Posted on June 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Apple New Product Announcement…(pre WWDC, based soley on rumors)

Ugh…I really dislike this time of year…you know-the time leading up to and including WWDC.  The fanboys and the rumor mills are going full tilt…I would think they would be embarrassed by their drooling…but I guess the Kool-Aid has affected their ability to be even remotely tied to reality.

OK…the big news (supposedly) is that Apple is getting into the ‘home automation’ field.  Once again, Apple is apparently taking something that already exists, dumbing it down, putting their nifty logo on it, presenting it as ‘cool, hipster, etc’ so that everyone feels a need to get on board.  If this is in fact the big new product (an executive at Apple claims a new product that is their best new product in 25 years!), here are my problems with it:

  • Home automation already exists, with many different companies, yet somehow Apple will make it appear that they are ‘first’…typical
  • There is a standard for the communication for home automation devices…my guess is that Apple will NOT follow that standard, thereby making all existing equipment useless
  • The rumor is that it will work with the iPhone and iPad…so all the Android users are out of luck?  Check out the numbers…Android has a larger marketshare than iPhone…
  • Somehow this will be the greatest thing ever, and I will have to endure some of my friends (who are die hard fanboys) posting all sorts of inane drivel on FaceBook about how wonderful and cutting edge Apple is…

I’m still waiting for Apple to actually develop something new…the iPhone was a knockoff of the Palm Treo, the iPad a knock off of Fujitsu…seriously Jony…can’t you find something new to create, rather than taking an existing item and making people feel they HAVE to have it?  Yeah, I know…that is the point of sales…and in that regard, Apple is amazing…but to claim they have any level of technological inventiveness is to again be very blind to our friend, Mr. Reality…

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As a lifelong educator, I have worked extensively with both Macs and PC's. In addition, the last 26 years have been spent in the area of technology consulting, hardware repair, networking, database development and the like. Through these many different roads, I have come to have a high level of distain for the blind followers of all things Apple. Please do not assume that I am a blind follower of MS either. I have found that in dealing with most Apple users, the concept of logic is quickly pushed aside and in its place is a radical, cultish defense of all things Apple.