Unless you’ve been living under a rock for a while, you already know that the iPhone 4 is here! I actually had a chance to play with one a week ago and it was really sweet. I love the design and the added features (multi-tasking, face time, folders, HD video, etc). Great new stuff!
So the phone sold a TON, not surprising, but as with any product launch it’s not without its share of problems. The AT&T servers crashed on the first day of sales, people were actually taking orders on paper at AT&T stores. Then there were complaints from some people that the screen was discolored, and lots of others saying that reception was bad and calls were being dropped. Sheesh.
So with all the grumblings going around I thought I should give my 2 cents. Ahh hemm… Basically, I give Apple credit for engineering so many innovations in such a short amount of time, and then bringing those technologies to market on such a large scale.
Let’s look at the BIG picture. Phones are made by designers, engineers, programmers, etc. All of these people are smart, but not perfect, thus the product will contain its share of flaws. I think Apple has been growing at an extraordinary pace, and that presents a set of unique challenges. I don’t know what it takes to run a multi-billion dollar company, so I hesitate to flap my gums about what they “should be doing”. There’s enough of that going around now anyway. I think when you’re king of the hill you naturally become a target, and every flaw becomes all the more obvious.
But just stand back and think about what they’ve done! They engineered their own computer hardware to push the limits of silicon, battery, and wireless technologies among others; then they design it to be smaller, sleeker and faster than all other competitors; then they go through a major upgrade cycle for the operating system and add new apps; then they manufacture millions of these devices and fill orders in multiple countries all while satisfying government regulations at every turn. Whew.
All things considered, I’d say Apple knocked it out of the park, and any hicups they’re experiencing now will quickly be remedied.
This is an amazing device, I’m in love, and I can’t wait to see my first app running at 960 x 640 pixel resolution! Keep up the good work Apple!