Originally Posted by cgpublic
My first Apple product was purchased back in 1986, a Macintosh 512Ke. My Dad and me added a SCSI port and 20mb drive on a butcher block table.
My first job out of college was for a SW developer (PC, Apple, C64) and I was assigned to a Mac dev team as a junior coder, QA and technical writer. I've used a Mac for 30+ years, the iPhone since Day One, the iPad since Day One... you get the picture.
That's wonderful. My nephew's first job was coding Apple apps while he was in high school and college, which paid for his education. His first job after he graduated was 6 figures with Kayak, where he was head-hunted by Apple and now works in Cupertino. Among other things, I worked on the the first proof-of-concept HDTV broadcasts that were privately made available to Congress for their approval to replace the antiquated NTSC system with ATSC. These kind of historical recitations given by individuals, even when true, are generally provided to establish the appearance of credibility in the absence of factual information regarding the subject at hand. All completely irrelevant to the issues with ATV4K.
Every time Apple targets a vertical, the Clown Car pulls into the station; different verticals, a different set of clowns. We get it. Apple represents change. Apple represents disruption. People want things to stay the same. People want what they've always valued to remain valuable.
In the next few weeks millions of Apple customers will be purchasing Apple TVs. In December, millions of Apple customers will be purchasing HomePods.
No doubt about it. Christmas comes only once a year, and December isn't too far off. What remains unknown is, will they be happy with them, will they keep them, will they brag about how good they are to their friends, or will they complain about them. This isn't Apple's first screw-up (iPhone antenna, among others), but it is quite possibly fixable with updated firmware. Apple would have done well to observe the physician's obligation to patient- First, do no harm. Hopes were high for this product, and still are, that Apple will fix the issues. If that happens, I'll be more than happy to re-place the order I cancelled.
By this time next year, tens of millions of people will be streaming ten of millions of songs and movies via Apple Music and iTunes, and the home audio/video market will begin the transformation to something new. It's not for everyone, but it is the future, and it's coming whether you want it or not.
Anything is possible in the future. Hope springs eternal. But a statement of fact, it is not. Here's a statement of fact about the future you can take to the bank (from every prospectus I've ever received): "Past performance is no assurance of future results".
The Clown Car? Left at the station along with all those internet posts and comments, the PR
pleasers moving on to the next assignment, joining the Mac naysayers, the iPod naysayers, the iPhone naysayers, the iPad naysayers, the Apple Watch naysayers... and everyone else will simply move on.
For the record, I own 2 iPhones, 2 iPads, a Macbook Pro, and an Apple TV... all of which I am quite happy with. I use Linux, Windows, OS X interchangeably and comfortable with all; I am platform agnostic, will use any, and married to none. I ordered an Apple TV 4k the first day it was available because I had faith that Apple would produce a product every bit as good as the ones I already have. This is not about being unable to embrace a new, better way of doing things, or about disruption as you've implied. I'm excited about the future and the changes it brings, and finding new and better ways of doing things has been my life. This is about deterioration of the product by it's delivery system provided by Apple. It's about the produce spoiling in the truck that has the name "Apple" on the side while on the way to the market because the truck's refrigeration isn't working. Just because Apple puts their name on something doesn't automatically make it better, and it doesn't make Apple infallible. Only kool-aid drinkers blindly believe that.