OS X 10.11 El Capitan

What’s New in Mac OS X 10.11 – El Capitan

With the reveal of OS X 10.11 at WWDC, Apple has once again taken a feature “time out” with OS X. Instead focusing on the enhancements and performance of the OS, much like they did with Snow Leopard back in 2009. OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” takes what the prior release offered, and tweaks it, enhances it, and generally improves it, but…






iOS 8.01 glitches

Apple Customer Satisfaction addendum

“iOS 8 uses an unexpectedly large percentage of the storage capacity on 8 GB and 16 GB iPhones, iPads and iPods,” the lawsuit alleges. Apple, it says, “fails to disclose to consumers that as much as 23.1% of the advertised storage capacity of the Devices will be consumed by iOS 8 and unavailable for consumers when consumers purchase Devices that have iOS 8 installed.”






Apple's Many Glitches from 2014

Apple loses Customer Satisfaction Lead to Samsung

ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index) released their findings for smartphone companies and their customer satisfaction ratings for 2014, and the results were a little surprising to some. For the first time, Samsung is beating Apple in this metric – 81 (Samsung, a 6.6 improvement) to 79 (Apple, a -2.2 decline). The odd thing about this … Read more…

T-Mobile Data Stash

T-Mobile Uncarrier 8.0 event unleashes ‘Data Stash’

T-Mobile is continuing it’s aggressive push against the competition. It’s latest weapon is called ‘Data Stash’. It’s essentially the ability to roll over your unused data from one month to the next. Many of you will remember that AT&T (and Cingular beforehand) did something similar with your allowed voice minutes. From T-Mobile: Enough is enough. … Read more…

Custora: iPhone users spend more money shopping online

File this under ‘duh‘: Apple still dominates e-commerce, but Android devices are stealing share. Throughout 2014 – in our E-Commerce Mobile Report in July, and for the first three weeks of the holiday season, Android devices were “nibbling at the Apple,” stealing e-commerce share from Apple devices (iPhones and iPads). The same trend took place … Read more…

Chromebooks overtake iPads in Education Sales

From the Financial Times: “Chromebooks are really gaining traction,” said IDC analyst Rajani Singh. “The growth of Chromebook is a major concern for Apple’s iPad.” The reasons Chromebooks are gaining traction in education are easy to see. Low cost client, super simple client management, and a content library (the entire world wide web) second to … Read more…

Apple Hardware Year in Review

Apple SVP Eddy Cue famously said earlier this year that 2014 was going to be a banner year for Apple products.

With the year coming to a close, now is a good time to reflect back on the hardware that Apple released over the last 12 months and examine where Apple went right and where they went wrong.

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Focus

Under Steve Jobs, Apple was a laser focused company. Upon his return to Apple, he simplified Apple’s product matrix to four lines – consumer desktop, consumer portable,  pro desktop, pro portable. Apple focused on those 4 product lines (along with getting OS X ready and out the door) until the iPod debuted in 2001. Apple is methodical about how they approach products and features. When the iPhone debuted in 2007, many lamented that its closed nature would prevent it from being successful. Apple tried to placate users and developers with their ‘pretty sweet solution’ of developing web apps optimized for the small device. Of course, this was just Apple’s way of buying themselves time until their 3rd party app strategy was fully baked and ready to launch. There was nearly a year in between the push for web optimized apps and the App Store. And in that time, Apple took a lot of heat for not having a native app solution.

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