Apple is pitching the iPad as a powerful computing device. Many are asking if the iPad can be a computer replacement (try searching “ipad as a computer replacement” to get a better idea). Some people are actually dumping their computers in favour of the iPad, others are having trouble doing…
Being a troll these days seems to be popular and this is particularly true if the subject is Apple.
You know, here are a few things I want to bring on the table for discussion.
The question is not if Apple lost its edge or is not innovating anymore. That is a sure fact. Just look at the October 22th event where new iPads were announced. All that stuff was already known for months. No surprise at all. This is true for Maverick too and MacBook Pro. Why make an event for that? You tell me.
Apple is becoming more and more conservative on every front. Look at how long it takes before introduce new products? Now, it is basically becoming a yearly event. These events are now too much predictable.
The Touch ID sure would a made a great new feature of the iPad Air. But no, Apple decided to make it exclusive of the iPhone 5s. Why is that? Don’t tell me it is a production constraint issue. This is bulls***.
The main new “feature” or “surprise” of the October event was to make software upgrades free of charge (Maverick, iLife, iWork). That is it. No new cool feature at all. No nothing. Oh and by the way, iCloud on the web is a gimmick because I really don’t think people care about it. They prefer native apps by a long shot.
Apple isn’t proud enough of iWork ‘13 because they didn’t bother showing the software in action during the keynote. What a change from the Steve Jobs era.
Apple didn’t choose not to do low end device. They just cannot do it otherwise they will break their own business model. Plain and simple.
You see? This is so easy to be a troll. Especially with Apple.
Today, I’m proud to announce the immediate availability of the new Apple Health Index (AHI). This index is the compound sum of a set of criterias divided in four categories: finance, products, expectations, market landscape. Here is a brief summary of each category.
Apple is a public company and for this reason one cannot ignore the finance health of the company. So it is important to consider, not only the actual financial results but also perceptions of financial analysts by market analysts. Finally, Apple share price for the last 90 days is considered.
Apple is a product company. These products are divided in four lines: the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad and the Mac. These are physical products. The other side of this is the software that runs on them. This include services like iCloud or Maps or even online stores. The point here is to judge each product line freshness. Apple, in order to survive and thrive and stay competitive has to create new release of each of its products, in a timely fashion. If a product category line the iPhone just saw its entire line refreshed, the AHI will be higher. Relative importance of each product line is considered too relative to its revenue share.
No one can look at Apple without making a point about expectations. We all put a lot of pressure on Apple on every aspect of the company. We want fast innovation, we want new features, we hope for new product categories, etc. So, the AHI cannot be complete without any appreciation of current expectations. Expectations are found online, in press media, on social networks in the form of rumors, opinions, tech article about future products or new directions. As time goes by, we know to a certain degree when a product is due for a refresh. AHI takes this into account. The index value tends to be higher after new products are unveiled. On the eve of a major iPhone refresh, the value of the index is lower. This is expected behaviour of the index.
Ecosystem relative strength, general competitiveness of Apple in certain markets, new talents coming or leaving Apple, acquisitions, a general geek perceptions about Apple all help shape this category. As Apple keep pushing the envelop, there are higher chances of staying competitive or innovative and keep competitor far behind. Also, in 2012, the tech press was very critical about Apple and the general mood was very low. This is the kind of situation that could lower the value of the AHI.
Here is the Apple Health Index table in full details.
Tomorrow, I’ll publish the current AHI value. Stay tuned.
“And one last thought, circling back to the iPad Air and Mini. If the iPad Air and Mini are sort of like the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs, and there is no longer a model named just-plain “iPad”, does the iPad Air moniker set the stage for an iPad Pro? I’m thinking yes. Maybe not soon, but soon enough.”—
“Apple gives away software for free in exchange for your buying their hardware. This is not charity. It’s also in marked contrast to Google, who gives away software for free in exchange for selling your attention (and personal information) to advertisers.”—John Gruber
Is it me or Apple was kind of shy of showing updated iLife or iWork in action? Was it because, in reality, these upgrades are just redesigns and doesn’t warrant more time to show people how cool theses apps have become?
I wonder why Apple spent nearly an hour talking about the past (Mac OS X, MacBook Pro and Mac Pro) instead of focusing on the future (iPad, iOS software, services).
Is it all about specs and performance? Where is the cool factor now?
2013 has been an undeniably good year for smartwatch enthusiasts. From the successful Kickstarter project that gave birth to the Pebble to Samsung and Sony’s most sincere efforts to commercialize the category, the buyer’s choice has never been wider. And that trend’s only set to continue, with Nokia, Google, Apple, and Microsoft all actively eyeing the wearable device category.
Another market that is in need of a big disruption. Just like the mp3 players market was in 2001.
As reported by All Things D, the iPhone 5s is selling at a 2 to 1 ratio compared to the iPhone 5c. Some think this could spell trouble for Apple. But remember, when rumors of a lower cost iPhone was in the works at Apple, people were wary about this because it could put an end to high profit margins. Now the iPhone 5c is out and is not a low cost phone, people are wary because they think Apple is not addressing the lower end market. But the higher end iPhones are selling as fast as Apple can produce them… a product with higher profit margins. The bottom line is this: Apple will again make a truck load of money.
The only problem I see here is that Apple may have produced too much 5c and not enough 5s. This would lead to a worst than expected sales of iPhone for the next following weeks. Apple will adjust to this over time.
The iWatch won’t be easy to pull off. Even for Apple. The story seems to repeat itself: Apple will enter a market where others tried and failed, just like they did with the MP3 players market. But will they succeed?
I recently experienced a small epiphany: I think the never-ending worry about Apple’s future is a good thing for the company. Look at what happened to those who were on top and became comfortable with their place under the sun: Palm, Blackberry, Nokia…
In ancient Rome, victorious generals marched in triumph to the Capitol. Lest the occasion go to the army commander’s head, a slave would march behind the victor, murmuring in his ear, memento mori, “remember you’re mortal”.
This is part of Apple’s DNA too to think they are mortal.
Good screen comparison of an app under iOS 6 and iOS 7. The latter wins hands down.
Answer by Artem Vagner:
Hard to say. This article shows various screenshots of an app built both for iOS 6 and 7: iOS 7 Features That Will Affect Mobile App Development, and while I’m, personally, already missing many elements of iOS 6 style, this bold, shot-to-shot comparison convinces me that all the changes are really a step ahead.