Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist for Apple in the mid-80’s, was interviewed on Bloomberg Surveillance today. And while Kawasaki has insight on where Apple once was, his ideas of Apple are now clearly from the outside looking in. Guy Kawasaki’s belief that Apple is a luxury brand is simply wrong.
The Apple Watch is going to be a massive success. That is, if the latest information from Morgan Stanley holds up to be accurate. Morgan Stanley’s data certainly looks impressive, and perhaps Apple will sell containers upon container shipments of Apple Watches, but I remain skeptical. Do not misunderstand me. I hope Apple does very well with the Apple Watch, it is just that I do not get it – at least, not yet. Why do I need an expensive remote for my iPhone?
The research note contains a blitzkrieg of information, but much of it relies on surveys, and that is where expectations can fall down in a hurry. Microsoft held Zune focus groups with generation X and Y to build the best possible music player they could. As far as color was concerned, brown was the new cool. A brown Zune would be a music player the youth movement would love to have, thus Microsoft ran to market with a brown Zune. Where did we find it? Online toilet photos and in Big Lot sale bins next to the checkout counters.
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.