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  • Finally, the reality of Macworld begins to circulate! Is it any wonder that Apple's stock goes down at Macworld every year. The stock analysist will have a field day with "disappointment" columns and the resulting effect on the stock. I wonder how many "shorts" will take advantage. Meanwhile, we can all hope that our favorite holliday wishes for our "one more thing" will come true.
    REB had this to say on Dec 14, 2006 Posts: 8
    The Nine Day Keynote or MacWorld Disappointment
  • To me the unaswered question is how the DRM schemes are changed. Is this a scheme that merely strips the DRM? If so, wouldn't the content providers have an interest and sue? Apple doesn't need the store revenue, with it's miniscule profits, yet wants the iPod customer to have their needs well served. It's not a serious issue to update the DRM code for their content providers to maintain their support; however, should Double Twist have a more difficult system to circumvent I would expect both the content providers and Apple would sue.
    REB had this to say on Nov 21, 2006 Posts: 8
    Double Twist iTunes Destroyer?
  • Another bonus is that by the time Vista is released you will be able to run it on your new Mac! As a "budget" purchaser you could wait for the Mini to go Intel; but I would recommend the iMac. Put additional memory in it yourself through the easy-open door on it's bottom. You can't do any other upgrades unfortunately; but it should do the job for many years.
    REB had this to say on Feb 07, 2006 Posts: 8
    Microsoft Vista: Another Reason to Switch to Apple
  • While I agree with your analysis and predictions you have omitted an important feature of the new 2006 Macs. They will be able to run Microsoft's OS simultaineosly with OS X, no reboot required. Apple isn't attempting a frontal assault on the enterprise market as it's not oportune at the moment. They will expand their current markets in science, education, and graphics/multimedia. The personal computer market is another matter. I find it difficult to analyze personal computer sales from available statistics. Nevertheless, I expect Apple to do quite well expanding their share of this market which dovetails nicely with their other personal entertainment products. To conclude, Apple's computer sales are expanding, just not at the same pace as the iPod. The new computers should quicken their computer sales, removing the cost of new software and lack of games to run on their hardware. New products will likely produce similar success in new markets as well.
    REB had this to say on Dec 20, 2005 Posts: 8
    Is Apple Taking The Pepsi Challenge?
  • As to the "computer company" future I wonder if you have considered an partner, such as HP, who could produce clones under license for the enterprise market. This would enable Apple to gain market share while limiting their hardware competition. HP's sales and products are focussed on this market with failings in quality and support for consumers. It would bolster their support services options by enabling cross platform sales. With Intel's dual OS support the enterprise market would be easier to crack with support for legacy code enabled while enabling the Mac OS for new software and security. Apple's programming tools could be utilized for faster coding of new applications. Getting a partner for the service support and hardware could enable corporate purchasing to be based on more predictable hardware production cycles. There could be some conflict in Apple's penchant for secrecy with the demands of this sector; but Apple's models could be focused on consumer needs and have feature sets different from the more generic HP models. Apple could continue to focus some efforts in the server market to compliment their science and media distribution efforts. I do believe that they have the video media market firmly in their sights with aggressive support for the open standards and mpeg 4's flexible distribution model. As momentum builds overseas with growing commitment to those open standards Apple is in a more competitive position in their domestic market. The iPod success, along with Job's Pixar ownership, gives him much higher credibility with content owners while Microsoft's support and manpower keeps them in the competition. We should see the beginnings of Apple's media center product line next year. I'm hoping that wireless distribution of HD video will be achieved, and we could see some good integration of economical hardware implementation with focused products and a central point of distribution. With multi-core, 4 say, chips in the near future and Apple testing some of Intel's future designs, I can see their association paying off with Apple solutions. I don't expect the major push to start until 2007, as Wi-Max begins to establish a foothold in competition with normal cell phones and wi-fi distribution. Apple could wait until new partners could enable them to avoid the market control of the current cell phone service providers. I don't see Apple re-entering the consumer camera market. Their future technology, similar to Firewire, could enable them to establish compatibility without the need to distribute branded products of their own. They could make the TV market into something new with an enabled media hub, display screens, and wireless speakers. I would expect them to partner for the speakers and screens as they do now. Hi-Fi sound could add new partners to this mix as high-end media hubs could compete with the present multimedia receivers. The media markets depend on the defeat of Microsoft's multimedia file format. With Quicktime's flexible architecture and multi-layered capabilities I can see Apple winning this war within the next five years.
    REB had this to say on Nov 25, 2005 Posts: 8
    Where will Apple be in 10 years?
  • Apple's patent implies running the extra OSes in "virtural" mode, avoiding the need to reboot. You would also be able to keep their running applications alive. This will make instantaneous use of the different OS applications. I wouldn't be surprised if the data could also be transfered to an appropriate application named by the dominant OS as "associated" with the data type. This capability will, no doubt, be enhanced by dual processors, allowing background tasks to run on one OS while you're working with an application of the other. I've been using Autocad on my Mac for years after they abandoned their Mac version. The new machines are going to make things much more productive for me.
    REB had this to say on Nov 15, 2005 Posts: 8
    Will Apple Go All In?
  • Apple is setting up a research group in the same building as Intel's at Carnegie Mellon University. It's the alma matter of Avie Tevanian, Apple's head of software development and one of the designers of the Mach kernel for his PHD. Might this development give some added wieght to your thought?
    REB had this to say on Jul 29, 2005 Posts: 8
    PowerMac on Intel, the Beast Cuts Loose
  • While I enjoyed reading your take on the potential for an Apple TV, I would suggest the projection chip technology of Texas Instruments. The rear projection sets using their technology take up about the same depth when sitting on a surface due to the tipping factor of flat screens. Flat screens will have new technologies in one or two years which will dramaticly reduce cost and increase quality. Jobs may wait for these technolgies to sort themselves out before entering the market. HD is still limited in distribution and an internet model will take new technologies as well to distribute picture quality to large screens. Pixlet may have a role to play as I expect Pixar is interested in this market as well.
    REB had this to say on Feb 13, 2004 Posts: 8
    A(nother) Case For an Apple-Branded Television