The downside of server-based voice activated computing
Apple's (AAPL) Siri, to paraphrase Alan Kay's comment about the original Macintosh, is the first voice-activated artificial intelligent assistant good enough to criticize.
Good enough, in fact, that Asymco's Horace Dediu has suggested that voice-activation might be the next revolutionary user interface, as disruptive for future computing devices as the mouse, the scroll wheel and the touchscreen were before it. In his Critical Path podcast Wednesday (Back to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 4, 2011 8:08 AM ET
Ten days after it aired the first Siri ad, the company launched three more
The focus, as usual with Apple (AAPL), is on the product and what it can do for you.
Via 9to5Mac.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 31, 2011 8:03 AM ET
Apple released its new phone in 22 countries Friday. In one it's already "unavailable"
Singapore would seem the perfect place for an Apple Store.
The former British colony of 5 million people on the tip of the Malay Peninsula is the world's fifth busiest shipping port, the fourth largest financial center, the second biggest casino gambling market and first in the percentage of millionaire households.
Plus, it can't get enough of those iPhones. The newest MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 29, 2011 6:55 AM ET
Even with 40% fewer unit sales, the iPhone generated 3 times more profit
Apple's (AAPL) reign as the world's No. 1 maker of smartphones, it turns out, was like the life of a grasshopper: It overtook Nokia (NOK) in June and was overtaken by Samsung in September.
Strategy Analytics reported Friday that Samsung either shipped or sold (accounts differ) 27.8 million smartphones last quarter, easily outpacing the 17.07 million iPhones that Apple sold in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 28, 2011 8:08 AM ET
In typical Apple (AAPL) style, the focus is on the product and what it can do for you.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 21, 2011 7:04 AM ET
Most shrug it off as a transitional aberration. Several raised their price targets.
Apple's (AAPL) fourth quarter results were the first since at least 2004 that failed to beat the analysts' consensus. A sampling of what they had to say about that:
Needham's Charlie Wolf: Not every quarter is a blowout. "The slowdown in iPhone sales in the second half of the September quarter in advance of the launch of iPhone 4S appeared to take MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 19, 2011 8:37 AM ET
Analysts and fanboys alike were expecting an iPhone 5 with a big, beautiful screen and all-new hardware. This is what they got instead.
FORTUNE -- Let's get this out-of-the-way first: If you were expecting a mind-blowing revamp with the iPhone 4S, you may be disappointed. Everything about its industrial design will be familiar -- it sports the same gorilla glass front and back, the same 3.5-inch-sized Retina display and a similar-looking MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 18, 2011 12:47 PM ET
Apple's latest gadget sets a new launch weekend record
Apple (AAPL) announced Monday that it sold more than 4 million iPhone 4S units between 8 a.m. Friday and 12 midnight Sunday.
That's 135% better than the launch of the iPhone 4 in June 2010, and better than any analyst had predicted. The average estimate among the few who had ventured a guess was a little over 3 million.
In our poll of 4,300 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 17, 2011 10:18 AM ET
Memorable quotations from the new iPhone's intelligent assistant
I was worried before the launch of the iPhone 4S -- with its built-in "intelligent assistant" named Siri -- that Apple (AAPL) might be in for another round of "Egg freckles" moments.
Siri has certainly had her share of those in the Elmer-DeWitt household. But what early iPhone 4S adopters seem more taken with are the canned phrases with which Siri parries personal, ridiculous or MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 15, 2011 2:15 PM ET
Apple, as hedge fund managers are well aware, is one stock that always bounces back
It's hard not to be cynical about Wall Street when you see a chart like the one at right, which traces Apple's (AAPL) share price over the past four weeks.
It not terribly surprising that the stock has shot up nearly 20% in the past two weeks to close at an all-time high Friday of $422. The iPhone 4S MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 15, 2011 7:35 AM ET
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