Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
In a rather unusual move for Apple, they have begun advertising their highly anticipated Mac Pro tower computer in movie theaters. The ad is similar to the close up teaser video Phil Schiller released during Apple's World Wide Developers Conference this past June.
Everything about this launch is unorthodox for Apple. First, Apple took an unusual move in pre announcing the Mac Pro months in advance of its actual launch, stating a "later this year" release date. Apple rarely announces any product pre-launch if the model already exists within the market.
For users who take digital video, converting those video files into another format is a part of life. Video converters change the type of algorithm used to compress the video. These video files either need to be compressed to save space or to change the format so the video editing software can read it.
There are plenty of video converting software choices available today, but the list of good products is slim, as most of them are either expensive or poorly made. Apple has a great solution with Compressor, but it is expensive. or bundled with pro applications. What is the best solution for users who don’t need Apple’s high end solution?
The rumors are out that the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are coming out on September 10. Most information is only mentioning iPhones, but there is likely to be more hardware than just iPhones being released.
It wasn't long ago when Apple Computer transitioned to Apple, Inc. and the iPhone set the smartphone world fire. Nor was it long ago that Apple ran their award winning “Hello, I'm a Mac” ad campaign, positioned as the little computer that could. But today Apple lives in a world where they are no longer the little tech company that finds its niche, rather, Apple is now the largest company in the world, achieving such success that only Steve Jobs could have envisioned. With this success — and mammoth size — Apple has new marketing and advertising hurtles to tackle, as the atmosphere at the top is much different.
The top two ebook stores are Apple’s iBooks and Amazon’s Kindle. Right now, these two stores only compete head to head on the iOS platform. That will change when Apple releases OS X Mavericks this fall. The last iBooks vs Kindle comparison article looked at Syncing bookmarks, highlights, and notes. Now the interface will be compared on the iOS, the only platform they are both on.
The Retina display on the iPhone and iPad made a huge difference for reading books on the iOS platform. Now that the major hardware issue have been solved, the attention can be turned to the software interface. Both ebooks readers have similar interfaces and features. iBooks does have a more Skeuomorphic theme right now, but it can be turned off. This theme should go away now the Jony Ive is in charge of interface design. iBooks also has two more themes and more fonts than the Kindle app, but the Kindle app has more spacing options.
Cloud services are problematic for Apple. In order to build iCloud into a very usable tool, Apple can't limit it to just Mac users or iOS users, but needs to deliver it to all types of users on different platforms, using a variety of web browsers. The idea for the Cloud is to be able to share, access and collaborate platform independently. Think of Facebook. What if Facebook only ran on Windows? This is Apple's dilemma. Apple has no incentive to create a raft of software that runs on ALL platforms with any browser. Apple only wants to create something for its platform which in turn sells their hardware, which is where Apple's value - and money - is made.
On Monday it became public news that Jeff Bezos purchased The Washington Post for $250 million in cash. While Jeff is the founder, CEO, and chairman of Amazon, this deal was done privately, between Bezos and the Graham family (which owned the news organization). The $250 million purchase was not a significant spend for Bezos, who has a current net worth of $25 billion. Bezos not only purchased The Washington Post, but he is also taking it private so he has no shareholders looking over his shoulders.
The Washington Post maybe an iconic newspaper, but it is not a money maker. Newspapers all across the country are losing money as more people switch to the internet to get their news and The Post is no exception. Why does the founder of an Internet powerhouse buy a newspaper?
Apple's stock price continues edging higher, up 1.1% to $467.67 USD in early trading, on news the White House ordered a "disapproval" of the U.S. International Trade Commission's ban of sales of iPhone 4 and iPad 2 (and original iPads) in the United States. In simple terms, the Apple products can remain on sale in the U.S., leaving Samsung's victory snatched by the mouth of defeat.
Samsung had sued Apple, claiming the tech giant had infringed on some of their patents, specifically, patents held under the Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) standards. Unfortunately for Samsung, no court was putting the stamp of approval on their claims, as Samsung was unfairly pricing these patents for Apple, while licensing them under reasonable terms to competitors. But something took an unexpected (and wrong) turn with the U.S. ITC, as the commission ruled against Apple and banned several legacy iOS products from entering the U.S. due to patent infringements.
A little over a month ago, I posed the question as to whether it was a good time to invest in Apple's stock. In the first installment, Is Now The Time To Invest In Apple? Apple's stock price was $429, from a bottom of $393 only weeks earlier. Perhaps the question has already shifted. Perhaps the question should be whether it is too late to invest in AAPL?
Since June 27, AAPL has risen 14%, and has added tens of billions to its market cap, and has skyrocketed past ExxonMobil (XOM) to reclaim the the throne as the world's largest company.
Apple’s iBooks and Amazon’s Kindle are the two top ebook stores today and many comparisons are made between the two. The last iBooks vs Kindle comparison article looked at Device Availability. This time, Syncing will be put under the microscope. Both stores offer software for syncing bookmarks and notes between devices, but which one is better?
The Kindle app allows users to highlight, bookmark, and add notes in ebooks. Apple’s iBooks have the same features. At first glance they both seem pretty competitive with each other. In real world use, the difference is very clear. iBooks syncing is easy to use and as Apple’s tag line says, “It just works”. Bookmarks, notes, and highlighted sections are quickly synced between devices. Kindle is a different story. While notes, highlights, and bookmarks to do sync occasionally, it is not very reliable. Many of my annotations never are synced at all. This is not only true for a Kindle device with WIFI on for weeks, but it is also true for the Kindle app on the Mac and iOS.