Apple's Software Update (second item in the Apple menu) has been around since the first days of OS X. However, it is has grown slow and old compared to the new App Store found in the Dock or Launch Pad.
Episode 77: Ultrabook Tom Foolery: Apple now gives developers 70% for iAd usage, Tim Cook's real motive is guilt, iPhone 5 - larger screen, arriving in June?, Apple Mac OS Trojan Horse Virus, Nokia's lame ad campaign, China only has 5 million people. Intel's Ultrabooks better than iPad and MacBook Air, An iOS Laptop?, Microsoft's Big Decision. Guest appearances by: Rockwell, Rick Astley, Bob & Doug McKenzie, Dick Tracy, Doctor Emmit Brown, Lurch, Herman Cain. All this and much, much more in Episode 77: Ultrabook Tom Foolery.
A Retina Display is an upgrade the users can really see. It will be a huge improvement for Mac users as it is for iOS users. There will need to be some big changes in order to bring Retina Displays to the Mac.
The Mac OS will need to be able to support that resolution and it needs high resolution graphics files. Display manufacturers will need to produce Retina Displays in larges sizes. Graphics processor manufacturers, like Nvidia and Intel, will also need to improve their chips to drive these high resolution displays. The Mac software developers will also have to modify their software to support the new display sizes. How will these developers view these new changes?
You may have noticed your iPhone 4S running on AT&T's network woke up one morning and suddenly became 4G device. Or perhaps you live in New Jersey, and you just bought a new 4G enabled iPad and you are cruising along at 4G speeds. Think these devices are 4G, running on AT&T's latest and greatest ultra-fast network speeds? Don't think different, think again, because odds are you never were, and are not, running on a 4G LTE network.
But of course you are, because the device says you have a 4G device. Silly me, questioning a carriers marketing schemes and bringing into question what's really going on. Sorry folks, time to disappoint some of you, at least for a while.
The Latest iPad, which debuted a couple of weeks ago, now includes a Retina Display. The pixels are small enough on a Retina display that the user can not see them at normal viewing distances. It gives the user a very crisp and sharp display, which is great for viewing pictures, movies and reading text.
How does that compare with other Apple products? The Macbook Air does have a higher resolution option, but it is no where near the pixel density of a retina display. The iPhone 4 and 4S Retina Display have 326 pixels per inch or PPI. The new iPad comes in a little under that with 264 PPI. Generally, people hold the iPad farther away, so the pixels are still unnoticeable. The current MacBook Air PPI comes in at around 130 depending on the screen choice. The MacBook Air has half of the PPI of the new iPad. Will that change soon?
Evidence is mounting that Verizon may be pushing Windows phones over iPhones to customers not sure on which smartphone handset to purchase. Whether these are isolated incidents at a few stores, or a nationwide push by Microsoft to force their way into the smartphone war is not yet clear.
Microsoft attempting to inject themselves into markets they completely missed or believe is critical to the company is nothing new for the Redmond giant. The likely game this go around is to spiff local Verizon representatives with per-handset bonus cash or via weekly/monthly sales totals.
Episode 76: iGrill for iPad: The Three Guys discuss Apple's issuing of dividends to stock holders, the real cost of producing the new iPad, iPad sales reach three million during the first weekend, iPad hot or too hot?, Android development wanes, Apple Safari tab syncing in the iCloud, HP merges PC and imaging divisions, and a brief visit from Barry White. All this and much, much more in Episode 76: iGrill for iPad.
There were some rumors that Microsoft would be bringing the Office suite to the iPad. The rumor also stated that it would come around the time the 3rd generation iPad was announced. Now that the iPad has been out for a while, we know this part is not true. But that does not mean we won’t see Office on the iOS.
The App Store has many applications that can read Microsoft Office files, but they are not the same as the real thing. Most of them have issues when reading anything more than simple files. Microsoft also makes changes to the file format on almost every version. This makes it difficult for anyone else to keep up. For that reason, many are wanting to see Office come to the iPad. The question is will Microsoft bring Office to the iPad?
AppleCare has been a mainstay and profit center since Steve Job's returned to Apple. AppleCare is essentially an insurance policy for your Apple device should it fail prematurely. AppleCare grew in popularity and its "payback" became even better when Apple Stores launched and there was a real person you could talk to about your particular problem and get a real answer (not just "Well, send it in and we'll see what we can do for you.").
The question though is whether AppleCare is a good deal. Sure you're buying more peace of mind by turning a 1-year hardware warranty and 90-day telephone support into an overall three year support contract. The question reamins does paying an extra 10 - 75% of the original purchase price make sense? Is that a good deal?
The signs where always there, but how on earth did we miss them:
- Steve Ballmer throwing a chair across the room in anger, as he loses another valued employee to Google. Ballmer states: "$@#$* Eric Schmidt is a $#@% pussy. I’m going to #@$# bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I’m going to $#%@# kill Google.”
- Ballmer believes Zune can beat iPod "The market will have two big players for a long time, us and Apple,'' said Ballmer.
- The day of Apple's iPhone announcement, Ballmer decries the product stating; "$500, fully subsidized with a plan?! I said that is the most expensive phone in the world, and it doesn't appeal to business customers because it doesn't have a keyboard, which makes it not a very good email machine..."
- "We're in an iPad bubble...", windows tablets mimicking the iPad will soon debut, however, and they'll get "sleeker, smaller, and faster", Ballmer promised this on stage at the D8 Conference, in 2010...
- Alain Crozier, Chief Financial officer of Microsoft's Worldwide Sales, Marketing & Services Group is said to have put the kibosh on Microsoft's sales and marketing teams from purchasing Macs and iPads with corporate funds. On March 21st, TUAW claims to have received word back from a Microsoft spokesmen stating "No comment."
The is nearly endless, but the theme Microsoft and their CEO displays over and over is denial running on a foundation of pride. Microsoft's latest salvo of reducing the Apple presence in their sales and marketing forces only serves to inflict wounds on themselves. Ad agencies almost exclusively use Macs, iPads and iPhones. Another 46,000 Microsoft employees are now left to figure out how to work as efficiently with their agencies as they did with Apple to Apple products.