Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
Google Reader has now been officially turned off. Since Google’s announcement back in March, many software developers have stepped in trying to fill Google’s shoes (and win over Google’s customers). The field is diverse. Some developers charge a monthly fee, while others are still in early beta stages with minimal features.
So far the most popular service that has replaced Google Reader is Feedly, which is also free. Feedly’s developers have said they will offer a premium version for those who want more features and want to support the developers of the service, but will also continue with a free version. Feedly has won many customers with responsive service and active development. While the service is a good replacement for Google Reader, their iOS apps need a lot of work.
Last month at WWDC 2013 it was made clear that OS X Mavericks (OS X 10.9 for those who are keeping count) and iOS 7 are both slated for release sometime “this fall.” Here at Three Guys and a Podcast we began to wonder whether Apple will do something it has never done before and release the two operating systems simultaneously.
Is Apple stock (AAPL) ripe for buying? That's the question on Wall Street, but it may also be a valid question for individual investors.
Hedge funds have played havoc with Apple's stock price in past few years, bending the companies financial trajectory to their will, but with Apple providing a hefty dividend, and new products poised to enter the market this fall, the stock is making an attractive play this summer, and price of AAPL is reflecting a confident, if not bullish mood.
In June at the WWDC, Apple released the new MacBook Air laptops with Intel’s latest Haswell processors. For the MacBook Air 11-inch, these new processors greatly improved battery life from five to nine hours. Yet, the MacBook Air is the only Mac that has been fitted with the new Haswell processors.
What is the next Mac to be updated with the Haswell processor? While the iMac and Mac Mini could use the extra processing power and faster graphics chip, they do not require the extra battery life that comes from the Haswell processor. Low power consumption is the Haswell processor’s main selling point. On the other hand since the MacBook Pro would greatly benefit from the Haswell processor’s extended battery life, the MacBook Pro line will be the next to receive the new Intel chip set. The question is, when will Apple updated it?
The evolution and changing of markets. It is inevitable. Companies come and go. Those who struggle either find an exit through a buy-out from a more successful company or go out of business. One of the determining factors to which road a struggling business travels is whether they have something unique to offer the marketplace. This something unique will take others far too long to build themselves or cost too much time and resources to develop in-house. Therefore purchasing the struggling company for their “something special” becomes an attractive choice — that is, if it can afford to purchase the business.
Is AT&T Wireless about to break into large LTE data delivery for suburban America, taking on providers like Comcast, Verizon and Time Warner? That’s the question on many minds as AT&T sent out an email invitation to many in the tech industry with elite press credentials.
Information in the email is sparse, but delivers hints about AT&T’s ever growing LTE service.
Today's world is filled with flurry of reports and metrics of all shapes and sizes following everything mobile. Web traffic, app downloads, advertising revenue and profitability of mobile companies is among the mammoth list we are inundated with on a daily basis. The data can become overwhelming, but one thing has become abundantly clear: Apple’s iOS is dominating Google's Android save but one area — market share. However, even that metric is continuing to shift in Apple’s direction.
The latest report on handset performance comes from research firm Kantar Worldpanel, with their latest data revealing Apple grew U.S. market share 3.5% to 41.9% for the 3 months ending May 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. Android held steady at 52%.
The five year anniversary of the App Store is coming soon. In those five years, the App Store has gone from five hundred available titles to over nine hundred-thousand. To celebrate, Apple is making several apps and games available for free.
The Apps that are available for free are: Barefoot World Atlas (a kid's world atlas), Day One (multi-platform journaling program, How to Cook Everything, Over (photo captioning), Traktor DJ for iPhone (DJ app).
Games that are available for free include some pretty big names which are: Badland (adventure platformer), Infinity Blade II (action gaming with stunning graphics), Superbrothers (touch-based puzzle game), Tiny Wings (momentum-based platformer), Where's My Water? (puzzle game)
Many of these titles are great deals. Traktor DJ for iPhone is normally $4.99. Infinity Blade II was given a perfect rating from IGN. Tiny Wings has more than 9 thousand ratings with almost all 5 stars. The journaling app Day One, which is also available for the Mac, has almost two thousand reviews and almost 5 stars. Apple is really wanting to celebrate by showing off a great selection of titles that are available in the App Store. Head over to the iOS App Store and grab those great titles now.
Last month after Apple's 2013 world wide developers donference, Apple quietly added several new channels to AppleTV, with the highlights being: HBO GO, Watch ESPN and Sky News.
Before the big holiday break, I thought T-GAAP should take it one step further and talk about potential configurations for the new Mac Pro. After our team’s internal discussion and reflecting on everyone’s feedback I have modified my pricing — a bit. But perhaps more importantly, is how pricing is achieved via configurations, and that is this week’s food for thought: