Is the Mac really invading the enterprise sector?

A survey indicates the iPad holds 90-plus percent of the enterprise tablet market, but others contend it’s not just the iOS making inroads in corporate IT these days. Should Microsoft be worried?


The iPad productivity debate

While it is possible to be productive on an iOS device to a degree, iPad productivity is simply not as high as with a Mac or Windows PC. For some tasks it’s not even close, or not possible at all. The fact is, at this stage of its development, the iOS does not support getting the same work done as on a desktop computer, at least in a timely and efficient manner.


A Mac in your pocket?

Will there ever be a Macintosh so small you could carry it in your pocket—but still connectable with a wireless mouse, keyboard, and AirPlay monitor, to provide a full-featured OS X desktop experience? There are practical lower limits on how small it is sensible to go.

43% of Apple buyers own only one Apple device

Once a customer experiences the low-hassle satisfaction of using an iPad or iPhone, it shouldn’t be a massive task to persuade them that Macs offer a superior PC user experience as well. In that context, increased convergence of OS X with the iOS makes marketing sense—something that appears to be coming with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.

No relief likely on Apple’s inflated memory prices

Aside from padding Apple’s profit margins, there is no justification for the iPhone and iPad $100 per step-up tariff, and we all know it. But one thing Apple could do to ease the sting of its memory upgrade prices would be to start at a higher base, making the upgrade progression 32/64/128 instead of 16/32/64.


The Best Free Apps for July 4, 2014

On this 4th of July holiday in the U.S., the best free apps include Fates Forever (an online tournament free-to-play game that’s all about player vs. player battles) and SkySafari 4 (a must-have app that uses your iPhone’s GPS and accelerometers to help you identify stars, nebulae, galaxies and more). Also, an iTunes U update is coming soon, so grab the current version for free now.

Apple lawsuit wrap-up for June 2014

It was a slow month for Apple lawsuits in June 2014, with a nice mix of patent lawsuits, intellectual property arguments, and lawsuits coming to a conclusion. But that doesn’t mean Mexico is happy. Nor are WiLAN, Enterprise Systems Technologies, and a few of those blue-shirted folks you talked to at the local Apple Store (especially if they also had backpacks).

Yes, there are MacBooks for price-sensitive buyers

You can get a new Windows laptop for less than $649 or even $499, but those who argue mainly on up-front price when it comes to computers have always epitomized for me Oscar Wilde’s observation about “people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” I consider myself a value cheapskate rather than a purchase price cheapskate, a persuasion that has kept me buying Apple computers for the past 22 years.

The Best Free Apps for June 27, 2014

The best free apps include two awesome limited time freebies this week. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was an amazing movie, and now you can play as Captain America in the official game from Gameloft. The second limited time freebie is True Skate. It’s a bit of an older game, but it’s held up extremely well.

Phablet ascendency: don’t shoot the messenger

The iPhone 6 phablet is coming, and for better or worse, a lot of users are leaning to mobile computing, increasingly using smartphones and phablets for web surfing, videos, TV and movie viewing as well as for texting, messaging, and voice telephony.


Are phablet global market share gains bad news for iPad?

Apple is late to the phablet party, but is expected to finally get into the game with release of a 5.5-inch screen iPhone this fall or possibly even earlier. So the question is begged as to whether availability of an iPhone phablet will harm iPad sales, particularly those of the iPad mini, with some users inevitably opting to replace an iPhone and iPad tag-team with a do-all iPhone 6.


Maybe it’s a good thing the social media generation tends to shun cars and driving

Marketwatch’s Jeff Reeves reports that the relative ambivalence—or even antipathy—that Millennials (the roughly 80 million Americans born between 1980 and 1995) have for automobiles is looming bad news for automakers. It may be good news for other drivers, though, because 41% of teens who do drive had texted or emailed behind the wheel in the previous month.