28. August 2015 · Comments Off on Apple World’s Apple Car Desirability Math Problem · Categories: AAPL, Apple, Automobile

Apple World Today’s Weird Math:

“What’s more, according to a Nielsen and SBD survey of 14,000 recent car buyers, there’s not much interest in an Apple Car. Respondents who owned an iPhone were asked how likely they’d be to buy an Apple car, and the most popular response (47%) was “not likely at all.” Twenty percent said they were “somewhat likely,” 12% were “likely,” 10% were “very likely,” and 11% were “extremely likely.””

Isn’t that like 33% of iPhone owners are at least likely? How is that “not much interest”?

28. August 2015 · Comments Off on 2006: Palm (Who?) Ridicules Apples New Phone · Categories: AAPL, Apple, Automobile, From Owner to CEO, Lifestyle, Management, New Technology, Tesla, TSLA

Just ran across this post (from November, 2006) while reading a Daring Fireball post:

Palm CEO Ed Collegian: “We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.”

John Gruber: “I saw this [quote] last week, and it took me until today to stop laughing and try to figure out a way to write about it. It’s a simple little three-sentence quote, but I’m not sure what I like best about it.”

With the luxury of hindsight, we now know that the Palm Treo, Blackberry and even Microsoft’s phones were not “decent”. They sucked. After being burned by these first attempts, I was skeptical of the iPhone itself until I finally broke down and bought an iPhone 3.

Other than the first personal computer, Apple doesn’t invent, it perfects things. Complacent automobile manufacturers were put on notice with Tesla; they will rue the day when Apple comes into their playground.

Can’t wait until I hear this qoute: “We’ve learned and struggled for decades here figuring out how to make a decent car. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.”

Think Different, indeed.