Strong Convictions

13 08 2015

Jeff Williams (SVP Operations at Apple) teased “The car is the ultimate mobile device”. Analysts talk about an iCar but it’s still short of wheels and the developer of the ultimate German car didn’t even know anything about smartphones.

  

I won’t be surprised however if Steve Jobs and some other guys in Cupertino read about Ferdinand Porsche’s beliefs. 

I’m convinced that about half of what seperates the successfull entreprenuers from the non successful ones is pure perseverance.
Steve Jobs

If one does not fail at times, then one has not challenged himself.
Ferdinand Porsche

The words below were coined by Ferdinand Porsche and they give us an idea of a common belief that makes products successful all over the world without any cultural adaptation:

Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.

I think not only Steve Jobs and Tim Cook but also Apple’s Industrial Design Group conducted by Sir Jonathan Ive could totally agree. 

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Synergies

8 08 2015

In July 2014 Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership aiming to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change. 
Now IBM has teamed up with US pharmacy chain CVS Health owning about 7,800 drugstores across the US. The two companies plan to harness vast amounts of patient medical information. Reports say that IBM will use Big Data to manage diabetes and obesity.

Apple operates SIRI and offers the most secure mobile devices, iPhone, iPad, and Watch.

IBM operates WATSON and the world’s largest portfolio in Big Data and Analytics.

IBM’s technology expertise is based on experiences of more than 40,000 clients, 15,000 analytic consultants, 400 mathematicians, and 4,000 analytics patents.

 

This seems to open up new vistas for the healthcare system.

Note

I’m sure, Tim won’t merry Ginni but I’m not sure about SIRI and WATSON.

Source …

Big Data to manage diabetes and more


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iRobots

6 08 2015

Not only fanboys but also Wall Street analysts are getting excited about the NEXT BIG THING coming from Cupertino. The iTV is out, the iWatch beautifies some wrists, and the iCar is short of wheels even though Jeff Williams, SVP Operations at Apple, teased:

“The car is the ultimate mobile device.” 

On Recode’s <code> conference he also said

“We’re exploring a lot of different markets.”

So what about robots?

Robotics …

The word robotics was derived from the word robot, which was introduced to the public by Czech writer Karel Čapek in his play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), which was published in 1920. The word robot comes from the Slavic word robota, which means labour. The play begins in a factory that makes artificial people called robots, creatures who can be mistaken for humans – similar to the modern ideas of androids.
The first digitally operated and programmable robot, the Unimate, was installed in 1961 to lift hot pieces of metal from a die casting machine and stack them. Commercial and industrial robots are widespread today and used to perform jobs more cheaply, or more accurately and reliably, than humans. They are also employed in jobs which are too dirty, dangerous, or dull to be suitable for humans.
Apple and Robotics …

They don’t feel the black despair when getting the task to tap on the Home Button 20k times to again validate the durability of Apple products.  

Beside using robots for industrial purposes, home robotics has its early adopters and startups promising interactive robots for the family are raising millions of dollars.

On a time horizon of five years or less, robots could be performing activities ranging from video conferencing and surveillance insider the home, to more sophisticated tasks like daycare and simple chores.
While the integration of robots into consumers’ daily lives won’t be as rapid as smartphones, between Apple’s more ‘hands-off’ approach to personal data (see Apple Pay) and its brand’s strength among US consumers, it may have a leg up on competition needing to establish a reputation as a brand.

Businessinsider UK

Robotics is a business segment which Apple is predestined for. Design, durability, ease of handling, devices that control the new companions through life, and a smooth integration in the existing and secured ecosystem could be the next big thing.

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Money talks

5 08 2015

Not in all cases.

  
A consortium of German car manufacturers BMW, AUDI, and MERCEDES just bought Nokia’s mapping technology HERE and they are not really willing to cooperate with Apple regarding an iCar.

Why?

German companies don’t want Apple or Google to build up the future of mobility up to their own preferences.

More

It needs more than just money

There are more places than just Silicon Valley


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Switch Points of Power

30 07 2015

Even if your mobile device already took control over you, there are some ways out of possible dilemmas and it’s not necessary to make extensive use of your brain. Just look at my collage to see what can be done.

  

The worst case for a mobileholic is malfunctioning of her/his beloved companion (stats say that ‘his’ is more likely than ‘her’). A common problem is mismanagement of the device’s memory.

Think of it like this:

You want to send money to an account and already looked up the account number. Somebody asks you ‘What time do we have our appointment with Mr. Smith?’. After answering, your short-term memory containing the account number is deleted or the account number you are sure it’s right now contains transposed digits.

You have to reboot and load your memory with the account number. If you don’t look up the account number again your money transfer might fail.

Regarding your device an app may execute an unwanted operation which might freeze it e.g. by running into an endless loop. You tap on a control but the app doesn’t react or delivers wrong information to the brain of your device, the processor in cooperation with the memory.
A REBOOT removes any not-wanted elements associated with apps or the operating system in the device’s memory and trimming it down to the core elements.

Related …

Troubleshooting

Saying Goodbye

Note
If you are already on a 6 or 6 Plus, the Sleep/Wake button got a new home on the side of the device to put it comfortably within reach.

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The Apple Car

16 07 2015

Many publishing media predict a car made/designed/developed by Apple. 

California is the epicenter of e-technology and southern Germany the heart of c-technology with Daimler Benz, Porsche, Audi, and BMW as the most prominent companies with excellent engineers, a worldwide infrastructure, an excellent reputation, decades of experience, and a significant position in China, the fastest growing market.

  

A quick look back …

Karl Friedrich Benz (German, Nov 25, 1844 – Apr 4,1929) was a German engine designer and car engineer, generally regarded as the inventor of the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine, and together with Bertha Benz, pioneering founder of the automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. Other German contemporaries, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach working as partners, also worked on similar types of inventions, without knowledge of the work of the other, but Benz received a patent for his work first, and, subsequently patented all the processes that made the internal combustion engine feasible for use in an automobile. In 1879, his first engine patent was granted to him, and in 1886, Benz was granted a patent for his first automobile.

(Source Wikipedia)

Until today Southern Germany is the nutritious soil for innovative ideas regarding mobility on 4 wheels.

Is Apple really working on a  iCar?

Well, what we know is that they intensively talked with Daimler Benz, the mother of all petrol engine-driven transportation. As far as I know these talks were as unsuccessful as the engagement of the Stuttgart-based company with Tesla. Now Apple talks with executives and engineers of BMW. The company already produces the i3, a fully e-driven car.

Couldn’t this also be ad on Apple’s website?

“Redefining urban mobility means thinking far beyond environmentally-conscious and agile driving. The result: with its visionary design, the BMW i3 design defines the automobile of tomorrow. Its innovative BMW eDrive power train was designed in the scope of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology and is not only locally emission-free, but also offers an incomparable and near-silent driving experience. The intelligent BMW ConnectedDrive Services bring you easily and conveniently to your destination.”

There are already many apps powered by the BMW Group which let your iPhone seamlessly connect to your BMW

BMW Connected 

MINI Connected 

Honestly …

Apple must look for a qualified partner with an infrastructure adequate to successfully market a car, quite different from Korean SSANGYONG selling 1k (in words: one thousand) cars a year in Germany. 

What about Porsche?

Is Tim Cook talking with Matthias Mueller, CEO of the legendary company?

Isn’t this company as successful and innovative as Apple?

Quality (not quantity), customer loyalty, and more are parts of a sustainable DNA implemented by the early leaders Steve Jobs and Ferdinand Porsche.
Every car manufacturer deeply engaged in car racing since decades accumulates the best engineering knowledge. Additionally Apple and Porsche and their early leaders are much nearer to each other than any other partnership could ever be. Porsche is part of the Volkswagen Group, actually the 2nd largest car manufacturer in the world.

There is a humble contribution to a cooperation of a Porsche car with an iOS device

Porsche Car Connect by Cobra Telematics

Open questions …

All German car manufacturers already have a strong reputation in the worldwide largest and fastest growing market, China. Apple’s CarPlay is supported by Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Audi, and BMW. 

So, which company fits best into Apple’s considerations?

Well, I don’t know. It depends on the targets Apple defined. What I can say is that none of the mentioned German companies is interested in being just a link in a supply chain. Regarding a possible Apple car the expertise can only be found in Germany. Additionally it must be taken into account that it will take a long time until pure e-cars will have a chance. All medium-ranged forecasts tell us that only hybrids have a chance in the near future. So the BMW i3 will define a niche only suitable for a consistent further development of e-cars. It’s not intended to significantly increase revenues.
Maybe Apple will cause surprise one more time. That’s what I personally think about this topic.
My piece of advice to the Cupertinos is

Cobbler, stick to your last!

Everyone should draw lessons from the many expensive adventures tech companies were involved in the past.

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I’ll be back

11 07 2015

No, it’s not Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger I’m talking about.
It’s a limited offer for Apple’s design masterpiece, the iPhone 4S from the biggest German coffee roaster TCHIBO.

Tchibo is a German chain of coffee retailers and cafés, also known for its weekly-changing range of other products. The latter includes: clothing, household items, electronics and electrical appliances. In Germany, Tchibo’s slogan is “Every week a new world”.

Tchibo’s coffee is sold in supermarkets in the United States, Canada, the Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Hungary, Ukraine, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Poland and the UK.


  

My hope

for a redesigned successor of the actual iPhone 6 is Richard Howarth, the new Vice President of Industrial Design. Howarth focuses on hardware and has been part of the iPhone team since the device launched in 2007.

Richard, please remove that ugly “Antenna Design”.

The lines at the top and the bottom are not aesthetically coherent with the materials finishes, build quality, and overall marketing and brand tone of the iPhones.

Would Steve Jobs have allowed the iPhone 6 to have the protruding camera and plastic bands on the back?

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