Apple quietly builds massive Internet infrastructure

In today’s “Single Best Chart,” Bloomberg’s Michael McKee discusses the companies with the top shares of peak U.S. internet traffic on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

Apple are building out their capabilities. People are wondering, is this a precursor to some additional services that they’re going to offer – television, maybe? They obviously have to build more because they’re moving everybody to the cloud – we’re not storing stuff on our iPhones or iPods or iPads as much as we used to – putting it up into the cloud, so they’ve got to build out their servers, be able to do that, but some people are wondering what this presages for the future. — Michael McKee

Direct link to video here.

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    1. Bullshit as usual. iTunes, App Store, and other apps that require net access are opening fine, limited only by the speed of my network provider, which isn’t that great.
      My iPad 2, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 all open the App Store at about the same speed, over the same wifi network, and they’re all running iOS 7.
      BLM is just being the usual whiney little brat, pissed because he can’t get his own way, and is throwing an hysterical hissy-fit as a result.

      1. Rorschach… re Nut… Definition of “hissy-fit” — an angry outburst or tantrum. And the definition of “tantrum” again has the component of outburst. What is it called when it goes on and on and on… and on…… aaaaand on….

    2. Actually, I noticed this as well on my iPhone 5. The App Store and iTunes Store apps were painfully slow to load, regardless of the speed of my internet connection. This does seem to have improved over the past month. It hasn’t been an issue lately.

    3. Not my experience. I have a 12mbps DSL line and iTunes and App Store to the search bar open in 5 secs on my 5s. If opening one after the other open in 3.5 seconds. I get about 8mbps thoughput when downloading movies. Over 10 if I’m closer to the router.

    4. And my iTunes app on my iPad 2 running iOS 7 opens in 7 seconds, which is pretty remarkable considering the complexity of the store. About the same amount of time it takes on my iMac to open iTunes and reach the store.

      So which software do you consider crappy?

      1. It wasn’t much (if any faster) under iOS 6. If your device has an A5 processor or better, you shouldn’t be having your speed issues. On an iPhone 4 with an A4 processor, you’d like see some difference. Either your device is too full, or your ISP, or you have too many apps open with background updates enabled hogging your throughput. Then it’s not software iqaluit control, but user quality.

    5. That’s pretty weak Dijonaise, Rikerd, Rorschach. The big advantage of Apple used to be that it “just works”, but that is certainly not the case for my sister, who wishes she could get iOS 6 back on her iPhone 4. (My 4s slowed down too, but is still usable.) Fighting off trolls is one thing, but this time BLN has a point.

  1. OK…Time to actually apply some logic. Apple has been buying infrastructure..and building massive server farms all over the developed world. It’s not for serving music downloads. What requires the MOST storage and the MOST bandwidth? It’s what Steve figured out. The NUT he cracked. It’s obviously television/movies/video served up through their own proprietary network, made available through Apple devices (at first) providing all the content you want to see on any device you own. It’s not hard to see a world where they have content deals with producers and with those they can’t make deals with, they just buy them. Done. It’s Netflix, but much much more…and built to accommodate 4k as we go forward. Apple has always been about the “infinite loop”, the closed ecosystem. This will be no different. But it is going to be MASSIVE.

      1. You are assuming that internet providers like Comcast hold all the cards AND/OR that bandwidth can’t be purchased…by Apple. There are other providers, dark fiber, gigabit ethernet networks being built out in major cities, with the promise of FAR more capable bandwidth coming. See this link

        The future is FASTER, WIDER, and ALA CARTE. No more 13 channels of shopping, spanish language programming, movies from the 40’s, and endless repeats of guys eating moose carcasses or flinging stuff on catapults. It will be voice driven, and on demand. Is this not clear?

        1. We all know that fast connections from multiple providers are available in major cities. However, most Americans live in suburbs, smaller cities, or towns where there is no real competition, and therefore no motivation for the monopolies to improve service or cut prices. Of course, you can insist that nobody outside New York and California matters because the rest of us constitute the Hee Haw Demographic, but that would be short-sighted for a company seeking customers.

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