Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
Rumors are running rampant of Apple releasing an all-new Apple TV device at the company’s September 22, special event, being held off campus at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The event is assumed to focus on Apple’s new lineup of iPads, however, a major venue like this suggests something beyond a mere product refresh.
Specifics as to why Apple would need to revised Apple TV with all new hardware is unknown, but one possibility could be Apple's preparation to support 4K resolution. 4K, or UHD (Ultra High Definition), is essentially double the x and y axis resolution of the 1080p specification. Whether this resolution is in demand or not makes little difference, as major display manufacturers are making a major push to release the UHD displays this holiday season. If Apple delivers a 4K Apple TV with content from the iTunes store (albeit limited content), Apple will significantly differentiate itself from the other players in the industry, such as Roku or Google's Chromecast dongle solution.
The first MacBook Pro with Retina Display debuted in June of 2012. Apple updated their flagship laptop two times in less than 9 months after that. The first time was in October 2012, and the second was in February 2013. Since then, Apple has not updated this laptop, which was 8 months ago.
The MacBook Pros are past due when it comes to updates. Intel came out with new Haswell laptop chips back in the spring. Apple updated the MacBook Air shortly after the Haswell release, and the iMac line was also recently updated. That only leaves the MacBook Pros and Mac Mini without Haswell updates.
Apple's first Special Event of the season arrived on September 10, unveiling all new iPhones and iOS 7. The next big thing from Cupertino, if rumors prove to be accurate, will take place on Tuesday, October 15, at Apple's Cupertino headquarters, announcing all-new iPads. But there appears to be another event Apple is preparing before year's end.
Apple is not known for cramming multiple special events into a single season, and technically speaking, the third event is said to land in November, but three launch events for Apple in consecutive months will be an unprecedented move for the tech giant.
Steve Jobs once emailed me stating "Don't believe everything you read about inventory levels..." Equally so, don't believe everything you read about iPad mini retina display shortages.
Apple has become a mobile first, everything else is secondary company. The iPhone alone represents over 60% of Apple's revenues, and CEO Tim Cook has a laser sharp focus on dominating the mobile segment with iPhones and iPads, and perhaps soon, wearable gear. The iPhone 5S is Apple's latest mobile salvo, containing a host of new technologies inside and out. Apple has again separated itself from the rest of the pack, but the iPhone 5S is only a taste of what is to come from Cupertino.
The iPhone 5S put in motion technologies that have yet to come to market maturity, but they will be fully realized within the iPhone 6, but Apple has left some big clues on the table revealing what is to come:
The rumors are out that the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are coming out on September 10. Most information is only mentioning iPhones, but there is likely to be more hardware than just iPhones being released.
AppleTV or iTV, whatever it may be called in its forthcoming rebirth, may become Google's biggest nightmare. According to the Jessica Lessin, formerly of the Wall Street Journal, Apple is zeroing in on their broadcast plans, which offers a zero advertising option for viewers.
Google currently profits from Apple's iOS through gaming and web-based advertisements. But with a controlled end-to-end experience from Apple in TV, no such advertising advantages will exist for the search engine giant.
Is AT&T Wireless about to break into large LTE data delivery for suburban America, taking on providers like Comcast, Verizon and Time Warner? That’s the question on many minds as AT&T sent out an email invitation to many in the tech industry with elite press credentials.
Information in the email is sparse, but delivers hints about AT&T’s ever growing LTE service.
Today's world is filled with flurry of reports and metrics of all shapes and sizes following everything mobile. Web traffic, app downloads, advertising revenue and profitability of mobile companies is among the mammoth list we are inundated with on a daily basis. The data can become overwhelming, but one thing has become abundantly clear: Apple’s iOS is dominating Google's Android save but one area — market share. However, even that metric is continuing to shift in Apple’s direction.
The latest report on handset performance comes from research firm Kantar Worldpanel, with their latest data revealing Apple grew U.S. market share 3.5% to 41.9% for the 3 months ending May 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. Android held steady at 52%.