Archive for September, 2012

Just In Case You Forgot How Far RIM Has Fallen

Sep. 25, ‘12: “We have a clear shot at being the number three platform on the market. We’re not just another open platform on the market, we are BlackBerry.” — RIM CEO Thorsten Heins, via The Verge. Heins is right that there isn’t fierce … Continue reading →

What Apple’s ‘5 Million’ iPhone 5 Sales Really Mean: Not That Much

Sep. 24, ‘12: Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5s in its first weekend, up from 4 million iPhone 4Ss last year. This number isn’t 10 million or even 8 million or 6 million, so some are saying that it’s “WORSE THAN EXPECTED” or … Continue reading →

iPhone 5: The First Hour

Sep. 21, ‘12: Biggest disappointment so far: The “slate” metal edge seems really delicate. Look, it’s already scratched and nicked, just from a light fall — pretty ugly. I never dropped my iPhone 4 or 4S. The iPhone 5 is a little slippery, … Continue reading →

The only iPhone 5 feature that matters: LTE

Sep. 21, ‘12: My latest for ReadWriteWeb about how LTE is going to be as revolutionary for the iPhone 5 as solid-state drives were for the MacBook Air. Totally unscientific test, but this morning the Verizon LTE in my apartment was 50 times … Continue reading →

Apple Maps: The FAQ

Sep. 21, ‘12: Just a perfect post by Kontra.

‘NFC Sucks’

Sep. 20, ‘12: Cap Watkins: Apple (or anyone for that matter) doesn’t need to add a new technology to enable the future of payments and sharing. That future is already being invented with wi-fi and cellular data and is way better than anything … Continue reading →

iOS Maps, Now Apple’s Most Exciting Story

Sep. 20, ‘12: That cliché about how you don’t miss a good thing until it’s gone? That’s how a lot of iPhone users are feeling today about the old Google-powered Maps app. As you may have experienced by now, Apple has replaced it … Continue reading →

Now Imagine If Amazon Had Bought Palm And WebOS

Sep. 14, ‘12: Tuesday night, while everyone was gearing up for Wednesday’s iPhone 5 event, the reviews for Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD tablets went online. The consensus seems to be: Amazon’s hardware is solid, its media ecosystem is vast, its prices are … Continue reading →

Why Does Apple Announce iPhone Pricing And Availability But Other Phone Makers Don’t?

Sep. 13, ‘12: One of the nice things Apple does when announcing a new product — which its competitors only sometimes do, especially in the phone industry — is tell you how much it will cost and when it will go on sale. … Continue reading →

iPhone 5: Questions, Comments, And Observations

Sep. 12, ‘12: The iPhone 5 is pretty much as expected, and nothing’s really surprising. But the phone looks very good. I’ll definitely be pre-ordering one. (Leading towards 64 GB, black, on Verizon.) The big-picture takeaway: Apple still seems very happy with the … Continue reading →