AMITIAE -Wednesday 14 October 2014
Apple Event for Thursday this week: Anticipation for What may Come (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
On the page for the feed is a link to create a calendar entry. Click and an .ICS file downloads. Click on that and the event is added to the calendar. By default with Calendar, new events are 1 hour; but the calendar entry for this Apple event has a 2-hour span.
An update for local users came on Monday this week when Apple confirmed that the iPhone would be released in several more countries this month, including Thailand on 31 October.
iPhone 6 with iOS 8 - Image Provided by Apple
The letter was not to bury Cook but to praise him. It outlined many things that Icahn thought Apple was doing right, including the integration between products: critical Icahn thinks. Reading the letter, aside from the financial jargon that peppered its lengthy paragraphs, I thought it might just as well have been written by a pro-Apple publication rather than a smart financier in his 80s.
There are a range of opinions on Apple. Sooner or later you will find a commentator who writes exactly what you want to hear (good or bad): how does an investor (or a customer) trust such a wide range of opinions? Icahn tends to follow the money and regards Apple's future profitability as a good bet, although whether his predictions on an Apple TV or a doubled share price are right, only time will tell.
Along with these new features in OS X, some applications will be updated, for example iTunes with its new red icon and new ways to organise access, which may not suit some users. As with many changes that all developers of operating systems come up with, users absorb most after a while. The screen shots I have seen of the updated Preview suggest that this will have several more uses over and above simply viewing documents or images. It already allows annotation of PDF files, but editing changes to other file types will be possible.
Yosemite on a MacBook Pro - Image Provided by Apple
Current Mac mini - Image Provided by Apple
It may be that the new iPad, if it is announced on Thursday, will have an A8X processor (the iPhone 6 has A8). This could indicate a number of improvements, including TouchID: perfect timing for the start of Apple Pay in America.
Some large retailers are reported to be holding off on this service - perhaps waiting for the release to make a full assessment, but with Dairy Queen, Kmart, Sears, Target and others all having been hacked recently, and the existence of POS malware, many companies may well be considering Apple's alternative payment system. One of these is rumoured to be Walgreens, a large US chain.
We shall see on Thursday.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. 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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