iPad Pro with Stylus

Steve Jobs once said that if you have a Stylus in a Tablet, it will die just like Apple Newton.

However, rumour is all over the twittersphere that the next iPad will have an iPad Pro model with a larger screen.  If you think of what Steve Jobs had said, you might discard this as just a rumour.

However, I think that the possibility that Apple will release an iPad Pro with a stylus is high.

Just earlier, it was said that Apple is working with App developers and giving them assistance to develop iOS applications for the enterprise.  Apple has always wanted to push iPad and make it widely used by its corporate customers.

If you ask me what was the single most hindrance for iPad to be widely adopted,  I would say it is that we can’t use a mouse with an iPad and so Apple would have to finally resort to using a Stylus.  We will see.


iPad In The Enterprise

Recently, rumour has it that Apple is working with 50 companies to bring iPad applications to the enterprise.  Apple is working with smaller application development firms giving them incentives and  partnership to bring applications to their enterprise clients.

I think the first thing that Apple needs to do is to tell us how iPads are used in its own Infinity Loop campus.  Steve Jobs had famously said that Apple does not understand the enterprise.  If Apple does not understand the enterprise, it certainly understands its own company.

If the different departments in Apple such as its sales and R&D could use iPad for most of its applications, I believe Apple would not have any difficulties convincing others to purchase more iPads for their staff.

Magic Mouse

Before getting myself a Mac, I have tried the magic mouse maybe 2 years back in a shop specializes in selling Apple products.  As a PC users who had used only Logitech mouse, I thought Apple Magic mouse was odd.  Why was it shaped like a designer mouse?  Is that a practical mouse?  Also I have always thought that the Logitech mouse that I was having was a perfect mouse.  I should not ask for more.

When I got my Mac, I had struggled with using it for the first half an hour.  Now I did not know how to scroll the browser! Why the scrolling worked only at times!  In the end, I had to google it to find out how to use the mouse.  Don’t laugh.

Now that I have used it for a couple of months, the only complain that I have about this mouse is its AA batteries.  The batteries make it really heavy and just about a month back, I had replaced the 2 batteries that come with the new Mac with 2 new lithium batteries.

If you have Windows boot camp set up in your Mac, you can use the mouse in the Windows.  I have that set up and I totally love it.  The mouse is flat just so that we could slide our fingers on it.  Now I just hope that I could use the same Magic mouse with the Thinkpad notebook that I am using for my work.  But somehow, I could not find the driver for it.


Boot Camp

When I first got hold of my Mac, the first thing that I did was to check out Boot Camp in Mac and try installing a copy of Windows into it.  I have been  a long time user of Windows and I have lost touch with Mac for more than 10 years.

Before using Mac as my main desktop at home, I had this thinking that I might have applications that I would not be able to install into Mac.  This worry was unfounded.

Now after using Mac for a couple of months, I found that I rarely switch back to using Windows in the Boot Camp.

Except for some of my company’s applications, I can find most of the applications that I need and do most all of my things in Mac. So nowadays,  I rarely boot up my Mac in Windows.  There is basically no need for that.

Photo Sharing

I wonder how Apple is going to use this feature in iPhone. If this feature is implemented in iPhone, this will turn iPhone into a social sharing phone.

But we know that Apple is the company that is quite clueless about Social sharing.  Furthermore, the camera App in iPhone is a barebone camera App.  Apple will have to build in more social features into the camera App to make it easier for sharing.

Tony Fadell To The Rescue

It is rumoured that the ex iPod designer Tony Fadell is pitching to Google that he is interested to revive the Google Glass.

I am not too sure why Google is still interested in pursuing Google Glass and also why Nest was just so popular in US.  I always thought that Nest was popular only because it was started by an ex iPod designer.

Now, the designer of Nest is interested to lead a revival of Google Glass.  Now maybe you can tell me why we need a Nest in our home first.

The purchase that should not have happened

Microsoft just announced that it is writing off $7.6 billion of its acquisition of Nokia last year in 2014.

It seemed just not long ago that Steve Ballmer had proudly announced, together with Stephen Elop that Microsoft is transforming itself into a hardware and service company.  The interesting  thing about this announcement was that just one month into buying Nokia, Steve Ballmer left Microsoft and passed his baton to Satya Nadella.

When Steve Ballmer made the announcement, it seemed that it makes sense.  Apple was at the top of its hardware game and in order for Microsoft to win the race, Microsoft would need to enter into this game.

Microsoft has been an arch rival of Apple, since as you know, when there was something called the personal computer.  By buying Nokia, it was to say that Microsoft was serious about mobile.  Just like saying that Apple was still its arch rival.

Satya realised that it could never win the mobile phone war.  This announcement is its admission that it will not be able to compete with Apple and Samsung.

You Are Already Naked

In the commencement speech in Stanford, this was what Steve Jobs said,

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Before founding Apple, there were a few events that I found unbelievable.  After high school, he prodded his parents to send him to Reed College, a liberal art college and he stayed there for about 6 months and finally realised that his parents would not be able to support him for 4 years for him to finish his degree.  He dropped out after 6 months and he stayed in the college for a few more months and went around sitting in to classes.

As was said by him in the commencement speech, one of the classes that he sat in was calligraphy.  But as for me, as was mentioned in Walter Isaacson’s biography of him, he also attended classes in Physics.  There was no mention that he attended any classes related to Computer Science or Electrical Engineer but those Physics classes would become important.

He left Reed College and he got a job as a technician in Atari.  Without those physics classes, I don’t think he would be able to understand how to derive power from voltage and current.

The story on how he got his first real job in Atari was equally amazing.  He went to Atari to look for a job and once he was there, he did not beg for a job but told Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari that he wouldn’t leave until he was given a job there as a technician.  Now try that yourself if you are looking for a job.

He landed his first gig there as a technician and was even sent by Nolan Bushnell to Europe to repair faulty game machines.  In the book by Walter Isaacson, he even boasted that from his work in Atari, he knew that he could be a good engineer if he wanted to.

Nolan Bushnell actually played another critical role in the founding of Apple.  It was through him and Don Valentine that the 2 Steves met Mark Markkula. And with the $250k from Mark Markkula, they  were able to start developing Apple II.

NeXT Was Not A Startup

When Steve Jobs resigned from Apple and started NeXT, that was after a few months of travelling in Europe and soul searching.

The challenge at that time for him was what to do NeXT.  When he started Next, it was not started out as a startup per se.  He spent $100k to have Paul Rand designed the Next logo.  Paul Rand was a well known designer and the still used IBM logo was designed by him.

When I look at the NeXT logo and its name, I have this thinking that this is the name of a startup.  But it is not the kind of startup that we know now.  Now we talk about a lean and mean startup. Start a company on the cheap and start it from the garage.  However, get a name a la Yahoo and have a web site and makes it look like a 100 million dollar company.  And that is what the Next logo conveyed to me, a $100 million dollar company.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak had early success with Apple.  It was said that Steve Jobs sold his then car for about 1k to buy electronic components and he also roped in his sister to help in assembling the electronic boards.  Just when they were assembling their first hobbyist boards, Mike Markkula came in and put in $250k.

So in a way, Apple was started without the need to write a business plan.  He also did not pitch to any investor.  All that he did was to show Mark Markkula of his garage.

Steve Jobs was still young and this early success  was one of the reasons that led him to be unable to adjust to a startup mindset.  He spent his own money extravagantly in the early beginning in NeXT.

And as we all know now, NeXT failed miserably.