Apple was relatively slow to jump into the smart speaker market, and, when it did, it chose to create a product with differentiation but also a high price aimed more at a niche market. Apple has sold a couple million Homepods, while first mover Amazon has sold 100 million Alexa units, I read. Now Amazon and Samsung are gunning for AirPods, but here Apple is way out in front. I see many dozens of people everyday here in Berkeley wearing AirPods, mostly young Cal students. I hope Apple has the determination and execution to stay ahead of the pack in wearables and won’t squander its early lead (and will make Amazon look as foolish as it did with Fire phones.)
Will Apple ever make an inexpensive SiriPod to compete with Goog and Amzn?
I think Apple set a high bar with the HomePod. It's far better hardware than anything the competition has. What it needs is software/firmware improvement, which hopefully will come (eventually?) with more Siri integrations and extensions to make it more flexible and useful. Opening the ecosystem of HomePod to more sources would be nice too (like a line-in jack for example),maybe in a future hardware revision. I'd love to have a pair but until it's more flexible, I'll hold off. Airpods are a solid product and nice example of leadership from Apple, and I expect those will continue to improve as well.
Pretty good article but it ended with a misstatement, i.e. "Apple decided to shelve its product at the last minute before shipping it, after more than 2 years in development. Something that I’m sure would not have happened under Steve Jobs."
Hmm…the myth building continues…
That fact is that even Jobs made promises the company was not able to keep, e.g. the hoped-for PowerPC clock rate increase to 3 GHz:
www.macworld.com/article/1035537/liveupdate.html "Jobs talked about Apple's recently introduced speed bump to its Power Mac G5 line, bringing the systems up to 2.5GHz. At last year's WWDC, Jobs promised to have 3GHz systems available within a year. The PowerPC 970 architecture is a complicated chip, explained Jobs, and the semiconductor industry 'hit the wall' when it transitioned to a 90 nanometer manufacturing process, he said. 'IBM has done very well relative to the rest of the industry, but less than we'd hoped,' said Jobs. '... We think the Power Mac is an incredibly high performance system and we'll keep striving for 3GHz.'"
The latter never happened and by 2006, Apple had switched to Intel processors.
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
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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
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