- 07-05-2007, 11:30 AM #351
While the research and investments sides are supposed to be separate, I know how flawed this works in practice.
With each passing day, they get closer to the mark. I guess I will wait for Apple's 10-K and see what comes of that.
If they are selling that many, then good for them. I just think there a little exaggeration going on...
Apple is targeting 10M iPhones by 2008. Some analysts say it may hit 45M in two years.
(By means of comparison, they estimate 91M laptop computers sold this year, growing to 137M in 2010. Let's three-split the difference and say 107M in 2008.)
950M cell phones sold in the 2006 world market....Apple's target 1% of the market (10M) - how do you get there with only one carrier in the US and two in Europe?
No doubt, iPhone is a kick in the pants for the industry. I think if the had issues unlocked phone and also CDMA versions on Sprint and Verizon, they would make the 10M...but given the current structure, I have to wonder (unless Europe goes hog wild and by them by the truckload.)
Not saying this isn't possible, just trying to make the projections work.
- 07-05-2007, 11:54 AM #353
- 07-05-2007, 11:55 AM #354
1. There are "nontechie masses".
2. There are no "techie masses". While very vocal, the techies numbers are nothing to get excited about.
A non techie wants to hang a picture on a wall, he will go out and buy a hammer. A techie will go out and buy a Binford 2000 air hammer with 2.4 cuft pnuematic chamber, 300 nail cartridge capacity, adjustable spring trigger blah blah blah. The first guy gets home hangs his piture and watches the baseball game 2 minutes later while the first guy is still RTFM'ing trying to figure out how to set it up.
- 07-05-2007, 12:00 PM #355
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- 07-05-2007, 12:30 PM #357
as for the feel and size of the iPhone and how it compares to that of the Pearl:
size: the iPhone is less thick, about 3/8in wider, and about 1/2in. taller. you can convert the measurements into volume and create more drastic differences i'm sure. either way it doesn't matter all that much to me.
feel: the iPhone feels much more thin than the Pearl in hand. it also feels more substantial as it does take up more hand space. the Pearl has a cheap feel to it, perhaps it's due to the materials and lesser weight. the Pearl is easy to manipulate in hand and in fingers, the iPhone less so (you can toss the Pearl around in your hands, it is quite light). in pocket there is only a marginal difference between the two due to the slim design of both devices. the iPhone feels much less heavy and bulky than my Treos of old (forget pocketing a 6600!! as i once did.....for the record, i don't carry any of these on my waist and i will never do so). the iPhone feels extremely solid and it does have a feeling of quality given the aluminum back and glass front. the base also feels solid given the hard plastic cap that serves as the speaker and antenna cover.
the biggest difference (and one that many might forget) is how "seemless" the device feels. there are no real protruding buttons, no flywheels/jogwheels/5way buttons....NONE when you really think about it....it really is a work of art from a design perspective.
- 07-05-2007, 12:46 PM #358
For the past week I've been using a iPhone along side my curve to see which one I like better. After this short test period I have come to a few conclusions....
1. The blackberry does email, IM (none for iPhone yet),and makes phone calls better.
2. I still prefer to use the iPhone.
I actually think I can type far faster now on the iPhone than I could on the curve. The screen just blows my mind away (my coworkers 8125 win Mobile device looks like ancient technology).
If you like web browsing on your phone, nothing comes close. (I can care less about flash support).
Apple needs a better email client, add iChat (jivetalk is coming soon though), and pump up the volume on phone calls a little, and I will be very happy.
- 07-05-2007, 12:48 PM #359
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- 07-05-2007, 02:50 PM #364
The same reason why you have to send it out instead of taking it to an Apple store.
The battery is soldered to the logic board :thumbsdn:
Although Apple doesn't specifically say that the battery can't be replaced by users, early examinations of the iPhone's innards confirmed that it would be nearly impossible. IFixIt.com, which conducted one of the first iPhone "tear-downs," noted that the battery is soldered to the device's logic board; a second tear-down by AnandTech.com photographed the battery's leads in a closeup that clearly showed the soldering.
- 07-05-2007, 03:53 PM #365
- 07-05-2007, 04:08 PM #366
They only do that in the 30-day window after purchasing.
After that, all repairs are sent in to Apple regardless of issue. A loaner still costs $29 while it is out.
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au, contraire! i used to enjoy the Treo lineup until some other carrier offered the same feature set (that matched my needs) in a much smaller form factor.
you could hardly call the 680 a smaller form factor....but maybe you and the others could? i'm sure one of you will find a way!
- 07-06-2007, 08:34 AM #375
Today's article at CNet, discussing why Apple is so successful in consumer products that are still technically solid, quoted a third party software developer in what has got to be one of the best explanations I've ever seen:
With the iPhone--and most high-tech gadgets--the secret sauce comes down to software design, a field where the good stuff is akin to artwork. And this is where so many of the intangibles that we've come to associate with Silicon Valley come in. I put the question to Brad Meador, one of the principals at ClearContext, a San Francisco-based software developer, who said the answer boiled down to two basic elements.
"Listen to what the market needs and strive to meet those needs in as simple a way as possible," he said. "It's a little tricky because the initial feedback you get on a new software product is usually from a more tech-savvy, early adopter crowd, a group that's prone to lead you down a path of too much complexity for the market you're ultimately trying to reach.
"Software designers need to make sure that their products 'just work,' he continued. "Features that are buried in the user interface are unlikely to be used. Packages that require anything beyond basic configuration to provide value will lose most of their customers within minutes."
I have always been one of those leading the "feature" charge...make it a Swiss army knife, and I doubt I will change. But as usual, Apple has aimed for, and hit, a major part of the public that just wants a device that works, not one that you have to immediately install VolumeCare, tweak the registry, and go through other hoops to do the things we geeks want. Face it, we may be at the top of the techno food chain, but we are a VERY SMALL minority.