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Hva er tingen med Apple? Oppdatert

Jeg har resultatet av en ytterligere optimalisering av lagringen på min MacBook Pro Retina. Se slutten av artikkelen.

Hvorfor jeg byttet til Apple skyltes at jeg var inderlig lei Windows. Jeg var lei vedlikeholdet og kostnadene ved å beskytte meg mot virus og holde maskinen trimmet.

Jeg gikk over til Apple fordi jeg hadde hatt en iPhone i to år. Den var så radikalt mye bedre enn de Nokia og Ericsson telefonene jeg hadde hatt før, at jeg tok sjansen på å satse på Mac. Og jeg har ikke angret eller gått tilbake til Windows.

Jeg grunner ofte på hvorfor jeg er fornøyd med Apple. Alle dingsene deres er svært lekre og vellaget, men det er noe annet som gjør at jeg fortsetter. Noe totalt forskjellig og helt avgjørende for min daglige bruk.

De siste dagene har jeg fått en anelse om noe av dette annet, nemlig det at jeg har mye mindre data på maskinen min en før. Radikalt mindre data. Før hadde jeg nemlig 1000 Gb på min bærbare PC. Nå har jeg bare 256 Gb. Og av de er bare 95Gb data. Hele 90 Gb er ledig. Resten tar operativsystemet opp.

Hvordan kan i all verden dette ha seg. Jeg bruker stort sett maskinene mine til det samme som før. Forskjellen er bare at jeg nå tar mye mer bilder og video.

Hemmeligheten er nettskyen til Apple, iCloud. Alle filmer, bilder, dokumenter og programmer jeg ikke bruker daglig ligger trygt forvart i nettskyen. Jeg kan se de ligge der, og bare et trykk bringer de tilbake til min maskin.

Den tidelen av data som jeg nå har på min Mac gir meg også en annen fordel. Jeg kan ta backup på nettet. 95 Gb tok meg en måned å sikkerhetskopiere. Hvis jeg hadde hatt en PC med 1000 Gb ville det tatt et år. Helt uaktuelt!

Denne samme tidelen av data gjør også at maskinen min er rask. Med SSD disk istedet for en mekanisk harddisk er maskinen lynrask på så små datamengder. Operativsystemet er også optimalisert for ekstrem hastighet. Når jeg slår på maskinen starter den øyeblikkelig. Jeg kan bare begynne å taste inn passordet med en gang.

Vel, effektiv lagring og bruk av data er en gangske så prosaisk og kjedelig egenskap. Men i det daglige bruk er dette noe som jeg gleder meg mest over. Jeg slipper nemlig å vente på maskinen.

Nå må jeg forresten slutte. Om et par timer starter maskinen sin nattlige sikkerhetskopi. I dag vil den kopiere 210 Mb av endrede filer ut på nettet. Det vil den bruke ca. 40 minutter på. Hvis noe går galt, f.eks. at jeg skulle være uten internett, får jeg beskjed neste morgen. Så med det – god natt!

Oppdatering 6 dager etterpå

Inspirert av min egen artikkel gikk jeg litt hardere til verks med å slette lokal musikk, video, apper og dokumenter som jeg også har på iCloud. Særlig apper for iPhone og iPad og videoer fra Apples konferanser tok utrolig mye plass.

Pdf-er og Office og iWork dokumenter har også en tendens til å hope seg opp i mappene Dokumenter og nedlastninger. Alle ble flyttet til hver sine apper i iCloud.

Da det hele var ferdig var mitt lagrings-behov for sikkerhetskopier redusert til 61 Gb. Og jeg har 125 Gb ledig plass på min 256 Gb disk!

Kort sagt er svaret på “Hva er tingen med Apple?” følgende:

Et lagringsbehov som er under en tidel av behovet på Windows, er én av tingene med Apple som gjør at jeg med glede betaler mer for en Mac enn for en PC.

PCMag: Asus U31JG-A1

It’s injust to critisize the trackpad. Only Apple get it right and it’s patented round about.

A post from pcmag.com by has the whole story. Here is a part:

275The Asus U31JG-A1 ($814.99 street) ultraportable laptop has a lightweight aluminum construction, long-lasting 8 hour battery, and plenty of features, like a backlit keyboard and Bluetooth, that adds icing to the cake. But the U31JG-A1 suffers from a glitchy trackpad—a problem that’s hard to ignore—which keeps it from a higher recommendation.

Disruptive failure: How Acer Took Aim at Dell and HP and missed

A post from asymco.com by Horace Dediu has the original story. Here it is with kind permission:


Two years ago:

With new netbooks, laptops, desktops, and, yes, a smartphone, Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci explains why he expects to soon overtake No. 2 PC maker Dell

via Acer Boss Lanci Takes Aim at Dell and HP – BusinessWeek.
Today Acer CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci resigned with immediate effect. Acer is in trouble. You can read more on Acer’s current problems in the wake of the downward revision of its sales targets for two quarters here: Acer Should Overhaul Its Operation: Stan Shih | CENS.com – The Taiwan Economic News
In a nutshell, whereas Acer under Lanci took aim at Dell and HP, it seems that Apple took aim at Acer. And whereas Lanci missed, Apple’s aim was true.
What is interesting here is that Acer had a very disruptive approach. They used the low end “netbook” concept to take share from incumbents motivated to move up-market.
But what went wrong? Part of the answer is that “low end” does not just mean “cheap”. Low end disruption is about also offering simplicity and performance along a new dimension or trajectory of improvement.
Mobile computing could not be implemented as a low-end strategy because the modules available to portable computing could not be used to make it expand into new contexts of consumption. Windows and keyboards and all the input methods associated with portables could not be adapted to mobility. You could not use a netbook in places or at times when you did not use any other laptop.
In addition the business model was not a good match. Low margins could not support development or new integration that could improve that which was not good enough. Acer did not have the means to tackle the problems of not-good-enough mobile computing. They did not build software and low margins meant that they could not even try to build software.
Competitors also were motivated to respond. HP and Dell built their own netbooks which, arguably, were just as good (or, perhaps more accurately, just as bad) as Acer’s. But more problematic was the fact that regular notebook prices dropped to netbook levels and the category came to mean “cheap” not “convenient”.
Finally, Acer’s strategy did not have the time horizon necessary for true disruption. It takes many years to polish a product and nurture it up the trajectory. Acer was too impatient for growth and not patient at all for profit.
Contrast this with Apple’s tablet strategy:

  • It dealt with complexity of computing by removing it. This was not easy as simplification required a new platform altogether–something that portable computers could not benefit from.
  • It priced low but held on to margins because removal of complexity also reduced cost
  • The margins allow it to rapidly iterate on integrated development and improve the product
  • Competitors initially were not motivated to respond. They did not have the tools at hand to respond: no integrated operating system for PC vendors, no distribution for phone vendors.
  • Apple is also patient enough to wait for several product cycles. Even though demand is astronomical, the iPad still has a long way to go to become a new computing standard. Time is on Apple’s side.

Apple is effectively disrupting the PC with asymmetry. It contrasts with Acer’s reliance on a sustaining, symmetric approach. The market was showing clear signs of over-service, declining margins, in-absorbable features and performance and complexity.
Calling the winner in 2009 may have been tough given no iPad was visible, but knowing Apple’s resources, processes and motivations should have guided observers to the right answer.

2011’s Number 1 PC Manufacturer

I like the way Richman makes his math:

Apple sold 14.4 million Macs last year and grew 28.5 percent YoY. If that growth rate continues, they’ll sell 18.5 million Macs in 2011. Add that number to 65 million iPads and Apple will sell 83.5 million PCs this year.

A post from Matt Richman has the whole story. Here is a part:

Counting the iPad as a PC, Apple sold 29.2 million PCs in 2010. They sold 11.2 million PCs in 2009. In one year they grew a staggering 161 percent while the rest of the industry grew 14.2 percent. They outgrew their competitors by a factor of more than 10.

Original iPad sales estimates turned out to be way off the mark. In the 2 month period from its announcement to its release, every analyst predicted how many iPads Apple would sell. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munsterthought Apple would sell 4.3 million iPads in 2010. Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes thought Apple would sell 3.45 million iPads in 2010. Needham & Company analyst Charlie Wolf thought Apple would sell 2 million iPads in 2010. 

None of them were even close. Apple sold 3.4 times as many iPads as Gene Munster predicted, 4.3 times as many as Ben Reitzes predicted, and 7.4 times as many as Charlie Wolf predicted.

Now these same analysts say Apple will sell somewhere around 40 million iPads in 2011. There’s no way Apple will sell 3.4-7.4 times their estimates again, but Apple will definitely sell more than 40 million iPads. I think it’ll probably be closer to 65 million. Let’s put that in perspective:

HP is the largest PC manufacturer in the world. They sold 62.8 million PCs last year and grew 6.5 percent YoY. If that growth rate continues, they’ll sell 66.8 million PCs in 2011. But for argument’s sake, let’s give HP the benefit of the doubt and assume they’ll grow at Gartner’s 10.5 percent industry forecastWith that growth rate, HP will sell 69.4 million PCs this year.
That’s only 4.4 million more PCs than a very probable iPad sales number.

Apple sold 14.4 million Macs last year and grew 28.5 percent YoY. If that growth rate continues, they’ll sell 18.5 million Macs in 2011. Add that number to 65 million iPads and Apple will sell 83.5 million PCs this year.

By that estimate, not only will Apple be the world’s largest PC manufacturer, but they’ll sell 20 percent more than their closest competitor. 

Steve Jobs: It’s a Post-PC world

ipad 2 covers
Behind a pay-wall, a brilliant article about the “post-PC device” has appeared. The following moved me. And this approach are govering our developement of our apps.

A post from Gigaom Pro by Kevin C. Tofel has the whole story. Here is a significant part:

It’s a Post-PC world

The sales figures for Apple mobile devices suggest that Apple is successfully migrating its product line to a «post-PC» world. At the iPad 2 launc event, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs emphasized this point, saying:

«Our competitors are looking at [the tablet market] like it’s the next PC market. That is not the right approacht to this. These are post-PC devices that need to be easier to use than a PC, more intuitive. The hardware and softwaare need to intertwine more that they do on a PC.»

Asus U41JF-A1 PCMag Editor Choice – also mine!

PCMag and I have long agreed on that ASUS is the one to consider if you’re not buying Macs. And this one seems to be really well balanced!

A post from PC Magazine: New Product Reviews by has the whole story. Here is a part:

  • Pros
    Huge 83WH battery. Over 8 hours on a single charge. NVidia’s 400 series graphics is a gamer’s delight. Good horsepower from the Core i3 processor. Lovely aluminum design. Lightweight. Reasonably priced.
  • Cons
    Keyboard flexing can be detected.
  • Bottom Line
    The Asus U41JF-A1 is the most well-balanced mainstream laptop, combining excellent power with all-day battery life.