Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
Walter Isaacson, writer of Steve Jobs life in his exclusive biography titled Steve Jobs, recently threw out the notion that Google is more innovative than Apple. During a recent CNBC interview Isaacson claimed "The greatest innovation today is coming from Google." Regardless of which technology camp you live in, objective truth be told, Google is clearly out innovating Apple, at least in a public sense. But whether Google delivers 500 innovative solutions to the public, compared to every 2 from Apple, does it really matter?
Apple and Google are companies with entirely different corporate cultures and the results manifest themselves in how these two tech giants go to market with product. Google will launch virtually any form of new idea into the market just to see what does, or does not, stick. Apple also innovates, but their technologies are kept behind closed doors, with only the rarest of products making it onto the stage of Apple's special events.
Most of us were earlier adopters of iOS 7. I held out for two weeks, but only two weeks. Most people who own a modern iPhone or iPad are running iOS 7. It would take a conscious effort and specific reasons NOT to upgrade.
That said, iOS 7 has some serious interface drawbacks. Example one: try turning off your iPhone or iPad. It looks as if the graphics department had the week off and the engineering team made it work, but... there is a lot to be desired. It isn't the prettiest thing you've ever seen. Another way of saying it is that it isn’t something you'd expect from Apple.
Before iOS 7, Goodreader was the best PDF reader and document management application on the iOS. With iOS 7, Goodreader became very buggy. The developers had plenty of time to fix the bugs before iOS 7 came out. They did finally release an update and say a major upgrade is coming soon. Is it a little too late for Goodreader?
PDF Expert 5 was released soon after iOS7. It was designed for iOS 7 and looks beautiful, which was always Goodreader’s biggest weakness. PDF Expert has all the same PDF annotation features and cloud syncing features that Goodreader has, plus more. PDF Expert’s cloud sync is done in the background, similar to iCloud when the application is on. This alone is a reason to switch for users who want to sync files, as it makes syncing files seamless. Reading PDF files have several new features including a PDF crop mode, which crops the white space around the PDF and makes the PDFs much easier to read. PDF expert has a ton of great features and you can read about them here.
Game console makers released new versions of their game consoles in time for Christmas this year. Sony launched their PS4 and Microsoft launched the Xbox One. Both are selling for $499 at Amazon. Will Apple be directly competing with these consoles in the future?
Apple created a game controller API when it released iOS 7 this fall. Moga and Logitech were the first companies to use this new API by creating game controllers for the iPhone. These game controllers have not received great reviews. Yet, iOS game controllers are just getting started and developers are just starting to learn how to use them.
I waited one full week before updating my business critical iPhone 5 from iOS 6 to iOS 7. I wanted to read some reviews and hear feedback from friends and family before making the jump “forward”.
While there is much to say about iOS 7 — some good, some not so good — but my biggest disappointment has become the battery life indicator. Under iOS 6 I could run my iPhone 5 to about 3% before I would have any concern that it might shut down on me. Under iOS 7 that same phone will often shutdown with 15% left. This morning I was going to listen to a podcast because I had 23% battery life remaining, but it shut down as soon as I began to play the podcast...
Will Apple hold a special event within the next few weeks? When Apple produced a special event is something Apple once made an absolute science. In the past, CES would come and go, and then Apple would swoop in the following week with their own special event, sucking the media attention completely away from the varied vaporware revealed in Las Vegas.
Over the past three years, Apple has shifted to holding more events in March, June or the fall timeframe, largely ignoring CES — as if irrelevant to the industry, and certainly to Apple. Apple may be on target with ignoring CES, as it is often nothing more than a lot of hype and spec. sheets, with little for anyone to tangibly buy into for the new year.
Today Apple announced they will be releasing their financial information and holding their quarterly financial conference call on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:00 Pacific Time.
Apple rarely bricks on software implementation or product categories, but every now and then a few splinters crop up. With the new year gearing up, here are 10 items we hope Apple takes the tweezers to in 2014:
It's amazing really, how one commercial has garnered so much attention in such a short amount of time. Many consider the past few years as the desert of broadcast TV commercials, and then there's Apple, continuing (as cliché as it has become) to think different.
Apple's Happy Holiday ad, launched earlier this week, has seen a wide range of reviews. Criticism of Apple encouraging antisocial bahavior, to rave reviews from all corners of tech community have been blanketed the web, but make no mistake, the ad is amongst the boldest strikes since Apple's famed "Hello I'm a Mac" ads.
Wishing for Santa to deliver a new Mac Pro for Christmas? Well, at least the ability to order one started this morning, but they won't be arriving into studios and power users hands until February.
There are two configurations for the Mac Pro, starting at $2,999 for a quad-core system, and $3,999 for the six-core powerhouse. But this is just the entry point for a configuration. We started configuring the high-end model and maxed out with a price of $14,959.98. A Mac Pro or Kia Soul, take your pick. Maybe get one of each.