Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Well, the dust has been gradually settling from the departure of Steve Jobs, and his memorial service/celebration can be viewed on Apple.com. You may have noticed that retail stores were closed briefly so all employees could observe the memorial. Said Apple CEO Tim Cook:
“The last two weeks for me have been the saddest in my life by far. But I know Steve. And Steve would have wanted this cloud to lift for Apple and our focus to return to the work that he loved so much. So it’s with that spirit, that we wanted to get the entire company together today to celebrate Steve’s extraordinary life and many accomplishments he had across his life.”
Too right, Tim. The last few decades wouldn’t have been the same without him.
Speaking of the last few decades, today marks a special and slightly unusual anniversary in the history of professional sports. Twenty five years ago today, this happened:
Surely a day that lives in New England infamy. I might feel bad if, since that day, Boston hadn’t won two World Series, three Superbowls, a Stanley Cup and an NBA championship. So no complaining.
Have a great week everyone, and be safe this Halloween weekend. Kudos if any of you are going as Mookie Wilson.
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Anyone who would be reading this blog will have heard the news by now, but we wanted to offer our sincerest sympathies to the family of Steve Jobs, a man whose ideas and ambition changed the face of technology, commerce, and the way we live our lives every single day. Indeed the world. Rest in peace, Steve. All of us here at iResQ salute you.
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Did anyone else feel a little weird watching a keynote led by someone besides Steve Jobs? I know it’s happened a few times in the last couple years as his health declined, but before there was always a sense that it was a hiatus and he’d be back for the next one. The permanence this time around was almost uncomfortable. Tim Cook is a decent guy I’m sure, and he knows what he’s talking about and where the company is going, but the keynote lacked a certain… flair. Ado. Pomp and circumstance. But hey, there’s a new iPhone, so who cares?
The iPhone 4S has a couple of new features which are pretty cool, but the killer update is the new iOS 5. With fresh touches like complete wireless functionality, Airplay Mirroring, an improved Safari and iMessages (which eliminates the need to use standard text messaging), this iOS is truly the best iOS yet. I know, I know, I sound like a corporate shill. But it really is that next step forward that Apple needed to smooth the creases of the segue into a nearly Jobs-free existence.
Speaking of the device itself, there isn’t a ton of new stuff to get excited about. It’s great that there’s one device for Sprint, Verizon and AT&T instead of different hardware for each carrier, and the upgraded camera will look good. The thing that I’ve heard people buzzing about most however is the addition of Siri voice recognition. I just hope you can change the voice of the magical genie inside that knows everything, because the one they used in the promo is one of the most obnoxious things I’ve ever heard. It kind of sounded like the baby Jesus from that SNL Nativity commercial parody:
Before too long you’ll be hearing the echos of Siri’s voice on every street corner giving directions to the nearest Starbucks or Chipotle. Well friends, if the worst case scenario becomes your reality and you drop your new 4S (or someone drops it for you), we’re here as always to help. As of the product launch we’re ready to fix any iPhone you can throw at us.
Have a super week, everyone. October 14 is almost here.
Monday, September 26th, 2011
What it do, everybody? Fall is officially here according to the UPS calendar on the wall, and that means it’s about time to head to the cider mill or the pumpkin patch, break out the hoodies and long pants, and start raking leaves. Ugh, I hate yard work. But who can say no to jumping into a pile of red, orange and amber with the kids? Not me.
You may or may not have heard that Apple is declining vacation requests from employees during the first week of October. And that could only mean…. retail patronage influx for the IPHONE 5!. Huzzah. Maybe its just me, but this year seems a little light on all the iPhone ado- maybe it’s because there’s no hugely dramatic design change, maybe it’s because Steve Jobs isn’t driving the buzz, or maybe it’s just the three extra months of waiting that has everybody turning up the ambivalent knob. Still, it’s exciting to anticipate what Apple has in mind for the iPhone 5, as well as the Sprint iPhone and the rumored iPhone light (4S?). Here we go.
And, as is a fall custom, a quick check on football. Chiefs = still bad. With nearly half the roster on the DL, it’s a wonder that they came within half a field length of beating Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Broken, battered and incompetent is no way to go through life, son. If you live in or pay any attention to the midwest, it’s time to panic again in the Big 12, which is now a mathematical anomaly at nine schools. Tired of losing to everyone in the third or fourth best conference in the NCAA, Texas A&M has officially moved to the SEC, the best conference in the NCAA. Smart move, Aggies. And thanks for pushing the rest of us to stay and support the league over the last few months. Not that anyone can blame you. Let’s go Big 9! Now if we just drop one more it’s back to the good old days:
Ok, everyone, I think it’s about time for me to stop ranting. Have a great week, and we’ll be back with more iPhone news as it happens.
Monday, August 29th, 2011
Well it’s been almost a week since Steve Jobs, the leading technological visionary of the last decade, resigned as CEO of Apple. And with a few days under our belt to see the ripples in the Apple pond, has much really changed? AAPL took a slight dip in the market, but it doesn’t appear to be anything to panic about if you’re a shareholder. Tim Cook, who has reportedly been a pillar of support for Jobs and has complimented Jobs’ vision casting with real-world business savvy, appears to be in it for the long haul, as the company offered a 1,000,000 share incentive for him to stay on until 2021. I think what Apple fanatics feared as a result of losing Jobs as CEO was that intangible spirit of pursuit, of advancing technology for the masses, of aggressively making the world of portable devices and personal computers more accessible, more convenient, more streamlined. But fear not, minions. Jobs is staying on as Chairman and that means the intangibles should stick around too. It actually seems like the best possible arrangement for the company moving forward, at least from a consumer perspective. Jobs doesn’t get weighed down by the business, but he gets to remain a contributor to the vision. Cook gets to do what he does best- grow an already thriving corporation -and has the creative likes of Jobs and Jonny Ive at his disposal.
Sure, the keynote speeches at developer conferences will be a little less charismatic. The market for black turtlenecks may take a downturn as well. But clearly Apple isn’t going anywhere. There’s surely a backlog of devices to keep the tech world busy for at least a few years, and with the iPhone landing on almost every wireless network available, the incumbent should be so for a while. And if the Steve Jobs intangibles remain intact, there’s nothing to worry about. Have a great week, everyone.
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