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How Apple’s Business Model Burned Samsung

I have been amused by Samsung’s current TV ads saying they were first to market with a smartphone over 5 inches and staking claim to being the one who blazed the trail and showed the market there was demand for larger …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 26th, 2014
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Why Apple Never Targeted Sapphire Screens for the New iPhones

When Apple and GT Advanced announced a partnership to make and purchase sapphire screens, most of the media jumped to the conclusion Apple was going to use them in their upcoming smartphones. However, when the iPhones were launched and no sapphire …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 19th, 2014
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The iPhone 6 Size Conundrum

Since Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007, the size of the screen on each version was the same. For the first five years, the screen on the iPhone was 3.5 inches. Then they moved to a 4 inch screen with the …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 12th, 2014
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The Doctor-Patient Health Tracker Data Dilemma

In my column last Friday, “Why an iWatch is not Apple’s next big thing“, I pointed out I believed Apple is doing less an iWatch and more a wearable with a narrower focus around fitness and health care.

Of course it will tell time, but I suggested …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 5th, 2014
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How Microsoft and Apple’s Ads Define Their Strategy

Recently, after spending a lot of time with many of Microsoft’s OEM partners and looking at their overall strategic view of the PC and tablet markets of the future, it has become clear to me there really is a huge …

by Tim Bajarin   |   August 29th, 2014
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Why an iWatch is not Apple’s next big thing

For those of us who have followed the life of Steve Jobs, we know most of the products he brought to market were ones he wanted to use himself. They came out of his personal life experiences. The iPod came …

by Tim Bajarin   |   August 22nd, 2014
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Windows 9 “Threshold” Could Pose a Real Problem for Microsoft’s Partners

For the last 30 or so years, Microsoft has created new versions of their OS, usually in four or five year increments and each new major iteration has driven strong growth in PC sales. Their hardware partners count on this …...

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by Tim Bajarin   |   August 19th, 2014
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A PC Future With No Wires

I recently spent some time with Intel executives who reiterated that their major push in PCs in the next few years would be around 2-in-1s. They believe this is the next major thing in PCs and believe that 2-in-1s will represent …

by Tim Bajarin   |   August 15th, 2014
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A Bird’s Eye View: The Humbled Steve Jobs

This new series A Bird’s Eye View will feature short stories by Tim Bajarin, a 33 year industry veteran of the technology industry. These stories and anecdotes are ones Tim has collected through his 30-plus years as an analyst and …...

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by Tim Bajarin   |   August 13th, 2014
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The Biggest Problem the Tech Industry Must Solve

About a week ago, news broke Google had found inappropriate photos of a child in a man’s Gmail account and turned the info over to the police. This week we found out Microsoft had done something similar when they found two images of …

by Tim Bajarin   |   August 8th, 2014

Could Apple ever do a “2 in 1″?

If you have heard Tim Cook talk about “2 in 1’s”, you already know the answer to this question. He likened the marrying of a tablet and a laptop to “converging a toaster and a fridge. You could do it but it would …...

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by Tim Bajarin   |   July 30th, 2014
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The Quest to keep Tech Customers Loyal

As early as 1999, I started looking closely at the concept of customer loyalty and, more specifically, what would it take to keep me loyal to a particular OS or service.

As a heavy technology user going back to the early 1980’s, …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 30th, 2014
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The Major Industry Battle Brewing Between Samsung vs Google

Over the last five years, Samsung has become a behemoth in the tech marketplace. Their smartphones dominate the tech landscape and their profits have been relatively good until recently, considering the fact they still make most of their money on hardware. …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 25th, 2014
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Why Has the Growth in Tablets Stalled?

When Apple released their Q1 earnings in late April, they reported sales of iPads were down substantially over last year’s same quarter. Apple CEO Tim Cook stated part of the reason for a decline in iPad demand this year is, …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 18th, 2014
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Apple and IBM Storm the Enterprise

The news Apple and IBM have joined forces to deliver a powerful new business approach to the enterprise is the shot heard round the IT world. This global deal, where IBM in essence becomes a VAR (value added reseller) for …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 15th, 2014
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What it will take to “own” the customer

In the late 1990s, I began a series of lectures at conferences titled “Three Screens of the Digital Lifestyle.” As early as 1991, I was researching how people were using various screens in their lives and made the assumption that, …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 11th, 2014
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The Importance of Dual Authentication in Wearable Devices

Last week, I wrote a column entitled “Understanding Apple’s Wearable Strategy” where I laid out the idea of using an iWatch or iBand for personal ID. I mentioned I had used a RFID band while at Disney World and I could …...

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by Tim Bajarin   |   July 2nd, 2014
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Why Google should have bought Oculus Rift

After I saw the Oculus Rift at a CES, I jokingly told a friend they would probably be bought by Google or Facebook for billions. This was not a prediction but a real joke in my mind since I thought …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 2nd, 2014
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Understanding Apple’s Wearable Strategy

Someone who I believe has a good sense of Apple’s thinking about wearables told me some months ago that if I wanted to understand part of Apple’s wearable strategy I needed to go to Disney World. When I was at Disney …

by Tim Bajarin   |   June 27th, 2014
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Only Apple, Yes, But Only Tim as Well

John Gruber of Daring Fireball wrote a great piece called “Only Apple” where he laid out a solid case that, in many instances, only Apple could deliver the type of experiences and devices that make up a huge part of …

by Tim Bajarin   |   June 20th, 2014
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The Enduring Lure of Facebook

When it comes to technology, I am what you would call “old school”. I came out of the PC era and cut my digital teeth in hardware and packaged software and lived in that world exclusively for over half my …

by Tim Bajarin   |   June 13th, 2014
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A Google Like Device for Physical Objects

In late April, I had a fascinating video call with a gentleman named Dror Sharon, the CEO of Physical Objects. He showed me a product that just went up on Kickstarter about a month ago. The device is a hand scanner …...

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by Tim Bajarin   |   June 6th, 2014
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Why Microsoft Should be Worried About Chromebooks

For more than 30 years, the Wintel consortium ruled the world of personal computers. This consortium was made up of a partnership between Intel and Microsoft joined at the hip when it came to creating PCs. But about three years …

by Tim Bajarin   |   June 4th, 2014
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My Webinar On the Internet of Things

I wanted to let our readers know that I am co-hosting a webinar on the Internet of Things. The subject will be focused on the business impact of IoT. It is free to attend and if you are interested you …

by Tim Bajarin   |   May 30th, 2014
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Why the Surface Pro 3 is a Problem for Microsoft’s Partners

I watched the launch of Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 this week with great interest. Microsoft’s decision to enter the hardware business has been a double edged sword for them. On the one hand, they were able to use the …

by Tim Bajarin   |   May 23rd, 2014