Originally Posted by DocNo42
I love monday morning quarterbacking....
Why are you assuming that simply tossing more money around can fix something like this?
And why do you assume that Apple agree's with the articles and comments that those are problems that need fixing?
In what way? The main problem with the AppleTV isn't the hardware or software, but content - the video content producers are even more brain dead than the music people were!
You want to know what will push the AppleTV further along than anything else? Final Cut Pro X.
Huh? Apple relies 100% on Intel for the Mac Pro bumps. Indeed, Apple often releases chipsets ahead of their general availability to the rest of industry. What more, exactly, do you want them to do?!?
And just because laptops have thunderbolt doesn't mean it's Apple being lazy and not offering it on the Mac Pro for some arbitrary reason - the two products use entirely different processor families and chipsets.
Well duh. It could have also led to decreased sales too - too frequent of refreshes and people just keep "holding on" for the next version that is right around the corner.
Really? You think you can run Apple more efficiently than they are now? They are widely recognized as being one of the most well run companies on the planet (and have the market cap to prove it).
None of what you postulate as "tweaks" are minor or tweaks - they are pretty fundamental fiddling with formulas that are currently PRODUCING dramatic, positive results.
Personally I'd rather see the xMac (two slot minitower) than any of your tweaks - but I'm not holding my breath for any of it...
Actually I thought I gave Apple plenty of props and respect in the post (including specific acknowledgement of their being "one of the most well run companies on the planet") and know they can do the amazing things they do better than I could run even a lemonade stand. Not to mention that Steve ignored my personal letter of application in 1984 shortly after the Mac debuted - not surprising since I had no skills truly useful to Apple then (or now), and the letter was written on a Commodore 64 with a terrible dot matrix printer.
Plus you misread me in several places. e.g., I specifically identified adding TB to the Pro as part of the next likely major update and NOT one of the tweaks I was suggesting. Which do quietly happen sometimes anyway (changing the solid state storage on the MBA, e.g.). Nor did I say in any way, shape or form that Apple lives by the reportage or commentary on Apple sites.
If that were so, based on the clamor of acolytes, you would've had your mythical mid-range Mac years and years ago, but you don't, and we agree, actually, that you very, very likely won't. But that's because there's no business case for their investing in a stagnant growth area when there are richer opportunities in pioneering new, untapped - or relatively untapped - markets. Only a third of US cell users have a smart phone yet. Likely less than one in 20 TV owners has any form of TV add-on box such as Apple TV, Roku, Slingbox, et al.
So I stand by the thrust of my post - which is that there have been and are a few things at Apple which could have gotten - and benefited from - a little more love without materially effecting - and maybe helping (maybe, yes) the bottom line. One example - apps on Apple TV. They're doubtless coming - or something like them is coming on some device (or pathway from a different HW source) akin to the ATV will be coming, but my sense is that targeted engineering (not "throwing money" - which I clearly identified as what companies like MS do) could have advanced the arrival of such.
There's also the "disruptive force" argument - Apple's been it - but it is possible that that crown could be seized from them in one or more areas where they stand tallest today by hungry, capable companies willing to forgo stock price runup or EPS or the size of their cash cache for pouring more into trying (and possibly succeeding at) coming up with the next "insanely great thing." Apple can't rest on being Apple as they have been - there's more pressure than ever on them to keep re-inventing themselves at a good pace.
Again, I'm not in the boardroom - just an aging nerd in a forum full of other would be whatevers - but it's not blasphemy to conjecture that there are times when at least small decisions on the bottom line vs. a bit more investment have fallen on the BL side when they could've led to happier outcomes if they'd fallen on the "let's add this now" side.
PS: despite the howls, I think we agree that the new FCP is going to be one of those disruptive forces once it gets its sea legs - however, again, perhaps many of the howls were predictable - and Apple has acknowledged (almost as HP has about its underwhelming tablet release) that missing bits will be forthcoming shortly - so a case where a bit more polishing grease could have led to a more complete release at the release date, or a later release date without the irritants.
In any case, by fine tuning I meant very fine tuning. Thanks for the reaction though.