Some thoughts on the new iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s

I wasn’t going to write anything about these because I didn’t think I had anything to say but then I thought what the hell.

iPhone 5c

So the iPhone 5c. Honestly, I’m not surprised Apple didn’t make a cheap iPhone. They did the same with the MacBook Air. Everyone expected them to make a cheap MacBook Pro. Instead, the priced it higher than what people expected but delivered a better product. They did the same with the iPhone. They still have the 4S if you want a cheaper iPhone. Anything cheaper than that would come with severe compromises and that’s not how Apple rolls.

The new colors look nice. I know Nokia likes to take credit for the colors but it’s not like Apple never made anything in color (just look at the iPods and the previous Macs). Let’s not even get into what Nokia phones looked like before the iPhone. And Nokia has been making color phones since ages now. If Apple was taking inspiration from Nokia, every iPhone since the first one would be in color. And they would be selling their hardware division to Microsoft. But let’s not make fun of the dead.  Continue…

Regarding opinions and apologies

So a few days ago Engadget wrote a post on the race to the bottom that has started happening in the smartphone and tablet market thanks to Amazon and now Google. The gist of it was that both these companies, who would (and have, in case of Google) otherwise struggled to sell their devices and make profit off the hardware, have decided to sell them at price, or in some cases at a loss, and instead rely on revenues through content sales to make money.

The problem with this model, as the article mentions, is that it would result in lower quality standards as manufacturers won’t consider innovating or spending much on the hardware if they know they are going to sell it at a rock bottom price. Moreover, it also screws over other companies who make a profit off selling the hardware, and makes people think just because they are not selling things extremely cheap they are ripping people off when it’s just a different way to make money, not worse.

Both of these were very valid points but were met with criticism from the Android-loving, Apple-hating crowd found in the comments section of any technology site these days. And apparently it was so bad that Engadget had to apologize for their article. Yes, apologize for having an opinion that not everyone agrees with.

Now there are usually three kinds of posts you write. There are the news stories where you have no business putting your opinion in. You present the facts as they happened and leave it to the readers to interpret it as they want. Then there are the reviews, which also mostly deal with the facts and numbers but there are also some opinions for things that cannot be quantified. And then there are opinion pieces, which are just that, your opinions.

Every person has their own opinion and the point of these opinion pieces is to get them across to the readers unchanged. You don’t sugarcoat it to make it appeal to a broader audience. Conversely, you don’t spice it up either to make it more sensational. If you do that it’s no longer your opinion. And if you have to apologize about you opinion, you probably don’t care much for it yourself. And if you don’t care about it, no one else will.

I’ve seen this trend recently where people write articles that are too safe, too neutral, where they are afraid to stand by their honest opinion to prevent offending people who would disagree with them. You will find articles where the author mentions something good about a product, only to pull it back with a minor complaint to not appear too excited about it. This is why I enjoy reading the writings of people such as Gruber or Siegler. You may disagree with what they say but at least they are honest and say what’s on their mind without giving half a fuck about what others might think. If you like something, say it. If you hate something, say it. No one likes the guy who tries to please everyone.

The apology has since been removed after both Gruber and Siegler posted about it. Hopefully, Engadget will continue to write sensible articles in future without apologizing for it making too much sense.

Samsung Reportedly Hits Apple with 20% Price Increase for iOS Device Chips

It seems Samsung has increased the cost of its processors that it supplies to Apple for use within iOS devices. The first thing that comes to mind is that this has been done out of malice or as payback to the legal issues between the two companies. However, if this is true then Samsung is going to have an axe-shaped slit in its feet.

Apple has been said to be in talks to find another foundry to manufacture its chips. It already designs its own chips so all it needs is someone to manufacture them. With rumors of this going around, Samsung would be a fool to increase the prices without a sensible reason as that would only speed up the process of Apple going elsewhere to get its chips made.

I just think the rise has come out of increase in the price of the parts or something to that effect. Samsung would know better than to alienate its best customer.

Update: And Samsung does know better. A company spokesperson has confirmed that Samsung has not increased the prices.

iPhone 5 India launch expected on October 26

Nice scoop by BGR India. Good to see Apple stick to the one month late India launch strategy, as opposed to the ‘several months late’ strategy or the ‘never-ever launch because fuck you that’s why’ strategy.

It is being said that Apple will be selling the phone directly this time instead of going through the carriers, so expect lower prices and wider availability. Still, this is a new iPhone, so it’s going to be expensive. I’m guessing 48k for the cheapest 16GB model. The price is the only reason why I am not even considering getting one.

Remembering Steve

It’s been exactly one year since Steve Jobs passed away. To commemorate this day and the man himself, Apple has put up a nice tribute in the form of a video that plays when you visit today. Following the video is a quick note from Job’s successor, Tim Cook.

True to the Apple tradition, the video is simple and effective and Cook’s words are heartfelt. It is indeed a wonderful tribute.

It’s been a year since the unfortunate incident but Apple has shown no signs of slowing down, no matter how hard some people try to say otherwise. They have given us several great new products this year: the new iPad, the MacBook Pro with Retina display, the iPhone 5, the new iPods. And there’re still three more months left in this year and possibly, a ‘one more thing’.

It’s clear then that Jobs left the company in the hands of some truly amazing people. He may not be physically at Apple anymore but nevertheless, the company continues his legacy of being truly awesome.