If Steve Jobs Was Still Here And Involved With iPhone 6

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Konvictz, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. Konvictz macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2014
    Obviously I did not know the man personally, but from what I've heard he was a man who did not care about consumers, or figures or money etc but he cared about what he believed.

    iPhone is an example of this. It may be behind in some ways against its competitors now, but what it does, it simply does great and that is why I stick to iphone.

    This gets brought up a lot, a lot of people are saying this iPhone 6 would have been far different if Steve Jobs were around, is that true?

    I personally think if Jobs was around, the actual hardware side of things would have been pretty much the same, it takes years for research and development, this 4.7 and 5.5 inch screen and a7/a8 chips are not just sudden inceptions, they have been in the making for a long time. And no doubt the next few iterations of iPhone are roughly arranged in draft already.
  2. Euphrates macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    It would be different. Jobs wouldn't allow the 6 to be this bleh. Not a good iteration IMO.
  3. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
  4. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    They said he had ideas in the pipeline when he died. Who is to say the 6 and 6 Plus were not his ideas?
  5. sillywabbit macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012
  6. barjam macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    In my opinion the 6 is by far the best iphone ever by a good measure. The only negative for me is the stripes on the back and the aluminum is super slipper. I don't care really as I have a case.

    I can do many things with the 6 that I could not do with the 5 just due to screen size alone.
  7. Tubamajuba macrumors 68020

    Jun 8, 2011
    Done with MacRumors, the trolls have won
    It's not that Jobs viewed consumers in a negative light, he just didn't care what they wanted. He believed that consumers didn't really know what they wanted, but they would recognize a good thing when they saw it. Through that, Apple would make money. And obviously they're making tons of it.

    Would the iPhone 6 as it is today exist? Probably. Would the 6 Plus exist? I'm not so sure about that. But I can't be sure about that, because who knows how Jobs would have reacted to the Note series and other super large phones? He wasn't afraid to have three different models of iPods (Regular, Mini/Nano, Shuffle), so I guess it's not farfetched to imagine him green-lighting the Plus.

    I'll say this- the Apple Watch is classic Jobs.

    I think it's worth mentioning that I can't see iOS 8 being anything like it is today under Jobs' watch. It would probably have less bugs, but not due to increased quality control- because it would look almost exactly like iOS 6 and have few if any headline features. Again though, I don't speak for the dead man.
  8. andymodem macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    Same here. I'd be on a Windows Phone to escape the skeuomorphism that would no doubt be prevalent still in iOS.
  9. Tthomas612 macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    IMO it's the best iphone iteration. Opinions differ...

    If Jobs were here it would've been a 3.5" display and there would be no iPad mini because "there's no market for 7" tablets."

    He was a genius but had his faults ... Let the man RIP
  10. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    I doubt he would have complies this soon, but he's dead. Mothers is no point in speculating.
  11. thegrants82 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2013
    Right here

  12. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I'm glad several million people disagree with you.
  13. realeric macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    If Jobs were here, we would not see fandroids saying "Steve is dead. Move on" or ugly thick antenna band. Jobs spent six months refining the scrollbars. He would not allow the band.
  14. megalaser macrumors 6502


    Nov 17, 2009
    I'm surprise Jon Ive allowed the antenna bands, the back of the phone is ugly (he could have at least took the iPhone 5 way to do it) but almost everyone will use a case anyway.
  15. Cool Pup macrumors 6502a

    Cool Pup

    Jun 18, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    That's how I feel. There's no way to prove it, but we've been told that Apple had 5 years of products by the time Steve passed on. There's no doubt Apple plans products many, many years in advance. The Watch was clearly a Steve-involved product and the upcoming TV, if it happens, was one of his magnum opuses (according to him.)

    Steve would have likely prevented some of the little issues and bugs, especially with iOS 8, but I can't say I'd imagine the phone being very different. It's still a very Apple-like phone. People seem to forget that Apple products and phones have always been marred by bugs and various glitches — especially the first in the line of a new product type (4.7 and 5.5 inch phones, in this case.)
  16. mantan macrumors 68000

    Nov 2, 2009
    I think the whole '5 years in the pipeline' line is a myth that was spun to calm investors and customers.

    Sure he may have had some broad ideas of product strategy, but technology and the market evolve way too fast for anybody to 5 years worth of products planned out.....
  17. Cool Pup macrumors 6502a

    Cool Pup

    Jun 18, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Yes and no. I know a few people in the tech industry of the Bay Area and they say product cycles, even phones, are often 2-3 years in terms of development, testing, and general scope ideas. It's not that farfetched to assume Apple plans ahead.
  18. kerrikins macrumors 65816

    Sep 22, 2012
    I don't think it was entirely a myth - he probably had ideas and even plans sketched out, and then the people left behind took and molded them for their own use. The man lived and breathed Apple, I bet he wanted to make very sure that 1997 did not happen again.

    His biggest potential influence isn't in the products, though, imo - it's in the people he hired, who he shared his ideas with, who he thought shared his vision.
  19. Surf Monkey macrumors 68030

    Surf Monkey

    Oct 3, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Nobody knows either way and it really doesn't matter because he's never coming back. Therefore speculation is utterly pointless.


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