There is an app for that

24 03 2017

There are three constants in modern life:

Death, Taxes, and iPhone Rumors

Rumors are often exciting news for people following the Cupertino-based tech titan. But at the end of the day only facts count.

As the leading industrial nation the USA developed rules for financial reports which are basically overtaken by other countries (even Germany, the country which is well-known for it’s very special and complex legislation not really understood by normal people). The responsible commission in the USA is the SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission). 
The laws and rules that govern the securities industry not only in the United States but also in all other industrialized countries derive from a simple and straightforward concept:

All investors, whether large institutions or private individuals, should have access to certain basic facts about an investment prior to buying it, and so long as they hold it.

To achieve this, the SEC requires public companies to disclose meaningful financial and other information to the public.

You aren’t an investor?

That doesn’t matter. Apple’s SEC filings are most often a good reading. Many filings are quite long, others without interesting information. So it’s good to know about some nomenclature for your personal information filter.

More …

About a reliable source of information

You can follow be the app under

SEC Filing Alerts by Luminant Software, Inc

About Apple’s corresponding website

Investor @Apple.com

Thanks for reading.





Apples in India

8 03 2017

It is about time.This is to avoid further setbacks when it comes to emerging markets.

In May 2016 Tim Cook visited India for the first time as the head of Apple and met India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Why?

Well, India is the 2nd largest country in the world (by population) but Apple’s footprint is near to be insectile.

In April 2017 iPhone production will start in India. The company has partnered with Taiwanese WISTRON to assemble iPhones in Bangalore often referred to as the Silicon Valley of India.


More than 100 million smartphones were sold in India in 2016 and the market is expected to grow by 25% in 2017, making India one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the world.

Consumers in India need affordable phones, but Apple’s iThings are all premium.

Most smartphones sold in the country are priced around or under $150, with only a fraction of the country’s billion-plus citizens able to afford an iPhone (about 2% market share in 2016).

Additionally there are some barriers to break down.

Assembling and selling iPhones in India could be crucial for Apple, which needs to make its products available at lower price. The Indian government currently imposes heavy taxes on electronic products like smartphones imported to India to encourage local production. So Tim Cook’s efforts are to abide by Narendra Modi-led government’s “Make in India” program.

To solve the first problem, Apple now has resurrected the iPhone 6 in the country, selling a 32GB variant of the 2014 phone through online retailers. This follows the 5S being discontinued in the country with the iPhone 7’s launch.

The iPhone 6, only available in Space Gray, went up for sale on Amazon on Monday. It retails for around 30,000 rupees, which converts to $450. It’s a big reduction from the iPhone 6S, which is priced from $750 in India.

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@AppleSupport

6 03 2017

Nice Tweet by @AppleSupport, isn’t it?

If you like to learn more about iDevices just follow AppleSupport on Twitter and turn on Notifications. They publish lots of useful information in Twitter-like short posts.

And there’s more. This is what a reader on Google+ commented:

“More than following I’ve tested the support team via twitter and I must say I am really satisfied.”

Thanks for reading.





UI Design Do’s and Don’ts

5 03 2017

My example for one of the Don’ts …

Apple should add a further topic to its “Do’s and Don’ts” for external developers and their own application development.

Users like reasonable features.
So please, no ad in the 3D Touch context menu.

This no-go can only be topped with ad as the only feature when pressing firmly on an app icon. Sorry, that’s crap.


For Apple, Google, and Microsoft it’s somewhat embarrassing to see the need of ad for their apps within the context menu.

More

Apple Design Tips

Thanks for reading.





Use it up, wear it out

1 03 2017

Mobile phones are “considered hazardous waste” in California. Many chemicals in such phones leach from landfills into the groundwater system.

A cell phone’s shelf life is only about 24 months for the average consumer.

This means that newer cell phone models are constantly put up on the market to replace older ones. This is as a result of the rapid progression of technology in the mobile industry.

More …

A critical note to Lisa Jackson

How To Reduce Toxic Impact

Thanks for keeping your phone more than 2 years. Apple supports it indirectly with iOS running on more than 4 generations of iDevices.





Apple SWOT Analysis 2017

20 02 2017

Continuously more Ss in SWOT
It’s a Long Way to Tipperary Enter Businesses

Here is a revamped version of my SWOT Analysis including some groundbreaking decisions and engagements including the announcement of partnerships with IBM (2014), Cisco (2015), and SAP (2016).

The deal with China Mobile, iOS in the car, engagement in mobile payment systems with Apple Pay, development of disrupting technologies based on wearables, the partnership with IBM, CISCO, and SAP are essential parts of Apple’s long-term strategy to open the doors of big and medium-sized businesses.

The Indian government didn’t allow the import of refurbished iPhones. The main reason for not granting the application was that it will confront the ’Make in India’ initiative and burden the country with electronic waste. This problem seems to be solved now with the start of “Made in India” iPhones, a first step to break into one of the biggest emerging markets.

Strategic Partnerships …

In 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. With IBM’s unparalleled industry expertise, businesses can take the first step in empowering their workforce through mobile technology. These apps, exclusively for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, give enterprises a simple way to solve workflow and role-specific challenges, while transforming industries from the ground up.

Cisco’s CEO Chuck Robbins gave voice to the new Apple-Cisco partnership:

“I’m thrilled about our new partnership we announced today with Apple. We are coming together to optimize Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhones with Cisco environments and providing unique collaboration capabilities on iPhones and iPads. Together, we will enable mobile apps and experiences that deliver the quality and experience we need while meeting enterprise requirements for management and security.”

But there are also setbacks …

China’s government is always good for surprises. Apple finds itself in new heat with Chinese regulators. News surfaced that its iBooks Store and iTunes Movies services were suspended in the country at the request of government regulators. The services opened in the country just six months ago, with the blessing of the authorities.
With Huawei (8.9% China), Oppo (5.7% China), and BBK (4.8% China) Samsung (20.5% Korea) and Apple (14.4% USA) are under pressure regarding worldwide smartphone sales. In my opinion it doesn’t take a long time until Samsung and Apple will be overtaken by a Chinese company. I think this won’t be a problem for Apple with its strong position in the high-end market but for Samsung.
(Stats 2016 by Gartner)

Summary …

After Steve Jobs’ death many publishing media rumored that Apple’s power of innovation would be over. The contrary is the case and after the tech visionary Steve Jobs the business visionary Tim Cook took successfully control by delegating the technology area.

Companies that continually create value over the long term – meaning decades or more, learn how to ingrain the ability into their corporate makeup; it becomes part of their culture and DNA. They create value, jobs, and growth because of their ability to institutionalize innovation.
(Andrew Taylor, Boston Consulting Group)

About the map …

A SWOT analysis is used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats in a business venture. It’s used in any decision-making situation when a desired end-state has been defined.

SWOTs may look completely different if created from external or involved people. They also may change within a short timeframe depending on business risks of the company itself or its competitors.

Related …

Apple-IBM Partnership

Apple-Cisco Partnership

Apple-SAP Partnership

IBM MobileFirst

Feel free to download my concept map as a PDF file

Apple SWOT Map

Thanks for paying attention.





R.I.P. Windows and Blackberry

17 02 2017

Market share isn’t everything but a good indicator of the developer’s ability to bring the power of mobile devices to the people. It’s not only the price which affects the market (except for emerging markets) but also the

  • availability of high-quality apps
  • innovative approaches
  • durability and design
  • ecosystem
  • continuity 
  • simplicity 
  • support

which convinces people in the long-term to stick with a product/operating system and remain loyal customers.

It must always be kept in mind that iOS runs on a handful of devices whereas the number of different devices running Android is near to 18k.

It’s also quite interesting not to look at the OS but the smartphone sales of the most prominent vendors in 2016: Samsung 20.5% (Korea), Apple 14.4% (USA), Huawei 8.9% (China), Oppo 5.7% (China), BBK 4.8% (China).

To get back on the track is a sheer impossible endeavor for Microsoft and Blackberry no matter what they will do.

We heard about a so-called Microsoft Surface Phone but Mr Nadella’s announcements are hazy. Do they really think they could do something unique so that customers change their mind? Keep on dreaming.

Notes
Stats by courtesy of Gartner, Feb 2017

Chart created with Apple’s app Numbers on an iPhone

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