Category Archives: Commentary

Future of TV

Lots of stories that Apple’s TV like service is postponed at best to 2016. Since Apple’s been working on this for years but networks like Fox, NBC & CBS don’t want a deal I think we can probably say the deal will never happen.

The problem is that the economics of TV are all base upon bundling of services. So you buy 20 – 30 channels even if only 5 – 6 of them are channels you want. People say they just want “the channels they want at a reasonable price.” That is, they want their Discovery channel but not ESPN. The problem is that likely is just not economically feasible when you move to ala carte that means fewer people order each channel so the costs go up not down. This is especially true for basic cable channels like ESPN. Speculation is that an ala carte ESPN could easily cost $30 per month.

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WWDC: How were my predictions?

I knew coming in that the apparent last minute pullout of the new AppleTV would mean a very low key keynote this year. Already we were set to expect a focus on debugging and minor refinement to OS X and iOS. However even so I was pretty surprised. Some parts (especially the watch and the music sections) were really not very streamlined. It was not your typical keynote. It’s too bad since I was very excited about the AppleTV. But I’d rather them do it right than just push it out.

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    Well most of my predictions have already been falsified for WWDC. Apple appears to have leaked news that there won’t be a new Apple TV. It’s an odd leak, if that’s what it is. It appears like Apple had planned for new hardware and a new UI but it just wasn’t…
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  • 41
    Intel made its Thunderbolt 3 announcement. Thankfully it won’t require Skylake and will merely be released at the same time. Thus opens the door for a MacPro with TB3 announcement next week at WWDC. The connector will also be USB-C as some had hoped.
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No AppleTV at WWDC

Well most of my predictions have already been falsified for WWDC. Apple appears to have leaked news that there won’t be a new Apple TV. It’s an odd leak, if that’s what it is. It appears like Apple had planned for new hardware and a new UI but it just wasn’t ready. How much of this was due to content deals (presumably primarily CBS and NBC) and how much was an unfinished OS isn’t clear.

The problem is that Apple now has so many “channels” on the Apple TV that it’s very unwieldily. To be honest very few I use. I have ESPN & Netflix on the second row and I very rarely go to the third row or beyond. Further if you don’t already have cable most of them don’t work anyway. There are ways to hide the unwanted icons but most casual users would never guess how to do it. The whole UI needs a rethink.

If Apple really did have Apple TV plans, I hope they don’t delay them too long.

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    Sorry, been quite busy of late. Just a bit of followup on last week’s event.First I feel a lot better about my MacMini purchase last week. The speed increases were modest and arguably a step back for people doing multitasking. The high end of the Mini seems like a definite step down…
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  • 59
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    Tags: apple, tv
  • 54
    I’m still very skeptical Apple is making a car. This reminds me of the whole “Apple’s solved TV” from a few years ago. Guess what. We have exactly the same TV device we did when those announcements were made. Just now with a whole bunch of new channels I can’t use…
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Thunderbolt 3 Announced

Intel made its Thunderbolt 3 announcement. Thankfully it won’t require Skylake and will merely be released at the same time. Thus opens the door for a MacPro with TB3 announcement next week at WWDC. The connector will also be USB-C as some had hoped.

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    The story about a rumored MacBook Air with a single port has generated a lot of discussion the past few weeks. My favorite discussion was over at Ars and is still ongoing. I'll skip the discussion of the Air itself. While it seems like an odd design to me, I…
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    Michael Tsai always has the best WWDC link roundup. 
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WWDC Predictions: Hardware

This is the third in my prediction posts. Note I don’t take these too seriously. I’m usually doing well if I bat .500. I’m excluding Apple TV predictions which had their own post as I’m convinced Apple’s updating the hardware.

The real question is whether Apple is going to take its Watch initiative (which I’m lukewarm on) to the iPod. I think it’s a small chance, but I’d be more interested in an Apple Watch inspired iPod Shuffle reboot than the watch itself. Consider a plastic, slightly heavier, shuffle for $150. It has a screen akin to the small watch (but cheaper LCD) and no sensors. What it does have is bluetooth. I’d almost certainly get it. Will Apple do it? And if they do it would they announced it at WWDC or at the iPhone event in the fall? Probably the latter if it happens at all. But I’ll give it a 10% chance.

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  • 49
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WWDC Predictions: iOS

This is the second of my WWDC predictions focusing in on iOS. Obviously given the amount of shared code a lot of this will apply to OS X as well. My Apple TV WWDC predictions can be found here. My old iOS9 wishlist can be found here. I think this WWDC will be at least as significant as the introduction of iOS7 and its new UI. So I’m splitting these predictions up into product line.

I think iOS9 will have changes both fixing UI issues and long standing bugs but also with a much bigger focus on productivity apps. Apple knows the iPad is in trouble. It’s growth curve hasn’t just slowed but is decreasing year over year. Expect Apple to give one more big push on the iPad. If sales don’t pick up next year prepare for it to be “neglected.” This really is a turning point for Apple’s whole strategy going forward. Most suspect OS X and iOS will merge. But the very notion of a merger depends upon what happens with iOS in terms of productivity. Will we get a more productive iOS or will Apple simply make running iOS apps on the Mac easier? Expect moves in both directions but primarily on supercharging iOS.

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    Gigaom has a good post on the problem of yearly releases. iCloud drive is a mess since there’s not a simultaneous Yosemite and iOS8 release. Honestly though the signs of change are there. With iOS8 there are major changes coming with 8.1 (Apple Pay) and then large 8.2 and 8.3…
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WWDC Predictions: Apple TV

AppleTVThe blog’s been pretty quiet of late as I’ve been extremely busy on other projects (including butting heads with trying to put an ObjC front end to a C++ project in Xcode). In past years though I made my WWDC predictions a few weeks out from the keynote. That’s far enough away so as to not be swayed by the flurry of rumors (often leaked) in the final few weeks before WWDC. Yet close enough so as to not be shooting entirely in the dark. Not wanting to break a tradition, here are my predictions. Since I think this will be a big year – even bigger than last year with the long awaited release of extensions – I’ll break it up into a few posts.

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  • 67
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  • 64
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  • 61
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Apple with TB on USB-C

Apple filed a patent for using a USB-C connector as an universal connector including thunderbolt. No idea if that means they’ll do it. But it is interesting given some were predicting this.

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    How to merge Apple Photos libraries. Unfortunately requires sufficient iCloud space.
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Remote App: A Modest Proposal

I’ve not written much of late primarily due to just being so busy. However Gruber put up a tweet that made me think about the Remote app for the Apple TV. Apparently the Apple Watch has a remote app that’s actually useful for controlling the Apple TV. Color me surprised.

Now in some ways I love the Remote app. It makes typing quite easy however it’s just so clumsy because it takes so long to connect to the AppleTV. That lag means you’re apt not to reach for your phone. Throw in that it doesn’t have modes for the various oft used apps on the Apple TV and you end up with just a dumb remote. Typically I only draw out my phone when I’m going to be using YouTube and doing a bunch of searching.

Gruber mentions that the Apple Watch Remote stays active when it was the front most app. So every time you raise your wrist it’s ready to go. Why can’t they do that with the phone?

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Changes in Apple Blogging

One thing I notice as I read my rss feed and twitter. Posts about computers have changed a lot in recent years. The types of posts I used to love — hacks or tweaks that make things work better — are much rarer now. I thought about why and it’s largely because things either work or they don’t. When they don’t often there’s not much you can do about it anymore.

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