Look Out Apple: Philips is All About Design in '08

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. RichP macrumors 68000


    Jun 30, 2003
    Motor City
    If by design, you mean make every new product look like an iPhone.. then yes.
  3. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    ha... nice metal beveled edge .... :rolleyes:
  4. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    hahaha. Last night when I saw this TV that's exactly what I thought.A HUGE iPhone on a stand.:D
  5. BackInTheSaddle macrumors regular


    Aug 20, 2002
    Olympic Peninsula, WA
    do they REALLY get it??

    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.
  6. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    The Netherlands, Europe
    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:
  7. Orng macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2007
    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"
  8. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    The Netherlands, Europe
    That gave me a good laugh;)
  9. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    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.
  10. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    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.
  11. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    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?
  12. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    I've never ever ever bought a Philips product, as unlike Apple, their products offer design seemingly as the only strong point.
  13. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    design = only eyecandy. it does not necessitate quality or function.
  14. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2006
    the products in the pix look nice, but all about design? :confused:
  15. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    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).
  16. Project macrumors 68020

    Aug 6, 2005
  17. chaos86 macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2003
    actually I dont think thats a metal bevelled edge, i think it's the tranparent border from the g4 imacs of 2001.
  18. BKKbill macrumors 6502


    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.
  19. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    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.

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