Originally Posted by antkm1
I'm going to say it like the rest. Apple's putting all their chips in the hardware basket and none in the services basket.
Sure they bought a chip manufacturer but skimped on services like WAZE and Dropbox. Of course Dropbox asked for an 8-figure sum, but if you ask me it would've been money well spent. Once again Apple demonstrates that they care more about hardware than services.
Yes, they should've bought WAZE but I agree that would not have solved the problem completely. However, WAZE is a hugely popular site and it would have gotten them a really good head start. Yes, I agree Apple needs a small army and about 50 network offices in major cities to add, correct and collect new data also. Software will get you part of the way there but it take billions of man-hours to get mapping right. Hell, I live in St. Louis (arguably a 2nd or 3rd tier city by many's standards) but the "standard" map view shows the OLD Busch Stadium and none of the building outlines shown on the map are in 3d. For historical sake the OLD Busch was torn down in 2005!!! So for all intents and purposes, we in St. Louis are working off mapping data that's nearly 8 years old in some cases. That's embarrassing! I mean if they kept the raw graphical data current at this point i'd be happy for a while but this is just crazy bad.
Edit: In comparison, I submitted a correction to Google Maps about the Metra Train lines in Chicago being inaccurate. They were simply vector lines connecting from station to station. That request for change happened in April 2012. When I loaded up the Transit overlay on the New Google Maps App for my iPad, the lines were fixed and follow the actual track lines from the satellite map. That's pretty impressive turn-around. Hell, Apple can't even be bothered to show walking paths, Train/subway lines or even correct building outlines. If you need a helper-app...it's a fail.
Now with Dropbox, yes, they are currently not for sale and Apple was trying to feel them out and didn't like the number quoted to them. But if you ask me, it's going to be another sad day when they do finally decide to sell and it probably won't be Apple that buys them.
I was so hopeful when i heard they are taking some of their services to the cloud and to the web (i.e. iWork for web) but they really need to step it up. I love apple and their products but they need a swift kick in the ass when it comes to services.
let me address your comments.
1. Apple has various services that THEY feel are worthwhile offering. They have iCloud, which has been developed over a fairly long period of time that's getting better and better. They, in case you didn't watch the WWDC Keynote, are putting the iWork suite in addition to the other things on iCloud, so you can do your work from any computer (Windows, OSX) with a variety of popular browsers. That's a VERY useful service and their apps are VERY high quality. They are bringing the IRadio which hopefully will be something that augments their immensely popular iTunes store. They have iMatch, which is another service they added to have which has some compelling features for users. They have PodCasting which they really created which is a way to watch videos, listen to Radios, watch educational lectures, etc. and it's a VERY useful tool for those that take some time checking it out. Apple is always looking at ways to offer hardware, software, services, etc., but these on-line services requires a LOT of money to build data centers, for which they are building as fast as they can just to do what they are currently doing and releasing to the market. Apple does a LOT more than hardware. They develop their own OS, applications that are VERY popular apps in certain industries. Most of the content you watch, listen to, and read have probably been modified and/or created using not only Apple hardware, but Apple software of some sort. The Cloud services industry is STILL in it's infancy and Apple just like other big players like Microsoft are looking to see what kinds of things are out there and trying to figure out what is USEFUL, what they could do to make a better Mousetrap, if you will, that would be able to make it a financially successful endeavor and providing something people actually want and use for the long term. I wouldn't hold your breath on Apple doing a YouTube copy, even though they would make it a LOT better than Google's current implantation, but there are too many potential legal issues surrounding it because it's too difficult keeping the children off of it as well as copyright infringement content. It's kind of a sleazy way to make money, even though a lot of people use it daily. Some people actually use YouTube for very good reasons, but along with that is a lot of content that probably shouldn't be on there in the first place.
So for now, Apple does what they feel is worthwhile doing that is good for the users. iCloud is free until you need more space. So, its useful to even those that don't pay for the service. they give you a free email account, they give you access to your data, syncing between devices,
Waze? Is that a company that has something that can't be duplicated somehow? Probably not. Can't dwell on what they didn't buy.
In terms of fixing the Maps problems. Some problems are easy to fix and some aren't. I'm sure they have their reasons, which are NOT personal, on why some things get fixed sooner than others. It's VERY possible, that one or more of these little companies they are buying have the ability to clean up a LOT of problems all at once rather than one at a time, and MAYBE Apple is holding off on those things that will be fixed by one or more of these acquisitions. Remember, Google and MapQuest started their Maps programs YEARS ago and they are STILL not perfect and STILL have errors too. So Apple is basically doing what they did over the course of over a decade in just a couple of years. Learn to be patient. If what you want fixed something that is you absolutely need that you can't find another app to help? Apple's not forcing you to use their Maps, they've announced that there are others and that they are working on their issue and it's going to be taken care of.
I don't know if Apple is even going to need DropBox. Apple does or can do the same thing, only it might take some development time but Apple probably figured out they don't need to purchase DropBox.
What Services do you need that Apple doesn't do that you would use that Apple can make profitable enough to make the investment in it?
For existing projects, Apple is stepping it up as fast as they can, so learn some patience. They have to hire people and actually have space for them to work, which they are constantly running out of.
NO ONE SINGLE COMPANY does as much development than Apple on their product line of hardware, OS, apps, service, support and services. NO ONE. Not Google, Microsoft, HP, Dell, Samsung, IBM, or anyone else for that matter. They have lots of job requisitions open, so if you are interested, they are hiring. And they pay pretty good salaries and if you are there to help and bring some added value to the table, they are all ears.
Oh, and one more thing. Apple doesn't make announcements on every little thing they are working on, they might be working on something that addresses something you'd be interested in, but aren't finished yet.
Oh, and I'm sure the people at Apple are not just sitting in their bean bag chairs, eating free food, playing pingpong, foosball, getting massages like those at Google that just really don't do much except for playing around with some stupid eyewear and a car that drives itself that won't see the light of day in a showroom any time in the next couple of decades. Heck there are Colleges using an iPad to drive a car, so Apple doesn't have to waste their time and money on that sort of project.
I can't resist. Look at what Google employees work on. Chromebook. OOH Hold me back!!! Google Glass. Probably the only computer based product that is actually getting banned before it even hits the market. hahahahahaha. Google car. Yeah, like they will be sold anytime in the near future? Yeah, right. Freaking retards. Yeah, like THEY take security seriously. every version of Android that affects 96% of their current user community is exposed to malware and they won't even step up the plate and tell those users that THEY and their OEMs are actually going to do about this potential security F'up that they've had since Day 1.
Edited by drblank - 7/19/13 at 6:59pm