Quick thoughts on Apple’s WWDC 2019 announcements

Quick thoughts on Apple’s WWDC 2019 announcements

Another year has passed, and its about time for another WWDC, and key takeaways for developers.

There were a lot of interesting announcements by Apple. There were six announcements in yesterday’s keynote that, when seen cohesively, show Apple, as a company moving forward.

1. Mac Pro – it’s a super power. But at $6,000 base price, barring a few big budget content creators, I wonder how many will buy/need it.

2. iOS 13 – I did not see any major ground breaking features. I am definitely looking forward to the increase in Speed and performance though (last few months of my honourable & trusty but ageing 6s, before I upgrade later this year)

3. Sign in with Apple – this is a big one. Again, I really appreciate Apple’s push for privacy here. The random email ID generation, to prevent our mailboxes from being spammed, is cool! 

4. WatchOS 6 – new watch faces are always welcome. I have got really bored of the limited watch faces on my Series 3. Native apps like Calculator, Voice memos, are definitely welcome. App Store on the Watch, takes the Watch one step closer to being an independent device.

5. iPadOS – I see this as a marketing thing, to get the message out that Apple does care about products beyond the iPhone (which still contribute to over 50% of its revenues). But iPad is definitely becoming worth the consideration, for folks who do not want a laptop to be their primary desktop-class computer.

6. Privacy – some great privacy features. I love this the most, about being part of the Apple ecosystem.

Gartner publishes Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2016

Gartner has just released their annual Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, for 2016. 

16 new technologies added to the Hype Cycle this year, including blockchain, machine learning, general purpose machine intelligence, smart workspace for the first time.

Interestingly, 14 technologies were taken off the Hype Cycle this year including Hybrid Cloud Computing, Consumer 3D Printing, and Enterprise 3D Printing. 

Do checkout the report here. Definitely worth a read. 
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Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo

Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo

TechCrunch just reported that Verizon has acquired Yahoo for $4.83 billion. 

This definitely is a shocker and I am sure many would agree with me. Not many of us were expecting Marrisa Mayer to call it a day by dropping the ball so soon. 

One of the most important companies of the first dot-com boom, Yahoo, has reached the end of its life as an independent company. This deal represents a stunnin decline for a company that was valued at more than $100 billion at its its peak in 2000. 

Marissa’s roots as an engineer at Google, definitely helped in improving the brand value with software programmers and technology users alike, and she did make an effort to beef up Yahoo’s technical talent. She instituted a regorous recruitment process and it worked hard at hiring computer scientists from some of the best universities. But there is little sign that these moves changed the culture at Yahoo or improved morale among the programmers working there. They always saw and projected themselves as a “media company” and not a “technology company”. I am not sure if it played out well for them, as its attempt to be a tech company and a media company at the same time, resulted in an organisation that was less than the sum of its parts. 

I strongly believe that one reason why Verizon was a strong contender was that they have done this before; Verizon acquired another struggling Internet company last year. Like AOL, Yahoo makes a lot of money by creating Internet  content and selling ads against it. So from Verizon’s perspective, this definitely looks like a logical step.

With respect to Mayer’s future at Yahoo, I am sure she is pursuing opportunities outside, as the statement that Yahoo released about this deal, “Yahoo will be integrated with AOL under Marni Walden, EVP and President of the Product Innovation and New Businesses organisation at Verizon”, makes it evident that Marissa Mayer’s future lies outside of Yahoo. 

I wish her all the best, and am sure she will build something very interesting soon in the tech business.



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