Here is my take for T-Mobile...
Happy holidays everyone.
Here is my take for T-Mobile...
Happy holidays everyone.
The new iPhones were introduced in September this year and after more than three months of being announced there was not even one iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to be found for sale on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the West coast. I was at Portland visiting friends and in the wise intention of taking advantage of the state's generous 'no sales tax' law, I wanted to buy an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus there to save some $60 odd dollars. But from Friday morning after Thanksgiving till Monday night, I found only two or three iPhone 6 phones available in the entire Portland area. Those phones were also either the 16GB or the 128GB models. It is crazy to see the demand of these iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones be so high. The last I saw such crazy demand for the iPhone was only for the original iPhone in 2007 and that was mainly due to very low supply. So I am not surprised to see all the analysts scrambling their way to increase AAPL's price targets (via The Street) right in time for the holiday quarter's sales call. It is also important to note that there weren't any major sales discounts in lieu of Thanksgiving for Apple's iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, as usual, but virtually every unit that was available for sale was sold out!
And this is just not in the US, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are a huge hit globally as well (via AppleInsider).
By accident or design, the App store(s) are going towards a terrible downward spiral in the race to the bottom in terms of pricing. This is preventing quality and Indie Apps from thriving on the App store and Apple's In-App purchase scheme is mostly to blame for this. While I understand why Apple did this, its time, Apple seriously reconsidered the strategy in place here. From the recent saga of the Monument Valley upgrade pricing woes to the terrible stories of thousands of dollars spent in In-App purchases on stupid games, this In-App purchase scheme is costing a lot of people a lot of time and money and frankly it does not seem healthy for the platform. The EU demanding Apple to, first explicitly mention that an App offers In-App purchase and now (via TechCrunch), not terming any App that offers In-App purchases, as "FREE" are good countermeasures, but not solutions.
I am not a proponent of the yesteryear Microsoft Software strategy of over charging people for crappy software and upgrades, but again I hate the other extreme of this spectrum as well. While quality and value are in the eye of the beholder, there are way too many Apps in the App store that deserve much more monetary remuneration than they are getting and this has to stop. It is not entirely Apple's fault, we as consumers have a tendency to try to get the best bang for our buck (I just din't want to say we are cheap), but again for any market to thrive, there has to be a balance in pricing and value. I say put an end to this In-App purchase scheme, all together and that is the only way out!
Nokia (at least what is left of it after the Microsoft buy out!) announced a new Android tablet, costing around $250 and it appears as though, it forgot to hire its own designers this time, instead chose to borrow, rather heavily, from Apple designers, albeit without their consent (via The Verge). There is of course only one way to design a modern tablet and why should Apple get all the credit, its not like Apple invented the modern tablet or anything, right??
Apple has often been criticized for the lack of choice in the iPhone models, other than the generation of the iPhones and the internal specifications like the amount memory. Every one of the more than 500 million iPhone users have one of the three or four generations (mostly) of the iPhones and there is no way to choose an iPhone based on your personal choice of design, other than color and more recently on the screen size. But still no two iPhones out there look alike, even if they are the same model, and this is because most of the iPhone users have a protective case on their iPhones and Apple has been happy to cede this space of customization to third party case makers.
The scenario with the most recently announced Apple Watch, though is very different. There are two sizes of the Apple Watch, then there are different models, like the Sport, the Regular (?) and the Edition, then there are a bunch of straps with different colors and designs, the Apple Watch itself can be chosen from a few colors (and not to mention the different watch faces that can be chosen as the display, that make the total number of permutations and combinations to choose from, more than two million). So clearly Apple's strategy on the Watch is very different compared to the iPhone and this is a deliberate move. Apple has been very vocal about touting the Apple Watch as the most personal devices Apple has made till date and when a device is this personal, people should have a lot of options to choose from. Moreover the iPhones spend most of their times inside the pockets, whereas the Apple Watch is going to be on display on your wrist for everyone to see. So the fashion component of the Watch also demands a lot of choices to available in the first place.
I am a technology enthusiast (a more pleasing word than nerd or geek for many) who has been interested in technology for a long time and consider myself to be more upto date on the latest and the greatest in consumer technology than many people around me. I use both Apple and Windows computers, have an iPhone and an iPad and have followed companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft, for almost a decade now. Hence the idea of this blog sprung up and after months of procrastination, I decided to launch 'The Frustum' a no bull technology blog!
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