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Apple’s 4-Inch iPhone 5 vs. Android 4-Inch Plus Devices

Since June I have been using the Galaxy Nexus 4.65 inch screen smart phone. Upon switching to that device from the iPhone 4S, I was instantly taken by the screen size. It was clear that gaining just over an inch …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 24th, 2012
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Integration Gives iPhone an Unbeatable Advantage

There was only one real surprise when did its by-now ritual teardown of the new iPhone 5. The phone sports a 1440 milliamp-hour battery just a hair bigger than the battery in the  iPhone 4S. Yet despite going to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 21st, 2012

Windows 8 Tablet Fragmentation and the App Dilemma

I was having a discussion with an iPad software developer recently and we were discussing the iPad mini. Interestingly he was still a skeptic about the iPad mini and I thought his reason was interesting. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 21st, 2012

The Terrible Tablet Tsunami Two

On June 18, 2012, I wrote about the changeover from PCs (desktop and notebooks personal computers) to tablets in an article entitled “The Terrible Tablet Tsunami and the Future of Computing“. Today the trend toward tablets continues — only more …

by John Kirk   |   September 20th, 2012
Sample Apple map

Oops! Apple Needs a Remapping [Updated]

When I looked at the area around my house in the new iOS 6 Apple Maps app, I noticed something seemed to be missing. There was a big pink patch for the Bethesda naval hospital, but where was the very …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 20th, 2012
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Windows 8 Tablets and Email: A Disaster in the Making

I’m skeptical about Windows 8 as a desktop operating system, but I think it has a lot of potential on tablets. To win a good chunk of the market, however, Microsoft and its OEM partners have to convince buyers, both …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 19th, 2012

How 7-Inch Tablets Could Help Notebooks Make a Comeback

If you follow much of what I write you may be familiar with the solutions based thinking approach I frequently mention. The fundamental aspect of a solutions based approach to personal computing understands that multiple screens working seamlessly in …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 19th, 2012

HumanToolz: Making the iPad a Bit More Usable

As much as I love my iPad, I have to admit it has a problem. Holding it gets tedious and is generally impractical while typing. And getting it to sit in a vertical position requires and external support of some …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 18th, 2012

Re-Thinking The iPod Touch And The iPad Mini

Last week, my colleague Steve Wildstrom asked: “Is There Room in Apple’s Lineup for an iPad Mini?” I had the very same question and I was one of the very first to say so in the article’s comment section. However, …

by John Kirk   |   September 17th, 2012

Do Consumers Really Care About Wow?

I am fascinated by the amount of media and bloggers who said that what Apple introduced in the iPhone was incremental and did not have the “wow” factor”. They complained because they wanted support for NFC (not even close …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 17th, 2012
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Why Apple Couldn’t Go to Micro USB Charging

No feature of the new iPhone 5 has come in for as much criticism as Apple’s decision to drop the venerable 30-pin iPod connector in favor of a new, reversible 8-pin plug called Lightning.

Some people, especially those with a lot …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 16th, 2012

iPhone Naysayers

It’s interesting to sit back watch tech pundits and some bloggers trip over themselves to write negative articles after an Apple launch. It’s nothing new, it’s been going on for years with the same result — they’re wrong.

The launch of …

by Jim Dalrymple   |   September 14th, 2012
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Can iPhone 5 Really Boost Economic Growth? [Not much]

JP Morgan analyst Michael Feroli made some news this week with a three-paragraph research report claiming that the introduction of the iPhone 5 could boost U.S. economic growth by as much as half a percentage point. It would be really great if …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 14th, 2012
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iPhone 5 Design As a Killer Feature

As Steve pointed out in his article this morning, the sentiment that the iPhone is underwhelming steaming from many of the tech press lacks serious understanding of the consumer market. It is true that the iPhone does not …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 14th, 2012

What Do iPhone 5 Critics Want?

Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 5 has unleashed a remarkable wailing and gnashing of teeth in the tech media (for example): Apple has failed to hit us with shock and awe. Apple has become the new Microsoft, resting on its …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 14th, 2012

Why NFC is Irrelevant To the Mass Market

NFC technologies have been around for quite some time. Many years back my firm did some market analysis on NFC for Philips Semiconductor about the time it was spun off to become NXP. In doing this …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 13th, 2012

8 Questions For Windows 8

“Make no mistake about it, this is the year for Windows,” ~ Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer

Microsoft CEO, Steve Balmer, has declared this “The Year For Windows”. Is he right? Or is that just wishful thinking on his part? Let’s …

by John Kirk   |   September 13th, 2012

Is There Room in Apple’s Lineup for an iPad Mini?

The iPhone 5 was the big news from Apple. But the rollout of a new iPad Touch was important in its own right. The big question it raises is whether Apple has left room in its product lineup for the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 12th, 2012
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iPhone 5: The Most Beautiful iPhone Yet… and More

As a leader in personal computing, Apple product launch events often bear the burden of too much hype. Then as they launch new products that set new sales records, customer satisfaction levels, and needed health into the consumer electronics …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 12th, 2012
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It’s Getting Harder for Apple To Change the World

The last time I felt that an Apple product announcement would fundamentally change the tech landscape was in early 2010 when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad, a dramatic new product class at a an unexpectedly low price. The products announced …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 12th, 2012

The Purpose of Design Patents

Much of the initial reaction to the Apple v. Samsung trial was based more on emotion than critical thought in my opinion. The discussion over whether it is good or bad for consumers was interesting but again I felt …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 10th, 2012
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What I Like About Amazon’s Kindle Strategy

For the 12 years that I have been studying the technology industry, within my role as an industry and market analyst, I have tried to understand the strategic elements of this industry that often go overlooked. This is …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 7th, 2012
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Amazon Is Poised to Become A Powerhouse in Tablets

During the last year, Amazon ventured into the world of tablets with the Kindle Fire. It clearly represented their first salvo in this market and according to their extrapolation of current tablet data, this aggressively priced tablet now has 22% …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 6th, 2012

The Greatest Show In Tech

You can’t tell the players without a program

It’s like the circus has come to the world of tech. Over the next 30 days or so everybody and his brother is going to be announcing a spanking new tech product. And …

by John Kirk   |   September 6th, 2012

Apple as Innovator: Four* Contributions That Changed Computing

Reading the comment threads on Tech.pinions’ many posts on Apple v. Samsung and iOS vs. Android, I have been struck by the recurring charge that Apple is nothing but a clever marketer that does nothing but copy (impolite version: steal) …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 5th, 2012