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it’s okay for Apple to make great products and Profits

October20

thanks for reading my blog post today.

to keep things interesting I’m sharing a recent exchange I’ve had with an “Google evangelist” that tends to resent Apple.

Nicholas sometimes comes across like he viewed Steve Jobs as “the man” in a seemingly counter-cultural sort of way. if Nicholas actually understood Jobs and his views around innovation and choice that creates, for us all, you’ll appreciate this irony-drenched exchange all the more.

under any circumstances it certainly makes for good sport.

NOTE: I think Nicholas is a good bloke.

read the entire exchange beginning with Nicholas’s email to me (at the bottom), first. do it!

“Hey Nicholas.

The iPhone 4S is, in fact a very much upgraded device from the iPhone 4. The processing chip, camera, and general interface driven by the iOS5 track to the Apple Product Road Map (i.e. iPhone, iPhone 3, iPhone 3S, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S – and, before too long, the iPhone 5) that most outsiders have a difficult time grasping. Its not really a debatable matter. anyone can make it subjective. but, why bother? And, there is a reason why more iPhone 4S’s were sold in record time (for Apple) than the prior versions of the device.

Google’s Android driven voice service is well established. Its just not as robust, today, or in terms of it’s potential as [Apple’s] Siri. Google had an opportunity to acquire the [Siri] software but missed it. The Android effort is admirable. But, it’s not on-par with Google’s own search capability. The great thing about Siri (certainly it’s awesome potential), for example, is that is, in fact, comparable to Google’s search prowess in scope and scale. Google may have been first with the voice service, but Apple out-paced and has surpassed with it’s Siri. Until you actually use it you can’t comprehend what a game-changer it is.

I appreciate your reading my prior posts. But, I believe you were doing so using a lens looking for something that I was not doing. My own objectives have been very consistent. I use Google as a comparison to Apple using wealth-building and industry innovation as particular credibility markers. You generally are not a stock buyer (yet), or have access to multiple technology platforms. So, your perspective is limited. I don’t see an “end of an era” for Apple. If you understand what is happening in China, for example, you must needs comprehend that the bigger market, or “unreached”, remains untapped. And, Sprint’s recent commitment to purchase over thirty million (30m) iPhones is only a sliver of what Apple is forecasting in terms of growing their market, as opposed to everyone else’s mere perspective of a market. There is nuance at work here, Nicholas, that you might consider being open-minded to.

Referring to me as an “Apple fanboy” is not playful or in-line with teasing. It’s disrespectful. I am an Apple shareholder, and I firmly believe in the companies operating philosophy and the worthiness of it’s products, which happen to reflect positively in it’s growing value by share price.

I don’t use “hate speech”. I relay facts, and information a I see it. I offer insight and perspective most people don’t have, or have access to. This unique ability is why blogging, for example, is interesting to, and for, me.

You can say things like Apples mobile device “…market growth is anemic”. But, you can’t say that for it’s share price, nor it’s profound innovation. And, for discerning people that make more world-changing decisions, that remains a vital baring-point. And, the bottom-line remains that Apple has never tried to serve “everyone” like Google might desire. Apple only wants to serve a very sophisticated market. That has long been part of it’s appeal and why the wealthy and influential choose Apple products over what everyone else can afford. If, as you state, Apple products are “stale, even passe”, why is there such an insatiable demand for them globally and outside of the markets (again Sprint and China as a small example) that your information tables are cherry-picked around. Oh… I do my research. But, I have to question whether you actually understand the information you have. The sophomore only see’s what he is looking for, eh. I’ve tried to teach you to look beyond what you read on the internet. But, only you can decide if you choose to follow that guidance, or not.

Yes… Your Nexus One had “Siri-like” capabilities. But, a dumb phone can make calls just like a Nexus One, right? Being “Siri-like” is not the same as being on-par with Siri, eh.

You say Apple will “…have to figure out some way of making their smartphone device sexy again”. But, I question your qualifications as a marketing thought leader.

I think it’s great that you would choose to use a Mac to run Windows. It’s no surprise that an Apple product makes a poor Operating System like Windows that was forged in piracy, run better. I both love and value irony.

You say: 

“It always will, and as we both know, it is hard to compete with 125+ bad ass devices, when you only have 5 of your own to offer.”

I love that! It puts all of my thinking and efforts around blogging about apple and Google right into context and perspective. Under your logic it takes 125+ Google(y) products to compete with five of Apple’s. And yet, even with all that effort, Google, as large a company as it is as defined by head-count, capital expenditure, etc., can’t match Apple’s value by share or brand (I know you read the news and stories about Apple now being the most valuable brand on the planet). I think that says a lot about market-share, or what might be vitally important under best-practices, Nicholas. There is nothing “silly” about any of that.

brian patrick cork

– sent from my iPhone 4.8″

this began (well… this most recent exchange, any way) with:

On Oct 5, 2011, at 4:48 PM, nicholas taylor johnson wrote:

Hey Brian – Hope all is well.

I was emailed your blog post today by a former friend of ours, and I must say, I couldn’t help but chuckle and reminisce about the old days debating Apple v Google.  Did you forget to do your research again??  That next to the last paragraph – “almost entirely new and very much upgraded”?!?!?!?  No reputable hardware review, other than Apple’s own review of their hardware, would classify this as “almost entirely new and very much upgraded”!  That’s silly!  (SIRI – similar service on Android for over a year [and the AppStore for over year, as well], 8MP – multiple Android devices have had this for a while, dual core processor – several Android devices have this, as well).  Oh, okay, I see the “upgraded” point – you mean over the iPhone 4, which is 12 months behind Android devices in terms of functionality, whereas the 4S is only about 6 months behind Android.  Got it!  lol

And, I see you’ve resorted to name calling us Android-toters as “losers”.  I remember the days when you used logic instead of rhetoric!!

I’m only teasing, but it is funny to see how your posts regarding Apple v Google have changed over time.  I went back and read some of the old ones, and your tone is totally different.  Like a lot of Apple fanboys, I’m sure you’re seeing the end of an era on the horizon, so I don’t blame you for pulling out the hate speech.  With such anemic (nearly non-existent, really) market share growth in a year and half, you have to wonder how soon it will be before Android starts taking bigger and bigger bites out of Apple’s market share, as they’ve done to RIM, Microsoft, Palm and Symbian.  Here are a couple tables that show what I mean – from March 2010: http://goo.gl/fVbT and from October 2011: http://goo.gl/SLpPx.  A 36% increase for Android and a 2% increase for Apple.  The numbers don’t lie.  Apple is stale, passe even.  And, why not?, when you consistently release smartphone technology that Androids have already had for six months or more, eventually the sheeple will revolt.  Hell, my Nexus ONE had Siri-like capabilities.

That said, I continue to love my iMac and my MacBook (despite the fact that all I do is run Windows inside of my Mac, it does look pretty), but in order for their smartphone to stay near the top, they’ll have to figure out some way of making their smartphone device sexy again.  In the end, though, freedom of choice wins.  It always will, and as we both know, it is hard to compete with 125+ bad ass devices, when you only have 5 of your own to offer.  Oh, sorry for using the number 5 there, I know that is a touchy subject with the Apple evangelists – that number probably evokes thoughts of disappointment.

And, DON’T come back saying, “well, look at Apple stock, they’re obviously doing something right”, or some such nonsense.  lol  My beef isn’t with their other devices – I love their computers and tablets.  I’m only talking about smartphones here.  They’re fading, and fast.

Cheers,

nicholas taylor johnson

gPhone – ###.###.###

you can eat an Apple but be careful not to choke on Google

October18
ha! coming up with the titles of my Blog posts is almost as much fun as writing the piece, itself.so…I got called-out over my most recent post comparing Apple and Google: Apples are good for you Androids not so much. or, just push your browser down half a foot and read it that way. do it!

you can read, with rapt attention, about all of this in the comments. but, I just felt like relaying it in a separate Blog because my antagonist, whom I hold in a great deal of genuine affection, set a great stage for me.

… a lovely pudding, actually.

mine is only an opinion in which I do use facts, as leveraged in the very post that gives rise to [those] exploratory comments.

that said, I don’t feel “hate” in my heart or opinion for Google. And, I’ll stand hopeful that I’ve not used that word against the Company on this Blog. Facebook, certainly. not only do I “hate” that Company, but I could very well add “detest” to a long list of negative words that aptly describe not only my opinion, but firm conviction.

so… I’ve taken a moment to revisit and ponder this post.

I stand by the facts offered.

my position remains that the Samsung Nexus Prime device running the latest Android Operating System is [pretty] good, and the Operating System “vibrant” (but, an OS that integrates mobile devices is not innovative, only slick – and, already accomplished by the Apple iOS). I’ll add that my numbers extolling Google’s revenues off Mobile devices are accurate and aligned with the fact that roughly five-hundred thousand (500,000) Android handsets are activated [daily, weekly, monthly – I can’t recall] on a regular basis. however, as stated in other posts, Google’s revenue for that effort pales in comparison to Apple’s revenue off much fewer units sold. that is certainly factual.

I prefer substance over fluff, and believe that making money is part of best practices. and, being able to say that, as a shareholder, we get more “bang for our buck” is good and cool. also, in a word of my friend, if Apple only carries a “niche” (for a market), but takes that to the bank at one thousand dollars ($1,000) a share, that’s okay – and, a long-standing prediction of mine. as a matter of fact, most Apple evangelists understand that Apple products are for the discerning, and the masses, not so much. I’ve certainly made that point repeatedly, and sincerely like it that way. I’m less so snobby than I am grimly satisfied for being proved right every single day by Apples Halo Effect.

by the way… Any time Google’s stock is over $475 a share, I “like” that.

what!?

I’ll always freely admit that Google rocks and owns online-oriented advertising. I suspect they cheat. But, that’s not proven, yet. and, I’m not going to bother with that, today. but, I use Apple products for one purpose, and (now/ again) Google’s stock for another. but, that’s just me being practical.

in any event, I have to appreciate Google for it’s comparison to Apple (If I’ve not made that clear in the past I will work to do so more in the future). the stories, of the Companies, their founders and products, are very different by contrast – in almost every conceivable way. many people (not just me, certainly) point to Steve Jobs and Apple as great examples of innovation and heroic deeds. Not so Larry Page and the people around him that have very different DISC and HBDI profiles than Apple employees. Page recently bragged about casting-off unprofitable business units, but spent a lot of money wasted on acquisitions that made little or no sense. we’ll see about Motorola (that was really interesting). don’t bother asking me how I know all of that. I’ll run the risk of ignorant (make sure you [collectively] know the nuance associated with that word) derision, and remain satisfied with my own information.

NOTE: my friend knows that I went out of my way to work with an Android device for almost six months (I even bought two for my daughters, and you) before I went back to the iPhone. I covered much of that with fairly glowing reports, didn’t I? I felt I needed to experience the technology so I could leverage an honest assessment. and, so I have. but, my buddy has almost no experience with an iPhone, and yet remains evangelical over Google without valid comparison.

that post really wasn’t about Google, or Android. and, it’s not about me or feelings. it was meant to be about how Sprint Nextel Corporation see’s a path to market-share and profitability by betting on Apple and the iPhone (current and next generation models.

by the way… I’ve never said Android devices will “fail”. I do believe there is a vital market for those products.

if I need to be clear, or clarify a pst discussion, I will say that Google’s Android Operating System that drives mobile devices has failed to meet Apple standards that include, but are not limited to quality.

NOTE: I want everyone to win and have the type of great experience with products that I and Apple-users vitally enjoy.

ideally, as Google (Android gets cleaner), pushes other companies through competition, including Apple to get better as well. That’s how Steve Jobs would see it, I’m certain.

in closing, I probably could have kept this simple by just writing something like: “I don’t hate Google, I just really like Apple by comparison”. had I been advised to state that, I’d probably have followed along.

…I’m also right about China.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

converge on this small iPhone now!

February15

you are probably growing weary of me blogging about technology. and, perghaps Apple and Google, in particular. but, I also know you won’t stop reading my blog because you are building wealth and becoming more interesting at cocktail parties because of the plethora of eclectic information I share with you. just jump on my bus (or even my shoulders), and I’ll carry you the rest of thee way.

…and, I’m more keen than ever around my continuing dialogue relative to emerging trends and convergence. the rest of this post begins to tie together many loose ends.

I’ve hinted at this before. but, a smaller, candy-bar-sized iPhone is going to be a reality. Apple is working on a smaller iPhone that would be about half the size of the current model and cost half as much (and, will be quite a contrast to the Tim Cook era 47″ iMac (you read that first, here). if you can’t believe me, the Wall Street Journal has some what sketchier details. the new phones will come out this summer, says the report. we think we are hearing they will be a refreshed iPhone 4, while the new iPhone 5 (with LTE and NFC as part of iOS 5) pounces into your collective lives.

we saw the prototype of the “new” iPhone, and the device was/ is significantly lighter than the iPhone 4, and had an edge-to-edge screen that could be manipulated by touch, as well as a virtual keyboard and voice-based navigation. it’s starting to look like  Apple might also be planning to upgrade the iPhone 4 for different types of carriers (CDMA, GSM, WIMAX, etc have different design requirements). but, the smaller iPhone is coming just like the iPod evolved into the Nano.

we really like the edge-to-edge screen with a touch interface. it reminded me of the obelisk from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I know the obelisk is bigger than a smaller iPhone. but, the impact on “humanity” will likely follow (monkey) suit.

the one possibly coolest new feature might be voice navigation. Apple already offers some rudimentary voice control with the current iPhone, so we don’t know if this voice navigation is something really all that new. and, Google already has it anyway. but, for many reasons, when Apple does something, almost anything, it seems more hip, refined, and cool(er).

here is a key, and where convergence drives deep… disparate and recent reports from Cult of Mac claims indicate that Apple will cut costs on the smaller iPhone in large part by drastically slashing the on-board memory of the device and relying on cloud-based content delivery.

so… with Apple deciding to lose some of the memory, which is by far the most expensive component of the iPhone (up to one-quarter of the device’s cost, according to iSuppli estimates)
, this bring “the cloud” more into the product road-map. so… now by “some” of the memory, perhaps we mean ALL of the memory. The iPhone “nano” is starting to look like it won’t have memory for onboard storage of media. this is what Santi says, anyway. It will have only enough memory to buffer media streamed from the cloud.

“think strictly storage memory,” says Santi.

providing all of this speculation thinking holds true (you have to admit we’re doing a good job here based on a visual and light touch opportunity) the smaller iPhone would pull essentially all of its media through a revamped MobileMe service, reducing the need for significant on-board storage in the same way that the Apple has been able to slash storage on the second-generation Apple TV by shifting to a streaming model.

NOTE: going back to the variable design requirement issue, I think that some on-board storage would clearly be required for the (even upgraded iOS5) operating system itself, and other critical system data, including caching of data handed down from the cloud and perhaps storage of photos and videos taken by the device should it include a camera. but, cloud storage (i.e. Apple’s iDisk) should be able to deal with that, right?

see how it all comes together? Steve Jobs has set the stage for everyone with products that scale in the direction you did not know you had to follow. but you will. do it!

but, there might be some conflicts. we also suspect that such a lean cloud-centric device would not be able to support the App Store, as Apps appear to depend on locally-stored content, and would thus require significant modification to run from the cloud.

but, is this another twist in the road where Apple forces developers to make that work, and Google looks stuck, again?

or… Apple may avoid the potential user interface issues of a smaller, lower-resolution screen by simply not allowing third-party apps at all, and opting to use only built-in apps specifically designed for the smaller screen. that’s what the guys at the Wall Street Journal might think. but, I don’t buy that. given the runaway success of the App platform, it would still be impractical for Apple to shift away from an App Store-focused ecosystem for the new device. mostly because it would detract from the larger device and broader Apple community.

there’s been a lot of speculation for a good while that Apple might move towards cloud-based music sync and services. but, licensing issues must be what’s holding up the debut of the service which we thought was originally planned for 2010. Apple may also add music backup, similar to the feature offered by Lala, which Apple acquired in December 2009, and quietly shut down a few months later. Google has also been working on an online music “locker,” but has run into problems with licensing. in any event, another new part of the MobileMe upgrade that some of the aforementioned articles indicate that users will finally be able to access their iTunes libraries without syncing to their computer. instead, files would be served wirelessly. this means the upgraded MobileMe service would give users access to their iTunes libraries from, say an iPhone or iPad, instead of requiring that the devices be synced by cable with a computer, and use space to store the actual files. this begins to make all the more sense  as the Wall Street Journal also says that Apple may open up (make it free) its MobileMe service, which automatically backs up information like contacts, photos, and videos, to a Web service. Currently, MobileMe costs ninety nine dollars ($99) per year. and, with this new iPone costing about two hundred dollars ($200), that makes the iPhone a problem for Google, and Nokia.

Read between the line…

Steve Jobs has said in the past that wireless sync services would come eventually.

if Apple stays true to form, the new service would only be compatible with the iPhone 4 and go-forward devices. obviously you will want to upgrade, and keep upgrading.

along the convergence (Steve Jobs himself told us: video everywhere and anywhere) Apple recently opened a massive new data center in North Carolina, and is apparently already planning an expansion. this could help it meet capacity needs as millions of new users take advantage of the service. Apple is going to eat Google’s Gingerbread.

peace be to my Brothers and sisters.

brian patrick cork

fooling smartphones

May4

Hearty and ferocious readers of this Blog know that I use (certainly experiment with) a lot of new technology.

As changes become more permanent, startups and ministries benefit by the transition as we gift them the hardly used equipment. This is a good opportunity to remind readers that we have a philanthropic organization – brian cork Philanthropic, with approximately $500,000 set aside for educational and social improvement initiatives. Contact me at: brian@unsinkablebriancork.com to nominate organizations and students.

In any event, most of you know that I’ve approved our organizational use of the Google Nexus One (Android platform). This will supplant, short or long-term our use of the Apple iPhone. NOTE: The Nexus One is a GSM device and is not compatible with CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint. We’ve used AT&T for years. T-Mobile thought they had an exclusive for the Nexus One. But… We cheated. We picked up several of the unlocked handsets, dropped-in our AT&T SIMs cards, and we are in-motion and waxing productive. I can’t come up with anything positive to offer around T-Mobile other than thanking them for making it so easy to get what I want – elsewhere.

In any event…

There are two versions of the current Nexus One device. Both versions support four GSM radio frequencies (850/900/1800/1900), but the supported 3G/UMTS bands will differ depending on the version selected. When ordering (you can try that, here), you’ll be able to select either of the following devices:

  • 3G coverage on networks that use the 850 MHz, 1900 MHz, and 2100 MHz frequency bands (recommended for use on AT&T in the US); and/ or,
  • 3G coverage on networks that use the 900 MHz, AWS, and 2100 MHz frequency bands (recommended for use on T-Mobile in the US)

In addition, it should be noted that the Nexus One will deliver 2G/EDGE speeds on GSM networks and also supports WiFi. The latter being critical if you’ve picked up Apple iPad and like the idea of the Mobile Hot-Spot capability (we do).

These cover most major GSM mobile providers worldwide; however, if you’re unsure of the bands supported by your mobile service provider, please contact your provider directly prior to purchase.

Also remember that voice and data coverage, including both 2G/EDGE and 3G coverage, are dependent on your specific mobile carrier’s network and coverage areas. For example, it’s almost impossible to even make a cellular telephone call in the San Francisco Bay area. So, having access to WiFi (think SKYPE) is an emerging requirement to engage in meaningful business. Check with your mobile carrier about the availability of voice and data services in your area.

See? I helped you – all of you, again.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

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