An unfortunate side effect of being a member of the ‘who, what, when, where, and why genre‘ of journalists is that we appear to be a dying breed. Too many of today’s technology journalists are interested in ginning up a controversy where none exists instead of digging around for some insightful analysis based on old fashioned facts.
The former is easy and takes little time. The latter is more difficult and takes time.
That explains John C. Dvorak who seems to find similarities between Apple’s hot selling iPhone X and dozens of glowing reviews vs. the much maligned Windows Vista.
The first round of iPhone X reviews are out, and a number of them came from a strange place: amateur YouTubers.
Different? Yes. Such YouTubers may have audiences far larger that typical tech media reviewers (which probably ticked off a few of them).
Apple traditionally hand-picks the journalists who get the earliest review units of its newest gadgets, a privilege that can be taken away just as easily as it is granted.
Here I’m in company with Dvorak. Apple won’t send me a review version because I poke at Apple from time to time. So, if John didn’t get a review unit, is it time for some good old fashioned retribution and revenge?
Perhaps Cupertino senses that iPhone X may end up like Microsoft Vista: unfairly criticized. Chief on my list of complaints is the death of what my son calls The Magic Circle.
That would be the Home button. Apple deleted it in iPhone X.
The Magic Circle has been around since Steve Jobs introduced the original iPod. On the iPhone, it took the form of the home button, but rounded edges and circles are a favorite design element for Apple; from selecting favorite artists and genres inside Apple Music to that massive spaceship campus.
Circles and rounded edges are anything but exclusive to Apple’s designs. But the Home button was and remains– it’s on iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and every iPhone back to the original– iconic.
But it does not exist on the iPhone X. Not even a boot-up screen with ever-expanding circles. So if the iPhone X fails, can we blame the missing Magic Circle? Well, maybe not. A more likely culprit will be that $1,000 price tag.
The time honored trick to writing contrarian nonsense is the question mark. It’s in Dvorak’s title. You see it on Fox News often. There’s even a law which describes how it works– Betteridge’s Law of Headlines.
Betteridge’s law of headlines is one name for an adage that states: “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” It is named after Ian Betteridge, a British technology journalist, although the principle is much older. As with similar “laws” (e.g., Murphy’s law), it is intended as a humorous adage rather than the literal truth.
In this case, it can be applied properly.
Is iPhone X Apple’s Vista?