The Apple Philosophy

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by thetexan, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. thetexan macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2009
    "In multitasking, if you see a task manager... they blew it. Users shouldn't ever have to think about it." -Steve Jobs

    "You know, there's a porn store for Android. Anyone can download them. You can, your kids can. That's just not a place we want to go." - Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs confirmed the Apple philosophy during today's event with the above two quotes. That philosophy is that Apple controls the entire experience leaving few customization or tweaking options for the end user. The user shouldn't have to think, as "it should just work".

    This is exactly why on forums like this, and blogs like Engadget, we see people who aren't excited about Apple's announcement today. We are geeks. With that geekdom comes a desire to want to tweak a gadget, to really get to the guts of a gadget and "fool around" so to speak.

    That's not what Apple wants their users to do. Apple's objective with the iPhone is to keep it so simple, anyone can grab it and do things on there. I equate it to a bicycle with training wheels that is limited to a set path. You won't fall down on your journey, and you have a single gear to choose from, and the path is already set for you so getting to your destination will be safe and easy though at the cost of "fun". Android on the other hand is a 10-speed bike. There's a bit of a learning curve, and you might crash along the way but once you figure it out you can go down a path of your choice and have fun along the way.

    I believe Apple could easily address both groups. Instead of fighting jailbreaking at every update, embrace it like WebOS has. Let users decide to load applications from outside of the app store, so we can access porn or Google voice if we want to. Don't be scared of the tweakers and the jailbreakers, they've done some cool stuff over the years and are in fact the sole reason Apple sold many iPhones.

    Your average iPhone user has no idea about today's event. Maybe in the next few weeks they'll hear from one of their geek friends that the iPhone will do multitasking this summer and that'll excite them. That's Apple's target audience.
  2. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    You're saying that making something intuitive means it isn't fun? :rolleyes:

    You realize that half of that crap, tinkering with the guts, is only fun to us geeks right?
  3. iphonegeek786 macrumors 6502


    Nov 18, 2009
    Whats your point? Not sound rude but how will this help anyone?
  4. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    To play devil's advocate:

    There are far more non-geeks than geeks. Most in the world want just what Apple is providing: a nice, integrated, worry-free experience. Most of the hits against Microsoft by these same geeks involve lack of the above. You are free to try and hack, mod, jailbreak. Just don't expect Apple to be complicit in these efforts. Because if non-geeks begin implementing/using modified Apple products they don't understand and they brick the product, they are going to blame Apple, not the modification.

    Apple is, above all, a for-profit company. There is more money in selling products to the majority and preserving the Apple brand/reputation. Since they shut down the Mac clones in the 90's, why do you continue to think they will ever be more open? Why do you ask the same question over and over? It is what it is.
  5. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    And isn't it wonderful that you have so many other phones to choose from that will make you happy?

    Why should they?

    No, seriously. Why?

    Other people make phones for those people. Why does EVERY DEVICE in existence need to cater to that crowd? Why can't it be enough that most of them fit that need?
  6. thetexan thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2009
    I have no point, I'm just stating what is true. It will help people who are deciding what route to go this summer. All those 3G devices will be out of contract and they'll either want to upgrade to the 3GS/Unreleased or get a new device entirely. If someone enjoys the 3G and has no desire to do anything else than it's an easy choice to upgrade. If someone was bored with their 3G and had a desire to tweak then it's obvious Apple doesn't want you to do that.

    I understand that it's a perfectly smart business decision to make their devices just work, since non-geeks outnumber geeks on a massive level. I just believe Apple is neglecting a market as opening up the phone would require no work on their part. In fact Apple is constantly fighting that market of people who want more control of the device they are paying for by making it harder and harder to jailbreak.
  7. aaquib macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    Not true.

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