Episode 96, I’m sorry, Tim’s Cooked: Mark, Karl and Werner talk about Facebook's new Home app for Android, Tim Cook apologizing again, Apple developers complaining about iCloud, WWDC13 and iOS 7, Apple making gains with US smartphone market share, Google forking Webkit to form Blink, and AppleTV: to 4K or not to 4K. All this and much, much more in Episode 96: I’m Sorry, Tim’s Cooked.
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Recently my family was able to take two vacations along the rugged and picturesque Oregon coast, at a very nice location. The latest adventure taking place during Spring Break. I was aware the rental condo we were staying at had a 46-inch HDTV, so on both trips I brought along my AppleTV. I checked out WaterField Designs Apple TV case for review to see how it would fare on the journeys.
Have you ever had one of those moments when you think, “Wait a second, that was MY idea”? Well after watching the YouTube video of Facebook’s Home, I had that exact thought. Back in October I had started an article called “Rethinking the iPhone” but didn't finish and publish it until late last month. If you read my article and then watch the YouTube video you'll think what I did, “that was MY idea.” However, as I was watching the Home presentation, by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, I realized something new — Facebook’s Home is much more of a threat to Google's Android OS than it is to Apple’s iOS.
The iPhone with its camera has changed the world of photography. It has become one of the most popular cameras on the Internet. The photo and video app market is vast playground of great software and competition, causing many people to use their iPhones as their main camera. While the iPhone can’t compete with more professional DSLR cameras, it does do enough for point-n-shoot situations to make the iPhone a great everyday camera. Since the camera and the phone are one, the camera is almost always with the user and easy to use.
It's a shame to even provide a link to John Koetsier's article, especially after watching the video. The video is of Jim Cramer, a guest on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street," sarcastically explains how Apple can do nothing right, and that the company is in a tailspin. Cramer goes on to explain how Tim Cook should simply come out at Apple's next special event and declare their next product a loser. "Apple is becoming the JC Penny of tech!" Cramer sarcastically exclaimed.
But this was clearly lost on poor John Koetsier. Either John Koetsier:
The MacBook Pro Retina represents the future for MacBooks in the coming years, sporting the latest technologies like Retina displays, solid state storage, SD card reader, USB3, and Thunderbolt ports. While looking at the specifications, one has to wonder what is next for these powerhouse laptops.
Redmond, WA — This just in. According to Digitimes, some well placed informants within the upstream supply chain also have a close ear to some heated discussions happening within the executive suite at Microsoft. Ever since Scott Forstall was ousted by Tim Cook at Apple, Microsoft's leadership have been keen to enlist Forstall's services as their new CEO.
According to sources, negotiations nearly complete. Surprisingly, the main reason Microsoft is so interested in Forstall, is not necessarily because of Ballmer's lack of performance, but moreso because of Forstall's ability to sell his sound vision of skeumorphism to the Windows 9 team.
Infinity Loop has been quiet for far too long, but when Apple is quiet it only means their schedule is about to break out with updates and new product introductions. The pipeline is ready to burst. T-GAAP took a quick look into Apple's crystal ball to try and figure out what the rest of the year is shaping up to look like.
Since Steve Jobs took the MacWorld stage by storm in 2007, launching the most revolutionary product this past decade has seen, the pursuit of a smaller, lighter and faster iPhone has been Apple's mantra. But making the incredible shrinking iPhone is not easy. Custom components, ever lighter weight materials married to a larger screen, while being superior in every way to it's predecessor are monumental engineering feats. Apple's competition gave up chasing the iPhone into the world of Lillputian's, instead opting for larger and easier. Apple may now be the only tech company remaining who has the ability to design devices that are iPhone small and powerful. It is this know-how that will soon become a huge Apple advantage.
In 2007 with the advent of the iPhone, everything changed. No longer was a mobile phone just a phone, but iPhone took the current smart phone category and turned it on its head. Palm Trio? BlackBerry Perl? These rapidly became Fisher Price toys. With the iPhone, you could do email from almost anywhere, but in a far more elegant and sophisticated way. You could also text, and surf the real web, or any number of things to communicate with others.
However, now in 2013 we now have the iPhone 5. Many have complained how the iOS has become stale and that Android is becoming the leader with its interface ideas. Whether that's true or not, one thing is certain: it is time to rethink how we are forced to use our iPhones. For example, if I want to call someone, first I have to launch the Phone app and then find them. If I want to text, I first need to launch Messages or if I want to email someone, I first launch Mail. But is this the best workflow in today's world? What if Apple were to change the iOS from app-centric approach to person-centric one?