The Apple Watch we saw this week is not a transformative product. Itâ€™s simply a very well-executed smart watch, and like every other option in this category seems lost as to what itâ€™s supposed to be used for. And the physical design is a serious miss for Jony Ive and company, a tasteless rectangular blob. So how can Apple sell these things?
Apple previewed their 2015 Apple Watch this week, and Iâ€™m not entirely convinced that they have a hit on their hands. Rather than a transformative punch, Apple showed an unfocused product that canâ€™t figure out just what itâ€™s supposed to be. The software side can improve dramatically before launch, but what about the physical design?
The current Apple Watch doesnâ€™t look that great. Apple previewed an unfocused product that needs quite a bit more development to be â€œinsanely great.â€ Perhaps the software situation will improve by launch time, with Apple figuring out just what this thing is supposed to be and focusing on that. But itâ€™s doubtful that the physical design will be altered much.
Although it won’t be available for purchase for months, Apple just announced the new standard in smart watches and wearable computers. It’s as far ahead of the status quo as the iPhone was from the “smart” phone pack on its introduction back in 2007. But as it stands, the Apple Watch doesn’t transform the market: Although it will undoubtedly capture most of the smart watch market, this isn’t yet a transformative product for modern society like the iPhone or iPad.
It takes a truly-remarkable leader to be willing to kill his old golden geese to make room for a new one; so far, only Apple and Amazon seem willing to forgo continuity in the name of profitable destruction. But new corporate leadership at Microsoft might un-stick the company and awaken the once-innovative Redmond powerhouse. The retirement of Steve Ballmer is welcome news.
Apple’s brand-new MacBook Air might not look much from the outside, but a revolution lurks under the hood: This is the first mainstream computer to eschew SATA in favor of PCIe SSD! Long heralded in workstations and servers, PCIe SSD brings massive potential for storage performance.
Release after release, Microsoft pushes Windows forward. Yet the operating system is continually undermined by the “value-focused” low-end machines pushed by the majority of OEMs. This race to the bottom has tarnished Windows for a decade and now threatens to derail Windows 8. Microsoft must do something to stop the crap before it’s too late!
Cisco made a massive strategic blunder in the last decade, aggressively moving into consumer devices rather than focusing on their core enterprise and service provider markets. It seems that Cisco is now in the process of rectifying this mistake, but charting a path to growth is an entirely different matter!
The user interface for selecting alternate audio and subtitles on the Apple TV is laughably rough, but it works. Hold down the select button, scroll to the top, then scroll right and you can access these features if they are present. Let’s hope Apple improves this in future iOS versions!
If you do any sort of spreadsheet work, you’ll find these functions incredibly useful. I know regular expressions can be intimidating, and I hate that they’re not compatible outside Google Spreadsheets, but it’s worth learning these regex functions!