Apple, Inc. has only released one product update this year and that was a Macbook Air at WWDC. It has been a dark year for those who watch for new Apple products, as nothing much has emerged. But fear not, as this drought will come to a close this fall when Apple releases and onslaught of product updates.
At WWDC we learned they plan to update both of the their operating systems (iOS and OS X). The Cupertino computing giant also plans to ship their long awaited update to the Mac Pro later this year (assume November/December). As for the rest of the Apple's offerings, there are plenty of recent rumors coming out about then they will be released. Here is a list of products and their rumored released dates:
AppleTV or iTV, whatever it may be called in its forthcoming rebirth, may become Google's biggest nightmare. According to the Jessica Lessin, formerly of the Wall Street Journal, Apple is zeroing in on their broadcast plans, which offers a zero advertising option for viewers.
Google currently profits from Apple's iOS through gaming and web-based advertisements. But with a controlled end-to-end experience from Apple in TV, no such advertising advantages will exist for the search engine giant.
Last week Microsoft and Steve Ballmer had a rollercoaster of a ride. First there was Steve Ballmer’s email to the troops encouraging them about how Microsoft was reorganizing around a single strategy. If you read it, and you had your corporate Bingo card handy you could've won any number of ways by the end of paragraph three. If that was the carrot, then came the stick — or as I like to call it, reality. Microsoft released their quarterly report that was anything but rosy. No wonder the raw-raw email. It was to soften the blow of what Ballmer knew was coming next.
Episode 99b: One Microsoft, One Strategy, One Bad Earnings Report. Mark, Karl and Werner analyze Apple competitors Microsoft and Google, Then they pull out the crystal ball to figure out what Apple will launch this fall. It’s 57 minutes of entertaining fun for the entire family (and especially for tech geeks). Click, listen, learn, repeat with Episode 99b: One Microsoft, One Strategy, One Bad Earnings Report.
Steve Ballmer has done a good job at Microsoft, and Tim Cook, if measured in the same way, should be fired. This is according to Ed Bott, the award winning writer of ZDNET. During the infamous online technology show, TWIT (This Week in Tech), Ed stated “Steve’s done a pretty good job. There aren’t too many CEO's in the tech industry today that are capable of continuing to make a profit. I mean, by that same logic Tim Cook should have been fired three months ago.”
Google Reader has now been officially turned off. Since Google’s announcement back in March, many software developers have stepped in trying to fill Google’s shoes (and win over Google’s customers). The field is diverse. Some developers charge a monthly fee, while others are still in early beta stages with minimal features.
So far the most popular service that has replaced Google Reader is Feedly, which is also free. Feedly’s developers have said they will offer a premium version for those who want more features and want to support the developers of the service, but will also continue with a free version. Feedly has won many customers with responsive service and active development. While the service is a good replacement for Google Reader, their iOS apps need a lot of work.
Last month at WWDC 2013 it was made clear that OS X Mavericks (OS X 10.9 for those who are keeping count) and iOS 7 are both slated for release sometime “this fall.” Here at Three Guys and a Podcast we began to wonder whether Apple will do something it has never done before and release the two operating systems simultaneously.
Is Apple stock (AAPL) ripe for buying? That's the question on Wall Street, but it may also be a valid question for individual investors.
Hedge funds have played havoc with Apple's stock price in past few years, bending the companies financial trajectory to their will, but with Apple providing a hefty dividend, and new products poised to enter the market this fall, the stock is making an attractive play this summer, and price of AAPL is reflecting a confident, if not bullish mood.
In June at the WWDC, Apple released the new MacBook Air laptops with Intel’s latest Haswell processors. For the MacBook Air 11-inch, these new processors greatly improved battery life from five to nine hours. Yet, the MacBook Air is the only Mac that has been fitted with the new Haswell processors.
What is the next Mac to be updated with the Haswell processor? While the iMac and Mac Mini could use the extra processing power and faster graphics chip, they do not require the extra battery life that comes from the Haswell processor. Low power consumption is the Haswell processor’s main selling point. On the other hand since the MacBook Pro would greatly benefit from the Haswell processor’s extended battery life, the MacBook Pro line will be the next to receive the new Intel chip set. The question is, when will Apple updated it?
The evolution and changing of markets. It is inevitable. Companies come and go. Those who struggle either find an exit through a buy-out from a more successful company or go out of business. One of the determining factors to which road a struggling business travels is whether they have something unique to offer the marketplace. This something unique will take others far too long to build themselves or cost too much time and resources to develop in-house. Therefore purchasing the struggling company for their “something special” becomes an attractive choice — that is, if it can afford to purchase the business.