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Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis

July 31, 2012 at 11:46am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 1 Comment

Iphone_5_front_backLosers not withstanding, here are the top 10 reasons why Apple's forthcoming iPhone 5 will be a mega hit:

  1. Install Base: 250 million iPhones have been sold-to-date. Apple's own addressable market for iPhone upgrades is around 170 million.
  2. New Carriers: By far, Apple getting onboard with China Mobile's nearly 1 billion customer base will allow the iPhone 5 to explode in new sales. In the U.S., T-Mobile may finally have worked a deal with Apple, leaving no major carrier in the states without the coveted Apple device.
  3. Larger Screen: Those waiting for Apple to deliver a larger screen iPhone are likely to get their wish.
  4. LTE: It's all but a given that iPhone 5 will deploy 4G LTE.
  5. iOS 6 & iCloud: The new iOS brings features like FaceTime over carrier networks, and seamless iCloud syncing for many common documents. iCloud API's will be a boon for developers, making iOS 6 coupled with iCloud an attractive selling point.
  6. Design: iPhone 5 may stay within the design lines of the current iPhone, but it's going to be taller, thinner, with a new camera position and an edgy feeling non-glass back.
  7. Hardware: Beyond LTE, iPhone 5 is likely to see a new ARM-based quad-core chip set, increased memory for running apps, boosted graphics, improved cameras, better speaker-phone capabilities. and an all new dock connector. All told, a new iPhone from the inside out.
  8. Mass Production: Don't count on Apple being unable to meet iPhone 5 demand. It has been rumored that Apple has been manufacturing the iPhone 5 since late June. With FoxConn producing iOS devices in China and Brasil, coupled with Pegatron's production, the iPhone 5 is likely to be Apple's most ambitious world-wide launch of any product, by any company in history.
  9. Lack of Competition: Microsoft has failed with it's Nokia and Windows Phone 7 debacle. RIM is on its last legs. Samsung, LG and Motorola Mobility are fighting, but Samsung shot its best salvo with the Galaxy IIIS earlier this summer to avoid colliding with iPhone 5 this fall. All the momentum Samsung has had better be enjoyed while it lasts.
  10. Marketing: No company does it better than Apple. When the iPhone 5 launches, nary a stone will be left unturned that won't bear iPhone 5 graffiti. Everyone living between plant earth and the space station will now the iPhone 5 has arrived.

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July 30, 2012 at 12:54pm Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 0 Comments

Iphone_5Henry Blodget is at it again, throwing out his less than savvy reasoning as to why the iPhone 5 will be a big loser for Apple – because of it's looks. In Blodget's latest column, If The iPhone 5 Really Looks Like This, Apple May Be Screwed..., his "big idea" is that the iPhone 5 looks a lot like the iPhone 4S, which was virtually the same design as the iPhone 4, thus Apple's iPhone 5 will be a flop. Blodget's "logic" stops there.

Blodget ignores the fact that the iPhone 4S blew away smart phone sales figures, yet looked nearly identical to iPhone 4. But the ignorance continue. Blodget also seems unaware that the largest iPhone upgrade cycle in Apple's history will be this Fall, and avoids mentioning China's amazing growth story for Apple. "In short, the Galaxy feels like a next-generation phone." says Blodget. Sorry Henry, but truth be told, the Samsung Galaxy IIIs looks like a smashed down retread of the iPhone 3 and 3GS.

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July 28, 2012 at 10:14am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 0 Comments

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Episode 84: iPhone Bar Hopping: Mark, Karl and Werner talk about iPad Mini rumors, Mountain Lion launch date, 13-inch MBP retina display, Steve Ballmer claims to compete with Apple everywhere, Marisa Mayer leaves Google to head Yahoo!, and Microsoft and NBC split after 16 years on MSNBC joint venture.

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July 10, 2012 at 7:32am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 0 Comments

K1207_paluaThe function keys are rarely used by most programs on the Mac. So Apple added special commands for those keys instead. Users can control iTunes, display brightness, and launch Mission Control or LaunchPad. This has made those function keys much more useful.

For applications that use those function keys, there are several ways to get around these special functions. The Fn key can be used to switch between normal function keys and Apple’s function keys. With applications like Photoshop, using the fn key for function keys can create some weird shortcuts. How the fn is used can be controlled with the preference in the Keyboard System Preference panel. Yet, it would be nice to change the function key mode on they fly or be dependent on the current application. Now you can.

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July 09, 2012 at 1:43pm Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 5 Comments

If you are an IT professional and yet love the Mac OS, it's tough not to have a "real" Mac server in the line-up. While the Mac Mini Server is a nice choice for home use, it lacks the redundancy needed for business applications that can't afford downtime or to lose data because of hard drive or power supply failures. 

Mac Mini Colo - MacMiniColo.netRecently I had a conversation with Brian Stucki, owner of Mac Mini Colo, located in Las Vegas, NV. What his company has done with the Mac Mini Server it is very impressive. While his solution doesn't solve the redundancy issue, he has a nice setup for those who need to colo for a Mac Mini Server. He said the Mac Mini's reliability was great and has yet to see a power supply fail on any of the 1,000 plus Mac Mini Servers he's dealt with over the years.

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July 06, 2012 at 8:13am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 0 Comments

K1207-hd4000Apple updated both of it’s MacBook lineups during the WWDC, Apple’s developers conference this year. The big update this year is the addition of Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processor group. The Ivy Bridge processor is an updated version of the Sandy Bridge processor, which was in the previous MacBooks.

Intel also updated the integrated graphics processor that comes with the main Ivy Bridge processor. The new graphics processor is called the HD4000, which has replaced the HD3000. How much of a performance improvement is there between HD3000 and HD4000?

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July 04, 2012 at 12:42pm Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 0 Comments

Light Bright by HasbroEpisode 83: Light Bright for iPad: Mark, Karl and Werner talk about Bob Mansfield leaving Apple, Microsoft's proposed $40 Windows 8 upgrade pricing and why that makes their hardware partners mad, HP thinking about joining the Android train, the new iOS Podcast app, Modbook (it's baaack), Amazon 3D Mapping, new iPad with new screen, and Light Bright by Hasbro.

All this and much, much more in Episode 83: Light Bright for iPad.

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July 02, 2012 at 5:24pm Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 0 Comments

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