Another very nice week for AAPL, after a pause last week for the pre-ordained reaction to the latest Apple product event. Now we enter grand guessing season before Apple reveals the 2FQ16 numbers. As you may remember, I am somewhat optimistic based on the China Mobile 4G increase reports. Doesn't seem like there was enough time for the SE to have anything but a minor affect. And of course, the expected dividend bump is always something to look forward to.
The winter here in Boston was a much needed respite after the long, snowy disaster of last year, so everyone is ready for baseball. Looks like the Red Sox have decided to play the players who are playing the best instead of just those who are paid the most, which is encouraging.
Apologies. I only briefly skimmed the Samsung article that I referenced, and I failed to note that it was from 2014! It was included in a list of recent articles on a Yahoo finance page, I guess by mistake. Still feel the same about pundits' willingness to use any excuse to slam Apple.
Last Edit: Apr 2, 2016 13:21:12 GMT -5 by chinacat
Thanks for the link regarding the update; but I shouldn't have read the article because now I need to vent. The title was so positive, I wasn't at all prepared for what Mr. Daryl Deino actually wrote:
Major Apple Watch Upgrade Causes Excitement
The original Apple Watch was released one year ago, and it failed to cause the excitement Apple had hoped for. 1. Failed to cause excitement for whom exactly? Reviewers? Owners? Potential buyers? I have no urge to see the Batman/Superman movie that’s in theaters but I've read there’s a HUGE difference in positive ratings for the movie between the critics and the audience.
When the Watch first came out, it was the first major new product from Apple in years not to receive unanimously good reviews. Even though CNET gave the watch three-and-a-half stars, it was a rating that was lower than any other Apple product during the past year. 2. So a lower rating from reviewers than any other Apple product during the past year, many of whom trashed the Apple Watch before it was even released? There was no chance the Apple Watch would get a positive rating from those folks.
“The Apple Watch is the most ambitious, well-constructed smartwatch ever seen, but first-gen shortfalls make it feel more like a fashionable toy than a necessary tool. That may change with a big software update later this year, though.” 3. Yes. A fashionable toy. A very complex fashionable toy with a steep learning curve.
Many have complained about the poor battery life of the Apple Watch. CNET didn’t like the fact that the battery only lasts about a day and that the price for most models is more than it should be. 4. Yes and Tesla does’t sell a single vehicle which will go as far on a single charge as my car does on a single tank of gas. So what? My Apple watch typically has about 40-60% of charge left when I put it on the charger for the night. So it "goes as far" as I need it to go. YMMV
The New York Times didn’t like the fact that there was a steep learning curve. 5. Yes, Apple watch owners definitely need a very high IQ in order to understand the intricacy of such a complex device.
“First there was a day to learn the device’s initially complex user interface. Then another to determine how it could best fit it into my life. And still one more to figure out exactly what Apple’s first major new product in five years is trying to do — and, crucially, what it isn’t,” claimed reviewer Farhad Manjoo. 6. Three days!! I’ve never heard of this person but these three sentences convince me that he just doesn’t have what it takes to be an Apple Watch owner. Sorry, Farhad, I hope you returned your watch to Apple and got a full refund.
Perhaps Apple has listened to the feedback and is preparing a major upgrade for the new Apple Watch. 9to5Mac has the news. 7. Yes. I’m sure that’s what happened because Apple never upgrades its products unless it gets "feedback" from users. Never mind that many, if not most, Apple employees are also Apple product users. Plus it's common knowledge that after engineers release a design they never, ever make improvements to the design.
“A patent application spotted by Patently Apple suggests that the Apple Watch turning on its display as you raise your wrist could be just the first of many supported gestures. Pointing, waving and even extending pinky and thumb in a ‘phone me’ gesture could all be used to initiate actions on either the Watch itself or a paired iPhone.” 8. Would anyone like to guess how many articles will be written if pointing, waving and extending pinky and thumb gestures are incorporated into the Apple Watch? The New York Times folks will blow a gasket.
The Apple Watch has received an update that fixes some of the bugs. This occurs as Apple has just released watchOS2.2. According to MacRumors, the update not only introduces support for pairing multiple Apple Watches with one iPhone, but also improves the built-in Maps app. Some performance improvements have also been made. 9. Great! Finally some positive news.
The commenters after the article aren’t impressed. 10. Oh. OK, ever mind. I'm more that willing to assume those anonymous commenters are actual Apple Watch owners, evenhanded and with no agenda.
“No amount of updates can fix how slow the Apple Watch is,” says commenter Btrach144. “This is all I need to hear to convince me to wait longer. I want one really bad, but I hear that there are so many improvements that are needed that I have to wait until 2nd gen. Just hope it’s not a 2 year thing!” Jonnysods says in response to Btrach144’s comment. 11. Well this is horrible. Updates to the Apple Watch and no improvements in sight.
However, Apple Watch users on Twitter have definitely noticed improvements. 12. Well thanks for putting the Twitter comments at the end of your story. If those Twitter users knew anything about the Apple Watch, they'd be commenting after the articles.
The upgraded Apple Watch is just one of the many new products Apple has on its plate this year. In addition to recently releasing the iPhone SE and the well-received 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Apple is also set to release the iPhone 7, as well as updated versions of the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and — possibly — MacBook Air. Apple is trying to prove itself in a world where they are no longer ahead of the curve — at least not much as they used to be. Are you looking forward to the updated Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments section. 13. I'm done venting. Thank you.
mercel: It's been a long strange trip - good to see you're still around (and in AAPL -my assumption).
May 10, 2019 12:48:32 GMT -5
Zeke: Long time no see. Nice to see familiar names still here.
Mar 25, 2019 14:42:52 GMT -5
sponge: Regarding the future of VR, I think it will be huge. I was a gamer when I was in college. But as an adult I lost interest. Last fall I flew up to visit my son at college and check out his new Vive set up. After playing with it for the weekend, I was
Apr 29, 2018 15:25:17 GMT -5
galleybob: thanks for your answer. I will copy and send to her
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rickag: So since Jan 28th 2015 AAPL is up from 117.27 to 157.21
Aug 21, 2017 20:09:43 GMT -5
artman1033: VXAPL = 29.21 AAPL = $117.27 AFTER EARNINGS
Jan 28, 2015 14:54:46 GMT -5
artman1033: VXAPL = 44.94 AAPL = $110.39 BEFORE EARNINGS
Jan 27, 2015 11:12:53 GMT -5