You know you are the leader of markets when everyone is coming after you — comparing their products to yours. Samsung has this obsession with its Galaxy 5 and Note 4 ads — directly or indirectly comparing their features to the Apple’s flagship product iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Microsoft runs a close second to Samsung in this regard with its latest ad comparing their Surface Pro 3 to a MacBook Air.
With so many announcements coming from Apple headquarters this fall, a few products slipped under the radar with nary an update. The iPod touch, once the music industry's symbol of portable music, has become forgotten, or at best, a good enough product in Apple's lineup. But the iPod touch may be beyond just staying put and is instead being readied for EOL (end of life).
Apple's latest iPod touch, the 5th generation music player, arrived on October 11, 2012, and has seen relatively little change ever since. Pricing was lowered with a 16GB version in May of 2013, and iOS updates have kept the software fresh, but it appears Apple has little interest in continuing the a product that only saw 2.64 million sales in the September quarter. Apple does not break out iPod touch vs other iPod sales, but Apple has historically seen 50% of it's iPod sales as touch models.
I, like many, have been using OS X Yosemite for almost a month now. While there is a wide range of opinion on the direction of Apple’s flatter design, one thing I have appreciated is the stability and speed of the new OS. For the most part it works as advertised and sometimes even a little better.
However, there is one annoying bug that I have run into — loosing connection with my mail server from the Mail.app. When this happens, it is like my Mac knows nothing about the name of my mail server. In Terminal a simple ping command returns the response that the server can't be found or that it isn't responding. What this requires me to do is to restart my Mac. So far, my best stretch has been three full days without running into this bug. It is starting to bug me (a bug, bugging me... how ironic) as I used to go weeks without even thinking about restarting my Mac. But when you can no longer send or receive email, it’s a problem.
It has been said that Apple is the iPhone company and not much more. While the latter can be debated, the fact is the fate of Apple’s sales volumes, revenues and income are all predicated on how iPhone sales perform. Apple may not be just the iPhone company, but it can not help but be viewed that way.
Microsoft recently announced its next major operating system will be called Windows 10 and not, as many of us mere mortals would expect, Windows 9. The current name of Microsoft’s flagship operating system is Windows 8, so the logical next major jump would be to call it Windows 9, right? But then again this is Microsoft, so using logic does not always apply.
CarPlay, Apple's solution to interacting with your iPhone, while you are interacting with the road is now in the wild and available for purchase. Pioneer and Alpine Audio offer solutions that promise to truly bring the iPhone to life in your car. Apple claims it is the best iPhone experience on four wheels. Considering CarPlay is from Apple, it should certainly be the best iPhone+Car experience in a car, but is it?
Apple's foray into partnering with hardware vendors would seem an odd fit for the company that strives to bring only its hardware and software combo to the market. Taking an iOS-level software package and having it run on third party hardware seems Androidian at best. But Apple may have had little choice. Either Apple went it alone and developed one take-it-or-leave-it Apple device, or partner. In the care audio aftermarket, Apple made the right move, as the car audio market is rife with it's own odd solution set. But with only Alpine and Pioneer to choose from, are either it worth the price? The base Pioneer SPH series can be had for around $600 from most online or brick and mortar retailers. Alpine's iLX-007 comes in with an $800 retail price, but it too can be found for around $600 installed.
A lot has been said of Apple Watch, and what “starting at $350” really means. True enough, the heavier entry level model will represent the base price, but claims of Apple charging up to $10,000 for the gold edition is outrageous. Apple has never had any intention to price themselves out of any market for any reason. Giving 80% of everyone what they need 90% of the time is Apple’s silent mantra. Anything outside of that philosophy shows an utter misunderstanding of who Apple is and what they do.
With OS X Yosemite, just like with politics or religion, everyone has an opinion. Some love what Jonny Ive & Company have done to the OS X look, while others loathe it. No matter the camp which your opinion resides, here are 8 items you may have missed that have changed in OS X Yosemite:
OS X, the world’s most advanced operating system, took some large leaps forward in its latest release called Yosemite. Technology such as Continuity, Mail Drop, and users being able to send and receive phone calls via the Mac, all in a speedy new OS are great advances. But for all of Yosemite’s achievements on the tech side of the house, did it go too far with its look and feel?