AMITIAE - Wednesday 6 February 2013
Cassandra - Wednesday Review: The Week in Full Swing
By Graham K. Rogers
Opening Gambit:New successes for Apple. Sagging share price. Rumours on: iPad mini display; OS X Lynx. OS X Server updated: is 10.8.3 coming next? 10 Software engineers to be recruited for Apple Maps. iMac wait times slip; iPad mini times reduced: much better in the Thailand online store. Apple is still doomed of course. Hints, tips and suggestions. Dell buying his company back: Redmond chips in $2 billion. CBS interference. Stickam dead. Mobi-Lens review.
Apple StuffWhile recently Apple has hit the top spot in the number of phones sold in the USA - when there is only one model basically - there have been wider successes reported as Apple has now overtaken Nokia for global internet usage, Jordan Kahn reports on 9to5 Mac. Some of those words are important, like "global" and "internet usage" as this indicates how many phones there are out there (not just those stuck in warehouses) and shows how the iPhone is also linking to advertisers. I actually saw this referenced in a local Tweet, so sometimes Apple successes are not brushed under the carpet.
Indeed, despite the sagging share price (how much of a real indication is that?) Apple has a lot to be happy about right now, which is bound to upset someone.
Some comments from Cody Willard on Market Watch are bound to have some people seeing red as he thinks he thinks that the "retail shareholders and mindless long money managers just got complacent with AAPL" and he is predicting a $1,000 share price in a ear or so. [My source for this was MacDaily News.]
But then other analysts are also positive about Apple, "despite its lackluster earnings" which happened to be an all time record for any company and MacDaily News links to a story on a Goldman Sachs source who predicts higher share prices too.
Also now bullish is Three 28 Capital who analyse the figures (you should look at the way the stock rises and falls over the last couple of years too) and suggests that rather than dead, "Apple should see a dramatic rally at some point over the next 10 weeks." [My early morning link for this was MacDaily News.]
A report from Electronista tells us that Apple has just released an update to the OS X Server app that now goes with OS X (if people want this) and it is now at version 2.21. There are some new features, including for Time Machine and the App Store, plus the usual bug fixes.
In other development news, AppleBitch reports that Apple is advertising for a large number of iOS Software Engineers to work on the iOS Maps app. There are ten jobs on offer and some of these are discussed in the article. Tim Cook may have promised that the app will improve over time, but the Bangkok Bank Bukhalo Branch is still in the middle of the river by Rama 3 Bridge, despite me having reported it several times.
On the other hand, Dan Farber reports that wait times for the iPad mini have now been reduced to 3-5 days, but there are still some improvements to be made. There is also some discussion of sales figures with a useful chart. The Thai store does better here too as wait times are shown as 1-3 business days.
I also saw while I was browsing the iPad section that the 128 GB ones are listed. The Wi-Fi version is shown as 25,500 baht and the Wi-Fi + cellular is 29,500 baht.
Like others he tries to rationalise why the income and profits are good quarter after quarter but the analysts will not see this and dream only of failure. Engst is no apologist for Apple and does explain some shortcomings, but thinks that on the whole the company is heading in the right general direction.
While not making a big splash this year iPodNN and several others report that Apple had a presence in an ad for the new Star Trek movie. Inserted into that was a reference to shortened URLs for the App store. Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is the star villain and the app is not available outside the US or Canada right now.
Well, Yes it is. I clicked on the link and there it was in the iTunes app store but the link to the StarTrek app I have still looks like the long one to me.
Also reported is the release of Mac security products from a developer called ESET, HelpNet Security reports. The information is just an outline and not a review, mentioning virus protection (that will be good with no OS X viruses), kiddie protection, a firewall and browsing security among other things. I thought Apple had all these covered. This may suit the paranoid among you.
Other MattersAnother (another?) Samsung Galaxy smartphone is reported to have exploded, injuring its owner, Patently Apple reports. If you had not been paying attention you might have missed that as overheating iPhones, even when they have had unauthorised repairs, garner scores of mentions, but hardly anyone put out a Tweet on this: is it so common? Perhaps: the article links to "a number of noted Galaxy Note 2 problems."
Local ItemsA few months ago I put some money into a Kickstarter project for a new smartphone and tablet lens system that looked interesting. I heard a week or so ago that the first versions had been made and on Monday at work, the package was waiting for me in my mailbox. I had a look and my report on the Mobi-Lens accessories is online.
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.
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