Apple Death Knell #63: Apple Is a Dead Company Walking

9:26 PM, Jul. 23rd, 2013 · · The Back Page

Apple Death Knell #63

Apple released its Q3 2013 earnings report today, and yet Bryan Chaffin still has a new Apple Death Knell for you, #63. Writing for CBS News, one Dave Logan penned a piece titled, "Why Apple is a dead company walking." It should have been tited, "Why I don't understand Apple."

Apple May Have Found the Chink in TV’s Armor: Pay-for-Ad-Skipping

8:28 PM, Jul. 15th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Apple TV

Apple has been shopping networks and studios a service that would allow users to skip commercials for a fee. The negotiations represent a new spearhead from Apple to bring a premium TV platform to market, with the company seeing revenue-for-ad-skipping as an opportunity to get its corporate foot in the door.

Apple Death Knell #62: Apple Isn’t Just Dying, It’s Dead

5:41 PM, Jun. 27th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Apple Death Knell #62

Apple is dead! So sayeth Rocco Pendola writing for "There's No Question Now," Mr. Pendola wrote in the title, "Apple is Dead." Whoa. That's a doozy of a death knell that goes beyond the usual mantra that Apple is dying by jumping right to the post-mortem pronouncement that Apple is actually dead. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Redesigning the Look of iOS Is Jony Ive’s First Step Towards CEO

8:04 PM, Jun. 7th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Sir Jony Ive

Bryan Chaffin has been thinking about Apple CEO Tim Cook and the company's design guru, Sir Jonathan Ive. It started when Sir Jony was put in charge of the look and feel of iOS 7. As more rumors about the iOS makeover began to come out, he became convinced: working with the software designers is one of many steps in Tim Cook training him to takeover Apple some day.

Apple Could Be Working on an Answer to Google Now

1:40 PM, Jun. 5th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Grokr's NEXT

There's been some recent speculation that bought a company called Grokr. Bryan Chaffin hopes so, because Grokr's technology could allow Apple to go toe-to-toe with Google Now. Considering how cool Google Now is, it would be a great move for iPhone customers.

Samsung’s Delusions of Relevance

5:10 PM, May. 21st, 2013 · · The Back Page

Samsung Co-CEO Lee Kun-hee

I've been wrestling with the right way to put this for weeks. There was something about Samsung that's been bugging me since the bizarro world GS4 media event, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Yesterday's news about the  Samsung Smart App Challenge 2013 helped crystallize it for me—Samsung has delusions of relevance.

Apple’s ‘iRadio’ Streaming Excites Labels, Sony Hung on Skipping

7:52 PM, May. 17th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Warner Music Group and Universal Music are both excited about Apple's planned streaming service, but Sony Music is apparently hung up on how much it gets paid for songs that are skipped. Bryan Chaffin is mystified by this kind of myopia and thinks that Sony needs to pull its corporate head out of its corporate behind.

Has Apple Lost Control of the Narrative? Yep

3:57 PM, May. 6th, 2013 · · The Back Page

Story Telling

Apple is getting ready to retake control of the narrative, according to Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes. At the same time, that means that Apple lost control of that narrative in the first place, and Bryan Chaffin says that Apple can only blame itself.

BlackBerry CEO Thinks Tablets Are Dead Within 5 Years

2:47 PM, Apr. 30th, 2013 · · The Back Page

BlackBerry Dunce

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins wants the world to know that he's a visionary. By 2018, he sees a future that's so advanced it's gone all the way back to 2009 because by then this whole tablet thing will have gone the way of the dodo.