eWeek: Apple iPhone fallout: ‘They must be crying in Nokia-ville and other telephony towns today’

“In his January 9 keynote address before the Macworld Expo crowd in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs offered what has become an annual lesson in user values in technology design,” David Morgenstern writes for eWeek. “But why do so few in the industry seem to be taking the course?”

Morgenstern writes, “That is the great mystery. Often it’s easy to dismiss the power of integration, whether it’s hardware and software or software and services. Or with Apple’s iPhone, something of all three.”

“The device rang my bell in the cool department. With the full browser implementation, it’s almost like a tablet PC but smaller and with telephony. As Jobs said, most smart phones aren’t very smart. The iPhone’s IQ must be off the scale,” Morgenstern writes.

Morgenstern writes, “They must be crying in Nokia-ville and other telephony towns today. Apple’s team in Cupertino has stopped the market with this product.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s not a complex formula, but it’s obviously very difficult to concoct: Apple is a group of very smart, talented people who are paying fanatical attention to detail, being driven by a visionary, charismatic leader.

As we said yesterday, Apple’s competitors should be embarrassed – their products look dated and amateurish next to Apple’s iPhone – which looks like it slipped off the side of the saucer and was mistakenly left behind by alien visitors. Apple’s so-called competitors have been leapfrogged by a wide margin. They should be crying.

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  1. And over at Dell, Sony, HP and, most of all MSoft, they are all giving each other High Fives that Steve has left the computer business.

    For Schiller to come out and reassure us otherwise is PROOF POSITIVE that Apple’s exit from the computer hardware and software business is a done deal!

  2. It is pretty simple why most companies do no follow this formula: they do not give even the tiniest little rat’s ass about the consumer, other than determining how much they are willing to pay. Most companies only worry about how a feature can make them money. Sure, Apple is all about money, too. However, they realize that by designing and producing hardware n software combos that give consumers what they want, they will make money. Apple spends time thinking about why to add features and therefore understands how to implement them. Other companies tack on an FM tuner and call it value.

  3. Oh Yeah, and This Too – you just go ahead and go back to your looney room and rock yourself back and forth in your delusion.

    Meanwhile, the rest of us in the real world will be welcoming millions of new Mac users because for all the talk of how the iPod would destroy the Mac business and now all the talk now of how the iPhone will destroy the Mac (again), quite the opposite seems to be happening.

    FYI, Apple sold more than 6 million Macs in 2006, which is something like 3 million more than they sold in 2001 when the iPod first came out.

    Fortunately for Apple, it’s competitors and detractors have an IQ level where they constantly misinterpret things like the name change, where somehow only a company named “Apple Computers, Inc.” can make and sell Macs whle a company named “Apple, Inc” cannot make and sell Macs. To Apple, it must seem like watching a bunch of cows lining up single file to the slaughter house – cows who think they are about to get a nice treat because why else would there be a line?

    The Mac is back, baby, and it’s back bigger than ever. Apple’s on course to sell 8-9 million Macs this year, and now we essentially have a Newtonized version of Mac OS X in the iPhone.

  4. The Mac accounts for what, 60% of Apple’s revenue?? And they are getting rid of it?

    Can you imagine what would happen to the share price if they threw away the profit that the Mac brings in.
    Anyone who thinks they are leaving the computer business is a straight-up moron.

  5. God, CNET is lame. How can you review a product without USING it? It’s not even out yet. They haven’t tried it, or the software.

    “It’s tough to truly evaluate the iPhone’s capability as a music and video player without some hands-on experience” yet, they proceed to do so.

    “Journalism” at it’s finest.

    MDNews Magic Word: “Pay” as in these two assclowns need to have their pay cut.

  6. The reason no one else can get this is that Apple’s “formula” probably violates most Business School 101 principles:

    – dependence on a charismatic CEO
    – forcing partners to swear to secrecy and punishing them when they blab, and other onerous demands on partners
    – dropping products on the market in “surprise!” announcements with minimal time for an “ecosystem” to be prepped
    – vertical integration (making the hardware and software) instead of specialization
    – basically ignoring the hype generated by competitors and working on their own schedule on what they think they can actually do better and sell a lot of
    – design by inspiration and vision instead of committee and focus group

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