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Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis

November 13, 2013 at 11:10am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 1 Comment

Race_to_the_bottom

IDC’s latest market share numbers are figures should make Android's Mom proud. Roughly 81% of the world during the September 2013 quarter picked purchased some type of Android smartphone. Meanwhile, Apple saw a decline in share from 14.4% to roughly 13% during the same year-over-year quarter.

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November 11, 2013 at 11:51am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 0 Comments

On November 5, 2013, Apple posted a PDF outlining information requests by various governments. What stood out in the report was the number of U.S. Government requests which dwarfed all other country data requests — in many cases by thousands. However, the U.S. data was shrouded in vague numbers due to U.S. Government regulations. 

We are unaware of exactly when this report was pulled from Apple’s website, but it was no longer available as of Saturday, November 9th at 9:30 pm Pacific. 

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November 08, 2013 at 10:47am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 4 Comments

Jobs-cook

CEO of Apple, Inc. — Tim Cook — is his own man. He is no Steve Jobs (who is?) and has certainly done many things differently than Jobs would have. This isn't to say that Cook’s direction is poor, and Jobs was perfect. Stated another way, Apple is no longer running on Jobs’ legacy thoughts and leadership. The ship is truly Tim Cook’s to maneuver.

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November 07, 2013 at 9:38am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 0 Comments

Dallas-cowboysMac OS X has come a long, long way. When it was first released in 2001, Apple was struggling to make a comeback. The multi-colored iMac platform had been launched, but it was running OS 9 dot something. There were not any iPods, iPads, or iPhones to help Apple’s cause.

Now it seems you can’t walk into a coffee shop, hotel lobby or airport without seeing someone using a product from Apple. However, more telling of Apple’s success is the comeback of the Mac. It has only been since the launch of the iPhone and iPad that Macs are now appearing everywhere — including being used by the Dallas Cowboys.

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November 04, 2013 at 12:07pm Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 1 Comment

Os-x-mavericks-free-upgrade

When Apple announced that their new Mac desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks, was going to be free, the audience roared with approval. Just like with iOS, now OS X was a free upgrade.

This news must have driven Microsoft completely nuts. Microsoft’s entire business model consists of writing software and then charging a license fee to each user. For Windows and Office it can cost anywhere from $99-499 per license. The notion that software should be, or can be, free is actually a monster Microsoft created the mid-90's In 1996 a company called Netscape was charging $30 for their Navigator browser. At the time Navigator was the most popular browser on the market. Microsoft was late to the browser game. Therefore in order to make a quick dent in market share Microsoft decided to give Internet Explorer away for free. Explorer became “part” of the operating system. The era of paying for software began to decline.

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November 01, 2013 at 5:40pm Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 12 Comments

MavericksWith OS X Mavericks, Apple ended the era of naming their desktop operating system after big cats (Puma, Lion, Leopard,...). OS X Mavericks is the first in a series of naming conventions focused on areas around California. Mavericks is a surfing town on the coast of California, near Apple head quarters. This new naming goes nicely with the new signature Apple recently launched: “Designed by Apple in California”.

So what is next? Isn't that always the question after the launch of a new product passes? What will the name of the next OS X release be? Here's a few we thought of and a few we thought Apple should stay away from...

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October 31, 2013 at 8:42am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 0 Comments

Os-x-mavericks-notification-center

During his demo at the WWDC13, Craig Federighi talked about OS X Mavericks Notification Center enhancements. Craig said that in OS X Mavericks (10.9), Notification Center could also handle notifications from websites. Upon hearing that news I wrote an article on how after Apple had taken away the ability to manage RSS feeds with Mail or Safari in OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard, it was great news to know that Mavericks would soon manage RSS Feeds.

That assessment was wrong.

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October 30, 2013 at 9:22am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 0 Comments

Ipadair

Apple announced the new iPad Air and iPad mini during their October event. The iPad Air is not supposed be released until November 1, but performance benchmarks are already available. This new iPad sports the recently announced A7 processor, also found in the iPhone 5s.

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October 29, 2013 at 9:25am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 17 Comments

Spaces-mavericks

In Mac OS X Leopard (10.5), Apple introduced the concept of Spaces. Spaces were essentially multiple desktops on a single monitor. In Leopard and Snow Leopard you could arrange a grid of Spaces (desktops) that made it easier to manage multiple open apps and windows at once. For example you could make it so when you opened Safari it always opened in Space 1, Mail in Space 2, Calendar in Space 3 and so on. 

Then in Lion, Apple folded Exposé and Spaces into Mission Control. Mission Control was Apple’s new app and window management system that let you organize and find apps like on an iOS device. In addition Mission Control took over the window management of Spaces and Exposé.This change was essentially a step sideways for desktop management rather than a leap forward. In other words it was different, but not necessarily better.

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October 28, 2013 at 9:52am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 0 Comments

Weekend-with-bernie

I finished a big project Friday morning, so thought I'd start my weekend a little early. And what better to do than to spend it with Mavericks — OS X Mavericks that is. And unlike the 80's cult-classic movie Weekend WIth Bernie, Mavericks was not dead, nor did I need to pretend it was alive. Mavericks held its own, quite well.

The download and install was painless. It seems even easier now that there is no payment involved (thanks Apple). The first thing I noticed was Safari. Wow it is fast — I mean really fast. I live in a rural area and my internet speed isn't the best. I always attributed slower web page loading to my internet speed. So does my slower internet speed appear to have been the bottleneck all these years? Well I thought so, until this weekend. Now web pages pop and are wicked fast (yes, I too remember Apple’s marketing for the Macintosh IIfx). I can't wait to get to my office where I have fiber speeds. Safari might start loading pages before I even click my mouse. In summary: Safari in Mavericks is worth the price of the download, even if Mavericks had cost money. Yes it that's good.

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