Apple has hired Netflix engineer Ruslan Meshenberg, an important employee who helped build the platform and made it fast and stable.
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s new Music For Business service and upcoming Black Friday deals.
Apple has been wooing China for years now but it sounds like it’s an increasingly one-sided relationship as China is blocking Apple services.
There were five takeaways from Apple’s Q4 2019 Earnings Call that struck John as notable.
Apple is reportedly in talks with record labels about creating an Apple services bundle for Apple Music and Apple TV+ for one flat fee.
Apple Card is coming soon, and Bryan Chaffin and guest-cohost Jeff Gamet compare it to the Amazon Prime card and other credit cards. They also dive into the heady topic of what exactly Apple is in the process of coming. Spoiler, Jeff guesses wrong when he says “a services company.”
Apple’s advertising agency has revamped its leadership ranks, promoting new creative leads for the iPhone and Apple’s Services.
Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest cohost Ken Ray for a spirited look into Apple’s earnings report. The two also weigh the real meaning behind Apple’s outward emphasis on services and what that means for Apple hardware. They cap the show with a rant about AT&T’s fake 5G. Spoiler: AT&T’s claims of a “5G” network are fake.
Analysts latched on to better-than-expected guidance for the June quarter and comments from Apple that its trade-in program have boosted iPhone sales, sending the stock higher in after hours trading.
One of John’s wishlist items is an iOS (and macOS) app that would allow clear and flexible management of all Apple services. Here’s his concept.
During a talk Thursday at The Gatehouse’s Hands Up for Success luncheon, Warren Buffet commented on Apple’s new services.
I’d love to see them succeed, but that’s a company that can afford a mistake or two. You don’t want to buy stock in the company that has to do everything right…Apple should do some things that don’t work.
We’ve got a few details about Peter Stern, a former cable TV executive who now leads Apple’s new subscriptions.
Stern will not be able to rest on his laurels. Though some of the services announced Monday are brand new, and some, such as Apple TV+, are months away from even launching, observers are already expecting that Stern will eventually cobble them together into an Amazon Prime-esque bundle.
Apple creates finely crafted hardware that inspires us and also protects our privacy. Why shouldn’t all Apple services preserve that standard?
Here’s a question to ask yourself: Would you let Apple collect more of your data to improve its services? The company already collects some stuff, but it doesn’t seem to be enough for services like Siri. Mark Sullivan’s answer to that question is yes.
Everyone is waking up to the fact that big tech companies have been skimming personal data for years and not saying much about it. And don’t get me wrong, the tech companies deserve all the mistrust and scrutiny they’re getting. But I hope they get a second chance with user data, because there’s so much cool stuff they could do with it, especially in the age of AI. I think they might find that many of us would be fine with giving up more of our personal data–if we get more in return.
I think my answer is yes as well. I would love for Apple’s services to be more personalized to me. I just don’t want my data to be used for advertising. The premium price I pay in lieu of ads is for the hardware.
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s new streaming concerns, and the state of the web 30 years on.
It’s time to break down Apple’s earnings, and Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host Jeff Gamet to do just that. They also discuss the ins and outs, ups and downs, and even some sideways aspects of Apple’s iPhone strategy. They cap the show with a look at Apple’s one weird trick of goosing Mac sales, which is to release new Macs.
Rumors suggest that Apple plans to launch a gaming subscription service described as a “Netflix for games.”
Michael Grothaus writes about five ways to improve Apple services, a drum that Tim Cook has been beating for the past couple years.
The problem for Apple is that the iPhone is such a large part of its business. If the company is going to continue to grow, what product could step up to take the place of lagging smartphone sales?
I’ll paraphrase Kelly Guimont’s comment on a recent episode of Daily Observations. If Apple truly wanted to be a services company, it should have been improving services all along. Don’t wait until the last minute when the iPhone puts you into panic mode.
After some rough financial news, Tim Cook is reassuring investors that Apple isn’t done growing by highlighting Apple services.
Step back from the gyrations of the moment, and there’s an emerging strategy for Apple: Sell fewer iPhones and assorted devices such as Macs and iWatches at a higher price than mass-market rivals, and then flood those millions of users–who have more than average disposable income because they were able to afford those devices in the first place–with apps and content that they will pay for.
I expect big improvements in Apple services in the future. Better iCloud storage, an Apple News content subscription (which I will happily pay for if it means no longer needing to visit ad tracking-riddled websites), an Apple video subscription, and more.
Even though Apple has been increasing its Services business, like apps, content, and advertising, Apple is still a hardware company.