Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
We've surveyed Apple retail stores all across America. From small stores in Michigan, to Apple's flagship 5th Avenue store in NY city, and found an alarming amount of retail locations are no longer displaying the Apple TV for demonstration.
The only consistent pattern we found was that within Apple's small stores (30ft-wide locations), none of them carried an Apple TV for demonstration.
Must be somewhere warm (relatively speaking). Are these people for real?! Come on, 7 days still to go...
While Google should be happy with Android's success so far, they are showing signs to the contrary. Since Google gives Android away for free, they can only make money on selling ads on the Android platform. They don't talk about how much they make from these ads either.
Even though Android is increasing in market share, that does not mean Google is making money on all that market share. Since Android is open source and device makers can remove Google from the devices, this could be a danger for Android's future development if Google can't make enough money.
Apple cares little about market share, much more about profits. For companies like Microsoft and Intel, market share and profits go hand in hand. This is not true for Apple.
Apple competed with Microsoft not through market share, but through margins. They proved this when Steve Jobs came back and ended the licensing program for the Mac OS. Steve showed you can make a lot of money without dominant market share. They are now doing the same thing with Android.
There's been much barking recently between Mark and Karl in the last several podcasts, and with iPad 2 nearly upon us, it's high-time these guys lay it on the line.
So it's time to throw down the gloves and have it out. Without further ado - Mark vs Karl iPad 2 Predictions: (queue drum roll please...):
The Mac App Store is leveling the playing field for developers. It does not matter if you are big or small, anyone can get on the front page of the Mac Store. No longer do developers need to pay big money for distribution partners and sales agents. While the Mac App Store continues to grow, so will those who have their applications in its store.
Applications now will compete on price, quality and feature set instead of back room deals and marketing agreements. Developers will still need to get the word out about their applications, but this will vary depending on how big the developer is.
According to Apple's track record, the iMac lineup is due for a refresh this spring. This update will focus on bringing the iMac up-to-date with the latest technology and prepare it for Lion 10.7. This will be a minor update, with a major one expected sometime around January 2012.
Apple has been updating their iMac line around every 8 months with major updates coming out every 27 months. The next iMac update is due out this March. The last major update was the 27" iMac which came out in October 2009. As Apple usually has one or two minor updates between their major releases. The last minor update was in July 2010. Although Apple has been known to update the iMacs more frequently, Apple is focused on a major update to the MacBook Pro line instead. This update will focus in on three areas: Sandy Bridge, SSD, and a high resolution display.
While the ads were made and paid for by two different companies, they both said the same thing — The iPhone 4 is the best phone on the market. Period.
Apple's ad features two iPhone 4's doing the exact same thing — communicating there are now two networks (AT&T and Verizon) for iPhone 4. While the ad is mostly true (Verizon's CDMA network won't allow you to talk and do data transactions at the same time), the commercial sticks with Apple's message continuing to assert the iPhone 4 is the best/only phone you should consider.
When Apple released OS X 10.0 one of the most controversial aspects of the new Aqua interface was the Dock. Back then the Dock wasn't as 3-D or reflective as it is today, but nevertheless, the Dock pretty much functions the same way it did on day one: you can enlarge it; you can shrink it; you can hide it; you can even move it to the left or right of your screen.
While the Dock has evolved over the past decade one has to wonder if Apple is letting history repeat itself with their icon designs for the Dock? It's almost as if they are in “thinking jail”, just like Jeff Goldblum proclaimed about all computer designs being “beige” when Apple introduced the first iMac.
AT&T is adjusting it's messaging pricing plans to be more competitive with Verizon this week. They are changing their $5/200 and $15/1500 messaging plans to one $10/1000 plan for the iPhone. Verizon has not given us any details on its messaging plans for the iPhone, but current subscribers pay $5/250 with $10/500 add-on package.
These new adjustments don't seem to make AT&T that much more competitive If you send a lot of text messages, AT&T always had a better plan. For those who don't send very many messages, AT&T is becoming even less competitive by upping the entry fee from $5 to $10 for the base package. AT&T's new plan would cost 1 penny per message. That may seem cheap until you look at the cost per bandwidth. Text messages are really just bits of data and should be charged by the byte instead of by the message.