My Live-Blog picks for Today’s Apple Event
Time: Sep 12, 2012 at 10:00 PDT / 22:30 IST /17:00 GMT (UTC).
Jim Dalrymple’s live-blogs are almost old-school, minimal and clutter free. His updates during the live-blogs are concise and to the point. Jim has more than 2-dacades experience of covering Apple and he has worked extremely hard over the past one year to make his site light-weight and fast. I’m a big fan of The Loop and Jim’s work. I highly recommend this live-blog.
GDGT live-blog is powered by Rack-space. GDGT’s live-blogs have been extremely resilient during the past Apple events. Ryan Block is a seasoned professional when it comes to these things. You will read some intelligent commentary and you will get to see some great shots of the event in this live-blog.
It is “The Verge”. You’ll see a lot of pics from the event and you’ll get to read some smart commentary and they’ll throw in a couple of jokes as well. Bottom Line: You will be entertained.
Guys, It is Macworld, Enough said. Jason Snell and Dan Moren are fantastic writers. They’re definitely not shy of throwing in a couple of funny comments in the live blog.
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It was Apple’s focus on product, rather than business that gave birth to the iPhone. Had the CFO tried to intervene with the numbers suggesting this wasn’t what was best for Apple’s business, he would have been right, but he probably would have been fired.
MG Siegler on how Apple cannibalized its iPod Business by making the iPhone.
Disruptive companies aren’t afraid of self-disruption.
Apple is sending out press invites for the September 12 event, confirms The Loop’s inimitable Jim Dalrymple (a.k.a. The Beard).
Apple is expected to announce the next-generation iPhone at the event. The shadow of the the Number “12” on the invite looks like Number “5”. Looks like Apple is hinting at the fact the next iPhone may indeed be called the iPhone 5.
Jim Dalrymple gives a customary ‘Yep’ to the section of Anand Tech’s report concerning NFC and the next iPhone.
Bottom Line: The Next iPhone will not have NFC given The Beard’s impeccable track record in last few years.
The BC/AD moment in the history of smartphones.
Whether you love the iPhone or hate it you can’t deny the that modern smartphone era can be divided into two. The 1st being the Pre-iPhone era and the 2nd being the post iPhone era. The Introduction of the iPhone was the BC/AD moment in the history of smart-phones.
The Wall Street Journal chronicles Apple’s souring relationship with Google and how Apple plans to oust Google Maps from the iPhone.
Apple has been hatching the plan to evict Google Maps from the iPhone for years, according to current and former Apple employees. The plan accelerated as smartphones powered by Google’s Android software overtook the iPhone in shipments.
I’m really wary of Apple forging a close relationship with a company like Facebook. Apple has been royally betrayed by a Partner (Google) in the past and Facebook is more than capable of pulling a fast one on Apple.
iPhone is the only phone on the market that has admirably withstood the attack of the Android army. I believe Google’s sole aim when they released Android 1.0 in Sep, 2008 was to destroy the iPhone. I’m really happy to see Apple’s recent moves to reduce their dependence on an unreliable partner like Google. We will see where Apple is heading after next week’s WWDC (June 11-15, 2012).
Contrasting Mobile Revenue Models of Apple And Google
Astute Horace Dediu puts things in perspective:
Apple has an operating margin (“profit”) per iPhone of approx. $320. Google keeps about $5.5 per authorized Android phone over a 2 yr. life.— Horace Dediu (@asymco) May 17, 2012
An Apple product generates about $1/day in revenue to Apple over its life. An Android device generates about 2c/day in revenue to Google.— Horace Dediu (@asymco) May 17, 2012
In order for Google to generate the same revenue as Apple does it needs to have 50x more devices in use.
— Horace Dediu (@asymco) May 17, 2012
Steven Troughton-Smith has written a fantastic post on an early Android phone from 2007. Here are some of my highlights:
When Google first showed off Android, they showed it running on a device very similar to Blackberries or Nokia E-class devices of the time. This device was the Google Sooner - an OMAP850 device built by HTC, with no touchscreen or WiFi. This was the Android reference device, the device they originally built the OS on.
In short, the phone was a Blackberry rip-off.
I thought it would be interesting to take you on a brief tour of the OS. The build of Android this is running was built on May 15th 2007 - four months after the iPhone was announced; the first M3 version of Android was announced in November 2007, and Android 1.0 didn’t come ‘till a year later.
The Google Sooner, aka the HTC EXCA 300, runs on an OMAP850 with 64MB RAM, and comes in two colors: black, and white. It has a 320x240 LCD screen (non touch) and a 1.3 megapixel camera sensor on the back, which supports video recording. Its curvy profile is surprisingly light and has a certain quality to it. It has a full QWERTY keyboard, a four-way d-pad, four system buttons (menu, back, home, and favourites) and call/end call buttons. Inside is a 2G radio, which is capable of EDGE speeds, but no WiFi or 3G. It has a mini-SD slot (not micro-SD), and a mini-USB port.
It was an OS designed to search Google from the very start.
He wraps up his post by saying:
It’s quite clear that Android was being designed to a completely different target before the iPhone was released.What we see here would have fitted in perfectly with the world of Symbian and BlackBerry. This early build of Android is in fact even less capable and mature than the 2004 release of Symbian Series 90 (Hildon), the OS that runs on the Nokia 7700 and 7710 - Nokia’s first, and only, pre-iPhone touchscreen smartphones. It’s not hard to see that iPhone really changed the thinking across the entire industry, and caused everybody to start from scratch. Android, webOS, Windows Phone 7, Windows 8, BlackBerry 10 - all of these exist because of the iPhone, and standing on its shoulders they have made some amazing and unique contributions to the ecosystem.
As I mentioned in my Úll talk last week, the moment we saw the iPhone for the first time it was so clear that everything beyond this point would be completely different - it wasn’t just about smartphones, it was about the future of computing. We live in a world that would have seemed distantly futuristic only 5 years ago, thanks to all these OSes. It’s amazing how far we’ve come in such a short time, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Google was following a red-ocean strategy before Apple wowed the world with the iPhone by following a blue-ocean strategy. Love it or hate it but the fact of the matter is the iPhone was a rising tide that lifted all boats.