Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th May 2012 19:10 UTC
Apple The next frontier for Apple - and other technology companies - to conquer: the television market. Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn, has confirmed his company will be building a television for Apple in conjunction with Sharp. Since I bought a brand-new top-of-the-line TV late last year, I've been thinking a lot about what could be improved about the state of TV today, and as crazy as it seems, I'm actually not that dissatisfied.
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RE: Comment by scarr
by Morgan on Mon 14th May 2012 21:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by scarr"
Morgan
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Despite Apple's insistence that we replace our iDevices every year, they do tend to have lasting value. My girlfriend has a first gen iPad, and while it stutters some with the newest update, it can still run every app she throws at it and it still gets 10 or so hours of uptime per charge.

Looking further back, as late as 2010 my portable was a 2000 era PowerBook G3 Pismo that I had upgraded several times. I wasn't going to do any video editing or modern gaming on it but it was more than enough for my modest portable computing needs. I only sold it to get a lighter, "faster" netbook that turned out to be a turd performance-wise, even compared to the ancient G3. I lost out on battery life, GUI smoothness and the better workflow that OS X provided. I even lost screen real estate; the netbook was only 1024x600 compared to the 1024x768 G3. And at the time, it was one of the nicer netbooks available; the only ones better were the ION based units that cost more than a good 13 inch laptop.

Would I buy another new Mac today? Hell no! Not only are they overpriced, I'm dead set against giving Apple any more money. But if the opportunity comes along to pick up a nice PowerBook or pre-unibody MBP at a decent price I might consider it. Between OS X Leopard and GNU/Linux, a five year old Apple laptop can still be a very powerful machine.

No, I have a feeling that this is one area where Apple will focus on that lasting value and use it as a selling point. Because they know that the competition will only need a year or so to start matching features, Apple can build a machine that is as upgradeable software-wise as their computers to stay ahead of the game. They can pull this off if they do it right.

I just won't be buying one myself.

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