Apple’s Planned ‘IWatch’ Could Be More Profitable Than TV


Apple, with its iconic brand and lucrative retail network, is poised to tap into the growing watch industry. Headway in the business would help compensate for slowing growth in other areas, such as iPhones and iPods. Apple’s stock hasslumped by more than a third since peaking in September on signs of accelerating competition led by Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) and concern over how quickly Chief Executive Officer Cook is pushing into new products.

This is great news, cant wait to put my hands on one.​

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Opinion: Is Tim Cook a leader?


Much has been written about Tim Cook since being appointed to his position as CEO of Apple last year. Directly or indirectly in any article, research, interview, or opinion comparison to Steve Jobs became inevitable.

Although it is well known that no matter who was replacing him, there is no one like Steve Jobs. He cannot be replaced. He was a genius, one of kind, unique in so many ways that this article could not have describe without filling dozens of pages of the man and his work.

But this article is not about Steve. This article is designed to answer one simple question: Is Tim Cook leader? And more importantly, whether Tim Cook is the right leader to Apple?

To answer this important question, I would like to review the main challenges that Apple under the leadership of Tim had to cope with since taking office.

On the outstanding successes (detractors would say … success cycle) we’ll include a long list of products that Apple launched last year and actually renewed almost its entire product line (except the Mac Pro): iPhone 5, iPod, MacBook pro with retina screens, iMac, iPad (upgraded twice) and even added the successful iPad Mini product line. Beyond products launched, Apple won its long battle against Samsung in highly publicized and it’s most significant and forced Samsung to pay for patent violations committed over a billion dollars, recently dropped by nearly half due to Samsung’s appeal.

On the biggest failures we’ll include the famous maps saga (and slightly exaggerated in my opinion) launched with the updated iOS 6 version, a drop in the company’s stock, not inventing a new category and innovative with a revolutionary product in the past year, and the expectations of investors at a profit and market share of Apple in the mobile market.

Yes. You read that right. Failure to comply with Apple’s Tim Cook led the expectations of investors and analysts at a profit and market share of Apple in the mobile market.

Since when expectations of investors and analysts determine the degree of success of the company? Moreover, the general who ruled that Apple strives to be a leader in terms of market share?

No one.

But when it comes to Apple, apparently the rules of the game are different and we better “educate” the bad boy in the neighborhood who aligns expectations of analysts and does not play by the rules of the other children.

Now, imagine I tell you about a company that earned more than any company in the world, which is in a highly competitive market, and could collect on its products than any other company in the field due to the value it creates for its customers. A breaking every record possible sales of its products last year, and its future within the market in which it competes looks promising than ever, and is expected to be the most dominant in its field for at least the next five years.

What would you say on who leads it?

I would say over that whoever is there, is a leader.

But not just because of the numbers, profits and great success. But rather because Tim Cook cope with harsh criticism leveled at him, and to the company that is an unprecedented amount of the business press in recent years. Precisely because the man chooses to go his way, quiet and relaxed, leading his company safely to the vision and values Steve Jobs left with no doubt on his way even for a second.

Most of the leaders I know would break along the way, adapt, change their way to please others, and not producing a new reality while leading the way.

But Tim Cook does, and does it well. In fact, this is exactly the kind of leadership that Apple should, and was accustomed to it for the last decade and a half.

Tim Cook is the leader.

Moreover, Tim Cook is Apple that exactly matches leader and what it represents.

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Apple vs. Samsung – read this And you’ll see why 2011 wont be like “1984”!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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why Apple is so right about their fight over patents? well..to understand the fundamental problem we have to go way back in time to the mid 80’s.

in 1984 Apple was the first company in the world to launch the first GUI OS called Macintosh. that was a revolutionary in any shape or form. yes I know some of you will remind me that the idea came from the Xerox labs, and some people will claim that Steve Jobs stole their ideas and implemented them with the mac.

to make a long story short ill say that it’s half-true since Xerox thought of the general idea but didn’t do anything with it or knew how to get it to the market, as for Jobs, well, he saw the potential and made it work through a whole new concept around those ideas.

since Apple didn’t patent their OS back then, and the software companies got access to the guts and bones of the OS so they can develop their software for the mac, one software company took one step forward and copied it to develop their own OS.

the software company is Microsoft and the OS they’ve copied  is Windows. Continue reading

iChange


There is a lot going on in the past two weeks in the big tech company’s and it look like this month is going to break some records as the most newsy august ever!

Let me mention that Apple vs. Samsung case has gone up a step by preventing Samsung selling its tablet in European markets, Google buys Motorola mobility and HP killed the webOS barely two month after launching.

Wow! That alone is worth a year of news…

It got me thinking that something big is changing in this whole technology, mobile, post pc, Mac, cloud, whatever area..(I will call it iChange so you’ll understand me better…), That we are witnessing at this very moments.

As I try to analyse this changes, I want to take a snapshot of the present iChange, and let me tell you what I see:

There is 2 approaches to the markets, the first, is the Apple approach which means I’ll do it all: hardware, software, services, and platforms which are very tight up that allowed 3rd party players to play but with a very specific rules, and the second one is the old school approach of the pc era that there is one

OS that can work with multiple hardware manufactures, services, platforms and so on just like it this picture bellow:

it’s the era of ecosystems, and there for the iChange rule number one is the better experience I get more likely ill will hook up with the rest of the echo system im in. Continue reading