Steve Jobs wasn't a constant innovator

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Today in Apple: Shattering one of the myths about Steve Jobs. Plus: Pixel Envy's review of iOS 7, and Apple's iMacs get a refresh

Steve Jobs Innovated Rarely and Well

Time has a great article that shatters the ridiculous myth that Steve jobs innovated constantly. This myth has led to unfounded criticism of Tim Cook, and it has helped promulgate news articles about Apple's "lack of innovation."

Except…

The golden age of Apple that Cannold pines for never existed. Steve Jobs didn’t change the world every two years like clockwork, and he was incrementalism’s grand master.

That’s a total of six industry-changing items, or one every 860 days on average, though the gap was sometimes substantially longer. Now, that’s a remarkable streak. But it’s not a revolution every other year. And Tim Cook has been CEO of Apple for only a little over two years, so there’s nothing deeply troubling about the fact that he hasn’t boiled any oceans yet.

Remember: Even Jobs himself was constantly upbraided by pundits for releasing products they deemed to be snoozers. If Steve Jobs was incapable of being sufficiently Steve Jobs-like, isn’t it possible that the standard doesn’t have much to do with reality — and that it’s silly to make the case that Tim Cook has failed to uphold it?

More at Time

I couldn't agree more with this article. As great as Steve Jobs was, he never came out with groundbreaking products every other year. There were significant time periods between the release of each of Apple's blockbuster products.

You'd think some of the Apple analysts and pundits would get a clue, and learn about Apple's history before shooting their mouths off. Oh wait, that would require careful attention to detail, well planned research, and a commitment to excellence. Um...okay, that's a bit much to expect from a lot of them. Forget I brought it up.

Pixel Envy's iOS 7 Review

iOS 7 has been out for a little while now, but it's still worth checking out Pixel Envy's excellent review. It's by far the most detailed review I've seen of iOS 7, and it puts my own to shame. Talk about a bad case of pixel envy! Aaaah well, you can't win em' all right?

In the three months in which I’ve been using iOS 7, I’ve continuously been impressed by the polish, focus, and depth of the interface’s redesign. Yes, some of the icons look rushed and unfinished. But that’s such a small part of the overall interface that I’ve become used to them. And, if you’re anything like me, you have a mix of apps from third-parties on your home screen; the Calendar app is bothersome, but I use Fantastical anyway.

But if you don’t settle on the icons and keep exploring through the entire operating system, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with just how comprehensive the changes are, and how they make the system feel. They make it feel alive.

This reminds me of the transition from Platinum to Aqua. Remember how prominent the pinstripes were in the early days? Remember how gratuitous the transparency was? Some long-time Macintosh users were uncomfortable with the new direction, while others love it.

iOS 7 is Aqua. It’s a fresh start, using new technologies which weren’t available nor practical in 2007. It’s going to change over the course of the next several years. But its foundations have been laid, and they are very strong.

More at Pixel Envy

Apple Updates iMacs

Macworld has coverage of Apple's update to the iMac line. I like what they've done, but I'm holding out for a retina display before I update my aging iMacs. Still, if you're in the market, these new iMacs look pretty darn good.

On Tuesday, the company announced that it had updated its iMac consumer desktop line, bringing new processors, improved graphics, better Wi-Fi, and enhanced storage options—all in the same thin package it introduced last October.

Among the new offerings are faster quad-core Intel Core i5 processors, based on the new Haswell architecture. For the 21.5-inch iMacs, the two base configurations come in at 2.7GHz and 2.9GHz, respectively, while the 27-inch iMac models start at 3.2GHz and 3.4GHz. A 3.1GHz Core i7 is available as a build-to-order option on the high-end 21.5-inch model, while a 3.5GHz quad-core Core i7 is available for the high-end 27-inch model. All processors include Intel’s Turbo Boost 2.0 technology, which can automatically raise the speed of active cores without sacrificing efficiency: The 2.7GHz can be boosted to 3.2GHz, the 2.9GHz and 3.2GHz to 3.6GHz, and the 3.4GHz to 3.8GHz.

The boosted graphics include the new Iris Pro integrated graphics on the low-end 21.5-inch iMac, which used to feature the Nvidia GeForce GT 640M chip. The Nvidia GeForce 700 series is available on the high-end 21.5-inch model and both 27-inch models. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, which features up to 4GB of video memory, is available as a build-to-order option.

More at Macworld

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