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    Hi all,

    Well the title says it all...Apple has got a lot of problems of late, most of their own making, part of it is their design, part is PRPRPR $and$ $the$ $last$ $part$, $they$ $refuse$ $to$ $admit$ $they$ $were$ $wrong$, ($now$ $they$ $say$ $they$ $were$ $wrong$, $with$ $how$ $they$ $calculate$ $the$ $number$ $of$ $reception$ $bars$, $however$, $it$'$s$ $the$ $antenna$ $design$ $that$ $is$ ($also$) $wrong$)!

    They have now become what they have criticized MS for years, that is arrogant and in effect...uncool!

    Take care, Jay

    Is the iPhone 4 becoming the Windows Vista of Apple?
    By Sam Diaz | July 7, 2010, 10:08am PDT

    Is the iPhone 4 becoming the Windows Vista of Apple? | ZDNet

    The latest word out of Apple HQ is that the iPhone 4 software update that’s on the way won’t do anything to solve that little antenna problem that’s been getting headlines in recent days.

    Well, duh.

    As Adrian Kingsley-Hughes pointed out in a post of his own this morning, the antenna problem on the iPhone 4 isn’t a software issue. It’s a design defect. And his advice is simple: either live with it or return it.

    As the iPhone 4 bashing continues, I can’t help but wonder if the folks in Cupertino are getting a little taste of what Redmond must have been feeling when everyone was bashing Windows Vista - stuck between a rock and a hard place because there’s really no quick answer to give iPhone owners. Well, nothing beyond 1) scale down to a previous version, 2) buy from a competitor or 3) wait for the next update.

    I understand the loyalty badge that Apple fans wear proudly. I’ve been wearing my “I’m a Mac” label for many years and would recommend Apple’s computer systems to anyone. I own an Apple TV unit and can’t wait to see what the company will do next with it. And I happily use Apple’s Airport wireless networking products to transmit the Internet wirelessly throughout my house.

    But I won’t buy an iPhone - because I’m also a fan of spending my money wisely. Yes, it used to be an AT&T issue with me - why would I pay a monthly bill for phone service that’s hit or miss, at best? But now, my distaste for Apple’s iPhone has grown beyond that.

    The whole control-freakery over the App store was getting to be too much for me, despite the reassuring words that the control process was to maintain the integrity of Apple’s app marketplace - but now there’s the issue of iTunes accounts and the app store being hacked. So much for that control process.
    The death of AT&T’s unlimited data plan was also a turnoff. Frankly, I considered it a way of discouraging users from experimenting with any data-heavy applications, something that stifles innovation.
    Finally, the open letter from Apple - you know, the one where Apple admitted to miscalculating how it registered signal strength on the iPhone - was a game-changer for me. All this time, as AT&T advertised “More bars in more places,” there were actually fewer bars in those places. Anyone else feel like they’ve been deceived?
    It’s unfortunate, really. The iPhone was the pioneer, a company that redefined smartphones and single-handedly changed the entire ecosystem of apps as a business - just like Microsoft did when it originally introduced the Windows operating system to personal computing.

    Like Microsoft, Apple may have fallen into the trap of thinking that, as the market leader, it was untouchable. But just as Apple recognized Microsoft’s vulnerability as it tried to dig itself out of the Windows Vista fiasco, Google and others may be the ones who are watching as the iPhone 4 takes a public relations beating. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were busy behind the scenes putting together a switch campaign of their own.

    With all of that said, I can’t help but wonder if we’ll see iPhone 5 sooner than expected.
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    Hi all,

    Here is a little more Vista for Apple!


    Take care,


    iPhone 4 ... Apple's own "Vista" moment in history
    By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes | June 30, 2010, 8:22am PDT

    iPhone 4 ... Apple's own "Vista" moment in history | ZDNet

    “What if Microsoft bought out a product where you had to spend $30 on an accessory to make it work right and stop is from breaking?”

    That’s a question I received from a reader earlier today.

    My reply: “I think people would go stark raving ballistic on Microsoft - and rightly so.”

    See, as “cool” as I think the iPhone 4 is, with its stainless steel chassis antenna and glass front and back. I can’t help but feel that Apple didn’t take the time to work out the kinks. As beautiful and stylish the iPhone 4 is to look at and hold, and as useful as some of the features it offers are, I can’t shake that feeling that the iPhone 4 is Apple’s own little “Vista” moment in tech history.

    For a device that represents the flagship product of a flagship company, and which is widely regarded as the best of the best in its class of smartphones, it sure has had its fair share of problems in the short time it has been out. While Apple has been able to pre-sell enough handsets to gain a lot of traction right out of the starting blocks to ensure enough ****** support to bury much of the bad news, Apple’s obsession with form over function has lead it to create a handset that doesn’t like being held a particular way, and which breaks big style with the smallest of drops (add to that the fact that glass is slippery, and that makes the risk of a fall even greater).

    The fact of life is that we hold out handsets the way we hold them without giving it much thought, and sometimes we drop them. That’s part and parcel of the life of a handset. What Apple seems to have done with the iPhone 4 is create a marvel of engineering that works great in concept, but fails in the real world. Sure, it’s sleek, and stylish, and thin (something which seems dear to Steve Jobs), and it crams a lot of power into a small box, but it’s also fragile and temperamental.

    Apple needs to grasp the fact that it now not only sells a mass-market handset, but it’s selling it to a massive market, and these people aren’t necessarily Apple ******* or zealots. These people buy a product because they believe that it is the best in its class. Preaching to people about how to hold their handsets, selling $30 strips of rubber, or spewing technical specs on the glass used is not good enough. People want a product that they can trust, and that has had the kinks worked out before going to market.

    Hype aside, the iPhone 4 feels like a device that’s not been properly field tested. Durability and reception issues should have been worked out long before the device went to market. Apple’s dropped the ball here, but because of the hype, it’s unlikely that the market will punish it for the mistakes.

    On a more positive note, I think the kinks will be worked out by iPhone 5 …

    There’s an important lesson here for Microsoft and its handset OEM partners, and it’s a simple one: Don’t screw up!
    Please Support Research into Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Spinal Injuries. If You Suffer from These, Consider Joining or Better Yet Forming a Support Group. No One Should Suffer from the Burden of Chronic Pain, Jay M. S. Founder, Leesburg Fibromyalgia/Resources Group

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