challenged. Or you're an "iSheep." Their list of contradictory insults just goes on and on.

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RE[3]: The Bubble
by dionicio on Mon 24th Oct 2016 15:31 in reply to "RE[2]: The Bubble"
dionicio Member since:
2006-07-12

"... On a professional and personal level, I see how people from their 30s (like myself)..."

FuriousGeorge was also being anecdotal, as We, Dreadrik. Also agreeing with Fxmawell's and Your Scenario.

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