Monday, April 11, 2016

Finding a sweet spot for the price of the Apple Watch Sport

Courtesy: Apple

Apple is estimated to have sold 10.6 million of its Apple Watch in 2015.  That's a lot of wearables.  But, the device is nowhere near ubiquitous compared with the iPhone, the iPad or even the Mac.  I don't know many people who own and wear the Apple Watch everyday.

Recently, Apple dropped the price for its Sport models by $50.  That's a good start in finding a fiscal sweet spot for the device.  But, I think Apple can do more.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Back to 4"

Photo courtesy: Apple

Although I'm perfectly fine with my 18-month-old iPhone 6 Plus, I'm recommending the "new" iPhone SE to some of my friends who have an iPhone 5s.

It's basically an iPhone 6s tucked into a 5s minus 3D Touch.  In addition to a beefier processor and a much-improved camera, the SE comes with Apple Pay functionality, Live Photos support and a much faster Touch ID experience.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

To 4.7" or 5.5"?

The rumors on the new iPhone 6 are pointing to two new sizes this fall.  The iPhone 5/5s saw the screen size increase from 3.5" to 4".   The new screen sizes are supposedly 4.7" and 5.5".  With my disdain for extremely large phones (e.g. Galaxy Note, Mega), at one point I was dead set on getting a 4.7" iPhone.  But, the rumors have me really thinking about getting the 5.5" version.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

IBM chooses Apple for mobile enterprise

"If for some reason, we make some giant mistakes and IBM wins, my personal feeling is that we are going to enter sort of a computer Dark Ages for about 20 years.  Once IBM gains control of a market sector, they almost always stop innovation. They prevent innovation from happening."

- Steve Jobs, 1985 interview with Playboy magazine

Thirty years after the 1984 Super Bowl ad that imagined a bleak future with IBM in control, Apple has formed an exclusive partnership with IBM to bring enterprise solutions to the iPhone and iPad.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is no stranger to IBM.  He was IBM's North American Fulfillment director for its personal computer business for 12 years.

Apple has worked with IBM before.  From 1995 to 2005, Macintosh computers and laptops were built on the PowerPC architecture.

But, as you can see from the Steve Jobs quote, Apple and IBM have been fierce competitors.  Somewhere along the line, Microsoft replaced IBM as Public Enemy #1.  In Apple's mobile phone era, Google became a target after purchasing and developing a competing mobile operating system, Android, while then-CEO Eric Schmidt was still on the Apple board.  After Samsung scored hits with the Galaxy SII and SIII, Apple focused on the South Korean company.

IBM announced in 2004 that it would be selling its PC division to Lenovo.  While Microsoft, Google and Samsung are still competitors, IBM hasn't been competing in the consumer hardware or software industries for years.

It's interesting that at a time when Apple is about to introduce at least one new product category, as Tim Cook has promised, that a deal like this can still be done.  The iPhone and iPad, without plan or design, took over enterprise as employees brought in their own devices, like myself.  Even though none of this was planned by Apple, the Cupertino company is ready to take full advantage of the current situation at the workplace.

So, when can I replace Outlook at work?

Monday, June 2, 2014

iOS 8 & OSX Yosemite

Where do I start?  The keynote at the 2014 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is now my favorite among the keynotes in recent years.   There were no new hardware announcements.  After all, this is a keynote for a software developers conference.  I already knew that the split screen multitasking function rumored for the iPad would not be ready for WWDC.  And, still, I think this was the most game changing keynote in a long time.

Let's recap.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Apple WWDC 2014 Logo Hint

I'm back!

The last time I blogged here, I got my MacBook Air.  I still have that MacBook Air and it's still the most reliable computer that I own.  I actually just got a new Asus tower.  While 16GB of RAM and 2 TB of onboard HD space are nice, Windows 8.1 has a lot of quirks that I have to get used to.  At least Windows has an app store, albeit it doesn't have the variety of apps that Google or Apple have.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

We have Air...

I bought a brand-new MacBook Air in early July, mainly for work.  Having an iPhone is great and the iPad is really nice.  But, for my work, I need a computer with a mouse for the program I'm using.  And I need it to be mobile.  And Windows 7 on my desktop has been giving me problems.

I've always wanted a Mac somewhere in my arsenal and it seemed like a great time to add it.  I've resisted a laptop all these years because of the bulk and how heavy it can be.  Netbooks are nice but I also want the power to edit video and other advanced features.  Software is a little easier to get and  sometimes a lot cheaper on the Mac App Store.

This blog's name is not going to change.  I think a number of people do admirably well in the Mac arena and I'm a newbie.  But, I do welcome the change.  I'm also not in a hurry to upgrade to Mountain Lion.  But, I did send in for my free download.

I'm still a PC guy.  I don't think that will ever change.  But, I like having another ecosystem to pull from.

Picture courtesy of Apple