Well done, Mr. Cook.

18 08 2017

As a German I know a lot about that horrible time in Germany. This mindset is unacceptable and people all over the world – including the POTUS and his Breitbart journalist Bannon – should have learned to stand up if something happens like this.

There is no place other than the jail for people who still hate others for what reason soever.

The whole story

Tim Cook’s E-Mail regarding Charlottesville

Dr. Martin Luther King once said

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”

Environment or ROI

15 08 2017

Dumping prices kill both

Both should be possible with the right business philosophy. But it's not to be had for nothing.

"Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women's empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all."

(Ban Ki-moon)

Some details about the environmental initiatives of two leading tech companies, Apple and Microsoft.

You miss Samsung and Foxxconn?
Me too. Their presence is quite embryonic.

Sustainability Faceoff Apple-Microsoft

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4 08 2017

Steve Jobs was into Porsche. History has it that Steve wanted the first Mac to look like the Porsche 928 he was driving. There is also the legend of how Steve gave examples of his favourite Porsche Design Watch away, to those he thought could recognize good design when they saw it.

Image source
DPPI Diffusion Presse Photo International
modified by Thomas Unterstenhoefer

The love of Steve Jobs for German cars and motorcycles is well known. In the lobby of the building Bandley 3 in Cupertino, where he worked with the Macintosh team, Steve had installed a BMW motorcycle, because it was the inspiration for its designers.

OK, that's what I researched but still don't understand, a bike and a Mac?

The young Jobs was a real fan of Porsche prior to his move to Mercedes Benz.

OMG, the Apple CEO switched the platform.

In 1984 the best seller of Macintosh's in the United States , Craig Elliott, got the keys for a 944 from him and a dinner with Mike Murray (VP Marketing). Four years earlier Apple sponsored a Porsche 935 K3 Apple Computer (3.2 liters twin turbo engine (flat-six) 750 hp @ 8200 rpm) participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, managed by the American Dick Barbour Racing Team and driven by the unforgettable Bobby Rahal, Allan Moffat, and Bob Garretson.

Unfortunately they retired after 11h with a melted piston. Later that year the iPorsche had its big moment when finishing first at the Daytona 24 Hours.

Dick Barbour Racing has been a magnet for some of the world’s best and most popular drivers including Brian Redman, Rolf Stommelen, John Fitzpatrick, Paul Newman, Rick Mears and Johnny Rutherford. Foremost Dick Barbour’s long lists of accomplishments are his team’s 3 consecutive overall or class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring.

So Tim, what's your take on sponsoring a race car? Oh I see, before you bring the bucks you first like to see it getting the pole position autonomously with Settings – General – Race Mode – Pole Position ON.

Your family needs you, so
think before you drive and
turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving.

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The VPN Issue in China

3 08 2017

A disappointing decision

The theory …

The right to Internet access states that all people must be able to access the Internet in order to exercise and enjoy their rights to freedom of expression and opinion and other fundamental human rights.
Non-binding resolution
of the United Nations Human Rights Council

The reality …

"We follow the law wherever we do business."

Sure, Tim, you have to like all other foreign companies otherwise you can't do your business.

Tim Cook's full statement …

Now turning to China, let me comment on what I assumed is at the root of your question about this VPN issue. Let me just address that head on. The central government in China back in 2015 started tightening the regulations associated with VPN apps, and we have a number of those on our store. Essentially, as a requirement for someone to operate a VPN, they have to have a license from the government there. Earlier this year, they began a renewed effort to enforce that policy, and we were required by the government to remove some of the VPN apps from the App Store that don't meet these new regulations. We understand that those same requirements are on other app stores, and as we checked through that, that is the case.

Today there are actually still hundreds of VPN apps on the App Store, including hundreds by developers that are outside China, and so there continues to be VPN apps available. We would obviously rather not remove the apps, but like we do in other countries, we follow the law wherever we do business. And we strongly believe that participating in markets and bringing benefits to customers is in the best interest of the folks there and in other countries as well. And so we believe in engaging with governments even when we disagree.

And in this particular case, now back to commenting on this one, we're hopeful that over time the restrictions that we're seeing are loosened because innovation really requires freedom to collaborate and communicate, and I know that that is a major focus there. And so that's what we're seeing from that point of view.

Some folks have tried to link it to the U.S. situation last year, and they're very different. In the case of the U.S., the law in the U.S. supported us, which was very clear. In the case of China, the law is also very clear there. And like we would if the U.S. changed the law here, we'd have to abide by them in both cases, that doesn't mean that we don't state our point of view in the appropriate way. We always do that. And so hopefully that's a little bit probably more than you wanted to know, but I wanted to tell you."

While China is home of the world's largest number of internet users, a 2015 report by US think tank Freedom House found that the country had the most restrictive online use policies of 65 nations it studied, ranking below Iran and Syria.

But China has maintained that its various forms of web censorship are necessary for protecting its national security.

The national VPN crackdown comes after the passing of a controversial cybersecurity bill last November that tightened restrictions on online freedom of speech and imposed new rules on service providers.

As the BBC reports, Sunday Yokubaitis, president of VyprVPN, commented:

If Apple views accessibility as a human right, we would hope Apple will likewise recognize internet access as a human right (the UN has even ruled it as such) and would choose human rights over profits.

Are there limits where companies should stop making their business in countries infringing human rights?

It's a very difficult question and experiences in other contexts show that stopping all (business) activities give rise to silence. To not talk to each other any longer helps as little as continuing businesses.

I don't know what to say more but I hope human rights are still on the agenda of all companies making businesses in China (and elsewhere).

Related …

Removal of VPN Apps

Top 10 Countries with Internet Censorship

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I’ll be back! Soon.

2 08 2017

And I hope with something extra, Tim.

After an "OOPS" in 2016 the company is back, stronger than ever, not hurt by lots of excited people to get off the starting blocks as soon as the anniversary iThing is individually wrapped.

Well Tim, you're the business man but I'll never forget your predecessor, the visionary, who initiated the company's success with two ocean-boiling devices. Without an outstanding team this all wouldn't have happened.

iPhone Sales 2017 (millions) …

  • Q1 78
  • Q2 51
  • Q3 41 Σ 170
  • Q4 45 Σ 215 my expectation

I expect an all-time record of 85m iPhones in Q1 2017 (Oct-Dec) with a 7S, a 7S Plus, and the anniversary 8.

What about the future of the iPhone?

iPhone and iPad can be seen as high level innovation, ‘ocean boiling’ new kind of devices whereas follow-ups could be described with the words of Tim Cook

"Some people see innovation as change, but we have never really seen it like that. It’s making things better."

An innovative product is only born if it provides space for great improvements in the future. So in an essential first step gene targeting must be done and the new blood must run through the veins to delight customers, switchers, and interested parties.

Hey #8, what about your inner values?

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Hey Tim Cook

31 07 2017

you told us

"We want to leave the world better than we found it."

But you didn't tell us that you exclude some points, e.g. fighting against the restrictive methods of the Chinese Government.

Oh, I understand, at the end of the day it's all about money and ROI, right?

Removal of VPN apps in China

Added on Aug 2, 2017

Here's Tim Cook's statement …

"We would obviously rather not remove the apps, but like we do in other countries we follow the law wherever we do business. We believe in engaging with governments even when we disagree. This particular case, we're hopeful that over time the restrictions we're seeing are loosened, because innovation really requires freedom to collaborate and communicate."

Thanks Tim. Maybe you're right.

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This happens

31 07 2017

if you only look at the device
and forget everything else which comes with it.

As there is …

  • durability
  • performance
  • support (if it's needed which is rarely the case)
  • simplicity, because customization isn't needed if the most relevant features already work (nearly) perfect without user actions
  • continuity when using a tablet, a computer, and a smartphone
  • top designed product families
  • innovative approaches to lots of techniques like biometric identification systems, payment systems, glucose measuring, and many others

iPhone vs Cheap Android Device

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