FitBit was all the darling in 2015, with a strong IPO showing and staggering sales topping 21 million devices. Fast forward to today, and in just over 20 months FitBit's stock is down nearly 60% from it's all-time high. More or less, FitBit provides decent, singular focused devices. While this has been good for FitBit in terms of volume sales, the Mark Cuban question has raised it's ugly head – Are you a viable business or just a clever one-off product?
Simple, low-priced fitness trackers have been an easy, low-risk purchase decision for many, but over time devices like this tend to fall out of favor with consumers, as they gravitate towards multi-functional solutions, even if that requires a higher spend. Enter Apple Watch.
iPhone turns 10 years old this year, and with that milestone the anticipation is higher for the next generation, perhaps more so than any before it. With anticipation comes rumors, smoke and maybe even a bit of fire. We've rounded up just about everything revealed that "them internet pipes" have regarding Apple forthcoming product.
From the reasonable to the irrational, it's all here:
Another day, another iPhone 8 rumor or research note from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. Whether the iPhone 8 gains a larger battery, moves to an OLED display, or stops earth destroying asteroids in their tracks, one rumor has seemed consistent, if not consistently scary: iPhone 8 is going to be a premium priced phone above and beyond all premium priced phones.
If iPhone 8 launches with prices above Apple's well established $649 and $749 entry-level starting points, the results could be devastating. iPhone 8 will arrive as Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone and will arguably be the company's largest-ever iPhone launch since its introduction in 2007. But there are ways Apple can move buyers into premium iPhone prices without making it appear they are doing so. Will Apple get it right?
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.