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Most Ridiculous Article Award: Apple’s Relentless Push Forward

@daringfireball quoted this:

At a time when most current Android devices — even the ones that will be sold over the holiday shopping season — wont ever have the option to install Android 4.0, Apple is specifically pushing the iOS install base forward. Apple wants all iOS users on iOS 5, not just the ones who buy a brand new device.

I find this post utterly ridiculous. First, he’s speculating and seriously putting himself on a ledge with such a large accusation regarding which devices will get Ice Cream Sandwich [Android 4.0]. Then he goes on to say “Apple wants all iOS users on iOS 5, not just the ones who buy a brand new device.” This is where my ridiculous meter goes off the charts.

There are five versions of the iPhone. Two of those five are getting iOS 5. Now I’m not arguing whether a 3Gs or 3G should get iOS 5 but clearly he’s under a fruit flavored, Kool-aid induced high. Apple in no way wants all iOS users on iOS 5 without them buying an iPhone 4 or 4s [ie – latest hardware]. Furthermore, iOS 5 isn’t the exact same on the 4 and 4s, namely regarding Siri [which could be any number of reasons why it isn’t on the 4]. Let’s return to the article.

iOS 5 is a major turning point for the entire iOS ecosystem. Although Apple has always made it relatively easy — and most often free — to upgrade iOS, users will now be notified of available upgrades and be able to quickly install them right on the device. The 25 million downloads of iOS 5 in the first week of its release will pale in comparison to future upgrades when users won’t even have to plug their device into a computer.

If this is the case, Android has been on this focus for years. Tit-for-tat isn’t my goal in this post but this paragraph seems to be the crux of his statement: OTA updates are the measuring stick of Apple’s relentless focus.

From the sidelines it may look like Android and Windows Phone 7 are quickly catching up — and they are making tremendous strides in the right direction — but the iOS platform is much further ahead than most people realize, and iOS 5 shows that Apple is pushing faster and looking further into the future than ever before.

Catching up? Wow. Even the passionate comments on @tipb aren’t that blind, well…at least not all of them. I’d love to see him break this paragraph down in a separate post showing where Android, specifically, is behind iOS. Each have different features but Android is absolutely not behind iOS, considering this post is about Android 4 [Ice Cream Sandwich].

Recent iPhone commercials have touted; “If you don’t have an iPhone… well, you don’t have an iPhone”. That’s been true since the iPhone was first launched in 2007 and here we are in 2011 with all other mobile platforms still playing from behind. The speed, efficiency, and innovation iOS 5 enables for developers — both 3rd party and Apple’s own software teams — will only widen the gap in 2012.

So the leading smartphone operating system, Android, is playing from behind? Speed [assuming he means hardware] is a win for iOS. It is definitely smooth but it bogs down just like Android. Efficiency is a major win for Android: widgets, quick access to settings, etc. iOS takes more clicks to do similar tasks Android can do in a widget or a with a quick setting. Innovation is subjective. It depends on who you’re asking but I’d give it to Android w/ NFC, cloud features from jump, and the numerous upgrades just announced.

Overall, I utterly disagree with this post. I don’t care to rant too often but this one deserved it. I do my best to call it like I see it and am not blinded by my choice of Android as my mobile OS but enough is enough from Camp Apple. Let’s get real and be objective with our views here people! [I say that after a rant; lol]

Apple, prove HTML5 is ready!

I LOVE online video. It is amazing to see major events published through a player I’ve built. With the increase of online video and the push to HTML5, I’m still waiting to see HTML5 video used for a high quality, live broadcast.

Since Apple “fully supports” two platforms [see video below], prove HTML5 video is ready by using it for your live event on October 4, 2011. I want to see HTML5 video succeed and who better to do it than the, supposed, leader of the HTML5 movement.

Apple, it is time to prove the 1st platform is fully ready.

The Smart Cover: Another Apple Non-Innovation

Yeah, weird title but you’ll see what I mean. It is really simple:

Apple did not create the Smart Cover concept. InCase did.

What? My thoughts exactly when I read about this a few months ago. It seems every blog [tech writer] has deemed it a true innovation by Apple but they merely copied and improved, as they are doing more and more now-a-days.

Granted, Apple integrated it better in the iPad 2 than the InCase Convertible Magazine Jacket for the iPad 1 but the news of the Smart Cover for the Samsung Galaxy Tab copying the Apple Smart Cover is ludicrous seeing how Apple copied the InCase Convertible Magazine Jacket. Samsung didn’t even create the cover for the Tab, Anymode did.

In the 90’s when the Dallas Cowboys were routing the Buffalo Bills, I was solo eating a plate of BBQ [namely sausage w/ pickles] and cheering for the Bills. Being from TX the obvious position would have been to cheer for Dallas but the “underdog” was Dallas and that’s who I wanted to see win. If I were a lawyer, I’d do all sorts of pro bono work the unfortunate. As a web dev I do a lot of stuff for free or, at a minimum, shave prices.

My point? I like the lil’ people to get their due and to see them win, at times. InCase is the underdog and they aren’t getting a lick of credit for it while Apple is sitting on high looking like the smartest company ever.

Kudos to Engadget for bringing light to this but it is very weird to see them follow-up with “The Anymode Smart Case for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 may bear a suspicious resemblance to Apple’s iPad 2 Smart Cover…”. Maybe they don’t read each others’ posts. 🙂


Sincerest apologies to those who caught the first rev of this post via RSS, etc. I was testing out the WordPress formats for this theme and published this too early by clicking the wrong button. I won’t detail which changes were made since the original accidental publish but this is the final state of the post. Thx for your understanding.

Proof, meet Pudding. #stevejobs

Just a quick note here. The videos speak for themselves. They prove the marketing wheel is a big beast and people flock to what is believed to be true vs what is true, reference to Seth Godin’s book as enlightened by @simpulton. Think for yourselves people!

Steve Jobs HTML5 web experience on the iPad
– @iBrent


HTML5 vs Flash – Developer Perspective


I in no way am discounting every point Jobs made. He made some good one’s but he is far from being accurate, IMO.

iPhone Packager apps are blocked…what next? #331rally?

Aight…Apple’s turned in 3.3.1 and I’ve accepted it. What next?

Adobe has publicly stated they are not removing the iPhone Packager from Flash CS5. This means people will still see the feature. It means they will use the feature. It means apps might still get pushed to the App Store.

The big question for those who are 3.3.1 aware: Should we still build iPhone apps with Flash CS5?

Let’s talk rally for a sec. Oh wait…maybe I should say: Good people of Flash Land…lend me your ears! 😉