Leaf Jolting Volt In EV Popularity Contest Part Deux: The IPhone Boogaloo

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
leaf jolting volt in ev popularity contest part deux the iphone boogaloo

Wait, Steve Jobs is signing up for an EV at the rollout of the new iPhone? Is the zen master of Silicon Valley a Volt guy or a Leaf lover?

Surprised? Clearly Jobs doesn’t give a shit about GM’s forthcoming IPO, even though millions of his tax dollars are (presumably) hanging in the balance. The sad truth is that GM probably could have been embraced by the healing power of the Apple brand… if only it hadn’t gone to Google for phone integration on its next-gen OnStar system. D’oh!

On the other hand, the sooner car people get over their self-defeating obsession with the iPhone, the better.

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  • RetardedSparks RetardedSparks on Jun 08, 2010

    I don't get the Apple hating. They make well-designed stuff and market it well. Isn't that what we've been whining about Detroit failing to do for the last 40 years?

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    • Quentin Quentin on Jun 08, 2010

      My wife's previous gen Macbook has been a great little computer. Nothing has fallen off in the near 3 years we've had it, which I couldn't say for the first year of owning my last Dell laptop. The wristpad is weak and has a slight crack, but they seem to have remedied that in the most recent macbook. We still have a month or so of applecare left. I have a feeling they'd kick us out the door w/ a new macbook if we ever took it back to have the piece replaced, haha. My 06 iMac has been fantastic as well. I think you definitely pay more up front for macs, but my household hasn't even considered purchasing a new computer in the past 3 years and I don't see myself needing/wanting an upgrade for several years yet. There is certainly something to be said for the philosophy of controlling both the hardware and software. Obviously, this doesn't 100% mean that macs are perfect, but you really increase the odds of having a well integrated system when you have a very clear set of hardware variables.

  • RetardedSparks RetardedSparks on Jun 08, 2010

    I've owned and worked on several Apple computers going back to the Apple IIc. They haven't been any worse than the Dell, HP, Sony and IBM machines I've owned and worked on over the same period. My iPod is way better then the first gen Sony Walkman I owned (the one with the separate D-cell battery pack!) and the iPhone I currently have beats the Samsung, RIM and Palm devices I've had hands down. Maybe you just got a lemon, Ed...

  • FreedMike Soon to be trending on Youtube: "Aftermarket supercharger F150 cars and coffee crash".
  • Lou_BC Vehicles tend to "soft fail" i.e. a component gradually wears to the point of complete failure. Sure, some rather abrupt failures occur but not typically in the steering, brakes, or wheel bearings.
  • MaintenanceCosts Curious about this number for certain Toyotas, particularly the Sienna and RAV4 Prime. Both still seem to be almost unobtanium, especially in fully loaded configurations, a couple years after their introduction.
  • 2ACL Giving a lay pickup 500+ horsepower never resonated with me. Even in a straight line, you'll still get thrashed by less powerful cars because they don't need to push as much air. And you're typically speed limited into the low 100 mph range because so little of the truck is engineered to go that fast.Think I'll get my dumb speed fix elsewhere.
  • Lou_BC VW has had a stellar reputation with their electronics and now they go full EV. What's not to like? ;)