8 Years After Launch, It’s an iPhone World

6:15 PM, Jun. 29th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

iPhone Birthday Cake

Apple shipped the first iPhone eight years ago today. It was June 29th, 2007. That's not so long ago, and yet it feels like forever because Apple has made this into an iPhone world. 

Music Just Isn’t Worth What It Used to Be

6:05 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Music Just Isn't Worth What It Used to Be

How much is music worth? That question has been pushed to the foreground by Apple Music, Taylor Swift, and new cries that Apple is undervaluing artists. Bryan Chaffin says this battle has been brewing for a long time, and he doesn't think some artists will be happy where it leads.

Home Automation is Collapsing Into a Trough of Disillusionment

3:00 PM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

When a new technology first emerges, corporations have no choice but to hype their products in the hopes of becoming a leader, collecting all the early adopter profits and squeezing out the competition.  Customers, on the other hand, get tired of the hype and bear the brunt of half-baked products. The technical term for all this is the Hype Cycle. Could this be happening with home automation?

Edward Snowden: Consumers Should Support Apple to Incentivize Privacy

9:09 PM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Edward Snowden: Consumers Should Support Apple to Incentivize Privacy

Edward Snowden said on Wednesday that customers should support Apple's stance on privacy, whether or no CEO Tim Cook is being sincere about that stance. Speaking via a video conference during the Challenge.rs conference in Barcelona, Mr. Snowden said that companies like Apple that don't trade on our private data should be incentivized to do so.

Dr. Mac’s Thoughts on WWDC

4:25 PM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Dr. Mac's Thoughts on WWDC

Did you watch the Apple keynote last week? Dr. Mac did and he gave it a B+ overall. Wanna know more? Read his take on everything Apple announced last week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 127: My Take on What Apple Announced Last Week.

Would Apple be More Competitive Without Macs? Not Really

9:00 PM, Jun. 15th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Would Apple be More Competitive Without Macs? Not Really

Apple is stretched pretty thin, these days. Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple Car, iCloud, Apple Pay, iBooks, iTunes, Apple Music, OS X, and iOS, just to name a few. Some have suggested Apple kill its legacy Mac business to leave it free to focus on other products. Bryan Chaffin argues that this represents a fundamental misunderstanding of Apple and the Mac, both.

Privacy Will Be a Hard Sell, Even for Apple

9:21 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Privacy Will Be a Hard Sell, Even for Apple

Apple is amping up its campaign to make privacy a selling point. But can even the greatest marketing phenom in recent history do so? Bryan Chaffin says it's going to be a hard sell.