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Will Google’s Android Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Today’s broad array of smartphone operating system contenders are offering lots of potential answers to a problem that only requires one. It appears the market has two options ahead: either pool generic hardware makers behind a single operating system and deliver a smartphone marketplace that resembles the Windows PC market, or watch them fall to a dominant leader and have a smartphone market that resembles Apple’s iPod ecosystem.

This decision isn’t going to be made by a class of intellectual elite, or by government mandate. it’s going to be made by the market itself. Here are the factors that will influence the outcome, either marginalizing Apple’s iPhone into a niche as the company has twice experienced previously at the hands of DOS in 1981 and Windows in 1991, or positioning it as the dominant leader as Apple has achieved for itself with the iPod since 2001.

The third segment in this series looks at Google’s Android and the Open Handset Alliance as a possible “DOS-attack” against Apple’s iPhone. Subsequent segments will look at Nokia’s newly opened Symbian and other mobile contenders challenging the iPhone.

Will the iPhone Meet its Match from a Modern Day DOS?
Will Windows Mobile Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?
Will Google’s Android Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?
Will Symbian Play DOS to Apple’s iPhone?
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August 25, 2008   47 Comments

Jean-Louis Gassée Returns from Obscurity… to Talk About MobileMe

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Daniel Eran Dilger
MobileMe has attracted more vulture critics than Apple TV, the last product Apple launched without immediately earning billions of dollars from it. Joining the frothing dogpile of critics who can’t get in enough edgewise on the bumpy rollout of MobileMe is none other than Jean-Louis Gassée. Who? Oh yes, him.
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August 13, 2008   39 Comments

IBM expands Lotus Notes Mac support to iPhone (screenshots)

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IBM has unveiled a sneak peek of its new Lotus iNotes, a web app client for its Lotus Domino messaging server to bring email, calendar, and contacts to iPhone. The move fulfills rumors of customized iPhone support for Lotus Notes and demonstrates IBM’s evolving interest in Apple within the enterprise.

IBM expands Lotus Notes Mac support to iPhone (screenshots)
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August 7, 2008   3 Comments

Myths of Snow Leopard 8: It’s Just An OS.

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Apple’s limited comments on Snow Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X due in about a year, have opened the playing field for rampant speculation. Here’s a look at a series of myths that have developed around the upcoming release. The eighth myth of Snow Leopard:

Snow Leopard is Just an Operating System

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July 10, 2008   37 Comments

Myths of Snow Leopard 2: 32-bit Support

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple’s limited comments on Snow Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X due in about a year, have opened the playing field for rampant speculation. Here’s a look at a series of myths that have developed around the upcoming release. The second myth of Snow Leopard:

Apple is dropping support for 32-bit Intel Macs because Snow Leopard is 64-bit.

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June 17, 2008   26 Comments

Cocoa for Windows + Flash Killer = SproutCore

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Regular readers will recall that when Safari for Windows shipped, I suggested Apple was likely looking to move its Mac OS X Cocoa development model into the Windows arena in order to broaden Cocoa’s visibility and adoption.

Over the last year, I’ve also outlined Apple’s efforts to starve Adobe’s Flash and AIR (and by extension, Microsoft’s me-too Flash plugin called Silverlight), at a time when pundits have insisted that Flash was a vital missing element on the iPhone and that Apple could/should/would be scrambling to port Flash to it. It might be a surprise to find that Apple’s air supply attack on Flash and its interest in dusting Windows with Cocoa are actually related.

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June 14, 2008   115 Comments

WWDC 2008: Is Mac OS X 10.6 the Death of PowerPC?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Ever since the Intel Mac transition was announced at WWDC 2005, pundits have been seeding worries that Apple would immediately pull the plug on PowerPC Macs. In 2006, the rumor mill stated Leopard would be Intel only; will OS X 10.6 finally mark the end of PowerPC support?

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June 7, 2008   18 Comments

WWDC 2008: Future UI Designs in Mac OS X 10.6

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Following up on the previous segment, WWDC 2008: Predictions & What to Expect: Mac OS X 10.6, this article looks at how Apple differs from Microsoft in the hints it has dropped about the human interface concepts to be used in future versions of Mac OS X, and suggests some additional interface ideas for 10.6.

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June 6, 2008   37 Comments

WWDC 2008: Predictions & What to Expect: Mac OS X 10.6

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Daniel Eran Dilger
WWDC is just around the corner, and rumors are flying about what might be revealed or released. Here’s a look at how reasonable the rumors about Mac OS X 10.6 are, along with some ideas for where Apple is headed in its desktop OS.

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June 6, 2008   17 Comments

Obama’s Apple, McCain’s Microsoft: the Politics of Tech

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Daniel Eran Dilger
While the United States prepares to elect a new president, candidates on both sides have made interesting comments about their affiliations with tech companies and their perspective on issues facing the tech industry.

Here’s a look at Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain compare, looking first at how each relates to Apple and Microsoft, how corporations are leveraging money and political power to shape public policy to fit their own interests, and followed by a look at each candidate’s stance on issues related to technology.

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May 21, 2008   101 Comments

Mobile EEE PC, UMPC, and Internet Tablets vs the iPhone

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Throughout the 90s, Apple’s increasingly precarious business was hobbled and complicated by the albatross of the Newton. As Apple abandoned the sophisticated but unfinished and ultimately unprofitable platform in early 1998, Palm began selling its wildly popular PDAs while PC makers struggled to copy that success in the mobile market with clumsy WinCE based devices.

Ten years later, PC makers are still failing to understand mobile devices as Apple launches its game changing WiFi mobile platform. Here’s why PC makers will be similarly left behind in their fight against the iPhone in the market for low cost mobile devices.

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May 20, 2008   26 Comments

Newton Again: iPhone vs the Mini-Laptop

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple’s WiFi mobile platform, represented by the iPhone and iPod touch, appears to echo elements of the history of the company’s Newton MessagePad from a decade ago. This time, as a decade ago, Apple engineered a highly specialized device and integrated software while the company’s PC competitors lined up rival products that were largely gutless, impractical, instant eWaste units powered by software inappropriate for use in a mobile device. Here’s a historical comparison of the mid 90s Newton with today’s iPhone platform, leading up to what can be drawn about the future of Apple’s mobile WiFi platform compared to the Asus EEE PC and similar devices.

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May 19, 2008   20 Comments

iTunes’ Content Pricing Not in Crisis

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple critics have been working to push the idea that the company’s pricing models in iTunes are in trouble and that HBO’s recent deal to sell shows for $2.99 per episode will cause a stampede toward untenably higher pricing. They’re wrong, here’s why.

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May 15, 2008   17 Comments

iPod Game Console, Tablet at WWDC? Highly Unlikely

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Inventory shortages of the iPhone appear to predict the launch of a new 3G model, long expected to be released this June around the first year anniversary of its debut. However, the rumor mill has recently kicked into overdrive to predict the arrival of another new device based on the same platform, either focused on gaming or serving as a tablet device. This is highly unlikely, for the following reasons.

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May 13, 2008   47 Comments

From Vista to Zune: Why Microsoft Can’t Sell to Consumers

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Microsoft’s marketing of Windows Vista and the Zune have failed in large part due to the fact that Microsoft has not learned how to effectively sell consumer products. Consumers buy Windows and Office, but that’s because they have no choice, not because of the company’s marketing savvy. Microsoft only effectively markets its products to businesses, which represents a very different type of sales relationship.

Businesses are so used to disgorging overloaded language about facilitating and empowering that they don’t find Microsoft’s marketing of the same caliber all that difficult to swallow. Consumers are a whole ‘nother ball game, and Microsoft is striking out in efforts to reach them. This has big impacts on the company’s future prospects.

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May 12, 2008   40 Comments