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I don't know how much of Siri was Steve. In the biog, it's implied that he was given a demo of Siri for the first time at a Board meeting just before he resigned and was at first pessimistic that it could do as claimed. He asked it several questions and was apparently impressed. If Steve was not heavily involved with Siri, that actually is a positive for Apple. There's an impression that Jobs was a micro-manager who was involved in every design decision and there's...
I don't think that's what they meant. I think they discounted Apple's property taxes by 50%. I don't know what the discount on personal taxes means. I'm of mixed mind here. For one thing, we don't know what Apple promised the town. If we assume that Apple was honest and told them there would only be 50 permanent jobs then the town government was simply extremely naive. But as someone else pointed out, those 50 jobs still reduced unemployment by 1.7%. (And even...
While I agree that the Amazon and B&N devices are good devices as e-book readers, I disagree with your analysis. If anything, users of the Amazon Fire and similar devices will use them for a while, get used to the technology and then want something better, if only so they can unify their usage on one device. And those people will then upgrade to the incredible capabilities (especially in future models) of the iPad. Or they'll have two devices: a Nook or Kindle for...
While everything you state is accurate, I think the biggest issues for the competitors is that Apple is moving so quickly, they can never even hope to keep up (if even half of the rumors about future devices are true). About the very best they can do with the physical device itself is to copy (usually poorly) the previous generation. But with Apple producing so many units, it's very hard for them to compete on price because Apple can produce them cheaper because of the...
Yes, I agree....I also agree that life under slavery in the United States wasn't so bad either. The workers were fed, clothed, received free housing and got to work outside. And all those sex workers that cater to sex tourism in places like Thailand should thank their lucky stars also. Instead of having to do hard labor on a farm, they get to work in a nice nightclub and lie on their backs. What a great life!
Why only Apple products? The remote control codes are public knowledge - most equipment that comes with a "universal" remote control lists the codes for all the other manufacturer's devices so you can program your remote. If Apple built an iPad/iPhone app that could control anyone's device with a killer UI, that would interest me far more than an Apple-branded TV. The problem today is that each remote is missing several important things for the other devices. For...
What I don't get is that if Samsung, LG and Sharp are each making displays for a future iPad, how is consistency maintained between the screens supplied by different manufacturers? They can't be exactly the same without violating each others patents.
I really appreciate your informed and thoughtful response. You've really added much to the discussion.
I think the only thing that would truly work is a completely unknown actor. Otherwise, we won't see "Steve". We'll see Clooney or Bale or Wyle or whoever. I think there have only been a handful of roles in all of movie history where you only see the character and not the actor. Brando in "The Godfather" was one and Dustin Hoffman in "Tootsie" was another, but that was easier since he played the character in drag. Jim Carey as comedian Andy Kaufman in "Man On...
No. Mobile will certainly be big (it already is) and I agree that when mobile can get live broadcasts easily it will become bigger. And I also agree that there are some people, especially young people, who are satisfied watching TV or movies on a 3" screen. But to say that everything will be mobile and that people will only watch on large screens on special occasions is a complete misreading of the market and actual consumer behavior. Large screens are selling in...
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