Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
Hundreds of millions of Apple users are diving ever deeper into the diminutive fruit company's ecosystem - Apple's rabbit hole if you will.
Starting out on the deep end of the pool, is akin to entering a companies guarded fortress with arms open wide. It's a risky proposition. But for Apple users, heading into the iOS or OS X world is like walking into a securely developed fun park. iOS 7, iCloud, and the forthcoming OS X Mavericks will have users experiencing Apple's seamless solutions more so than ever before. And there is little worry within the minds of these users because they are loving the Apple experience.
Apple released iOS 7 last week with a bumpy, error filled start. Downloading the OS update often proved difficult due to massive demand for the new iOS. Apple's new mobile OS outpaced iOS 6 in 2 days, with a 32% adaption rate. Apple's servers look to be back to normal as the demand has slowed to a manageable level.
With new iOS out in the wild for the past week, users are asking if the upgrade is better or worse. Some don’t like change and the new OS, while others are loving the new flat style interface. While Apple added many new features to the new iOS, not all of them are for the better. Users wanting to use AirDrop to transfer files to the Mac will have to wait at least until OS 10.9 for the Mac. For now, let’s look at the top 3 features of the new OS:
Unless you've been living on a Bora Bora beach the past few days (and who would blame you for that), you have probably seen any number of media outlets reporting on Apple's record breaking iPhone sales figures. Apple sold over 9 million iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones combined this past Friday through Sunday.
While a stunning number, analysts and tech pundits alike are spinning the idea that this isn't any big deal. The fat is, most analysts completely bricked on their estimates, as the average range of predicted sales fell between 5 - 6 million units.
Yesterday it became quite clear: Apple has no chance of surviving since Steve Jobs’ departure. With Tim Cook as CEO, Apple moves rudderless, in any number of directions, certainly not on time, and no one cares.
Apple delivered a raft of features within the iPhone 5S, and now offers a myriad of colors with the 5C. But how does the new flagship 5S stack up against the 5C, and iPhone 5 predecessor, in terms of battery performance?
The overall numbers are largely identical, but Apple continues to be able to squeeze more talk time, more standby time and more internet surfing out of nearly identical form factors. Indeed, the iPhone 5C and 5S have a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 5, but Apple is driving forward with bleeding edge 64-bit, 1 billion transistor CPU power, while delivering ever greater battery life in the iPhone 5S. The achievement is stunning.
That's right, Ive's and company, not Cook and company. Don't get me wrong, Apple is Tim Cook's ship, but he isn't the showman or the man that makes the hardware and software design magic happen. Cook is the man behind the curtain controlling the gears, but Jony Ive and Craig Federighi are the hardware and software gurus that Apple's magic possible.
Tim Cook is a comfortable CEO. He isn't scared to let others take the limelight, presenting and promoting products for Apple. Cook simply isn't concerned with making Apple about himself, he's concerned with making Apple great. Some may argue Apple is great, but that's not how they look at it internally, not even close. Whomever and whatever it takes to keep Apple on the cutting edge and successful, that is what Cook will manage and promote. Over time, as Apple's success continues it will only further reflect on Tim Cook's CEO competence and capabilities. Clearly, Cooks' management style and media persona is different than Steve Jobs, but seriously, how could it anything but different? What is beginning to truly show through is Tim Cook is comfortable being his own man, doing things his way, and that Apple is on the cusp of being a run away success under his leadership style.
Yesterday at 10am, Apple released iOS 7 to the public, and also released an iOS 7 ready iTunes 11.1. iOS 7 is a big update and will put a lot of pressure on Apple's servers as users try to update their iOS devices. How did this upgrade go?
From experiences here at TGAAP and reading reports online, it sounds like the upgrade has been either a hit or a miss. For some users (like myself), the process went fairly easy and error free. The downloads were taking around 10 minutes depending on user connection speeds. But for a few of my colleagues, the process was filled with server and download errors. There were errors at the beginning of the download process and errors at the beginning of the install process.
iTunes updating also saw download errors. These errors were to be expected as Apple servers were push beyond their limits with millions of users trying to access and download updates at the same time. If users were able to download iTunes 11.1, the process of downloading and installing the iOS 7 update were improved, but still not error free.
Apple's iOS activations servers also went down today, so users who had just purchased a device were unable to register and use them until the server came back online this evening. These issues should go away within a few days as the majority of users complete their upgrade process. For those who were able to get through, download and install the update correctly, the rest of the update process will have been pretty smooth.
Yesterday saw record demand for the upgrade files from Apple's servers. It should be much easier to download and install the files today and beyond. If one has a iOS device that can be updated, now it a good time to start the process.
Analysts, investment firm researchers, and over caffeinated personalities like Jim Cramer, want it both ways with Apple. One one hand they are crying a river that Apple did not deliver a stunningly feature set laden free iPhone (subsidy driven), that costs $300 or less if purchased outright. "So much for the low end," Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha stated in a note to investors. "Touch screen ID's? Yeah, that's what I've been waiting for," said Jim Cramer dripping with sarcasm.
On the other hand, they want Apple to make 40% gross margins and reign in massive market share growth at the same time. They can't have it both ways, yet this is the cry of Wall Street.
Apple's special event was no surprise to anyone, but from the user standpoint, which new model should be considered? Both? Only the iPhone 5s or 5c? And what about the entry-level iPhone 4s?
Looking at Apple's comparison page it becomes abundantly clear the iPhone 5c is a plastic packaged iPhone 5, with minor changes and colors to choose from. If you were delaying buying the iPhone 5 because new phones were just around the corner, then the iPhone 5c doesn't fit the idea of "truly new."