Smartphone makers plan to mirror Apple's approach with fewer models each year

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by *LTD*, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    What happened to all the talk about "choice"? All that openness, and choice, and all those lovely buzzwords that described the mess that is the smartphone industry outside of Cupertino. The industry is waking up to what Apple has known for years: a quality user experience via differentiation. A little shot of vertical development in the arm, hopefully.

    The smartphone segment needs it. Badly. One Android OEM is squeezing out almost all others, and sales are split between numerous OEMs who have serious trouble with differentiation. Android isn't profitable at this time - ask HTC, Motorola, etc., unless you're Google counting up ad revenue or you're a carrier gouging consumers, or Samsung... who seems to be going in a direction opposite to everyone else.

    It's a mess. But finally, under Apple's tutelage, the focus might just shift from a crazy race to the bottom, to a crazy race to consumers' hearts and minds.
     
  2. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Explain to me how fewer models means less choice? If you look at them a other of the new phones that come out every week are at most a step upgrade to others.

    It means fewer custom designs for the carriers.
    This is something the android crew has been saying goes for a while but leave it to you to some how try to spend this as less choice and coping apple. Then linking to Apple fanboy sites.
    Sorry but the Apple fancy sites bashing non Apple products is not a valid source.
    Also to copy apple it would require making only one new model a year. Not what they are dropping to which would be a more reasonable number.
     
  3. dgree03 macrumors 65816

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    It didn't take apples "tutelage" to get android to smash iOS in marketshare.

    Not only that, but apple does what works well for them! Congrats! My iPhone in my pocket at work or my Thunderbolt at home doesn't get affected one bit.

    Apples model isnt the only one that works :eek: I know, shocker.
     
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    Did you seriously just ask that? :eek:
     
  5. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Yeah it should be better more like how is fewer models means no choice.

    Or how is fewer models mean no choice? I kind of messed up but I was on my galaxy tab and not my computer and posting from a touch screen is a pain no matter what it is on.
     
  6. vvswarup macrumors 6502a

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    A few months ago, LTD called Samsung's move of making so many different models of "Galaxy" tablets as "throwing mud at the wall and hoping it sticks." You touted Samsung's move as offering choice to the consumer and that with iOS, people have to "settle."

    It seems that you have changed your tune.

    Resources are limited. It's better to do a good job with a few products than do an okay job with a bunch of products.
     
  7. entatlrg macrumors 68040

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    I post from my iPhone's touchscreen just fine, amazingly simple, smooth and quick! I admit I usually use Siri.

    Nice to see Apple continuing to lead the way. So many models of Android phones out there, most not up-datable to the latest OS ... consumers got drowned in the Android hype, flurry of handsets and geeks in the cell shops flogging them, that with the lower prices Android gained market share fast.

    Now that many 'average consumers' have actual experience with Android handsets they're realizing the true cost of the money they saved ... not simple and fluid as iOS, poor battery life, ETC., just not the fit and finished feel of the iPhone. In fact many Android owners I know say it's their last one, iPhone for them next time...

    Android OEM's are wondering what to do ... firing a shotgun stream of handsets every few months to consumers isn't working out for the manufacturer OR consumer.

    Seems like the company copying Apple the most, Samsung, is the one doing the best, lol. Too bad they aren't Samsung's own innovations, no worries ... knock offs NEVER outdo the original. :)
     
  8. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Yes. If we can believe DigiTimes' Taiwanese sources for this rumor, then ...

    ... instead of dropping to just one new yearly model like Apple, it sounds like they're going to follow Samsung's method of focusing pubic attention on a common flagship name (e.g. Galaxy) even with multiple submodels.

    Easier to advertise one major name than many. Droid and Galaxy are memorable. Versus all the names that HTC uses, for instance.
     
  9. ChazUK macrumors 603

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    There will still be choice despite slower release schedules.

    For example, HTC did themselves no favours releasing the Sensation, Sensation XL, Sensation XE, Desire S, Desire HD, Desire Z, Incredible S, Wildfire S..... (there were more 2011 releases beyond that).

    We'll still have the choice of hardware keyboards, game pads, capacitive buttons, physical buttons or even no buttons.

    If anyone is going the Apple route, look at Nokia under the command of Microsoft. They deserve to do well with the changes they've made and the hardware they're pumping out.
     
  10. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    That not touch screen and compare it to using a normal keyboard. Which do you find easier. I have and do post from my iPod touch, Atrix 4G, Galaxy tab 10.1 or an iPad depending on what I am using. The iPod I find the most annoying due to I really do not like iOS autocorrect and keyboard on the smaller devices compared to Swiftkey. Then of course Atrix is next and then iPad2 and the one I like the best is Galaxy Tab but again that is iOS keyboard vs Swiftkey and I just like swiftkey better.

    Speed wise of the touch screens I am the fastest on the Atrix and slowest on the tablets. Just the tablets are easier to check my work.

    But touch screen verse keyboard/mouse the keyboard and mouse I find is a heck of a lot easier and faster than touch screen. Plus I make a lot fewer errors and it is less tiring.
     
  11. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Fewer models means better support from 3rd parties :)
     
  12. smoledman macrumors 68000

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    Well Apple has redefined "choice" to mean that the iPod Touch didn't even get a single hardware upgrade in 2011.
     
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    I've read that multiple times (maybe the ibuprofen for my back pain is taking a toll), but I can't make sense out of it. Choice doesn't involve hardware upgrades. You can still choose that device regardless of whether it's been upgraded recently or not.

    EDIT: On topic, I don't care. I got rid of my smartphone and went back to a flip phone. It's cheaper and my life isn't devoted to the device on my hip. Personally, I wish others would do the same. Too many families sit in the same room, all using various devices, and nobody talking to each other. I'm not sure how families function any more.
     
  14. soco macrumors 68030

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    This is (read: should) be an obvious benefit to us as consumers. The more these manufacturers concentrate on a particular phone, the better it should be. After all, we know the reason the iPhone is ~better than other phones is the fact that Apple only makes one per year.

    I...

    Well crap, I can't... it hurts my head. :(
     
  15. smoledman macrumors 68000

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    The problem with having zero competition in the PMP market is Apple is free to not refresh the line in 2011.
     
  16. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Agreed, but that doesn't affect choice. If there is zero competition, then there's only one music player out there (which isn't quite true). Assuming (incorrectly) Apple produces the only personal music player, then if they refresh it, you still have but one choice (the new model).

    Still, Apple offers several iPod devices, so you still have choice. So, they haven't redefined it at all. They are just leaving you with the same choices.
     
  17. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    ITT: *LTD* yet again predicting an Apple controlled future with bias arguments and going back on what he has previously said. Move on folks, nothing new to see here.
     
  18. smoledman macrumors 68000

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    Aren't we living in an Apple controlled reality right now?
     
  19. *LTD* thread starter macrumors G4

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    Sure looks that way.
     
  20. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    Definitely not. It's actually a little sad as a reflection on society that people can even feel that a tech company is in control.
     
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    Riiiiight. Just like we're in a post-PC (and I have half a thought to believe you meant post-Windows instead of post-PC, which would be even more ridiculous) Apple created world, right? Total farce.

    As stated, more consistent naming/branding is a positive for the manufacturers. Motorola/Droid and Samsung/Galaxy are two Android examples. Throw in Nokia/Lumia for WP.
     
  22. reefoid macrumors regular

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    Yes, through your Apple-tinted glasses I'm sure it does look that way. Take them off and you'll see the rest of us live in a world where technology helps and improves our lives, regardless of manufacturer or rabid brand-loyalty. Maybe you should try it.
     
  23. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Whaaat? You don't seriously believe that do you? Unbelievable. Your level out out-of-touch meets no end.
     
  24. *LTD*, Jan 14, 2012
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    Apple doesn't need MacWorld. They've got CES. And they weren't even there.

    In lasting and palpable control of the course and direction of consumer technology? Absolutely. Everything else? Probably not. Though if you think so, it might be time to write a book. Or begin therapy.


    http://english.cri.cn/6826/2012/01/14/1461s676267.htm

    http://www.appleinsider.com/article...ntels_ultrabooks_to_samsungs_galaxy_note.html

    http://www.macnewsworld.com/rsstory/74152.html

    http://www.neowin.net/news/its-official-2012-is-the-year-of-macbook-clones

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/07/BUCB1MLBCL.DTL

    Too true.
     
  25. OllyW Moderator

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    If Apple having an influence on the latest electronic trinkets shown at a CES means we are living in an Apple controlled reality, then my idea of reality is a lot different to yours.
     

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