Archive for April 2015

Apple Watch: An Overnight Multi-Billion Dollar Business

What about margins on these products? I think I’ll save that analysis for another posting, but my belief is that the Apple Watch product line will become Apple’s most profitable product line ever, with gross margins exceeding 60 percent. Why? Because the core electronics modules in the expensive models are the same ones used in the Sport models, and they just don’t cost that much. And while adding Gold cases and designer bands add cost to the bill of materials, the costs are small compared to the price premiums paid for these products. Unlike in the consumer electronics business, I see no pressure for prices to fall and if anything manufacturing costs will, resulting in a very profitable business.

Apple Watch: An Overnight Multi-Billion Dollar Business | carlhowe.com/blog.

My First Week With the Apple Watch

Ultimately what I am convinced of is the Apple Watch represents a completely new computer interaction model. A PC is for when we have a few hours. Our smartphones is for when we have a few minutes. Our smartwatch is for when we have a few seconds. Each device, and the software and experience built for it, should help us maximize those hours, minutes, and seconds.

via My First Week With the Apple Watch | Tech.pinions – Perspective, Insight, Analysis.

Product Reviews are Broken

There were 21 Apple Watch reviews published, but the 4 reviews that were more critical of the device got the most attention, leaving the 14 glowing reviews behind. Meanwhile, most of the important features of the Watch such as watch bands and durability were either not included or buried within lots of other text. Simply put: product reviews are broken. There needs to be a better way to review products.

via Above Avalon: Product Reviews are Broken.

Apple Watch will solve problems we don’t know we have yet | Macworld

That’s the difference between good products and great ones—not what they do but what they have the potential to do. When Apple released the iPod it was famously criticized, but before long it had transformed the way we listen to music, all but eliminating physical media and paving the way for a virtually unlimited online storage locker that lets us carry tens of thousands of songs with us wherever we go.

via Apple Watch will solve problems we don’t know we have yet | Macworld.

History of Camera Sales Looks Like with Smartphones Included

“I would argue that the camera industry is healthier than it’s ever been… but the brands we all think of as ‘the camera companies’ aren’t participating,” Skafisk says.

Smartphone cameras have improved quite a bit in the past several years, and smartphone sales have also been skyrocketing. Correlation between growing smartphone usage and declining camera sales doesn’t imply causation, of course, but still, these sales comparisons are interesting to see.


P.S. Here are a couple of additional facts: the number of photos captured each year has also been growing exponentially since the beginning of photography — digital took over film’s volume over the past decade or two — and 92% of smartphone users worldwide say that the camera is the most used feature on their phones.