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Jan 7, 2008, 11:07 AM
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RichP
Jan 7, 2008, 11:19 AM
If by design, you mean make every new product look like an iPhone.. then yes.

Drumjim85
Jan 7, 2008, 11:21 AM
If by design, you mean make every new product look like an iPhone.. then yes.

ha... nice metal beveled edge .... :rolleyes:

Peace
Jan 7, 2008, 11:23 AM
If by design, you mean make every new product look like an iPhone.. then yes.

hahaha. Last night when I saw this TV that's exactly what I thought.A HUGE iPhone on a stand.:D

BackInTheSaddle
Jan 7, 2008, 11:38 AM
I think it's wonderful that Apple's having an influence in the design world in general. But just as we don't want products that utilize technology for technology's sake, we don't need style for style's sake either. I think a lot of companies miss out on the real beauty of Apple design, in the simplicity and ease-of-use.

Does anyone want to bet that the remote for that beautiful curvy Philips HDTV will have dozens of identically-sized buttons in some incomprehensible pattern, or that it will take multiple clicks through long on-screen menus to change picture contrast or turn on closed captioning?

I would love to see Apple take a spin at building out a complete entertainment system using its design philosophies and technical prowess.

TheSpecialist
Jan 7, 2008, 12:51 PM
I find it funny how Apple can change the whole industry it sets a product in, 1 product, and the whole industry reacts and starts to adept their idea's, try to copy it and just react heavily in general. If Sony would set a beautifull computer on the market, the rest wouldn't react at all!:rolleyes:

Orng
Jan 7, 2008, 01:40 PM
This reminds me of articles I read circa 1999-2001, when everybody and their dog was falling all over themselves to pull translucent candy-coloured electronics out of their @sses and get them to market.

They had titles or sub-headings like, "Look out Apple, other companies can make see-through red plastic too." You had to be able to see the workings through tinted plastic, that was the order of the day for electronics, especially cheap electronics. The kind I would have been looking at on a student budget.

We were expected to believe that somehow Apple would be running scared now that the secret of their translucent plastic was out.

I remember a red-translucent vacuum cleaner, and my wife-to-be had a blueberry-imac-esque cordless phone that we used to call "The iPhone"

TheSpecialist
Jan 7, 2008, 03:05 PM
I remember a red-translucent vacuum cleaner, and my wife-to-be had a blueberry-imac-esque cordless phone that we used to call "The iPhone"

That gave me a good laugh;)

Queso
Jan 7, 2008, 03:10 PM
The trouble is, it's Philips. IMO their build quality over the past five years has completely tanked. It used to be good kit, but both the Philips HDTV and matching DVD player I bought two years ago (less remotes if you get the same brand) have been unreliable as hell, freezing all the time and needing to be restarted more often than a Windows smartphone.

elppa
Jan 7, 2008, 04:18 PM
Steve Jobs said in an interview that design is not about how it looks, it's about how it works. He probably still holds that philiosophy today.

Fearless Leader
Jan 7, 2008, 04:22 PM
hahaha. Last night when I saw this TV that's exactly what I thought.A HUGE iPhone on a stand.:D

thought the same thing, i go to the linked sites without looking at comments and the first thing i thought was its a giant iphone, no wait its a tv?

psychofreak
Jan 7, 2008, 04:24 PM
I've never ever ever bought a Philips product, as unlike Apple, their products offer design seemingly as the only strong point.

PlaceofDis
Jan 7, 2008, 04:25 PM
design = only eyecandy. it does not necessitate quality or function.

biturbomunkie
Jan 7, 2008, 04:33 PM
the products in the pix look nice, but all about design? :confused:

Killyp
Jan 7, 2008, 05:39 PM
Those designs will all date, terribly.

The problem is they're 'stylised'. If you look at Apple's post white iBook designs, they're all dating very well because Apple didn't include any kind of unnecessary 'styling' on them. The same goes for any good design, take B&O as an example, or BMW's designs for the past 15 years (although the Bangle era slacked).

Project
Jan 7, 2008, 09:33 PM
Hmm. Im quite partial to the Bangle butt.

chaos86
Jan 7, 2008, 09:45 PM
actually I dont think thats a metal bevelled edge, i think it's the tranparent border from the g4 imacs of 2001.
http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/7600_42in_NAFTA_RFT%20standard.jpg
http://www.apple-history.com/images/models/imac_flat_up.jpg

BKKbill
Jan 7, 2008, 10:26 PM
Steve Jobs said in an interview that design is not about how it looks, it's about how it works. He probably still holds that philiosophy today.

One can hope. But I'm on my 2nd iMac and it's in the shop getting a new logic board. You know white screen and all that. Maybe looks do count.

elppa
Jan 8, 2008, 05:02 AM
One can hope. But I'm on my 2nd iMac and it's in the shop getting a new logic board. You know white screen and all that. Maybe looks do count.

When I said how it works, I meant the way in which it works (like the way iPod syncs easily with a computer, or the way Apple Displays only need one cable, or the way MagSafe protects laptop computers), not whether it works or not. Manufacturing faults are an unfortunate side effect of any mass produced item. I hope it gets fixed.