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Remembering Steve; One Year Later

Steve Jobs with MacBook Air

It’s already been a year since the passing of my real-life hero, Steve Jobs who passed away on October 5, 2011.

Apple’s website has replaced the welcome page with a video which celebrates the life of Steve Jobs ended by a letter of acknowledgment from Tim Cook.

Click here to see the video on Apple’s site. (Not sure how long it will last)

RIP Steve!

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The iPad Turns 2

The iPad turns 2 today. Officially released to the public on April 2, 2010 in retail and online stores, it came under heavy fire by many critics at the time. Everyone had an opinion about Apple’s latest tablet and ideas that it was setup for failure.

Steve Jobs Annonces iPad

Originally unveiled in January 2010 by Steve Jobs – he claimed “It’s so much more intimate than a laptop and so much more capable than a smartphone.” – And he was right.

Forward 2 years later and it’s success continues to grow, year over year. Apple has sold 55.28 million iPads since launching. (Up until December 31, 2011). Estimation and speculation suggests that Apple would sell another 48 million iPads in 2012 alone.

The biggest quarter yet for iPads was Q4 2011, with the company selling 15.43 million units. That’s a 111 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago. To put that in perspective, Apple sold 32 million iPads during all of its fiscal 2011.

Instead of cooling off, all signs point to the iPad gaining more popularity. With last month’s release of the New iPad, Apple reports sales of 3 million units sold in the first weekend (the highest number sold on a launch weekend for any of the previous generations)

While the official 2nd birthday of the iPad was January 27 (Since it was unveiled), today is the second anniversary since its availability to the public. Happy anniversary iPad!

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Steve Jobs’ Last Major Project: The iPhone 5?

iPhone 5 Mock Up

A mock up of the next generation iPhone.

The iPhone 4S is not the last major project that Steve Jobs worked on, according to one analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, Ashok Kumar. That would be the next generation iPhone – let’s call it the iPhone 5.

[The next-generation iPhone] was the last project that Steve Jobs was intimately involved with from concept to final design. For that reason…this product will establish the high water mark for iPhone volumes…

If this speculation is true, the iPhone 5 is expected to be the next cult classic because of Jobs’ involvement in the redesign. Speculations suggests that the phone will have a slimmer profile and larger screen size but with the same dimensions as the iPhone 4S. Also expected to have LTE, or Long Term Evolution – what’s sometimes referred to as 4G.

I’m going to guess that the “iPhone 5” or “iPhone HD” (as some have rumoured would be the next likely candidate for an iPhone renaming) will have a complete redesign. Since Jobs’ time was limited, he couldn’t dedicate much of his time to the iPhone 4S and undertook a much larger project – the iPhone 5.

That sounds about right. From the outside, the iPhone 4S is identical to the iPhone 4. And though the 4S has been revamped on the inside it carries over technology and features already seen in the iPad 2: the dual-core processor, same memory capacity, same accelerometer, same gyroscope, etc.

One thing is for sure, you can expect a complete redesign of the next generation iPhone. Likely a newer operating system as well.. iOS 6? or even a revamped Siri?

An iPhone 5 could debut as soon as the time of Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developer’s Conference) in the summer of 2012. But for now, you can enjoy all the great things the iPhone 4S has to offer.

*iPhone 5 mock up courtesy of TechZek.com

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Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO

Time Cook and Steve Jobs

Tim Cook with Steve Jobs

Two nights ago, the 14-year CEO run of Steve Jobs came to an end. Many speculated that it’s the end of an era and the end of the greatest legacy known to man! (OK, not that massive, but pretty close).

Jobs, rejoined Apple as CEO in 1997 and began the upward battle to bring Apple Computer Inc (It’s formal name at the time) in the 21st century. Under Steve Jobs the company saw a 180 degree turn in profits and then market shares as well as a 9000% increase in the stock price (APPL)

With his keen eye to minimalistic design and attention to detail, we’ve seen the iPod which single handedly brought Apple out from the shadows to the forefront, and then in 2007 the iPhone followed by the iPad in 2010. Three devices that were not only years ahead of the competition, but paved the way for similar technology creations.

I strongly believe that Steve Jobs resignation has been carefully planned and executed. Having struggled with pancreatic cancer, Jobs took his second medical leave of absence on January 14, this year and still made appearances at two keynote addresses this year. He’s truly a dedicated individual and it breaks my heart to see him step down, but he’s doing it with Apple’s best interests in mind.

I also believe that Tim Cook, his successor, was being trained the past few years and behind-the-scenes has been the guy in charge. It was about timing the announcement to allow him to formally assume the role of CEO and continue the legacy.

Thirdly, I’ll assume that while Steve Jobs will stay on the board, he won’t have an active role in decisions moving forward and as much as it pains me to say it, his health may get the better of him. I strongly hope that’s I’m wrong and he has many years of life left!

I bid farewell to the man that made Apple what it is today, and without his intelligence and dedication, even this blog wouldn’t exist, because no one would care.

Below is the exact letter sent to Apple’s Board of Directors and the Apple Community from Steve Jobs.

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

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Ten for X

Mac OS X Box10 years of Mac OS X (March 24, 2011) was the date that the first full public version went on sale worldwide. With many existing Mac users kicking and screaming about the transition from OS 9, the release opened to door to a new group of users considering another look at the ‘second team’ and thinking about giving Mac a try.

I’ve been a way for a little over a week (vacation) and didn’t get a chance to post this on the anniversary day itself, but it’s still something that should be mentioned. 10 years ago, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs announced OS X.

Little did anyone know that Apple, at the time, was planning to open retail locations and introduce the Intel processor a few years later. I’d think that the introduction of OS X, along with other things (such as he iPod and iPhone) were the key ingredients in turning around the ‘losing’ company/brand and turning it into the powerhouse it is today.

While many specialists argue that Windows still dominates the market, I’d say that Apple and OS X have clearly made their mark. I feel that Apple was initially in competition to bring over Windows fan boys to join the ‘revolution’ but eventually grew strong enough that they didn’t have to try to convince Windows die-hards to come over. They did on their own.

Apple’s success can also be contributed to the development of a secure OS. (There hasn’t been a single virus released in the wild that affects OS X) as well as their firm belief on control over the hardware that is used to run their OS. For a long time before OS X, Windows was winning because of how you could get the OS on different hardware configurations and didn’t need to buy “Microsoft machines”, but then there was the issue of compatibility and viruses.

For history sake, in 2001, Google was still just a search engine and Windows was releasing XP SP 2 around the same time. Just ten years later and the Apple tree continues to grow.

What’s next?

The eighth significant release of OS X is coming in a few months, code-named, Lion which will introduce some unifications between the iOS and OS X platforms.

Happy anniversary, OS X.

A complete, more thorough write-up on OS X’s anniversary has been covered nicely on the ComputerWorld website.

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The Steve Jobs Action Figure Fiasco

Steve Jobs Doll
I remember when the Steve Jobs action figure was release back in November 2010 and I hesitated in ordering one, because I figured ‘there’s time to order it later’ .. well, a few weeks later, of course, Apple lawyers took action and removed the action figure due to impersonating a person (Steve Jobs) without consent.

Steve Jobs Speech BubblesThe doll, made of plastic, resembled Apple CEO almost exact with the trademark black turtle neck, blue jeans and New Balance 991 sneakers. All the way to hair cut and removable rimless glasses. You could even go as far as interchanging speech bubbles that have become known as Apple-speak like Jobs’ “One more thing…”

Banned Pineapple CEO FigurineWeeks later, the same company that developed the original figurine, named M.I.C., began selling the “Pineapple CEO” doll online for $89 which was basically the original doll, but this time disguised as a ninja with a cloth around it’s head and could be changed to hold ninja stars, instead of the iPhone. The base was also modified so you could ‘mix and match’ and that way didn’t appear like the Apple logo… but yet once again Apple’s lawyers stepped in

Mr. Jobs has not consented to the use of his name and/or image in the Product. Unauthorized use of a person’s name and/or likeness constitutes a violation of California Civil Code Section 3344, which prohibits the use of any person’s name, photograph or likeness in a product without that person’s prior consent… The figure and its stand are replications of Mr. Jobs image and Apple’s trademark. The thin attempt to “disguise” the figure in its current iteration does not impact the fact that you are plainly trading on Mr. Jobs image…

While the site is still up, the dolls are listed as discontinued. (Sorry guys and girls) It was a nice run and I’m kicking myself in the butt for not managing to get one before they stopped selling them, but this truly was a (very) limited edition figure.

Would you buy one, if they were available?

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Is the iPod Classic Ready for Retirement?

iPod Classics

When Toshiba unveiled (PDF) a new 1.8-inch hard drive capable of holding up to 220 GB of data, rumours started flying that the iPod Classic, which currently tops out at 160GB, would be phased out or discontinued.

As file sizes continue to grow, and the demand to never leave home without your ENTIRE music collection on your iDevice, it looks like Apple may be looking at introduction a bigger and better iPod soon?

The Apple Store shows that the silver iPod Classic now ships in 1-3 days, down from 24 hours last week. In addition, Best Buy has updated their website to say that the device is backordered for 1-2 weeks (last week it was shipped in 1 day) and Target also has it backordered for 2-4 weeks. Currently the shortage only seems to be affecting the silver colored model, the dark colored version appears relatively unaffected. – Quote from AppleBitch.com

Could this mean a refreshed line up of iPods coming, or is Apple finally discontinuing the iPod classic altogether? The iPod classic hasn’t been updated in a year and half (in tech terms – way too long) and Apple CEO, Steve Jobs did mention in September’s 2010 iPod-focused event that an “all new” iPod line-up will soon be announced.

I’m predicting that Apple phases out the iPod classic in the coming years.

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Would Apple Survive Without Steve Jobs?

I ask myself this question everyday, and if you’re reading this blog post, you’re likely a hardcore iPhone, iPad or iPod lover. All these have had the “touch” or been graced by Steve Jobs. Would Apple be able to keep going if Steve (we’ll use first name basis when naming people) was unable to return from a medical leave of absence?

I think it all boils down to the fact that Steve is the face of Apple and firmly moulded into what Apple identifies itself as. His image has created a perception of the brand where they put people first, they allow design to lead technology, and having the courage to do things a little differently. Always keeping focused on their vision, even though sales may suffer for a while.

What we have to all remember, is that Steve doesn’t lock himself in a room for weeks/months on end thinking about what people may want, and then emerge with the iPad. There’s a team of many people (even trained by Apple people) that clearly understand what Apple’s mission is. Sure, Steve oversees all talks and demands perfection while developing the next product, but I think it would be outlandish to assume that if Steve didn’t return, Apple’s ‘team’ would all of a sudden forget what they learned from him.

They understand what makes Apple, Apple and would continue to work on products at the same high level we’ve come to not only know, but expect from Apple. About 20 years ago when Steve was forced out of Apple, he wasn’t in firm control, and Apple failed because the brand relied heavily on User Groups not the culture it’s established today.

Failure would be highly unlikely at this point.

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A Decade of the iPod

A little bit of a treat for anyone that’s like me and is fascinated when they come across historical stuff when it comes to Apple. I’ve managed to find the first ever announcement of the Apple iPod in 2001, made by Steve Jobs.

I find it interesting to compare the 10-year-old version to today’s version to notice how much, lighter, thinner and more versatile it’s become.

Originally, I think Apple thought the firewire would replace the USB, but that didn’t end up being the case and they built the USB back into future generations of the iPod. Keep in mind that iPod in the video was the black and white screen version.

Some key features of the original iPod.

  • Ultraportable (The laptop was portable but the iPod was ULTRAportable)
  • Firewire
  • Charges over Firewire connection
  • 20 minute skip protection
  • 10 hours of battery life
  • load 1000 songs in 10 minutes
  • ultra-thin hard drive
  • the size of a deck of cards
  • lighter than a deck of cards
  • Apple design

Enjoy a trip down memory lane.

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Playboy Coming to iPad in March

Playboy LogoIt had to happen sooner or later. Despite what Steve Jobs said that Apple is pure and the Android is for porn; the iPad will have a Playboy app for browsing back issues available in March this year.

There is no doubt that this new wave of news will create even more buzz for Apple’s device and get even more people to buy. (BTW, Apple released their sales results for the holiday season, and it was a record breaker. Selling over 7 MILLION iPads! Wow)

This announcement will come as a surprise to iOS app developers that have attempted to get “adult-only” apps published on the selective platform, only to get rejected as unsuitable for Apple’s audience. There are no further details of the launch of this app, beyond the March release date.

In my opinion, sex does sell, but the iPad has been successful without porn to this point and giving it that extra push, will no doubt put the device further ahead of the competition! At least without the porn option, the competition has a chance to keep up.

This brings a whole new meaning to “touch” screen. Yikes.

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