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Date: 2010-06-29 14:09 (UTC)
thorfinn: <user name="seedy_girl"> and <user name="thorfinn"> (Default)
From: [personal profile] thorfinn
*nod* It's a perfectly fine feature to want to have - but as I said to someone else on faceborg, the problem is partly that for Apple, given their position on wanting features to be at absolute minimum "good", and preferably "brilliant", they must test/design/build/iterate/integrate all features from scratch.

They can't simply throw the job at one programmer who then goes "okay, I'll build something and we'll see how it goes."

They have to run it through usability engineering, iterate several possible designs, user test those things, see how those designs integrate or not with the entire rest of the product range... That's a huge amount of work, for even something so apparently simple as cut and paste. Several person years, is my guesstimate, for any feature at all, no matter how apparently trivial.

iPhone 3G (and iPhone OS2.0) had already sucked up so much of the company's engineering talent that Leopard was being delayed, and delayed, and had it's featureset cut to the point where it was barely going to be worth releasing... Of course they cut cut and paste off the feature list.
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