Apple is really bad at design(theoutline.com)

4 years ago from Pierre B.

  • Hamish TaplinHamish Taplin, 4 years ago

    Not a fan of the notch but asserting Apple is "really bad at design" due to a few missteps is ridiculous to say the least. However, they do seem to be heading in the wrong direction, having lost their obsession with simplicity since Jobs died.

    19 points
    • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 4 years ago

      I don't think 'really bad at design' is an accurate description either, but 'a few missteps' is quite the understatement also. I think the overall quality and attention to detail of both their software and hardware has been slowly declining for a few years now, all while the competition has been improving.

      Apple still has the better ecosystem (although at this point, it's mostly just higher quality apps because I can't say iTunes which can't even ask your iPhone to install an app anymore after first downloading a copy to your computer, or the handover features which do not work half the time are all that great), the better support and none of the selling your data part, but in terms of pure design, I'd say devices like the S8 have surpassed the iPhone.

      8 points
      • Ryan Hicks, 4 years ago

        I agreed with everything you said until I got to the second paragraph. Apple pioneered a lot of things in the mobile industry but that's all it has done. It moved everyone forward at the right time; now everyone else is driving the ship, mainly android and samsung.

        1 point
        • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 4 years ago

          Yes, the Apple of 10/15 years ago had the vision to essentially create the smartphone industry we know today and was a pioneer in the PC industry.

          But that was then.

          What I am objecting to is them sitting on their laurels and barely putting up the effort to compete with the companies whom they inspired 10 years ago, yet still asking for increasingly higher prices.

          2 points
          • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 4 years ago

            Apple is still trying to innovate, but their perspective has shifted. They've stopped focusing on the user experience and instead are driven by their bottom line. That's how they end up with useless—but shiny and new—features like Touch Bar and FaceID.

            4 points
            • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 4 years ago

              Certainly. I'd like to see how they manage to keep their massive profit margins when some new company comes up with a better product for half the price.

              0 points
            • Nikola DurkanNikola Durkan, 4 years ago

              Yeah this has become really clear in the last couple of years. I mean the iPhone is almost 50% of Apple's total sales so if they want to increase profits then mobile is their best segment. Their "courageous" move to remove the headphone jack was a really quick way for Apple to drive up the average spend per unit. Likewise the new MacBook Pro has been a really bitter pill to swallow: I payed more to get less of what I need (no SD reader, smaller battery) and I still have to buy all new adapters for it. Oh, and they don't include the extension cord for the charger anymore, that's another $19 extra.

              Yeah I'm a little bitter about this

              0 points