Apple After Steve Jobs

What will Apple do with its pile of cash?

Tomorrow Apple is conducting a conference call about the use of its cash:

”Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, and Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO, will host a conference call to announce the outcome of the Company’s discussions concerning its cash balance. Apple will not be providing an update on the current quarter nor will any topics be discussed other than cash.”

In regard to this surprise conference call beside stock buy back or paid dividends, Apple could be announcing their buying intentions of some companies that could be valuable to its ecosystem bottom line. 

One could say that Apple is already giving us cues about its intention buy looking at sharing options in its operating systems and applications: Twitter, Vimeo, Flickr are prime example of great acquisition targets.

Twitter: this is becoming more and more evident that Apple loves them. In OS X 10.8, this service is part of the Share Sheet. Apple continued support of Twitter seems they think Twitter is here to stay, not only a fad.

Flickr: part of moribund Yahoo, Flickr would be a nice complement to iPhoto/Aperture and add value to iCloud (more than nice replacement to MobileMe Galleries beside the new feature of Journals in iPhoto for iOS). 

Vimeo: if Apple is looking for a replacememt of YouTube on iOS 6, Vimeo could be it. Bye bye Google. Also, it would complement the video apps Apple is selling. Another nice piece of iCloud. Vimeo is already included in the OS X 10.8 Developer Preview in the Share Sheet.

Tumblr: here is a nice blogging platform that is becoming more and more popular with a nice design. Could fit in iCloud offerings and get iWeb as a free blogging client. Could become very popular in schools.

We’ll see tomorrow.

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Apple’s acquisition targets - oh, surprise!

Today I wrote something about potential acquisition targets by Apple (Tumblr, Flickr, Vimeo) and found this out: Apple acquired the App Store discovery and recommendation company named Chomp for a fraction of what my suggestion might cost. This is all about buying the right thing for the right purpose. I loved the first version of Chomp but overtime I didn’t like the updates that came out and left the whole thing behind me. Let’s see how Apple use the technology to revamp the App Store application discovery.

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Apple’s potential buying targets

Here is a list of potential buying targets that I consider of a good value for Apple ecosystem. Tumblr: nice blogging platform that is becoming more and more popular with a nice design. Could fit in iCloud 2.0 offerings and get iWeb as a free blogging client. Could become very popular in schools. Flickr: nice complement to iPhoto/Aperture and would be part of iCloud 2.0. More than nice replacement to MobileMe Galleries. Twitter: this is becoming more and more evident that Apple loves them. In OS X 10.8, this service is part of the Share Sheet. Would tie it with Tumblr previous acquisition. Vimeo: would complement the video apps Apple is selling and become their video replacement for YouTube. Bye bye Google. Another nice piece of the iCloud 2.0 offerings. Already included in the OS X 10.8 Developer Preview in the Share Sheet. What is your opinion? Any buying target that I missed but could really add value to the Apple ecosystem?

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