Original iPhone engineer apologizes to users, saying it was only "an OK phone"
posted by Michael H. / Feb 26, 2014, 12:27 PM
phone, the "value propositions" that Apple focused on (in order) were: "a revolutionary phone, the best iPod ever and the Internet in your pocket". However, Borcher has come to realize that Apple oversold the phone part of the equation and should have reversed the order of those value propositions, because the real revolutionary aspect of the device was in the web browsing experience compared to other smartphones of the day.To be clear, Borcher isn't saying that the device was terrible, just that the focus by Apple wasn't where it should have been. He says that in the early days designing the
Of course, Apple did seem to realize its mistake soon enough, because the iPhone 3G shifted the focus to apps and having the Internet in your pocket. Still, it is always interesting to hear how the original designers look back on the process.
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posted on Feb 26, 2014, 12:31 PM 2
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Yea, interesting in the fact that they weren't afraid to push the limits and deliver insane value to the customers. After Jobs' death its literally been "how slow can we go to fully milk these fools and when is the right time to copy others".
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 1:05 PM 5
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Still iphone is an OK phone....
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 2:17 PM 11
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That's what makes the iPhone magical. You talk to the Apple haters and you get the impression the iPhone could do everything, which is just a double standard imposed on Apple. Apple makes premium products that are intuitive and fun to use. It works. So yes, it's an OK phone.
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 9:24 PM 1
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My recollection of the OG iPhone is that its phone functions were in the middle of the pack of phones from RIM/BB, Nokia, Motorola, etc. at the time. The break-out function was the Internet access. Fortunately for Apple, Internet access at the time was on the slow side, so EDGE was not the limitation that it became in later years. Sauce, I see you edited your post. Now everyone will wonder what your post was before you edited it.
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 12:36 PM 1
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To their credit, Apple's team were able to move very quickly to change the value proposition. As a contrast, the team at RIM/BB are still trying to connect with a viable value proposition.
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 12:32 PM 4
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still 100x sexier than Galaxy S5
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 12:34 PM 18
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In 2007 .. N95 was the best phone .. the first iphone was nothing compare to N95 :D
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 12:45 PM 13
What was that? Never heard of it
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 12:47 PM 2
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That really was the best device of 2007... the Nokia N95. Even the N75, released in the same year, was as good as the original iPhone in most respects (plus 3G and minus the touch screen... but the camera was just as good in resolution, and had a flash to boot!), and back then I liked the form factor of the N75 better anyway. The "TabTop" update was disappointing, but I had my N75 for five years before I had to sell it, and it was still working just fine when I did sell it.
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 1:42 PM 3
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Interesting what you can find.
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 2:14 PM 3
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SO, my wife got her 550.00 ipad mini air 2 tablet in today - 2X the price of Nexu 7 2013 - no GPS, no Accelerometer...no distinct advantage over Nexus 7 - and there are a ton of apps for Nexus 7, just like for any Android device...nice to see someone that used to work for Apple admit what he did, but the company still rips off its customers...
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 1:28 PM 4
Looks like another fanboy making up silly stories in favor of hatred towards Apple lol. So tell us, did she get a Mini, or an Air, or BOTH for 550? Lol good try.
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 2:00 PM 2
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