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  • The New iPad Event Rundown [View article]
    > I thought the PC was dead?

    Only for people who don't need to do real productive work. :)
    Mar 7, 2012. 03:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The New iPad Event Rundown [View article]

    The iPad is notoriously difficult to be productive on. It's great for information consumption, but not so great for production. Yes you /can/ make documents, presentations, videos, etc -- but it takes you a lot longer than if you were on a desktop computer.

    Any advice about productivity typically begins with "buy a bluetooth keyboard" -- at which point you're almost certainly better off with a laptop.

    And the lack of a mouse makes the device very clumsy for detailed work like CAD, graphic design, etc. And of course a 9" screen is still pretty small -- most professionals have 2 large monitors at their desks these days, because it really can make you much more productive.

    No, I think the desktop computer (whether a Windows PC or a Mac), is still safe for a good long time.

    And by the way, there are already adapter cables for the iPad that will output to HDMI, DVI, or VGA. $30 in the Apple store.
    Mar 7, 2012. 03:21 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Apple's iPhone, iPad Duo Spur an Enterprise Halo Effect? [View article]
    This is another one of those areas where Apple gets a wildly irrational free pass.

    I don't know why it doesn't scare the hell out of businesses to be tied to only one vendor, only one network (in the U.S.), a proprietary OS, a proprietary hardware platform, no hardware options, etc. And all at a higher cost.

    Insert any other name but "Apple" and decisions like that make absolutely no business sense.

    Oh well. I guess that's what they mean by "magical."
    Jul 21, 2010. 01:26 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Get a Grip on the iPhone 4 Antenna Issues [View article]
    I'm flattered.

    I consider my "confliction" to simply be part of being objective.

    You see, I'm a techie. I like to own gadgets I can tweak. I like to do whatever I darn well please with products I purchase with my money. Thus far, I am not Apple's target audience, so I don't buy their products. I've been waiting for them to make a phone that can do everything my HTC Star Trek could do in 2005. The iPhone 4 looked like it had finally caught up with the things I actually value in a smartphone (tethering, sort-of-multitasking, etc). And yet, there's these issues....

    As a techie consumer, I see Apple as having a lot of potential for me. I'm hopeful. I don't mind paying a premium for quality, as long as it comes with flexibility, functionality, and openness too. Apple is /almost/ there for me. And I very much want them to get there. Call it jealousy, if you like.

    But now for the objective part.

    I'm also an investor. While I don't much like Apple as a consumer (at least not yet), I love them as a stock. They know how to rake in the profits. This isn't hard, profit is profit. I'm not ethically opposed to owning AAPL like I would be to owning, for example, BP or GS, so I own AAPL. I just don't own their products yet.

    Apple products aren't for everyone. AAPL stock is. (Well, it was; I wouldn't buy more now...but I'm not selling either.)
    Jul 14, 2010. 10:50 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Get a Grip on the iPhone 4 Antenna Issues [View article]
    Press conference Friday:

    Maybe they'll offer to do right by customers with major signal issues...or maybe they'll tell everyone to stop whining.

    We'll find out soon!
    Jul 14, 2010. 10:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Get a Grip on the iPhone 4 Antenna Issues [View article]
    > it just needs people to use a bit of common sense

    No, sorry, they're not getting off that easy.

    Sure, most people use case -- or should for damage protection.

    But let's be honest, Apple touts their DESIGN prowess as much as their product quality.

    If you hold the phone in your left hand, as most right-handed people (90% of the population) would so they can use their right hand for the touchscreen, then you'll almost certainly bridge the Gap of Signal Death with the palm of your hand, and kiss your data speeds goodbye.

    This is a huge design oversight on the part of Apple's engineers. If there's a gap at all, it should have been at the top, where almost no one touches the phone.

    Sure, the workaround is easy, but good design means you shouldn't need a workaround.
    Jul 14, 2010. 05:58 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Get a Grip on the iPhone 4 Antenna Issues [View article]
    Some of these issues sound like manufacturing problems -- like if you're dropping calls even when holding the phone The Steve Jobs Way, or if your touchscreen isn't well calibrated, you should take it back.

    For the "not blacking out" thing though, there are many articles saying that the proximity sensor sometimes needs to be reset, which you can do yourself.
    Jul 14, 2010. 05:32 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Get a Grip on the iPhone 4 Antenna Issues [View article]
    You're all wildly missing the point.

    1) This is a PR issue. Apple markets itself as perfection, as "it just works." When it doesn't just work, and let's be honest, nothing's perfect, they sweep it under the rug as best they can. They've failed to do that here.

    2) Apple has now blatantly lied to its customers, twice. First they said there's no problem ("Try not holding it in that way"). Then they said there was no signal loss, it was just a software display problem, and it's been repeatedly proven that it's a hardware issue. This reeks of sleazy salesmanship -- which is the opposite of what Apple's reputation is built on.

    Overall, this is one more example of Apple experiencing growing pains.

    They are transitioning from a small market share of loyal customers, to a much larger, much broader, much more diverse user base with much more diverse priorities and habits.

    What's the result? More problems get found in software since more people are using it, hardware manufacturing variances have bigger impacts since more people are buying it, and more security issues arise since more hackers now think you're actually worth targeting.

    They'll come out of it, but don't sit here and pretend it's not a big deal -- it is. It's a tarnish on their record, and their record is what sells their products.

    Would I short the stock? No. Stuff is still selling well. But I just...don't like them as much anymore after this. It's a reasonable situation that they're handling in an unreasonable way. I expected much better of them, and they disappointed me.

    They won't lose me as a shareholder -- numbers are numbers, after all -- but they might lose me as a customer.
    Jul 14, 2010. 05:06 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Get a Grip on the iPhone 4 Antenna Issues [View article]
    Um...the hedge funds /are/ the masses -- 72% of AAPL is institutionally owned:
    Jul 14, 2010. 04:10 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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