By all media accounts, Apple's Maps app was an absolute disaster, at least at launch. Apple should have either announced the product as a beta solution, launched it later as a production level product, or never launched it at all. Truth be told, I've used it from day one, well over 100 times and it's never steered me wrong. But going far beyond the hysteria that Apple Maps was going to lead you into a dark cave of death instead of your intended destination, Apple achieved a major victory with the launch. Google was forced to pony up and deliver a quality iOS maps application. Apple would be wise to play the same card on Microsoft.
The gaming market for the iPhone continues to grow as the number of iPhone users increase. We carry our iPhones around everywhere and are endlessly looking for new ways to kill time or relax. Games are one way to get rid of the boredom while standing in line or waiting for an appointment, but don't worry, for the iPhone there are many different types of games to choose from.
A quick message to Ron Johnson, CEO of JC Penny – your old job at Apple is vacant – take it! If Apple's CEO Tim Cook were to make a perfectly timed move within the VP level, it would be to court Ron Johnson back to Apple. Ron Johnson left Apple in 2011 with the vision of turning around struggling J.C. Penny (JCP). It didn't happen, not even close. With Johnson's quick tenure as CEO of JCP, a move back to a company and culture he understands would be ideal fit for Apple, Johnson and Cook.
I worked at an Apple retail location while Johnson was at the helm, and the company was truly a culture of customer service and work ethic. I had worked at multiple Fortune 500 companies, but never had I experienced anything like Apple retail. Johnson was the only executive I worked under, but I've stayed close with those that have watched multiple VP's move through the retail ranks, and it has been a night and day experience for Apple employees. Unfortunately, the culture change has, at times, spilled over to customer experience.
Apple's quarterly earnings announcement arrives tomorrow at 1PM Pacific, followed by a 2PM Pacific Conference Call that will be streamed live here. Breaking these facts and figures into numbers anyone can easily follow, look for the following consensus numbers (and Apple's guidance) to dictate how Apple's stock will move:
Sony, Samsung, Vizio and Sharp are just a few of the titans in the HD-TV universe. Each has carved out its share of the market, exercised control over a distribution channel and built a strong brand loyalty. When Apple decides to jump into this market, the question is whether or not they can duplicate what they did to the mobile phone market when they announced the iPhone, nearly six years ago?
Episode 97: Google, You’ve Been Forked. Mark, Karl and Werner unwind the myth that has driven Apple's stock below 400, decide whether Marissa Mayer has a clue, discuss what Google is going to do about their Android OS getting forked, the state of the PeeCee, a quick review of iSteve and what will happen at WWDC13. All this and much, much more in Episode 97: Google, You've Been Forked.
Google is a powerhouse within the realm of Internet services. From Adsense to YouTube, Google's services drives an amazing amount of web traffic through their front door. The biggest draw to these services is that they are free, because they are augmented with ads. Google makes money by selling their users to ad companies, much like free broadcast TV.
AirPlay is one of the coolest features found on an iOS device, and since Mountain Lion, on your Mac as well. Of course that is if you have a newer Mac. If you have an older Mac you were out of luck until AirParrot came to the rescue by giving older Mac's the ability to mirror their screen to an AppleTV. While AirPlay is cool, it is in need of an update. 1.0 versions of software rarely have everything people want. Version 2.0 releases add missing features and fix annoying bugs. Following is my list of features and bug fixes that Apple needs to build into AirPlay 2.0 to make it über-cool™.
Justin Long has some great comedic abilities. Ever since I first watched his character on the TV show Ed, I could tell there was a special quality in his acting. Did Long reach the zenith of his career during Apple’s “Hello, I'm a Mac and I'm a PC” ads, while running around with Bruce Willis in “Live Free or Die Hard?” Apparently so, because what I witnessed Justin Long trying to accomplish in the spoof movie ”iSteve“ (from the site Funny or Die), pushed me much closer to the latter.
If the goal of “iSteve” was to be funny, it was not. If it was to be a great parody, it was not. However, if the goal was to to produce a movie with a shoestring budget, use talented people, and put them into situations with horrible material, then it succeeded with flying 1980's Apple logo colors.
If you are a passionate Apple follower, you'll want to tune into Apple's 2Q13 Quarterly Conference Call on Tuesday, April 23, here. Apple's stock price has crashed during the past seven months, from a September 19, 2012 closing high of $702.10. As of the post of this article, Apple's stock price is at $403.70, off nearly $23 since the opening bell.