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  • Apple: More Data On The iOS/Android Struggle [View article]
    @wil

    The problem with the rt is it should never have been offered. While it is compatible with nokia windows , it is not with the vast majority of windows machines.

    It's existence puts the lie to the whole windows brand. To wit, a windows machine can run millions of applications all the way down to dos 1.0. Obviously with a different op code this is not the case.

    The whole point of windows mobile is the branding of a single platform. So while you may laugh at the clueless Apple users, you should really be taking Microsoft to task. By having mobile on one chipset and desktops on another it fragments the platforms, confuses its message and confuses its users. The same happened with win 8 which its traditional user base has rejected.

    Microsoft's current strategy is more sane as it plays to its strengths.
    Mar 2, 2015. 10:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: More Data On The iOS/Android Struggle [View article]
    @upatnite2

    I reread my post and do not see frog protection or fraud protection. Yes. Windows as the monopoly desktop is the largest target for viruses and Apple with a small percentage of desktops does not get the attention.

    But Apple with about 100m mobile devices a year would be a target and I don't have to worry as much because of the architecture.

    You mention some use cases and certainly printing off mobile can be a pain. Other than orientation I don't fiddle with print controls much.

    If you step back I don't think android or iOS has killed windows. SAAS has. The web has been around for a long time, but only recently have the pipes become fat which enables truly distributed computing. This property detaches your data from the os/file system. Since these new services rely on a port and tcp/ip all you need is a browser or app to access your data.

    Like I said it is about use cases, many will still need a pc, many do not. As time goes on processes will be created to fill the holes in mobile till there are no advantages to using a PC.

    You can use a TV as a bigger screen. There are bluetooth keyboards, etc
    Mar 1, 2015. 06:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: More Data On The iOS/Android Struggle [View article]
    Rattyuk
    I wasn't asking pimust about Apple vs microsoft, that would be unfair.

    I am curious about surface vs other manufacturer windows tablets since his comment was microsoft takes the high end of the market and others the low end.

    I suspect microsoft sells 90+% of windows branded tablets making his thesis moot. It would mean Microsoft is the windows tablet market ( as well as phone ) and so the strategy of windows everywhere fails as the assumption that people want windows on all their computing devices is false.
    Feb 28, 2015. 09:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet: The Rematch [View article]
    @jlabadie1

    No we are not. However when microsoft and Apple get called on privacy issues they fix it because they are not mining your data for profit. When Google gets called out they ignore you.

    Just look at the financial statement.

    A company is all about making money. How do these 3 make their money. That tells you all you need to know about motivation.
    Feb 27, 2015. 11:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: More Data On The iOS/Android Struggle [View article]
    @pimust

    On a percentage basis, how many microsoft tablets are sold vs others? I am curios what the ratios are to value your thesis.
    Feb 27, 2015. 06:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: More Data On The iOS/Android Struggle [View article]
    @pimust

    If you are separating iOS devices as phone and tablets will you do the same with windows? Namely desktop, laptop, server, phone?

    If not the ios and android trajectory is up, not declining.
    Feb 27, 2015. 06:52 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: More Data On The iOS/Android Struggle [View article]
    @upatnite2

    I think we generally agree on the lay of the land but have different interpretations of what that means.

    Fundamentally I think it derives from use cases. You seem to value the windows platform for what it does for you while I do not attribute the same value.

    I rarely pick up my windows machine because it is a cost. The cost of patching every time I pick it up, the cost of virus scans to check for health, etc. I have no real use for excel, word, etc as I use that at work. I have windows 8 on a non touch laptop and hate it. There are more steps to do the same thing on an out of the box windows 8 machine than on the same windows 7.

    While I think windows is the standard in the enterprise and there are those who have powerful use cases for personal use tablets and phones seem to be taking the same path as pc's, namely in the beginning pc's were deemed not good enough by the incumbants. As time went by pc's gained more and more functionality to the point where they became the primary machine for the enterprise regardless of the backend they use. I think the same trajectory will occur in mobile computing. The disparate parts will gradually be stitched together to fill the holes that now exist until mobile becomes the only computing platform that 90% of computer users work with.
    Feb 27, 2015. 06:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Real Importance Of The Apple Car Project [View article]
    And Apple had no chance against established Giants like Nokia and Motorola in mobile.

    Cars are changing. Not now, but soon. Cars used to be a gas engine with 4 wheels and a skin. Cars will be a battery with an electric engine and self driving or at least driver assist. More and more software is embedded in cars.

    Who is better at software BMW or Apple? Who has the tightest most efficient assembly line in the world?
    Feb 24, 2015. 11:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: More Data On The iOS/Android Struggle [View article]
    @upatnite2

    Ok. Let's figure this out. Mobile ( tablets and phones ) are outselling PC's by a large margin. What does this mean.

    It means pc's are yesterday's news. The primary computing platform is android and iOS. Windows has an ever shrinking pie. Yes they still sell around 300m/yr of those things but as a share of global consumer computing the 300m is a minority of the platforms.

    So how does this relate to the surface pro 3? While it may be a great machine to run windows 8 or 10 or 50, who cares? In the world today the dominant share of computing is not windows and not windows applications.

    The dominant computing environment is mobile/social.

    Why is microsoft unlinking it's best applications from windows? Because they see the numbers everyone else sees. If they keep the traditional linkage of office with windows they will sell neither office nor windows.

    I am not arguing that windows as a platform will go away. What I am saying is windows as a platform ( and the applications tied to windows ) is not the environment of the future. Nadella sees this which is why he released a touch centric version of Word for iOS first, then Android and only later for windows mobile.
    Feb 24, 2015. 11:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Real Importance Of The Apple Car Project [View article]
    I like your thoughts.

    The car doesn't work though.

    Apple tends to create hardware as a platform for the software. Having Ford own the car means they can replace you. I don't think Apple would want to be in that position. Google created Android so they can't be replaced
    Feb 22, 2015. 12:39 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple On Privacy, Security And Identity [View article]
    @barantos

    Ios - while technically not invented from scratch, the os was built with mobile in mind. Apple has spent the better part of 5 years trying to bring os x and ios closer together

    YouTube app - the original YouTube app was created by Apple not Google.

    WebKit - Apple provided this stack to open source which virtually all mobile browsers use as a base.

    Apple pay - Apple worked with the card companies to build a mobile payment system correctly

    Any iPhone. While no man is and island, the iPhone is original and unique. The processor is Apple designed, while a variation on ARM there is much unique design from Apple. The body, the screen tech, gestures, etc.
    Feb 22, 2015. 06:56 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Electric Vehicle Opportunity [View article]
    Interesting article. If your numbers are correct regarding margins, etc I can see Apple doing cars. My impression was cars don't make much money. My question is if cars are so lucrative how come bmw, Mercedes, etc are not in the conversation with Apple, Google, Microsoft , Exxon ,etc as far as revenue and profitability?
    Feb 21, 2015. 06:39 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Real Importance Of The Apple Car Project [View article]
    I think you are generally correct.

    Apple needs to invest to understand the possibilities. A car can be a platform for other things. In the future if we have driverless cars what will we do? Apple can provide those services to entertain us while we get to where we are going. That is why I think Apple is playing with cars, not to sell you the car but to provide the systems in the car.

    Similarly Apple probably doesn't want to be a first solar. They probably don't want to be in the infrastructure game, but solar is the future. You need to discover more efficient ways to convert electricity to provide power for things. Iot is in its infancy. We don't know yet what the future will bring.

    Did we know apps like ubur would be built when the iPhone was introduced? No. But Apple built a platform that allowed spotify, ubur and others to grow.
    Feb 21, 2015. 06:31 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Winning The Profit Battle, Losing The Smartphone War [View article]
    I dont understand your distinction of official vs unofficial android

    Official android is those products not China and not Amazon. Everyone else is official android if they want to sell phones.

    Your whole platform argument is about official android. Those are the devices that can run youtube and Google maps. If you are android and you can't run Google you don't sell.
    Feb 15, 2015. 12:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Winning The Profit Battle, Losing The Smartphone War [View article]
    Sorry pauloI think you are going too far.

    If they don't make money no one will invest. Amazon doesn't make money but Wall Street inexplicably bankrolls them for a decade anyway.

    Google of course makes money on search and so can continue to invest in platforms that don't really work.

    At what point will the bankrupt phone makers exit the market? That is the real question.
    Feb 15, 2015. 12:36 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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