Great update. Gorgous, tiny, powerful and enery-efficient. The addition of an HDMI port make me think that this device could be as well a new Apple TV; load it with the next generation of iOS and you’ll have a very interesting product.
My pal, John Gruber (from daringﬁreball.net), and I presented a talk at South by Southwest Interactive on Saturday, March 14th. We talked about building a blog you can be proud of, trying to improve the quality of your work, reaching the people you admire, and maybe even making a buck (in a way that doesn’t blow your deal).
My muse for the session was this quote from Walt Disney:“We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.” To me, that’s it. That’s the thing.
Nokia is a hardware company, not a software company. Their lack of vision and execution proves it. The Ovi Store is a failure and Symbian 4 (or whatever comes after) won’t save it.
“Large numbers of developers see Nokia as less relevant for distributing apps,” said Martin Garner, a London-based analyst at CCS Insight. “They prefer to work with software that has obvious growth momentum in the market.”
I’m not disappointed, the iPhone 4 is impressive: new case design, 326 DPI Retina display, A4 chip, 5MP camera, iOS 4.0, iMovie and FaceTime.
In my opinion, FaceTime is a killer. We’ve been promised video-calling for a long time (I remember seeing this in 2005), but the difference is in the implementation, and Apple solution is just seamless (even though it’s not yet available on 3G, but it’s a matter of time).
The way Apple advertise FaceTime will be appealing to a lot of people; it’s not only about the feature, but what you can do with it: sharing important moments of your life.
Apple’s success is largely rooted in the way it embraces familiarity, even with “revolutionary” products like iPad and iPhone.
This is what Apple does so well: it brings you aboard with something familiar or intuitive, and then takes you someplace you wouldn’t have gone otherwise. It is also what Apple’s competitors and detractors never seem to understand. With every product launch, naysayers inevitably turn to a PowerPoint slide and note that company X’s product overview has more bullets. It’s not about the bullets. It’s about people wanting to use the product. Tapping into that is very, very hard—especially when refusing to acknowledge its importance. How they can continue to ignore it as Apple’s sales and market cap soar is a mystery.