AMITIAE - Saturday 9 January 2016
Cassandra: Weekend Review - Tears in the Rain
By Graham K. Rogers
What is not working is the GMail account and every morning I am asked to enter the password. This is getting stale. I am guessing (pure speculation) that this may be connected with updates to OS X - not that I am running a beta right now - but I had noticed in the past that when a full update to El Capitan was released the Google problem went away. Friday it appeared twice: 7am when I started work, and 11:43 PM just before I went to bed (I guess that is Google for close to midnight)
Despite trying to destroy it, I have been enjoying my tenure of the iPad Pro and a couple of sources also seem to see this as something more than just a big iPad. In a Tweet this week, MG Siegler (@mgsiegler) writes, "I must say, after weeks away, I missed the iPad Pro. So much faster than every other iPad" and, "Had to use iPad Air 2 - like an animal."
In replies, he adds, ". . . I know it's crazy, but this thing is *so* much faster. I'm getting increasingly annoyed how slow MB is.
I am not particularly annoyed, but I notice how much less I am using the MacBook - and I really like it - now that the iPad Pro is around."
In an article this Wednesday, "Pointers Extra: Getting Things Done with iPad Pro," they describe it as "hands-down the best Apple device for GTD." This matches what MG Siegler has found and what I am discovering too. Unless I have particular work to do with the MacBook Pro, this is the one I now prefer to take to work with me (it is also lighter in my bag). The MacNN comments are quite lengthy but a useful slant on the device and just how productive it is for users.
I acquired some glue and repaired the writing table.
Unfortunately for him, the nearby motorcycle-taxi riders saw the incident and stepped in to protect the car driver. Even more unfortunate was the point that several videos of the pickup reversing deliberately and hitting the car quite hard were circulated putting the lie to the tale that he was hit in the rear.
The driver of the pickup is known as DJ Keng and was later sacked from his job at a university as well as reporting to the police where his driving licence was taken away, plus several charges laid.
I tried https://www.netflix.co.th for the Netflix URL but that did not work, so then tried https://www.netflix.com which defaulted to https://www.netflix.com/th/ and the sign-up page was shown. There was considerable interest on Twitter that morning with many indicating they had signed up. It seems that just about everywhere except China and North Korea are now covered.
As part of this some suggest that there are to be wireless Beats headphones. Well, so what. The iPhone can handle Bluetooth sets now, and if that were to be WiFi as well, it is not beyond the ability of Apple to incorporate that. But that does not count for the earbuds in the box, and Apple is unlikely to supply iPhones without those. It is not impossible of course, but the outcry would not be in Apple's interests.
Of course, the removal of the analog headphone jack would allow the iPhone to be thinner, but some wonder how desirable this could be. What it does also remove is another component and makes space inside for a slightly larger battery in the same available space: that is more desirable.
Along with the rumours about the headphone jack, Ben Lovejoy on 9to5 Mac reminds us that this is the season when all the images for claimed iPhone components begins. He has a few in the article.
Tim Cook had a relatively low income of $10.3M in 2015, which was an increase over last year, with Yoel Minkoff on Seeking Alpha wringing his hands about the falling share price. No mention of income or profits, because I guess he doesn't know.
Having a good guess is Ashraf Eassa who compares Apple with Google and implies that with cash reserves and other positives, Apple is a far better bet than Google. With the share price hovering around $100 in unsupported fears about iPhone sales (they forget everything else that makes up the company) and after the Chinese stock market falls, this is almost a guaranteed win.
Bob Ciura on Seeking Alpha looks at the situation and paints a rosy, if frustrating picture of Apple: massive growth, raising its dividend, and returning billions to shareholders, yet a falling share price. He dismisses selling, and considers buying more shares: "The worst mistake investors could make is to sell out of fear."
And right on cue, Michael Blair appeared on Seeking Alpha with an article congratulating himself on his earlier assumptions and providing a few more to go with the stale Katy Huberty mention and the supposed fall in sales of iPhones. One can almost hear him rubbing his hands. We shall see if this is so in a couple of weeks time. When I read this, there was only one comment: "I clicked on the article before realizing it was MB. Same old stuff. Bye."
A little later there were several more, most dismissing the bias with some pointing out erroneous use of statistics and figures. Some supported the writer.
The Share of the Pie
The main reason for share price falls after the fallout from China, is the reports that looked at the supply chain reduction in orders and presumed that means lower iPhone sales. As myopic Wall Street thinks that Apple is only the iPhone, they want to protect their investments and panic sets in. Jason Snell writing on MacWorld suggests that these reports may not be the death knell some are hoping for. ZeroHedge describe it is the worst ever week in US trading, so it is not surprising that Apple took some hits.
A side note from Daniel Eran Dilger (AppleInsider) on smartphone sales tells us that even though Samsung has reported low profits (Q4) their sales of smartphones rise by 12.5% which suggests the market has not contracted (or at least not by so much) or remained flat as many analysts have been predicting. This presumption was then extrapolated to suggest Apple sales are falling. They may be wrong.
Building on this, with a good analysis of the effects that misreading the input about Cirrus has had is Mark Hibben on Seeking Alpha. Although the data appears to show a decline, which everyone has jumped on, a closer look at the data - and the other players involved in buying from both Cirrus Logic and Qorvo - suggest that the fears are unfounded. And in another article, Mark Hibben (who does seem to be biased towards Apple) suggests that the data available is really pointing to an increase in iPhone sales.
The article also looks at the "iPhone supplier" (or two) allegedly reporting lower shipments of parts and mentions that some of this may be due to a switch in certain chips Samsung uses, and nothing to do with Apple at all. Remember Tim Cook's warning on data from suppliers? . . .
Her case was weakened somewhat by the point that the one she was using as example in trying to make a Class-action lawsuit was actually a new device. But that was nothing really compared to the rest of it which the judge (the case was moved to California) dismissed and as part of his judgment called her "manifestly incompetent" (Joe Mullin, ArsTechnica) [My original source was MacDaily News].
That lens system fitted the 4S, but not the iPhone 5 that followed. Instead, I bought a lens via a Kickstarter project that would fit on any phone and even the iPad with a clip system. It may not have been quite as accurate as the olloclip, but the flexibility compensated somewhat.
505 Eighth Avenue - West 34th Street - Photo by Wurts Brothers (From NYPL Digital Collections)
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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