June 2, 2013
An exciting week in tech featured the D11 conference, a new Apple product, and more news ahead of WWDC.
Tim Cook SpeaksWhen Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks, an entire industry listens -- especially when his comments come just days before the start of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). So was the case when Cook took part in this week's AllThingsD’s D11 conference in Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif. For nearly 90 minutes, Cook discussed a number of topics with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. These included Jony Ive’s influence on iOS 7, the potential of an iWatch (versus Google’s wearable Glass product), Apple’s “one-a-year” iPhone strategy, the company’s plans concerning additional API availability for iOS developers, and more. Here's the entire interview:
The iPod touch 16GB surpriseApple did something this week that it hadn't done since October: they released a new product. The launch of the iPod touch 16GB, was significant for a number of reasons. First, it showed Cupertino's newfound willingness to strip features from an existing iOS product to bring down its price. Second, it proved that Apple could still surprise us by releasing something that no one saw coming. Not everyone, however, thought the iPod touch 16GB was a big deal. In fact, many of our readers found Apple's move ho-hum, at best. Ted Barrera didn't like my suggestion that Apple's move was brilliant, explaining:
Seriously? You call THAT an industry changing curve ball? Guess this article was written by a complete iSheep.Joseph Spiegel was unimpressed, stating:
Meh, game changer? Not really. Wake me up when Apple sells a reasonably featured iTouch for $99.Finally, Randall Penland concluded that:
My how things have changed at Apple. I have forever been an Apple fan. Not to sure anymore.Some folks did like the move. M. Andrews summed it up best, by stating:
actually they just corrected a mistake.. by eliminating the 16 gig on the new version they lost a lot of potential consumers.. our family for one... Now we will consider getting both our grandchildren one..sorry but we are not as rich as most Apple users.To date, Apple has sold 100 million iPod touch devices.
New MacsThe WWDC keynote probably won't feature new iOS devices. However, we do expect it to include a few Mac upgrades. Among these should be a refresh to Apple's Mac Pro lineup. On Friday, May 31, MacTrast’s J. Glenn Künzler took a look at Mac Pro retail supplies across the U.S. What he found was that the entry-level Mac Pro was in short supply. In fact, the “vast majority” were either out of stock or had very limited quantities available. We'll be checking inventory levels on other Apple products between now and the WWDC keynote, which begins on Monday, June 10 at 10 a.m. PDT.
Recommended Reading for June 2, 2013
- The iPad mini's Incredible Shrinking Price by yours truly suggests that Apple's next iPad mini will come at a much lower price.
- Every iPhone Screen Ever Sold Looks Like This by Brent Dirks shows us something very, very cool.
- An Apple Ad Exchange Could Mean More Ads In Next Versions Of iOS And OS X by yours truly notes that more ads could be coming on iOS and OS X.
- Official Google Play Music All Access App Coming Soon To iOS by Brent Dirks explains that Google's newest service could be officially arriving to the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad very soon.
- Remember The Clumsy Ninja Game Demoed By Apple Last Fall? It's Still Coming by yours truly uncovers some nice news.