iPod, iPhone, iTV: Why Apple’s New Platform Works

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Date: Friday, December 22nd, 2006, 07:00
Category: Opinion

Apple’s strategy for a new set of consumer electronics devices seems to be beyond the grasp of most industry analysts. That should really come as no surprise, because they don’t seem to understand what made the iPod a success over the last five years either.
Since its release, analysts have been falling all over themselves to identify the next “iPod killer.” They still throw out the phrase every time Sony releases a new version of a Walkman branded phone or Microsoft renames its latest version of Janus DRM, to suggest that the iPod is on the verge of being eclipsed.
In reality however, the iPod is not only experiencing dramatic growth, but also moving into new markets and new form factors. Not only are there three lines of iPods, but there are at least two more iPod cousins on the way: the already announced iTV device, and the rumored iPhone.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Apple/Disney/Google Collaboration Could Boost iPhone Sales

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Date: Tuesday, December 12th, 2006, 09:43
Category: Opinion

A recent article on MYiPhone.com speculates that Apple, which now holds a nice position with Disney per Steve Jobs’ recent addition to the company’s board, could see boosted iPhone sales as a result of recent buyouts this year.
Disney, which has filed patents for an upcoming streaming-video handset that looks like a flip phone, seems to be cooperating with Apple. In addition to this union, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, whose company recently bought out Internet video staple YouTube.com, joined Apple’s board of directors back in August of this year.
Where the iPhone is concerned, Apple would provide the device, Disney will provide some of the content (as it’s been doing to the delight of parents looking for family-friendly video downloads by way of the iTunes Store) and Google will provide mobile searching and video advertising for the device through its classic search engine strengths as well as its new YouTube assets. Moving beyond speculation of a combined phone and music device, the iPhone could become a full-fledged broadband mobile video device as a result of these combined efforts.
Not a bad thing and we’ll see what’s on the horizon come January at the Macworld Expo.

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Device Problems In Search of a Solution

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Date: Tuesday, December 12th, 2006, 03:42
Category: Opinion

The problems PDAs and mobile phones suffer are comparable to the mess of incompatibility and complexity that plagued desktop computing in the 80′s. The problems aren’t all the same, but they similarly act to limit the usability and potential of consumer electronics.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Newton Lessons for Apple’s New Platform

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

Apple is building a new platform, and applying lessons it learned from the 90s, when tried to launch the Newton as a new platform. Like the original Macintosh from a decade prior, the Newton started as one product, and intended to branch out into a range of systems. Here’s why it failed and the lessons to be learned.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Platform Crisis: The Tentacles of Legacy

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2006, 00:52
Category: Opinion

After reliance on isolationist development using proprietary technologies, the second factor of platform crisis involves embracing the suffocating tentacles of long term legacy support. Here’s how legacy plays into the past, present, and future plans of Apple and Microsoft, and what it means for users of their products.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Apple and Microsoft: Platform Crisis Meltdown

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2006, 00:00
Category: Opinion

How Apple and Microsoft have both used and fallen prey to four factors of software development disaster in the past and today. Read More…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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The Secrets of Pink, Taligent and Copland

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Date: Sunday, November 26th, 2006, 19:00
Category: Opinion

After Hitting the Wall in Mac System 7 development, Apple desperately needed a plan for the future. The isolationist, proprietary development style that had formerly differentiated Apple’s products now stood in the way of the company’s very survival. The same situation applies to Microsoft today.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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5 Success Factors for Next Generation Game Consoles

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Date: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006, 04:00
Category: Opinion

Five primary factors will determine the winner in the new generation of consoles. Here ’s a look at the obvious differentiators between Sony’s PlayStation 3, Microsoft’s Xbox 360, and Nintento’s Wii, and how each company plays out a unique strategy in the bid to sell the most consoles
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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PlayStation 3 vs. Xbox 360 vs. Nintendo Wii

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Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2006, 03:11
Category: Opinion

The Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii both jumped into the game console ring to compete against Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Who is going to win? A half decade ago, many analysts projected a close race between the PS2, Xbox, and GameCube, but they were wrong. Here’s how things turned out, and what’s changed.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard and Microsoft’s Vista 5: Development Challenges

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Date: Monday, November 20th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

Interesting look at how Apple and Microsoft have followed identical development patterns — so similar they are almost spooky — and how those patterns play out in comparing Leopard and Vista.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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