FaceTime and Why Apple’s Massive Integration Advantage is Just Beginning

This post originally appeared on TechCrunch. The success of iPhone 4 has been astonishing to witness, despite the antenna issues, proving once again that Apple has an unparalleled ability to differentiate around design and integration, not simply “features”. Perhaps the best example of this ever is FaceTime, Apple’s take on video-calling. FaceTime makes video-calling on […]

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Why the Cloud is Critical to Apple’s TV Strategy

It’s rumored once again Apple’s next bold move is in the living room. We’ve heard this for years, but now the scoop is Apple will redesign Apple TV around iOS (think iPhone without a screen). This makes sense, since iOS and the A4 have all the processing and HD graphics power needed for HDTV. But […]

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Why Mobile Innovation is Blowing Away PCs

This post originally appeared on TechCrunch. On the heels of the latest Android phone, the Sprint HTC EVO, and as we approach iPhone 4, it seems like mobile devices and platforms are innovating at about five times the pace of personal computers. Rapid advancement in mobile is often attributed to the natural disruption by which […]

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Why iPhone 4 Will Crush AT&T’s Network

Business Insider Link Last week during Steve Jobs’ interviews at D8 an audience member asked him about AT&T’s network. iPhone users are deeply familiar with the issues—dead connections, dropped calls, bad coverage, and intermittent data. Everyone was wondering how Steve would answer. Using his masterful ability to demonstrate empathy, Steve disarmed the audience almost immediately […]

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Apple and Efficiently Growing its Future

Organic growth is the term coined for growing internally, not via merger or acquisition. Apple has embraced this strategy over its existence, averaging only about 1 acquisition per year during the past 25 years. In contrast – during the past four years alone – Microsoft bought 45 companies, Google 40, and Cisco 30. At first […]

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Apple and Controlling the Platform

It’s almost scary how much power Apple seems to have these days. Heck, during the Gizmodo iPhone 4G saga, they apparently even had control over the police! One thing is sure – Steve Jobs has been pretty serious about keeping power ever since Apple lost the PC vs Mac war. So how is Apple trying […]

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The Enterprise Tablet – Why Cisco May Buy Palm

Update: HP announced it is acquiring Palm for WebOS-based computing devices the same day I wrote this. We’ve all heard for a while now that Palm’s most likely suitors are the off-continent smartphone/computer makers HTC and Lenovo. But there’s an overlooked potential buyer who could be a dark horse to buy Palm: Cisco Systems. Cisco […]

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What is ‘ARM Holdings’ Anyway?

There is so much confusion around the small Cambridge UK company named ARM Holdings – which had close to zero mainstream press prior to Apple building it’s A4 processor. ARM has always been known in tech circles, but now that it’s associated with consumer technology (because of Apple), I must say that almost every article […]

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The Genius in Apple’s Vertical Platform

It’s pretty evident that Apple isn’t wed to individual suppliers. Not only are they back to creating their own chips, but they are also one of the only ‘compute’ companies to have used each of the top 3 processor architectures over time – ARM, x86, and Power PC. Apple’s DNA in this area is untouchable, […]

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How Intel Screwed Itself Out Of The iPad Revolution

Intel made a couple of strategic gaffes along the way to being left out of the Apple iPad: (1) exiting the ARM-based mobile CPU business entirely in 2006 (pre-iPhone) (2) assuming that PC technology would continue to extend lower & lower into mobile devices Here is a brief history: 2005: Mini coup for Intel – […]

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