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The Macalope Daily: Radical!

Macalope | Oct. 4, 2012
On Tuesday we went to the extreme; on Wednesday, we’re getting radical! What’s Thursday going to be? It’s like someone remade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or something.

Bravo. Golf clap. Awesome parlor trick, dude.

It sounds like Im complaining about the iPhone 5. Im not.

What youre doing is being contrarian just for the sake of contrarianism. Which is neither interesting nor illuminating.

Given Apples One-Phone-To-Rule-Them-All strategy, the upgrade is too radical in a bad way for everyday users.

Wait, how is that not complaining about the iPhone? Its bad but in a good way? Buh?

Comparing the iPhone to what we imagine Apple might do is just lazy and self indulgent.

At least we agree on something.

But comparing the iPhone to other Apple lines in the context of Apples larger strategy makes perfect sense.

And by that comparison, the iPhone changes too much, too fast and too soon.

You can see what Elgan did here. He set out with his contrarian thesis without really caring if it made sense or not. Damn the torpedoes of logic, full steam ahead.

Taken in the context of the smartphone industry, the only single feature of the iPhone 5 that could conceivably be called radical is the Lightning connector. All the others are present in existing phones, if not all in the same phone.

The Macalope has said this before but just because you can write a piece does not necessarily mean you should write a piece. With Elgan, as with so many others, that point falls on deaf ears.

[Editors Note: In addition to being a mythical beast, the Macalope is not an employee of Macworld. As a result, the Macalope is always free to criticize any media organization. Even ours.]


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