Apple loves to brag about numbers, so it should come as no
surprise that the boys from Cupertino are overjoyed by the news that the newly
launched Mac App Store crossed the one million
downloads mark in just 24 hours.
"We're amazed at the incredible response the Mac App
Store is getting," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Developers have
done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and
fun the Mac App Store is."
The Mac App Store provides users a simplified way of
searching for, purchasing, and installing OS X applications. Anyone that is
familiar with the App Store for the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad would feel right at
home using the complimentary service for his or her MacBook, MacBook Pro, or
Interestingly enough, even though Apple's Mac App Store
seems to be off to a good start, it still has it problems. Many users were
getting an "error
100" message when trying to access the store early yesterday. The only way to clear
the message for many users was to Log Out of their current session of OS X and
log back in.
Even more troubling is that fact that some paid apps can
be easily pirated by downloading the .dmg files from the internet and using
a "purchase" receipt from a free app.
quote: Replying To: RE: What a coincidence!by Solandri on January 7, 2011 at 3:15 PMquote:They are insanely popular because they offer a feature set not found in other products (and to clarify for you goofy techies that does not mean a spec list).The one thing the Apple products have is a great user interface. This is what allowed the technically inferior iPod to conquer the MP3 player market.In nearly all other areas (features, price), Apple products are inferior. But most companies vastly underestimate the importance of a good user interface. I'm an engineer and Linux wizard. I love geeky gadgets with tons of options. I imagine most of the engineers at other companies designing these products are like me. It took me a while to realize that most people are not like us. They don't care how many features a product has, or that it's operating in a more efficient manner under the hood. They just care that it does what they want it to do, and that it's really easy to make it do what they want it to do.This is what Apple does really, really well, and why they're successful. But a lot of Apple fans make the opposite mistake, and assume that since Apple is successful in certain markets, that means their products have an overall superior feature set. They do not. It's just that the importance of the one feature Apple gets right (the UI) is much, much greater than everything else on the tech spec list.
quote: For a simple product like an MP3 player, a good, simple UI is very important, which is why the iPod owns 3/4ths of the market. For a more complex product like a phone, it's less important, which is why the iPhone is only about 1/6th of global and 1/4th U.S. smartphone sales. And for very complex products like computers, it's even less important, which is why Macs are only about 1/15th of computer sales.
quote: This is what's going to kill the iPad IMHO. Right now it's positioned in the market as basically a glorified web browser. Simple and limited in functionality, which plays to Apple's greatest strength. But I don't see tablets being limited to web browsers. In the next 5-10 years, I see them becoming a huge part of business as they replace the old pen and paper clipboard. But businesses don't want an uncustomizable tablet with no direct media slots and which can't print. They want something more functional, more complex. So unless Apple changes the product, I see the iPad's eventual market share settling somewhere in between the 1/4th and 1/15th of the iPhone and Mac.
quote: There is a deep commitment to design, especially in the small things: a trivial but telling example - when a Macbook goes to sleep the little light on the side starts to pulse. it pulses at the rate that a heart pulses when at rest and relaxed. This design feature was deliberate and is probably never in itself noticed by users. But lots, and lots of small features like this (which are invisible on a spec list, not really part of any UI and which are considered as trivial floss by techies) adds up to a different sort of experience and it's that different experience that consumers flock to.Another example - the Apple value stack. Apple has carefully assembled a value stack for its products that includes bundled software that isn't craplets, no third party craplets, a superb retail experience, a highly rated customer service system, a single integrated ecommerce and payment system across all it's devices that is very easy to use, the world's biggest digital music collection, software and hardware integration that makes syncing stuff across computers and devices a breeze, a big media collection, a safe (no malware, no system crashers) way to buy cheap apps from a huge library of apps, etc etc.
quote: A comforting fairy tale that explains nothing about the real world. Think it through. Do you really think that the user interface of a complex object is less important than that of a less complex one? That seems an unsupportable hypothesis to me. If anything I would have thought is was the other way around.
quote: If you think that the iPad and it's thousands of Apps is selling a glorified web browser than you have truly lost the plot. Just use Google for god's sake and survey the sort of stuff the iPad is really being used for. The ex-Blur front man Damon Albarn has just released an album he recorded and created solely using his iPad in hotel rooms on tour!
quote: The momentum of the iPad in the coming year will shock and amaze you. No tablet will come close to catching it in 2011 or in 2012. It may never be caught - just like the iPod was never caught.
quote: Have no concept of using the best tool for the job? I don't understand how you can in one paragraph advocate the simplicity of Apple's UIs, and in another cite as a plus using a terribly limiting and restrictive device for recording, mixing, and editing. People use the iPod because it plays music effectively, easily, and reliably. People use the iPad for browsing the web because it does it effectively, easily, and reliably. Yeah you can use it to record music, and I can use a pogo stick to get to work. But they can't do these things effectively, nor easily, nor reliably. Its limitations make it a poor tool for that job, so you're not going to see iPads replacing recording/mixing equipment. It's as simple as that.
quote: All I am doing is pointing out that if you think all most people mostly use the iPad for is web browsing you are far from reality.
quote: Actually the iPad is also used as a paperweight until is brought out for guests to go "oooh" and "ahhh" as the owner has long been bored with its gimmicky lack of function. Oh, but it's got the form!
quote: When the facts change I change my ideas. What do you do?John Maynard Keynes
quote: Yes the user interface of a complex object needs to be good too. But a UI is all about the user learning what to do to make the device do something. If a device has 4 functions and the UI adds an extra step, you've gone from 4 things to learn to 5 things to learn. A 20% increase, which is significant. But if a device has 400 functions and the UI adds an extra step, you've gone from 400 to 401 things to learn, which is only a 0.25% increase.