Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
IDC’s latest market share numbers are figures should make Android's Mom proud. Roughly 81% of the world during the September 2013 quarter picked purchased some type of Android smartphone. Meanwhile, Apple saw a decline in share from 14.4% to roughly 13% during the same year-over-year quarter.
CEO of Apple, Inc. — Tim Cook — is his own man. He is no Steve Jobs (who is?) and has certainly done many things differently than Jobs would have. This isn't to say that Cook’s direction is poor, and Jobs was perfect. Stated another way, Apple is no longer running on Jobs’ legacy thoughts and leadership. The ship is truly Tim Cook’s to maneuver.
I finished a big project Friday morning, so thought I'd start my weekend a little early. And what better to do than to spend it with Mavericks — OS X Mavericks that is. And unlike the 80's cult-classic movie Weekend WIth Bernie, Mavericks was not dead, nor did I need to pretend it was alive. Mavericks held its own, quite well.
The download and install was painless. It seems even easier now that there is no payment involved (thanks Apple). The first thing I noticed was Safari. Wow it is fast — I mean really fast. I live in a rural area and my internet speed isn't the best. I always attributed slower web page loading to my internet speed. So does my slower internet speed appear to have been the bottleneck all these years? Well I thought so, until this weekend. Now web pages pop and are wicked fast (yes, I too remember Apple’s marketing for the Macintosh IIfx). I can't wait to get to my office where I have fiber speeds. Safari might start loading pages before I even click my mouse. In summary: Safari in Mavericks is worth the price of the download, even if Mavericks had cost money. Yes it that's good.
Apple's new and revolutionary anti-pricing for operating systems, creative and productivity software isn't revolutionary or new, and it certainly isn't free. These are the claims from a slew of Microsoft apologists.
"Though users can cheer the free operating system now, the move also gives Apple more leeway to charge premium prices for its upcoming gadgets," stated MarketWatch's Quentin Fottrell. Morningstar research firm's Brian Coletto believes Apple will be charging a premium on hardware, making up for the giveaway of free software. "Apple has taken the strategy of giving its software away for free in order to improve the customer’s user experience and spur the purchase of premium hardware. It’s a clear contrast to Amazon, which appears to be selling its tablets at close to cost, in order to drive media and content purchases,” he says.
Rumors are running rampant of Apple releasing an all-new Apple TV device at the company’s September 22, special event, being held off campus at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The event is assumed to focus on Apple’s new lineup of iPads, however, a major venue like this suggests something beyond a mere product refresh.
Specifics as to why Apple would need to revised Apple TV with all new hardware is unknown, but one possibility could be Apple's preparation to support 4K resolution. 4K, or UHD (Ultra High Definition), is essentially double the x and y axis resolution of the 1080p specification. Whether this resolution is in demand or not makes little difference, as major display manufacturers are making a major push to release the UHD displays this holiday season. If Apple delivers a 4K Apple TV with content from the iTunes store (albeit limited content), Apple will significantly differentiate itself from the other players in the industry, such as Roku or Google's Chromecast dongle solution.
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...
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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.