The entire internet is talking about Apple’s iWatch. For those of you who actually read the internet, it’s important to remember that there is no written record of anyone at Apple ever (EVER) mentioning the research, development, or existence of a prototype of anything like a watch. The reason this is important is perspective. The whole iWatch frenzy is media created.
Samsung has done their part trying to “lead the pack” into the smartwatch market with the “Gear.” I have not been able to find a non-sponsored review of the “Gear” that makes a smartwatch seem particularly more useful than a dumbwatch. I haven’t worn a wristwatch in almost twenty years, and it will take something truly magical to convince me to put something back on my wrist on a regular basis. The “Gear” ain’t it.
The Samsung Gear adds work to the day. It’s what a smartwatch is most likely to be, and it’s one more reason nobody is interested. It’s one more thing to charge. It’s one more thing to put on. It’s one more software/bluetooth glitch to deal with. It’ll tell you the time and it has a cute face – unless it dies at a moment when you’ve actually come to rely on it to do something important. Everything else it does may be interesting at cocktail parties, but it’s too unreliable for day-to-day use.
If the iWatch isn’t more than that, Apple won’t bother. Stupid pundit opinions be damned, Apple doesn’t introduce shiny things for the sake of shiny. If the thing doesn’t have function that justifies the form, it won’t get built.
The innertubes are alive with the sound of iOS in automobiles. If you have turned on a TV in the last month you’ve seen the hands-free SIRI ad for Chevrolet. Why does Chevrolet think that having SIRI read back embarrassing text messages in the car with your wife sitting in the passenger seat is a selling point? It’s a fair bet Apple didn’t consult on the ad, or was ignored. At any rate, iOS in the car is being talked about for premium car makers. It will be called CarPlay.
It will show off in Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo this week at a car show somewhere. Later we’ll see it in more brands.
If you want to read a little more about it, Ars Technica has a short article that explains it.
One interesting thing about the article that’s worth noting – Ford is on the list of CarPlay partners. You have to read the whole article and get to the list at the bottom. It includes a pretty comprehensive list of car brands with Ford just casually included with no comment or analysis. I already read something, somewhere about Ford ditching Microsoft Sync in favor of Blackberry software. Now they show up as CarPlay partners. I don’t think I’ll sell any AAPL shares this week.
Tim Cook told a representative for a right-wing investor group to take a running fuck at the stockholders meeting last week. Please read the full exchange, here. You’ll see that Tim said it much better than that. He didn’t (as the right-wing press will have you believe) announce his belief in global warming, nor that anyone who doesn’t believe in global warming is an unwelcome investor. What he said was that he does what he thinks is right, first, and if ROI (return on investment) is your only concern you’re in the wrong stock investing in Apple.
The right-wing press is going off on Tim Cook for being a tree-hugger. This is one more reason to read the internet with your grain of salt handy. The knee-jerk conservatives and the global warming nazis have to disagree on everything, including the weather, the furniture, and the time of day. To listen to those two sides talking, you’re either shitting in the street or you’re hugging a tree. Any common sense in the middle, like, hey, my main reason for using renewable energy is it’s cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable in the long run, is heresy. There is nothing in the middle. You’re either raping the planet or you’re a viet cong sympathizing, pinko, pansy, one-world, egg-headed, bleeding-heart, commie bed-wetter (apologies to Don Imus). Pick one. Only one.
The opinion of this blogger has always been that global warming is a hoax. Most scientists who aren’t paid by companies that profit from the global warming hysteria agree that global warming is unproven. That doesn’t change the fact that burning oil and coal puts nasty crap into the air and we should be looking for alternative forms of energy production that don’t put nasty crap into the air. In the meantime, we have work to do.
You don’t have to learn the secret global warming nazi goose-step to see the common sense in finding cleaner ways to get things done.
Being a good steward of planet Earth and thinking Greenpeace is a bunch of assholes are two completely compatible activities.