Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics and Thermodynamics Align Against Apple

Apple may test their user-interface and design it well but not being a global operation hurts them. They got the physics of antennae wrong and now they are being left out in the cold for not operating in the cold… Here’s a hint:

  • galvanic cells (“batteries”) deliver lower voltage at lower temperatures,
  • energy levels of charge carriers in semiconductors fall at lower temperatures, and
  • electrical resistance in semiconductors can increase with falling temperatures.

I would guess Apple’s engineers know these things but I would bet the pointy-headed bosses don’t want to waste money on actually verifying that systems work in the real world. It’s fun to see a powerful corporation proven to be so foolish. I think the ithingies may have peaked…

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics and Thermodynamics Align Against Apple

  1. oldman says:

    “They will be swamped by competition. No doubt they have a lot of loyal followers but I believe most of them have bought in by now and some may even be
    regretting the frailty of the product.”

    Quantity != Quality Pog.

  2. There is a huge price discrepancy which matters globally. Apple does mention zero degrees or something. Where I live folks have to survive -40. You can always keep the thing in a “baggie” and keep it warm next to your body but it cuts down on the flexibility. Given the choice (and there are many) are people going to buy a $500 phone they cannot rely on or a $150 phone they can rely on?

    Apple did well but they have no legs for this product. The world can produce a new model every six weeks and Apple takes years. They will be swamped by competition. No doubt they have a lot of loyal followers but I believe most of them have bought in by now and some may even be regretting the frailty of the product.

  3. oldman says:

    “I think the ithingies may have peaked…”

    I am puzzled as to how you can think this Pog when the vast majority of the world outside of the extremes of temperature has no problem working with iPhones.

    This having been said, I do have a problem with Apples not making very clear to users the environmental ranges (temperature AND humidity) that their equipment is rated to work in. IBM has done this for years in their hardware documentation, and it looks like apple would be well advised to make sure this kind of information available in countries that don’t permit fine print to negotiate away consumer rights.)

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