Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
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?
Most likely you’ve seen one of these ads by Samsung touting their fabulous multitasking feature. The reason they brag about it is because neither the iPhone or iPad have “multitasking” the way Samsung is describing it. But the way Samsung is describing multitasking is not how we use multitasking.
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In Samsung’s never-ending effort to become the new, shiny Apple (what Samsung might self-describe themselves as being “what’s next”), their latest advertising campaign not only offends the very customers they are trying to convert (Apple customers), but also leaves the viewer with a low opinion of Samsung. This can’t be the branding Samsung is trying to imprint on the U.S. consumer.
Last year, amid disappointing sales of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, the Korean tech giant swiftly swapped out ad agencies, moving from Razorfish to RGA. Samsung works with a host of other agencies, but RGA is now the lead dog in charge of consumer advertising. Samsung’s previous ad campaigns showing iPhone users being out of touch — or standing in Apple store lines when the best smartphone was to be found under the Samsung brand — have been exchanged for a even deeper cutting, less tactful approach. The executive desperation at Samsung to meet overinflated sales targets can be felt within their latest ads.
Apple's A7 Processor found in the iPad Air and iPhone 5S is a stunning achievement amongst mobile processors. There is no chipset in its class and the industry knows it. Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm and nVIDIA all scrambling to play catchup. But for all its current achievements, the future glory of Apple's A-series processors is likely to be found in what Steve Jobs described as “trucks” — that is — desktops and laptops running OS X.
During Apple's iPad Air reveal, Apple's top brass were keen on calling the A7 “64-bit desktop-class architecture” showcasing technical details not typically shared by Apple executives. The A7 has over 1 billion transistors, rapidly catching up with Intel's latest Ivy Bridge architecture (found in Intel's Core i-series of processors), all in a package only slightly larger than the previous generation A6.
I recently made my annual pilgrimage to the Portland International Auto Show and walked away with the same conclusion I arrived at year ago, and the year before, and the year before that — the auto industry grasps technology about as well as a first grader understand astrophysics.
ESPN, Fox News, CNN, NBC Sports Network,... the list of sports and news cable entities living in the past goes on and on as if it were still 2004, not 2014.
The major headache for these sports and news networks are cord cutters — those who have abandoned getting video content via cable or satellite — whose numbers continue to grow. These sports and news networks remain fearful of selling the prized channels directly to customers ala cart because of the predictable blow back, and possible ban, by the cable and satellite providers.