Apple’s WWDC 2012 aftermath: Winners and losers

“Apple had its much-anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, and considering it’s the biggest company in the world and an undisputed bellwether in the tech industry, whatever Apple does has big implications, not only for the company but for many other corporations, too,” Andrés Cardenal writes for The Motley Fool. ”

“It was the first WWDC without Steve Jobs, and Tim Cook handled the situation quite well. It’s not the same without Steve, but it wouldn´t be fair to expect the same charisma from Cook,” Cardenal writes. “One winner from the conference Facebook which will be integrated into IOS 6 in a similar way to which Twitter was last year. This will not only help Facebook in terms of accessibility, it may also have concrete financial implications for the social network.”

Cardenal writes, “The biggest loser from Apple´s WWDC was clearly Google, the fact that Apple is being more ‘friendly’ with Facebook is no good news for Google, which competes in the online advertising business against the social network. Even worse, Apple decided to abandon Google maps for its own mapping functionality powered by Tom Tom, this was probably the most noteworthy move from Apple against Google, but there were other more subtle changes which should also be noticed by investors in the big tech space. Apple has improved the searching power of Siri…”

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8 Comments

      1. We’ve been patient, extremely patient.

        The last significant upgrade to the Mac Pro was in November 2010. We’ve already waited 19 months and may be expected to wait another 12 months (see my other post).

        1. @ MacInfo – easy for you to say. Mac Pro users have already waited about 2 years! Waiting a third year is unprecedented and unfair for pro users in these rapidly changing times.

          The utter insensitivity of some Mac people never ceases to amaze.

    1. Definitely the Mac Pro users. They (we) just got screwed. They (we) got an “upgragde” that was really just a VERY MINOR speed bump in the processor. As far as I can tell NOTHING else changed. The problem here is that Apple was (and in some circles still is) calling this the new 2012 Mac Pro. Besides that Cook’s email says no new Mac Pros until “later next year”. Considering that Intel has slipped to a 15 to 18 month cycle time, we might not see Ivy Bridge Xeons until June 2013 or later. Waiting until Q2 or maybe even Q3 2013 is going to be painful for those who need, and truly utilize, the latest and greatest hardware and software.

      Thus other than a minor speed bump we still have the same Mac Pro from November 2010 and likely won’t get a new on until Q1 or Q2 2013. Just think that this could be 31 months or more between significant configuration changes — and shudder at the thought.

      The iMac wasn’t mentioned at all. This still leaves open the possibility of new iMacs when Intel ships new variants if Ivy Bridge in the next couple of months. Hopefully this will happen within the time frame that can easily support the back to school crowd.

  1. While I understand why Apple wants to move away from Google and their maps, the loss of the street view function in ios6 will be a significant downgrade of the user experience.

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