Californian manufacturer Apple clearly gets a lot of things right, primarily when it comes to product design and marketing. People just want Apple goodies.
But it’s far from infallible, with iTunes standing out as the classic Apple bugbear, and now a former Apple engineer has described their various web-based ventures as nothing short of “a mess”. Oh dear.
Patrick B. Gibson has let rip in a post on his Tumblr-based blog, explaining - among other things - why he thinks Apple should be worried about Google.
Specifically, as observed by one of Patrick’s colleagues: “Google is getting better at design faster than Apple is getting better at web services.”
We’re given several examples of Apple problems, including its apparent inability to update its online store without taking it offline first, iOS game Letterpress recently bringing down Game Center, and iTunes and the App Store running on “a mostly dead framework” that’s almost 20 years-old.
Gibson goes on to echo the suggestion that Apple should acquire twitter, a move that has been speculated muchly of late. It makes perfect sense to Pat.
“Where Apple falls short, Twitter flies. Not only does Twitter use some of the most advanced web technology, they invented it. They own scale. They know how to send hundreds of thousands of tweets a minute. Further, Twitter is social network with values that (used to) reflect Apple: focus and simplicity.
“Apple should buy Twitter not for its social network, but for its talent and technology. That talent and technology could undoubtably help bring Apple and iCloud into the 21st century.”
Apple stock continues to take a bit of a beating, after hitting a record high in September prior to the iPhone 5 launch. There are concerns over shrinking iDevice profits as costs increase and competition intensifies, and of course there’s the loss of Steve Jobs.
Heck, some even suggest Apple should be worried about Windows Phone 8…