2012, the year of the new Apple


So, the first complete year of Apple without Steve Jobs at the helm in the 2000s has drawn to a close, though who knows when his legacy of influence will end behind the scenes. It’s been quite a revolutionary year, though there haven’t been any brand new product lines.

The most notable and widest spread product update is certainly the iPhone, I say widest spread because it is unbelievably popular and even those who aren’t Mac users own them – it’s a fully featured Apple product that the masses are interested in and can afford. For example, I could spend a day without seeing a single Mac, but I’d be hard pressed to walk one block without seeing an iPhone. Anyway, this year’s iPhone update was certainly the biggest physical update we’ve ever seen – it now has a 4″ screen, and it’s ever steadily getting faster, but on the whole it’s the normal amount of new features Apple brings out yearly.

One feature to spread across Apple’s portable range has been the inevitably controversial lightning connector. Another first since 2007, Apple made a change to the connector port on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and iPod nano, said by Apple themselves to be “a bold move”. Smaller, reversible, and hopefully a lot less prone to connections issues with fraying cables, it threw the accessory industry up in arms as their 30-pin connector products were nearly made redundant. Apple released a 30-pin connector to lightning port adapter, but really, the height of the new iPhone and iPod touch combined with that adapter just won’t fit in those speaker systems with an enclosed iPhone space. It also seems there are more cases available for the iPhone 4/4S than for the iPhone 5, but I’m hoping that situation will improve over the coming months.

iTunes was updated with a massive visual overhaul, covered in slightly more detail here. My opinions on it are still mixed, as queuing music is fantastic but I do miss the control I had over the way I viewed my music collection.

In the Mac corner, we saw the majority of devices getting thinner and faster, with the new iMac and retina MacBook Pro. We’re still awaiting a retina MacBook Air, but is there really a need? The Mac Pro has been largely overlooked yet again, I can’t remember when I last saw it get an update in a keynote rather than a subtle enhancement. Year by year it does look as if Apple is trying to drop the Mac Pro, but as impressive as the iMac gets each year, you just can’t beat 12 cores and 64GB of RAM, which many media professionals use daily.

Elsewhere there was an update to the Apple TV introducing 1080p output for the same price of $99. Not to forget the iPad mini, a product anticipated almost since the day the original iPad was released. And then there’s the iPad… when Apple announced a fourth generation, I fit into the category of people who asked themselves “but didn’t they just release the third generation?”. Yes, in a move uncharacteristically like Apple, they updated a product within their usual 12 month rotation – perhaps compensating for the iPhone 4 not being updated for nearly a year and a half.

And finally, there’s iOS 6. Making the headlines for all the wrong reasons, Apple released their first version of iOS without Google’s products being an out-of-the-box component because their deal expired. Google released a YouTube app on the App Store fairly promptly, but only recently updated it to support the iPhone 5’s screen size. I’m sure you won’t forget the Maps fiasco, with Apple’s maps being ridiculed and sneered at. Google left Apple users without an alternative until only earlier this month with Google Maps finally making it onto the App Store. I can’t imagine what took them so long to produce it, maybe they chose the path of letting Apple embarrass themselves rather than play the role of the instant hero. Nevertheless, I feel Jobs’ declaration of thermonuclear war on Apple will prevail posthumously.

Oh, one last thing in the Apple headlines – Scott Forstall was forced to leave Apple. With Steve out of the picture, Tim and Jony saw a chance to remove Forstall and his skeuomorphic design tendencies. While the appearance of iOS is getting stale, I personally don’t dislike Notes looking like a legal pad and folders having a cloth background, but clearly others want it gone. It would be interesting if 2013 brings a completely re-designed iOS.

In the ever-busy Apple ‘rumor mill’ we exit the year with a potentially Intel-powered Apple watch, interesting since the latest iPod nano did away with the form factor that made it wearable on the wrist, and the never-faltering suggestion of an actual Apple TV; a screen, not just a box.

When I started this back in 2010, I had no idea what the coming years would hold. This year I’ve only had 1,800 views, but considering there were only 11 posts excluding this one, that’s not too bad. I will try to get back into reporting every bit of Apple news there is in 2013 rather than just the key pieces, so please stick around for more to come and have a Happy New Year! I won’t be going any time soon, as despite the ever-present lack of a large and loyal reader-base, running this has at least contributed to my writing improving, something which will hopefully be beneficial in a career.

I’m considering changing the name…


‘goodorbadapple.com’ is fine, however, the header ‘Is Apple evil? No.’ is rather dated. For starters, the main conclusion has been reached, and most of the stuff now posted here is Apple news (which is fine by me, but do you mind it? I do try to write more opinionated pieces, but I don’t have all the time in the world). So, if you have any snappy suggestions for a new name that relates to Apple, news, and the domain, please leave a comment. Any suggestions are appreciated 🙂

Happy New Year!


Happy 2011! May it be a happy and prosperous new year.

What do we expect on the Apple side of things? An iPhone 5/4Gs (who knows), new iPods (maybe the Classic will get updated at last), hopefully at least the second generation of iPad, maybe a new generation of MacBook Pro. Not forgetting the imminent launch of Mac OS Lion and the Mac App Store.

The end? No.


My views have changed a bit since writing this 4 months ago:

I have clearly come to the conclusion that Apple is not evil, not even mistaken, just a great company. The title, about page and first post said I would come to a conclusion at the end of the year. Well, that is now, BUT, I am going to continue to post my opinions about Apple about new products, suing other companies etc. but will be making no further conclusion. Please stick around and keep visiting and commenting.

The Forum!


(The forum is a more open version of Apple’s popular ‘discussions’)

After several months of work on it, TomMan and I have finally got the forum up to a usable state. There are a few things that need sorting out still, such as possibly switching to a new server, re-writing the user agreement and switching the notifications email address. However, I set a deadline that it would be released on or before December 1st, so, it’s being launched!

Go to: the easy bit.ly link or the direct link

Enjoy!

Information:


On somedays, there may be no Apple related news to post about. If this occurs, there will be one of the following:
•No post
•A review of a well known iPhone/iPod Touch app

You see this is the problem:


For the last few days, there has been a daily post at 4:30PM (GMT). This isn’t as easy as it sounds, as I schedule them after writing them a few days before they are posted. Old news is useless, and I want this blog to stay current, not post ancient now redundant news. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment!

New Logo


As promised about three months ago, I said there will be a new logo soon. Well, three months down the line, I finally got round to making a logo, and I think it looks quite good, although a background colour other than white would be nice. Therefore, please suggest other background colours in the comments for this post, and I will take notice of them and choose the best (if there is one).

(The actual logo was made in Paint.net, but regrettably, the writing and background were made in the GIMP.)