Apple’s Middle Age

For Apple, hitting middle age means a strategy primarily focused on monetizing its existing customers. It makes sense, but one wonders what happens next.

The iPhone 8 Price Rise, The Cellular Apple Watch, Apple TV 4K and Disney

The iPhone 8 price raise was unexpected and a reminder of how much Apple values margin. Then, the cellular Apple Watch was the real glimpse of the future, and why no one should be surprised Disney didn’t make a deal with Apple.

Apple’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Both Apple’s strengths and weaknesses were on full display at its annual WWDC keynote; the HomePod is a perfect example.

Facebook Content Guidelines, Facebook Video, Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV

Facebook faces a daunting challenge when it comes to policing content, but it is a challenge the company brought on itself. Then, Facebook’s video tab is competing against YouTube, not Amazon or Netflix, and business models explain why — and probably explain the Amazon-Apple truce.

The Ten Year Anniversary of the Apple TV

Today is being marked as the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone; it is a footnote of history that it is also the 10-year anniversary of the Apple TV. It’s a reminder that we don’t know what innovations matter until they occur.

Activision Blizzard Buys King Digital, EA and the Disruption Narrative, Apple TV Gaming

Activision Blizzard is buying King, the makers of Candy Crush Saga; the mobile games maker is probably worth more to a company like Activision Blizzard than they are by themselves. Plus, both EA and Activision Blizzard beat earnings expectations — does that mean the gaming disruption narrative is wrong?