On Apple’s earnings call, Tim Cook directly addresses concerns surrounding iPad. Notably, he calls out Office as helping iPad sales somewhat but ‘frankly’ admits that Microsoft should have released Office for iPad sooner…
Hey, Microsoft wanted to make it right… better later but right than sooner and shit I guess…
This seems to be big news today. First, developers, don’t worry. People who weren’t developers but wanted to try out betas of OS X could do it anyway. This will be easier for them now. Second, this opening on Apple’s part isn’t a guarantee that they will do the same for OS X 10.10. Third, I understand that submitting clear and meaningful bug reports is not an easy task. But saying the general public cannot provide great feedback is a bit condescending. I’m happy to see Apple opening the process a bit more.
Apple still makes money without a music subscription service. But, I cannot refrain from thinking that the current model of owning music is less and less relevant to the users. So, is iTunes business becoming more and more based on the past?
I think Apple has to augment iOS in order to bring it closer to the desktop feature set and hope to push the iPad higher. But I also think that, mobile phones are the real takers here and that the tablet won’t be as large as the smartphone industry is.
Yesterday night, we had many people at my house for easter. One of the invitee came in with its new Android phone. I asked him to have a look at it. Then, I asked him if he could get to his voice messages because we tried to reach him all day long without any succes. It happens that this new Android user (he used to have a flip phone before) just didn’t know how to get to his voice mail. Nor did he know how to configure his new phone for anything. But he was a proud owner of a smartphone, just as good as the iPhone (in his own words).
Today, I went to a local mobile shop in order to get my iPad on a new data plan. While I was waiting in line, a couple in front of me was looking to get an iPhone. The girl asked what would be the cost of the phone. The salesman replied, 80$ for the 16 gigs iPhone 5c. She replied that she expected the phone to be free on contract. So the salesman replied, no problem, here are a bunch of “other smartphones” that will cost 0$ but will be as good as the iPhones or even better (bigger screens). He was, after all, a well informed person as he was a proud owner of a Nexus 5. The girl asked her boyfriend if this was ok with him. He said, yeah, why not. They settled for an HTC I think (I could see the device he chose). So the salesman filled in all the papers and near the end of the process he stared to do some upsale. He suggested the couple to get earbuds as the phone didn’t come with it. Then, he suggested to get a charger for the car. He couldn’t sell a case as the phone was “so new”, he didn’t have them yet. The couple ended up buying.. 80$ of accessories, for an Android smartphone. Obviously, they didn’t care what the smartphone really was in itself and they weren’t very good at maths obviously.
What can be concluded from all this? First, I cannot generalize but I have a feeling that sellers of smartphones are really pushing Android phones just because they can, whatever the customer really needs. I also understand that these two new Android users are just worthless to the ecosystem. They will probable end up making phone calls, Facebook and that’s about it. These two Android users are prime examples of why Android has become what it is. And this is a place where there is no sustainability for Apple in the long term.
Samsung’s problems, meanwhile, will be more difficult to address, as you can tell by spending some time with the S5. One of its major new features is a fingerprint-sensor meant to let you unlock your phone without typing a passcode, a feature Apple introduced on the iPhone 5S last year. I don’t fault Samsung for copying Apple’s fingerprint idea, just as I won’t fault Apple for copying Samsung when it makes a bigger phone. Fingerprint unlocking is a good idea, and more phones should have it.
But I do fault Samsung for the slipshod manner in which it introduced fingerprint scanning. I’ve been using the iPhone’s fingerprint sensor for the last six months, and it has worked about nine times out of 10 for me. The Galaxy S5’s finger sensor is unusable. It has failed to recognize my finger just about every time I have tried it. It has been so terrible that the sensor feels more like a marketing gimmick than a legitimate feature.
I’ll just reiterate: I understand why Samsung felt like they needed to include this feature in their new phone. But why on Earth would they let such an inferior product actually ship? In what way does it benefit them to have something so broken on the market? in fact, it must hurt them. Right?
So, in a word: I prefer the way Apple innovate over the Samsung way.
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I like the idea of having Shazam technology built right into iOS. What I don’t like is the idea of having to invoke Siri to ask “what song is playing”. In many environment where we hear a song and want to know what is playing, Siri couldn’t even understand what we are asking because of a loud environment (a bar for example). I can see a much easier way to invoke Shazam: from within the Control Center by touching a mic button on directly on the lock screen, just like the camera button. Finally, just like John Gruber asked: why not buy Shazam altogether?
Understanding that innovation requires passing a market test and that passing that test is immensely rewarding both for the creator and for society at large means that we can focus on how to make it happen. Obsessing over the mere novelties or inventions means we allocate resources which markets won’t reward. Misusing the term and confusing it with activities that don’t create value takes our eye off the causes and moves us away from finding ways of repeatably succeeding.
Brilliant piece on what is innovation, really. MUST READ.
Is Apple still innovating? Be careful before answering this question. You might fall into the trap.
For those asking, here how Apple could introduce a bigger screen iPhone and the impact on apps and developers. Head to www.macrumors.com for all the details.
If Apple were to adopt a 1134x750 4.7” display as predicted by Kuo, it would preserve the same pixel density (326 ppi) as the iPhone 5s. That means that all existing user interface elements, such as icons, would be the same size but would allow for more screen space.
Interesting idea… Building a music recognition right within iOS would be really handy and a nice addition to Apple’s ecosystem. Why they didn’t before? Oh and by the way, it is baffling that Apple never added a lyrics feature in iTunes.
Apple surely will sell a truck load of iPhone 6. I suspect a large portion of current iPhone owners are waiting for a larger screen device. But after that, will the larger screen iPhone be able to grow market share more than the iPhone 5c did?
Before going with my observations based on this email from Steve Jobs back in october of 2010, I want to state a few historical facts.
Back in 2010, Apple was selling the iPhone 4 and the iPad came out in march. The iPhone 4S, an upgraded version of the iPhone 4, was released in the fall of that year. The iPad 2 came out in march the following year. The iPhone 5 was a work in progress and was released in 2012. iCloud replaced MobileMe services in 2011.
Now, back to Steve Jobs email. Here are my observations.
Apple was (and is IMHO) very aware of the competitive landscape (much more than I thought). They don’t do much of user survey but they do survey the market landscape.
Apple is aware that Google is much more a cloud company than Apple is and they must do something about it. There answer seemed to be iCloud. I think it was a pale answer to that. As of 2014, this is still a pale answer to Google’s advanced in the field. Apple isn’t a cloud company. Period.
The iPhone 4S was a stop gap between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 5 with minimal upgrades. LTE wasn’t ready in 2011 one of the main feature after the screen size.
They were already thinking of the iPad 3 back in 2010 as they we’re having a working screen (the main selling point of the iPad 3). Apple seems to be working two generations of devices in advance.
On iOS side, Apple is clearly already playing catchup back in 2010. They tried to leapfrog Google with Siri. Did they deliver? I’m ot sure at all.
New iDisk for Mac is mentioned but we’re in 2014 and iCloud still doesn’t provide a competitive feature on the Dropbox/Box/SkyDrive landscape.
Apple TV is seen as an accessory for the iPad and a must be presence in the living room. Still, this product received only one update since 2010. This is what happen when your play the role of the hobby product. But in order to make it a real accessory for all iPad users, Apple must improve this product faster. They failed at doing so. Why?
Back in 2010 Apple is talking about Apps for the Apple TV but 4 years later and we are still waiting for those to be a reality. Apple is being coucht by Amazon, Roku and Google. They lost the lead on this one.
This emailis a rare look inside Apple internal working.
Interesting informations from Apple internals. I don’t know how they got these slides from Apple (maybe through court filing in Apple vs Samsung case). Nonetheless, Apple is well aware of market conditions and the bigger screen iPhone is a go for sure this year.