MacBreak Weekly 332
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Guests: Chris Breen and Ken Ray
Topic: CES, those Apple/Waze rumors, App Store milestones, Tim Cook in China, and more.
Recorded: January 8, 2013
Published: January 8, 2013
MacBreak Weekly 332: Crazy Stupid Big
CES, those Apple/Waze rumors, App Store milestones, Tim Cook in China, and more.
- Chris: CES is so big and so difficult to cover, but at least you can gawk at products you'll never be able to afford or use.
- Ken: Never been to CES, but would like to go at some point.
- Andy: Some products are exciting, but the lack of shipping/price information
- Chris: The iLounge Pavilion is good for seeing a lot of iOS-focused products
Samsung announces 85" 4K TV on an easel
- Sarah: Sources says the easel isn't detachable from the TV
- Chris: It's a TV you have to build your house around
- Andy: CES flagship products are for a certain kind of consumer. The challenge is getting that new technology to be more affordable for the rest of us in 5 years or so
Hyundai to support Siri eyes-free mode
- Sarah: Does this raise the stature of Hyundai in the industry?
- Andy: Would be better if this kind of support just becomes a standard feature, rather than something that car makers can charge extra for
Where are the Lightning accessories at CES?
- Ken: Apple only hosted its MFi developer program in late fall, so accessory makers haven't had much time to work on accessories
- Chris: Apple gets money not only for the MFi program, but also from licensing the connector itself, so for many vendors, it doesn't make financial sense
- Andy: Still interesting though that there wasn't at least a 'show of force' at CES, stating support for Lightning even if they won't ship for a while
More CES news: Cameramator allows for iOS/Android control of SLRs
- Andy: $299 price keeps it in the realm of professionals. Also, it would be good to work toward a universal smartphone remote control standard, rather than supporting just a few popular SLR brands
- Andy: Not sure what Waze would gain by having Apple buy them
- Ken: Does Apple still need a 'quick fix' solution for its maps, or has the really embarrassing time for Apple Maps passed?
- Chris: Agreed... Waze rumor sounds like it would be a 'pants on fire' reaction to maps criticism, not something Apple is known for.
Tim Cook makes second visit to China in less than 10 months
- Chris: Apple recognizes China is a large and growing market
Rumor: Lower-cost iPhone with new design?
- Andy: Makes sense to get a foothold in developing markets, but not sure if Apple will actually make that move
- Ken: Apple could continue to shrink size and price of its iPad line to serve emerging markets if it includes a cell radio
App Store reaches 40 billion downloads
- Sarah: Half of that number occurred in the last year
Consumer Reports claims iPhone is worst 'top smartphone'
- Andy: Consumer Reports tends to be very 'Spock-like' in its phone reviews, focusing on feature comparisons rather than the whole experience
- Chris: "I have three things to say about this: 1) Business Insider, 2) Henry Blodget, 3) Consumer Reports"
Apple and Samsung only manufacturers seeing growth in the US
- Chris: Samsung has successfully set themselves up through their marketing as the 'not-Apple'
- Andy: 2012 was the first time I saw an Android phone marketed as well as the iPhone. The Galaxy S III is also the first non-iPhone that people have enthusiastically asked me about while out and about.
Amazon's appstore ruled as not infringing on Apple's App Store
Apple and many other tech companies sued by patent troll
- Andy: "Until Disney makes a beloved animated feature in which a patent lawyer is the talking familiar to the plucky young heroine, I don't think that a patent lawyer will ever be a beloved or lovable creature"
Picks of the Week
- Andy's pick: Air Login for iOS. Free for LAN use, subscription for WAN use
- Remotely control your Mac
- Has various features to help make remote Mac usage work with touch controls on iOS
- Chris' pick: The Room for iOS. $1.99
- Great Myst-like game for iOS
- Ken's pick: Squarespace.
- Ken: Just became an MacOSKen sponsor, but tried it out for the first time yesterday and it's really easy to get something nice-looking built quickly.
- Sarah's pick: Hundreds for iOS. $2.99
- Fun puzzle game, simple but addictive, really polished and well-done
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