Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
Earlier this week Amazon stepped into the set top box market with Amazon fireTV. This is a direct competitor to Apple TV, with a few extra features such as a gaming option and a voice control remote.
Digging into fireTV’s specifications became a difficult task, and it reminded me of a similar problem when Amazon launched their Kindle Fire HD against Apple’s iPad mini. Amazon cherry picked the Kindle Fire HD specifications in a big way, so as to present their tablet as being superior, and cheaper — to the iPad mini. Amazon, receiving negative press, soon capitulated
OS X Mavericks is a great OS upgrade. From better handling of multiple displays with improved Spaces/Mission Control to the more advanced technologies of better power utilization, OS X Mavericks has been a delight to use — most of the time.
One annoying bug that is echoed on Apple’s Community Support pages is the loss of sound after a few days of running OS X Mavericks. Some people explaining loosing all sound prompts while others describe only Mail.app and a couple of other specific apps loose their sound. However sound is lost, people don’t seem to like the net result.
In a surprise move just a week after the announcement of Office for iPad, Microsoft’s new CEO Sayta Nadella issued a press release early this morning,
“It has become clear to the marketplace, and also in Redmond, that mobile is the future. Since Windows has been unable to catch iOS and Android it makes no sense to continue pursuing a path where customers are not going.”
Last week Microsoft’s new CEO, Sayta Nadella, made his first bold move by launching Office for iPad. According to Mike Issac at re/code, Office for iPad is off to a promising start as it ranks in the top listings in the App Store’s “top grossing apps” category.
We can assume Microsoft has had Office for iPad ready to launch for quite some time and that Steve Ballmer was the roadblock to launch. Or we can assume that Sayta Nadella has impeccable timing and Office for iPad was ready to launch just weeks after he was named CEO. We lean heavily towards the former.
Podcast Episode 104: Alien Abduction and the Missing iPad 2. We may still be searching for missing Malaysian Flight 370, but don't forget iPad 2's went missing this week as well.
Fear not. T-GAAP hosts Mark, Karl and Werner have all the important Apple News & Analysis in this week's podcast:
Rumors and images are are rapidly crossing even the broadest of internet canyons with Apple’s highly rumored forthcoming HealthBook App. Apparently, anything from weight to oxygen saturation can be monitored. How? Many solutions may require a third party device, but others are speculating an Apple iWatch will be able to accomplish all but the most technical of health related items. With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in full swing, questions are being asked as to whether the health and mobile high-tech convergence will be the next area of big Government regulation?
U.S. Congressional House member Robin Quain, at a recent campaign rally stated; "Health care is often a critical life or death matter, and health care solutions are something the American people expect to work, and work properly all the time. Simple startup companies working out of their garages cannot just develop and launch healthcare applications for a smartphone or smartwatch without being accurately tested and regulated as safe."
I recently discussed the possibilities of Apple holding a Special Event on or before their June WWDC event, with the intent to launch an iPhone 6. The theory is that this leaves the door wide open for Apple to deliver an all new product category in the fall, something akin to a watch-like device or all new Apple TV, which would include more high profile networks, gaming and perhaps Siri control.
Today, on the heels of this speculation comes another report from Zhan Xaixian of Tawain's Business Times online. Zhan claims Pegatron, one of Apple's growing contract manufacturers, has started to put the pieces in place for iPhone 6 production runs starting in 2Q14.
Even though much of the country has suffered a brutal winter, there has been a recent shift that most of us can now sense is on the horizon – Spring! In the world of all-things-Apple, Spring is a time of rabid speculation, accompanied by a big ramp up to WWDC. This year is proving to be no different.
Rumors are flying in from the Far East on a daily basis:
Intel’s main processor roadmap was leaked last week. The main takeaway is Intel’s new Broadwell processor will be delayed until 2015. Intel does have a few updated Haswell processors coming out in 2014, but they do not show significant improvement over current designs.
Intel will be using their new 14nm design on the Broadwell processor, which is the main reason for the big delay. This new chip is rumored to have a 40% increase in GPU performance over their current GPU built into the Haswell processor, which is a main focus for Intel. The current Haswell processor’s main improvement was battery life with only modest CPU improvements. So what does all this mean for Mac users?