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iLemmings

Posted in Tech, Venting with tags , , , , , on August 23, 2008 by Apollo

iPhone option

Watching one of the Sunday morning “lifestyle” programmes this morning – yes, I have better things to do, but do stop channel surfing if I see anything remotely gadget like in someone’s grubby little paw – I was reminded of why I’ll never succumb to any of the iCrap out there, and fund Apple again. Last time was an Apple II, and look what a mistake that turned out to be.

This morning it was a reminder at the cynical marketing of their iPhone. Having launched a bit of clunky, pathetically underpowered piece of hardware and software that depended on nothing more than its looks to make it sell, they’ve now released a more functional version of the thing, with proper software and network access.

If it worked, it might not be so bad, but even Channel 5’s biased Gadget Show didn’t award it top spot for what it did, only its looks.

Of course, this will do wonders for their sales, and empty the pockets of the faithful, since there’s no trade-in or upgrade route, all the folk that have already splashed out to have the latest overpriced “must have” shiny box will have to throw them away, having had them for only a matter of months, and shell out for the newest one, or be left behind with an old-fashioned, obsoleted, uncool gadget.

Now, we all know that that’s option 2 is never going to happen with the faithful, and they’ll happily dip into their pockets, and empty them to fill Apple’s coffers to buy the newest version – and folk complain about Microsoft.

Update

This post gost lost when it was originally made a few weeks ago, and it was filed away as a draft I just noticed today.

Since then, the “new and improved” iPhone has been released as expected and predicted – only weeks after its launch! I knew Apple were keen to rip-off their blind followers, but that’s ridiculous, and one can only assume the release of the first piece of junk at an inflated price was just a cynical ploy to boost sales, knowing the faithful iLemmings would ditch their old “unkewl” version, and go running for an upgraded models to flash around.

The Gadget show was keen to confirm this. as the bald geek was filmed getting up in the middle of the night so he could be at the Apple dealer’s door, ready to buy another iPhone – having just bought one a matter of weeks before (or did the Gadget Show pay for one or both?).

And what a rip-off he proved, as the newer iPhone boasts a faster network connection, more memory and more… (oh, find out yourselves – I don’t work selling iCrap), whatever it has more of and goes faster with, it costs less than the launch model, which was less than impressive unless you were wearing Apple-tinted glasses.

I wonder if there’s any truth in the story about the Apple bosses taking out insurance in case they get injured from falling off their pay packets?

iLemmings

Posted in Tech, Venting with tags , , , on July 13, 2008 by Apollo

Watching one of the Sunday morning “lifestyle” programmes this morning – yes, I have better things to do, but do stop channel surfing if I see anything remotely gadget like in someone’s grubby little paw – I was reminded of why I’ll never succumb to any of the iCrap out there, and fund Apple again. Last time was an Apple II, and look what a mistake that turned out to be. The only useful piece of software I ever ran on it was an adventure game, and I never got past the first chapter.

This morning it was a reminder at the cynical marketing ploys of their iPhone. Having launched a bit of clunky, pathetically underpowered piece of hardware and software that depended on nothing more than its looks to make it sell, they’ve now released a slightly more functional version of the thing, with proper software, storage, and network access. In fact, for the ridiculous money, all the things it should have had the day it was first launched – but that might have hurt the “second sell” aimed at the early adopters.

If it worked, it might not be so bad, but even Channel 5’s biased Gadget Show didn’t award it top spot for what it did, only its looks.

Of course, this will do wonders for their sales, and empty the pockets of the faithfull, since there’s no trade-in or upgrade route, so all the folk that have already splashed out to have the latest overpriced “must have” shiney box will have to throw them away, having had them for only a matter of months, and shell out for the newest one, or be left behind with an old-fashioned, obsoleted, uncool gadget.

Now, we all know that that’s never going to happen with the faithfull, and they’ll happily dip into their pockets, and empty them to fill Apple’s coffers to buy the newest version – and folk complain about Microsoft.

More iCrap

Posted in Noteworthy, Tech, Venting with tags , , on October 29, 2007 by Apollo

While I may not be a great fan of Five’s Gadget Show, the first show (Monday October 29 2007) of the new series was a gem.

Pitting Apple’s iPhone against the Nokia N95 was one of the best examples seen so far of the way that any old rubbish can be served up to the mindless worshippers at the altar of the Holy i.

While anyone can be forgiven for wanting the best gadget around, that becomes a bit daft when it’s reduced to the name, look, and feel of the thing, and ignores how badly it actually does what it says on the tin. While the N95 got on with the jobs thrown at the two devices, and suffered only from the expected problems any Jack of All Trades throws up when trying to pack umpteen function in a tiny box, while the iPhone just flopped about all over the place, pushed its expensive veneered teeth (hiding the underlying decay) in our faces, and was little more than a shiny, glossy, failure.

Every time I see an i, all it says to me is? Why i?