Apple hit the airwaves this week with a slew of AirPod TV ads. That's great news, because while I have seen the product online, demo'd them in an Apple store, and now see them on TV, I still have been unable to purchase them in any store.
Unless Apple is into some teasing game, it's marketing 101 that a company never advertises what people cannot purchase at the retail level. Apple's ad campaign signals that the company has enough product to hit store shelves quite soon. AirPods have received great reviews, and Apple pushing TV ads to the masses during NFL playoff games indicates the all-wireless EarPods should be on store shelves within a week or two.
We are just months away from Apple Watch’s 2nd anniversary. While Apple has released new hardware (Series 1 and 2 plus the original affectionately known some as “Series 0”), three watchOS versions and multiple watch faces, Apple still won’t allow watch owners and Mac designers built their own watch faces from scratch.
There is a theory that after a while people that achieve their goals often lose their sense of drive. Look no further than athletes at any level and you'll see human nature played out in full, even within a single game or contest. This is hardly a theory, but rather, a fact worked out on a daily basis. In Apple's case, we are seeing it playing out before our very eyes.
Leadership style is one thing, drive are another. Whether Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and his VP's have "taken it easy" the past few years, or have been distracted by a de-railed car project, or their new campus construction project makes little difference. The fact is, Apple isn't performing the way it had when under Steve Jobs leadership.
For the past two years Apple’s stock price has bounced around from a little above $130/share as a high to $90/share as a low. While Tim Cook has authorized increases in dividend payments, the growth for AAPL is no where to be found. To grow its stock price, usually a company must grow its net revenue (aka profit). But that seems to be a challenge for AAPL the past two years.
They are being heralded as Apple's best surprise product of 2016 – AirPods. They are being heralded as Apple's ugliest product of 2016 – Airpods. So which is it? Are Airpods great? Yes. Are they ugly? No.
Airpods are virtually identical to to their wired cousins, Apple's EarPods, but for one major factor. Airpods have, rather obviously, no wires. When I first saw them, they looked awkward. After pondering as to why they looked rather odd, the answer became obvious. I'm simply not accustomed to seeing earphones without wires. The answer is really that simple.
Earlier in the week, Microsoft managed to deliver a pretty big fish story. The software giant made some rather large claims about Surface sales versus Apple's newly launched MacBook Pro. Unsurprisingly, most of Microsoft's boasting appears to be pure marketing bluster and sleight of hand.
Microsoft is desperate to push the Surface against MacBook Pro's, but in reality, the Surface design should be compared to the often superior iPad Pro (Microsoft's sleight of hand in full view). Of course Microsoft would rather not compete against a very compelling iPad Pro with its much lower price points than the MacBook Pro. Let's take a look at the games Microsoft plays with the media and see what's really going on.
How much are you willing to pay for the best? That is the question that one is immediately confronted with when considering the new MacBook Pro. This top of the line laptop is the new bad boy in Apple’s lineup. That said it comes with a price tag to match its feature set and attitude.
Netflix, the king of cord-cutting online streaming. Or is it? Sure, Netflix owns the lion's share of streaming movie and TV content, along with their own original movies and series, but is it really all that great? Not really, and here's why.
As a cord cutter, Netflix offered me the hope of watching shows only offered on cable, or a series I could follow on my own timeline, while viewing movies without costly rental fees. In reality, I've been let down in just about every category.
If you haven't noticed, Apple silently racked up large scale iPad and MacBook Air sales over the Black Friday weekend, according to Adobe's analytics. But wait! Like a good Ginsu knife, there's more! Apple's Beats headphones were also show stoppers, and the new MacBook Pro has seen stronger than anticipated demand since its release. If you think there couldn't possibly be more, you'd be wrong! Apple's iPhone is also the most wanted item on Christmas wish lists this year, up by 2% over last year's desire for iPhones. There can't possible more than this, right?! Wrong! This weekend I moved to Verizon from AT&T, and upgraded muy plan with six new iPhone 7's!
Across the board Apple's sales are looking solid, but Verizon's virtual blind-side to AT&T this holiday weekend may have given Apple an extra boost. The largest US carrier offered $200 Visa cards and generous trade-in values on older iPhones for new customers. After the cash card arrives, my purchase of a 128GB iPhone 7 is a net zero dollars cost to me. The Verizon plan also provides my 6 lines with a 24GB per month data pool, with half of it able to be rolled over into future months. Verizon even offered $300 for a base iPhone 5, plus the $200 Visa card! It was an impressive offer, and coming from Verizon, a company known to rarely provide steep discounts, AT&T was caught flat footed.