Apple in safe hands with bigger role for Jonathan Ive: Analysts

The exit of Apple Inc’s longtime mobile software products chief may be a surprise, but a band of able executives led by Tim Cook and a bigger role for design boss Jonathan Ive meant the company was in good hands, analysts said on Tuesday.

Jonathan Ive Hero

Jonathan Ive Hero

Ive, Apple’s celebrated industrial design chief will now look into both hardware and software designs, following the departure of Scott Forstall after years of friction with other top executives.

“Yesterday’s announcement all but confirmed that Ive will be with the company for the foreseeable future, putting to rest a recurring investor concern of an Apple without Ive,” Piper Jaffray & Co analyst Gene Munster said in a research note.

“This, combined with Tim Cook’s nine years remaining on his contract with Apple, suggests the two most critical management figures will be in place for the longer term.” John Browett, recently hired as Apple’s retail chief, will also leave, the company said on Monday.

Eddy Cue, who runs online products, will lead Apple Maps and its Siri voice search software, while Craig Federighi, who oversees the OSX software that powers the Macintosh computers, will take charge of the iOS software.

“We think that despite the departure of Forstall who ran iOS development, iOS’s future is in good hands,” Munster said.

Forstall – long-time lieutenant of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs – refused to sign a public apology after the mapping software on the latest iPhone contained embarrassing errors and drew fierce criticism, Reuters reported citing sources.

His departure was years in the making, and came to a head with the Apple Maps incident, sources said.

“Though Scott Forstall’s departure is a surprise, this appears to be part of Tim Cook putting his own stamp on the company, and importantly, he is still surrounded by several key long-time Apple executives and innovators,” Robert W. Baird & Co analyst William Power said.

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Steve Jobs Left a Lasting Void in The IT Industry: 10 Reason Why

Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs was an American entrepreneur. He is best known as the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc.Wikipedia

First anniversary of Steve Jobs' death

First anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death

NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died a year ago. There have been no shortage of reasons why Apple, its customers and the IT industry have missed him.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been one year since Steve Jobs passed away after a long battle with cancer. At just 56, Jobs was a man who should have had many more years ahead of him to guide the company he founded and develop amazing new products. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

Although it’s only been a year, all stakeholders in the IT industry are already feeling Steve Jobs’ death. Consumers wonder what might have been. Competitors are still wondering how they can match his level of insight and there are some who question whether Apple is being led by a chief executive with sufficient creative vision to keep Apple at the forefront of its market.

Simply put, there are quite a few things to miss about Steve Jobs. And on the anniversary of his death, it’s a good time to take a retrospective look at his contributions to the industry and how his impact is still being felt to this day.

These are some of the things we miss about Steve Jobs:

1. His innovation

This is an obvious one, isn’t it? Steve Jobs was celebrated as the world’s most innovative chief executive and now he’s gone. His innovation transformed industries and created new ones. It’s a shame he didn’t get a chance to bring that innovation to other products and markets.

2. An incredible passion

If Steve Jobs had anything, it was a passion for technology. He loved that technology could solve problems in a person’s life and he was always looking for new ways and new technologies to do that. Passion is what’s often missing in an industry dominated by profits. But considering Steve Jobs’ success, maybe passion or the lack of it is what’s keeping certain companies from reaching the next level.

3. A desire to be the best

Although Jobs was often criticized for his air of superiority, there’s really nothing wrong with wanting to be the best. Too often, companies are content with mediocre products that will generate some cash. That wasn’t good enough for Jobs. He delivered special products because of that.

4. An end-to-end obsession with Apple products

After Steve Jobs died, it seemed as if Apple lost a bit of its vision. No longer does the company seem to care as much about those products that don’t sell as well. For instance, the iPod, Apple TV, and Mac Pro are afterthoughts. And they’re in trouble because of it. Under Jobs, every product mattered. It showed in every device Apple launched.

5. A clear vision for the future

Steve Jobs was a master at determining what the future might hold and delivering products that would help his company stay ahead of the curve. Nowadays, though, Apple seems to be playing the “catch up” game, as evidenced by the new iPad and iPhone 5. Does Apple have a clear vision for the future? If so, it hasn’t proven so.

6. The excitement when he took the stage

There was something about Apple press events when Steve Jobs was leading them. The excitement around the room was palpable. And the anticipation for those events would often hit a tipping point. With Tim Cook now leading those events, the excitement is waning. It’s too bad.

7. The feeling that something special was coming

When Steve Jobs was running Apple, the company was unpredictable. One minute, his firm might offer up a nice refresh of iPods and the next, it might launch a tablet unlike anything the market had seen. Steve Jobs kept everyone on their toes. And there was always a sense that today could be the day that Apple reveals something special.

8. Industry protection

Although Apple and Steve Jobs were often called bullies, when it came to protecting the industry at large the company’s co-founder was actually quite active. Steve Jobs often spoke out on the value of protecting the industry and kept music and movie companies at bay. It was a welcome shield and it helped consumers.

9. His ability to inspire competitors to catch up

Although Jobs did a fine job of inspiring his employees and his legion of fans, he was also awfully good at inspiring competitors. When Jobs released a product, competitors worked hard to catch up. As a result there are more innovative and high quality products vying for consumers dollars.

10. His funny jabs at competitors

That said, Jobs was always willing to take some jabs at competitors. And whenever he had the chance, he would target companies like Microsoft and Google, saying that their products were sub-par. It was entertaining, if nothing else. And it brought a sense of competition and care to the industry that today, many companies seem to be lacking.

iPhone 5 : Watch the iPhone 5 Keynote [Video]

Apple has posted the keynote video to the iPhone 5 launch event. If you’re a fan of Apple’s event videos it’s well worth watching, you’ll see the usual cast of Apple all-stars unveiling the iPhone 5, new iPod touch, iPod nano, review iOS 6 and some great new apps and features, a discussion of iTunes 11, and even get a bit of a State-of-the-Apple-Union type overview from CEO Tim Cook.

iPhone 5. The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.

iPhone 5. The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.

If you’re having trouble viewing the video in your browser, try loading it with Safari rather than Chrome or Firefox, or you can download the keynote video as a video podcast from iTunes.

Don’t want to spend an hour watching the keynote video? Here’s a quick overview of everything launched today.

Apple iPhone 5 and New iPods: Announcement Today in San Francisco

Today, after months of rumors and speculation, Apple will announce its next iPhone – the iPhone 5. Starting at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is expected to take the stage and detail the new features of the phone.

Apple iPhone 5 and New iPods: Announcement Today in San Francisco

Apple iPhone 5 and New iPods: Announcement Today in San Francisco

Thanks to those rumors (which we gathered together here) we have an idea of what Cook might just reveal. Numerous reports have revealed that the new iPhone will have a larger, 4-inch display, a new dock connector, a faster processor and LTE for faster data speeds. Purported photos of the phone have also leaked over the last few months, indicating that the phone will have a different design than the current iPhone 4S model.
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When it comes to the software, the new iPhone will run Apple’s iOS 6, which the company detailed in June at its Worldwide Developers Conference. iOS 6 has a whole host of new features, including Apple’s own homebrewed maps app (which will replace Google Maps), Facebook integration, and a new passbook app, which organizes airplane tickets, coupons and other passes you might have.

YouTube is not preloaded with the new software, but earlier this week Google released a new iPhone YouTube app.

The iPhone 5 has been rumored to go on sale as early as today following and start shipping on Friday, Sept. 21st. The iOS 6 software will likely be released around the same time and will be available for previous versions of the iPhone via a download.

Demand for this version of the iPhone is one of the strongest in the history of the phone. Sites like Gazelle and Glyde, which buy older iPhones, have seen a huge surge in traffic over the last few days as people look to unload their phones in preparation for the new one. Some analysts predict the company might sell over 10 million phones within the first month of being on sale. Apple noted on its last earnings call that it saw a significant downtick in iPhone sales last quarter as consumers wait for the new phone.

In addition to the iPhone, Apple is also rumored to announce new iPods today, including a new iPod Shuffle, a redesigned iPod Nano and a new iPod Touch.

Apple is not expected to discuss the its smaller version of the iPad today. According technology sites and ABC News’ own sources Apple will hold another event in October to release the so-called iPad Mini.

ABC News will be live at the event at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10:00 a.m. PST. You can follow our live blog here. Stay tuned for our continuous coverage throughout the day.

3 Simple Things To Do Before Installing OS X Mountain Lion

The release of OS X Mountain Lion is just around the corner (it’s official: July 25), but before jumping into the latest major Mac system update, you’ll want to do a few things. We’ve broken it down to a few simple essentials that are easy to follow:

Mountain OS X Lion Upgrade

Mountain OS X Lion Upgrade

1) Verify System Requirements and Check Compatibility

Almost all relatively new Macs will run Mac OS X 10.8. You can easily find out if your Mac will run Mountain Lion by comparing it against this list of supported machines:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

If you’re unsure of your make and model year, check on your Mac by doing the following:

  1. From the  Apple menu, select “About This Mac”, then click on “More Info”
  2. The model name and date will be shown, compare that to the list

All things considered, the system requirements for OS X Mountain Lion are fairly light, but there are some Core 2 Duo Macs that lose support and won’t be able to update. That can be frustrating, but it’s the price of progress. Remember that you’ll need at least 12GB of storage space available to install Mountain Lion, but realistically you should have more than that available to insure your Mac runs best anyway.

2) Check App Compatibility

If you’re already running OS X Lion (10.7) then you probably don’t need to worry much, but for those who are upgrading to Mountain Lion from Snow Leopard, there’s a good chance that an app or two won’t work. This is due to new architectural requirements for the latest versions of OS X and unfortunately there are some developers who have gotten on board to update their apps yet, despite having years to do so (QuickBooks is a prominent example).

A good list of compatible and incompatible apps is maintained in a searchable database by RoaringApps, check it out here.

If you find apps that are incompatible with OS X 10.8 you can either find an alternative on the App Store, or consider holding off on the system upgrade until the developer gets their act together. Smaller developers tend to do this faster than larger software companies, so if you’re waiting for a large company it may take a long time.

3) Backup, Backup, Backup

This is probably the most important step when upgrading any OS and a Mac is no different. The odds of something going wrong are slim, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Your best bet is to use Time Machine and initiate a manual backup right before installing OS X 10.8 update. If you don’t have Time Machine setup and configured yet, what are you waiting for? Grab a cheap external hard drive and set it up as a backup drive now, Time Machine is completely automated and as easy as backups get.

Ready? Buy & Install

Once Mountain Lion is on the Mac App Store, it’ll be a $20 purchase and installs directly from the App Store. It takes about 30-45 minutes to install depending on the speed of the internet connection and it’s mostly automated, you don’t need to sit around babysitting the installer.

Remember, if you bought a new Mac recently, Mountain Lion is free for you.

OS X Mountain Lion Will Be Released Tomorrow, July 25

No more rumors or speculation, Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that OS X Mountain Lion will launch tomorrow, July 25:

“We’re thrilled with record sales of 17 million iPads in the June quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve also just updated the entire MacBook line, will release Mountain Lion tomorrow and will be launching iOS 6 this Fall. We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we’ve got in the pipeline.”

That quote comes directly from Apple’s PR library ahead of the Q3 2012 earnings call this afternoon, and also serves to reiterate the release date of iOS 6 later this year, while also teasing for whatever “amazing new products” (new iPhone? iPad mini?) Cook is referring to.

OS X Mountain Lion Will Be Released Tomorrow, July 25

OS X Mountain Lion Will Be Released Tomorrow, July 25

As we mentioned earlier in our recap of things to do before installing Mountain Lion, you’ll want to back up your Mac before installing OS X 10.8 on your Mac.

MacBook Pro: All New Next Generation MacBook Pro with 15″ Retina Display: Specs & Features

Apple revealed an all new “next generation” MacBook Pro at WWDC 2012 today, it’s the first retina Mac to be made available and comes in addition to their standard MacBook Pro line. The enclosure looks similar to existing unibody MacBook Pro models, though it is significantly thinner and lighter than any previous models.

macbook pro retina display

macbook pro retina display

The specs and features are very impressive and represent some significant engineering, here is what we know so far:

  • 15.4″ Retina Display at 2880×1800, 220 pixels-per-inch density
  • Quad-core i5 and quad-core i7
  • GeForce GT 650M with 1GB VRAM
  • 8GB RAM standard, supports up to 16GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD standard and up
  • 7 hour battery life
  • HDMI port
  • Dual ThunderBolt ports
  • USB 3.0
  • 0.71″ thin
  • 4.46lbs
  • $2199 and up

Shipping begins today. We will update with more information as it becomes available from Apple.

You’ve never seen anything like it. Because there’s never been anything like it.

You’ve never seen anything like it. Because there’s never been anything like it.