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    The Apple Watch: Debating the Use Case

    May 22nd, 2015

    If you’re curious about how many Apple Watches have shipped to customers, don’t expect any early satisfaction. Apple has put the numbers in a miscellaneous category on its financial statement, and there was no press release touting the launch week numbers. Just crickets. While Apple claims that orders exceeded supplies, that’s not an answer, since we don’t know how many were produced, and how many orders were actually placed.

    Curiously, the question was never asked during the last quarterly conference call with financial analysts. A colleague suggests that Apple may have alerted the financial community that they would have no statement, but you sort of feel someone could have spoken up without losing their status as a participant. Besides, financial analysts aren’t reporters and will not necessarily ask probing questions during such sessions.

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    Apple and Affordable 5K

    May 21st, 2015

    When does a Retina display hit critical mass? Well, Apple and other smartphone makers have been selling mobile gear with Retina displays, meaning you can’t see the individual pixels at normal viewing distances, for several years. The price of your iPhone, or iPad, never changed. You just got more value for the same money.

    To be fair, it does appear that you still pay a somewhat higher fee for the MacBook Pro with Retina display, though it may be no more than a $100 premium based on current pricing. But with the 27-inch 5K display on the iMac, you might believe the premium is fairly large, or you did until this week.

    Now at $2,499, the former base high resolution iMac did offer, in addition to the marvelous 5K display, other enhancements over the regular iMac that included a faster processor, beefier graphics, and a 1TB Fusion Drive, the combo SSD/hard drive that offers close to the performance of a pure SSD. Subtracting the higher resolution display, it actually represented only a modest cost increase to get all those extra pixels.

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    About that “Other” Apple TV

    May 20th, 2015

    From the day Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography, “Jobs” was published, there were heightened expectations that Apple planned to build a TV set. It all came in response to the quote from Jobs that he had cracked the secret for the best TV interface ever. Since there was already an Apple TV set-top box for streaming content to your set, this must surely mean Apple planned to go all the way. Well, perhaps.

    So rumors arose about the expected features of such a set, emphasizing such capabilities as Siri integration. Even then, you would have expected to use the remote to state your wishes, since just shouting “Hey Siri” in a large room with other family members present, and possibly competing for attention, wouldn’t be terribly efficient.

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    Do We Need Another Film About Steve Jobs?

    May 19th, 2015

    In the summer of 2013, less than two years after his death, a biographical film about Steve Jobs premiered in American movie theaters. Starring in the lead role was Ashton Kutcher, best known for replacing Charlie Sheen in the now-discontinued TV sitcom, “Two and a Half Men.”

    While similar in height to Jobs according to one report I’ve read, Kutcher hardly seemed to otherwise fit the part, which would have required a gifted character actor. The public wasn’t that impressed either. According to the IMDb, it got a 5.9 rating. But it appears to have been profitable, since it reportedly cost $12 million to make and earned nearly three times that amount at the box office worldwide. The usual rule of thumb to breaking even is a take at the movieplex of at least twice the production cost.

    But perhaps it was too early for a biography.

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