AMITIAE - Wednesday 22 July 2015
New Product Arrivals in Bangkok and Elsewhere (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
Apple's predictions and those of Wall Street suggested that this was expected to be another good quarter. Already reports have shown that Mac sales have increased by 16% in a shrinking PC market and that Apple takes the lion's share of profits for smartphone sales. The iPhone counts for 63% of total revenue.
Revenue in the US rose 15%, Europe 19%, China 112%, Japan 9%. International markets now account for 64% of revenue (Eric Jhonsa, Seeking Alpha)
Needless to say, the share price dropped as Apple's guidance for the next quarter (revenue between $49 billion and $51 billion) is weaker than some want.
The real change was to the iPod shuffle which is almost an iPhone without the SIM card feature. It now has the same 4-inch Retina display as the iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c along with Bluetooth 4.1 (the iPhone 6 has 4.0) and the same A8 series processor as the iPhone 6.
iPod touch colors - Image courtesy of Apple
Other improvements include a slightly larger battery - which Apple claims will give up to 40 hours of music - and an increase in memory from 512 GB to 1 GB. There are new colors too and the iPod touch comes in space gray, silver, gold, blue and pink as well as a (Product)Red version.
Apple Watch - iStudio Demonstrations
When I wandered past the iStudio in Siam Paragon just after lunch on Sunday, hoping to take some photographs, I was dragged in by some of the Apple-connected persons I know and tried on a couple of the Edition devices. These are way out of my price range of course, but 50% of the allocation of these gold watches have already gone. The other Apple Watch versions also sold out, with only a few 38mm watches left in Thailand. Users ordering online are already being given a 23 July delivery date. For the technically-minded, there is an excellent (if lengthy) review of the device by Joshua Ho and Brandon Chester on the AnandTech site.
One swallow does not make a summer and the figures from Slice Intelligence (US sales only) did not hold up under analysis. Several commentators have been critical the way this was misinterpreted by some sources. The data only covered online sales in the US. It did not include sales from Australia, China or Europe. Reports cite the in-store success of the product. Customers prefer to try on the watch they intend to buy and enjoy the experience of a one-on-one demonstration.
iStudio Demonstration: Apple Watch Edition; My Wrist
A trip to a local iServe (not True as I had bought it from the online Apple store) revealed that the problem was the "main board". When I have reinstalled all the data on the replacement device, I will think about an Apple Watch as the two need to be linked.
In the meantime, I have switched to the iPhone 6 Plus. While I was reluctant to go for this when these were first released, a couple of weeks using it as my main phone have made me think again. I was enjoying using the iPhone 6 Plus as a photographic device, but expanding the ways I use it have me wondering if my original choice of the iPhone 6 was right.
It is not quite as bulky as I had imagined, although there are a couple of shirt pockets it will not go in to. I like to use these pockets when in a taxi or on BTS so that I can access the phone easily. With less space on this iPhone, I am using Apple Music radio while on the go which works well enough with carrier signals (3G and 4G) here.
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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