During Apple’s Financial Results Conference Call on Tuesday, Tim Cook dismissed the idea of a hybrid device, the convergence of the MacBook and an iPad. He clearly stated, “We’re not going to that party.” John Martellaro has some thoughts on that related to the natural selection and evolution of the iPad.
When dial-up gave way to always-on broadband, and our computers came to be exposed to the Internet 24x7, a perpetual conflict sprang to life: the direct interests of Apple to tout care-free “appliance computing” versus the reality of technology, evil hackers, and the limits of a modern OS. The Flashback Trojan renews the question: how’s Apple doing? Can the security war be won?
There’s been a lot of excitement about the Google Glass Project in the past 24 hours. John Martellaro has some thoughts on how that vision compares to Apple’s.
The evolution of our science fiction technology, the dramatic visions of people who dream the future for a living, have steadily percolated into our lives. We dreamed of a personal tablet, and now we have it. What could be next for Apple — and us?
Tim Cook has been the full-time CEO of Apple since late August 2011. The new captain of the ship is steadily earning our confidence.
There was a time in 2011 when we had a feeling that Apple might be able to deliver a new kind of TV viewing experience. It would be so good that we would gladly cut our cords. The cable and satellite industry would be embarrassed. We would be in Apple Nirvana. Now, however, that ship has sailed. Something else is emerging.
An endless array of technologies are thrown at us by Apple and all the other technology companies. How can we decide which ones are worthwhile, ignore others, and thereby achieve a balanced, productive life? John Martellaro has some ideas.
Some of Apple’s new OS X apps are exhibiting an interesting tendency. Instead of a brilliant user interface to deal with technical complexity, there is the removal of functionality. However, simpler isn’t always better.
The list of things that Apple does that make us worry is getting larger. That’s natural when a company becomes a superpower. But there are some subtle things that Apple could do to make things better.
Apple has entered several publishing markets where the company takes its 30 percent. Textbooks are one market where, for the sake of good image and an endowment for children, the company should have backed off and made a contribution to human history for all time. But Apple is thinking small, not big.
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