Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
Microsoft recently released an upgrade to their WIndows Mobile Phone Line: Windows Mobile Phone 7.5 —codenamed 'Mango'. Besides another lame codename by Microsoft (Longhorn, Mojave and Birch to name a few), Windows Mobile 7.5 is aiming to relaunch Microsoft's dominance in the mobile phone space... Sounds like something from Microsoft's Redundancy Department.
But is this enough to catch iPhone or Android? Moreover, is it too late?
By using up to 30% of the Internet's Bandwidth, Netflix has become the place to watch movies and TV shows online. They have the largest movie catalog available online with the best prices. Yet, is Netflix opening the door to defeat?
In the past when users subscribed to Netflix, they would get 1,2, or 3 DVDs at a time with unlimited online movies and videos. Recently, Netflix announced new subscriber plans that essentially broke up their two main services. The change has caused a major backlash from its users, as it greatly increases the monthly subscription price. Will Netflix be able to weather the storm, or is this the beginning of the end for them?
How many times have I heard the statement "If only AAPL were such and such a price, I would have invested... But it's too high now, so I can't." Spare me the details, it's an old and tried diatribe I've been hearing for the past 10+ years. If you are an individual stock investor, invest in the tech industry and have never purchased a lick of Apple, what's been holding you back from investing in Apple, Inc.?
On January 21, 2000, Apple stock took a 2:1 split, trading at $26 per share. Steve Jobs had rebuilt the company's financials, slashed business units and simplified the product line, delivering a focused Think Different campaign. If you were too young at the time or didn't yet understand that Steve Jobs had a successful vision for company, I can grant one mulligan. But for you investors, beyond that point there is simply no excuse.
If you think the worldwide population buys cell phones via two-year subsidized contracts the way U.S. and European consumers do, think again. In fact, the majority of the cell phone's sold across the globe each year are non-subsidized purchases which use prepaid minutes and data plans.
Prepaid programs are also catching on in the U.S., largely led by Sprint, desperate to attract new customers — and it's working. In 2010 the US prepaid market grew to $16 billion. Smaller companies like Cricket Wireless operate as purely prepaid carriers, attracting people with poor credit ratings or for those who can't afford the larger carrier's monthly fees. Apple has yet to truly attack the non-subsidized market, especially those in low-income regions, but the company appears to be on the precipice of entering the prepaid market, leaving Android, WebOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7 to tear each other apart for market share table scraps.
OS X Lion is here! And it arrived on my birthday (a great birthday present I think). Normally my OS upgrade strategy is to wait a week or two before installing to watch and see if there are any horror stories that might come my way. But being my birthday, I splured and took the plung at around 6:00pm Pacific Time this evening.
This article marks the start of a new series here at T-GAAP. Each week I will highlight a new or updated application for either the Mac or iOS.
This week I will be highlighting an education application for the iPad called Math Bingo. Both of my kids are in early elementary school and are working to improve their skills. I was unsure about the application at first, but it was only $.99, so it was an easy decision to give it a try.
Back on June 30th we reported a source in the SF Bay Area had informed us that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion would be released on July 6th. The reasons for the launch date made sense so we posted it but with a big "RUMOR" in front of the article. July 6th came and went. No OS X Lion.
The next day 9to5 Mac had information stating it was their sources claimed July 14th for the release date. July 14th came and went. No OS X Lion. Now we read the 15th and the 19th, maybe the 22nd, how about the 31st? What's going on here? How has Apple kept the launch date of OS X Lion so secretive?
It wasn't all that long ago when iOS was pretty much the standard mobile app development environment. But then along came Android, which took off like wildfire, as handset manufacturers were desperate for a challenger to iPhone. Android stormed the mobile castle, while RIM and Nokia have all but lowered the drawbridge in a series of missteps. As a result, iOS and Android have pretty much locked up the mobile development community, but there are more players in the offing.