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jagibbons
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9/25/2014 | 9:25:14 PM
Re: Disappointing, Really
Investors will forgive the gaffes because sales will continue, despite the issues involved.
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Broadway0474,
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9/25/2014 | 9:16:51 PM
Re: Disappointing, Really
This bears repeating if it hasn't been said here already. Investors were not so forgiving today. Shares plunged nearly 4% and this caused a tumble in all three major US indices of between 1.5 to nearly 2%. But these drops, and the terrible PR generated this, are but blips, aren't they, in a long-term strategy that would only be dented if sales of the next phone, the next iPad, the damn Watch, are significantly less than expected.
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9/25/2014 | 8:51:16 PM
Re: Disappointing, Really
It's really amazing how forgiving Apple fans are given these challenges. If any other manufacturer released a device with these kinds of issues, they would be crucified by the media. Instead, Apple releases a new set of phones touting features that other OSs have had for two generations (NFC, health APIs), a phone is so thin and light (think weak) that it can be bent in half just from someone sitting down with it in their pocket. a new default keyboard that displays a users pin lock code in auto-correct and a built-in browser (Safari) that has crashed on my iPad no less than twice while trying to write this paragraph.

Marketing and Engineering clearly were not in sync. Granted, it is very difficult to make sure all the details of a device are ready for the launch event that was scheduled months in advance. I like my iPad Air, but it's just a device. Maybe this will help others see that Apple isn't as infallible and worship-worthy as many think it is.
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9/25/2014 | 4:39:23 PM
Re: Disappointing, Really
I couldn't agree more. However, this is the marketing problem: They want iOS8 on the iPhone 6, and there is NO WAY ON THIS EARTH that they will launch the iPhone6 late. No way. And if they didn't make iOS8 available on other devices, people would ask why and assume that the iPhone6 was running an early, buggy OS.

So they release it anyway in a "good enough" form in order to meet marketing deadlines. Which sucks.
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9/25/2014 | 3:30:37 PM
Re: Disappointing, Really
Given the dependencies in OS X Yosemite (eg: Handoff), Apple would have done better to wait for an extra month and release both updates together, with more bugs ironed out, alongside Apple Pay and iCloud Drive.
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9/25/2014 | 12:59:47 PM
Disappointing, Really
More than anything, the bugs in iOS 8 are kind of disappointing. It's an indication of insufficient testing, probably obsessive focus on the iPhone 6 and little on the impact of iOS 8 on older phones (based on the reports from 4S users). This is the big problem of working to a date that, as it turned out, was maybe a month too early at least. Marketing versus Engineering has always been a thorny issue, and this is the result.

8.0.1 is just compounding the same thing from the looks of it. 8.0.2 will be interesting, and as with iOS7, in all likelihood 8.1 is going to be the version you really wanted.
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