EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

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

Capacitors

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.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

5 Comments

  1. mcinsand said,

    April 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Gravatar

    >>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

    Gravatar

    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.

What Else is New


  1. Links 16/8/2018: MAAS 2.4.1, Mesa 18.2 RC3

    Links for the day



  2. USPTO Craziness: Changing Rules to Punish PTAB Petitioners and Reward Microsoft for Corruption at ISO

    The US patent office proposes charging/imposing on applicants that are not customers of Microsoft a penalty; there’s also an overtly and blatantly malicious move whose purpose is to discourage petitions against wrongly-granted (by the USPTO) patents



  3. The Demise of US Software Patents Continues at the Federal Circuit

    Software patents are rotting away in the United States; it remains to be seen when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will truly/fully honour 35 U.S.C. § 101 and stop granting such patents



  4. Almost Two Months After the ILO Ruling Staff Representative Brumme is Finally Back on the Job at EPO

    Ion Brumme gets his position at the EPO back, owing to the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization (ILO-AT) ruling back in July; things, however, aren't rosy for the Office as a whole



  5. Links 15/8/2018: Akademy 2018 Wrapups and More Intel Defects

    Links for the day



  6. Antiquated Patenting Trick: Adding Words Like 'Apparatus' to Make Abstract Ideas Look/Sound Like They Pertain to or Contain a 'Device'

    35 U.S.C. § 101 (Section 101) still maintains that abstract ideas are not patent-eligible; so applicants and law firms go out of their way to make their ideas seem as though they're physical



  7. Open Invention Network (OIN) Member Companies Need to Become Unanimous in Opposition to Software Patents

    Opposition to abstract software patents, which even the SCOTUS and the Federal Circuit nowadays reject, would be strategically smart for OIN; but instead it issues a statement in support of a GPL compliance initiative



  8. President Battistelli 'Killed' the EPO; António Campinos Will 'Finish the Job'

    The EPO is shrinking, but this is being shrewdly disguised using terms like "efficiency" and a low-profile President who keeps himself in the dark



  9. Links 14/8/2018: Virtlyst 1.2.0, Blender 2.8 Planning Update, Zorin OS 12.4, FreeBSD 12.0 Alpha

    Links for the day



  10. Berkheimer Changed Nothing and Invalidation Rates of Abstract Software Patents Remain Very High

    Contrary to repetitive misinformation from firms that 'sell' services around patents, there is no turnaround or comeback for software patents; the latest numbers suggest a marginal difference at best — one that may be negligible considering the correlation between expected outcomes and actions (the nature of risk analysis)



  11. Lockton Insurance Brokers Exploiting Patent Trolls to Sell Insurance to the Gullible

    Demonstrating what some people have dubbed (and popularised) "disaster capitalism", Lockton now looks for opportunities to profit from patent trolls, in the form of "insurance" (the same thing Microsoft does)



  12. Patent Lawyers Writing Patent Law for Their Own Enrichment Rather Than for Innovation

    We have become detached from the original goals and come to the point where patent offices aren't necessarily run by people qualified for the job of advancing science and technology; they, unlike judges, only seem to care about how many patents get granted, irrespective of their quality/merit



  13. Links 13/8/2018: Linux 4.18 and GNU Linux-libre 4.18 Arrive

    Links for the day



  14. PTAB is Loathed by Patent Maximalists Because It Can Potentially Invalidate Thousands of Software Patents (More Than Courts Can Handle)

    The US patent system has become more resistant to software patents; courts, however, are still needed to invalidate such patents (a potentially expensive process) because the USPTO continues to grant these provided some fashionable buzzwords/hype waves are utilised (e.g. "facial recognition", "blockchain", "autonomous vehicles")



  15. Gene Quinn and 'Dallas Innovates' as Couriers of Agenda for Patent Trolls Like iPEL

    Failing to hide their real purpose and malicious agenda, sites whose real purpose is to promote a lot of patent litigation produce puff pieces, even for patently unethical trolls such as iPEL



  16. Software Patents, Secured by 'Smart' and 'Intelligent' Tricks, Help Microsoft and Others Bypass Alice/Section 101

    A look at the use of fashionable trends and buzzwords to acquire and pass around dubious software patents, then attempting to guard these from much-needed post-Alice scrutiny



  17. Keep Boston (and Massachusetts in General) From Becoming an Infestation Zone for Patent Litigation

    Boston, renowned for research and innovation, has become somewhat of a litigation hotbed; this jeopardises the state's attractiveness (except perhaps to lawyers)



  18. Links 12/8/2018: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Mesa 18.1.6 Release Notice, New Linux Imminent

    Links for the day



  19. Thomas Massie's “Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act of 2018” (RALIA) Would Put the US Patent System in the Lions' (or Trolls') Mouth Again

    An anti-§ 101 and anti-PTAB bill from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) strives to remove quality control; but by handing the system back to patent trolls he and his proponents simply strive to create more business of litigation, at the expense of innovation



  20. EPO-Style Problem-Solution: Tackling Backlog by Granting Lots of Low-Quality (Bogus) European Patents, Causing a Surge in Troll/Frivolous Litigation

    The EPO's lack of interest in genuine patent quality (measuring "quality" in terms of speed, not actual quality) may mean nothing but a litigation epidemic; many of these lawsuits would be abusive, baseless; those harmed the most would be small businesses that cannot afford a legal defense and would rather settle with those who exploit questionable patents, notably patent trolls



  21. Links 11/8/2018: PGP Clean Room 1.0, Ring-KDE 3.0.0, Julia 1.0

    Links for the day



  22. Propaganda Sites of Patent Trolls and Litigators Have Quit Trying to Appear Impartial or Having Integrity

    The lobbying groups of patent trolls (which receive money from such trolls) carry on meddling in policy and altering perception that drives policy; we present some new examples



  23. Months After Oil States the Patent Maximalists Still Try to Undermine Inter Partes Reviews (“IPRs”), Refusing to Accept Patent Quality

    The patent maximalists in the United States, seeing that the USPTO is moving away from patent maximalism, is desperate for a turnaround; prominent patent maximalists take it all out on PTAB



  24. The Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement is Paralysed, So Team UPC is Twisting Old News

    Paralysis of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) means that people are completely forgetting about its very existence; those standing to benefit from it (patent litigation firms) are therefore recycling and distorting old news



  25. Patents as Profiteering Opportunities for Law Firms Rather Than Drivers of Innovation for Productive Companies

    A sample of news from yesterday; the patent microcosm is still arguing about who pays attorneys’ fees (not whether these fees are justified) and is constantly complaining about the decline in patent litigation, which means fewer and lower attorneys’ fees (less work for them)



  26. Links 9/8/2018: Mesa 18.2 RC2, Cockpit 175, WPA-2 Hash Cracking

    Links for the day



  27. Patent Maximalists -- Not Reformers -- Are the Biggest Threat to the Viability of the Patent System and Innovation

    Those who strive to infinitely expand patent scope are rendering the patent system obsolete and completely losing sight of the very purpose of the patent system, whose sanity US courts and lawmakers gradually restore (one ruling and one bill at a time)



  28. WeMove.EU Tackles Low Patent Quality at the European Patent Office (EPO)

    The breadth of European Patents, which now cover even nature itself, worries public interest groups; Team UPC, however, wants patent scope to expand further and António Campinos has expressed his intention to further increase the number of grants



  29. Links 8/8/2018: KDE Neon for Testing, New LibreOffice Release, Dart 2.0

    Links for the day



  30. Links 7/8/2018: TCP Vulnerability in Linux, Speck Crypto Code Candidate for Removal

    Links for the day


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts