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John Kheit thinks Apple has lost its ability to keep a secret, and that this is hurting the company. He thinks it's time for Apple to either put up—and surprise us—or shut up about its supposed "culture of secrecy."
iTunes is a disaster. It’s been so overloaded that it's now become the flamebearer for bloat. Minor deck chair reshuffling will not be enough to make things right. iTunes needs to be broken up into about 6 separate applications to simplify it, reduce bloat, make it more manageable and make it approachable for mere mortals.
Apple's work force has quadrupled in the last few years, but John Kheit says we're seeing fewer product updates, rather than more. Nowhere is this more true than Apple's Mac product line, and John argues Apple needs the Mac—and Mac power users—because they're tastemakers that have an outsized impact on the way the rest of the world looks at Apple's other products.
If you love the constitution, the right to privacy, and America, you should support Apple against the government's push to destroy your civil liberties. Three tried and true Constitutional arguments against eroding our civil liberties apply to this case just as they have to many other civil liberty struggles of the past. John Kheit explains.
Quartz reporter Joon Ian Wong wrote an article where he appears to conflate Apple’s showing its source code to China as somehow being the same thing as putting in a backdoor.
John Kheit thinks that Silicon Valley has allowed itself to become SoDoSoPaized. Nothing else can explain the unbearable, total non-thinking, incessant, goose-step mimicry of Apple, and he wants it to stop.
John Kheit thinks Apple's "new" Mac Pro is a joke, and it's not just because calling a, once again, forgotten and near abandoned 2013 model 'new' in late 2015 is the kind of air-quote irony loved by techno hipsters. He thinks Apple screwed the pooch and needs to fix it.
Remember desk accessories? Before there was multitasking on the Mac way way back—30 years ago—we had desk accessories. Cute little calculators, puzzles, scrapbooks and other neat-o do-dads! They were great. So why hasn't Apple considered letting users run iPad/iPhone apps on the Mac in their own windows akin to the desk accessories of yore?
Much of the mainstream tech press was critical of the iPhone 4S when it was announced, and John Kheit argues that they got it wrong. From the physical properties to Siri, John believes that this device will be a huge success.
With the news that Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO, it seemed a good time to look back at the many innovations that the man has been a part of since he first rose to prominence with the founding of Apple Inc. John Kheit counts 16 revolutionary products and services, which works out to not quite one every other year. [Update: Added Desktop Publishing/LaserWriter to the list.]