Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
I was a "late" adopter of iOS 7. That is, I updated just a few days ago. I couldn't find a real reason to make the move except for the fact everyone else I knew had. By delaying my update I was able to watch other people’s reaction without any prejudice. I was a mere observer of “Wow, that’s cool” or “Why doesn’t this work like it did in iOS 6?!”.
What's interesting is there is a lot in iOS 7 that is just different. The new über thin font is a glaring example. People say it now looks more like Yahoo!’s weather app or Google treatments. Font treatment is just a stylistic change. It doesn't make anything more readable, it doesn't take less space, it’s just different. The change is like going from bell-bottom 70's jeans to straight leg 501’s in the 80’s. Both were pants, but one was cool during a certain era and another was not.
The first MacBook Pro with Retina Display debuted in June of 2012. Apple updated their flagship laptop two times in less than 9 months after that. The first time was in October 2012, and the second was in February 2013. Since then, Apple has not updated this laptop, which was 8 months ago.
The MacBook Pros are past due when it comes to updates. Intel came out with new Haswell laptop chips back in the spring. Apple updated the MacBook Air shortly after the Haswell release, and the iMac line was also recently updated. That only leaves the MacBook Pros and Mac Mini without Haswell updates.
It wasn't complicated. The Big 3 automakers sold fleets of cars, each owned great chunks of market share, and all were amazingly profitable. Coke dominated soda market share, reaping fantastical profits as a result, and Google dominated global share with Android, piling up mounds of mobile cash for over a decade...
Episode 100: An iPhone, Ron Burgundy and a Dodge Durango! Bored with the same-o, same-o? Need something new to listen to? Can't sleep? Need to stay awake? Well, you're in luck! Episode 100 has it all for you in less than an hour! On our big 100 show you'll hear:
Today Apple released the time and date for their 4Q (September quarter) audio conference call. The image above says it all, but just in case you need a bit more help, it'll take place at 2:00 p.m PT (that's 5:00 p.m. ET), and it's something else in that middle area of the country (if you need help with that, ask Ron Burgundy, I'm sure he'll know). If you want to bookmark the steam, here's the link.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital 2013 conference stage last Spring answering a host of questions from Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, while fielding additional questions from the audience. Beyond Kara's witty charm and Walt's deadpan approach, nothing shocking came to light. Staying true to form, Cook delivered vague answers, falling back to the idea that people like surprises, but there is one product Cook and crew appear to be taking much more seriously. Apple TV.
It is now fall, 2013, and Apple has likely sold over 15 million Apple TV's since its inception, while roughly half of those units were sold in the last year alone. Notably, Tim Cook never mentioned at the All Things Digital conference, nor has mentioned, Apple TV as a hobby since 2012. In fact, over the past five public appearances by Cook, he has avoided calling Apple TV a hobby, or a product that Apple is very interested in and will simply continue to pull the string and see where it leads. That previous talk track is now gone, replaced with a message that Apple is selling up to 2 million Apple TV's per quarter, and that TV is an area of incredible interest.
Apple's first Special Event of the season arrived on September 10, unveiling all new iPhones and iOS 7. The next big thing from Cupertino, if rumors prove to be accurate, will take place on Tuesday, October 15, at Apple's Cupertino headquarters, announcing all-new iPads. But there appears to be another event Apple is preparing before year's end.
Apple is not known for cramming multiple special events into a single season, and technically speaking, the third event is said to land in November, but three launch events for Apple in consecutive months will be an unprecedented move for the tech giant.
Apple released iOS 7 last month with a brand new interface and a host of new features. While there were some download issues at the onset, Apple’s servers soon met the demand for the new OS. There are still a few bugs or errors users are reporting, but it appears Apple is addressing issues at a rapid rate. One update has already been released and a second major update is rumored to be coming soon.
Users are starting to decide what Apple got right and what they need to improve within the new iOS. At T-GAAP we have already looked at the 3 top features for iOS 7. Today we take a look at what Apple needs to do in order to improve in their latest mobile operating system:
Steve Jobs once emailed me stating "Don't believe everything you read about inventory levels..." Equally so, don't believe everything you read about iPad mini retina display shortages.
Apple has become a mobile first, everything else is secondary company. The iPhone alone represents over 60% of Apple's revenues, and CEO Tim Cook has a laser sharp focus on dominating the mobile segment with iPhones and iPads, and perhaps soon, wearable gear. The iPhone 5S is Apple's latest mobile salvo, containing a host of new technologies inside and out. Apple has again separated itself from the rest of the pack, but the iPhone 5S is only a taste of what is to come from Cupertino.
The iPhone 5S put in motion technologies that have yet to come to market maturity, but they will be fully realized within the iPhone 6, but Apple has left some big clues on the table revealing what is to come: