I can see people saying: this is only a bigger iPhone 5. Nice concept that shows how Apple could increase the device screen without increasing too much the device size which is a nice way of doing it IMHO.
Apple under Jobs was a roller coaster, but Cook’s operations fief was orderly and disciplined. Cook knew every detail in every step of the operations processes. Weekly operations meetings could last five to six hours as he ground through every single item. His subordinates soon learned to plan for meetings with him as if they were cramming for an exam. Even a small miss of a couple of hundred units was examined closely. “Your numbers,” one planner recalled him saying flatly, “make me want to jump out that window over there.”
Cook had made a particular point of tackling Apple’s monstrous inventory, which he considered fundamentally evil. He called himself the “Attila the Hun of inventory.”
Meetings with Cook could be terrifying. He exuded a Zenlike calm and didn’t waste words. “Talk about your numbers. Put your spreadsheet up,” he’d say as he nursed a Mountain Dew. (Some staffers wondered why he wasn’t bouncing off the walls from the caffeine.) When Cook turned the spotlight on someone, he hammered them with questions until he was satisfied. “Why is that?” “What do you mean?” “I don’t understand. Why are you not making it clear?” He was known to ask the same exact question 10 times in a row.
No one questions that Tim Cook’s leadership is vastly different from that of Steve Jobs. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s any easier to work for. This paints him as demanding, but in different ways.
The way I see this, it is really clear Tim Cook is not a product guy. Period. It’s all about numbers. Feelings? Certainly and He gave many demonstrations of having a lot. Somebody else at Apple must be a product guy.
I wonder if the iPhone 5c experiment was costly to Apple… they may have lost sales by not going low end enough. Maybe Apple did damage the brand a bit. But the innards of the iPhone 5c was just an iPhone 5 actually. They did research on plastic casing but they already knew how to do great plastic casing with the iPhone 3 et 3Gs. Was it costly for Apple to do the iPhone 5c?
It seems Apple acquired TestFlightApp. Good. I would consider this a small but very strategic acquisition. On a bigger scale, to complement Mr. Gruber, I still wonder why Apple isn’t looking into cloud storage like Dropbox or Box. This is lacking from iCloud and MobileMe had iDisk.
Making iTunes available for Android is like making it for Windows back in the days. Or maybe not. But I wonder if Apple wants it’s digital store to stay on top, how long will they be able to forgo Android.
Unless Jordan is leaving parts out, this is a dreadful story on his part. He got a job at Apple, started working under what he describes as an insulting, territorial boss, and left a month into it.
He doesn’t describe any instances of bringing up the problem to his boss, talking to fellow coworkers to see what the deal is, or, if need be, going to a superior. He just ran into a problem for a couple weeks, did nothing about it, then walked away.
This isn’t so much a story about a bad boss at Apple—hey, every company has ‘em—but a terrible example of how to deal with workplace conflict.
So, according to a Wall Street interview of Tim Cook, Mr Cook wasn’t surprised by Google selling Motorola. But What about Google buying Nest? No word on this subject.
Google got rid of Motorola because they couldn’t figure out a way to integrated them and build hardware based on Motorola’s work and talent. Now, they buy Nest, they get Tony Fedell who knows a lot about hardware.
It seems that the iPhone 6 main selling points could be all about the screen.
First, make it bigger. Say 5”. Second, make it highly resistant. Say with sapphire. Third, make it super high res. say like 2x current retina displays. Give it a name: Super Retina.
Make the device look smaller than current crops of similar 5” devices by minimizing bezels. Take advantage of the spacious inner space and maximize the battery. Forget about one hand operations as people who will be buying this device won’t care too much about this. Sell this puppy with one of these tag line:
"When bigger doesn’t mean too big. Here is the iPhone 6".
“For those who want it bigger. Here is the iPhone 6”.
“For those who want it all. The new iPhone 6”.
Apple won’t pay too much attention for single handed operations on big screen iPhones. In this category, I think people care for other issues like screen quality or resolution. They will give up single hand feature for this.
A report on Tuesday claims Apple has returned the discontinued iPhone 4 to production, though the three-generation-old handsets will be available only to very specific markets in India, Indonesia and Brazil.
I’ve been trying out Facebook’s latest app, Paper1, all day and thought I’d post some initial thoughts.
1) It’s very well done. Some of the design seems a bit heavy-handed at times, but it’s responsive and sleek.
2) I’ve already replaced the standard Facebook app on my phone with Paper. It has basically everything you need from Facebook except Events, which you have to assume is another one of the stand-alone apps they’re working on.
Intriguing idea from The Mac Observer today. How about running iOS applications on Mac OS computer? While this proposal seems interesting (suddenly Mac users get access to thousands of new apps on their desktop), this pauses a few critical issues.
There is no Mac right now with touch screen. I’m far from certain that using iOS applications with the mouse offers the best user experience. Second, even if the solution was to use the track pad, this would create user interaction consistency issues. Running an application inside the iPhone simulator for development and testing purposes is one thing, but for a much longer and period is quite another.
So this marriage didn’t worked out. Google wanted to make Android to circumvent as possible monopoly. The thing is Samsung is clearly headed this way as one major provider of Android devices. Is Google happy with this? I’m not sure. Now the plan seems to sell Motorola to a serious player like Lenovo in order to help create some competition against Samsung. We’ll see how things play out in the next year or two.
“Taking the iPhone 6 to a larger screen size, whether it’s 4.3- or 5-inches or somewhere in between, would also make for a better mainstream product. The world now isn’t as it was in 2007, when smartphones sucked and people had to rely on a desktops or laptops as their primary computing devices. Now we have smartphones as powerful as desktops and laptops were back then, but also far, far more accessible. There are people, both in established and in emerging markets, who need a phone, but also need it be their primary computing device. Not only don’t they want to carry laptops around with them, they don’t even want to carry tablets.”—
Apple’s hardware-oriented corporate culture has been responsible for delays that have plagued the rollout of the company’s automotive strategy, a new report suggests.
I find the report doubtful. Apple is not only an hardware company but a software company. There is no doubt about that. I don’t understand why having to built a variant of iOS in the car is not fitting. Maybe dealing with cars companies isn’t easy and is the real source of the delays.
But to me, iOS is the car is as important as the Apple TV is for the living room. Cars are more and more sophisticated and we spend a lot of time in them. Extending the reach of iOS in this environement seems a natural fit to me. This is another piece of the ecosystem surrounding iOS, iPhones and iPads.