Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
Apple had their special product event this week at the Yerba Buena Center. The tag line for this event was “We still have a lot of cover” and they were right. It was a big event with multiple hardware and software updates, like new iPads, MacBooks, Operating System, and software updates. Some of the updates didn’t even make it to the show like Aperture 3.5.
With all these new product updates, one has to wonder what was the best product Apple updated at the Event? It would be the product with the biggest improvement and with the biggest impact on the consumer. Here is The Best of Show:
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 Mac Mini was last updated in October 2012. It has been almost 12 months since the Mac Mini was updated last. New chips from Intel have been available since spring. The iMac was updated in September, with the new Haswell chip from Intel. The Mac Mini is likely to get the same parts.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Apple will be holding a special event on October 22. All the rumors say Apple will update their iPad and iPad Mini products during this event. While these are still just rumors, it is likely to be true. Will Apple just update iPads at this event?
I was a "late" adopter of iOS 7. That is, I updated just a few days ago. I couldn't find a real reason to make the move except for the fact everyone else I knew had. By delaying my update I was able to watch other people’s reaction without any prejudice. I was a mere observer of “Wow, that’s cool” or “Why doesn’t this work like it did in iOS 6?!”.
What's interesting is there is a lot in iOS 7 that is just different. The new über thin font is a glaring example. People say it now looks more like Yahoo!’s weather app or Google treatments. Font treatment is just a stylistic change. It doesn't make anything more readable, it doesn't take less space, it’s just different. The change is like going from bell-bottom 70's jeans to straight leg 501’s in the 80’s. Both were pants, but one was cool during a certain era and another was not.
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.
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Today Apple released the time and date for their 4Q (September quarter) audio conference call. The image above says it all, but just in case you need a bit more help, it'll take place at 2:00 p.m PT (that's 5:00 p.m. ET), and it's something else in that middle area of the country (if you need help with that, ask Ron Burgundy, I'm sure he'll know). If you want to bookmark the steam, here's the link.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital 2013 conference stage last Spring answering a host of questions from Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, while fielding additional questions from the audience. Beyond Kara's witty charm and Walt's deadpan approach, nothing shocking came to light. Staying true to form, Cook delivered vague answers, falling back to the idea that people like surprises, but there is one product Cook and crew appear to be taking much more seriously. Apple TV.
It is now fall, 2013, and Apple has likely sold over 15 million Apple TV's since its inception, while roughly half of those units were sold in the last year alone. Notably, Tim Cook never mentioned at the All Things Digital conference, nor has mentioned, Apple TV as a hobby since 2012. In fact, over the past five public appearances by Cook, he has avoided calling Apple TV a hobby, or a product that Apple is very interested in and will simply continue to pull the string and see where it leads. That previous talk track is now gone, replaced with a message that Apple is selling up to 2 million Apple TV's per quarter, and that TV is an area of incredible interest.