It’s not the user, it’s the tool

virtualpants:

A common theme over at Daring Fireball is that iPhone users are different than Android users. There is some truth to this. Over and over, the iPhone shows up with a huge lead in in-flight Wi-Fi, app downloads, and overall mobile internet usage despite Android leading in market share.

But the difference isn’t the person using the device, but instead the behavior of that person due to the tool they are using. For example, give an Android user an iPhone and they will likely behave in a manner similar to other iPhone users.

iPhone users feel comfortable doing more with the technology in their hand because it just works better. The iPhone and iPad make people feel confident when they download apps and connect to in-flight Wi-Fi. Android users, on the other hand, are similar to Windows uses of yore - apprehensive about software because it might break their computer or weary of whether their PC will work properly with a service.

I’ve gone back and forth between the iPhone and Android devices many times. When I’m traveling, I never hesitate to download apps or connect to hotel or in-flight Wi-Fi on the iPhone. With Android devices, I always think twice because I’m not sure of the result. Will this app kill my battery? Is it worth the hassle of signing up for this Wi-Fi? Will it even work?

In some cases, the users are the tool.

How Google is subverting Apple through the iPhone’s app store

shortformblog:

usnews:

Over the past six months, Google has begun to systematically replace core, Apple-made iOS apps with Google-made iOS apps. In July, Google launched Chrome for iPhone – a Safari replacement. Then, in October came Google Search – which included a voice search feature to compete with Siri. In December, Google launched Google Maps to replace Apple Maps, and a much-improved Gmail to replace Apple’s core Mail app. It also put out a new YouTube app, to replace the one that Apple removed during its last iOS upgrade.

In a way, Apple shot itself in the foot because, by dropping Google’s apps, they effectively allowed Google to prove is better at iOS app development than they are. (Barring the Gmail app, but that’s a different story.)

Expect iOS7 to have an updated design philosophy, because it’s beginning to feel dated now that developers are increasingly outpacing Apple itself at app design.

How does any of this harm Apple? Google is now making all of the same apps they made for iOS, but Apple no longer has to license them. And if Google ever charged for these apps, Apple would get a cut. 

Replies to previous Apple related post

  1. beforetherewasinternet said: Do you, like, own Apple or something? Are you Steve Jobs’ son? I’m noticing you have a pattern of emotional attachment to Apple products and I’m trying to figure out why.

  2. thefrogman said: Technically Apple has made them smaller. And bigger. At the same time.
  3. timeparad0x said: this isn’t comedy

1. I have an emotional attachment to good logic and it bugs me to see poor logic. And yes, I love Apple products and Apple as a company. And I spent three years working for them.

2. The Frogman always provides perfect perspective. 

3. This is Sparta.

lettheworldharmonize said: As far as I can tell, the cell phone image thing is showing how every other improvement through the cell phone's history has been to make it smaller, then Apple's products keep getting bigger

Right, but…Those phones from the other companies date back to pre-90s when technology could not afford to be smaller. The first phone in the Apple line-up was released in 2007. Before that time, screen size wasn’t much of a concern for consumers. Since Apple released the first truly useful touchscreen phone, created an unmatched ecosystem for mobile apps, and brought iTunes content to mobile phones, screen size is now an issue.

So maybe the point of the image could be how Apple has changed the direction of the market.

Tags: Apple iPhone

I’m curious what the point of this image is supposed to be. Maybe it’s just an interesting look at the changes over the years. But I have the sinking suspicion somebody was trying to make an idiotic point about how Apple hasn’t innovated since they released their first iPhone. The thing is, when you start with a design that is nearly perfect, and that everyone else scrambles to copy, you don’t need to make a lot of changes. 

I’m curious what the point of this image is supposed to be. Maybe it’s just an interesting look at the changes over the years. But I have the sinking suspicion somebody was trying to make an idiotic point about how Apple hasn’t innovated since they released their first iPhone. The thing is, when you start with a design that is nearly perfect, and that everyone else scrambles to copy, you don’t need to make a lot of changes. 

(Source: herdeiira-da-promessa, via rideslikealexus)

oylspill:

FIght Club iPhone 5 Case by Oyl Miller. Available on Society 6. Click here to view details.



This was designed by my pal Oyl Miller. I have never wanted an iPhone case before. I might have to get this one.

oylspill:

FIght Club iPhone 5 Case by Oyl Miller. Available on Society 6. Click here to view details.

This was designed by my pal Oyl Miller. I have never wanted an iPhone case before. I might have to get this one.
dirtyrottenapples:

Apple released iOS 6 today with over 200 new features for iPhone users. Despite what appears to be yet another win for the men and women in Cupertino, one casualty was spotted in the rollout — Declined Daniel — the young man getting dissed by every curious customer checking out Apple’s iOS website.
[Made for Slacktory.com]

dirtyrottenapples:

Apple released iOS 6 today with over 200 new features for iPhone users. Despite what appears to be yet another win for the men and women in Cupertino, one casualty was spotted in the rollout — Declined Daniel — the young man getting dissed by every curious customer checking out Apple’s iOS website.

[Made for Slacktory.com]

nickastig:

Samsung Pays Apple $1 Billion Sending 30 Trucks Full of 5 Cents Coins
More than 30 trucks filled with 5-cent coins arrived at Apple’s headquarters in California. Initially,  the security company that protects the facility said the trucks were in the wrong place, but minutes later, Tim Cook (Apple CEO) received a call from Samsung CEO explaining that  they will pay $1 billion dollars for the fine recently ruled against the South Korean company in this way.
the funny part is that the signed document does not specify a single payment method, so Samsung is entitled to send the creators of the iPhone their billion dollars in the way they deem best. 
This dirty but genius geek troll play is a new headache to Apple executives as they will need to put in long hours counting all that money, to check if it is all there and to try to deposit it crossing fingers to hope a bank will accept all the coins.
Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of Samsung Electronics, told the media that his company is not going to be intimidated by a group of “geeks with style” and that if they want to play dirty, they also know how to do it.

You can use your coins to buy refreshments at the little machine for life or melt the coins to make computers, that’s not my problem, I already paid them and fulfilled the law.
A total of 20 billion coins, delivery hope to finish this week.

Let’s see how Apple will respond to this.

nickastig:

Samsung Pays Apple $1 Billion Sending 30 Trucks Full of 5 Cents Coins

More than 30 trucks filled with 5-cent coins arrived at Apple’s headquarters in California. Initially,  the security company that protects the facility said the trucks were in the wrong place, but minutes later, Tim Cook (Apple CEO) received a call from Samsung CEO explaining that  they will pay $1 billion dollars for the fine recently ruled against the South Korean company in this way.

the funny part is that the signed document does not specify a single payment method, so Samsung is entitled to send the creators of the iPhone their billion dollars in the way they deem best. 

This dirty but genius geek troll play is a new headache to Apple executives as they will need to put in long hours counting all that money, to check if it is all there and to try to deposit it crossing fingers to hope a bank will accept all the coins.

Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of Samsung Electronics, told the media that his company is not going to be intimidated by a group of “geeks with style” and that if they want to play dirty, they also know how to do it.

You can use your coins to buy refreshments at the little machine for life or melt the coins to make computers, that’s not my problem, I already paid them and fulfilled the law.

A total of 20 billion coins, delivery hope to finish this week.

Let’s see how Apple will respond to this.

(Source: en.paperblog.com, via afternoonsnoozebutton)

dirtyrottenapples:

macnatico:

Samsung: We didn’t copy Apple.

Conan’s team nails it with this piece.

(Source: teamcoco.com)

dirtyrottenapples:

A young girl notices that a 4 x 1 Lego would fit nicely into another 4 x 1 Lego, prompting her tech journalist father to believe that Lego and Apple may be in cahoots. Read more on Dirty Rotten Apples.

dirtyrottenapples:

young girl notices that a 4 x 1 Lego would fit nicely into another 4 x 1 Lego, prompting her tech journalist father to believe that Lego and Apple may be in cahoots. Read more on Dirty Rotten Apples.

slacktory:


As the legal battle between Apple and Samsung rages on in court, new details of a patent issued to Steve Jobs and Apple have surfaced, leading many to wonder if the patent system should have a serious conversation about how it issues protection to innovators.
That conversation, as it turns out, may be covered in the unearthed patent.

Read the full story here: Apple Wins Patent on Issuing Patents

slacktory:

As the legal battle between Apple and Samsung rages on in court, new details of a patent issued to Steve Jobs and Apple have surfaced, leading many to wonder if the patent system should have a serious conversation about how it issues protection to innovators.

That conversation, as it turns out, may be covered in the unearthed patent.

Read the full story here: Apple Wins Patent on Issuing Patents

slacktory:

haha jk nobody still has a Zune, right?
(double jk, my discounted first-gen Zune still works great)
from The Apple Genius Bar Can Fix Anything

slacktory:

haha jk nobody still has a Zune, right?

(double jk, my discounted first-gen Zune still works great)

from The Apple Genius Bar Can Fix Anything

slacktory:

from The Apple Genius Bar Can Fix Anything
dirtyrottenapples:

If only Amelia Earhart had an iPhone…

dirtyrottenapples:

If only Amelia Earhart had an iPhone…

slacktory:

If you’re sick of that dumb Zooey Deschanel iPhone ad, then this is for you.

(Source: slacktory.com)