Apple released iOS 6 today. Apple’s servers are functioning nicely. You can plug your iPhone into iTunes and click “Check for Update” or go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone. Along with a slew of apps updated for the new iPhone and IOS 6 . Also released Mac Os 10.8.2 and 10.7.5 for those not on Mountain Lion
With Apple changing the design of the iPod Nano and what looks to be a modified version of IOS could it be that Apple will be introducing an iWatch with capabilities to interface with the iPhone and iPad? I think there exists a very strong possibility.
Apple may see a market to populate these devices with custom apps like weather, exercise pedometers, email, twitter and text monitors, health apps, remote controls and Siri interface to control it all. This is a market Apple could really get into especially design wise. I can see Jony Ive having a lot of fun designing a “Fashion Accessory ” combined with a separate SDK allowing third parties to develop apps for it, this could be very interesting.
The technology of Star Trek and Dick Tracy may finally be upon us.
Today’s verdict justly comes on the anniversary of Steve Jobs voluntarily stepping down from his leadership role @ Apple. This issue with competitors was a chief concern for Apple’s CEO and I am sure he would be very pleased with this victory. The California jury decision is not only a win for Steve Jobs and Apple, it is a win for all American businesses that value the ideals of true and fair competition. Samsung’s distasteful public statement after the verdict is only further proof that Samsung just does not get it. Ingrained in their company’s culture is the concept that competing in business is only a matter of efficient production irregardless of the products origin, environmental concerns or working conditions. Apple plays by the rules agreed upon by international business and so should Samsung. While most Pacific Rim corporations follow a business model of copying other companies innovation and reproducing a less expensive version, Samsung has deliberately crossed the line by stealing trusted information from their own client and using it to compete against their own client.
“The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.
”Click on the links below for two previous columns and a more in-depth analysis.
Apple Set Top Box circa 1995 thx to Shrine of Apple
Apple Inc. has been sitting or the fence when it comes entering our living rooms with a television solution. The problems involved have been huge hurdles to get over. Yesterday we were informed that Apple had been granted a patent for a television channel guide UI software. This got me thinking about which way Apple may be heading and the more I think about it the more I see Apple’s fingerprints all over the place. Follow me here , this could be the Game Changer we have all been looking for! Continue reading “Can Apple untie this Gordian Knot we call Television ? I think I see the answer!” »
Those that follow my work know that I have been predicting that Microsoft is going to follow Apple’s lead and go vertical (click link below). With that in mind, Microsoft would need to develop it’s own distribution channel , I think the boys from Redmond should take a look at Radio Shack to quickly satisfy their needs. Below I attempt to make my case.
Apple Inc. of Silicon Valley has declared war on “The Copyists”, their name for companies they believe have illegally appropriated Apple developed Technology. Many pundits think Apple is being over aggressive in their reaction and should just keep competing. Below I try to lay out Apple’s reasons and point out why this is an important business move but their selection of recipients is personal. Continue reading “When Apple litigates, it’s Personal and it’s Business!” »
This image in no way represents any product from Apple , instead I have added it to attract readers attention.
As a company Apple Inc. can be seen as sporting a Cheshire smile from ear to ear , Why you might ask , because they have been able to pull off their greatest product deception since , well, The original iPhone introduction. Read below to see I how believe Apple will surprise everyone with its new product.
Its been a little while since Microsoft introduced its answer to the iPad and there are still many questions that have gone unanswered. I subtitle this blog a holistic view of tech for good reason, our thoughts on this piece of hardware are best viewed thru the big picture lens.
Although Microsoft left out a lot of important answers today, they did point the company in a new direction today, a direction I have been predicting for months. Today Microsoft enters the ring against Apple with two new tablets
“Anyone with any computer experience knows this OS is a dud, a red herring in drag. Microsoft however seems to be betting that their clients will not look too closely”
Sigmund Freud and the sinking of the Titanic
Although Microsoft makes lots of money in a lot of different ways, their core business is built upon its ability to license the Windows OS, everything stems from that. Without that solid base stability its structure will begin to collapse. The same fact holds true for Microsoft’s newly designated nemesis, Google, whose existence is built on its search engine business. Below I layout what I see as Microsoft’s survival strategy . Continue reading “Windows/ Metro 8, Microsoft’s desperate strategy for Survival, Revealed!” »
– Liquidmetal Body: thermoformed on a single plane, no junctions needed;
– Screen with double alkali-aluminosilicate sheet glass;
– 4.3″ Retina Display with In-Cell technology;
– A6 Quad Core processor;
– Rear Camera: 10.0 Megapixel, f/2.4, 1080p Full HD video at 30 frame/s;
– Front Camera: 2.0 Megapixel (VGA), 480p VGA video at 30 frame/s;
– Rear motion sensor;
– Top pico-projector to beam photos and videos on any surfaces;
– Slim design for an edge-to-edge thinner profile;
– New slim-dock connector;
– Fully Capacitive Home Button
It would appear that we are at a reaching point of useful new features in IOS. At least ones I can name off the top of my head, However with all new technology we can not predict what Apple or other parties have dreamed up. For now this is my wish list for IOS 6. Not necessarily in order of priority order. tv
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Junk Mail Control (I know theoretically it should not need it , but a lot still gets thru). No
Group Email (oh do I need a good group email function for address book) No
More control of address book functions (like manipulation of contacts into groups) No
NFC for Electronic Payments (let’s get started with it tied to iTunes account). Yes, Passport
Tab key on the keyboard (what’s up with that). Maybe
APIs for the notification center, (I miss Weather and Stocks in my iPad notification center) No
Ability to delete Apple apps that are no longer used (some of these Apple needs like address book but others like stocks they do not). No
Signatures, multiple. Yes!!!
rebirth of the bounce feature in mail (why did they drop that anyway). No
Ability to attach files and photos from within an email. Yes!!!
Over all Apple only hit 3 out my 10 wishes for IOS 6, Not Great
“Our job is to ensure our silicon is so compelling, in terms of running the Mac better or being a better iPad device, that as they make those decisions they can’t ignore us,” Otellini said.
The problem for Intel is two fold, First; this happens only if Apple is able to customize Intel’s chip to their specifications in order to maintain its dominance over competitors. Many reviewers neglect to credit Apple’s customized chips for the smooth user experience Apple can create by this process. Android like the Windows platform suffers from lowest common denominator approach to satisfy the many hardware accommodations needed to support their system. Second: Currently Apple’s ARM processors are produce by its untrustworthy manufacturer Samsung. Apple knows enough not to put all it’s eggs in one basket the beauty of ARM is that Apple can choose from many manufacturers, their problem encounter with Samsung is one of huge supply, Apple is working boldly to help other producers come up to speed, see related post below Maybe Intel can be trusted but they would have to supply a very compelling product, which I think is what Otellini is referring to. tv