The Apple Difference?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by icecrystal23, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. icecrystal23 macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2010
    I was trying to prioritize my tasks at work today. We have a lot of bugs to work on, but the customer seems really concerned about "fit and finish". This got me thinking... maybe it is better to have a really good-looking application with some bugs rather than an application that appears buggy.

    I bet that's part of the Apple philosophy. It looks like it works most of the time, even if there are some minor functional issues here and there.

    What do you think?
  2. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I don't think the two should be mutually exclusive. All software will have minor bugs, but you should still make every effort to test as thoroughly as possible. But, yes, software that is clearly designed well and looks good is much more pleasant to use, and it's easier to excuse the odd bug or two if your users are generally more productive and happier to use the software.
  3. icecrystal23 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2010
    Haha... well yes, you should have good looking and good working software :) I suppose I'm talking about the general case where there isn't time to make it perfect in every way.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    My opinion is that apple has a zealous attitude towards details which shows up as great looking devices (and apps) that have minimal problems. I think you have it wrong by making something look great but has issues, or something that looks ok but has less bugs.

    Many people buy apple products because they just work, now nothing is perfect and bugs do creep into their products but the overall philosophy is an incredible focus on details.

    So if you want to follow Apple's example you need to make a great looking app that has little to none bugs.
  5. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    I guess not everyone knows about Donald Knuth and TeX then... :eek: (I kid of course, even that has/had bugs, but it's one of the most perfect and bug free program out there and Don is probably one of the best minds in programming out there).
  6. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I don't have any actual figures on how Apple stands against their competitors in terms of time-to-release or time between releases, but it always feels like they're slow to release upgrades or new software (certainly, MacRumors folks are always clamoring for the next update, now). If they are truly slower than the competition, then I like to think this is their way of making time to try and iron out the experience as much as possible.

    Then there are the stories of Steve forcing teams to scrap what they've got and start over again. Multiple times, even. He's not interested in patching up something that's "close enough". That's a pretty gutsy approach.
  7. Charlie Sheen macrumors 6502

    Charlie Sheen

    Mar 9, 2011
    I think if the app looks good then it gives the impression that it also works well.
  8. Nightarchaon macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    I think the :apple: phlosopy is :

    Old tech (compared to the PCs its competeing with, OS notwithstading) , Repackaged to look pretty, sold at a premium with as closed an ecosystem as possible = no one notices the shortcommings and we make tons of $$$$.

    it doesnt matter whats under the hood with apple, as long as it looks pretty, does the job, and makes them money,
  9. grawk macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2004
    Southern York County, PA
    Yah, their being the first to market with almost every recent intel chipset certainly suggests they're trying to make money by selling repackaged old technology...
  10. tkermit, Mar 15, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2011

    tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    Certainly one would be more tolerant of bugs with a well-designed application.

    Reminds me of this article:

  11. Paulywauly macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Durham, UK
    I always figured the Apple difference boiled down to this; they concentrate more on the user experience than competing head to head with other manufacturers in raw device spec.

    You go into a computer shop and there are a dozen box manufacturers competing on a spec/price basis, the majority of people will look at the spec of one they like then weigh it against others around the same price range and the manufacturers know this. Apple wont compete in this manner, they'll release attractive devices which are fashionable then add functions which they are happy are implemented properly (most of the time anyway)

    Good examples of this are the iPod/iPhone. Before these music players and phones were sold mainly on spec alone with second rate software. Apple came in selling a better user experience, e.g. the best ipod/email/intranet on a phone, rather than putting more megapixels in its built in camera and more internal memory

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