Archive for the ‘Apple’ tag
The well-known Apple analyst Horace Dediu has a nice profile of what innovation is, and how it differs from things people common call “innovative.” His post whole post is well worth reading, but his point can be summed up in these bullet points:
- Novelty: Something new
- Creation: Something new and valuable
- Invention: Something new, having potential value through utility
- Innovation: Something new and uniquely useful
Perhaps this just shows that I like Apple, but I really like John Gruber’s essay about why Clayton Christensen’s famous disruption theory seems to be sustainably inaccurate in the case of Apple.
There have been periods of low-end Clayton Christensen-style disruption — the Japanese imports in the ’70s and ’80s and corresponding collapse of Ford, GM, and Chrysler’s collective market dominance is a good example. But it is undeniably true that there is a sustainable and profitable high-end of the market, occupied by companies like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche. Point this out and someone will inevitably argue that sure, those companies are thriving, but they all have tiny market share. But Apple is sort of like BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, and Lexus all rolled into one. There just aren’t that many competitors for this segment of the market in phones and tablets, and most of them aren’t very good.
A life lived well.
(copied from Alex Tabarrok)
I don’t even have an iPhone (and I wish developers would stop appending an “i” infront of the names of apps) but I really like this idea.
These bits always interesting me. For example, I had no idea that the iPod name came from 2001. (Assuming I’m willing to trust CIO magazine.)
The New Scientist’s Technology blog point to some odd facets of the iTunes EULA:
“Licensee also agrees that Licensee will not use the Apple Software for any purposes prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture or production of nuclear, missiles, or chemical or biological weapons.”
(via Freakonomics, who found another odd clause in a different iTunes EULA)
They just passed Wal-Mart.
(via Daring Fireball)
On April first, The Economist decided to teach it’s readers a special lesson about the power of unexpected parallels in statistics. Truly surprising.
Also of note, Mahalo Daily managed to land an interview with Steve Jobs.
Someone knows the truth about DRM — digital rights management, for those living under rock — and is saying it. It surely doesn’t hurt that it’s to his company’s advantage.
Amazon’s Baltaxe says the best defense against piracy is a good offense. “Songs sold without DRM, at high quality, with album art, that’s the best way to get people to buy music instead of stealing it. DRM is a way to punish people who are buying,” he says. “Offering a great product at a great price is [the] way to combat piracy.”
(via Marco’s Tumblelog)
First Steven Levy created some waves by claiming to have accidentally recycled the notoriously small-and-light laptop. Then the inimitable Charlie Rose showed up bruised and bandaged on the air last night (video here), with this explanation:
Earlier today, they said, Rose tripped in a pothole while walking on 59th Street in Manhattan. He was carrying a newly purchased MacBook Air and made a quick (but ultimately flawed) decision while falling: sacrifice the face, protect the computer. “In doing so, he pretty much hit the pavement face first, unfortunately,” they said.
Luckily the MacBook Air survived the fall. “The Macbook Air is fine, he showed us the blood stains on it this morning.”
This is either the most ingenious marketing campaign of all time, or the folks at Apple are the luckiest people on earth.