Apple Launches Swift Developer Blog, Its First-Ever Blog

8:16 PM, Jul. 11th, 2014 · · Analysis

Swift

Apple is changing, and those changes are for the better. On Friday, the company launched Swift Blog, its first ever official Apple blog on the company's website. The blog is part of Apple's Developer connection, and it's stated purpose is to be a direct conduit to developers.

Apple Signs on to White House Program for Paying Suppliers Faster

7:03 PM, Jul. 11th, 2014 · · Analysis

Power

The White House announced on Friday that Apple, Cocacola, IBM, CVS, FedEx, Honda, and Walgreens, and 19 other large companies have signed on to participate in SupplierPay. The voluntary program is designed to get large companies to pay the small companies in their supply chain more swiftly in order to boost cash flow and increase investment in small businesses.

CEO Satya Nadella Willing to Shed the Past and Reinvent Microsoft

7:46 PM, Jul. 10th, 2014 · · Analysis

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Newly-installed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has offered the first hint that he is ready and willing to ditch the Windows legacy and move Microsoft into a sustainable and relevant future. In a letter to employees, Mr. Nadella dropped the "devices and services" mantra of his predecessor, Steve Ballmer, and called Microsoft a "productivity" company for a "mobile-first and cloud-first world."

It’s Time for Some U.S. Apple TV Marketing

9:03 AM, Jul. 10th, 2014 · · Analysis

Roku accounts for nearly half of the streaming media set top boxes sold in the U.S. in 2013, and Apple TV sales came in just over 25 percent. That sales gap can be squarely placed on Apple's shoulders because the company isn't adequately marketing the device to U.S. customers. It's time for that to change, or Apple faces losing the market to Roku, Google and Amazon.

Apple Claims Its Carbon Footprint Shrank 3% from 2012 to 2013

10:02 PM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · · Analysis

Part of an Apple Solar Farm

Apple released its 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report on Wednesday, and in that report the company claimed that its carbon footprint shrank 3 percent from 2012 to 2013. This, despite strong growth in the company's sales, headcount, Apple Store locations, and just about every other aspect of the company's operations.

Apple’s Secret War Against Samsung is Working

3:50 PM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · · Analysis

Apple's Logistics War with Samsung

As in warfare, a major element of global economic competition is logistics. Logistics is a subtle behind the scenes operation on which victory hinges, but it seldom gets a lot of attention until it fails. Guess what Tim Cook is a master of?

Amazon Tries to Woo Authors in Hachette Dispute

8:23 PM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · · Analysis

Amazon vs. Hachette

Amazon is trying to woo authors in its ongoing dispute with book publisher Hachette by offering to let them have the full purchase price of Hachette-published Kindle ebooks. Wait, that's not exactly right. Oh, here it is: Amazon is floating this idea to a few authors through a letter that has leaked, but the retailing giant hasn't actually proposed it.

Tim Cook May Be Planning Much-Needed Expansion for Apple’s Board

6:30 PM, Jul. 7th, 2014 · · Analysis

Shopping for Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook is looking to expand his company's board of directors, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Citing unnamed sources, the paper said that Mr. Cook is "actively seeking new directors" to add to the eight-member board, a remarkably small board for a company as large as Apple.

The Eternal Conflict Between Apple and Customers: iPhone Cases

5:00 PM, Jun. 30th, 2014 · · Analysis

iPhone: to case or not to case?

Apple goes to some trouble to make its iPhones (and iPads) beautiful and joyful to hold, just as they are out of the box.
On the other hand, customers love to protect and personalize their iOS devices with cases that have colorful designs. This is an enduring conflict of interest between Apple and customers. Apple probably wouldn't mind if iPhone cases disappeared, but it may be a long time coming.