Monthly Archives: "October 2013"

Wow, this is going to hurt the folks at Cupertino. According to a new survey from JD Power, Apple fiercest rival – Samsung, has ousted Apple in the latest satisfaction survey for tablet devices. Apple CEO Tim Cook has always boasted that the company was more proud of its high rating in consumer rating than the amount of device they ship. It’s will surely hurt to see Samsung has taken their crown. Tim Cook: “I think it’s even more a two-operating-system world today than it was before. When you look at things likeRead More

Posted On October 31, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

What Apple’s Real Problem? It’s Not Innovation

This piece by Don Frommer really summed up what’s been happening to Apple recently. The problem, according to Frommer, is not the lack of great products or innovation, but the lack of a “surprise” element or “wow” moment from the company during the unveiling of new products. Dan Frommer: It’s not that Apple isn’t making great products anymore: You’d be a fool to argue that the iPhone 5S, retina iPad mini, iPad Air, and various Macs aren’t the best computers that any company — not just Apple — has ever made.Read More

Posted On October 30, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

iPad Air Reviews Roundup

Apple’s iPad Air reviews has hit the web. And from all accounts, Apple has another hit product on their hands. Here’s a roundup of some of the best reviews: Jim Dalrymple for the Loop: “From the minute I picked up the iPad Air at Apple’s event in San Francisco last week, I knew it was going to be different. Apple set expectations very high by simply using the “Air” moniker for the new iPad, giving users thoughts of a lightweight, powerful, professional device, similar to how they think of the MacBook Air. TheRead More

Posted On October 29, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

Has Apple Peaked?

As a former investor in Apple and a huge fan of the company, I’ve been mulling over this question for some time – has Apple peaked? Here’s Tim Cook’s take on how the year has been for Apple: We generated record total company revenue of $171 billion, earnings of $37 billion and operating cash flow of $54 billion. We paid over $8 billion in capital expenditures to both to our supply chain, expand our infrastructure and increased our retail footprint. We also completed 15 strategic acquisitions. That’s an average ofRead More

Posted On October 29, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

Is Apple A Software, Hardware or Services Company?

John Lilly of Medium, explores one of the most debated questions in the technology industry. What sort of company is Apple? Are they a software, hardware, services or a combination of all three? John Lilly: Sometimes people call Apple a hardware company, but that’s not quite right. Others have said they’re a software company, pointing out that it’s the quality of the software experience that really sets them apart, but that’s not quite right either. Having watched Apple for nearly 30 years now, and having worked at 1 Infinite Loop, IRead More

Posted On October 29, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

Is Apple Allowing the iPad to Lose Its Magic?

Ben Thompson has recently published the third part of his analysis of the iPad event held on October event. In this piece, Thomspon went into more depth as to why he believes that Apple is not presenting their iPad  as a “magical” device. Ben Thompson: “Magical” as an adjective is deeply uncomfortable for us geeks especially. The very idea of believing in something that can’t be explained, much less quantified, is so foreign that it is almost immediately rejected. And yet, cultures the world over believe in the supernatural. HumansRead More
A recent patent application by Apple suggest that the company is looking to revolutionize our living room with a full-fledge TV. The patent, first spotted by Patently Apple and titled – System and Method for Controlling Output of Content Based on Human Recognition Data Detection.  “The control of the output of particular content may be based on an action of a rule defined for the particular content, and may be performed when at least one human feature detection related condition of the rule is satisfied,” the patent application states. For exampleRead More
One of the few surprises at Apple’s October 22 event, was the announcement that the OS X Mavericks will be a free upgrade. Additionally, the company announced that their iLife and iWork apps will be free to consumers purchasing an iOS and Mac device. However, the company was ridiculed by Microsoft’s Frank Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Communications: So, when I see Apple drop the price of their struggling, lightweight productivity apps, I don’t see a shot across our bow, I see an attempt to play catch up. I think they, like others, are waking up toRead More

Posted On October 26, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News

More Analyses of Apple’s iPad Event

My first take on Apple’s iPad event on October the 22 was “Meh.” Surprisely, many Apple advocates like Ben Thompson and Marco Arment appear to share my opinion. Macro Arment: We know that people are using iPads in all sorts of different ways. Look, firefighters are launching space shuttles with an iPad! Farmers are building wind turbines and composing songs! And Apple can’t wait to see what we do with our iPads. But they already know. Everyone knows what people do with iPads, because iPads have been heavily used inRead More

Posted On October 26, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News

Gene Munster: iPhone 6 With Big Screen Coming Next Summer

In a research note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst –  Gene Munster stated that Apple will be releasing an iPhone – iPhone 6 with a larger display next summer. Gene Munster is also the biggest advocate of Apple iTV. Key highlights from the report include: The iPhone 6 will need to match the 5 inch size.  Munster said that the iPhone 6 is going to be a blockbuster on the back of its increased screen size and expects the new model to drop before September of 2014. On the iWatch, Munster believes that this will happen. Munster alsoRead More
Qualcomm executive Anand Chandrasekher, who recently got himself into trouble by suggesting that Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip was a marketing gimmick and does not bring any real value to consumers, has been demoted. According to a new report from CNET,  they received a statement from Qualcomm which states that, “Anand Chandrasekher, is moving to a new role leading our exploration of certain enterprise related initiatives…Anand will continue to report to Steve Mollenkopf, COO and President of Qualcomm. This will be effective immediately.” More important, Anand Chandrasekher, is no longer appears on the Qualcomm leadershipRead More

Posted On October 25, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News

Shanghai Fourth Apple Retail Stores Opening This Saturday

Apple’s retail assault on China continues. According to Chinese website Sina, Apple is about to open its fourth Apple retail stores in Mainland China, Shanghai Central Trade. The an opening event will be held on October 26. This will bring the total number of Apple Retail Stores in China to 9. According to the report, the new store will be located in Xuhui District, Shanghai, No. 999 Huaihai Road Central Trade IAPM mall, will be the largest Apple Store in Shanghai. “It is understood that after the opening of theRead More