Linked by MOS6510 on Sun 6th Oct 2013 10:59 UTC
Apple

This wasn't Grignon's typical route to work. He was a senior engineer at Apple in Cupertino, the town just west of Campbell. His morning drive typically covered seven miles and took exactly 15 minutes. But today was different. He was going to watch his boss, Steve Jobs, make history at the Macworld trade show in San Francisco. Apple fans had for years begged Jobs to put a cellphone inside their iPods so they could stop carrying two devices in their pockets. Jobs was about to fulfill that wish. Grignon and some colleagues would spend the night at a nearby hotel, and around 10 a.m. the following day they - along with the rest of the world - would watch Jobs unveil the first iPhone.

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RE[3]: Next thing
by majipoor on Sun 6th Oct 2013 13:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Next thing"
majipoor
Member since:
2009-01-22

One of the strength of Apple is the ability to focus on a few technologies and do it well. Compare that to Google: they want to be everywhere and fiber network in US or cars or even Google glasses are completely outside their core business.

Whether it is better to be Google or Apple on that point, I don't know (even if I have my idea), but don't expect Apple to do anything completely outside their core business.

I don't know how anybody including Apple could bring something really revolutionary with a smart watch today: the technology to do it right is several years ahead I think.

But it is obvious that the TV industry, whether it is hardware, but mostly software, ecosystem and content delivery is ripe for a revolution. Only content providers are preventing Apple form disrupting this market until now, but I think things are changing and it will be the next step for Apple.

And of course mobile payments and micro-location things with iBeacon and BLE, but this is not something new as everything is already here.

And obviously, some don't think it is exciting either because they consider the current market is good enough or because this technology don't imply using Sci-Fi tech. I guess they said the same in 2006, just before Apple announced the iPhone.

Edited 2013-10-06 13:51 UTC

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RE[4]: Next thing
by woegjiub on Sun 6th Oct 2013 14:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Next thing"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

Google are more focused than apple on the one business, though. Everything they do or make is for the sole purpose of having more people spend more time online, because it means more eyes on ads.

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RE[5]: Next thing
by No it isnt on Sun 6th Oct 2013 18:54 in reply to "RE[4]: Next thing"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

You think self-driving cars are for making the driver spend more time on the internet? Hardly. They went into location services and navigation, and realised what would be the next logical step. It would take loads of knowledge and information, which already gives Google a competitive advantage.

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RE[4]: Next thing
by Treza on Sun 6th Oct 2013 15:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Next thing"
Treza Member since:
2006-01-11

But it is obvious that the TV industry, whether it is hardware, but mostly software, ecosystem and content delivery is ripe for a revolution. Only content providers are preventing Apple form disrupting this market until now, but I think things are changing and it will be the next step for Apple.


Maybe. I do not believe it though. There are already many providers of online movies and TV shows.

"only content providers" is a bit misleading. The industry which owns content is certainly afraid of Apple or Google becoming too powerful. The solution is not in technology, it is in financial ties or outright buying of large content producers and owners.

There are also many per-countries regulations, far more difficult to deal with than for music or books.

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RE[4]: Next thing
by Slambert666 on Mon 7th Oct 2013 07:14 in reply to "RE[3]: Next thing"
Slambert666 Member since:
2008-10-30

One of the strength of Apple is the ability to focus on a few technologies and do it well.


The biggest strength of Apple is the ability to repackage technology as fashion and do this in a believable way

fixed dat fo ya....

Apple is a fashion company, not a technology company. That is why only portable products from Apple has become a success...

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RE[5]: Next thing
by Tony Swash on Mon 7th Oct 2013 11:26 in reply to "RE[4]: Next thing"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

Apple is a fashion company, not a technology company. That is why only portable products from Apple has become a success...


Other than being the most successful PC OEM, biggest Unix software business, biggest online seller of music, largest digital content business and most successful retailer on the planet, other than all that it's just mobile stuff based on fashion.

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