It seems since TIm Cook took the controls at Apple it's been one ho-hum Keynote after another. Whatever happened to the day when Steve Jobs would say, "... oh, and one more thing..." and then that thing would be revolutionary. I remember when Steve did this in 2007 at MacWorld with the iPhone. It was totally awesome. Then three years later he did it again with the launch of iPad. However, since 2010 Apple has released new versions of existing products, making them better and better, but nothing revolutionary.
Maybe you're like me and you have a relatively modern Mac. I bought mine in the Spring of 2011, but as you can see it was a late model 2010 MacBook Air. It lacks a few features the newer MacBook Airs currently sport: back-lit keyboard, new Intel iCore-series processors and a limit of only 4GB of RAM. But it works — matter of fact It works really well, however, one feature it lacks has bothered me since the day Apple released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: It can't use Airplay.
A strange phenomenon is taking place in the world of mobile. Smartphones continue to move to ever-larger screens, while the world of tablets moves smaller. Will one device rule them all? Not likely. But in the realm of tablets, the iPad mini is taking control of the wheel, while the 10-inch iPad is rapidly taking a back seat. With the torrid pace of small tablet expansion, the iPad mini lineup and its pricing structure won't be far behind.
The Macbook Air was last updated on June 11, 2012. Recent history shows that Apple has been updating the MacBook Air every 9–12 months. That update cycle would lead to a March-June 2013 update range. The MacBook Air is still a major product for Apple, so look for them to follow the current update cycle.
One of the major new features obviously coming to the MacBook Air is a Retina Display. It is unlikely Apple can just drop the high-resolution display into the current Air, which suggests a major redesign coming as well.
Episode 93: Don’t Be Creepy: Mark, Karl and Werner talk about the hype surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S4 Launch, Google: Don't Be Evil hypocrisy, Intel's Haswell design, Marissa Meyer Micro-managing, iWatch, AppleTV,... All this and much, much more in Episode 93: Don’t Be Creepy
On the eve of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 announcement, Phil Schiller did something that Apple hasn't done in a very long time — help their competition. Yesterday Phil Schiller had interviews with The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. Apple's PR goal was clear: Phil Schiller would take some shine off the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch by presenting a series of facts about Apple's iPhone, contrasting them against Android devices. The obvious winner would be the iPhone's seamless integration vs a fragmented Android world.
Today, March 14, 2013, in New York City Samsung officially will announce their latest smart phone the Galaxy S4. This is a big deal in the tech world and Samsung has done a decent job building a lot of hype surrounding this new smart phone release.
According to a Bloomberg interview with Piper and Jaffray's Gene Munster, there are a couple of interesting developments in the Apple vs. Samsung smart phone war.
Sony has just released a new version of its Xperia Transfer software, making it easier for iPhone customers to migrate their data and contacts to a newly purchase Sony Android smart phone. The software works with Sony's Xperia V, Xperia VC, Xperia TC, Xperia T, and Xperia TL, as well as the company's most recently announced Xperia Z phones.
While this is the right idea (make it easy to get your data off your old device and onto your new one), one has to wonder if Sony is swimming up Nigra Falls. The Sony brand burst into the American youth sub-culture in the mid-80s with the advent of the Sony Walkman. However, since then Sony is almost like a 1980's one hit wonder (Thompson Twins "Hold Me Now" anyone).
Yesterday Reuters reported that Yahoo!'s latest CEO, Marissa Mayer, was questioned by staff about her requirement to personally review every new candidate applying for work at Yahoo! Some claimed the personal involvement of Yahoo!'s new CEO in HR decisions, on every level, was causing Yahoo! to miss out on top engineering talent in Silicon Valley. While it seems odd for a CEO to review which recruits are hired, and which ones are not, there may be a fox-like method to Mayer's madness.
Marissa Mayer is Yahoo!'s fifth CEO in as many years. But it is more than just that. Meyer has two extra challenges her predecessors didn't face. This is Mayer's first time as a CEO of a public company. While she rose like a shining star at Google, she did not bring any CEO experience with her before taking the top slot at Yahoo! Second, if being a first time CEO wasn't enough of a challenge, add to it that she is supposed to be a "Turn Around" CEO. For the past several years it is clear Yahoo! has been heading in the wrong direction and those who held this job before her completely failed the stock holders.
Something strange is going on at the TWIT.tv studios where MacBreak Weekly records its weekly podcast. The show, once hosted and staffed with those that had an affinity for Apple products, has been overrun by Google fanboys. In a bizarre move, it's as if invasion of the body snatchers has taken over the studio, because it's not a squad of new guys hosting MacBreak Weekly, it's the same guys.