You gotta love iPhone. Or, not. That iPhone is much beloved by nearly a billion customers is without question. That iPhone is hated isn’t exactly the latest fake news. From religion to politics to smartphones, everything is polarized these days.
Remember the Notch in iPhone X? Of course you do. It was hated by all the critics but mostly loved by iPhone X customers. And, of course, loved by all the iPhone X copycats in the Android world. Love and hate. That’s where it’s at.
Flattery Of Copying
When the iPhone X’s Notch was revealed late last summer it was met with howls of derision. Today, not even six months into iPhone X’s life cycle, the howls of derision have shifted from iPhone to Android copycat makers who have their own Notch.
Today, the Notch is a feature to expect on new smartphones.
Apple’s original iPhone, circa 2007, almost 11 years ago, came with an iconic design. Large screen, flat and thin case, rounded corners. What do we see in today’s crop of smartphones. Everything seems to be the same. Thin and flat, rounder corners, and if not a Notch, a forehead and chin.
Just as it did with the modern notebook– MacBook Air was the first design that became iconic and is visible everywhere in the traditional Windows PC world these days– the iPhone became the iconic design copied by lesser makers.
What I want to know is why so much critical hate whenever Apple launches a new design, or improves on functionality that’s been around awhile, or tries to do what Apple has always done– Think Different™?
Yeah, I know. Haters gonna hate. But there are so many of them and very few of the nattering nabobs of negativism ever walk back their words once a hated design becomes the norm. Notch then? They hated it. Notch today? Copied ad nauseam. The way I see it, the Notch was a fact of life– laws of physics have to be obeyed– and Apple recognized it early. All those camera and sensor and light array goodies had to go somewhere but didn’t require a large forehead as in previous phones.
Apple, as often happens, pushed the industry ahead. Again.
Everyone who criticizes Apple is allowed their own opinion and soapbox to broadcast incessant drivel to whomever will stand to listen. That won’t change, and anything Apple seems to be fair game. Wikipedia has a section for Criticism of Apple. I don’t see a similar entry for Google or Microsoft or Amazon, yet all three have their detractors.
When I read the haters-gonna-hate articles these days I begin to salivate because, 1) they are fun to mock, and, 2) I know they’re onto some kind of new feature that will become the norm within a year.
What’s next? Talking home speakers that do not stalk their owners but also sound good?