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Cybermart, a retail subsidiary of Apple partner Foxconn, is planning an aggressive expansion in Greater China after winning distribution rights for Apple products, according to a new report. Samsung was unable to capitalize on its iPad and iPhone challengers, posting its lowest quarterly profit in six quarters. Finally, a Microsoft spokesperson said the company was "looking into" a Mac App Store version of its Office productivity suite.

Cybermart

Cybermart International, a member of the Foxconn Group, recently obtained status as a "first-grade distributor" for Apple in the Greater China area, Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes reported Friday.

The retail chain, which currently has 34 outlets around China, is planning a massive expansion of up to 500 Apple licensed retail shops, which will reportedly offer on-site repair services, in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, said chairman Steve Chang. The first such store will open in Tianjin on April 1, 2011, with 7-8 more new stores to follow in 2011.

Foxconn, one of Apple's largest manufacturers, recently came under criticism after a series of worker suicides.

According to Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, China has been Apple's "top priority" for several years. "We put enormous energy into China. And the results of that have been absolutely staggering." The iPhone maker revealed last week that revenue from China had quadrupled year over year. Apple's four retail stores in mainland China were the highest traffic and highest revenue locations for the company.

Samsung

With modest smartphone and tablet sales unable to cover weak sales of chips and flatscreens, South Korean electronics giant Samsung missed analysts' expectations when it reported the weakest quarterly profit in six quarters on Friday.

Samsung reported 3.0 trillion won ($2.7 billion) in operating profit for the December quarter, well below consensus expectations of 3.4 trillion won. Nearly half of the company's profit came from Samsung's telecom division, Reuters reports.

With 10 million Google Android-based Galaxy S smartphones sold since June and sales of 2 million Galaxy tablets last quarter, Samsung has seen a measure of success in the mobile space, but has been unable to translate units sold into the record profits that Apple has racked up in recent quarters.

With the recently announced Galaxy Player, Samsung is attempting to match Apple's three flagship iOS products: the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, with competing Android versions. The 7-inch Galaxy Tab, though billed as the iPad's first "real" competitor, has been characterized as "a little bit of a disappointment."

Microsoft Office

Microsoft is considering bringing its Office suite to the Mac App Store, a spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal's Ina Fried.

Its something we are looking at, said Microsofts Amanda Lefebvre. Its something we havent ruled out, she said. We just have to see how that relates to our business.

According to the report, Microsoft may also be planning to bring Office to the iPhone, as the company recently released its OneNote note-taking program on the iOS App Store. You can absolutely expect Office to expand its presence across other platforms, said Microsoft senior director Jason Bunge in a recent interview.

When Apple launched the Mac App Store early this month, software giants Microsoft and Adobe were conspicuously missing from the digital storefront. With almost no competition from other major software vendors, Apple's own applications have consistently been the highest grossing on the Mac App Store, bringing in millions of dollars of revenue for the Mac maker.

Microsoft, however, has begun offering a free 30 day trial of Office for Mac on its website, something that can't be done through the Mac App Store.

The Windows maker announced mixed quarterly results Thursday, as sales of PCs have slowed and Windows Phone 7 has failed to take off.
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"With the recently announced Galaxy Player, Samsung is attempting to match Apple's three flagship iOS products: the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, with competing Android versions."

Samsung is attempting three "flagship" launch products without the glue that links them. Apple's iOS products are the stars that rotate around the sun that is iTunes.
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lowest quarterly profit in six years

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weakest quarterly profit in six quarters.
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Your headline says "six years" but the article says "six quarters". I'm guessing the article is correct and the headline ain't?
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I don’t expect MS to be a fast mover into the Mac App Store. There are just too many hurdles for them to cross with their Office products for that happen. Perhaps after a couple years after the Mac App Store has grown phenomenally well and undeniable stats of developers selling more product with less stolen product resulting in a positive net gain, but I can’t imagine MS to plan for such an eventuality this far ahead. I would expect them to copy the Mac App Store for Windows long before that happens.
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Office:iOS? Hell yeah. 2011 is a huge improvement over 2008 and I'd love to see it arrive on iOS, although I don't take the iPod touch seriously. Office coming over would highly cement iOS adoption in enterprises.
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Your headline says "six years" but the article says "six quarters". I'm guessing the article is correct and the headline ain't?

Ah. Thanks for catching that.
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I'd rather not. It's a backward step to default to Office formats to trade files with everyone. Besides that, Notes Plus is ten times better than OneNote.
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You know what's funny?
Microsoft leaving money on the table by not offering "Office for iOS". They could use it.

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Microsoft is in a difficult position, and we might as well acknowledge it. If they do more for Office Mac, it makes it easier to convert from Windows to OS X. Really, if they don't bother, then they get the Windows sale and the Office sale.

If they do the same for iOS, it makes it less likely someone will get a WP7 device. It's difficult all right. I wouldn't want to be the one at MS who has to come up with the numbers showing why one decision or another is better for them.

As for Samsung. They've been doing very well in phones. They came from all the way in the back of the pack years ago when i bought their i300 color Palmphone, to the second largest cell phone maker in the world. Likely, they will take over the number one spot from Nokia late this year, or early next.

I just feel sorry for all those Tab users when they find they won't be able to upgrade to Honeycomb later this year, if what we're hearing about Google's hardware specs for it are true.
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I would buy Word and Outlook from the App Store. I didn't know MS already had OneNote on the iOS App Store so at least they're not totally allergic to the idea of app stores.

Some other Mac apps I would like to see on the App Store are UltraEdit and Sandvox.

I also hope the App Store breathes new life in to the Mac game porting market, such as Aspyr and Feral used to make their living on before they diversified. The harm that Boot Camp did to Mac ports could be reversed by the sheer convenience of MAS.
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Office:iOS? Hell yeah. 2011 is a huge improvement over 2008 and I'd love to see it arrive on iOS, although I don't take the iPod touch seriously. Office coming over would highly cement iOS adoption in enterprises.

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Microsoft is in a difficult position, and we might as well acknowledge it. If they do more for Office Mac, it makes it easier to convert from Windows to OS X. Really, if they don't bother, then they get the Windows sale and the Office sale.

If they do the same for iOS, it makes it less likely someone will get a WP7 device. It's difficult all right. I wouldn't want to be the one at MS who has to come up with the numbers showing why one decision or another is better for them.

As for Samsung. They've been doing very well in phones. They came from all the way in the back of the pack years ago when i bought their i300 color Palmphone, to the second largest cell phone maker in the world. Likely, they will take over the number one spot from Nokia late this year, or early next.

I just feel sorry for all those Tab users when they find they won't be able to upgrade to Honeycomb later this year, if what we're hearing about Google's hardware specs for it are true.

Here I sit in front of a nice fire.. In non-NYC, non-Boston...

Seriously the only chance for Office is to ASAP release an iOS version... Then an Android version...

... And maybe, a year from now a WP7 version...


Otherwise, the parade has marched by...
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Here I sit in front of a nice fire.. In non-NYC, non-Boston...

Seriously the only chance for Office is to ASAP release an iOS version... Then an Android version...

... And maybe, a year from now a WP7 version...


Otherwise, the parade has marched by...

I think they have time on this. It's not like PC's are going away anytime soon, and Office take-up did very well this quarter. The problem for them is do they encourage iOs and Android sales, or try to hold them back? I don't think they can hold them back, because they have nothing to do it with. By the time they do, it could be over for them there.

But, Office os the gorilla in the room. I don't see something else doing better
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Thank you for not using "Far East".
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Guess which apps I won't be downloading.
M$ garbage on the Mac or iOS app stores, is nothing sacrilege ?
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It gets old reading these things. Apple are the only company working for themselves. Microsoft are trying, but they are stuck on ancient business practices and don't make their own hardware.

Apple will eat the competition until the competition realise that they must bring something unique to the table. Another Android phone, as nice as the hardware can be will just be another Android phone. It's like a gaming computer - obviously Windows, obviously expensive, and glitzy. There is nothing left to bespeak quality when the hardware is just a backdrop to a piece of software that you neither own nor really contribute meaningfully to.

As for Samsung - losing bits of the phone business hardly hurts them at all. Again, they are the largest conglomerate in the world with fingers in many countries governments. There is nothing that could harm them in the electronics sector as that isn't their largest sector at all.
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Yep.

Why not add in people who like cherries and giraffes with neck pain? Obviously, the competition to Apple is the smart phone market. Apple have the only unique product out there that is doing well. RIM are roughing it out and WebOS has unfortunately not yet made a great splash.

Adding Windows from what decade, from what year, from how the hell is that related to anything is pretty banana kick, but whatever - this is the internet.
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Guess which apps I won't be downloading.
M$ garbage on the Mac or iOS app stores, is nothing sacrilege ?

Office is fine. The Mac Business unit does a good job.
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The longer MS takes to release Office for the iPad the tougher their competition will get, especially when users get use to using alternative apps.
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I think they have time on this. It's not like PC's are going away anytime soon, and Office take-up did very well this quarter. The problem for them is do they encourage iOs and Android sales, or try to hold them back? I don't think they can hold them back, because they have nothing to do it with. By the time they do, it could be over for them there.

But, Office is the gorilla in the room. I don't see something else doing better

I think I agree with Dick. This is a whole new platform taking off. Being in the marketplace in the beginning is really important.

For instance I'm a writer so I haven't had my iPad out of my hands since I bought it and I use Pages (even though it's not really that great), because right now, it's the only word processor you can get for iPad. Now I'm in Canada, so we didn't even get the iPad up here until recently, but after using Pages day in and day out for all that time, Word for iOS would have to be a very good product to get me to switch. In the US, there are people that have been using it every day for a year already.

If MS doesn't get Office for iOS out the door within the next year, there will be folks that have used iOS for up to two years without ever needing Office. People who have already switched to other methods and tools. They are essentially leaving Apple to play by themselves in the iOS market place, unchallenged.

I think all Microsoft can really expect out of their name and reputation here, is that people will definitely "take a look" at what they offer (when or if they offer it), even if they wait another year. The power of the name will get them that far, but if the product itself isn't really good, and doesn't show up rather sooner than later, they won't have a hope. It's a golden opportunity for MS really, but I have the suspicion they are going to blow it. iOS software is almost the opposite "style" of software to that Microsoft is used to producing. While they specialise in bloated "everything but the kitchen sink" suites, iOS is all about focussed tasks and minimalism.

I wouldn't be surprised to see them put something out for iOS, but I would be very, very surprised if it was good. Microsoft has never shown any talent at all for this kind of programming. The last product I remember MS making that was as clear, focussed and easy to use as an iOS app, is MS Word 5.0 for DOS.
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Personally, I don't understand the psychology of "if a major app is not available on the app store, I won't buy it". If you need MS-Office or Photoshop, then you need it and there are some advantages of having that physical CD installation disc.

Frankly, I see the app store as helping to market the less obvious and more niche-oriented software apps, especially those that don't get inventoried in physical stores anymore (including the Apple stores) because retail doesn't carry very deep lines of software anymore.
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Here I sit in front of a nice fire.. In non-NYC, non-Boston...

Seriously the only chance for Office is to ASAP release an iOS version... Then an Android version...

... And maybe, a year from now a WP7 version...


Otherwise, the parade has marched by...

MS has a MS Office Mobile version for WP7.

http://player.vimeo.com/video/166270...0&color=ffffff

It's one of their competitive advantages. I could see porting MS Office Mobile for the iPad since they already support Office on Macs but hell no for Android. MS is directly competing with Google for handset licenses.

WP7 tablet with MS Office Mobile and slightly enhanced enterprise security would destroy the Playbook. Not that it's going to take much to destroy the playbook given no BES without a freaking BB.
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If MS doesn't get Office for iOS out the door within the next year, there will be folks that have used iOS for up to two years without ever needing Office. People who have already switched to other methods and tools. They are essentially leaving Apple to play by themselves in the iOS market place, unchallenged.

Neither Pages or QuickOffice is completely Office compatible. iOS Keynote isn't even completely compatible with Mac Keynote at the moment. The next iWork I'm hoping is seamless.

The primary point is that most folks that use office need much better compatibility with the desktop workflow before anyone can claim that MS has missed the boat with a MS Office Mobile on the iPad.
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For instance I'm a writer so I haven't had my iPad out of my hands since I bought it and I use Pages (even though it's not really that great), because right now, it's the only word processor you can get for iPad.

I think the iPad is a great device, but I don't know how you type on the thing - it hurts my hands (and I don't have especially big hands.) It's fine for a short email or entering info into a form, but I would never use it as currently configured for any "real work" just like I don't use my iPhone to respond to long and detailed business email. I don't know what the answer is - it might be a larger holographic keyboard that projects out of the unit, but still provides tactile feedback or it might mean getting away from the Qwerty keyboard (although that's been tried before without success.)

My fear for the future is that Apple stops recognizing (or stops caring) that people who do "real work" still need something that resembles a traditional computer: one with inputs/outputs, lots of memory and local physical storage with a full-sized keyboard and the ability to have multiple applications active and on-screen at the same time. That's very different than the use of simple games, apps that require minimal input (find me a restaurant), tweeting, texting, reading books, viewing video or viewing webpages.
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The longer MS takes to release Office for the iPad the tougher their competition will get, especially when users get use to using alternative apps.

Exactly!

MS needs to learn how to compete on the iPad (new tablet) form factor while it is still in the early formative stages. This includes:

-- rethinking app features
-- reworking app UI
-- reworking app interaction with other apps
-- app interaction with a mobile OS
-- app collaboration
-- app scripting
-- app packaging
-- app pricing
-- app distribution
-- app support

Some of these things are not. yet, allowed or practical on the iPad -- but they will be within the next few years.

If Microsoft, or anyone, wants to play in this "Tablet Application" marketplace, they need to get into the marketplace as soon as possible.

What will happen if MS withholds the Office apps from the iPad, until they have a competitive tablet OS 2 years down the road...

...and then, 2 years down the road they bomb, cancel or delay their tablet OS project?

The risks are too great.


If Gates were still in charge, MS would be all over the iPad -- learning, copying and gaining app market share.

MS has an MBU (Mac Business Unit) -- they need an iBU... Soon!


I dislike MS and no longer own any MS products -- it's getting easier to be MS-free as each year passes.


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Yep.

Your pie chart might make a point - but I suspect if you look at the data over time it would tell a slightly different story. All it does now is point out that MS can't get people to switch from an OS that is a full TWO product cycles back (understandably so after the Vista debacle but most of what I have seen with Win7 says it is a vast improvement - at least over Vista and may add to the feature set if you are an XP user - although I seriously doubt you could get anyone to move from Mac OS X to it).
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...It's a golden opportunity for MS really, but I have the suspicion they are going to blow it. iOS software is almost the opposite "style" of software to that Microsoft is used to producing. While they specialise in bloated "everything but the kitchen sink" suites, iOS is all about focussed tasks and minimalism.

I wouldn't be surprised to see them put something out for iOS, but I would be very, very surprised if it was good. Microsoft has never shown any talent at all for this kind of programming. The last product I remember MS making that was as clear, focussed and easy to use as an iOS app, is MS Word 5.0 for DOS.

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Could not agree more - very well said.
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Yep.

Where is Windows 7? Why is Windows broken up over 2 OS versions but Mac OS is all clumped together as one?
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What will happen if MS withholds the Office apps from the iPad, until they have a competitive tablet OS 2 years down the road...

I think that the real problem is that have not figured out that what they have now is not the right thing. They have been trying to use Windows with a touch screen or on a tablet for several years and the only sign that maybe someone somewhere gets it is in the new Windows phone OS. Still is not my favorite but it is a step in the right direction. Someone needs to smack 'em upside the head and explain the Windows is NOT a cross platform solution i.e., one size does not fit all.

I don't own any MS stock and have no stake in them whatsoever so I don't really care except they remain the de facto std on desktops/laptops (Office that is) and I hate what they have done. It just keeps getting bigger and messier. I avoid Office whenever possible (I detest the ribbons and other crap and the tiny area they leave as a working area for your document - but I digress).
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I avoid Office whenever possible (I detest the ribbons and other crap and the tiny area they leave as a working area for your document - but I digress).

Documents? Documents?

MS Office can do Documents too?

I thought MS Office was just a drill-and-practice tool to train users with various arcane UI elements that they might encounter in a desktop OS.

Well... if Office can do Documents... I might just give it another look!
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Yep.

No kidding, thats a much nicer pie chart than I ever produce, Would you mind telling me what s/w package you used?
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I think the iPad is a great device, but I don't know how you type on the thing - it hurts my hands (and I don't have especially big hands.) It's fine for a short email or entering info into a form, but I would never use it as currently configured for any "real work" just like I don't use my iPhone to respond to long and detailed business email. ....

If it's any help to you, I had the same experience. I thumb-type on the iPad in portrait mode exclusively, and it really hurt my hands at first. I have rather large hands but it's still quite a reach to be able to hit all the keys with any accuracy and speed. Also, the sharp edges of the bottom corners dig into your palms right where some major tendons are, which is also very painful at first.

I tried to use the iPad for about three weeks and then actually gave up and started leaving it at home for roughly a two week period after that. Then all of a sudden, I guess the muscles in my hands just got used to it and I'm fine now except after long periods.

When the iPad first came out I was shocked that it wasn't 7" instead of 10" and even posted a few diatribes here about how they "got the size wrong," but now I'm not so sure. If it was lighter, and ever so slightly smaller, and if the corners were less sharp it might be "just right" (at least for me). Coincidentally, this is apparently what they plan for version 2.0.

I do think that Apple really doesn't seem to care much about human ergonomics though and I think this is true across a wide range of their products over a long period of years, especially when it comes to hand-size.

Hand size varies by inches, yet all of Apple's products are made for the "average" hand. If you are a kid or a small person for instance, you will never be able to thumb-type on an iPad. If you have bigger hands like mine, you can expect to never be able to use the swipe gestures on the Magic Mouse, etc. etc.

Why Apple doesn't make a small, medium, and large version of their hand-held products has always been a mystery to me, and something I see as a mistake on their part. Same goes for keyboards.
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I think that in order for Office to be in the app store, Apple would have to give Microsoft latitude to continue offering Office in other contexts at different price points. For example, I don't think it would be in consumers or apple's best interest to have the Microsoft home use program cancelled for Mac users (I don't know if the app store rules would prevent that or not).

The broader point here is that Office is an incredibly important application for the Mac and including it in the App store should in no way inhibit the distribution of Office to Mac users through other means. If that means MS gets special treatment, so be it --- Office deserves special treatment. (so does Adobe Creative Suite)
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If it's any help to you, I had the same experience. I thumb-type on the iPad in portrait mode exclusively, and it really hurt my hands at first. I have rather large hands but it's still quite a reach to be able to hit all the keys with any accuracy and speed. Also, the sharp edges of the bottom corners dig into your palms right where some major tendons are, which is also very painful at first.

I tried to use the iPad for about three weeks and then actually gave up and started leaving it at home for roughly a two week period after that. Then all of a sudden, I guess the muscles in my hands just got used to it and I'm fine now except after long periods.

When the iPad first came out I was shocked that it wasn't 7" instead of 10" and even posted a few diatribes here about how they "got the size wrong," but now I'm not so sure. If it was lighter, and ever so slightly smaller, and if the corners were less sharp it might be "just right" (at least for me). Coincidentally, this is apparently what they plan for version 2.0.

I do think that Apple really doesn't seem to care much about human ergonomics though and I think this is true across a wide range of their products over a long period of years, especially when it comes to hand-size.

Hand size varies by inches, yet all of Apple's products are made for the "average" hand. If you are a kid or a small person for instance, you will never be able to thumb-type on an iPad. If you have bigger hands like mine, you can expect to never be able to use the swipe gestures on the Magic Mouse, etc. etc.

Why Apple doesn't make a small, medium, and large version of their hand-held products has always been a mystery to me, and something I see as a mistake on their part. Same goes for keyboards.

Apple should allow the user some flexibility to customize the system virtual kbs -- as you mention, hand (key) size/spacing, split kb for thumb typing. There are apps that do this -- but it really needs to be a system-wide function.
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If it's any help to you, I had the same experience. .....
I tried to use the iPad for about three weeks and then actually gave up and started leaving it at home for roughly a two week period after that. Then all of a sudden, I guess the muscles in my hands just got used to it and I'm fine now except after long periods.
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Why Apple doesn't make a small, medium, and large version of their hand-held products has always been a mystery to me, and something I see as a mistake on their part. Same goes for keyboards.

Hey, any bluetooth wireless keyboard can be used to enter data, at least with 4.0 on the iPhone 4 it can. I am pretty sure they updated it for the iPad.

Anyone out there know for sure. ???

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My fear for the future is that Apple stops recognizing (or stops caring) that people who do "real work" still need something that resembles a traditional computer: one with inputs/outputs, lots of memory and local physical storage with a full-sized keyboard and the ability to have multiple applications active and on-screen at the same time. That's very different than the use of simple games, apps that require minimal input (find me a restaurant), tweeting, texting, reading books, viewing video or viewing webpages.

yup, they are totally clueless and the MacBook Air was a happy accident
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No kidding, thats a much nicer pie chart than I ever produce, Would you mind telling me what s/w package you used?

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Why Apple doesn't make a small, medium, and large version of their hand-held products has always been a mystery to me, and something I see as a mistake on their part. Same goes for keyboards.

Do you see Apple's record profit? That's not by accident. Reduction in the number of parts and variations reduces overall costs for a plethora of reasons.

Much like they eventually started offering matte finishes on some MacBook Pro's after a while, I imagine at some point Apple will start offering more variation - but now they are focused on growth and developing their platform, so I wouldn't look for much variety in hardware from them for the near future.

As for keyboards, there are tons of good third party alternatives out there, but I do understand and somewhat agree with you for all-in-one devices like the iPad. Then again, there are two different sized software keyboards in it already (just tilt it) and you can add third party keyboards via Bluetooth (I have a nice case/keyboard combo that I really like for longer typing sessions) so Apple may not feel compelled to offer much variation.

Time will tell - but it hardly seems to be holding them back for now
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Agree . Apple ecosystem is undefectable.
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Do you see Apple's record profit? That's not by accident. Reduction in the number of parts and variations reduces overall costs for a plethora of reasons.

Much like they eventually started offering matte finishes on some MacBook Pro's after a while, I imagine at some point Apple will start offering more variation - but now they are focused on growth and developing their platform, so I wouldn't look for much variety in hardware from them for the near future.

As for keyboards, there are tons of good third party alternatives out there, but I do understand and somewhat agree with you for all-in-one devices like the iPad. Then again, there are two different sized software keyboards in it already (just tilt it) and you can add third party keyboards via Bluetooth (I have a nice case/keyboard combo that I really like for longer typing sessions) so Apple may not feel compelled to offer much variation.

Time will tell - but it hardly seems to be holding them back for now

Why does Apple still make 3 different Magsafe power adapters with different wattages and trivial difference in size when all MacBooks, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs can just use the highest rated adapter?
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