Don't even get me started about the new apple iPhone (above). I know I can't compare apples to oranges (pardon the pun) but I'm going to anyway. What I'm comparing here is intent. Look at all the care and thought and user consideration that's gone into this product by a company that continually bests themselves. They don't rest on their laurels. They don't stop at one iteration. They innovate. They progress. They make their product better for their consumers. In a word, they care. And in the process, they make mountains of money and change the economic game, because people want progress and they want their needs met. Because, guess what, people will pay for that.
I've ranted about this before, and I'll rant again, I'm sure. I find it strange and frustrating and at times, infuriating, that we have to settle for product that looks and feels like this (below). There are continuing improvements inside the box and that's great. We want that first and foremost. But I don't think it's a lot to ask that some improvements be made to the outside of it as well. Design matters. User interface matters. Living with a designed object 24/7 should make it matter more. I can't imagine that the people at apple say, great, we got the inside working better, so let's just not worry about the outside, let's just go with last years model. I'd love to see what Jonathan Ives would come up with if he designed a pump. My guess is, it wouldn't be this circa 80's pager box. My guess is that it would look and work a whole lot differently. I can't imagine that reinventing the phone was the easiest task to undertake. The fact that it is possible to do such a thing, makes me really wish that someone would undertake the design challenge of reinventing the insulin pump. Life is good, but it can always be better.