If you see Samsung going into anti-Apple mode with its TV commercials for mobile devices, that’s likely because the iPhone maker is out with products that many people will buy instead of Galaxy devices. Samsung already trolled Apple with a clear anti-iPhone 6s message, and now it’s back with similar commercials that seem to take hits at Apple products. Samsung released two new ads in this latest round, one for Galaxy phones and the other for the Galaxy Tab S2 tablet. More →
Yes, Apple has an incredible new Apple TV product that’s not only going to be an affordable gaming console ready to download many of the games you already love from the App Store, but it will also change the way you watch TV, considering its advanced Siri features and universal search support.
There may be a glaring flaw with the Apple TV though, and some people will tell you that it echoes a similar issue from Apple’s iPhone: storage. But don’t listen to them just yet, as that’s not exactly the case. More →
The media just loves to take the ball and run with it when Apple makes mistakes. Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 issues weren’t even covered by mainstream media. That leaves us wondering… what would the reports have looked like if Apple had released the Note 5?
Apple is in trouble. The company once revered for their revolutionary products now finds itself in the midst of a design panic.
In case you missed it, the company’s recently released Galaxy Note 5 suffers from a critical design flaw that truly underscores how the company is reeling in the absence of Steve Jobs.
The National Security Agency (NSA) has a bunch of sophisticated tools at its disposal to conduct massive data collection operations all in the name of doing good – and that’s definitely something you’d want from your intelligence agencies. Ironically, the NSA is already worried about the advanced computers that might be available to humans in the not so distant future, which could be used by hackers to break the complex cryptography that makes possible encryption. More →
Though not a household name in the United States, there’s still a good chance you’ve heard of Xiaomi, a Chinese electronics company that designs and manufactures smartphones, tablets, HDTVs, and an wide assortment of other consumer products.
Since releasing its first smartphone in 2011, Xiaomi’s popularity has increased substantially, in part because the company is generally shameless about copying hardware designs from other companies, and from Apple in particular. Over the past two years or so, there have been no shortage of examples where new Xiaomi products seem to be borderline carbon copies of existing Apple products; the company has even copied Apple event invitations.
That aside, the key aspect to Xiaomi’s success is that the company operates on razor thin margins and offers compelling devices at much cheaper pricepoints than the competition.
Earlier this week, the research firm Slice Intelligence disclosed that cumulative Apple Watch sales likely fall somewhere in the 3 million unit range. Moreover, Slice Intelligence just one week earlier revealed that Apple Watch sales have dropped by an astounding 90% since the device first went on sale back in April.
In turn, we’ve seen the usual carousel of critics come out and boldly declare that the Apple Watch is a flop. While such stories certainly make for intriguing headlines, there simply isn’t enough evidence to support such a theory this early on in the game.
Here’s the thing: even if we assume that Slice Intelligence’s methodology and sales figures are accurate, the idea that 3 million in Apple Watch sales in just 3 months time constitutes a flop is laughable.
A few weeks ago, Christopher Mims of The Wall Street Journal penned a bizarre and borderline embarrassing opinion piece arguing that Apple should abandon its Mac business entirely. The reasoning? Apple should ostensibly “focus on products that represent the future.”
Perhaps appreciating the shaky foundation upon which his arguments lie, Mims’ piece begins with a plea for to readers to “indulge” him. Not surprisingly, what ultimately follows is nothing more than an exercise in absurdity.
I was reminded of Mims’ piece yesterday in light of reports that the entire PC market, save for Apple, is imploding. While every PC manufacturer on the planet is experiencing a year over year decline in growth, Apple’s Mac business is actually growing. In light of that, I thought it was worth re-visiting Mims’ piece in an effort to show why the Mac remains an ongoing, integral, and strategic part of Apple’s business and bottom line.
Apple’s foray into the world of subscription music streaming got underway earlier this week with the release of Apple Music. An ambitious effort, to say the least, Apple is betting that the allure of on-demand streaming coupled with curated playlists will be enough to attract upwards of 100 million subscribers.
The Apple Watch has been out in the wild for about two months now and, as with anything, time has seemingly softened the initial run of harsh critiques and over the top glowing reviews that accompanied its release. With the passage of time, we’ve thankfully started to see a greater number of more reasoned takes on Apple’s new wearable.
Suffice it to say, the Apple Watch isn’t as revolutionary as the iPhone, nor is it an utter disappointment a la the Newton. The truth, like most things, lies somewhere in the middle.
One of the things iOS 9 is slowly fixing is the storage issue that has prevented many users who were not familiar how iOS updates work from upgrading. Instead, they found themselves delaying the move to iOS 8 because there wasn’t enough storage space on their devices to perform over-the-air (OTA) upgrades. But Apple’s actions also seem to indicate that despite the recent move to increase double the storage on its mid-tier and high-end iPhones, the 16GB iPhone is probably here to stay. More →
Yesterday we highlighted how Vanessa Friedman, a fashion critic for The New York Times, opted to return her Apple Watch for a variety of reasons; she didn’t like that it’s highly marketed, or the fact that it looked like a gadget, or the fact that some of the Apple Watch’s advertised features didn’t always work as seamlessly as she would have hoped.
One of the business tenets that has led to Apple’s incredible success is that the company isn’t afraid to cannibalize its own products. If anything, Apple tends to embrace such scenarios, with Tim Cook once explaining that Apple views “cannibalization as a huge opportunity.”
“Our core philosophy is to never fear cannibalization,” Cook said during an earnings conference call two years ago. “If we don’t do it, someone else will. We know that iPhone has cannibalized some of our iPod business. That doesn’t worry us.”
With that said, one can only hope that Apple will take steps to actively cannibalize its own iTunes business. If they don’t, some other company will, and it may happen sooner than anyone thinks.