Our Old Stuff is Better than Your New Stuff

iPhone 3GS, iPad 1 Still Selling Well | John Paczkowski | Digital Daily | AllThingsD:

“Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley says his retail checks show continued strong demand for the iPhone 3GS at AT&T and iPad 1 at Verizon, even as the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 continue to fly off the shelves. At AT&T, for example, the iPhone 3GS is outselling newer Android phones like the HTC Inspire and Motorola Atrix.

(Via Daring Fireball.)

Home Button

Recently picked up the iPhone 4. Don’t like the limits on the Home button though I understand Apple’s design decisions. In particular, I miss double-clicking to get to the Phone app’s Favorites. But between Voice Control and the App Switcher media controls, the functionality is replicated even if it takes me a little getting used to. And now the only use for the Home button is to manage apps. Nice…if a short term pain.

venomous porridge – A conversation I have every month or so

venomous porridge – A conversation I have every month or so.

NSFW, but funny take on Flash.

Ballmer Embarrasses Himself (Again)

The Associated Press: With Windows 7 and new designs, PCs looking better:

“Microsoft has more to contend with than computers running other operating systems. People have begun to use such gadgets as the iPhone as tiny mobile computers.

But Ballmer scorns the idea that smart phones could unseat PCs as the technology of choice for on-the-go consumers.

‘Let’s face it, the Internet was designed for the PC. The Internet is not designed for the iPhone,’ Ballmer said. ‘That’s why they’ve got 75,000 applications — they’re all trying to make the Internet look decent on the iPhone.'”

(Via Google News.)

Now that’s so stupid, I’m embarrassed for him.

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AT&T iPhone customers: tethering is coming, for a price

AT&T iPhone customers: tethering is coming, for a price:

“It won’t be coming cheaply, however; appmodo’s source says a tethering option will cost AT&T customers a whopping $55 a month.”

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog.)

This is what happens when you hand monopoly power to a company. Sooner or later this bad will spill over to Apple. Can’t wait until 2010 when their exclusive deal expires.

Daring Fireball: Palm Saturday

Daring Fireball: Palm Saturday:

“So while the comparisons between the Pre and iPhone are obvious and inevitable, I think the Pre stands a much stronger chance of stealing customers away from RIM than from Apple. For as good as the Pre is, and I’m convinced it is excellent, it just doesn’t have much to offer that would sway someone considering an iPhone. But for someone considering a BlackBerry, the Pre might look very sweet: a big bright screen, a beautiful modern user interface design, a kick-ass mobile web browser, and, yes, a hardware keyboard. The Pre is the BlackBerry Bold done right.”

(Via Daring Fireball.)

True.

Avoiding Temptation

Daring Fireball: Regarding the Verizon and ‘iPhone Lite’ Rumors:

“The reason why Apple did this with the iPod, and why I’m convinced they’ll do it again with the iPhone, is that when it comes to managing the balance between per-unit profit and overall market share, Apple is determined to err on the side of market share. (Not as much with the Mac, however — the difference being that PCs are now a firmly established market.) Most gadget companies, when they have a smash hit on their hands, try to milk it. A typical company that found itself selling millions of $400 hard-drive-based digital music players would try its best to continue selling the same $400 hard-drive-based digital music players for as long as it could. Apple, despite an overwhelming 70 percent market share, aggressively added features and drove down its own prices, year after year after year.”

(Via Daring Fireball.)

Good analysis on how Apple “thinks” in “Erring on the Side of Market Share.” I found the monopolistic discussion towards the end, the most trenchant. Companies tend to be “sales-guy” driven who want to grow market share at the expense of quality/consumer value/innovation or go for profits by milking the cash cow once they have a monopolistic position. Apple since the turn of the millennium has avoided away this successfully. That’s why I spit fire on Microsoft. They are like Apple in the late 90’s (pre-Jobs) when I was considering leaving the platform/going with Mac clones. I wish Windows 7 née Vista SP2 continues to flop. Microsoft has shown that it can learn its lesson given enough pain. Security in Vista is demonstrably more robust. I’m hopeful they will experience enough pain to finally concentrate on usability in Windows 7. That’s good for everybody, even Mac OS X users.