Apple's iPad sales started out growing like gangbusters. It looked to become a major product line alongside the iPhone But then, in the last year, sales have faltered. Various reasons have be put forward: update cycles, the popularity of phablets, and so on. But the real reason goes much deeper. John Martellaro explains.
Apple has provided us with lots of new products and services.
We're excited about the Apple Watch and the new MacBook. But what about the many things that have dropped through the cracks? The list is growing and becoming alarming. What can be done?
New data from Digitalsmiths says that about 1.5 million households are planning to cut the cord in the next six months, citing excessive cable/satellite bills. But beware. The cumulative cost of OTT selections could equal or exceed current bills.
One can flop about, being a surly curmudgeon and pronounce, with arrogance, the ultimate failure of the Apple Watch. But there is one key, fundamental observation that demolishes every Apple Watch naysayer. This week, John Martellaro found it and shares it with us.
Two of the best minds that follow Apple got together and worked out what we can expect to see during Apple's March 9 media event. Jeff Gamet and Kelly Guimont (with some inspiration from Chris Breen), take their best shot at predicting what else we might see besides a major Apple Watch palooza.
This week we learned that with enough resources, organizations know no end to their lust for information via hacking. Attacking and penetrating the best protected systems is a high art, and if even the pros aren't safe, what are the consumer's chances?
Apple has so much in liquid cash resources that it absolutely has no need to betray or trick the customer. That gives Apple great liberties in product design. Lately, we've seen the enormous financial benefits of that philosophy come to bear. If other competitors don't get smarter, faster in earning trust, there seems to be no limit to Apple's growth.
There was a time when the Microsoft behemoth was running roughshod over the underdog Apple. Apple was very cool and did wonderful things with software development, but the boutique UNIX company was being crushed. Oddly, Apple's current resurgence has also led to Microsoft's.
When observers analyze a new or existing product from Apple, they tend to focus on the design, operation and features. In some cases, the conclusion is that some competitor, X, has a better product. That misses at least half the story of Apple's secret product war.
More and more Mac experts are weighing in on the idea that OS X quality has declined and has become noticeable and annoying in Yosemite. This is a new, uncomfortable feeling that Macintosh customers are unaccustomed to. That OS X no longer "just works" is an emerging meme.
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