Archive for the ‘Featured Tech.pinions’ Category


Tablet and Smartphone Futures: Specialization

As the markets for tablets and smartphones continue to mature and saturate, I believe we’re heading towards some important changes. Specifically, I think the time for mass market smartphones and tablets is rapidly nearing an end.

It’s not that we won’t …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 30th, 2014

Mars Needs Indians. Earth Needs Women. The Internet Needs Balloons.

Question: What can a country with over a billion people and a per capita GDP of $4,000 do with the cash it costs to make a middling Hollywood blockbuster?

Answer: Send a spacecraft to Mars! On their first try!

We do not seem to …

by Brian S Hall   |   September 29th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: BlackBerry Passport, iPhone 6 “Bendgate”

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Tim Bajarin, Bob O’Donnell, Jan Dawson and Ben Bajarin discuss the release of BlackBerry’s Passport phone and analyze the impact of the Apple controversies around the bending of iPhone 6′s and glitches …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 27th, 2014
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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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The man, the boy, the donkey and the iPhone

There’s an Aesop’s Fable about a man, a boy and a donkey. In short form, the story goes like this: A man, his son, and their donkey set off for the market. At first, all three are walking but soon, …

by Jan Dawson   |   September 25th, 2014
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The Communication Possibilities of Digital Touch

It is not hard to look back at technology innovation cycles and see how technology has advanced and impacted how we communicate. From the pencil, to the printing press, to computers, to the internet, and more recently our smartphones, all …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 24th, 2014
Mobile App Ecosystem

Is the App Ecosystem Sustainable?

The focus on mobility and mobile platforms as the growth engines for the tech industry’s future is now so engrained into most people’s heads that it seems nearly blasphemous to suggest there could be faults in that thinking. But there’s …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 23rd, 2014

Thoughts On Apple

Let’s start with the bad news: The Apple Watch. This beautiful, technological marvel is, in my view, the device our future selves point back to as delineating when Apple changed forever.

Not necessarily for the good.

The company long known for delivering …

by Brian S Hall   |   September 22nd, 2014

Apple Watch Claim Chowder

People really love to hate Apple. It should be considered a disorder at this point. ~ J. Gobert (@MrGobert)

The Apple Watch may or may not fail, but the analysis of the Watch has already failed. People just cannot wait to …

by John Kirk   |   September 21st, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Apple iPhone 6 Launch and Its Impact

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Tim Bajarin, Bob O’Donnell, and Ben Bajarin discuss the impact of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on the market and their potential impact on Samsung and others.

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by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 20th, 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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Microsoft and Google’s platform problems

Microsoft and Google appear to be moving in different directions when it comes to their platforms and first party hardware, as I’ve written about before. However, in some respects they’re fighting the very same battle when it comes to platforms …

by Jan Dawson   |   September 18th, 2014
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2015: The Battle For Our Body Begins

Much of the battleground of computing throughout tech history has been for our desks, our laps, and our pockets. In 2015, the battleground for our body will begin. It can be argued that battle had already begun but my firm …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 17th, 2014

The Wearable-Identity Connection

Two of the hottest topics in technology these days are smart wearable devices and digital identities. The former, thanks in part to last week’s unveiling of the Apple Watch, has captured the attention of nearly everyone recently, while the latter …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 16th, 2014

Are Dogs Even Necessary In An iPhone World?

Does the iPhone hate dogs?

I know, that’s not a fair question. Still, I can’t help but wonder if the iPhone, if all smartphones, will fundamentally alter our relationship with our most trusted, faithful, ready-to-die-for-us-but-until-then-let’s-go-for-a-walk companions.

The arrival of the iPhone has, …

by Brian S Hall   |   September 15th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Apple iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Ben Bajarin, Bob O’Donnell, Tim Bajarin and Jan Dawson discuss the recent Apple announcements, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and Apple Pay.

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by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 14th, 2014

I Shall Now Make My Apple Event Predictions!

I always like to make my predictions AFTER the fact. Improves accuracy. Yet I’m still bound to get a few things wrong.

You can only predict things after they have happened. ~ Eugene Ionesco

Truth be told, I’m working on some massive …

by John Kirk   |   September 14th, 2014

Mobile Focused Podcast: Apple’s Doubling Down on the Ecosystem

Ben Bajarin and Benedict Evans discuss the announcements around Apple’s big event. We discuss everything from iPhones taking share of premium from Android, to payments and Apple’s business model advantage, and some high level thoughts on what smart watches may …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 12th, 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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Apple Watch will finally move the needle on smartwatches

A few weeks ago, partly in anticipation of Apple’s big event this week, I published a report on market prospects for smartwatches, and wrote a companion piece here on Tech.pinions on the topic. The title of the piece was “Grading …

by Jan Dawson   |   September 11th, 2014

Apple Payments and Smart Watches: Just the Beginning

Over the past few years, Apple has been building a loyal user base. Zero sum game analysis of market share is irrelevant to the market dynamics playing out in mobile. So when it relates to Apple, my analysis centers on …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 9th, 2014

The Password Dilemma

Security-related issues have come to the fore recently and focused a harsh light on some of the methods that companies use to try and protect your data and/or identity. The consistent theme throughout virtually all these methods is the use …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 9th, 2014

I Was Wrong And The iPhone 5c Is Still A Failure

The best way to defeat the iPhone is to create a superior alternative to the app ecosystem. With widgets, notifications, continuity and inter-app processes in iOS 8, Apple did just that. Woe to Android, Windows Phone and anyone who hopes to see …

by Brian S Hall   |   September 8th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Security and the Cloud

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Ben Bajarin, Bob O’Donnell, Tim Bajarin and Jan Dawson discuss the recent Apple iCloud security breach as well as general concerns around security on the web, digital identities and the potential impact on …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 6th, 2014
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Apple Claim Chowder: Business Models

With an Apple Event fast approaching, I’m reviewing critiques of past Apple Events to see how accurate they were. Turns out, not very. Critique is needed and welcome. Repeated errors? Not so much.

Business Models

No one gets more bad advice than …

by John Kirk   |   September 6th, 2014