Well, not to toot our own horn, but we were one of the first to note the beginnings of change in sentiment toward Apple months and months ago even though the media typically automatically lauded the company's developments. How did we do it? By watching the comment-sphere. In the SmartPower era, flux is the new norm. And much of that flux reflects the fact that that which was once traditionally and almost blindly held as absolute is now being questioned and examined. It's as if many people are waking from a dream state in order to analyze if they hype they have been sold is valid. This is certainly no more evident than when it comes to several tech giants. People will still support Apple, but the comments should serve as a wake up call to many brands. In the future, brand loyalty and market share will shift as quickly as in just days. Most aren't ready for this new pace. Let's hope there'll be an app for that. LOL
Tech media has been buzzing about Apple yet again. The company is kicking off production on a new iPhone in the coming months and could release the device this summer. The phone would have the same size and shape as the iPhone 5, however, it is rumored that Apple might also be working on a less model to sell in developing countries. There are no details about what features the next iPhone might contain, although each new iPhone model has historically boasted a more powerful processor and an upgraded camera. The company has often put quality above affordability, but to be competitive in the booming Asia and South America markets, experts say that it will need to drop the price of its lower-end phones. Apple may also feel pressure to release a new iPhone soon to compete with archrival Samsung, whose popular Samsung Galaxy S line has emerged as a credible competitor. Reports of new products would also probably look good to Apple investors. So is the news looking good to potential consumers, too?
All iphone upgrades have lacked innovation, most iphone upgrade adverts have also used tech that's been available on android for about a year as new tech... In my opinion Windows 8 Mobile is far superior to anything else that is available on the market, it simply works brilliantly!
... Nothing new but a new camera and processor which does nothing for the consumer. Samsung has already set the bar so high that Apple would have to open up those air tight lock ups they have with apps and it's phones in order to even compete. The CEO of Apple has done nothing to keep the iconic company rolling. ...
... I notice the trend that Apple always tries to implement the latest technology( Retina Display, Siri, new CPU or battery) if they see it will enhance the overall user experience and the wow factor ... I think that it high time that Apple bring out something that make us say wow!
So what do the comments show us here? A mixed bag, though leaning more toward skepticism than blind consumerism. Many corporations are still not listening to consumer fatigue and the fact that people truly want helpful products at good prices. Already between the watches, talking Google shoes and more, tech companies are pushing products like street pharmacists with more of an eye toward competition rather than consumer interest. Over-saturation is hard to dial down once it has reached a certain level. So let's watch and see which tech brands, if any, actually get it. And in the meantime, we're wondering what the luxury answer to these watch extensions might be, 'cause you know that's gotta be on the horizon as well... Stay tuned!
The buzz in tech news today is about Samsung, yet again. Technology giant Apple should hurry and let the cat out of the bag because Samsung just announced the development of the S-Watch, the obvious competitor to Apple's secret (and yet to be announced) iWatch. Both accessories will essentially be wearable computers equipped with touchscreen, a retina-display interface, and Internet accessibility. Samsung has already released screenshots of the S-Watch in the hopes of exciting Android fans about its release. The S-Watch is not Samsung's first attempt at a "smart watch". Back in 2009, the tech company released the S9110 watch-phone to the public to positive reviews. So, which are you waiting for?: the iWatch or the S-Watch?
...will all of these work with DIRECT sunlight shining on them? Most of the idevices...are unreadable in direct sunlight unlike older LCD watches. Or do the designers of these things work in small dark cubicles and never see the sun and assume no one else does either.
Yikes! Think it'll get better for Apple? From these early views, looks like the company may need to do a lot more to tap into today's mindset than simply offer a new device. As we see tradition being disrupted in so many ways, yet again, here is another example of that which was status quo getting knocked off the pedestal. But why? Many of the comments to earlier stories have mentioned Apple's price, closed system and more as reasons to shy away from the brand. Again, the mind-set more is now about being self-competent and not wanting to give one's power away to anyone or anything in its entirety anymore. Let's see if this brand will "get it", and turn things around. But here's something: just how much is that iWatch supposed to go for anyway? You up for buying one?
On October 23, 2013, Apple unveiled the iWatch. Will this be a headline in the media? The iWatch, of course, is still in the making. There have been daily rumors and reports that it will be unveiled within this year. Whether it's the iWatch, iTV, iGlass or some other product, Apple watchers are expecting another major hit that could be revolutionary and able to create a new category. Over the last several months, Apple's share price has been tanking (which we, given early comment sentiment, forecasted months and months ago). The stock is down more than 37 percent in the last six months, down from a record high of $705.07. There are hopes that the prospect of the iWatch will help Apple's stocks go up again, but so far it looks as if the announcement hasn't made an impact as it's stocks continue to go down. Let's see if it's helped with public opinion.
It certainly won't be a fashion statement so therefore it will be redundant. What I find particularly troubling is their desire to enter this category and the chance of it backfiring and being discontinued in a very short time...
... investors arent impressed with apple anymore. They see that the last several iphones and ipads have been little more than incremental upgrades with no real innovation. Meanwhile companies like Samsung and Google continue to innovate and drive the smartphone and tablet markets. Some iLame watch isnt going to help give investors confidence, and so apple stock will continue its rapid decline...
Frequent readers will remember that we reported that sentiment for Apple was starting to hit the negative side even when the media continued to praise the company, herald the coming of the iPhone 5 and more. Legacy companies, such as Apple, are simply in for a new ride in the SmartPower era. This is about the consumer dictating, bottom-up rule and a need for new approaches and understanding from corporations. Intel, MSFT, Apple, Dell. It's not a coincidence. Just as Super Model dominance went away, we may just be witnessing the end of long-term domination by the mammoth corp in tech and witnessing the rise of something more akin to queen-for-a-day. Get ready...
Apple has cut orders for components needed to build the iPhone 5, according to reports from business media outlets. Specifically, Apple has reduced manufacturing of the iPhone 5's LCD display panels by half. The company has also lessened orders for memory chips. If reports are accurate, this development demonstrates that the iPhone 5 is not selling as strongly as Apple hoped. Its stock price plunged ahead of the market's open on Monday. Apple has not commented on or confirmed any of the reports.
I'm surprised, for a while, it seemed like AAPL couldn't go below $500. It had reached the brink a couple times, and bounced right back. This may be the case again here... but this kind of news is not good.
As if Apple weren't having enough issues, now this incident. Perfect illustration of the current Apple story. People want the products so much that they are willing to steal them yet, at the same time, there is a growing backlash against the pricing, closed system and more that the company has enforced on its consumers almost since the beginning of its existence. This approach is not working so much in the SmartPower era where people want to be treated more fairly and create less top-down relationships from companies. Be forewarned. This is only the beginning. Watch in the future how this mindset will mean that no one company controls markets share for decades like before. That power will shift and move at a very rapid pace given consumer power and collective decision. Tipping point over, long-live the re-defined SmartPower version of hierarchy. You heard it hear first. In the meantime, wonder who is getting all that free product!!!???
Four armed robbers hit the Apple Store in central Paris on New Year's Eve. The robbers stole $1.3 million of Apple goods. Police say that the heist was extremely well-organized. The robbers entered through a service entrance into the store, which had closed for the day. They then went to the basement storeroom to acquire the Apple goods, leaving all the display products in the store alone. Looks like this is the holiday that keeps on giving. Let's see what Apple fanboys and fangirls, alike, think.
Unfortunately the harm will be done to unsuspecting buyers purchasing through 3rd party sites when they discover the serial # has been banned from iTunes Store/App Store and they can't really do thing with their new Apple toys ...Meanwhile the thieves still make a ton of money ... the whole banning serial numbers hurts the consumer, not the culprit.
Throughout the comment arena, the beliefs around competition keep coming up in user posts. This speaks to a larger issue in society now regarding fairness, consumer rights. Interestingly enough, sociologist and author Joel Polodny talks about how it is actually status that influences who a product producer does and does not accept as a partner and how the producer's inventions are perceived. And here's the good part: "to achieve desired status, firms must offer more than strong past performance and product quality--they must also send out and manage social and cultural signals." See any relation to this situation???
Google Maps has a special Christmas present for their fans using iPhones: their mapping system app is back. Nearly three months ago, Apple replaced Google Maps with its own app, which was a disaster, according to users. Apple's maps made huge errors including the fact that they misplaced landmarks and overlooked towns. Daniel Graf, mobile director of Google Maps, said that they started the app from scratch. A new feature, according to reports, is the turn-by-turn directions and street-level photography of local neighborhoods. There still isn't a Google Maps app for the iPad, however. Tech savvy lost people think what?
Hmmmm....comment-sphere is checking this out from several points of view. This seems to be about fairness of value while meeting our consumer demands and accuracy of the offer. While we actually thought there would be huge out-rage regarding the price, it's more about having a device that enables the user to use it anyway he wants. Are we now willing to pay anything for technology as we move further and further into the age of the Neo-Human? Perhaps, because this is actually about being able to be connected to others, a basic social need for humans. The manner is being re-defined but the basis is age old. The real question is how will companies exploit that need, and how far will consumers allow it to go before there is a push-back, if any?
This week, Apple made the newest iPhone 5 available for sale in an unlocked, and without contract variant - just in time for the holiday season. It can be purchase by the Apple store for $649, $749, and $849 for the 16, 18, and 20 GB versions. In comparison, the mobile device can be purchased at $199 from a U.S. carrier. What are consumers thoughts on this wide price gap, and is it worth it financially, and in terms of flexibility?
...Finally, the market for top unlocked devices is getting better every day. Many of the hottest cell phones are available without a contract today and it is nice the iPhone 5 finally joined the party. I think the best options for the money today are the Nexus 4 and the Note 2, but the iPhone 5 is certainly a great choice.
How much does Apple pay their employees on the line to assemble these over priced toys? $5 a day? and then sell them back for $649 - quite the mark up. My parents had a phone in their car all throughout the 70's for their work - just get over it people, you only need to talk and maybe text - a basic $30 phone is just fine. - boycott the "smart phones".
...If one were to go into a store and purchase an iPhone 5 since it's day of introduction and not opt for an AT&T contract, they would be sold an unlocked GSM iPhone 5 for $649-$849...This is an announcement of something that already exists.
So what are we seeing here? The comment-sphere certainly wants larger discounts but some seem to agree with good ol' supply-and-demand. Let's watch this closely. What if demand were to begin to change even more. Is there, as some financial journalists put it, a worm in Apple's brand? Will the brand be further affected by the new bottom up culture we see growing daily? The device wars are far from over, and with flux being the new norm, anything can happen. Instagram those Black Friday prices, they just may become collector's items in the near future if certain corp execs remain too comfy......
Apple kept its traditional price cuts on Black Friday. People can save around 20 percent on the company's most popular products like the IPad, IPod ot laptops. However, according to reports, it will be cheaper to actually go to a store that sells Apple products, in order to get discounts up to 60 percent off. Let's see what shoppers think!
So while we were basically the first to analyze comment sentiment around Apple and see the luv starting to drain out, these words seem to confirm yet another stake to the heart. The latest "rounded corners" scenario seems to honestly doing more brand harm than help in terms of the company looking like that which is seemingly grasping and grabbing for control and even greater dominance like King Henry grasping for yet another ox leg. This is part of the new vibe where people are tiring of such antics in a new social age. The corporations that refuse to listen will find themselves in a very precarious spot - particularly as more competition enters onto the stage.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted a design patent, only valid in the U.S., for Apple's rectangle phones with rounded corners. Tech experts criticized the company for doing so because now many companies would be scared of being sued over the use of what the rounded corners, which have become common in smartphone designs. According to reports, the patent will protect Apple only from blatant copies. It's not clear what the specifics are and when exactly can the patent be applied. Some suggest that the wording is too broad to actually use. So just what is the tech arena saying about this development?
... It is hilarious that even with the help of the lame American patent office, Apple is still on the skids. What's next, the American government going to call Apple products national treasures ... And still the shares slide ever downward.
... It's getting tiring how hard Apple is trying to make a quick buck. ... They realize they're on their decline because of their attitude. ... Just make a winner device...I am sure everybody loves a good device if you can provide the customers with one.
Okay, so a few MSFT loyalists out there but many people in the comment arena just seem to be down on this one whether they bought the product or not. This is an interesting case because as the consumer dictates now more to the company, rather than the reverse, the product better well be amazing if it is introduced without actual consumer demand for it in advance. Another loss for a brand which has missed out on a couple of tech developments already?
Despite popularity for Microsoft's Surface RT tablet touch cover keyboard, complaints have been tumbling in over the fact that the touch keyboard falls apart and isn't truly magnetic. Other issues have arisen over the top layer of the keyboard peeling off and the Microsoft logo rubbing off after only two weeks. Microsoft has admitted to having problems they need to alleviate, and are encouraging customers to contact Customer Service about materials disconnecting. Techies comment on these problems, and whether the product is worth the hassle.
You know---you can tell some things are a bad idea just by looking at them. Two examples are the Osprey aircraft and the Touch keypad for Surface. Why don't they just drop the Touch and go with the Type keyboard, which has real, honest-to-goodness keys and makes a lot more sense...
To comment on the power of gravity, it is actually quite weak. Especially when compared to the electromagnetic interaction...Apple is very overrated in my opinion, but they do make one of the best "tablets" around...