Posts tagged Apple

Thank You, Steve Jobs!

I woke up to 5 missed calls, 3 offline messages, 1 facebook wall post and 5 twitter mentions. It was nothing but kind words and bad news about the death of my hero.

Rest in Peace, Steven Paul Jobs. I owe much of what I am today to you. Thank you!

Apple Unveils iPhone 4S

October 4 came and as expected Apple Inc unveiled the next generation iPhone; iPhone 4S at the company’s media event, Let’s Talk iPhone.

The new iPhone has the same design as the iPhone 4 but it’s different on the inside.

So, what’s really new on the inside?

Well, the iPhone 4S features an A5 processor which delivers 2X the speed of the iPhone 4, has an 8-megapixel back camera with some modifications to provide better pictures and HD (1080p) recording with up to 30 frames per second. Apple iPhone 4S is also the world’s first ‘World Phone’. It is able to switch between CDMA and GSM signals. The iPhone 4S offers download speed over HSDPA+ of up to 14.4mbps, that is twice what the iPhone 4 delivers. It will be available in 16GB, 32GB & 64GB when it launches on October 14.

What everybody is talking about though is Siri, your new personal assistant. You can ask Siri to send an email, set a reminder, tell you about LOL, place phone calls, ask about the weather and a lot more and Siri will do all that with ease…. all by talking to Siri.

I know not a lot of people are happy with the iPhone 4S. Personally, I don’t know if the iPhone 4S will break sales records but lest we forget, the iPhone 3GS had a similar reception when it was announced but it went on to outsell the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 4S can do the same.

I think the iPhone 4S is the best iPhone yet and had it not been for the rumours which spilled the specs and features and the high hopes for a teardrop design, people would have been wowed.

If you have an iPhone 4, there is no real need to upgrade to the iPhone 4S. Apple says the iPhone 4S will be available in 70 countries by the end of the year. This means Vodafone Ghana will probably not be carrying it by the end of 2011. My bet is still on Vodafone Ghana to be the first iPhone carrier in Ghana. I will just have to wait to see how much the SIM-free version will cost in the UK or whether the USA will have a SIM-free version as well. Currently, the SIM-free iPhone 4 sells in the UK for £429 (GH¢1,095) and in the USA for $549 (GH¢905). A SIM-free iPhone 4S should be around the same price.

Am I buying the iPhone 4S? Yes!

Goodbye, Steve.

Today’s post is dedicated to my personal hero, Steven Paul Jobs, who thought me to believe in design and quality. As we all know by now, Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple Inc, the world’s biggest technology company and makers of the Mac, iPhone, iPad and other great products. 

The news about Steve’s departure although saddens me was inevitable. Steve’s health has forced him to be on medical leave since January. In 2009, he had a liver transplant and he has been reported dead several times. 

As Walt Mossberg of All Things D writesSteve Jobs’ resignation as chief executive officer of Apple is the end of an extraordinary era, not just for Apple, but for the global technology industry in general and I agree with him.

I however have no doubt his successor, Tim Cook (The Apprentice as some of us refer to him as) can run Apple Inc. as well as Steve Jobs did. Tim Cook has been with Apple since 1998 and is decried as an operational genius. He served as iCEO in 2009 and has been running Apple for the past 8 months.

I wish Steve Jobs good health and the very very best on his new position as Apple Board Chairman.

You are forever my idol!

Letter from Steve Jobs

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role. 

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.


Apple Press Info

App Store Now Available for Ghana!

Apple Inc. has added 33 additional countries to its Mac & iTunes App Store. New to the list are 5 African countries; Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, Algeria and Tanzania raises the number of African countries to 16.This means users in these countries can create an App Store Account with their Apple IDs, link it to their VISA, MasterCard or AMEX credit/debit cards and purchase apps. It also means developers can sell their apps in these countries (new territories) by adding them to their sales territory lists in the iTunes Connect web application. 
A lot of people have been yearning to see the flag of Ghana on the App Store and with Apple aggressively expanding its international reach, Mac OS X Lion only available in the App Store and iCloud set to go live in fall, there is the need to add more territories. What users will find disappointing is purchases cannot be made with App Store vouchers. Users will also not be able to purchase music, movies, tv shows or iBooks in the iTunes Store (which is not surprising because there a lot of copyright hurdles to clear first). I have provided a few screenshots from the Mac & iTunes App Stores. I dare say the iPhone & iPad will launch in Ghana soon.

We often make product decisions based on strategic alignment, partner requests or even legal advice — the end user doesn’t care. We simply have to admit that Apple is nailing this and it is one of the reasons they have people lining up overnight at stores around the world, and products sold out for months. These people aren’t hypnotized zombies, they simply love beautifully designed products that are user centric and work how they are supposed to work.

From an open letter reportedly written by a Senior Executive at Research in Motion


Quotes From Apple’s Q4 Earnings

Anybody who knows me knows how crazy i am about Apple and Steve Jobs [no homo!]. I am sure a lot of you woke up this morning (on my side of the world) to figures you have not seen Apple posting before.

Apple announced it’s Q4 earnings and it was great. Apple recorded an unprecedented revenue of $20.34 billion and a profit after tax of $4.31 billion. 14.1 million iPhones sold in the quarter. Did someone say antennaegate? Steve Jobs, who isn’t known to be at earnings call was there. Tim Cook, COO was there and so was Peter Oppenheimer, CFO. I just want to share with you some of the quotes from yesterday’s event.

*We are blown away to report over $20 billion in revenue and over $4 billion in after-tax earnings—both all-time records for apple. iPhone sales of 14.1 million were up 91% year-over-year, handily beating the 12.1 million phones RIM sold in their most recent quarter. we still have a few surprises left for the remainder of this calendar year - Steve Jobs

*We still have a few surprises left for the remainder of this calendar year - Steve Jobs |  bet he’s talking about the new MacBook Air. A CDMA iPhone? Maybe

*Let me talk iPhone for a bit. It handily beat RIM’s most recent quarter — we’ve now passed RIM and I don’t see them catching up in the forseeable future. They must move beyond their comfort area and become a software platform company - Steve Jobs

*Our goal is to make the best devices in the world, not to be the biggest — as you know Nokia is the biggest, and we admire them for shipping as many devices as they do. But we don’t want to be like them — we want to be like us, and make the best devices - Steve Jobs

*We strongly believe that one or more strategic opportunities will come along. We’re very responsible with our cash, it doesn’t burn a hole in our pocket, we don’t make stupid acquisitions - Steve Jobs on Apple’s $50 billion cash. Maybe Apple will decide to buy Twitter.

*We’ll be in 89 countries with iPhone 4 by the end of the year - Tim Cook | I got a feeling Ghana will be in the 89 courtesy Vodafone Ghana.

You can check out the audio and text from the earning call on Engadget’s website. Tomorrow is a big day; Apple’s Back to Mac Event. Rumors are that Apple will announce a new MacBook Air (which is obvious), bumped the 13” MacBook Pro to i3 and Mac OS 10.7. What will the codename be? Lion?

I am sure after tomorrow, I will be able to decide on an iPad, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro! (subject to the availability of funds :0) )


“I have an iPhone and a MacBook. Where does the iPad fit in?”

Two days ago, Apple announced their much anticipated tablet device, the iPad. There was a lot of buzz about the device before it was announced. As usual, mock-ups were posted and various websites with a lot of speculation.

Now the tablet has been announce and not everybody is amused by it. Apple executives seem pretty happy about their new device but various polls and online comments suggest that people are not enthused at all. I am not enthused about it too. I am quite disappointed with the iPad. I remember when the iPhone was announced at Macworld 2007. That was a real breakthrough device. The euphoria of owning one gripped everybody but the iPad…

I think Apple rushed in announcing this product and they could have done a better job. Let me tell you where I think Apple went wrong with this device.

1.   Design: Apple is noted for sleek designs. The iPad looks ugly. It’s that ugly you get used to and then you think it’s beautiful. The space between the ends of the screen and the device could be a little a thinner than it is. It is just ugly!

2.   Software: Can you believe Apple? The iPad runs iPhone OS 3.2. Why not Snow Leopard? And as if that’s not enough, the OS hasn’t been tweaked enough to multitask yet. I believe multitasking will come with OS 4.0, which is expected in June or July. Running OS 3.2 makes it look like a big iPod touch. The iPad isn’t a stand-alone device. This means you require a mac or pc with iTunes to set it up. Come on! This also means you can’t connect your iPhone or iPod to it and sync it. That’s just shitty!

3.   Camera: The iPad lacks an in-built camera. This is 2010, Apple! iPod Nanos even got cameras. How can you not put a camera into this device? The lack of a camera just throws a lot of people of.

4.   ITunes + DRM: Does Apple have to tie all their mobile devices to iTunes? I love iTunes but what if I buy an iPad to use in Ghana? Apple doesn’t have a worldwide iTunes Store or Ghana Store and the last time I checked, it was illegal to use an iTunes Store account in a country other than the country of the store. Apple wants to replicate the success of the iPhone and the App Store but I already have eBooks on my mac. Can’t I just sync them? Oh and according to the Apple site, iBooks is US only! With the iBooks application, it means a new era of DRM. DRM sucks!!!!

The iPad has some pretty good sides too. I watch the presentation by Steve Jobs and the demo on the iPad site and I like some things about it.

1.   I like what Apple did with the screen; a high-resolution, 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS display with a wide 178° viewing angle. That’s really picture perfect.

2.   The iPad has a month stand-by time and 10 hours of battery life while surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos, or listening to music.

3.   I think the web surfing experience on the device will be wonderful. The safari demo as well as the mail demo was on point. We just need flash and it better be in 4.0

4.   The one reason I will get the iPad is iBooks. I think it will be pretty cool reading on this device. I have a feeling the iPad will change a reading habits worldwide.

5.   The iPad comes with Wi-Fi basic and a 3G option. Costumers will have the option of getting a Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi+3G model. I would go for option 2 so I can surf the web everywhere.

6.   The iPad will have a digital compass (which I love), built-in speakers and microphone

7.   The iPad will have a mobile version of Apple’s Office suite; iWork

8.   The iPad runs on Apple’s own silicon; A4. A4 runs at 1GHz while the chip on iPhone 3GS works clocked to 0.6GHz. What this means is that running iPhone OS, the iPad will deliver superior performance

Check the full list of the iPad specs here

The iPad will be available in the next 30 to 90 days. I am not too sure if spending $729 on a 32GB Wi-Fi + 3G iPad is a good idea but if and when I get $729, I will give the iPad a try. I am still confused about where it fits in if one has a MacBook and an iPhone. Help me if you have the answer. I would love to read books on it and tweet from it and occasionally watch a movie on it probably on a bus from Accra to Sunyani.

Check out an 8-minute video of the iPad