The look-and-feel is the easy part. Try learning the USB protocol, the C++ libraries, or write a driver, that’s the hard part.
Um, no. Every other company in the business had the protocols, libraries and drivers you mention. Nobody came out with the iMac, the iPhone or the iPad. Look and feel (or more precisely industrial design of hardware and software) is everything.
Well by that logic, if everyone does the standard (they all follow it because it is standard), and so their work is not special. Then it would also be true that since lots of electronic enclosures have eased corners, or more curvy shapes now-a-days, the Mac products are not special either. But instead by my logic, the innovative work behind the standards was real and valuable and so many people did the valuable work of learning the complexities (the USB standards are over 800 pages long for each version), and when Mac adds curves, icon menus, and inertia widgets, that is innovative yes but is only a small amount of work by comparison. Many electronic companies make their enclosures/software cute, 3-d and animated widgets today.
When will people stop focusing on the look-and-feel and start learning to program a computer, that’s the true way of controlling a computer creatively, all the rest are just limited controls and distractions from what computers are really meant for. The click icons are really just there to ease the learning curve, not to replace a programmable interface.
Put it more starkly: when Jobs came out with the iPhone he started from zero.
In a cursory search, “Bartley K. Andre” is named as the patent holder of the iPhone (the link is below), that means that he did the development work. Only the “ornamental” design, not the technology, is credited as Bartley’s.
The iPod? Innovative circular touch pad, yes that’s pleasant. The iPhone sideways icon menus with inertia, taken from the Mac. Yes that’s got a nice look-and-feel, and is innovative. The iPad? As the artists say, “derivative”.
Jobs iconic works, and others’ works. Wow a staircase made of glass, that’s cute . But now will he get credited with inventing the glass staircase? I hope not.
With one button on the phone.
You like one button? That’s much easier to make than ten. We can give you one button, everyone asks for one button, but then the device will just do one thing. More buttons allow more flexibility. Even the iPod had a virtual menu of choices, a button, and a round touch pad as the pointing device, that’s not really just one button. But the buttons are a distraction from the real and creative programmable interface.
Edison didn’t even know ohms law until his employees taught it to him (V = I * R}, he highered educated talented people. He was innovative about the telegraph that he sold to Western Union, but beyond that I think that most the works from his companies are credited to the employees.
I am sure that Edison promoted himself as the “Wizard of Menlo Park” in order to sensationalize himself. I think he’s famous in that way, but for technology I don’t think so. Edison and Ford are examples of industrialists, not technologists. Eiffel might be a better example from that era, since he built his tower out of steel, in merely merely months of work (not in decades, nor centuries), and with hundreds of people (not with thousands).
Regarding the higher price of Macintosh: yes, Mac has always been higher priced.
Well I was hoping this would this thread would stay on memories of Jobs, but I’ll take a chance here. Generally yes more pricey, but Mac OS X was $29.99 last time I checked, and they’ve been selling the Mini for $599 for a long time now. So not always.
First, there’s hardware quality. I have owned Macs since the very first Mac back in 1984.
That’s a good long time, but the truth about consumer electronics is all the components come from the same set of component manufacturers, despite what brand is written on the device. That longevity isn’t really a Mac feature.
Second, Apple software is broadly superior to software for the PC.
I thought Macwrite was good, I liked it, I was sad to hear the MS Word replaced it. Since Mac OS X, by Apple’s own judgement, they pulled the rug out from under their old OS, and slipped in a sleek BSD varient underneath. Jobs was certainly familiar with the Unixes out there do to his work on NeXT and the objective-C abilities in GNU’s gcc. I’m certainly not saying that Mac software is inferior, just that the superior claim is questionable. There’s no question that Mac OS has been superior to MS Windows, I won’t argue that. But keep in mind that OS/2, FreeBSD, Solaris, Linux, and other OSes have been available for the PC compatibles, that is a difference between PCs and Macs that must be recognized. How is the physics software on a Mac, BTW?
... what would the world of computing be like had Mr. Jobs not existed? Microsoft would have completely dominated the personal computer marketplace, without any significant competition. ... only after Macintosh had shown the superiority of the GUI, and Microsoft’s implementation was half-hearted and, frankly, atrocious. Windows 3 was one of the greatest software disasters in history.
Well your characterization of MS Windows is well put. MS Windows has been, and still very much is, an easy target. It was a rush job to begin with and I’m not impressed today. I won’t try to defend MS Windows.
But, of course, Mac didn’t invent the GUI, that existed earlier, and yes they led the market with it. But again, the innovator gets the credit, not the people who copy the idea.
Every step in the progress of computing was led by Apple, with Microsoft playing catchup all the way (with two exceptions: multi-button mice and drop-down menus). Mice, laser printers, RISC CPUs, and the steady integration of more and more fundamentals into the package (as opposed to the Microsoft potpourri approach of permitting any possible combination of elements) are all features for which Apple led the way.
Not due to Mac’s credit. The didn’t invent lasar printers, Adobe Postscript, Adobe Type I fonts, Apple has never made a microprocessor and have moved to Intel instruction set now-a-days. I see MS Windows playing catch-up with Unix, but not Mac.
Had Mr. Jobs not come along, it is entirely plausible that right now we’d still be using command-line interfaces.
Linux/Unix still fully and proudly relies on the flexible and creative programmable command line, using the the GUI as just add-on and a convenience, properly so. That’s how one can automate their daily tasks, which is what a computer is meant for.
With Jobs’ passing, I just think its appropriate to remember him as he was.
Summary of the BSD Unix family tree Detailed BSD family tree (point at the white box under “Unix History” to see the tree) Mac OS X is a Unix, see the history.