On 27 August, financial news service Bloomberg was updating its obituary on Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple Inc., when someone hit the wrong button and the 17-page text of the obituary went out over the wire to Gawker.com.
Of course, Jobs is still alive, albeit had previously battled pancreatic cancer. To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated. Red-faced Bloomberg is looking awfully stupid and pulled the obituary off the wire as soon as it was discovered and issued a bland retraction: “An incomplete story referencing AppleInc. was inadvertently published by Bloomberg News at 4:27 p.m. New York time today. The item was never meant for publication and has been retracted.” Dave Porter from AxcessNews.com said: “If I were Steve Jobs and I wanted to reclaim my obituary, I’d call the nearest ambulance-chasing lawyer and sue the bytes off of Bloomberg considering Apple shares dropped $4.21, or 2.4%, to close at $169.53 Friday”.
According to the premature obituary, Jobs “helped make personal computers as easy to use as telephones, changed the way animated films are made, persuaded consumers to tune into digital music, and refashioned the mobile phone.”
Almost 15 years a go I was introduced to ArchiCAD by my lecturer, which by that time could only be operated in Macintosh computer, which looked so much cooler compared to PC since the normal PC was still in black and white mode, while Macintosh was already colorful, like today’s Windows kind of mode. I have been in awe since. My first mini ipod, the very first pink item I have ever had, was a gift from Stuart when he came back from a business trip several years a go. Today I am on my second ipod now, and Stuart is on his third. I have got my macbook two years a go as a birthday present, and have even managed to persuade Andie Sumerkiss to change her laptop to Macbook recently. We don’t have any major complaints using all Apple gadgets, so when iphone came out, Stuart was the first one to buy it and for a long time I was really admiring the shiny, sleek, slim, sexy figure he has been carrying all over the world.
Yesterday I’ve got the hand me down iphone since he’s moved to 3G Iphone and we become Mr. and Mrs. Maciphone. Yay.
But I quickly realise that despite its amazing look, iphone is rubbish compares to my old Nokia N73. Seriously. I have just had it for one day and I have been building quite an extensive list of complaints. The selection of cheesy ringtones available made me wandering around the internet until 2.00 AM last night, trying to find a solution. Isn’t it amazing that iphone, a product of apple, which uses itunes to synchronize everything from contacts to pictures, doesn’t allow its users to convert the already bought songs to ringtones? Of course I didn’t give up easily, and have found an incredible site called Audiko and thank God now I have my Justin Timberlake ringtones back into my life and Stuart is happy I put Greenday’s Basketcase in his iphone.
But soon I find other functions which doesn’t work properly, which I can’t do much about it. Apparently someone in Apple office invents a brilliant idea to restrict the transfer file activity using bluetooth to protect itunes as the only medium. Yes, ladies and gentleman, I even cannot transfer my pictures, contacts, or any other files, from my macbook to my iphone using bluetooth. At first I thought it was my another stupidity like when I didn’t realise how easy to sync my lovely N73 to macbook until Reynolds taught me the tricks yesterday. But no, no, the bluetooth transfer file function simply doesn’t work. The device is read and paired, but that’s it. It doesn’t do its job, it doesn’t receive file, and it won’t send file. If macbook to iphone transfer doesn’t work, do not even bother to try another brand device to iphone. Isn’t it amazing? Bluetooth is a very basic feature which all mobile phones have today and have spoiled us, the users, as an easy, free way to transfer files, after the stone age technology of infrared. Imagine we are sitting next to each other and I need your plumber’s number and you can’t even send the contact card to me using bluetooth!
Wait, it doesn’t stop here. This morning Stuart sent me someone’s number, but actually it wasn’t me who needed it but his aunt. I frantically searched for forward button, so I can forward the number to her. Let’s laugh together ladies and gentlemen, because iphone doesn’t allow SMS text messages to be forwarded! No, I’m not joking. What should I do? Jot down the 11 numbers down somewhere else then retype it again and send it again? Very practical. Not.
So I found this site which compiles protests from iphone users regarding its rubbish features.
Now, since Jobs has the privilege of reading his own obituary, maybe it is time for him to sit back and reflect what he has done so far. Forbes featured 5 things Jobs should do before he actually dies, but I believe that one thing that Steve Jobs should do is to fix all these bugs on iphone or people will stop buying it!