For those of us who don't have time to stand in line (either at a physical or virtual store) to place our order for a shiny new iPhone 5, it will probably be a month or two until we get our mitts on one that we can call our own. That said, we don't have to wait to learn how slow our phone has become (whether an iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, or iPhone 3G) now that the new kid has arrived in town.
One of my T-GAAP partners asked a simple question, "How fast is the iPhone 5?", and the other one took up the challenge and did a little research (care of Geekbench). Here's what we learned:
Steve Jobs began the talking point and Timothy Cook has been all to willing to carry it forward. What am I talking about? The term "post-PC era" of course.
While most people have heard this phrase and assume Jobs, and now Cook, meant people are purchasing tablets and smart phones over desktop PCs, they have it mostly right. However that interpretation is only a hardware evaluation of the term. There is another side to the quote than that — a software side. If Apple were really honest, what they would say is that we have entered the post-Microsoft era.
If the outside of the building says anything, it looks like the Apple iPhone 5 event at the Yerba Buena Center on September 12, 2012 is going to be very colorful. Here are some pics from our San Francisco contact taken earlier today.
The biggest fear of online users is getting their accounts hacked or ID stolen. The fear came true for Wired Magazine's Mat Honan. Hackers used the customer service systems at Amazon and Apple to hack into his Amazon, Google, and Apple accounts so they could access his twitter account. In doing so, they wiped or erased his Macbook, iPad and iPhone.
As online users, we are at the mercy of Internet corporations' weakest link. We need to keep pressuring them to secure your data. Yet, there are things we can do to keep our data more secure. Using the following methods will help keep your data safer.
Apple's latest version of the Mac OS 10.8, code named Mountain Lion was released about a month ago. It includes many changes and new features. Mountain Lion is available through App Store and is only $20.
While, not all users will notice or even like all the new features, there is something for everyone. At $20, it easily justifies the inexpensive price point. There is plenty to talk about when it comes to Mountain Lion. After using it for three weeks, this article will highlight the top three features that make it a worthy upgrade.
As I mentioned in Apple's Missed Opportunities, Part 1, I have had a few weeks now to work with Apple's OS X Mountain Lion. While people have written what they like or dislike about the new operating system, I tend to look at it from a business standpoint and what would make Apple more competitive in the small business space.
In reviewing OS X Mountain Lion, I've come across two apps that I've become enamored with: Notes & Reminders. These apps were ported from the iOS to OS X. But what makes them powerful is their syncing ability through iCloud. This means if I were in a meeting I could quickly use my iPhone to write myself a reminder or to jot a note about a good idea and when I get back to my desk, there they are on my MacBook Air. However there's a problem with this "magic" called iCloud.
Losers not withstanding, here are the top 10 reasons why Apple's forthcoming iPhone 5 will be a mega hit:
- Install Base: 250 million iPhones have been sold-to-date. Apple's own addressable market for iPhone upgrades is around 170 million.
- New Carriers: By far, Apple getting onboard with China Mobile's nearly 1 billion customer base will allow the iPhone 5 to explode in new sales. In the U.S., T-Mobile may finally have worked a deal with Apple, leaving no major carrier in the states without the coveted Apple device.
- Larger Screen: Those waiting for Apple to deliver a larger screen iPhone are likely to get their wish.
- LTE: It's all but a given that iPhone 5 will deploy 4G LTE.
- iOS 6 & iCloud: The new iOS brings features like FaceTime over carrier networks, and seamless iCloud syncing for many common documents. iCloud API's will be a boon for developers, making iOS 6 coupled with iCloud an attractive selling point.
- Design: iPhone 5 may stay within the design lines of the current iPhone, but it's going to be taller, thinner, with a new camera position and an edgy feeling non-glass back.
- Hardware: Beyond LTE, iPhone 5 is likely to see a new ARM-based quad-core chip set, increased memory for running apps, boosted graphics, improved cameras, better speaker-phone capabilities. and an all new dock connector. All told, a new iPhone from the inside out.
- Mass Production: Don't count on Apple being unable to meet iPhone 5 demand. It has been rumored that Apple has been manufacturing the iPhone 5 since late June. With FoxConn producing iOS devices in China and Brasil, coupled with Pegatron's production, the iPhone 5 is likely to be Apple's most ambitious world-wide launch of any product, by any company in history.
- Lack of Competition: Microsoft has failed with it's Nokia and Windows Phone 7 debacle. RIM is on its last legs. Samsung, LG and Motorola Mobility are fighting, but Samsung shot its best salvo with the Galaxy IIIS earlier this summer to avoid colliding with iPhone 5 this fall. All the momentum Samsung has had better be enjoyed while it lasts.
- Marketing: No company does it better than Apple. When the iPhone 5 launches, nary a stone will be left unturned that won't bear iPhone 5 graffiti. Everyone living between plant earth and the space station will now the iPhone 5 has arrived.
Henry Blodget is at it again, throwing out his less than savvy reasoning as to why the iPhone 5 will be a big loser for Apple – because of it's looks. In Blodget's latest column, If The iPhone 5 Really Looks Like This, Apple May Be Screwed..., his "big idea" is that the iPhone 5 looks a lot like the iPhone 4S, which was virtually the same design as the iPhone 4, thus Apple's iPhone 5 will be a flop. Blodget's "logic" stops there.
Blodget ignores the fact that the iPhone 4S blew away smart phone sales figures, yet looked nearly identical to iPhone 4. But the ignorance continue. Blodget also seems unaware that the largest iPhone upgrade cycle in Apple's history will be this Fall, and avoids mentioning China's amazing growth story for Apple. "In short, the Galaxy feels like a next-generation phone." says Blodget. Sorry Henry, but truth be told, the Samsung Galaxy IIIs looks like a smashed down retread of the iPhone 3 and 3GS.