Cook says Apple to enter 'new categories' with upcoming devices

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  • Reply 101 of 223
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,980member
    So laughable that Apple needed them on iPhone from the very beginning? I don't understand why people have to pretend like Google is completely incompetent and Samsung can't make devices people like on this site. It's a weird form of collective enforced delusion.

    Seriously, I don't get it.

    It's called illusory superiority with a touch of self deception.
  • Reply 102 of 223
    that rules out the iWatch and the 'real' TV coming out this year as neither is a 'new product category'
  • Reply 103 of 223
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    This is off topic and now buried on page 3 of AI.

    Tim looks terrible- I am talking skin, which is the mirror to one’s health. He looks thin, tired and terribly wrinkly for someone who is only fifty-three. I remember noting this a year or so ago but the pictures and videos of recent look even worse.

    My suspicions is that the man’s diet is not healthy for him. Either he eats junk food (I think not) or he is on some kind of diet that might drive him down the same spiral that claimed his predecessor. The third possibility is that no matter what he does, his genes rule and he, or his skin  just ages faster than the average.

    We all make choices that influence our health. I doubt he smokes. I doubt he does drugs. I have read he exercises and whether that is extreme or moderate  I haven’t a clue. If his food choices are political, well that is his choice.

    I think he looks twenty years older than fifty-three.

    I hope he is carefully cultivating his successor. We’ve been down this road before.

     

     (I have had two friends whose skin made them look twenty years older than their age. One smoked the other did not. Both ate well, were not over weight and were quite fit, but their skin continued to age exponentially. It may just be genetic and the rest of his vitals may be quite vigorous and healthy.)


     

    I was watching a PBS show about 1964. When the 1964 election was discussed it reminded me that both Johnson and Goldwater were in their 50s at this time. Both around the same age as Tim. Both looked even older than Tim. Both men looked to be late 60s, early 70s. Johnson died young, in his early 60s. Goldwater lived to be 89.

  • Reply 104 of 223
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    Originally Posted by island hermit View Post

     

     

    I don't need a dictionary to tell me what is and what is not innovating.

     

    To say that the mouse wasn't innovative until Apple used it with its computers; to say that the gui wasn't innovative until Apple used it with its computers... *

     

    ... well, that's just silly to me.

     

    ( * fill in any innovation that comes to mind that was or wasn't used years later in a financially successful product)


    Finally, some sense in this forum.

  • Reply 105 of 223
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    Why don't you tell us what problem it is that GG is providing a solution to?

    These look like some pretty cool uses of GG

     

    The first app is the Moment Camera, an automatic camera that captures footage throughout the day without any user input.

    “Like a pro photographer, Moment tries to take photos of the people, places, and times you care about,” says the Moment Camera website. “Over time, you make Moment smarter by telling it how it’s doing.”

    Next up is Captioning on Glass, a companion app for Android devices that can transcribe voice into text. The text will then appear on the heads-up display of Google Glass, which the developers hope will “assist the hard-of-hearing in everyday conversations.”

    Finally, Quest Visual is looking to update its translation app, Word Lens, to make use of the smartglasses. With the Word Lens app on Android and iOS, users are able to hold their phones up to signs and see an immediate translation of the printed text. Porting the app to Google Glass will cut out the middleman, allowing users to simply say, “OK Glass, translate this,” and the translation will appear on the display.

  • Reply 106 of 223
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    I spent a couple of hours with GG a couple of weeks ago. The most utterly laughable product ever.


     


    There are serious social issues with it. But to call it laughable is to ignore the evolutionary steps that must be taken for new technology to become truly usable, acceptable and productive. It also shows a lack of appreciation for technology. With all due respect, you're clearly not an engineer or technophile.

  • Reply 107 of 223
    v5vv5v Posts: 1,357member
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    Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post



    Honestly to needs to stop talking about new products especially when everybody knows he's not going to offer up any details. All we get now is the media mocking his statements because they're the same statements he's made umpteen times before. All he has to do is say "you're going to like what you see" and leave it at that. Don't get into any discussions on timelines or whether it's updates to existing products or new "categories". I'm not aware of any other tech company getting grilled as much about new product "categories" as Apple does. Tim needs to stop letting Wall Street and the media push him around.



    Want to quit playing defense and start playing offense!

     

    Depends on where you sit. That strategy really reinforces the view that Apple products are intended for consumers and any business applications are purely coincidental. Consumers don't need to plan a year or two out, and "like to be surprised." Businesses need to have a plan for capital spending and don't like being kept in the dark about issues that will affect them. I know a year in advance what Intel plans to do, and, as long as I order enough seats, my VAR will work with me to make sure I get what I need when I need it. Apple won't even commit to a particular model CONTINUING to be available much less give any indication of what might be in the pipeline or when it might be available. That's not cute, that's a formula for making sure Mac stays a niche product forever.

  • Reply 108 of 223
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,980member
    For Apple it was a new product category... regardless of how many other tablets had come before it. Just as the iPod was a new product category "for Apple".

    Unless, of course, someone really believes that the iPod is exactly like an iMac.

    The 'new product category' statement is open for interpretation. Is it a well known product that will be new to Apple or a little known product that Apple will suddenly make popular?
  • Reply 109 of 223
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    The 'new product category' statement is open for interpretation. Is it a well known product that will be new to Apple or a little known product that Apple will suddenly make popular?

     

    I don't think Cook was speaking to the public at that moment. I think it was a "wink wink, nudge nudge" moment for Wall Street's ears.

     

    BTW... your second sentence says the same thing twice.

  • Reply 110 of 223
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,754member
    Tim Cook seems much more "chatty" lately. IMO he's reacting to some of the spreading negativity in the press and on interest sites (even here), which is good.
  • Reply 111 of 223
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    Originally Posted by Gatorguy View Post



    Tim Cook seems much more "chatty" lately. IMO he's reacting to some of the spreading negativity in the press and on interest sites (even here), which is good.

     

    I think Tim Cook has always been chatty... apology letters etc.

  • Reply 112 of 223
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,980member
    I don't think Cook was speaking to the public at that moment. I think it was a "wink wink, nudge nudge" moment for Wall Street's ears.

    BTW... your second sentence says the same thing twice.

    Read it again because it doesn't. Say Apple introduces a full fledged TV set, that’s a well known product that Apple doesn't currently make so it would be a 'new product category' for them but while most of us knew there were tablets before the iPad, a great many people didn’t, so tablets became an entirely new 'new product category'.
  • Reply 113 of 223
    v5vv5v Posts: 1,357member
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    Originally Posted by Sporlo View Post

    How about put 160GB in my iPhone instead?

     

    Because at Apple's BTO prices for storage bumps it would make the price of your phone $2,299.00!

  • Reply 114 of 223
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    Read it again because it doesn't. Say Apple introduces a full fledged TV set, that’s a well known product that Apple doesn't currently make so it would be a 'new product category' for them but while most of us knew there were tablets before the iPad, a great many people didn’t, so tablets became an entirely new 'new product category'.

     

    OFFS. It doesn't matter how popular it was before Apple made it. If it was available to consumers then it is only a new product category in Apple's line-up... regardless of its popularity prior to the introduction.

     

    A new new product category is something that was never available to consumers prior to that time... the first cars, the first steam engines, the first computers, the first home computers... or any other zillion different products.

     

    If it was available on the shelves before Apple made its product then it is only new to Apple.

  • Reply 115 of 223
    OFFS... have you looked at Intel's 10 year chart.

    Apple can sit on its hands if it wants to. No problem. Just keep shipping new iterations of its current devices...

    ... but don't expect the stock to be a growth stock. That's all that Wall Street is saying.

    Yeah I've seen Intel's 10-year. It says: MORE TRANSISTORS. Good enough for Wall St., apparently.
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    Tim looks terrible- I am talking skin, which is the mirror to one’s health. He looks thin, tired and terribly wrinkly for someone who is only fifty-three. I remember noting this a year or so ago but the pictures and videos of recent look even worse.

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    You do not say anything about this to Wall Street, OK ?

  • Reply 117 of 223
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    Yeah I've seen Intel's 10-year. It says: MORE TRANSISTORS. Good enough for Wall St., apparently.

     

    Oh, boy. You can lead a person to knowledge but...

  • Reply 118 of 223
    v5vv5v Posts: 1,357member
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    RE: Apple, I hope this isn't just an iWatch (haven't worn a watch in 15 years) or a TV (I already have a decent XBMC machine) but some unexpected category none of us can think of.


     

     

    Yeah, like working software!

     

    Badum CHING!

  • Reply 119 of 223
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    Yes, Apple's share is suffering from catastrophic collapse...unless you look at the fact that Apple continues to gain share in the total mobile market...

     

     


     

    The share percent is going down. But mainly because the total number has gone up. iOS device sales are holding basically steady while Android and Windows devices increase in number, flooding the market due to the lower price. As you note, often from folks that had little intention of getting a smart phone but deciding to ditch the flip because the cost for say an Android phone is so little (and often put on sale with BOGO etc). 

     

    What numbers we don't see are adjusted for returns and actual usage percents. There are many companies out there that try to sort out the percents of actual usage as a way to get around the lack of adjustment, calling channel 'sales' etc. But they are in no way statistically sound so their results are suspect. Generally they are tied to mobile ad companies so all they see are the usage of apps that have their ads and they might be in a skewed number of apps in each OS etc. But even then they tend to show equal or slightly higher numbers for iOS versus Android which is at least interesting. And then there's the media coverage of big buys like when LAUSD went with iPads rather than Surface (which apparently Microsoft is willing to give to schools for like 25% the retail cost). We don't see many big companies and school districts going with Android or Windows. Or least not press on it. Again not statistically sound as a marker but interesting. 

     

    All this said, what is more important (or should be) than share is profit and Apple seems to have nailed that. So what that they might have only sold 5 Million iPhones this past year compared to say 5 times that with Android and Windows if it turns out that each iPhone makes 6-7 times the profit of the other phones. Unfortunately for Apple the analysts are too busy pulling numbers out of their butts, ignoring that year after year Apple sells more than the previous and so on. And the hit whoring press is more than happy to push out the doom and gloom to get page hits

  • Reply 120 of 223
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    Originally Posted by Jared Porter View Post

     

    For all we know, Apple may be surreptitiously working on its own versions of driverless cars, wearable tech glasses, 


     

    I highly doubt it. Apple could have gotten into these things, smart tvs etc a long time ago if they wanted. 

     

    But I do agree that they are very likely working on advances that might be useful to such things (and thus make Apple money via patents) and who knows what else. 

     

    I think some of what Apple might be working on could end up being innovations that don't actually involve making a new hardware. What if iWatch and Apple TV aren't about hardware but actually a new scheme to watch tv and movies in a way that is more consumer friendly and works across devices. Getting the cable companies, studios etc on board with creating parity to physical disks, better quality and pricing, breaking down global lines to reduce torrents and so on. Something that allows you access to all the same things regardless of whether you use your computer, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV box etc. Apple does think in such ways even if the public doesn't. 

     

    What if all this hiring, talks with the FDA etc isn't about making a new wrist band but helping those that do make them make better ones. Creating tools that make them work better with Apple stuff in a way not unlike how iOS is created alongside the hardware. Not just by creating SDK for the hardware makers to understand iOS but by understanding the factors involved in making the hardware, the rules of play legally etc. The move to the M7 could be a part of that. 

     

    Who knows since Apple stays mum until they have to speak up or can't avoid something being public record due to patent filings. 

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