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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    @JoshRoss: LOL! You must have read Of Mice and Men.

    I think he'll also count software assurance renewals and the like even if the customer decides to stick with W7. Winning!

    BTW, Apple just did something really stupid (again). Microsoft has a chance because of it but I think it's kind of sad that in order for Microsoft to be successful someone else has to fail first.

    If we all believed in unicorns and fairies the world would be a better place.
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    evildictait​or

    , DeathBy​VisualStudio wrote

    I can't wait to see how Ballmer counts his 600 million W8 sales... I'm sure they'll all be based on "reality".

    No offense to him, but I think most people realize that Ballmer lives in a plane that is orthogonal to reality.

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    Ray7

    , DeathBy​VisualStudio wrote

    BTW, Apple just did something really stupid (again). Microsoft has a chance because of it but I think it's kind of sad that in order for Microsoft to be successful someone else has to fail first.

    I'm curious. What did Apple do that was stupid this time?

    The lack of wireless charging, the lack of NFC, the cables and adapter debacle, or something else?

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    JoshRoss

    @Ray7: The last thing was to make a grotesque Big Nano that looks like a little Lumia. But I don't see how this could help Microsoft.

    Apple took the look and feel of a critically acclaimed competitive phone and created something so repulsive that it damages the original.

    -Josh

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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    , Ray7 wrote

    *snip*

    I'm curious. What did Apple do that was stupid this time?

    The lack of wireless charging, the lack of NFC, the cables and adapter debacle, or something else?

    They rested on their laurels.

    Sadly we stupid humans haven't caught on because the iPhone5 is selling out everywhere (more counting shenanigans?). I wonder how much of those sales are based on the "cool" factor, customer satisfaction, and other intangibles and how many people stick with the iPhone because of an investment in the Apple eco system (including iTunes purchases). If the latter is a significant factor then Microsoft is going to have a hard time brining people over to WP8 and WinRT devices. I know on the later the big selling point is that you can get work done but that's going to be limited to MS Office or new Windows Store apps that fit the bill of "work".

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    Ray7

    , DeathBy​VisualStudio wrote

    *snip*

    They rested on their laurels.

    I see.

    New four-inch screen

    New unibody case (requiring a whole new manufacturing process)

    Upgraded operating system

    New, clearer screen (now there is no need for a separate layer for the touch functionality)

    LTE support

    Doubled the RAM

    New A6 processor (the first processor designed in-house by Apple) which drinks less power and still doubles the performance over the A5.

    There's the less important stuff like the battery, the camera, twisting the carriers' arms to allow Facetime over the networks. 

    But I take your point, on the surface, not much has changed.

    Sadly we stupid humans haven't caught on because the iPhone5 is selling out everywhere (more counting shenanigans?).

    Doubtful. AT&T are reporting that this the fastest selling iPhone yet. I imagine their figures are independent of Apple's. 

     

    I wonder how much of those sales are based on the "cool" factor,

    I'm not sure the iPhone is considered to be 'cool' anymore.

    customer satisfaction, and other intangibles and how many people stick with the iPhone because of an investment in the Apple eco system (including iTunes purchases).

    Well, customer satisfaction is a valid measure when deciding on your next phone purchase. The ecosystem will play a big part in the decision. But then there are other things such as performance and battery life. 

    If the latter is a significant factor then Microsoft is going to have a hard time brining people over to WP8 and WinRT devices. I know on the later the big selling point is that you can get work done but that's going to be limited to MS Office or new Windows Store apps that fit the bill of "work".

    Yes, the latter will be quite significant, but not insurmountable.  All of iTunes tracks are AAC and DRM-free. They can be moved without too much effort. If you're talking about films and TV shows, then things become a little more complicated.

    Mmm. Apple has just announced 2million sales in the first 24 hours. Double that of the iPhone 4S. If folk are waiting for the Apple stumble, I'm not sure this is it.

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    cbae

    , Ray7 wrote

    *snip*

    I see.

    New four-inch screen

    Already done by competition. Back in 2010.

    New unibody case (requiring a whole new manufacturing process)

    Every model is a new manufacturing process--for FoxConn.

    Upgraded operating system

    Upgrading software is a given. For a company that produces software, that's like patting yourself on the back for breathing.

    New, clearer screen (now there is no need for a separate layer for the touch functionality)

    That's pretty much what the "Super" in Super AMOLED is about. This technology came out in the first commercially-available product (Samsung Wave) back in 2010.

    LTE support

    Available on Android devices in 2011. Heck, even Windows Phones had LTE before the iPhone.

    Doubled the RAM

    And still only half that of the Galaxy S III.

    New A6 processor (the first processor designed in-house by Apple) which drinks less power and still doubles the performance over the A5.

    "Designed by Apple" meaning implemented from an architecture designed by ARM and manufactured by Samsung (or some other contract manufacturer).

    There's the less important stuff like the battery, the camera, twisting the carriers' arms to allow Facetime over the networks. 

    That was a carrier imposed limitation, and it will still exist for some carriers. If Apple had to do more than changing a #define constant to 1 to enable this, then they're some pretty lame programmers to begin with. Otherwise, it's still nothing to pat themselves on the back about.

    But I take your point, on the surface, not much has changed.

    On the surface and on the inside.

     

    Mmm. Apple has just announced 2million sales in the first 24 hours. Double that of the iPhone 4S. If folk are waiting for the Apple stumble, I'm not sure this is it.

    And that's a reflection of Apple's customer base more than anything else.

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