Posts Tagged ‘Apple’
Consumerist is running a few old Apple ads, which is fitting during this week of iPod mania. This is my favorite one, not just because it is a great Mac vs PC ad, but because at the end either an old man or a shepherd is dragging it away.
Apple announced some significant changes to their iPod lineup today. To summarize:
- The Nano now has widescreen with video.
- The regular iPod is now called the iPod Classic and comes in sizes up to 160GB.
- The iPod Touch is essentially an iPhone without the phone. It maxes out at 16GB.
- The iPhone has a price drop of $200, down to $399 for an 8GB phone.
- The iPod Touch and iPhone will allow wireless purchasing of music.
Well, it really sucks if you paid $600 for an iPhone only a few weeks ago. But with the price drop, proliferation of the already popular iPhone should explode. The Nano is infinitely cooler thanks to the new video, and the Classic is a beast of storage. If the Touch were 32GB or more, I would run out and get one tomorrow. 16GB is just not quite enough for me, though the wireless aspect of it is incredibly tempting. I would have liked to have seen a little more power out of the Touch, but Apple is going to slowly upgrade it to keep people buying more and more iPods. I’ll wait a year or so and get the second generation.
Isn’t it just like Woz to show up and try to steal the spotlight from me on my big day? He’s like the ex-girlfriend who shows up at the wedding dressed in a really hot sexy red dress, trying to take attention away from the bride.
[Disclaimer: I think Woz is cool as hell.]
I found this list via Digg. What I have always loved about Apple’s design philosophy is how they make products more useful by taking features away (e.g. no on/off button on an iPod). It creates a simpler product that performs cleanly. Whether or not the design of the iPhone is successful will be determined in the next year or two. As far as the list of disappointments, there are certainly some valid issues on there, especially the issue of whether or not the keyboard will be usable. But I think some items don’t need to be addressed. For example, take these two:
2. There is no file browser on the device at all. Data must be organized (if at all) in the appropriate application.
3. The camera is a simple application that has ONE button: the shutter. Pictures come out okay on the device, but nothing too fancy on a monitor, especially if it was an attempt at a macro shot.
Are these things that I really want to do from a phone? Now, certainly some people will want to manipulate files and use advanced camera setting on their phone, but I’m willing to be most people won’t. Particularly with cell phone cameras, I think most people just want to point, click, and take a snapshot. Just because more features can be added doesn’t mean that they should be added. To each his own, but give me the simple approach.
Microsoft put this “amnesty bin” in their Zune department with the idea that their employees will voluntarily trash a piece of equipment that they spent a few hundred bucks on. I wonder if anyone actually puts in an iPod that isn’t already broken.
Also, I think Ford or Nissan should make a huge box like this where their employees could throw away cars they own that were manufactured by their competitors. That would be a much cooler visual.