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Apple takes a cue from Google's 20% time

0. phoneArena 12 Nov 2012, 20:25 posted on

Many companies are starting to realize these days that if you have talented people in your company, it's probably a good idea to give them a bit of freedom to follow their passions a bit. Google has been the most famous example with its "20% time" and now Apple is joining in the fun...

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posted on 13 Nov 2012, 06:21 1

52. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Let me guess...the apple logo on the back is enough reason for you to buy it?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:36

63. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


there is more than just a logo.. ask the Nike and Reebok brand

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 17:30 1

65. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Actually..it's still just the logo

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 20:35 1

6. wendygarett (unregistered)


Sign me in Apple :)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 02:41

47. Rocksteady (unregistered)


But they mentioned that employees eligible for this approach must be "talented"

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 06:31 2

53. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


So no one is eligible in that company?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:03

58. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Burn!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 10:36

59. Rocksteady (unregistered)


I was aiming at wendy, but still your comment makes sense.
Have a nice day.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 20:35 9

7. structureman116 (Posts: 139; Member since: 14 Sep 2010)


Once again, Apple is copying a more innovative, more technologically advanced company!!

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 20:43 3

12. blingblingthing (Posts: 543; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


When will they adopt their pricing model?

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 21:29 1

20. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


You guys can't be stupid enough to really believe that Google is the only company that allows their employes to get paid for independent work. As the writer said, Google is the most famous "example".

One of the reasons why these companies pay you is not only to encourage new ideas, its also so that anything you come up with belongs to the company you work for.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 20:52 4

13. MeoCao (unregistered)


The key is to know if some 1 is talent or not. If you make mistakes you can cause chaos in the company.

Google founders are talented scientists and they know who has qualities similar to themselves and have trust in such people. This trait is passed down the ranks at Google so Google has open and creative culture.

Steve Jobs is said to have believed only in himself and he created a closed culture of Apple (everything about Apple is closed and exclusive).

Tim Cook is the product of Apple's system and I don't think he can change Apple and make it more like Google, this requires the quality that Cooks doesn't have. Cook can create an efficient machine and not and open and creative organisation.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 21:28 1

19. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


why do they even bother? They can just keep adding alphabets to their product name.
Or they can come up with new ways to screw their customers over. Perhaps they will replace the audio jack with a 2.5mm one. Then they can sell new headsets and release a new adapter.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 21:38 1

22. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


The iPhone wasn't the first phone with a 3.5mm audio jack, but after its release there was a huge push towards 3.5mm on not just smartphones, but even on almost all feature phones.

I don't understand why you guys feel the need to complain about every single damn thing. What is there to complain about now?!?!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 01:11

42. dmakun (Posts: 321; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)


So are you giving credit to the iPhone for the 3.5mm Jack now? You seem to be implying that. Dude, you appear to be one of those people still believing Apple's efforts back in 2007 were on fact "true innovation". I hate that word! Cause it's so untrue of Apple to claim that. There was Motorola & Nokia & Samsung making smart phones long before Apple & Apple borrowed (stole= innovation) ideas from predecessors. I'd only credit Apple for bringing a device that worked smoother than other existing devices back then just the same way Samsung's galaxy S phones are setting the pace today.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 01:27 1

44. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I clearly said that the iPhone wasn't...... CAN YOU READ. I never mentioned the word innovation either, stop being delusional. Market trends happen ALL THE TIME. What I said was that before iPhones it was very common to find phones with 2.5mm and now it's extremely rare , if even at all. I think it's because of iPhone (strong emphasis on music and so competitors had to compete against that) but feel free to insert your own reasons. I hope you know that the iPhone set a lot of trends, the $199 pricing being one of them. Instead of just yapping and whining why don't you can always just tell me your own reasons of why you think there's pretty much no more 2.5mm phones.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 05:37

51. dmakun (Posts: 321; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)


You are still implying the iPhone should be credited for making 3.5mm audio jacks standard my friend. In other words giving credit to Apple for that. Yes, I can read very well so stop being defensive! I might as well as well say 3.5mm jacks on android phones (since release & with its higher numbers per user) should be credited for making 3.5mm jacks standard today & not the iPhone! Now I'm sure your next argument will be who implemented it first, hence my reference to Apple's claim of "innovation" that is so NOT true.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 11:23 1

61. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


While I don't agree, you could definitely suggest the sheer number of Android devices was responsible. The reason why I think it's iPhone is because even before the announcement of the iPhone, iPods were extremely popular and when the original iPhone was announced with a recessed headphone jack, a lot of Apple users complained. Apple then changed the headphone jack to standard with the iphone 3G and 3 months later the HTC G1 (the first Android phone) was launched with a non-standard headphone jack. A lot of users complained and said things like "even the iPhone has a standard jack".

Can we stop talking about innovation?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 04:55

50. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


perhaps you don't understand. We are not 'complaining'. apple is just the butt of our jokes.
apple doesn't need employee doing their own research. the preferred method would be having a bunch of dudes dream up stuff and then patenting them.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:42

64. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


"apple is just the butt of our jokes"
are you sure is not the other way around

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 17:38

66. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Pretty sure. With apple and their farce around, there's always humour somewhere.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 17:52

67. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Other way around... Jokes are the butt of Apple?

What.....?

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 21:46 1

23. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Innovative companies are the first to do things. They go in directions few or no others think to go.
They don't make it a habit of stealing ideas, or trying to patent everything cause they put an "I" in front of it first!

What was the last USEFUL break through feature an Iphone had?

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 22:12 1

25. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Nice job Apple..

Had no idea GMail was a creation from this.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 22:35

29. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I think tim cook is better than steve.....
Atleast he is little open unlike steve....

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 01:34 1

45. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Why did they have to chose Blue Sky as project name? urgh...

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 18:34

69. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


it's their feeble attempt to endear themselves to us.

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