John Dvorak

WTF of the week: Worst analyst ever suggests Apple should spin off its Mac business

By on June 23, 2016 at 2:51 PM.

WTF of the week: Worst analyst ever suggests Apple should spin off its Mac business

Is John C. Dvorak is trying to cement his position as the worst industry “analyst” of all-time? It’s entirely possible because Dvorak’s latest article for PC Mag is one of the most peculiar and inane pieces we’ve seen from the man who in 1984 famously predicted that no one would want to use a mouse and who, in 2007, boldly predicted that the original iPhone would amount to nothing more than an embarrassing flop.

And now Dvorak is back again with a kindly suggestion for Apple: spin-out the company’s Mac business into an entirely separate company. Usually, boneheaded ideas like this are reserved for message boards, not a featured spot in PC Mag of all places. But so it goes in the world of tech where the ability to formulate a well-reasoned opinion piece is clearly not a prerequisite for participation.

Let’s dive into Dvorak’s madness, shall we?

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2016 MacBook Pro Headphone Jack

Will the 2016 MacBook Pro also kill the headphone jack?

By on June 22, 2016 at 3:40 PM.

Will the 2016 MacBook Pro also kill the headphone jack?

Much has been written about the imminent death of the 3.5mm headphone jack in the past months, and especially this week, now that it’s almost a given that the iPhone – cough – 7 will not have one. Apple is at the receiving end of plenty of criticism, much of it being rather obtuse and unwarranted. In the grand scheme of things, the standard 3.5mm jack has to die, and there will never be a right time to do it if you ask customers who happen to own plenty of wired headphones. Not to mention that other companies have already pulled similar tricks, with Motorola being the most notorious phone maker to do it – yet nobody scolded Moto for ditching it.

But killing the 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t a simple one-time murder. It has to be a serial-killing operation that would see Apple gradually removing the port from all its products, including iPads and MacBooks. In fact, there’s already speculation that this year’s MacBook Pros won’t have a 3.5mm headset jack either.
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HBO Game of Thrones Season 6 Finale

HBO is trolling ‘Game of Thrones’ fans with a very stupid decision

By on June 14, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

HBO is trolling ‘Game of Thrones’ fans with a very stupid decision

There are two Game of Thrones episodes left. Yes. Just. Two. As if that’s not bad enough, HBO is now pulling one of the silliest stunts we’ve seen in television. It’s withholding episode descriptions for episodes 9 and 10, all in the name of secrecy. Too bad the network isn’t as good as preventing episodes from leaking well ahead of their premieres. More →

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iPhone 7 vs. iPhone 7 Plus

Apple is making me buy the iPhone 7 I don’t want

By on June 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

Apple is making me buy the iPhone 7 I don’t want

It’s early June, and the iPhone 7 is more than four months away. But like every year, we already know pretty much everything there is to know about it. We know the iPhone 7 will be very similar to the iPhone 6s in terms of design, we know what small changes it’ll have to offer, and we know most of the specs. That’s why I already know that Apple is making me buy an iPhone I don’t want this year. More →

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iPhone 7 iPhone 6s

So what if the iPhone 7 is an iPhone 6s clone?

By on June 2, 2016 at 4:12 PM.

So what if the iPhone 7 is an iPhone 6s clone?

Much has been written these past few months about the upcoming iPhone 7, a device that is shaping up to be an iPhone 6s lookalike rather than a radical redesign. But there’s really nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s perfectly fine that Apple decided to “copy” the iPhone 6s. After all, everyone else is doing it.

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Apple iPhone Siri AI

Artificial intelligence isn’t going to be the end of Apple

By on May 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Artificial intelligence isn’t going to be the end of Apple

Since 2007, I’ve read countless versions of the “Apple is doomed” argument, most of them related to the iPhone. Apple was doomed because it dared compete in the smartphone business, then it was doomed when Android came along, and then it was doomed every time a product failed to arouse the imagination of some analyst or journalist. In all this time, however, Apple has been anything but doomed. And it’s likely that will not happen in the foreseeable future.

Today’s version of “Apple is doomed” comes from well-known outspoken software developer Marco Arment, who has often shared his views on Apple’s business. His take on the matter has an “if” in it, suggesting this scenario isn’t likely to happen, but his reasoning isn’t entirely accurate. More →

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Tim Cook

More people call for Tim Cook’s head to roll, but they’re laughably wrong

By on May 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM.

More people call for Tim Cook’s head to roll, but they’re laughably wrong

Have you heard the latest news about Apple? Turns out the company is sinking. And fast. Yeah, after a wild few years of negligible and yawn-inducing innovations, Apple can no longer skate by via sheer momentum. The Apple Watch is a flop, iPhone sales are collapsing, and Tim Cook needs to be shown the door.

In the wake of Apple’s earnings report last week, the nonsensical observations above seem to be gaining traction among analysts, pundits and talking heads. It’s almost funny how a company that manages to rake in $50 billion in revenue and more than $10 billion in profits in just three months can so quickly go from a tech innovator to a tech has-been. But so it goes in the tech world where an inability to look at the big picture is par for the course.

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Apple Mac

We really wish Apple would start paying more attention to the Mac

By on April 29, 2016 at 8:13 PM.

We really wish Apple would start paying more attention to the Mac

Apple last quarter experienced its first year-over-year drop in revenue since 2003. Not only that, but Apple saw a sales decline across all major product lines: iPhone sales were down 18%, iPad sales were down 19% and Mac sales were down 9%.

With most analysts preoccupied with iPhone and iPad sales, it appears that the Mac continues to be overlooked. Which is strange given that the Mac these days is actually more profitable than the iPad. During Apple’s most recent quarter, for example, the iPad generated $4.4 billion in revenue compared to the Mac which brought in $5.1 billion in revenue. More →

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Apple Acquiring Netflix

It makes much more sense for Apple to compete with Netflix than to buy it

By on April 28, 2016 at 5:58 PM.

It makes much more sense for Apple to compete with Netflix than to buy it

With iPhone sales down, perhaps temporarily, Apple CEO Tim Cook indicated during the company’s earnings conference call this week that Apple is always on the look out for exciting new technologies and companies to acquire. Not only that, Cook suggested that Apple would be willing to shell out big bucks for a blockbuster acquisition if the right opportunity arose.

We’re always looking in the market about things that could complement things that we do today, become features in something we do, or allow us to accelerate entry into a category that we’re excited about,” Cook explained. Later on, Cook added that Apple “would definitely buy something larger than we bought thus far.”

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iPhone Sales Decline

All the panic surrounding Apple’s declining iPhone sales is way overblown

By on April 27, 2016 at 4:52 PM.

All the panic surrounding Apple’s declining iPhone sales is way overblown

For the first time in company history, Apple recently posted a year-over-year drop in iPhone sales. During the March 2016 quarter, Apple sold 51.1 million iPhones compared to 61.2 million iPhones sold during the same quarter a year-ago. And seeing as how the iPhone is Apple’s primary revenue driver, Apple’s earnings also took a hit, with the company posting EPS of $1.90, down from $2.33 during the year-ago quarter.

Not surprisingly, shares of Apple opened up 8% lower when trading began earlier this morning. And while shares have since climbed back up from a low of $95.98 to about $98, the stock is still down more than 6% as fears of ‘peak iPhone’ continue to grow.

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iPhone 7 Android Headphone Jack

The iPhone 7 isn’t even out and rivals are already copying a rumored signature feature

By on April 20, 2016 at 1:16 PM.

The iPhone 7 isn’t even out and rivals are already copying a rumored signature feature

Like it or not, Apple is still the company that dictates the future of the smartphone, even though the iPhone isn’t the dominant platform by market share. The features introduced by the iPhone are often found on devices from Apple’s rivals, and the same thing will happen with the iPhone 7.

The handset is reportedly going to lack a 3.5mm headphone jack, a standard feature across just about all consumer devices that output audio. And it’s likely that other smartphone makers are going to follow suit in the future. But one company seems so certain that the 3.5mm headphone port is going to die that it just launched no less than three new Android handsets that all lack the audio jack. More →

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Apple Vs Enron

Comparing Apple to Enron? Surely you’re joking

By on April 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Comparing Apple to Enron? Surely you’re joking

Andy Fastow may not be a household name, but as the former CFO of Enron, he was an integral part of the company’s vast illegal activities and a key figure behind the company’s deceptive and overtly fraudulent accounting practices. As a result of his deep involvement in the Enron scandal, Fastow would serve six years in prison.

These days, Fastow is a free man who, believe it or not, actually gets paid for speaking appearances. And during one of Fastow’s more recent talks, the disgraced CFO spent some time comparing Enron to Apple. The unifying thread between the two companies, according to Fastow, turns on Apple’s tax schemes abroad.

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