Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
Apple continues to change the game for Mac and iOS developers. First, it was the move to PowerPC. Next, came the move to OS X. Soon after OS X, Apple moved to Intel for their processors. Each one of their changes force developers to either update their product or watch it disappear. The next change is not as drastic, but is just as important.
Developers are facing a new change that will leave old applications in the dust and will result in some developers rising to the front. This new change is universal for all applications. Developers will need to build and release applications on all three main Apple platforms, Mac, iPad, and iPhone (includes iPod Touch). If they don’t, they open the door for other developers to replace them. Universal Applications will be a big enough feature to cause users to upgrade and switch applications.
Apple cleaned up iCloud’s many syncing bugs with iOS 7 and OS X version 10.9. Not all of them are gone, but enough to make it reliable. Now that iCloud is a stable solution, developers have been adding iCloud features to their software. As iCloud continues to grow in popularity, users will be asking for more features.
There are lot of features that Apple could add to iCloud. What are the most important ones? Which features will have the most impact on the users? Here are three features that would have the most impact.
If you are hoping for Santa to spring a new Mac Pro under the tree to act as your new 4K power-house editing machine, fugheddaboudit.
It appears Apple's elves won't be delivering the Mac Pro to market until after the clatter of hoofs and milk and cookies are long gone. Or, at least until Monday, December 30, which can be closely tied to the New Year – the prefect excuse to set a New Year's resolution for better editing, gaming and blazingly fast everything (all in the shape of an oversized soda can)!
Is it a TV channel, a network or an application? It is a confusing subject, because technically, Apple TV "channels" are indeed applications by nature, and are more or less streaming networks that simply live in the form of an app.
Microsoft is on tough times. Their stock price has been relatively flat during the past five years, they've lost their swagger, and outside of Xbox effecting the lives of 17-year-old boys (and those who still act like them), no one outside of stock holders really care all that much about the software giant.
The world seems a blaze with Android news, and for good reason — Android is everywhere on almost every type of device imaginable. Android also creates a media frenzy, allowing any business to make news with their shiny new gadgets. This is perfect for sites like c/net and engadget whose lifeblood relies on a constant flow of shiny new devices to talk about. But for all the Android devices roaming the planet, only a scant few are making Google or the hardware makers a dime. On the other hand Apple continues to increase sales of their iOS devices and pull in a stunning average selling price (ASP). and margin. How can it be that Apple is expanding iOS sales with Android dominating everywhere?
Market share and any individual company’s sales are two completely different areas of discussion. Apple continues to grow their iOS world, just not at the same pace that Android has, and is, growing the middle to low-end market share.
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone in the U.S. (and Canada), Christmas magic is in the air. Cyber Monday is today. Many retailers very survival often depends on sales during the next four weeks — although I highly doubt this is what the wise men had in mind when bringing gifts to the Christ child.
Nevertheless, the world we live in is full of anticipation — for the next big thing. And Apple fans are no different. While we have seen new versions of most of our favorites, only the new Mac Pro broke the mold and gave us something truly new and exciting. Everything else — iPhones, iPads, Macs — have all been improvements on the same theme. Arguably the iPad Air could be considered an exception as it really did make some big advancements.
Ever read an Android blog or an iOS blog? How about watching people trying to decide which smartphone to purchase in a Best Buy, an Apple or Carrier retail store? It's quick fun, if not shocking, but much more than that, it is quite revealing.
Widely consider a joke, the question of, “Who has been a more successful Apple employee: Tim Cook or Steve Ballmer?” Funny as it sounds, it rings true in some circles, and the comparison and contrast between the two men is worth thinking about.
Both Cook and Ballmer became the successors to high tech empires that were at the top of their game. While Bill Gates did not pass away, he did step aside from the day to day operations and stayed on the board or directors (he also is the company’s largest stock holder). This left Steve Ballmer in charge of a company at its peak — a company that could do no wrong. At the time of Steve Ballmer's ascension to becoming Microsoft CEO, the company had done nothing more than amass a track record of success and mammoth growth.
When iCloud first came out, the service was buggy. Apple solved many of the problems for syncing Calendar, Mail, and Safari. Yet, syncing data across iCloud for third party applications still proved to be problematic. Did Apple solve these problems with iOS 7 and Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks?
We have been testing iCloud data sync on multiple of applications from Apple’s iWork suit to third party applications like Byword and 1Password. Tests show that Apple and software developers have indeed improved iCloud data sync. Data gets synced across multiple devices even while files are being used. Most of the errors are now gone. There are still some areas that Apple can improve on, like conflict file management, but the service works reliably now. More and more developers are adding iCloud to their application. It is starting to replace Dropbox as the must have syncing solution.