Comments update: Apple lacks direction and isn't delivering innovative design, according to commenters unimpressed by the tech giant's latest product launch.
Apple crunch? Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled a smaller version of its current iPhone yesterday, which is almost identical in shape and size to its older 5s model. Readers weren't impressed.
"A missed opportunity to rejuvenate Apple design before the launch of the iPhone 7," wrote Roberto Sideris. "[Apple] didn't 'design' this, they just stuck new electronics inside the 5s and called it new."
"It feels like Apple has run out of ideas," agreed Kay. "As a product it will be useful but people expect new ideas from Apple and it just isn't delivering them."
But not everyone agreed with the criticism. "I personally really like that Apple does not change its product design every year," replied Julien. "A new design every year shouldn't be called design nor innovation, but styling."
Bridge over troubled water: the controversial Garden Bridge moved one step closer to construction last week, reigniting the debate about whether the project should have been given to Thomas Heatherwick, and if it should be built at all.
"This bridge is a symbol of the sad state of architectural procurement," said James. "If you're in favour you get everything and the rest of us get scraps."
"This is easily the most expensive public park in recent history," added Davide. "I can hardly imagine people sat in a meeting and agreed this was a clever proposal."
Others reiterated the potential benefits the project could offer London.
A class apart: Bentley's head of design proffered a future scenario where luxury autonomous vehicles get privileged "fast lane" access through crowded cities, triggering a strong reaction from commenters.
"I just vomited on my desk while reading this article," added Ciaran Naughton. "Maybe they should electrify the outside too, just in case a poor person gets too close."
"There are more useful and important things to design than ways to monetise tailgating," concluded Nicki Theokritoff. Read the comments on this story and join the debate »
Lights out: the impact of autonomous vehicles on cities was discussed after a group of researchers from MIT proposed the "death of traffic lights" in favour of smart intersections.
"This might be great for future highway interchanges, but it shows absolute contempt for anyone not in a motorised steel coffin," added a commenter calling themselves Bitterbuffalo.
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