Posts Tagged ‘Success’
The announcement of the Acer Aspire R7 was the best example of the company’s assertion that it was moving from computers designed with touch to computers designed for touch. But if having a fancy, even unprecedented, hinge is what defines a touch-optimized notebook, Acer is a bit late to the party.
Last October, Switched On discussed the role that laptop-tablet hybrids — namely convertibles and detachables — would play in the differentiation of Windows 8 devices. Both types have seen their share of support. Detachables have included HP’s Envy x2, ASUS’ Transformer-inspired VivoTab and Microsoft’s Surface. (Dell’s XPS 10 is available only with Windows RT.)
This week, Bloomberg sparked a number of headlines with reports that iPad mini demand was failing based on supplier Pegatron’s earnings numbers as revealed at an investor conference. Those claims were later refuted by Pegatron CEO Jason Cheng, who argued that Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan had misquoted him to reach his conclusion about iPad mini numbers.
The problem here is one that comes up repeatedly for Apple watchers, namely that of trying to divine from scattered sources what the future holds for the iPhone maker. Reports of slowdowns, layoffs or weak fiscal results from any number of supplier companies, including Pegatron, Foxconn and Sharp have bloggers feverishly pounding keys, predicting dire straits for Apple to come. The problem is, these have never been a very strong indicator of what’s actually going on with Cupertino and its products, and for good reason.
As Fortune’s Phillip Elmer-DeWitt learned from Cheng via email, Pegatron has a wide customer base and never breaks out how each of those are affecting its bottom line or its quarterly financial outlook. Pegatron has its fingers in all kinds of pies, including home video game consoles and e-readers, both of which are currently suffering badly in terms of consumer sales.
Here’s a look back at some equally dire reports from recent memory that also turned out not to have any relation whatsoever to anything Apple was doing, performance-wise.
- Apple’s Q2 Earnings Foreshadowed by Weak Foxconn Results – Disappointing results at Foxconn for its most recent quarterly results were seen as a bad sign for Apple’s progress, but it still filed extremely impressive results, despite a rare year-over-year earnings decline.
- Apple’s Suppliers Experienced A Very Weak February – Supplier reports indicated that Apple was having weak iPad sales, which obviously wasn’t correct as it blew expectations away in terms of sales of its iOS tablet devices.
- Apple iPhone 5 Sales Showing Weakness – Apple was seen as dramatically underperforming relative to Wall Street’s consensus estimates on iPhone sales for Q1 2013, and in fact they exceeded consensus by a fair number (selling 47.8 million iPhones).
- Exclusive: Japan’s Sharp cuts iPad screen output – Sharp shipping woes on iPad panels were seen as an indicator that Apple was having difficulty moving iPads, prompting one analyst firm to predict that Apple would ship only around 8 million iPads in Q1 2013, when in fact they shipped 22.9 million.
In the best of cases, supply chain reports offers some vague insight into the larger picture of Apple’s inventory channels, but when looked to for solid indicators of performance, they’re about as dependable as using a magic 8 ball. The iPad mini, by all reasonable accounts, looks to be a very strong performer for Apple, and it’s very likely we’ll see that trend continue.
Rumors from an “ exceptionally trustworthy source ” speaking to 9t05Google have recommended Google will begin to run its own physical retail stores beginning as quickly as the 2013 holiday in the U.S. Brick-and-mortar shops from an Internet search company? Appears like a stretch, but the Goog is breaking out of its search box big time, and recent additions to the Nexus line are showing it has a real chance at developing a direct relationship with clients.
Google has had a challenging time keeping its Nexus 4 smartphone, manufactured by partner LG, in stock, with the gadget being primarily not available with Google ’ s Play shop until just recently. However the company ’ s efforts to sell direct weren ’ t an over night success; it tried to sell hardware direct with the Nexus One back in 2010, but stopped selling after a couple of months, since extremely few customers decided to purchase the device at its complete, unsubsidized price online.
However if Google does something well, it ’ s iterating on less-than-stellar item launches and structure on a firm foundation of failure. And that ’ s precisely what it has done with Nexus; the tablets it starting selling the via its on-line hardware shop did major one thing better than the Nexus One, by providing no-strings-attached hardware at a deal basement price. Hardware sales, Google appears to have discovered, won ’ t work if clients are asked to eat a cost struck in exchange for flexibility. They needed both, and weren ’ t about to trade economy for flexibility.
Now Google has the recipe right for on-line sales, and it appears to have actually worked really well for the Nexus 4, and a minimum of reasonably well for Nexus tablets. However Google is still missing a vital component that has helped the iPad gain massive customer traction, and this latest report indicates it ’ s hearing the words of its greatest opponent about exactly how to possibly finally develop a considerable advancement for Android tablet market share.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has made clear about Apple retail ’ s impact on iPad sales. Most lately, he essentially connected the iPad ’ s around the world success to Apple ’ s physical shops, and the possibility they provided to make followers from clients who might otherwise not necessarily have actually comprehended Apple ’ s tablet as a product category. As Ingrid kept in mind in her recent piece covering Cook ’ s discuss retail at a Goldman Sachs investor conference last week:
“ Among things that’s not comprehended that well about the stores is that I don’t think we would have been almost as effective in the iPad as an instance if it just weren’t for our stores,” said Cook. He noted that individuals’s view of the tablet, prior to the iPad, “implanted in their minds [ was ] a heavy thing that nobody wanted.”
Google needs a tablet to attain the exact same kind of thing with an Android tablet, or at least to come close. Making an “ experience ” – baed retailer akin to what Apple ’ s providing doesn ’ t guarantee customers condition to Android tablets, but it ’ s a threat that ’ s most likely worth taking, given that Google has actually had favorable indicators for its online retail efforts of late, and that Apple appears to place a whole lot of the credit for the iPad ’ s success squarely on the Apple Store ’ s shoulders.
Nexus tablets require a crowning achievement, and that hasn ’ t come in the type of hardware so far, despite modest gains by gadgets like the Nexus series and the Kindle Fire. But perhaps that ’ s since a device isn ’ t the response they ’ re searching for: client outreach is.
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Although the Optimus G and its Nexus 4 cousin are plainly the darlings of LG’s mobile lineup, that isn’t preventing the Korean company from crowing about a milestone for its more pedestrian Optimus L-Series smartphones. The business has formally passed 10 million sales of L-Series phones dispersed across the whole line, ranging from the small L3 with to the extra-large L9. LG only makes a partial effort at keeping itself grounded, however. While it’s fast to acknowledge that 10 million is a “modest” amount in the light of grander success, it straight credits the figure to declining opponents’ propensities to place “all their eggs into a one-size-fits-all phone”– a not-so-subtle potshot at a certain competitor’s approach to budget designs. Whether or not that’s legitimate criticism, we ‘d say a little braggadocio could possibly be justified when most affordable mobile phones hardly ever get this kind of recognition.
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Microsoft will reportedly analyze how its United States shops are carrying out prior to deciding to increase into Europe. The Financial Moments states that Microsoft has been in talks with home landlords in the UK to potentially open shops during 2013. A last decision is stated to hinge on existing shop performance, despite the business’s recent international growth to Canada and Puerto Rico.
We formerly reported that Microsoft is preparing to introduce a retail store in the UK throughout March 2013 and it has actually registered its own private limited company in the UK in preparation. Microsoft has actually been rather aggressive with its shop plans this holiday period, opening 32 pop-up stores in the United States. Microsoft’s shops are generally found near Apple ones and …
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Note: Not my cake however that would certainly have been cool.
So I had a birthday yesterday and it was a significant success supplied success is measured in near-death experiences (which it is). August 13th is constantly International Left Hander’s Day so I’m commemorating that today due to the fact that I’m a southpaw. I’ll be back tomorrow. Oh– and thanks for all the presents, jerks.
It’s currently considered a grind to produce stop-motion video recording– envision creating a clip utilizing the spreadsheet application that lots of trepidation seeing at work every early morning. Joe Penna, better known to the internet as Secret Guitar Man, isn’t really afraid. He and his team tape-recorded a performance against a greenscreen, provided the video clip a mosaic appearance in After Consequences and went ahead to recreate 730 of the frameworks in OpenOffice (and occasionally Excel) … by hand. We don’t need to know exactly how long it took Penna and staff to wrap up their work, however the outcome is most likely the liveliest you’ll ever before get out of an application suggested for invoices and business costs. The completely produced video clip is above; click past the tale break if you prefer to smash optical illusions and see just how the pixelated rumba came to be.
While today’s videogames are bigger, flashier and even more remarkable than ever, it’s difficult not to think that the golden era of console games is behind us. Back in the late ’80s and early-to-mid ’90s, when a brand-new console came out every few years to cut its predecessors off at the knees and brutally savage the savings account of the hardcore gamer who needed to have them all, there was real excitement. Now, with modern consoles showing their age and tossing on more and more gimmicks like so much makeup to compensate, it’s difficult to actually get correctly enthused about any of them.
From nowhere came Ouya and, based on the $ 2.6 million it raised in 24 hours alone, it’s safe to say it has actually been successful in renewing that pleasure. That’s a stark comparison to the general feeling of malaise at this year’s E3. I’m excited too– however cautiously so.
success is option missed for Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony originally appeared on Engadget on
The keyboard had to change.
It was a month after Vizio had revealed its new line of PCs at CES 2012, where the company had received near-universal praise for its slim designs, clean Windows builds, and promises of low prices. But the keyboard was contentious: it looked striking but didn’t seem all that comfortable to use. After using the CES prototypes for weeks, Vizio’s team decided to change it up — not only the design of the keycaps, but the feel of the inner mechanism as well. “Are you sure?” asked the company’s manufacturing partner, which had already built the tooling and was gearing up for production. “You know what this means.”
They were sure. Oh, and while they were at it, they decided to make the trackpads…