We've seen this before. The rabbit takes off, looks like the heavy favorite, gets distracted, and loses the race. Microsoft tears out in front of an inept Apple in the 90's, only to see the advent of the smartphone and tablet eclipse their massive lead and take over the race. And while the tortoise and the hare fable has an end, in the real world of tech there is seemingly no finish line, yet the race is anew with Apple and Android in the mobile space. Android is the rabbit, while Apple is again the hare. Sorry Apple haters, but the Fan Boys (a derogatory term for those that like, use and support Apple products) are likely to win this race too.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is cutting some of its iPhone 5 part orders by as much as 50%. One if the main parts listed in their reduction claim is the screen. The same report also speculates that the reason for the reduction is weak iPhone 5 demand. Is that the only possible reason?
Other news sites are speculating that Apple may be getting ready to update the iPhone in a few months. This would change the iPhone product cycle from yearly to every six months. While both could be true or partially true, the iPhone update looks more plausible for the following reasons:
There everywhere, you can't escape them, and you certainly can't use them with just one hand. Large, big and tablet-sized smartphones are all the rage -- in the States that is. Apple's chosen a different path, and as a result has nailed their form factor and screen size design for a world wide audience.
IGZO (Indium Gallium Zink Oxide) display technology has been being bantered around recently as one the next great thing for device technology. In October 2012 Jay Alabaster of Computerworld brought to light Sharp's 7" IGZO display, with the hint that Apple would be using the IGZO technology in what is now the iPad mini. It didn't come to pass.
The mobile industry is abuzz with the thought of Apple turning to a cheap, low-end iPhone for the Asian markets. Unfortunately there seems to be minimal analysis to such a move by Apple, nor do analysts seem to be paying any mind to Phil Schiller's interview in China, as he suggested that Apple would never go the way of cheap smartphones. What could Apple do to address the lower-end market? Or should Apple simply let Android and Microsoft battle it out for the lowest common denominator, leaving a wake of continual garbage for cheap-is-as-cheap-does consumers to haggle over?
Episode 89: The Big Arrss Table: The big arrrss table is back with Lenovo Strikes out with 27" tablet weighing only 15lbs!, Intel Shows Off "Haswell" Processors, Samsung Moving Away from Android to Tizen OS: Will launch several OS models this year (In Alpha release now. Opensource code), HTC reskins Android completely - moving towards a more tiled look-n-feel, and iPhone takes 53.3% vs Androids 41.9% US market share for the month of November. All this and much, much more in Episode 89: The Big Arrss Table
Remember that kid in grade school who would brag how he could dunk the ball and shoot like Michael Jordan? He only was 5' 6" and about 195 lbs., but he was really confident and promised he'd deliver. So you picked him to be on your team.
PC and Mac users are stuck in a rut. Whatever desktop browser they've settled into the past year to two is the one they continue to use. It appears no one is looking around for a better browser. Whatever flavor is being used is good enough, so why change what works? But perhaps Apple can shake things up a bit.
According to Net Applications market share reporting, even with Microsoft's year-long assault on the airwaves pushing Internet Explorer as the end all to be all in cool browsers, there is hardly any movement to the desktop space.
Happy New Year. I didn't make any particular resolutions for 2013, but I did place a bet — and I'm not a gambling type of person. I don't even play when the Lottery gets to 50 Bazillion. No, my bet was of a different sort — my bet was on an AppleTV break through in 2013.
On Monday evening our DirecTV receiver died. My family was spending nearly $90/month for the service and we don't watch TV that much. During the day the set is off and at night we'll watch either sports, news or one of our recorded shows. On the weekends we typically rent a movie through AppleTV.