Apple Watch Killer App

The Apple Watch can tell time and nobody cares

By on February 4, 2016 at 5:15 PM.

The Apple Watch can tell time and nobody cares

Another Apple earnings report is in the books and we still have no clue as to how well the Apple Watch is selling, a notable curiosity given Apple’s affinity for sales figures. In typical fashion, Tim Cook last week described the Apple Watch in broad strokes, simply stating that sales during the company’s 2015 holiday quarter set an all-time sales record. Encouraging? Sure, but without any additional information about previous sales figures, a record-breaking quarter doesn’t really tell us a whole lot about its overall popularity.

The takeaway here, I think, is that the Apple Watch is doing well, but not so well as to warrant the release of specific sales figures. Admittedly, this is hardly a controversial or original sentiment. Nonetheless, a looming question remains – will the Apple Watch forever be marked with the ‘accessory’ label, or might it someday become a sweeping global phenomenon and impressive money maker a’la the iPod?

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iPhone Influence

Harvard Business Professor: Apple’s iPhone isn’t as important as it used to be

By on February 3, 2016 at 10:06 AM.

Harvard Business Professor: Apple’s iPhone isn’t as important as it used to be

A recently published article from the Harvard Business Review takes the position that Apple’s influence in and impact on the smartphone industry is waning. Whereas Apple once set the tone for the smartphone industry at large, Professor Juan Pablo Vazquez Sampere now argues that Apple “has begun to compete on the same terms as Samsung and the other smartphone providers.”

The evidence? Apple’s iPhone 6 lineup featured bigger screens, something other handset manufacturers had already brought to market. As a result, Sampere asserts that Apple and other manufacturers are currently “stuck in a battle of sustaining innovations, which is about classic competition on who makes a better phone.”

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Apple Revenue Services

Apple’s growth strategy is hiding in plain sight

By on January 28, 2016 at 10:58 AM.

Apple’s growth strategy is hiding in plain sight

Apple finds itself in a rather unique position; it just delivered the most profitable quarter in corporate history and all anyone can focus on is what Apple can do to generate even more revenue in the future. Of course, heightened expectations are not wholly unwarranted given Apple’s track record for innovation.

Consequently, it’s not uncommon to hear analysts talk about what’s next for Apple and what the company needs to do to keep investors happy and its cash hoard growing. While some believe upcoming iPhone innovations will drive future revenue growth, others take the position that a big and bold acquisition (i.e Tesla or Netflix) is needed.

But hiding in plain sight, right there on the face of Apple’s quarterly report, is a growth vector that’s curiously being ignored by analysts and pundits alike – services.

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Star Wars Avengers Disney Movie

I hope I never see Rey and Captain America joining forces in a twisted Disney movie

By on January 19, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

I hope I never see Rey and Captain America joining forces in a twisted Disney movie

Imagine for a second seeing Rey pushing back a slew of attackers with her lightsaber and Jedi powers, just as Captain American throws his shield at them. On a planet far far away. Would you want to see such that movie? More →

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Apple 2015 Review

Apple’s 2015 was a year of transition

By on December 31, 2015 at 2:00 PM.

Apple’s 2015 was a year of transition

2015 was an interesting year for Apple, to say the least. While the company sold more iPhones than ever before, and delivered record-breaking profits in the process, Apple in 2015 was seemingly a company in transition, endlessly on the prowl for the next big thing.

Over the last 12 months, Apple released a number of new products and services that had many proclaiming that the company had lost its innovative edge. Nilay Patel of The Verge, for instance, went so far as to categorize Apple’s 2015 as a “year in beta.”

And truthfully, it’s hard to disagree.

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BlackBerry Apple iPhone Encryption

BlackBerry CEO rips Apple’s stance on privacy and encryption

By on December 17, 2015 at 7:45 PM.

BlackBerry CEO rips Apple’s stance on privacy and encryption

BlackBerry, a company whose smartphones most people haven’t bought for years, posted an unusual missive on user privacy and security earlier this week penned by CEO John Chen. What’s particularly strange about Chen’s message is that it seems like he’s both slamming and supporting Apple’s stance on privacy and encryption. More →

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iPhone 7 Rumors Lightning Headphones

Why the iPhone 7’s most radical design change might not be such a big deal

By on November 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM.

Why the iPhone 7’s most radical design change might not be such a big deal

Next year, Apple is expected to launch a brand new iPhone model, an iPhone 7, and the main attraction should be a revamped design. A new report seems to offer the first evidence that the upcoming iPhone will have a different overall appearance than the iPhone 6, suggesting Apple is planning at least one radical design change. More →

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Tech Companies ISIS Encryption

No, Apple and the rest of Silicon Valley is not helping ISIS

By on November 23, 2015 at 1:48 PM.

No, Apple and the rest of Silicon Valley is not helping ISIS

Over the weekend, with all the terror attacks-related frenzy in the media, I happened to stumble upon what might just be one of the most ignorant stances on encryption I’ve read in a while, The Telegraph’s “Why is Silicon Valley helping the tech-savvy jihadists?” And yes, the story is related to the debate on strong encryption, the kind of data protection for Internet-connected devices and Internet services that intelligence agencies can’t crack.

Before we start, no tech company is helping tech-savvy ISIS members by creating such products. In fact, it’s still not even clear that encryption helps ISIS plan and execute sophisticated attacks such as the one in Paris on November 13th. More →

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Netflix Vs HBO

Can HBO keep up? Netflix will spend $5 billion on content in 2016

By on November 14, 2015 at 11:21 AM.

Can HBO keep up? Netflix will spend $5 billion on content in 2016

We always like to talk about how Netflix is ‘doubling down’ on original content, but truth be told, that doesn’t really capture the full scope of Netflix’s programming objectives. Netflix doesn’t just want to increase the breadth of its original content, it wants to completely dominate the premium original content space and completely dethrone HBO in the process.

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Google Smartphone

If Google cares about Android’s future, it needs to make its own smartphone

By on November 12, 2015 at 4:08 PM.

If Google cares about Android’s future, it needs to make its own smartphone

Since its inception, Google’s Nexus line has sought to provide users with a pure and unadulterated Android experience. With no third-party skins or bloatware to speak of, Nexus smartphones provide a welcome reprieve from having to sift through an endless selection of Android handsets from varying manufacturers.

Of course, Nexus branded smartphones aren’t made by Google. Rather, they’re manufactured by a revolving door of different handset manufacturers. Over the years, we’ve seen Nexus devices from the likes of HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola Mobility, and most recently, Huawei.

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iPad Pro Vs. MacBook

Why is Tim Cook sacrificing the Mac at the altar of the iPad?

By on November 12, 2015 at 1:05 PM.

Why is Tim Cook sacrificing the Mac at the altar of the iPad?

What in the world is Tim Cook thinking? Ahead of the iPad Pro’s release later this week, Tim Cook put on his salesman hat and took some time to talk to The Telegraph about Apple’s soon to be released gargantuan tablet.

In an effort to drum up hype for the company’s new iPad, Tim Cook was all too willing to throw the Mac completely under the bus.

“I think if you’re looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore?” Cook rhetorically asked. “No really, why would you buy one?”

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Peak Apple

Have we reached ‘Peak Apple’? Not even close

By on November 4, 2015 at 1:50 PM.

Have we reached ‘Peak Apple’? Not even close

For reasons that defy explanation, The Guardian recently ran an article from Mike Daisey who posits that we’ve hit ‘Peak Apple.’ Hot on the heels of Apple’s most successful fiscal year in company history, Daisey employs the same recycled lines about how Apple, by mere virtue of its success, is destined to fall.

As Horace Dediu once pointed out, Apple is curiously looked upon as a “company that is in a perpetual state of free-fall.”

Typical Apple nonsense aside, what makes The Guardian piece so jarring is that no one at the revered publication saw anything wrong with running a piece penned by someone who, not that long ago, was embarrassingly outed as a liar and shameless self-promoter who completely fabricated stories about working conditions at Foxconn in order to paint Apple in an unflattering light.

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iPhone 6s 3D Touch Review

I’ve found the biggest problem with the iPhone 6s’s 3D Touch: Me

By on October 28, 2015 at 10:50 AM.

I’ve found the biggest problem with the iPhone 6s’s 3D Touch: Me

I’ve now had the iPhone 6s for more than a month and I’ve been using it without problems ever since – in fact, the device has none of the issues reported to date by various users.

The phone is significantly faster than its predecessor and better at just about anything. That was evident from the moment I restored my iOS 9 backup from the 64GB iPhone 6 I used before. Everything was right there, and it all seemed so familiar.

But on top of everything, the iPhone 6s has a signature feature that offers users a new way of interacting with the operating system: 3D Touch. The new interaction model might be the best feature of the new iPhones, yet there’s one huge problems with it: Me. More →

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