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Why Apple Pay is already dead to me

Apple trained me for a long time now. And it always was ok. Something new and magical comes along and you pick it up, start playing with it and it just works. That's what I came to expect from Apple. Sure , sometimes there is a glitch or a bug - I understand that. But making amazing technology easy to use and getting me to want to use it again and again is something Apple does perfectly.

Until now.

So what's up with Apple Pay? No matter what I try, I can't set it up and I refuse to google it. That is not the Apple way, that's not what you taught me over the last 20 years. I assume this is somehow integrated in Passbook, and by the way, why would you do that Apple? Passbook is the single biggest mess on my iPhone, don't put cool new stuff in there. First of all there are not enough companies integrated, second I don't want to deal with all of their apps - if I wanted that, why do I need Passbook? 

Anyway, I tried. Unfortunately I don't make it into Passbook. It insists that I need to install Apps - I don't want to install Apps! I want to use Apple Pay! I want to scan my CreditCard  just as it was shown in the Keynote and use that card for paying. I tried to install two apps (Starbucks and Apple) - Starbucks crashes because it doesn't like my phone number (really? no error message - just won't let me save) and the Apple Store app pulls my iTunes account which I do not use for physical stuff (and to give me the message that I need to sign out of this account in the iTunes Store app and then login with a different account is definately not a solution). 

I gave up - the whole process took about 45 minutes. I guess that's about the time I would have saved paying with my phone instead of my credit card over the next three years (yes Apple, your Video of how hard it is to pay with your credit card was cute - but that's all that it was - it is not presenting reality because it actually is really simple to pay with a credit card).

I am an Apple fanboy, so I will try again. But I have to wait until iOS 9 when they finally pull the plug on passbook and give me an Apple Pay app (how hard could that be Apple? You already give me a bunch of useless apps that I cant unistall on my phone, one more would have been ok).

And since we are on that topic - let me uninstall! I am not buying a Dell PC loaded with crapware - I am buying the highend smartphone on the market, I know what I am doing so just let me if I want to uninstall "Tips" or "Podcast" (because, guess what, your Podcast App stinks!).


How much can change in 40 years?


The three golden rules of troubleshooting

1. Check the Cable

2. Is it turned on?

3. Is your brain switched on?

If you follow these steps you will fix ALL problems!


Do you need a new iPad?

Let's start with saying that I almost was right with everything I predicted for the Apple event yesterday - I guess the only thing they didn't announce was the Apple TV (they probably want something for next year).

The new iPads are here and they look really nice - I have to have the gold iPad Air 2 just because of its looks. However, considering that the technology updates are minimal it is not easy to predict if these will be a huge success. Most people don't invest in anew tablet every two years. Business Intelligence' Chart of the day shows the distribution of iPad models today. I think it is fair to assume that only iPad 1/2/3 owners are willing to change to the new hardware generation. 

I still have my iPad 3 and original iPad Mini - both work great and I only go for the new models because of the design and the color. I guess that means that Apple now is a lifestyle & design company.


How we rent movies - and how it will change!

I saw this interesting graph from Business Insider that shows how movie renting has developed and more and more the Internet becomes the vehicle-of-choice for getting and watching movies.

As even for today the bandwidth becomes more and more an issue - everyone wants HD 1080p movies today - the future will see this trend reversed. At least in the medium term physical media will rise again when we switch to 4K resolution Video - movies at that resolution will make it almost impossible to stream to many Internet users in the foreseeable future. Will people choose convenience over quality - sure. But many will opt for getting a disc delivered to enjoy their 4K TV set which otherwise would be utterly useless.


It's been way too long. For what?

I could start analyzing the logo and point out that it's rainbow colored just as the original Apple logo, ot the fact that the event will take place where the original Mac got introduced 30 years ago. Possibly that is not even a logo but a pen pressing down on the new iPad Air Pro screen, or maybe the powercables of Macs are just way too long. Who knows?

I am going out on a limp here and say that Tim Cook promised that Apple has in 2014 the best product pipeline ever. So far, we have gotten two phones (from my point of view those are way too long) and an announcement for a Watch that will come early next year (which means May). Oh, and some buggy software. Not necesseraly the best product pipeline ever so far. That's why I believe that tomorrow we will see far more than almost everyone predicts.

Sure, there will be an iPad Air that looks like your iPhone 6 and if you wait long enough you can get it in gold. The iMacs will be updated with an end-of-the line product with Retina display while the other models stay in place for a while. 

Yosemite will be released during the event, iOS 8.1 seems a given. But what else?

Here is my prediction:

Anything that used to be iLife will be completely reworked (we kind of know that already) including iPhoto and iMovie. There will be a new Mac Mini, possibly with a rainbow colored Logo and some minor technical upgrades. We will be surprised by the announcement of the iPad Pro, which will not be released until early next year (May again). Apple Pay goes live - starting with Walgreens on Saturday (and there will be lines at Walgreens just to check it out) and there will be a new Apple TV (May 2015). 

And with that Apple has updated all existing products this year and you could call that a good product pipeline - possibly the best Apple ever had.