“Apple Inc is looking for a display specialist to lead the investigation on emerging display technologies such as high optical efficiency LCD, AMOLED and flexible display to improve overall display optical performance.”
The job listing has since been removed by Cupertino HQ. We assume, this could be related to a future iWatch (can’t see this being released in near term with a ‘flex body’ if they’re posting the job NOW) or future iPhone.
On the matter of an ‘iWatch’, Microsoft did try this before:
However, Steve Jobs also said this:
“So when a good idea comes, you know, part of my job is to move it around, just see what different people think, get people talking about it, argue with people about it, get ideas moving among that group of 100 people, get different people together to explore different aspects of it quietly, and, you know – just explore things.”
Ideas only become great when everything else is there to support it. Am iWatch or future TV can be successful for Apple, because everything is in place to capitalize on the success: Apple ID, broadband, iTunes, App Store, Siri, iCloud, GPS etc. Essentially, an established, “integrated” ecosystem exists feed these “thin client devices”.
Microsoft’s SPOT watch didn’t have that robust infrastructure and ecosystem…so it just didn’t make it far in 2003.
Sometimes, ideas are too ahead of their time. If Apple had released the iPad first vs. the iPhone, they would have missed the BOAT because the ecosystem IS the mobile phone user…not the third category user.
Releasing the iPad after the iPhone essentially staged the playing field properly as the education curve for users would allow them to easily adopt the iPad, and enable developers to tweak existing apps, before moving to full native iPad apps and easily add revenue to their bottom-line. The resulting effect of third category success (iPad) for Apple has been the complete and utter decimation of PC sales as has been reported recently.
Oddly, the issue of skeuomorphism has taken the front stage since the news broke about the Apple re-organization. I also remember reading about this design belief through Fast Company’s Co. Design article back in September 2012. The battleground was already in place.
Even as Jobs supported Forstall’s views on skeuomorphism, he also viewed Jonathan Ive (Senior VP, Industrial Design) as his “spiritual partner” [Forstall worked at NeXT and he joined Jobs to return to Apple in 1997 as part of the NeXT acquisition as a move to SAVE Apple with OS/X — Forstall continued with iOS, Passbook, Maps]. However, Jony hated skeuomorphism as did many of the other designers.
From Fast C@mpany:
Steve Jobs’ vision lives even if he never lived long enough to see the yacht.
Like the iMacs - nice iTouch.
Launched in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands today.
- Steve Jobs’ gorgeous, high-tech yacht designed by Philippe Starck makes its debut (thenextweb.com)
- Venus, Steve Jobs’ yacht, launches in the Netherlands (imore.com)
- Steve Jobs’ Yacht Revealed, Christened ‘Venus’ [VIDEO] (mashable.com)
- This Is Steve Jobs’ Yacht (gizmodo.com)
One of the many reasons I wanted the Playbook was for digital books. After RIM diluted the Android opportunity due to legitimate reasons surrounding malware risk in that ecosystem, I was surprised that Amazon had still not developed a native Kindle app for Playbook.
The last speculative claim about a Kindle app on Playbook shows up in Google search results as far back as January 2012. C’mon Jeff. That isn’t cool.
No offense to the folks at Kobo but I committed myself to the Amazon ecosystem due to early investments on the iPhone and iPad. Now with the Playbook in my arsenal of devices, I don’t want to start a new ecosystem to access the same books. That said, if price starts to play into this, I am willing to play off different ecosystems but for now, Amazon is my main repository for books. In fact, I’ve been an Amazon customer for so long (like 1999), it’s pretty hard to break free of the Bezos distortion field.
So I decided to write Jeff Bezos yesterday and emailed him to three of the known email addresses. Like before, I received a response from his executive offices the next day. Not bad and very Apple-like. I’ll thank Steve Jobs for setting the precedent.
Thorsten, watch out. :-)
My email to Jeff was pretty straightforward. I discussed my “investment” into their ecosystem, my use of Kindle apps on the iPhone and iPad including Cloud Reader and even described my unfortunate experience and huge disappointment with Kindle Keyboard.
Amazon’s reply didn’t focus on the Kindle Keyboard experience but it did appear to carry some positive news. I can’t say for sure if this is an affirmative affirmative from Tranquility Base Bezos but if Amazon is smart, they’d get the Kindle App ready for Playbook.
Kindle for BlackBerry Playbook is not yet available, but stay tuned. You can view our Kindle apps currently available and discover when we’ve released Kindle for BlackBerry Playbook by following the link below:
I was instructed to try the Cloud Reader which I didn’t do at the time of the email or as of this writing.
With all the mobile/device launches this week (Google, Windows, Apple, Yahoo!), this really is a race of devices, ecosystems and services. It reminds me of the old triple-play telecom-bundling models that I was party to (when I worked at Bell) and even now as telecom providers struggle to fight against the onslaught of wholesaler entrants that simply compete on price.
In this new world of digital content, platforms and devices, de-bundling has become far more costly than a simple “bill discount” since digital content investments have already been made. And people hate paying up for the “same thing” to make a switch.
Do the right thing Jeff. Get the Kindle Playbook app out to the base. I am sure this will win you some more “likes” in the social media landscape. ;-)
- Amazon Going Up Against Apple In The Education Market (techcitement.com)
- VIDEO: Jeff Bezos calls iPad Mini a Kindle Fire rip-off, sort of (mobile-ent.biz)
- New BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 Update Now Available: 3 Reasons to Download (blogs.blackberry.com)
- RIM Rolls PlayBook 2.1 Update, Improves BlackBerry Bridge, Data Security, And Android App Support (techcrunch.com)
I was compelled to edit this for the masses. ;-)
MacDaddy’s here. :D
A good amount of iPhone 5 early adopters took to the Internet over the weekend, reporting that their brand new iPhone 5 has scuffs and dings out of the box. Or, even if the phone was perfect out of the box, it did not stay that way for very long. It seems the black iPhone 5 shows scratches more easily than the white. Apple has yet to comment on the issue. — Techcrunch
If this is true, there are going to be quite a few peeved folks. I bought an unlocked BB curve and it didn’t have Gorilla Glass and I forgot one day and put the device in the same pocket as my car keys. Scrrrrrratch…right down the centre of the screen.
People should not have to go the protective cover case route to cover their investment cost which can be anywhere from $450-$900 per unlocked device purchase. Even with a telecom subsidy, it is still money and there is nothing worse than seeing scratches days after purchase.
Apple consistently impresses me with AppleCare. My MacBook Air faced an untimely emergency with energon cubes (eat your heart out autobots!). I called Apple Canada’s AppleCare team and they confirmed I had a half year’s with of warranty.
The photo above highlights a common problem with Apple’s plugs which appear to be the result of my use versus the product itself.
When I walked into the Apple Store @ the Apple Store, it was jammed!
I walked around asking about the exciting new 3GS. The joke didn’t seem to work with the place flooded with humanity and chatter.
When I mentioned my particular warranty situation, the support person said it would be a two hour wait and there were 20 people already in queue. Realizing I only had to replace the power cord, the nice chap told me to sit at a nearby table and get my serial number read. In a span of five minutes, he gave me a new plug and provided a short lesson (warranted but polite) on best way to manage the cord.
Though I admit the cord lesson was helpful, I’ve gone through a series of these power cords and I don’t remember Apple having this issue with returns on my older Macs. Afterall, I have been an Apple customer since 1978 (!) and I know my track record for AppleCare. Generally, peace of mind vs. actually being used.
Either way, thanks to Apple for running a great warranty and service experience. The Apple rep told me to book time next opportunity via Apple’s website or via the app. Kudos for giving me the luxury this time.
It was a zoo and to be fair, we have to work with their process. I actually forgot about the booking protocol and AppleCare never warned me when I called them.
A reminder to all. Book ahead!