That Time Tim Cook Spanked Uber CEO Kalanick for Breaking the Rules

· · Editorial

The Uber App on an iPhone

You ever hear the one about Tim Cook bending Uber CEO Travis Kalanick over his knee and spanking him? It happened in 2015, but went unreported until Monday. The New York Times offered an account of Tim Cook threatening to pull Uber’s app from the App Store if it didn’t stop behaving like a spoiled bully on at least one front. And, according to the story, Mr. Kalanick cried uncle.

An Excellent New iPad at a Reasonable Price

· · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

The new 9.7-inch iPad (left) and 9.7-inch iPad Pro (right) are more similar than different.

There’s a new iPad in town—a 9.7-inch model with the lowest prices ever for a full-sized iPad—priced from a mere $329 for a 32GB WiFi-only model (vs. $599 for the least expensive 32GB WiFi-only 9.7-inch iPad Pro). Dr. Mac has been testing one for a couple of weeks and is convinced the biggest difference between it and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is its price—$270 less than the cheapest  9.7-inch  iPad Pro, without an Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard  ($99 and $149 respectively).

Apple's Achilles Heel Is Neither the Mac Nor the iPhone

· · The Back Page

Apple's Achilles Heel

A couple of interesting pieces got me thinking about Apple. The first was by Neil Cybart, who wrote, “The Mac Is Turning into Apple’s Achilles’ Heel.” The second was John Gruber reacting to that, saying ” The Mac is not Apple’s Achilles heel. The iPhone is.” They’re both well written and insightful pieces, but they’re also both wrong. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts.

Apple's iPad Fights For the Education Market

· · Particle Debris

Apple using internal magnets to attach Apple Pencil 2 to iPad Pro

The education market is very price sensitive. Three players are in a pitched battle for the right-priced personal computer: Apple (iOS), Google (Chrome OS + Android), and Microsoft (Windows 10 Cloud). These OSes and their implementation on hardware, plus the right kind of marketing and staying power, could determine which company seizes the hearts and minds of schools and students.

Why Apple Should Eventually Build Family Service Robots

· · Editorial

Bluefrogrobotics Buddy

Several things have become clear regarding AIs in our lives. There is little regulation. AIs can be manipulated in clever ways. Small devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo have very indirect business models so that they can be priced for the middle class, but have hidden drawbacks. John wonders where all this will lead with family service robots if Apple doesn’t step in and do it right.

Apple Music Execution Has Been Near Flawless

· · The Back Page

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Apple’s streaming music execution has been nearly flawless. From all but abandoning the world’s largest and most profitable online music store, to launching a “radio station,” to attracting tens of millions of monthly subscribers, Apple Music has been a huge hit. And two bits of news hit Bryan Chaffin that emphasizes just how good Apple’s execution has been.

Apple and the OODA Loop Problem

· · Editorial

Apple Park, Apple's new San Jose headquarters, opens in April 2017

From time to time, we hear about an organization, enterprise or government, that makes a seemingly bizarre decision. There are many reasons for that, but a notable one in the technology world relates to how humans make decisions. And the classic OODA loop. John explains with examples from Apple.