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22-Aug-12 Is my Apple that valuable?

In Blog, Personal on August 22, 2012 at 5:58 am

After my twittering’s on a number of personal related matters over the last few days, I thought a technology theme within my blog was long overdue.

It’s typically a quiet time on the technology front, as all the technology businesses line up their launches for the Autumn and this year is no exception with Apple (now the most valuable company of all time on the planet; £397bn) and Microsoft (overtaken by Apple) gearing up key product launches in September.

Of course the big launch for most consumers is the new i device from Apple with the iPhone 5 due to be unveiled on 12th September with the product launch following a few weeks later.

Already it’s clear that the new IOS 6 will drop the familiar Google maps, but the YouTube application is also rumoured to be left off the standard installation due to their public fallout with Google.

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Will the new device actually look that different? Now where’s my YouTube!

The rumour in the business is that Microsoft (in their partnership with Nokia) intend to steal their thunder by launching their Windows 8 mobile device the week before.

As stated in previous blogs, Windows 8 is a key market launch for Microsoft and it’s going to be interesting whether it can really grab market share from Apple and the Android devices on the market.

Microsoft are pinning a lot on this release and their subsequent desktop and server releases. Although I was initially convinced it might make in roads in to the market share of Apple and Google, I’m starting to wonder whether it will have an impact at all, but time will tell.

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Is this interface going to lure Apple and Google android consumers?

As you know by now, I always have an interest in any news that involves broadband services. Apparently the UK will have the fastest broadband of any major country by 2015. The ambition from the Culture Secretary, is to bring high speed broadband, defined as greater than 24 megabits per second to more than 90% of the country. Initially much of this speed increase will apparently be achieved by delivering fibre to the cabinet (green boxes in your roads).

Great, but really looking forward to our suburban rail companies also delivering wireless connectity. Saying that I’m not looking forward to the cost that will no doubt come with it!

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