“Siri could signal the beginning of the end for Apple,” Greg Satell writes for Forbes. “First, the obvious. When you ask Siri for something, it inevitably sends you to Google.”
MacDailyNews Take: It most certainly does not, as anyone who’s used Siri could tell you. After OpenTable, Gayot, CitySearch, BooRah, Yelp, Yahoo Local, ReserveTravel, Localeze, Eventful, StubHub, LiveKick, MovieTickets, Rotten Tomatoes, The New York Times, Wolfram Alpha, and more, the generic search engine is Siri’s last resort.
Satell writes, “Much of the critical technology is provided by Nuance Communications, a leader in speech recognition. So it’s hard to see how Siri gives Apple any competitive advantage at all.”
MacDailyNews Take: Greg, your difficulty is rooted in your idiocy.
Satell writes, “Probably most importantly, with Apple’s paltry R&D budget, it is unlikely that they will be able to compete beyond interfaces and devices (and with the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy 4S, even their position there seems to be eroding).”
MacDailyNews Take: Size of R&D expenditures does not equal level of innovation. See: Microsoft R&D. See also, related articles below. Apple is efficient. Uh oh, that’s right: They must be doomed.
As some guy named Steve Jobs once remarked regarding R&D spending: If it was just a matter of spending money, Microsoft would deliver good products.
And, oh, by the way:
• Apple spent 3.4 billion on R&D in FY12, up $1 billion – the largest increase in company history – November 1, 2012
As for Samsung’s Galaxy 4S:
• Gazelle: Galaxy S4 spurs trade-ins of other Samsung phones, not iPhones – March 18, 2013
• Samsung’s big attempt to gin up some buzz generates crickets – March 20, 2013
• Samsung swung wildly and whiffed; Now it’s Apple’s turn at bat – March 19, 2013
Satell writes, “Apple, for its part, doesn’t seem to have any significant artificial intelligence platform beyond the Siri interface and no big data effort to speak of. If they did, we would know about it.”
MacDailyNews Take: Is this a joke article?
• Apple begins construction of massive billion dollar data center near Reno – March 11, 2013
• Apple begins work on massive Prineville, Oregon data center – October 19, 2012
• The story behind how Apple’s $1 billion data center got built in Maiden, North Carolina – July 12, 2012
Satell writes, “It’s tough to see how Apple will compete 3-5 years from now when Big Data and artificial intelligence become an important part of the consumer experience.”
MacDailyNews Take: Now, Greg, is this vision problem you have because you’re blind or because you’re a moron, or is your problem some combination of the two?
Satell writes, “As I’ve pointed out before, it’s not clear that Tim Cook understands the problem.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Forbes ought to be embarrassed.
Microsoft and the Infinite Monkey Theorem of R&D spending – February 6, 2013
Apple spent 3.4 billion on R&D in FY12, up $1 billion – the largest increase in company history – November 1, 2012
How Apple gets away with markedly lower R&D spending vs. alleged competitors – January 31, 2012
Apple’s R&D advantage: Unmatched bang for the buck – November 22, 2011
Steve Jobs on R&D: If it was just a matter of spending money, Microsoft would deliver good products – May 11, 2007