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…