7/15/2015: Apple introduced an updated iPod line today. On the good side, lots of power bringing it up to iPhone 6 specs with a new 64bit A8 processor, access to Metal for gamers, M8 Motion Processor for fitness benefits and a 8 megapixel camera with stabilization. Overall 6x speed inprovements 10x Graphics compared to predecessor.Starting at $199 for 16gig five colors Space gray, blue, gold, pink, and silver as well as a Product Red option.
Under missed opportunities: As my readers know, I do feel vindicated, barely, although Apple did finally update its iPod line supporting my prediction, they have not chosen to increased its screen size (hoping for 7″) to better facilitate gaming nor have they increased its audio quality along the lines of Neil Young’s Pono player. Both moves I believed would have reinvigorated the line, ignited the Apple Music (Beats) brand and disrupted the hand held gaming market.
Oh Well 😎
Check out Jim Dalrymple’s of Loop Insight for more details here
What’s up with Apple’s seemingly strange decision to design and stock third party accessories in Apple designed packaging?
Click on this image to read Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac.com post on this
I think I may have an answer
If you remember back in April 2015, Apple announced that in conjunction with, and to be managed by,The Conservation Fund they were purchasing two Forests totaling 36,000 acres one in North Carolina and another in Maine .
Here is Apple’s Linda Jackson on Apples intention with it’s purchase at the time.
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental initiatives and former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, told BuzzFeed News that the company managing its own supply chain — rather than buying pulp from outside vendors — represents a massive step forward.
“Imagine if every time you opened a package from a company you knew that it came from a working forest. And imagine if companies took seriously their paper chain and made sure that was renewable, just like energy. And imagine if they didn’t just buy renewable paper, but took the step of ensuring that they would stay working forests forever.”
Read my earlier post here
By bringing in outside vendors and enticing them with special placement in Apples’s retail Stores in exchange for utilizing Apple’s sustainable Forest for sourcing their packaging Apple may be moving this initiative forward. A Win Win for all.
Just a Guess !