I took a few notes yesterday during Tim Cook’s D10 interview. Overall, due to AllThingsD’s lack of video live streaming, I’d say I only have half the picture – I know what Cook said but not how he said it. Anyway, I have some thoughts on some of what he said.
Many products coming, more stores
The earth horizon image he had behind him as he said that during the iPad 3 keynote comes to mind.
He says not many people know, and normal people probably do not, but then who was normal among that crowd, that the iPhone and iPad processors are manufactured in Texas and that the glass is made in the Corning factory in Kentucky. It would be nice in the long run to have the design and creation in the same country, but the climate here is just not up that task yet.
“I don’t see the tablet replacing the need for all PCs”
With all of the post-PC era garble, this is a much needed statement. This, I think, is what everyone needed to hear. PCs, and by that I mean actual computers with huge processors, screens and keyboards, will be important going into the future despite tablets being increasingly more competent at meeting normal people’s needs.
“No one should be able to get an injunction off a standards-essential patent”
That actually makes sense. Oh wait. If it’s a standard, how did it get patented in the first place? Let’s say I steal your method of doing something – everyone steals it. Someone declares it a standard after that, is it a standard?
Why don’t you have more than iPhone…? “Our North Star is to make the best product… there’s not a policy or commandment that ‘Thou shalt have One.” – Notes: avoids fragmentation with one screen size and one App Store with one policy
Cook could have answered, “we have three iPhones on the market right, the 3GS, 4 and 4S.” But he didn’t. When the screen size changes, I think the smaller screens will continue to exist indefinitely.
Why not make a $99 iPhone? “… I’m not going to conjecture.”
I did not understand Walt’s question here. Like an actual $99 iPhone? Because, last time I checked, there’s a $99 iPhone 4 selling down the street.
“[TV] is not the same market size of the phone business or the Mac business… we are going to keep pulling the string and see where this takes us”
TV is hard. People just go out to their local BestBuy and pick up a TV and then take it home and keep it for five years. Maybe the old turn around rate was ten years, but bigger is better now and the prices are low. Apple does not do low in an ordinary sense.
“[Apple] hasn’t had an issue for the most part getting content”
I wonder if Apple really hasn’t had issues. They pulled out of the revival of the music industry ten years ago. They somehow convinced them that iTunes Match was a good idea. They have movie rentals and purchasing. And there was a Tuesday I could just never forget, with the Beatles.
“you will be really pleased with some of the things you see over the coming months this. We have some cool ideas about what Siri can do.”
There are two obvious choices here. Expanded internal capabilities, so you can ask it to bring up apps, to open Apple apps and interact with them to some degree. But then there’s the more important factor, which be to allow for an API and let developers hook into Siri. That would be the cool part, but then also quite a mess.
Education discounts are “not insignificant” and will continue, textbook nonsense
But where’s the iPad education discount?