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Apple Plans to Sell Video Subscriptions Through TV App - Bloomberg
To date, Apple has missed the move to SVOD, failed to launch a vMVPD, and been passed in connected TV device by Roku, Amazon and Google. We believe it is in the process of developing original content in preparation for an Apple branded SVOD service launch next year.
If this report is accurate, it is also attempting to drive certain third-party subscriptions through its own app. This effectively adds an additional layer of aggregation through which consumers can search for, subscribe to and access third party content. However, it's unclear if this will add meaningful value. It is already possible to search for, pay for, and access third-party services at the device level, so the primary benefit would seem to be for browsing across services. If the third-party subscription market fragments significantly, this could be valuable. But that does not appear to be happening. To the contrary, subscriptions seem likely to be highly concentrated, which suggests Apple's TV app is solving a problem that doesn't exist for most.
shrinkingbundle  AppleTV  AAPL 
15 days ago by shrinkingbundle
Don’t buy the MacBook Pros even on sale, in my opinion | The Outline
few months ago, I wrote about how my one-year-old MacBook Pro's keyboard keys stopped working if a single piece of dust slipped under there, and more importantly, that neither Apple nor its Geniuses would acknowledge that this was actually a problem. Today, Best Buy announced it is having a significant sale on these computers, marking them hundreds of dollars off. Interesting. Still, I’d suggest you do not buy them.

Since I wrote about my experience, many have asked me what happened with the new top half of the computer that the Apple Geniuses installed, with its pristine keyboard and maybe-different key switches. The answer is that after a couple of months, I started to get temporarily dead keys for seemingly no reason. Again.

I still had my 2013 MacBook Pro around, so I sold my 2016 MacBook Pro back to Apple’s refurb program, and now I just use the 2013 as my laptop (I used the recovered money to build a PC, lord help me). This old MacBook Pro is still fine, and most importantly, all the keyboard keys work. The new MacBook Pro is gone. When I started working at The Outline, I was offered a choice of a new MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air for my work computer, and I chose the MacBook Air, with its good keyboard that doesn’t break from dust. I’m fully committed to this bit.
AAPL  technology 
4 weeks ago by W6AZ
Michael Tsai - Blog - New Mac Pro Won’t Arrive Until 2019
It's frustrating because I have such an investment in the Mac platform — four figures' worth of 3rd party apps and thousands of hours of familiarity using them and the OS — but how else can I react to this news except to realize that the OS and pro hardware teams at Apple just can't seem to make it happen anymore? How else can I respond aside from begrudgingly making plans for moving on? I say 'begrudgingly' because I will now have to spend a not-insignificant amount of time, effort, and money to switch, all because the richest company in the world can no longer ship reliable products on a reliable schedule.

I sold my 2010 Mac Pro last week, and am currently dual-booting Windows 10 and MacOS on a Haswell PC I put together for $400 and some spare parts I had lying around. So far the MacOS experience is perceptibly snappier than the Mac Pro was, and I now have a modern CPU and GPU that will run circles around most of the actual Macs Apple currently ships, and will ship for years to come. Why wouldn't I use something that's better in nearly every aspect that's important to me and how I use a computer?
AAPL  technology 
7 weeks ago by W6AZ
The best laptop ever made – Marco.org
I recently returned to the 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro after a year away.

Apple still sells this model, brand new, just limited to the integrated-only GPU option (which I prefer as a non-gamer for its battery, heat, and longevity advantages), but I got mine lightly used for over $1000 less.

I thought it would feel like a downgrade, or like going back in time. I feared that it would feel thick, heavy, and cumbersome. I expected it to just look impossibly old.

It didn’t.

It feels as delightful as when I first got one in 2012. It’s fast, capable, and reliable. It gracefully does what I need it to do. It’s barely heavier or thicker, and I got to remove so many accessories from my travel bag that I think I’m actually coming out ahead.

It feels like a professional tool, made by people who love and need computers, at the top of their game.

It’s designed for us, rather than asking us to adapt ourselves to it.

It helps us perform our work, rather than adding to our workload.

This is the peak. This is the best laptop that has ever existed.

I hope it’s not the best laptop that will ever exist.

AAPL  computer 
9 weeks ago by W6AZ
Apple Orders Animated Comedy ‘Central Park’ From ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Creator – Variety
The scale of Apple's production commitments in video has become quite significant. The distribution strategy remains unclear. However, based on the volume and quality of its projects and conversations with industry participants, we believe a direct-to-consumer subscription service is the most likely (as opposed to including the video content with Apple Music subscriptions). Unfortunately, without pricing or packaging, this does little to narrow the range of impact the service could have on the industry.
What seems likely is that it will be modest to begin with, at least on the scale of Netflix and Amazon, and will hope to play catchup over time. That is a gamble in our view. The video market is hugely competitive and Apple's strong share of high-end smartphones may not provide a meaningful benefit to a service based around the TV screen. Getting people to watch Apple's shows will therefore likely require luck with an extraordinary hit, or a heavy dose of marketing and commitment to several years of losses.
shrinkingbundle  AAPL 
10 weeks ago by shrinkingbundle
Concerning Steve Wozniak’s Blue Boxes – 512 Pixels
Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs were a part of this scene, as I recently discussed with Kristen Gallerneaux, Curator of Communications and Information Technology at The Henry Ford Museum.

The Museum recently added a Blue Box built by Woz to their impressive collection,so I thought it’d be a fun chance to look at part of the pre-Apple relationship between these two men, and what this little device could do.

Stephen: I think there’s a perception that Wozniak and Jobs invented the Blue Box, but that’s not true, is it?

Kristen: The first blue box wasn’t made by Wozniak, but by Robert Barclay, in 1960. But if you’ll humor me for a minute, the central concept behind the blue box-finding ways to circumvent telephone operators-really comes down to the broad idea of automation in the telephone network, which pre-dates the blue box by at least 80 years.
technology  AAPL 
11 weeks ago by W6AZ
The “A” word – Coyote Tracks - for audiophile
In the wake of Apple’s HomePod release, I’ve seen talk about whether it is or isn’t an “audiophile” speaker. A Reddit post went through an inordinate number of tests to argue that yes, in fact, it is; Chris Connaker of The Computer Audiophile goes into great golden ear detail to call bullshit.1
First off, let’s address the snake oil in the room. There’s a decades-long debate in audio circles between “objective” (if you can’t measure a difference, you can’t hear a difference) and “subjective” (measurements don’t capture everything you can hear in terms of sound quality). While I lean toward the objectivist side, the subjectivists aren’t intrinsically bananas; it’s not hard to find audio components—particularly speakers—with similar measurements that still produce different sound.
Music  Music_sources  AAPL 
11 weeks ago by W6AZ
Technology Dogmatism – Colin Devroe
Are you dogmatic about the companies you will buy technology from? Are you an Apple fanboi? Or, perhaps you’ll only run Windows and Apple sucks at everything because reasons.

I try not to be that guy. I try to look at the entire field of offerings in every category; hardware, software, cloud services, home entertainment and make purchases that reflect my needs and wants rather than be dogmatic.
technology  AAPL 
february 2018 by W6AZ
Apple Developing Series Based on NBA Star Kevin Durant – Variety
Apple is making big moves in video. It appears to be spending hundreds of millions developing TV shows, purchased the famed Culver Studios, hired several notable executives ... and still has no obvious strategy. If it's trying to build a stand-alone service, it is vastly sub-scale and doesn't seem to be moving at a pace that would allow it to catch up. If it's trying to use video as a differentiator for Apple Music, what is the ROI promoting a service with such low gross margins? Maybe it will offer it's shows exclusive on iPhones? Or, maybe this has become a vanity project from a company with a lot more money than good ideas about what to do with it, which would explain why they landed a series about a star on Eddy Cue's favorite basketball team.
shrinkingbundle  AAPL  OTT 
february 2018 by shrinkingbundle
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Unread  AAPL  from pocket
february 2018 by shehab
The iOS Economy, Updated | Asymco
In its latest update on the App Store Apple reported that iOS developers earned $26.5 billion in 2017. A year ago the figure was $20 billion. The growth rate is then about 33%. The cumulative payments to developers can be calculated as $86.5 billion. This amount was generated in a span of less than 10 years, with the first billion paid by June 2010.
aapl  ios 
january 2018 by euler
Apple Says Apps Must Now Disclose Odds For Loot Boxes
Loot boxes have always been common in the world of app gaming, but after a year full of controversy with titles such as Star Wars Battlefront 2 they have received heightened attention. Apple’s move is the first of what may be many steps that game publishers and distributors voluntarily take in an attempt to avoid regulation from outside bodies.
eastereggs  AAPL  hearthstone 
december 2017 by shrinkingbundle

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