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.
Apple is a very large company now. Its pace of change is enormous. It does a lot of different things that appeal to a lot of different people. However, no one person, not even tech journalists, can engage every technology at every level. John Martellaro ponders the problems and good solutions.
Apple CEO Tim Cook says that a converged iPad/Mac isn't what customers want — but that doesn't stop people from asking for one.
For the seventh quarter in a row, iPad sales have declined. Does this mean the iPad is a failed product? Does this mean Apple will give up on it? Is the iPad Pro the last stand? Is beating up on Apple for this decline a productive thing to do? John Martellaro says the answer to all these questions is a resounding "No!" You'll see why in a few minutes.
Daniel Kottke, Apple employee #12, liked the new Steve Jobs film. In an interview with CNN, Mr. Kottke said, "[the movie portrayal of Steve Jobs] was very much a caricature ... [but] Aaron Sorkin did such a good job."
Apple is stepping up its already aggressive environmental game in China. The irony in this announcement is rich. Many on the political right in the U.S. equate environmentalism with the "commies," yet actually-Communist China has few regulations designed to protect its environment, and even fewer that are actually enforced.
Apple has come out publicly against the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a surveillance bill that would give the U.S. government sweeping powers to collect information from tech companies. In a statement, Apple iterated its position that privacy should not be traded for security.
Google knows...well, everything about you. At least everything there is to know about you from your online activities. Selling what Google knows is how the company makes its money, after all. But sometimes Google giveth back of what it knows. For instance, Google knows that the number one thing you search for on Google Photos is...babies.
Apple may be running afoul of China's penchant for censorship, as the company recently deactivated its new Apple News app inside the borders. Technically, Apple News hasn't launched inside China in the first place, but users who downloaded the app outside the country have been reporting that it doesn't work once they cross the Great Firewall of China. it's a tricky spot for every Western tech company. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Apple is capable of making amazing products. Often that capability results in products that start off with a bang but never seize the marketplace. Then Apple's traditional desire to relentlessly move into the future takes hold and loyal customers are left behind. This is not a bug; it's a feature.
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