Apple’s October special event invitations were graced with the tag line “It’s been too long.” The special event delivered refreshed iPads (which are typically upgraded on an annual basis), a rev to the Mac mini line up and a 5K 27" iMac was also added. Surprisingly, there were many Macs in need of major facelifts or minor updates that were left waiting and wanting. Apple’s next special event could simply recycle the tag line, as many Macs are well overdue for something new.
It has been rumored for years. Mock ups have been made. Analysts have proclaimed launch season after launch season, year after year after year. Yet for all the hype and wondrous prototype possibilities that may – or may not – be hidden deep within Apple’s design labs, a 4K/UHD TV that sports an Apple logo may never be in the cards. Our condolences to Gene Munster.
Whether or not Apple could change the way a television functions and interacts with the user is the wrong question to ask. Apple is more than capable of creating markets from scratch and reinvent nascent technologies into something brand new and better. The right question to ask is whether creating a state-of-the-art TV would be worth it for Apple?
It was just a couple of months ago that bloggers across the globe — including a few of us at T-GAAP — were asking whether Apple CEO Tim Cook was ever going to take Apple forward. More iPhone, iPad, an Mac updates, it was becoming an innovation snooze-fest as Apple hadn’t entered a new market category or created a revolutionary new product for years.
While WWDC gave developers an entire suite of new software tools such as Metal, Heath Kit and Swift, consumers were wondering whether the magic of creating something new had died with Steve Jobs. Don’t get me wrong, Tim Cook has done a wonderful job managing the company, but users of Apple product expect more than just good company management, they expect cool new technologies that no one but Apple can deliver.
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched this past Friday (Oct. 17th) in China, and while Apple is being coy about the sales they achieved, rumors have persisted that Apple received as many as 10 - 20 million pre-orders within China alone. Initial launch countries, including the U.S., notched 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales during the iPhone 6’s opening weekend. Evercore Partners analyst, Rob Cihra, estimates 37 million iPhones to be sold during the September quarter. However, Apple’s biggest iPhone quarter is yet to come.
Will Apple’s OS X Yosemite Spotlight Search be used by the masses? Will dark mode be the default go-to look and feel? Will Continuity be a must users simply won’t be able to live without? Like test driving a car, once purchased, the owners continued long term use reveals the gimmicky sales tools versus what features are truly useful. In many respects new OS releases are much the same. Widgets once seemed like a great default tool to quickly discover weather, stock prices and flight times. Fast forward a few years and OS X Widgets are rarely developed for or used. Sherlock seemed a sure bet, then morphed into Spotlight, but was limited in only finding things on your local drive. Now Spotlight has been given a rebirth in Yosemite under its new name, Spotlight Search. Long term value of such tools will be discovered over time, thus, here are some initial impressions of Apple’s newly minted OS.
Ever since Apple TV, Roku and other internet streaming devices have been available for your television, more and more people have “cut the cord” by canceling their subscriptions to cable and satellite providers. What has been missing is the ability to get any and all content apart from cable and satellite providers, also known as a la carte programming. Instead of being forced to buy bundles — with channels and programs no one watches — a la carte programming lets people purchase only what they want. It would be like being forced to buy a meal at McDonald’s. There would be no ability to just buy a drink or just a hamburger, in order to get either item you have to buy both — with fries.
The original Apple TV graced our presence in September 2006. Originally announced as iTV, Apple was very clear that this was just a “hobby”. But step forward eight years and after two model updates and over 20 million units in circulation, we wonder is now the time for Apple to bring us a Big Apple TV?
Fresh off the rumors that Microsoft may be divesting itself from their Xbox consumer electronics, Digitimes came forward today stating Microsoft may be existing the Surface business due to abysmal sales. Abysmal sales for Microsoft hardware is nothing new, and the idea that Surface, despite a massive advertising campaign, is seeing nearly zero interest outside of Redmond, Washington should be a shock to no one, save for perhaps ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
I’ve tried using my iPad mini more now that I can quickly and easily connect to my phone for Wi-Fi. This is technology I’ve written about before, and while not perfect, connecting to my iPhone is much better and more reliable than before. However in using my iPad more it means I’m typing more. This means I’m running into an annoying bug, whether in Mail, Notes or Messages.
Here’s what happens. If you type something longer than than the screen and then go to fix something at the top (make and edit, correctly spell a word, etc), you are unable to get the cursor to the bottom of the screen again. You can drag the text so you can see the bottom of the page, but when you let go to tap your finger to the place you want to type, it snaps the text back behind the keyboard. I’ve experienced this in Messages, Notes and Mail on both my iPad mini (retina display) and iPhone 5.