China Forcing Apple to Choose: Customer Privacy or Revenue

3 hours, 44 minutes ago · John Martellaro · Editorial

In a pair of interesting articles at Quartz, the suggestion has been made that Apple is giving the Chinese government access to its iOS devices and source code in order to preserve its business there. The facts aren't all in because Apple won't talk about it. And the implied scenario sounds doubtful. However, the situation does raise important issues. 

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-05: iPad Pro Design Rumors, HBO Now for Apple TV

5 hours, 28 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street is that Apple may include USB ports on the rumored 12-inch iPad. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not that makes sense, and why Apple would considering changing up its iPad design. They also look at HBO's plan to offer its content through a subscription outside of cable and satellite TV packages.

Analyst: Apple Watch a $26B Business by 2018

7 hours, 37 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple Watch could be a US$26 billion business for Apple in only three years, according to Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner. She thinks Apple will outsell all other smartwatch makers after Apple Watch ships in the coming weeks, although she sees only a limited impact on Apple's overall business from smartwatch sales.

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It's interesting to see analysts saying Apple's entry into the smartwatch market will be a huge success, but that the company won't be as successful overall because it refuses to join the race to the bottom in the smartphone market.

Reports Claim 12-inch iPad to Copy Microsoft Surface Tablet, Shipping in September

8 hours, 46 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro may be more like Microsoft's Surface tablet, assuming the latest round of rumors are correct. Insider sources claim Apple is looking at including USB 3.0 ports on the bigger screen model so users could attach keyboards and mice, along with external hard drives. Sources also claim Apple won't release the new model until September instead of this spring as some had hoped.

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Apple most likely has experimented with additional ports on prototype iPads, but expecting to see USB ports on shipping models just doesn't seem likely. Seeing a spring launch for a bigger model didn't seem like much of a possibility, either, so saying it's delayed is wrong. iPad Pro simply wasn't on the spring schedule.

Apple, HBO Look to Bring HBO Now Streaming Service to Apple TV

10 hours, 7 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple and HBO are working out the details for a deal that would bring the entertainment company's shows to Apple TV without requiring a cable or satellite television subscription. The service, called HBO Now, is scheduled to launch in April and would give TV viewers a way to pay just for HBO and open up their programming to the 10 million U.S. broadband Internet subscribers who don't have a TV channel package.

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Adding HBO as an independent channel to Apple TV would be a huge win for Apple and cable TV subscribers who would rather pay just for HBO content. It's also going to open up a new path for broadband Internet users who don't have cable TV to become HBO subscribers, too.

ACM 296: Apple’s Spending Restraint, Disconnected Analysts, and Google’s Cell Service

7:30 PM EST, Mar. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple may be the most valuable company in the world, but it isn't spending like it is. Jeff and Bryan take a look at Apple's fiscal restraint, plus they have some thoughts on a report that Apple's stock will tank because it can't sustain iPhone sales, and they also dive into Google's plans to start its own cell service as an MVNO.

Pay What You Want: Front-End Developer Bundle

7:23 PM EST, Mar. 4th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pay What You Want: Front-End Developer Bundle

We have another pay-what-you-want deal for you, this one's called the Front-End Developer Bundle. Pay whatever you want and get two course, one for CSS and HTML, and another for designing Web sites. If you beat the average price, which is just $6.84 as of this writing, you get five more course, including a jQuery course, a course on front end development, Javascript, CSS3, and more. Plus, 10 percent of your purchase price goes to benefit Creative Commons, a great charity. Check it out.

Why Some Observers Think Apple Watch Won’t Succeed

3:30 PM EST, Mar. 4th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Most of the connected and astute observers of Apple are confident that the Apple Watch will succeed. Perhaps brilliantly. Apple has the savvy, resources, engineering talent and executive leadership to make it a success. So why are there pockets of observers who are sure this new product from Apple will fail?  John Martellaro ponders the negative reactions surrounding the Apple Watch, before we have even a hint of sales success.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-04: Apple’s Pro-worker Stance in Silicon Valley

11:38 AM EST, Mar. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple is making a positive move with contract workers in Silicon Valley by hiring its own security staff. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's decision to bring its contract security staff in house and how that fits in with the Silicon Valley economy. They also have some thoughts on Nissan-Renault's praise for Apple's plans for electric cars.

Apple’s Security Contractors are about to Become Employees

10:44 AM EST, Mar. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has decided to transition its on-site contract security force into company employees at key Silicon Valley locations. Apple's decision follows a similar move by Google last October, and is being praised by local union representatives as a positive economic change.

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Seeing Apple take a positive stance on local employee conditions instead of just overseas factory workers is great. Hopefully moves like this from Apple and Google will set an example other Silicon Valley tech companies will follow.