What phone was Steve Jobs using? You may be surprised

A few years ago, I thought about smartphones that are used or used by famous personalities from the world of new technologies. I was wondering, among others what phone did he use privately Steve Jobs before the first iPhone came out. Most reliable sources indicate that with none.

It quickly turned out that aversion to cells it is the common denominator of many high-ranking people. It makes sense when you think about it this way.

When you earn a billion dollars a year, a minute of your time is worth $ 1,900. Using it to browse Facebook or dealing with hundreds of connections a day isn’t necessarily the best idea. It works best in some positions landline phone and an assistant that filters calls, accepting only the most urgent ones.

Anyway, Jobs did not hide his aversion to consumer electronics. While he tried to convince millions of people that the iPad was essential to their lives, he did not allow his children to use it at all.

Unfortunately, it is often felt that people responsible for smartphones do not use them themselves

I remember the moment when Steve Jobs presented the first iPhone and demonstrated the wallpaper change function. Although it seems absurd, the manufacturer initially envisaged the possibility of displaying his photo only on the lock screen, not on the desktop.

This deficiency was only remedied 3 years later in iOS 4, which was the first release that allowed you to change the background on the desktop. It’s hard to justify it with something other than the fact that each idea had to be accepted by a person who did not use smartphones himself.

Jobs can and was an excellent strategistand based his decisions on an in-depth analysis of consumer needs, but it was often felt that he was missing a lot of things because of his inexperience. This applies not only to Jobs and not only to Apple. Although after a company that releases a few phones a year, in the meantime not allowing itself to experiment, it is probably the most visible.

Smartphones often lack the human element

Apple is renowned for having a good sense of consumer needs, but personally I’ve always had the impression that its approach to device creation is heavily artisanal. It is as if the products are handled by a robot that has dry data on the preferences of potential customers, but is unable to grasp the complexities of human nature. It’s hard to explain otherwise, for example:

Somewhere around 2016, this robot had to recalculate that the iPhone must get widgets to pick up some of the Android customers. Only the robot did not understand that people want to put widgets on the same screen as icons. He did not understand it until 2020.

Until now, I also do not believe that the person who uses the phone every day is responsible for the implementation of Face ID. If he did, he would not be entitled to conclude that the facial recognition feature should additionally require an upward swipe from the very bottom of the screen. Could it be more and unnecessarily complicated?

For several years, the people responsible for iOS have not seen anything wrong with the volume control panel that covers the content being watched.

And such examples can be multiplied endlessly.

Of course, not only Apple has such anti-human solutions in its portfolio

I can’t get over the fact that most smartphones have multimedia speaker located on the lower edge of the housing. I see two possibilities: either someone hates people very much and wants them to block the sound while holding the smartphone horizontally, or someone has never used the phone he is designing outside the laboratory and has not foreseen such ergonomic problems at all.

And why one of the most popular materials used in the production of housings is glass? Can you imagine that such an idea is applauded by the president, who knows from an autopsy how much telephones are susceptible to dropping?

And these are only highly popularized solutions. In fact, whenever I pick up a new phone, I just can’t believe that before it was released to the market, someone in charge took it home, used it for a month and said, “It’s OK.”

The Chinese are probably on the way to change this state of affairs

In the Xiaomi Mi 11 test, I wrote that it is the most pleasant smartphone I have ever dealt with. Although it is not a phone free from the disadvantages mentioned earlier (glass and speaker at the bottom) and optimization (MIUI 12 has a lot of bugs), at least I felt that someone who uses the phone on a daily basis is behind the ideas.

I had the same with OnePlus 9 Pro. This one also has a long list of flaws, but between all of these it feels so hard to define a human element that makes this phone simply good to use.

It’s funny because Chinese producers starting their expansion into other markets often emphasize how big a stumbling block for them are cultural differences that make it difficult for them to understand the needs of Western consumers. Yet sometimes I get the feeling that thanks to a different approach to consumer electronics design, they understand them better than anyone else.

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