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  • Apple's Laptop Opportunity [View article]
    At this point, I think the chances Apple's developers would move to ARM are quite good. Porting will be straight forward, and many developers have already been dealing with the biggest issues with their iPad and iPhone apps. In fact, I suspect they will get both Mac Apps and iPad apps ported over.
    Apr 17 05:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Is On The Right Path [View article]
    You are still not understanding the issue here.

    Apple isn't *using* QNX as a base. They've written a front end for QNX, Linux, and likely for Microsoft Sync as well. Apple is platform agnostic much in the same way Evernote is, they don't care what the underlying car OS is so long as it is able to connect well to the iPhone.
    Apr 6 11:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Will Continue To Dominate Set-Top Boxes [View article]
    The number of Super Bowl sundays you can download on Apple TV: Zero.

    I use the Apple TV exclusively for my entertainment needs, but for many of my friends not being able to watch the NFL is a deal breaker. It's not just the NFL either, there is HBO and Game of Thrones which at least for the moment requires a cable or dish subscription to activate... It doesn't matter how many shows you can watch on Apple TV, cable holds the keys to critical content which won't be available over streaming for years.

    I know there is a sizable and growing contingent of cord-cutters like me who will never pay for cable, but for many people paying $99 or more per month for content is worth it for the the 8-15 hours of entertainment which they couldn't get from Apple TV or Roku or whatever streaming service.
    Apr 6 11:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Will Continue To Dominate Set-Top Boxes [View article]
    Apple has a few star products—iPhone, iPad, Mac—and a lot of supporting players which add value to their star products—iTunes, Apple Retail, Aiport, Time Machine, etc—the AppleTV is the biggest of the supporting players. Whether it will ever be promoted to the role of being a star player isn't very clear.

    How does Apple move from a few million units a quarter to tens of millions of units? Even if it was tens of millions of units, the ASP is so low it's hard to imagine the Apple TV ever moving up to the big-leagues.

    The huge problem with set-top boxes is they are competing with cable and there is no way they can deliver the amount of content cable delivers in the near term.
    Apr 5 06:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple iWatch: A Big Deal Or Not? [View article]
    The bigger issue here is we have no idea what Apple is going to release. No one does. Informed speculation needs to have some basis in fact and thus far the general public has very very few. Maybe it will be some fitness device, maybe a watch... until they start production and things get into the very leaky Asian supply chains, it's likely no-one will.

    If they are releasing a dev kit for these then they'll probably announce it at WWDC in June.
    Apr 1 11:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: No To iWatch This Year [View article]
    Why do you need a watch to talk to then? Why not just an intelligent headset? Your earphone could whisper into your ear "Your wife is calling" or "It's your girlfriend" and you could tap a button on it to answer the call. In ear microphones don't have to separate ambient noise from your voice and you don't have to turn it way up so everyone hears your conversation. The watch is a crappy location for a device that interacts with your voice.

    It could also do crazy things like offer virtual hearing enhancements so you could go to an event and have your headphones tone down the noise of others around you and enhance the voices of the people you are speaking with. Heck, if two people had the same technology, they could have a conversation at a whisper in a loud crowded bar.
    Apr 1 10:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: No To iWatch This Year [View article]
    I tend to agree that bio feedback is more interesting than notifications, but neither has any sort of universal appeal. That's why I suspect any strategy from Apple isn't going to be a single device, it's going to be dozens of devices, many (most?) not made by Apple.

    It's pretty clear Apple is working on something with regards to wearable and that health and biometrics will be at the center of it. It's just less clear what exactly that is going to be. It's like the few months before the iPad was released where everyone "knew" Apple was releasing a tablet, but everyone assumed it was going to be something other than what it turned out to be.

    Only when we know what Apple's "wearable" thing is can we come up with some reasonable idea of whether it will be successful or not.
    Apr 1 07:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: No To iWatch This Year [View article]
    Maybe if the author had been advising Apple they'd have avoided releasing a few other products:
    - OSX (Competes with Windows)
    - The iMac (Competes with Dell/ HP/ Lenova)
    - The MacBook Air (Similarly)
    - The iPod (Competes with Sony, Panasonic, Creative, etc, etc)
    - The iPhone (Versus smartphone giants Nokia, Motorola, Sony Erikson)
    - The iPad (versus ASUS, Microsoft, Acer, Dell, etc)

    In fact, if Apple took the author's advice, they'd have been frozen with indecision for the past 15 years. Fighting heavyweights is what Apple does.
    Mar 31 03:49 AM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: No To iWatch This Year [View article]
    Umm... we don't even know there is going to be an "iWatch", let alone what features it might have.

    If the iWatch is little more than what Samsung and Google have put out with an Apple logo, then I'm inclined to agree, but I think you are a fool for assuming thats what they are going to create. Apple rarely enters a market head on, they enter at a tangent and attack a niche where no-one else is then stake out the high end before anyone else gets there.

    In a way, I agree with the top reply though, I honestly can't see a concept like Samsung or Google's watches appealing to a lot of people *regardless of the brand*. The iPad wasn't a netbook, but it competed directly against them and won, because they approached the market with a focus on the job to be done rather than focusing on the products which were doing the job. Similarly, the iPhone was different enough from existing smartphones that it stole the high end smartphone market.

    Personally.... I don't think Apple is releasing an iWatch, not because they are worried about losing the battle (what a joke), but because it's not a great market to enter.
    Mar 31 03:35 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Report: Apple holding music service talks, mulling Android iTunes app [View news story]
    Maybe. It's a slim reward for something that goes deeply against the grain of the way Apple does business.

    I just can't see Apple chasing whatever marginal revenue they would get from supporting Android when it effectively undermines part of the competitive advantage the iPhone has.

    Now if there were some other part aside from selling iTunes, then it's possible. Maybe they will build support for Apple TV into Android, which would help sell Apple TV. Even that seems unlikely though.
    Mar 24 02:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Report: Apple holding music service talks, mulling Android iTunes app [View news story]
    This rumor makes no sense.

    Apple isn't a streaming media company, the only reason Apple would sell software on android is if it somehow helped sell Apple hardware the way iTunes helped sell iPods and iPhones.

    What exactly is iTunes on Android helping Apple sell?

    Unless there is a reasonable answer to that question, it's just not going to happen. Apple's goal is to make great products... Not to become the biggest streaming media company.
    Mar 22 11:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Check Your Smartwatch: Apple Or Google? [View article]

    Perhaps the dumbest part:

    "Apple and Google's iWatch Comparison"

    One hasn't been released yet and the other may never be released. It's like comparing a unicorn to Bigfoot.
    Mar 19 12:46 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Leaked docs point to cheaper iPhone 5C [View news story]
    They aren't lowering the cost, they are creating a new lower priced option with half the memory. I think it's for the Chinese market, the 4s won't run on China mobile's network. This gives Apple a third price point for that market.
    Mar 18 03:40 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Is On The Right Path [View article]
    I have a lot of trouble reading through the factual errors in this.

    "The two major players in the car infotainment system are Microsoft and BlackBerry. Apple and Google have been preparing to move into this market since last year as the segment has huge potential to grow."

    Linux in cars is huge, GM, Toyota, Lexus, Jaguar, Nissan, Renault and other use Linux for at least some of their in car systems. Apple on the other hand isn't making an infotainment system, CarPlay sits atop other companies systems, essentially it's an app, and there's no indication they are making an actual operating system.

    It's hard to take an article like this seriously when the author doesn't even understand who the players are.
    Mar 14 05:28 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Windows Falls To Under 90%, OSX Over 8% - Implications? [View article]
    I tend to agree on Bing, it's the Rodney Dangerfield of search. There are some definite issues with both Bing and with Windows phone though, neither has managed to contribute meaningfully to Microsoft's bottom line and it's not clear they ever will. Windows phone in particular is somewhat troubled; without a significant developer Eco system, it's sort of the lame duck of the phone world. (Bing I can see being profitable eventually, I've been pretty happy with it save the irritating lack of decent date filters on search)
    Mar 11 05:43 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment