Interestingly iPads sales were down 9% while Mac sales are up 13% year over year.
Very new but still very much familiar. I am most excited to play with what Apple is calling continuity, it’s makes it even more compelling to stay within the Apple eco-system. I guess I’ll be switch back to an iPhone full-time come Fall.
This was the highlight of WWDC for me. I was hopping for this, but never thought it would actually happen. Now that it’s here, I’m surprised yet excited. There’s still a lot to digest, but so far I like what I see.
I was wrong. It’s less about the headphones and more about the music and creative team, especially Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.
$3.2 billion is less than a rounding error for Apple, but I don’t see why they need to buy Beats nor how they fit in at Apple. Customers don’t care to buy devices because they come with Beats, ask HP or HTC. If they wanted to sell high-end headphones, they can certainly do it without spending $3 billion. Beats Music service is interesting, but couldn’t Apple do that on their own? It’s not like the service is setting the world on fire and Apple is still the largest music store if I recall correctly. This very much out of Apple’s MO. They don’t make large acquisitions, this would certainly be the largest by a big margin. I don’t get it.
This an interesting way to test who/what is innovative and what is just an inventions or a novelty. Apple passes this test on many accounts and is thus innovative and is handsomely rewarded. Analyst that argue Apple is no longer innovative doesn’t understand what Innovation is.
Apple brings the elegance of iOS in your automobile. It’s also notable that Ford is a committed partner that will be offering CarPlay on their future models. They are currently using Microsoft technology to power their Ford Sync system. Does that mean they are leaving that behind?
Ashraf Eassa of The Motley Fool on the newly announce Galaxy S5:
The Galaxy S5 is likely to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 in the U.S. and other developed markets (and an “Exynos Infinity” for international versions), 3GB of RAM, a 2560x1440 display, an updated/new industrial design, and a fingerprint reader. This should make it the crème de la crème of Android devices, and to address the critics that Samsung’s products are “cheap plastic,” there will likely be a version with a metal chassis. The iPhone 5s is likely to pale, at least from a hardware perspective, in comparison.
Inaccurate reporting of the specs. He’s rehashing previous rumors as if they were facts.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 is likely to be a great device, the most premium of the Android devices. Apple is probably going to lose high-end share as this product ramps, but if Apple is smart, it will prepare to host a “special event” to launch a suite of new iPhone products sooner rather than later.
It might be the most premium of Android devices, but Apple is still running away with more than 85% of the industry’s profits. No one at Apple is losing any sleep over the Galaxy S5.
Patrick Seitz of Investor’s Business Daily:
Apple claimed 87.4% of phone earnings before interest and taxes in the fourth quarter, Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt said. Samsung took in 32.2% of industry profits. Because their combined earnings were higher than the industry’s total earnings as a result of many vendors losing money in Q4, Apple and Samsung mathematically accounted for more than 100% of the industry’s earnings.
That’s a 10% gain for Apple year over year and a slight decline for Samsung.
Apple’s tribute to 30 years of Mac, shot entirely with iPhones.
The Mac turns 30 today.
Desktop computers don’t excite me and I really don’t have any need for this much power in my workflow, but I sure do want a new Mac Pro. The design is incredibly innovative and I have a hunch that HP and the others are already in the process of cloning this niche product.
I guess the Japanese don’t hate the iPhone anymore.
Sony broke even, everyone else is still losing money and Samsung is closing the gap on Apple.
Michael A. Prospero of Laptop Mag comparing the iPhone 5s and Lumia 1020’s camera:
The iPhone 5s conclusively beat the Nokia Lumia 1020 in our photo face-off, taking seven out of 10 rounds–and tying one. Even after updating the Lumia 1020′s camera software, which reduced issues with the blue color cast on many images, colors were still more accurate on the iPhone. Apple’s device also excelled when delivering detail and contrast.
The advantage that the Lumia 1020 has is that you can recompose your shot after you take it because of the phone’s very high 41-MP resolution. Overall, though, the iPhone 5s snapped better-looking images in a wider range of conditions.
To be fair, the Lumia 1020 offers much greater control over individual settings, letting the user manually adjust ISO, shutter speed, white balance and more. However, when it comes to being able to whip your phone out of your pocket and fire off a quick shot or two — the way most smartphone cameras are used — the iPhone 5s is the better everyday smartphone camera.
Nokia’s approach of equipping their Lumias with powerful hardware is being beat by seamingly Apple’s software.