Apple's new Maps app, which replaces Google Maps in iOS 6, has many cool new features, but just as many serious flaws. Since its release Wednesday, users have strongly criticized Apple for the inaccuracies and loss of key features that resulted from the transition. Should users give up on Apple's Maps or, despite its terrible start, should they give it a chance?
Samsung has launched another of its infamous Apple-fanbois-in-the-waiting-line ads that poke fun at the iPhone 5 and smugly suggest that a few, isolated features of the Galaxy S III make it the best choice. However, the ad comes across as immensely juvenile.
The iPhone 5, and yes, it really is the “iPhone 5” is just about what we expected, in name and features, based on the rumors and leaks. Before today’s event, however, it’s been like the story of the blind men describing an elephant.
But when we see the product, in its totality, the iPhone 5 is so much more.
Last month, Apple VP of Retail John Browett was at the center of controversy after an aborted attempt to streamline Apple Retail Stores by cutting employee hours and store maintenance became public knowledge. On Sunday, Mr. Browett addressed the stores via video during quarterly meetings. He delivered a standard pep talk but, Jim Tanous argues, there may have been a more important message.
Size and the amount of space digital magazines require is just the tip of the iceberg. David Winograd digs deeper into the issues inherent in digital magazines, and their topsy-turvey market.
When Steve Jobs was alive and Apple had a mere $25 billon in cash assets, he claimed that Apple wanted to “keep its powder dry” for a strategic opportunity. And yet, as opportunity after opportunity has presented itself in the TV industry, Apple continues to sit on its $110 billion cash hoard. Why is that?
Apple’s relatively new SVP of Retail John Browett is having a bad week. Conflicting reports about whether a disruptive workforce reduction in Apple’s retail stores was intentional have given us all reason to doubt Tim Cook’s choice of replacement for former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson. Jim Tanous addresses Mr. Browett, Mr. Cook, and the community: what’s going on with Apple’s retail management and how will it be fixed?
It’s like a train wreck, but in slow motion. It edges forward ever-so slowly, horrific and chilling. You know what’s going to happen, but just like yelling “Stop! No! Don’t do it!” at the movie screen when the girl splits off from the main group in a horror film, your shouts and protestations fall meaningless, echoing off of deaf ears.
The more interactive and immersive digitai magazines become, the larger the file size, the longer it takes to download, and the harder it is to keep. David Winograd takes a look at this problem and its implications for the iPad.
The economy in western Europe was poor. Intel’s timing on Ivy Bridge was inconvenient. There might have been some iPad cannibalization. Even so, Apple’s year-over-year sales of Macs were up a smidgen. It might have been more.
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