Did Face ID Blow Up on the Launchpad?
I enjoyed Craig Federighi’s inside scoop on how Apple’s first ever Face ID demo didn’t go according to plan on Tuesday’s big iPhone X unveiling. He made a guest appearance on John Gruber’s Talk Show this week.
The Town Square's True Aim
It’ll be interesting to see how far Apple pursues their new Town Square concept for their Apple Stores. What they’re trying to do is not as crazy as a lot of people seem to think. Apple is putting their own spin on what is known in retail as the “destination store”.
Last night, Apple’s (AAPL) pre-order system went live for their new Series 3 Apple Watch. I thought it was probably unnecessary for me to set my alarm for 2 am in order to get in my order, but I did it anyway, just in case. It turns out that it was a good thing I did. I wanted the stainless steel LTE model with the white sport band and it sold out in under five minutes.
As I watched the news coverage on the long lines of people trying to get gas on their way out of Florida I wondered how things would be far worse if everyone was driving electric cars. Tesla’s range increase notwithstanding, it would have been pure chaos.
Moving People vs Moving Data: What Saves More Lives?
Much has been said about the “Cajun Navy” and how they did an amazing job using their iPhones with aiding first responders with evacuating flood victims. There are a lot of people alive today who wouldn’t be otherwise if it wasn’t for this massive community effort.
When iPads Are More Convenient
How better to kick off Labor Day weekend than a discussion on how to make your work both easier and more enjoyable? Writing for Fstoppers, Alex Cooke highlighted a great video on how a professional photographer has stopped traveling with laptops and now prefers to use Apple’s (AAPL) new 2017 12.9” iPad Pro.
Could We Get a Mini-Carousel?
In July, Apple (AAPL) made a slew of iOS 11 changes that really improved the multi-tasking ability of the iPad. When I’m working on projects with my iPad there are certain apps that I use much more than the others. I’m now pretty happy with the ability to no longer have to hunt for these apps in the former big app carousel to the right that exists in iOS 10.
Is Original Content a Distraction?
An excellent essay by Pantho Investments over at Seeking Alpha tackles head-on the issue of whether or not Apple (AAPL) is going through “diworseification”. The recent news that Apple is investing $1 billion dollars to create original content kicked off the discussion. Diworseification is a concept that Peter Lynch popularized in his 1989 book, One Up On Wall Street:
Dealing with Hyper-Inflation
So for a brief period this week a Venezuelan bank was ranked above Apple (AAPL) in terms of market cap. That is just how far out of whack things in the socialist country of Venezuela have gotten. In a nutshell, oil revenues have collapsed and the nation is printing more money to avoid defaulting on their debt. The influx of new cash is causing massive inflation.
I’m not sure why, but it seems that there isn’t much being written about what would happen if Samsung’s headquarters is destroyed. Seoul sits only 35 miles from North Korea, and technically, the Korean War never really ended. North Korea has been steadily building their armaments so they can launch thousands of rockets at Seoul on a moments notice. They’ve been preparing for decades to wipe out as much of Seoul as possible in a thirty minute window. They know they’d lose any war fairly quickly so the threat of leveling Seoul in the first 30 minutes is their way of holding hostages.
Every quarter when Apple releases their earnings, there is one thing I wish the tech or financial press would do: put the earnings in context. The fact that they don’t do this is especially egregious with the financial press which supposedly caters to investors.
Lessons from the MacBook Pro Debacle
Apple was forced to change their customer service policy last week after MacRumors publicized a great thing that Apple Stores were doing for their customers. Some lucky MacBook owners who were taking in their older 2012 MacBook Pros for service were having them exchanged for brand new MacBook Pros. Understandably, a stampede followed which caused Apple to immediately amend their policy. Going forward, Apple Stores were instructed to no longer exchange for newer models but to wait for the parts to come back in stock.
It's a Mess
One of the reasons I gravitated towards using an iPhone over an Android was a perception that Apple sweats the details that others will miss. I haven’t been disappointed. These items will never make for an exciting commercial but small things like touch sensitivity, storage speed, and even audio lag are all better on Apple’s iPhone.
They Serve a Purpose, a Small One
Apple (AAPL) made a great move recently when they changed their App Store to allow for app developers to offer their products at a subscription price if they choose too. There are some products that lend themselves perfectly to a subscription. But most software products do not fall into this category.
Is This About Money?
Is anyone else wondering why Tesla’s Elon Musk harps on artificial intelligence so much? He’s literally advocating that governments step in and start regulating it. That’s a pretty drastic move that could permanently cripple AI’s future. Nothing slows down progress in an exciting new field more than government bureaucrats getting involved. Here is a guy consumed with his primary purpose in life, raising money from investors, who regularly takes time out of his agenda in order to throw shade at AI.
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