Great article from the NY Times:
Apple executives say that going overseas, at this point, is their only option. One former executive described how the company relied upon a Chinese factory to revamp iPhone manufacturing just weeks before the device was due on shelves. Apple had redesigned the iPhone’s screen at the last minute, forcing an assembly line overhaul. New screens began arriving at the plant near midnight.
A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, according to the executive. Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day.
The article skirts some of the main reasons why types of jobs aren’t coming back” Specifically, no mention is made of the high taxes companies pay in the US (which results in these jobs being filled overseas by ‘contractors’, whom Apple is not liable for).
Jobs is probably right that these jobs are never coming back to the U.S. though. And that scares the hell out of me. One day soon, the Asian companies that produce the hardware will figure out how to produce software that is good enough, and once that happens, the American companies who have used these Asian manufacturing companies will find themselves cut out of the chain, and competing with their manufacturers, who will be able to seriously undercut them.
Category: iPhone,News,Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs has penned another detailed missive, this time on Flash and how/why Apple doesn’t support it on it’s mobile devices. It’s a 1600 word opus that breaks down the argument in to 6 reasons – openness, full web, reliability (and security/performance), battery life, touch, and platform issues.
I can’t argue with most of the points, however this one is not entirely accurate:
Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system.
The Flash plugin is proprietary, but anyone can build an application that exports to the Flash format. Applications like Swish and others offer Flash creation tools that export to the Flash format. It’s a minor point to quibble with, as the Flash plugin is proprietary.
It will be interesting to see how Adobe responds to this. Adobe, from the CEO on down, has been dissing Apple’s mobile offerings lately in hopes of preserving it’s Flash kingdom. Having Steve Jobs and his 1600 word megaphone broadcast a detailed defense of why Apple avoids Flash can’t go unanswered. Can it?
Great looking app that allows for exactly what the title says: Wi-Fi sync from your computer to your iPad/iPod. Of course, this app still needs to make it through Apple’s approval process. So, I wouldn’t get too excited for it. Still, maybe the publicity of having this app out in the wild will apply pressure to Apple to bring this feature to the iPhone OS.
We can dream, right?
From the London Evening Standard:
“A deal would make a lot of sense for Apple,” said one trader. “That way, they could stop ARM’s technology from ending up in everyone else’s computers and gadgets.” Traders reckon a bid would come in at around 400p a share, valuing ARM at more than £5.2 billion.
Apart from driving their competitors in to the arms of Intel for mobile chips, what does this large purchase get Apple that they don’t already have?
I don’t see it happening. If you ask me, Apple is hoarding it’s money for something bigger than an ARM purchase. I don’t know what that might be, hell – I don’t think Apple even knows what that might be yet, but having money on hand gives them lots of options.
I mean, why? Do you think there are iPhone users out there who actually would want to run Android on their iPhone? I don’t.
It’s an impressive feat, from an engineering angle. But from a “is this a good use of my time” angle, I’d have to say no.
Boy Genius Report:
we’ve confirmed with multiple AT&T sources that the carrier has now put a block on employees taking vacations in June. The only time AT&T does a straight block like this is for iPhone launches.
Count me as excited. I’ve been limping along with an iPhone 3G that just seems way to pokey now under iPhone OS 3. The sooner the new phone launches, the better.
I was thoroughly convinced an iPhone update would be coming at WWDC. However, with iPhone supply drying up in the UK, and now here in the US, I’m not so sure that Apple won’t drop the 3G iPhone before WWDC. It seems crazy for Apple to go 2-3 weeks with no iPhone inventory to sell in it’s biggest market, doesn’t it?
Apple has posted an updated version of their iPhone SDK for developers. Version 9A2151 includes iPhone support in Interface Builder. The 1.36GB download is available for registered developers at the Apple Developer Connection website.
Apple today released updated versions of the iPhone and iPod Touch. The iPhone is now available in a 16GB version for $100 more ($499), and the iPod Touch is available in a 32GB version for $499. The previous 8GB iPhone ($399), and 8GB ($299) and 16GB ($399) iPod Touch models are still available.