Sep 242013
 

Getting to know AirDrop on iOS 7 | How To – CNET:

“Owners of an iPhone 5 or later, iPad fourth generation, iPad Mini and the fifth-generation iPod Touch will be able to take advantage of AirDrop. “

*This explains why AirDrop was not working on my 4S.

Sep 122013
 

The switch, will it happen?

This line is eligible for a standard upgrade when you sign up for a 2-year service agreement. A $36 upgrade fee will apply.

A $36 upgrade fee? 

In that case, I’m exploring my options on buying service elsewhere. 

May 252012
 

Below are the first four screens from my iPhone. Folders are created in what one might call a job to be done fashion. For example, music related apps are in folders not surprisingly called Music, Music 2 and Music 3. See image two below.

Images below are in order from left to right from the device.  

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Not shown are screens five through eight. These pages are all individual apps that either don’t fit my job to be done methodology or don’t have a clear mission. In the case of page eight, that’s for apps that are pending deletion.

Note: Sometimes I call them screens and sometimes pages. Hopefully the that does not prove confusing. They are essentially the same thing. It just seems easier to use one term over the other in certain sentences.

Nov 112011
 

T-Mobile: iPhone-related defections ‘an area of concern’:

 

Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA boosted its profits and added to its customer base in the third quarter, but the company this morning warned of future repercussions from its status as the only major U.S. wireless carrier not offering Apple’s iPhone.

 

(Via GeekWire)

 

I was one of those defections. My contract expired the same day the iPhone 4S was first available for customers (Friday October 14, 2011). On the next Tuesday (Late late Monday night) I ordered a 4S via the Apple website and Friday morning about 10 AM FedEx delivered it. There were claims that devices would be shipping in 1 to 2 weeks. The one I ordered was built, packed, shipped and delivered halfway around the world in something like eighty hours give or take three.

If T-Mobile was in the running to get the iPhone I might have waited a few more months. There was a report that a high up at T-Mobile said that the iPhone would not be coming to T-Mobile anytime soon. That statement was essentially the nail in the coffin for staying with them.

Oct 202011
 

If Apple is increasing manufacturing capacity at or near 100% per year, when does capacity begin to out-pace market demand for the device output of that capacity?

This question came to mind while reading a post on the Asymco blog, How did I get the iPhone number so wrong (part II).

Surely there is some maximum number of units that this capacity can fill. How do you find the point where capacity growth needs to slow so that the plant remains highly efficient? IE, capacity does not out pace market demand by a significant margin.

Consider the iPhone, even if every person on Earth had one, max market capacity would be equal to all of human life on Earth. Perhaps it would be worth while to find markets of people to exclude to find a max market demand for the product. From there, one might need to factor out people who are unable to afford the iPhone under current prices and with current purchasing plans. Certainly these market segments could be served by finding or creating a pricing and payment system that allows more people to afford and acquire an iPhone. This payment and affordability innovation may not occur, or Apple may choose not to play there because it hurts average earnings per unit to the point where total profits increase at a slower rate or actually decrease. There is a cost to serving all market segments.

NOTES & MORE (+ questions)

Upgrade cycle: Is it every 2 years? Is a new device coming every 15-18 months now?

Do people wait when there are rumors of a new device?

Market demand may fluctuate on a quarterly basis. An iPad makes a nice Christmas gift and perhaps schools will buy a large volume in July and August to gear up for a new school year. For a device like the iPad there is probably a significant drop off in demand after the holiday season.

Smart phones are becoming the new standard for mobile phones. Not everyone will use this ‘computer in your had’ to its fullest, some may not use it for much more than calls. There will most likely be a large segment that will use apps to do more things and solve new problems by having a smartphone.

 

Oct 182011
 

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As T-Mobile is the only one of the big four carriers in the U.S. not able to offer the iPhone, they have to fight aggressively to keep customers from defecting. Although, if that merger with AT&T goes through, subscriber losses may not be as big of a deal. Not sure if the deal has a floor on the number of subscribers T-Mobile needs to have for the deal to occur at the valuation (price) agreed to.