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04.11.12

Apple Problems Can Accelerate Linux Domination in Tablets

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Hardware at 12:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Reports suggest that there are systemic issues with the hypePad 3

APPLE QUALITY leaves much to be desired, but Apple uses its deep pockets to conceal evidence of this. Not every company is able to do so much marketing, co-opt the police forces, and shut down sites that it does not like. But that’s the side of Apple many people just don’t know about.

According to this new report, the hypePad 3 defects are probably real and widespread:

A tsunami of complaints about Apple’s “The new iPad” – aka the iPad 3 – are filling Cupertino’s discussion forums, claiming that the 3G and 4G connectivity of Apple’s überpopular fondleslab is bollixed.

“The new iPad has unstable 3G connection” is the title of one forum thread in which the thread-initiator reports: “3G icon is visible and signal is strong but safari tells no connection (other programs don’t have connection as well). Switching to airplane mode and back doesnt help and reset (off and on) always helps, but problem appears again after some period.”

Other users in the same thread agree. “I have the same issue,” says one. “Same here … [I] even resetted my network settings to no avail,” says another, joined by “Same problem” or some variant of the same grievance voiced by others.

What exactly is Apple going to do other than replace one unit with an identical one (as we showed before)? Evidence cannot be hidden forever. Apple tends to deny problems until some class action lawsuit is filed and Apple then settles. The bottom line is, when Apple suffers in this space it’s usually Android that gains. Good for Linux it sure is.

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5 Comments

  1. mcinsand said,

    April 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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    >>APPLE QUALITY leaves much to be desired, …

    That depends. If your ego is tied up in buying overpriced shiny, then Apple does have a decent quality, for now. At least, that will hold until people realize that Apple_Fanboy=sucker. Or, if you like to see others’ innovations repackaged and marketed, then Apple does a great job of repackaging and hyping. Another area where Apple succeeds is in exterminating choice among their customers. So, if we define quality in those terms, then Apple’s quality holds.

    However, if performance, value, innovation, and flexibility matter, then Apple is truly the bottom of the barrel, just as they’ve always been. They’ll always have a niche cult following, but I don’t see how they’ll keep existing market share if either MS implodes, and Windows is no longer around to make them look good, or if Linux gains traction, to show that customers can have far more without being overcharged/underchoiced.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    There is also a rich market for overpriced cars and jewelery. There’s a small but lucrative pool out there of people with more money than sense, or insecurity that justifies affiliating with ‘famous’ brands (paying for the marketing/fame).

    NotZed Reply:

    Although ‘perceived quality’ is subjective, actual quality is not.

    e.g. apple 2 used extra cheap plastic that turned wee-yellow after a short time, even though it sold at 3-4x the price of contemporary and more capable hardware.

    When you make a hand-held device that only needs to last until the next model comes out, it’s easy to skimp on quality and not be noticed.

    e.g. the ipad looks and feels nice, but they skimped on hardware performance, internal design, expensive sockets or even removable battery slots and other similar things that one should have expected for such a pricey device.

    The ipad3 obviously wasn’t tested enough, and it’s using a huge chip which was probably cheaper to fab at 45nm than something more modern – which uses more power and generates more heat than the truly cutting edge that people think they’re buying (and certainly paying for) should be.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    iPhone 4 also seems like it was rushed out, due to LG/HTC/Samsung (Android’s pressure with cutting-edge hardware).

  2. Michael said,

    April 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

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    Apple products, as with all products, are not perfect. But Apple, generally, understand better than any of their competitors that the goal of a product is to serve a need – not have the highest specs or the most boxes checked on some list of checkboxes.

    This is shown by how Apple is able to almost consistently *earn* the highest user satisfaction ratings for all of their product categories: OS X devices, iOS devices, the software that they ship with such devices, etc.

    This does not mean they are perfect – they are far from it. But nobody is able to beat them in serving the needs of the customers. It is by serving the needs so well, and not focusing on the specs and checkmarks, that they have gained such “deep pockets”.

    You have admitted to feeling envious of them. And it shows every time you post about them. Android devices are somewhat behind Apple in terms of user satisfaction and desktop Linux devices are far behind. On servers things are different: there Linux has earned a reputation for being excellent and it serves people well… same with many embedded devices. You do not see people who use or like Apple products whining about this or showing the type of envy and anger you show, Roy.

    Encourage the OSS community to compete better with Apple and the likes. I know… I know… you and your crew will claim I am a horrible troll for noting these things… but largely what I am saying is echoed by Mark Shuttleworth:

    Question:

    What do you see as the main obstacles holding back the
    success of the Linux desktop?

    Shuttleworth

    I think we don’t yet deliver a good enough user experience. I
    think we deliver a user experience for people that have a
    reason to want to be on the Linux platform, either because of
    price or because of freedom. If that was your primary reason,
    Linux is the right answer.
    But if you are somebody who is not too concerned about price,
    who is not too concerned about freedom, I don’t think we can
    say the Linux desktop offers the very best experience. And
    that’s something we have to change, that’s something I’m
    committed to work on, focusing increasing amounts of
    resources of Canonical on figuring out on how we actually
    move the desktop experience forward to compete with Mac OS X.

    Shuttleworth:

    I think the Apple guys have a very good point when they say
    we should let designers lead the definition of the user
    experience.

    If you need help finding out who Mark Shuttleworth is and why he (and those who agree with him) are not trolling against Linux just ask… or accuse me of being a troll and prove you do not know and I will help you find out. Always amazes me how little Roy and crew understand about the OSS ecosystem and how much they claim the people with the most knowledge and influence in it are spreading anti-Linux “trolling” information about it.

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