As some wonder just what new product categories Apple plans to enter in the coming year, assuming CEO Tim Cook keeps his oft-repeated promises, you wonder whether one of those products may already be there. But it is sort of flying below the radar, because Apple consigned it to hobby status.
But how can a gadget, with annual sales now hitting one billion dollars, be considered a hobby? A number of companies would only be delighted to receive that much revenue from most any product, and would praise the results to the skies.
Now Apple TV has surely become more mainstream in recent days, and now has a featured place on Apple’s online store, rather than being relegated to the accessory department. Based on the figures produced by Cook at last week’s Apple shareholders meeting, it’s been estimated that Apple sold 10 million units. I wonder, in passing, how many units Roku sold in the same year, or all years.
- 2014 — The Year the Sky Didn’t Fall for Apple At the start of 2014, even the most diehard Apple fanatic might have wondered about the future prospects of their favorite fruit company. Sales didn't always meet Wall Street projections, and profits were flattening. The stock price was way down from historic highs. To no surprise, some members of the mainstream media were calling for CEO Tim Cook to take a hike. Could it be that Steve Jobs' handpicked successor was a monumental screw up, or was there a long-term plan in place that would set things right before long? Questions, questions. Many of the particulars are ably recorded in a no-holds barred editorial from Daniel Eran Dilger, a frequent guest on The Tech Night Owl LIVE, over at AppleInsider. So I will be brief about some of the details. Now understand that the perception that Apple was on the rocks was largely manufactured. When Steve Jobs introduced iterative upgrades to Apple gear, that was part of the standard upgrade cycle. When Tim Cook did the same, there must be something terribly wrong with Apple's mojo, and the company clearly lost its power to innovate. After all, Cook was the supply chain expert. What right did he have to operate a company known for its amazing innovation? You'd think that Apple was supposed to upend a market every year. The critics forget the years that passed between the first iPod, the first iPhone and the first iPad. Miracles don't come every day, but where were the trendsetting products from Tim Cook's Apple? This didn't stop iPhone sales from climbing, at a time when Samsung's sales began to falter. The claim that Samsung had it all over Apple when it came to high sales and meeting the needs of a variety of customers was shown to be shaky. Yes, Samsung still sold loads of mobile handsets, but far too many were cheap, with little profit. While Apple continued to make huge profits from iPhones, Samsung's margins continued to shrink. Tepid response to the latest Galaxy series didn't help. Apple moved far more iPhones. Amid rising sales, Apple's first maneuvers for 2014 were financial. Stock buybacks and the seven-to-one stock split pleased Wall Street. But was Apple just stalling, avoiding the question of what innovative products were in the pipeline? Yes, Apple made promises, but when were they going to deliver? WWDC came, as usual, in June. The critics said it was all about the software, but Apple added an amazing number of new features to iOS and OS X. The bill of particulars was far larger than what Google and Microsoft were promising. True, some suggested Apple bit off a little too much this time, but the bugs are being vanquished, and the end result presents many new opportunities for developers to make a profit and to benefit customers. For regular people, the real significant event came in September, with the introduction of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, a phablet with a 5.5-inch display. The critics had been long clamoring for Apple to enter the larger smartphone space, but Apple, as usual, took its sweet time about developing the right product. Certainly the public embraced the new gear, with record sales the very first weekend and chronic shortages through most of the holiday season. But some people realized that the romantic ideal of the larger smartphone wasn't quite so compelling after you spent a little time with one. One-handed operation meant something, and the larger handsets could be difficult to fit in a smaller pocket or purse. And don't forget Apple Watch. An early production model was demonstrated, and delivery was promised in early 2015. October brought new iPads, but the flagship model, the iPad Air 2, thinner than its predecessor, was the lone compelling upgrade. The iPad mini 3 was little different from its predecessor aside from Touch ID, and it still cost $100 more. It wasn't such a great deal, and the jury is out how well tablets sold this holiday season. But the iPad Air 2 is, as my friends across the Atlantic are apt to say, a marvelous piece of kit. It will be hard for my wife to give up the one she is using when the Apple editorial loan expires in February. The other product intro in October, the iMac 5K, was simply stunning, particularly the picture and the technology that makes it happen for a price that even Dell couldn't match. Last I checked, Dell's 5K display is just about the same price as the 5K iMac, but Apple gives you the computer as part of the package. None of this means everything went perfect for Apple. Don't forget the missteps — or alleged missteps — depending on your point of view. So those celebrities whose nude photos, stored in iCloud, were hacked and circulated online have only themselves to blame for poor password choices. Why did they have those pictures there in the first place? But the iOS 8.0.1 update was the worst sort of failure, fixing most iPhones, but causing some to lose their cellular connections and Touch ID capability. Apple pulled the update in little over an hour, and released a fixed version the very next day, but the publicity fallout continues. Yes, Microsoft has done worse, far worse, but this is Apple. Please don't get me started about iTunes 12. The complaints haven't been stilled, and I wonder whether Apple needs to get back to the drawing board to sort things out. Some alleged scandals were just nonsense. An iPhone 6 Plus was no more prone to bending than other large mobile handsets. No, Apple didn't suddenly out of the blue sneak a security update onto Macs with OS X Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite. That particular update came using the App Store update mechanism, the successor to Software Update. Where there's an automatic install option, as there is in Yosemite, you can switch it off. Besides, the NTP security flaw, impacting the time syncing feature of OS X, Unix and even Linux distributions, could allow a remote attacker to gain control of your computer. Even the U.S. Department of Homeland Security got in the act to report the danger, so was it wrong for Apple to protect you in a way that did no harm? For 2015, we know the Apple Watch is coming, but there is no consistency on how well it'll do. And what about the fate of Apple TV? Is there an Apple TV set on the horizon? An iPad Pro, a version with a display that's 12 inches or more? Is there something out of the blue in store? And what will Apple do to flesh out the features for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11? And I will not speculate on the code name for the next Mac OS.
- Apple’s Record Quarter: But Don’t Count the… Predictably many of the stories about Apple's record fourth fiscal quarter concentrated on diminishing iPad sales. It wasn't so bad this time, some 12.3 million sales. Consider what the competition is doing, and it's not pretty. But compared to last year's results of 14.08 million, it didn't look so well. During the quarterly call with the financial community, Tim Cook boasted of sales conquests in education and the enterprise, claiming sales were what they expected. He also said that channel inventory was drawn down in the September quarter ahead of the launch of new models. That puts a positive spin on the matter. Certainly Apple delivered a credible iPad update last week. I expect the critics will find it insufficient, but Apple plays the long game. The new deal with IBM is clearly intended to move both iPhones and iPads, but it'll take time before the impact is known. Meantime, Apple is clearly not panicking over short-term sales shortfalls. Indeed, Cook calls the current sales slump a "speed bump," promising that things will get better moving forward. In response to claims that the tablet market is saturated, Cook said, "we don't see that." He pointed to high first time buyer sales rates, but added that people hold onto tablets longer than smartphones. So Apple doesn't know what the upgrade pace is yet. The tablet market for them is just too young to have a consistent picture of the replacement cycle. He continued to emphasize attempts to sell to the enterprise. There's also cannibalization, as Cook said that some of those who might have considered an iPad bought a Mac or an iPhone instead. I expect the latter is more true with the arrival of the iPhone 6 Plus phablet, the perfect all-in-one mobile gadget for some. In short, he remains bullish on future success of the iPad. The rest of the quarterly numbers were off the charts. Revenue for Apple's fourth quarter was $42.1 billion with a net profit of $8.5 billon, or $1.42 per diluted share. Revenue for the year-ago quarter was $37.5 billon, with a net profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted hare. Gross margins increased from 37 percent to 38 percent. So Apple returned to the "beat the street" mode, beating financial analysts, who predicted $39.85 billion revenue with $1.30 earnings per share, by a substantial and surprising margin. After Cook announced that iPhone sales were off the charts last week, one might have expected the new smartphones to be the main stars of the lineup. But not quite. So sales were 39.3 million, compared to 33.8 million last year. Analysts expected 37.5 million. But Cook reminded the assembled financial analysts that Apple remains way behind in supplying enough product, that Apple is working to boost supplies and meet demand. Right now, he remarked, "We're not even on the same planet." This leads one to wonder just what iPhone sales might have been if Apple had a few million more to sell before the quarter ended. Moving on, Mac sales really shined as Apple's personal computers again continued to grow ahead of the PC market. So, some 5.5 million were sold, with the most success reported in the portable line. Last year's Mac sales were 4.57 million for the comparable quarter, and analysts estimated 4.8 million. All this despite very modest refreshes for Macs this year aside from the brand new 5K Retina iMac. Meanwhile, PC sales continue to suffer, and it's a big question mark whether Windows 10, expected in the second half of 2015, will help. But Mac sales seem to be growing especially fast, reportedly achieving the highest industry market share since 1995. I do wonder, in passing, whether the Windows 8 debacle is making it easier for Apple to persuade people to switch to the Mac. As to the Apple Watch, it appears that sales numbers will be merged with the iPod, Apple TV and accessory sales, such as Beats headphones, in a new category that will be called "Other," when the company reports sales for the first quarter of 2015. So don't expect that Apple Watch sales will be reported separately unless they are high. Meantime, Cook declined to estimate potential sales for Apple Watch, which goes on sale next year, saying he didn't want to offer competitors any meat and potatoes to consider. But I wonder if Apple is emphasizing low expectations right now because nobody really knows the potential for a smartwatch. Clearly the current products haven't done terribly well beyond a core clientele of geeks and so-called power users. The Apple Watch may seem superficially similar to the others, but Apple clearly wants them to become not just smart gadgets but fashion statements. That's the reasoning behind persuading fashion magazines to cover Apple, and why journalists from the fashion industry were present at the September media event where the Apple Watch was demonstrated. For the December quarter, Apple is estimating revenue of between $63.5 billion and $66.5 billion. The Wall Street analyst community expected $63.5 billion, which means the stock price should be just soaring in the days to come. You can find more of Apple's numbers posted online. In any case, the attending financial people, as usual, shied away from the hard questions. Nobody asked, as a key example, about Apple's reaction to a bankruptcy filing by GT Advanced Technologies, the company that built a sapphire production plant in Mesa with Apple funding. As it stands, hundreds of employees will end up unemployed as the plant winds down operations. It's not known if GT ever produced a usable supply of sapphire for Apple's needs. Now when you look at lower-than-expected revenue reported by Google and Samsung of late, and Microsoft's ongoing troubles staying relevant, it almost seems as if Apple has a pretty clear path for growth. Maybe some third-party company will have products and solutions that Apple can't match. I'd be surprised if there wasn't a startup somewhere with the potential to build the true killer products to compete with some of Apple's offerings. But they won't be the phantom iPad and iPhone killers that the media fantasizes about year after year. Meantime, Apple is again firing on all cylinders.
- Apple and Product Saturation Once upon a time, it was a very rare thing to see anyone with an Apple product. Consider all those years where the Mac barely made a dent in the PC business, and many people who did use Macs were often regarded as being just a little weird. Well, maybe I just took it personally, but it was a lonely world out there when I visited friends and family and found computers that, to me, were more than a little alien. Now even though Apple owns the premium PC market nowadays, and the overall market has seen better days, it appears that there’s still plenty of room for the Mac to grow. Apple clearly isn’t following Microsoft’s playbook — to merge desktop and mobile platforms — and there still appear to be a fair number of people for whom a tablet is not a PC replacement. In other words, there are still untapped markets for Apple to sell more Macs, at least so long as PC demand remains fairly decent. But if it continues to fall at the current rate, Apple will be playing in a smaller and smaller market. In the mobile universe, smartphones and tablets have grown really fast. It’s hard to find anyone nowadays who doesn’t have one or the other — or both. Even folks at the low end of the income scale can get a smartphone free or at a really low price with a fairly cheap wireless plan. Tablets can be had for $50-$100, although I wouldn’t say much about the quality. And I suppose if a smartphone does a decent job of handling phone calls and texting, that may be all that some people actually need. Regardless, smartphones dominate, so it seems that fewer and fewer people don’t have one. This means that the handset makers, and that includes Apple and Samsung, are fighting to make new sales in a smaller and smaller pool of customers who don’t have one of these gadgets. In the U.S., the wireless carriers have made sales a little more difficult by lengthening the time before they allow early upgrades. Well, that’s one excuse Apple CEO Tim Cook gave for fewer iPhone sales. But he ignored the fact that the largest wireless carriers were also busy advertising extra-cost schemes where you could upgrade your mobile handsets more frequently. What this means, though, is that a large portion of customers for current smartphones are upgraders. It’s not their first purchase, so sales growth is being reduced. If the upgrade cycle lengthens, as it has with the PC, it also hurts sales, and it’s clear Apple isn’t the only tech company to see reduced growth. Apple, however, shows no inkling of moving down-market. The iPhone 5c, which may or may not have been successful — depending on whom you ask — was simply a repackaging of the previous year’s technology for $100 less. Apple clearly intends to play in the most profitable segments, as they’ve done with Macs. So will Apple have to accept growing sales at maybe a few percent a year, which is typical for a large company serving a saturated market, or are there different ways to go? One way is to succeed in emerging markets where a growing middle class will aspire to more expensive gear. This is the logic behind Apple’s expansion into China. If Apple’s efforts to gain traction in China, India and elsewhere succeed, sales may grow at a faster rate, but probably nowhere near the levels achieved in the early days of the iPhone and iPad. So what is Apple to do? Well, the financial community demands new products in new categories, and Tim Cook keeps claiming they are planning just that. In fact, he’s said it again and again, and I can well understand why some media pundits might just be a tad skeptical. But it’s also true that the refreshed Mac Pro clearly demonstrates that Apple still has it in them to innovate in surprising ways, although that product obviously didn’t create a new product category. So if the pressure was high in 2013, it is far higher in 2014, particularly after releasing financials and guidance that the investment community regards as underwhelming. But what are the new product categories that Apple plans to enter? Cook says more than one, so where does Apple go next? Clearly Apple won’t tell you, although it’s possible, I suppose, for increased pressures, particularly from the investment community, to force disclosure of at least a few hints. Up till now, Apple hasn’t listened to Wall Street because, frankly, financial analysts have never understood the company. That may not change now, but if the hopes and dreams for new product initiatives don’t play out by spring or summer, increasing skepticism from the media and Wall Street could force a different response. But there’s clearly precedent. Remember that the original iPhone was announced months before it was actually released. There was no product to make obsolete, of course, and it’s also true that FCC testing would have revealed its existence before long. Certainly one excuse Apple gives to withhold information on a new product is how it would impact sales of existing models. If those existing products are made by other companies, of course, Apple could still stage an early preview, build demand, and, in turn, possibly kill sales of the competition as customers wait for Apple’s solution. This could play out nicely with a smartwatch, the rumored iWatch. If Apple plans a connected TV set, a surprise demonstration might really spook the rest of the industry, particularly since most competing products were already presented at the CES earlier this month. Sure, Apple usually doesn’t spill the beans on future products, except, of course, when they do. Maybe it’s time for Cook to rethink the strategy, not just to satisfy Wall Street but to tempt millions of potential customers. There’s a lot to be said for building demand early, particularly if Apple has a real hit or two in the wings.
- The Apple Innovation Slowdown Myth As I've said in the past, some of those who fancy themselves as informed critics of Apple Inc. seldom pay attention. Rather than take time to understand the progression of the company and the details of its history, they make assumptions. Sometimes those assumptions are based on what others might believe without supporting evidence. Sometimes those assumptions are meant to take advantage of the value of putting "Apple" in the title; in other words hit bait. Sometimes those assumptions may even benefit a rival company. So we have the claim that the pace of innovation has slowed severely at Apple since Steve Jobs passed away, that Tim Cook has concentrated more on minor product refreshes, with a few exceptions. That is part and parcel of the demands that Cook should be replaced for — well — one reason or another. Maybe they just want to hold a seance and have Jobs run Apple from the hereafter. Forget the silliness. Let's look at the facts. Up until the iPod arrived in 2001, Apple, then Apple Computer, was primarily thought of as a maker of personal computers. True there were Apple printers and other products, but at the end of the day, the Apple of 1997, when Jobs took over as CEO, earned the largest part of its revenue from Mac sales. So where did this illusion of a constant appearance of new product categories begin? In August, 1998, Apple introduced the original Bondi blue iMac. I remember it well. As a member of Apple's Customer Quality Feedback program at the time, I beta tested both software and hardware. That first iMac was included, and I had the promise of being able to keep it if it sustained the final firmware update. That update bricked the computer — which may be what my contact at CQF expected — so I returned it. The iMac may have looked like no other Mac before it — or PC for that matter — but the basic concept dated back to the original all-in-one Mac from 1984. It was meant to be a computing appliance, easy to set up, simple to maintain. Rather than have a bunch of ports, Apple concentrated on USB and Ethernet. Aside from the CRT display, Apple relied heavily on PowerBook parts with the same processors and RAM. No doubt that kept manufacturing costs low. Aside from the distinctive looks, the iMac was hardly innovative otherwise. It wasn't a new product category by any means, but it sold well, and helped Apple return from the brink. Apple also had fun with the iMac, choosing all sorts of color schemes that, along with minor hardware refreshes, got more mileage out of the same basic design. The real new product category arrived with the punch line, "1000 songs in your pocket." At $399, the iPod it may have seemed overpriced, but sales took off. Apple spread the joy over the years by building a Windows version of iTunes, thus expanding the iPod to a much larger market. That same year, Apple also released the first version of OS X, which represented the new OS direction for the Mac. But shorn of the pretty face, it was heavily derived from the original NeXT OS that first appeared in the 1980s. There was no new product category for Apple in 2002. A total of nearly six years transpired between the first iPod and the first iPhone. Yes, the iPod got better and more popular, with several variations to fit the needs of different customers with different budgets. iPod became the metaphor for a digital music player, and that hasn't changed even though sales are a fraction of what they were at its peak. The iPhone arrived in 2007 as a standalone product that was tied exclusively to AT&T's network, although hackers found ways to jailbreak the device. There was no App Store at first. Steve Jobs envisioned web apps, but was finally convinced to give developers a chance to build what became a huge online storefront that now offers well over a million selections. Now there was yet another new Apple product in 2007, the first Apple TV. But the present-day concept of a tiny video streamer with minimal storage didn't appear until 2010. The current 1080p version didn't show up until 2012, and it's not at all certain where Apple will go with its hobby. Well, it's not called a hobby now, but the speculation continues as to whether there will be a TV set with an Apple label, an enhanced Apple TV set-top box, or both. Now while the iPhone got better and better, Apple didn't enter another new product category until 2010. That year, the iPod became the first tablet computer to succeed as a mass market gadget. While Microsoft had touted tablets for years, they were mostly clumsy notebooks with swivel touchscreens. These days, although PC tablets are slimmer and lighter, the original unsuccessful design concept of a convertible PC hasn't changed. So rather than enter new product categories, weekly, monthly, or annually, Apple's annual product introductions were mostly refreshes of existing gear. Revenue kept growing, so why attack Cook? Apple Pay arrived in October to a positive reception. There were few glitches, and banks and merchants are signing up at a steady clip. Well at least merchants who haven't committed to a competing and more complicated mobile payment scheme known as CurrentC. Apple Watch arrives in 2015 to take on the nascent smartwatch market. Existing gear hasn't gone anywhere, but there may be hope for Apple's intriguing variation on the theme. But remember that the iPod, the iPhone and even the iPad were dismissed by skeptics who claimed they'd never succeed. So it may well be that those skeptics will be proven wrong yet again. And when you look at Apple's history, you'll see that Tim Cook is taking the company into new product directions at a roughly similar pace as his predecessor. The critics may believe otherwise, but that's their cross to bear.
- Apple, the WWDC and the Wacky Run-up After quite a run, and ahead of a 7-to-1 stock split, Apple's stock price had declined slightly before the WWDC keynote on Monday. I suppose this was to be expected. The event was presaged with optimism, skepticism and silly claims about what the company must do to survive. Some weeks back, for example, one online pundit who doesn't deserve to be named or linked suggested that the company would be toast if the iWatch wasn't released in 60 days. When that date passed, and Apple was still here, it merely represented yet another example of commentators lying through their teeth or making downright foolish claims to generate online traffic. Having a respect for facts and logic played second fiddle. There was also the "Apple must" meme, that the WWDC keynote must be filled with new hardware and new product categories, even though it was ostensibly for developers. Thus, we know there would be news about iOS 8 and OS 10.10 because Apple said as much. But expectations that there would be new hardware weren't met. There was no Apple TV or iWatch demonstration for developers, but the people who build apps for Apple gear still got plenty to consider, including a new simplified programming language known as Swift. But OS 10 Yosemite? What about that Looney Toons cartoon character? Clearly Apple isn't taking that into consideration with OS 10.10, which will sport the rumored flatter look and feel, reminiscent of iOS. The improved transparency effects and cleaner text and windows seem interesting enough if a new OS X skin appeals to you. While Mavericks was heavily laden with hardware improvements to use RAM and power more efficiently, Yosemite is heavily disposed towards improvements for Mac users. Front and center is Continuity, which greatly simplifies the passage from Mac to iPhone to iPad, and back again. Email and messages can begin on one, and be completed on another. You can also use your Mac or, with iOS 8, your iPad to make and receive phone calls on your iPhone. Of course your iPhone has to be active on the same Wi-Fi network for this Handoff process to work. SMS messaging is also supported; again with a networked iPhone. You can also use your iPhone to set up an Instant Hotspot, though that would appear to require support from your wireless carrier, as Apple indicates on their site. Clearly Apple's critics will complain that Continuity is yet another way for Apple to rope you in to depending on their ecosystem. But there's nothing wrong with that. Other companies and their sycophants in the tech media are probably jealous. So iCloud becomes iCloud Drive, since you can now use it as an online repository for all your files, and even set up a traditional file/folder hierarchy that can be accessed on all your Apple gear, including your iPhone and iPad, along with a Windows PC. In a sense, Apple is going after Dropbox and the cloud storage systems from Microsoft and Google to set up seamless ways for you to store and easily transfer larger files. Mail for Yosemite, with the promise of greater speed and efficiency, has a new feature, dubbed Mail Drop, which lets you use your iCloud Drive as an intermediary for file attachments of up to 5GB. This will help you avoid the usual problem of sending large files to a recipient. Email services traditionally limit attachments to less than 20MB. Windows users will simply receive a link in their email to retrieve the file, which definitely rains on Hightail's parade. Since iCloud now plays a larger role in storing your stuff, new storage plans are coming. You'll still get 5GB free, but 20GB is just 99 cents per month, and 200GB is $3.99 per month. For small businesses, or families with loads of photos and other files to store and back up, the latter plan is the sweet spot. You'll be able to get up to 1TB of storage once all the options are in place. Spotlight has been enhanced to include both online and local searches, which is something you can already do under Windows. I suppose Apple is hoping you'll move away from Safari searches and rely on Spotlight to find everything. Here's why: While Google search is still supported and remains the default on Safari, Spotlight uses Microsoft Bing. I wonder how Google will react when they get the memo. As with Mavericks, OS X Yosemite will be available this fall, probably between late September and late October, as a free download and is reportedly compatible with the very same Macs that can run OS 10.9. While developers are already downloading the first Yosemite preview, up to one million Mac users will receive access to Yosemite betas this summer. So be prepared to sign up as soon as possible. I expect they will want to get a few releases out before letting non-developers gain access to the seeds. While iOS 8 also comes across as a compelling release, Apple has yet to say anything about side-by-side multitasking for iPads. I suppose that could come later. Meantime, in addition to the Swift development language, Apple is moving towards giving developers more flexility in building and selling iOS apps. There is, for example, support for Touch ID and third-party keyboards. So, although the new QuickType predictive keyboard scheme may appeal to most users, those who want a Swype or another third-party keyboard to replace Apple's will get full system support. Would that were true with other apps, and it would be nice to be able to pick something else as the default for such tasks as email and browsing. As predicted, HealthKit will be designed to allow developers of health and fitness apps to seamlessly communicate with your iOS device and the new Health app. Such major medical institutions as Mayo Clinic have announced full support, which means you'll be a tap away from monitoring your physical condition, and your doctor can receive immediate updates should test results require their attention. Apple, by the way, promises what appears to be bulletproof security for Health and also for HomeKit, a tool for developers to build apps to better integrate your connected home. The HomeKit feature is called Secure Pairing, which supposedly means that only a registered iOS device can unlock your home, adjust the lights, turn on the microwave, or perform many other functions in your home. Developers will be able to bundle apps at a special discount and offer beta testing functions via the App Store. A new "Explore" feature will make it easier for you to discover the more than 1.2 billion apps now available for iOS users. While iOS 8 won't look altogether different from iOS 7, and thus isn't apt to be quite as polarizing, that can't be said for Yosemite. Right after the initial announcement appeared in the tech media, one of my friends, who has already had a love/hate relationship with Mavericks, responded with just one word, "YUK!" Her concern is that it looks more like iOS, but I reminded her that it's still OS X and her Mac will still run like a Mac despite the changes. Oh, and by the way, the iPhone 4 is not on the iOS 8 compatibility list. It was hit or miss with iOS 7, so it makes sense it has been retired from future iOS updates. In any case, Apple's stock price resumed its upward climb Tuesday morning. Evidently Wall Street was impressed.
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