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.

08. September 2014 · Comments Off on Baby Boomers will Buy an Apple Smartwatch · Categories: New Technology

If there is an Apple smartwatch coming out, the health component will be an important part of it, as this article in The New York Times points out. The design, battery life, and other functions will be critical to its success, but the killer app will be healthcare. Why? Baby boomers.

Baby boomers actually wear watches. Baby boomers care about their health. A lot. Baby boomers will happily spend money on an attractive, well-constructed, useful device that will help them manage their healthcare, tell time, and act as a compliment to their other smart device – the iPhone. Seriously, how many 50+ year-olds do you see carrying any other smartphone other than an iPhone? I would be willing to wager that more baby boomers carry dumb phones than any other type of smartphone. To a baby boomer, iPhones “just work”. I bet the average baby boomer will feel the same way about an iWatch.

I just hope Apple can fix the HIPAA issues and solve the maddening silos of information that differing clinics, doctors and hospitals control these days.