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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.


Windows 10 activation issue

When I updated my Windows 8 to the technical preview it was not automatically activated as described in the Microsoft documentation. 

The following process will take care of the activation issue on in-place updated Windows 10 installations:

1. Open Administrative command prompt

2. Type: SLUI 3

3. Enter the product key Microsoft provided for recovery scenarios: PBHCJ-Q2NYD-2PX34-T2TD6-233PK

This will get rid of the Activation Message (at least until April of 2015)


Windows 10 - nice name

I have installed the Enterprise technical preview on my main work machine last week to check the differences to our Windows 8 based corporate installation. And I have to say I am completely blown away!

By the name that is.

Because let's face it, after working on this for a few days - it is exactly Windows 8. If I wouldn't have reconfigured it to use the Startmenu (which I don't really want -  I was fine with the Tiles) you would not be able to see anything different to Windows 8. 

So the name that distances this from Windows 8 by two version numbers (and puts it on par with OS X) is the only real genius thing about Windows 10. Technology wise this is a service pack at best.


Microsoft buys Minecraft