Bayan M. Qandil

From My Perspective…

Jobs Says Apple is a Mobile Company .. I Say Media Distribution

So during his keynote speech on Jan 27, Steve Jobs took a little time before introducing the iPad to talk about some recent highlights of their business.  You can see my thoughts on the iPad here. He talked about how Apple has now sold 250 million iPods since it’s release in 2001, how they have over 75 Million iPod Touchs and iPhones on the market and how they have surpassed 3 Billion downloads from AppStore. He Jobs went on to state that Apple is really a mobile devices company because they sell mobile music players (iPod), mobile phones (iPhone) and […]

Apple Introduces the iPad… no I’m not kidding

For you faithful followers, it’s been a long time since I posted a blog.  I’ve been busy with personal stuff plus I’m starting to want to focus on useful and insightful blogs rather than just the usual mumbo jumbo.  And then Mr. Jobs announced his latest product and now I have to write about it.  I’ve decided to wring two blog articles about this so make sure you check out my other one related to Jobs’ comment about Apple being the largest mobile devices company. On Jan 27, Apple announced the iPad.  Yes… that is the best name they could […]

Kodak Sues Apple and RIM over Patent Infringement

So Kodak has sued Apple and RIM over IP infingment.  Kodak states that it’s been talking with both Apple and RIM for some time to resolve this amicably but since that didn’t work, they decided to sue. The patent in question is related to a method of previewing images in a mode that enables quick preview while acquiring the actual picture taken in a different mode that has higher quality.  This patent was filed in 1997 and issues in the US in 2001, so it sounds like a legitimate patent infringement case.  According to Kodak, other SmartPhone manufacturers such as […]

Next-Gen iPhone: Evolution not Revolution

So the rumours for the next generation of the iPhone are starting now.  According to PCWorld, the next generation iPhone will be dubbed iPhone 4G and will have: 5 Megapixel Camera (putting on par with the Nexus One) Updated Operating System with revamped App Store OLED Screen Video Chat Support Announced as early as May 2010. Again, nothing really new here.  I doubt the May timeframe since Apple likes the yearly refresh cycle they have going. I personally think they will add a forward facing camera in addition to the one in the back and FM tuner to the mix. […]

Apple Acquires Quattro Wireless

Well, it’s now official.  Apple has acquired Quattro Wireless.  The news confirmed by Quattro ex-CEO now an Apple VP of Mobile Advertising.  Let’s not forget that RIM also announced an Advertising Service back in November as well. Basically, the strategy for these companies is to provide advertising capabilities to developers for their platforms.  The real hope is to drive more developers to develop for their platforms resulting in more value-added applications for their respective devices in a hopes to drive further sales of those devices. The real question is, when will these services be available to developers. What I personally would like […]

Apple’s App Store Surpassed 3 Billion Downloads

Apple announced yesterday that their App Store has surpassed the 3 Billion download mark.  Personally I’m not very fond of generalized stats such as this.  I’m personally more interested in unique App download numbers or paid App download numbers.  However, considering that they were at the 2 Billion download mark just over 3 months ago, I must say, I do find it impressive.  That’s 1 Billion downloads in 3 months.  Let’s do the math on this for a second. Assuming it’s approximately 100 days since the last announcement, that’s 10 Million downloads per day. Or 416 Thousand downloads per hour. […]

Apple buys Lala

Well it’s been rumour all day but now it’s been confirmed by the Wall Street Journal.  Apple has purchased Lala.  For those who don’t know, Lala is a music service that allows for web-based music listening, downloading and sharing. The question is why would Apple buy Lala?  I personally think it’s based on a number of factors.  First, Lala has great content already and Apple can get access to that content now.  Second, Lala has some unique technology that could be of use to Apple (such as their music matching algorithm that identifies music you already own and matches it […]