I’ve stated before, more than once, that whenever an(y) Apple blogger writes a “what if” or a “wish list” or a “rumor” or posts a “leak” it’s their weak-sauce way of saying Apple got it wrong and here’s what the company needs to do to get it right — oh, but we’re still giving this magical product out now, the one that’s lacking this critical feature, a delightful review because Apple!
“Here’s an idea I tossed out…”
You know, just spitballing amongst friends.
Good lord. Be honest with your readers. Always. The iPad is symptomatic of Apple’s larger problem which is that the giant corporation is suffocating innovation.
What if the iPad had a keyboard and a trackpad and a stylus/pencil? Well, then it would be Microsoft Surface. That Microsoft continues to whoop Apple on hardware innovation is stunning and Apple users need to know this — and switch or demand better of Apple.
This was not meant to be an Apple post, good or bad, but it appears I am lurching in that direction.
Some time ago I stated that the rapid rise and eager embrace of Amazon’s Echo and even Google Home, audio devices connected to their respective company’s digital assistant, would force Apple’s hands and the company would rush out a similar device. Surprise!
“Apple Is Manufacturing a Siri Speaker to Outdo Google and Amazon”
“Device enters overseas production ahead of annual conference”
Apple has fallen behind Amazon in computing hardware innovation. Let that sink in.
It gets worse.
Despite enlisting Hollywood’s finest to promote Siri — years and years ago — Apple’s digital assistant remains woefully inept, consistently brittle.
Apple’s Siri (barely) outsmarted Alexa in 5,000-question IQ test
Clobbered by Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana, led in percentage of answers that were “simply wrong.”
Not just wrong, but simply wrong. So very Apple.
Global corporation chasing all of the profits across too many markets with more products than we can count. This is the natural result.
Or maybe it’s the result of a CEO who appears far more interested in paling around with celebs in Hollywood than in the 1000 No’s of product design.
After months of delays, Apple’s first big original video series, “Carpool Karaoke,” will finally debut on August 8.
Viva la revolucion, I suppose.
Meanwhile, in the place where Apple makes all of its iPhones:
China’s New Cybersecurity Law Leaves Foreign Firms Guessing
The law would require that companies store their data within China, and would impose security checks on companies in sectors like finance and communications.
Individual users, meanwhile, would have to register with their real names to use messaging services.
Executives have complained that the wording of the law is ambiguous, fearing that it gives China’s ruling Communist Party substantial leeway to target them.
That the nation which patrols the Internet, criminalizes anonymity on the Internet, and restricts speech on the Internet is where Apple chooses to make its most profitable product, is a disgrace. Shame on Apple, founded by Americans, based in America, made possible by America, for outsourcing the entirety of its manufacturing overseas — oh, and for off-shoring at least tens of billions of dollars so they can’t be taxed.
But apparently Apple has no problem at all lobbying in America over bathroom concerns.
Executives from some of the globe’s leading technology firms are demanding that Texas not adopt “discriminatory” bathroom legislation.
“As large employers in the state, we are gravely concerned that any such legislation would deeply tarnish Texas’ reputation as open and friendly to businesses and families,” the companies wrote Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. “Our ability to attract, recruit and retain top talent, encourage new business relocations, expansions and investment, and maintain our economic competitiveness would all be negatively affected.”
If you’re keeping score at home, freedom on the Internet for billions, have you heard anything? But Apple et al may lose their “economic competitiveness” if about 0.25% of the world’s population just might not get to use the public restroom of their own choosing in the state of Texas.
Steve Jobs has been dead for over 5 years.