Saturday, February 6, 2010

GigaOM Infographic

A beautiful infographic prepared by GigaOM outlines the size of the iPhone App economy. Go check it out. We'll wait.

iPhone Apps

$250 million revenue in December 2009
$175 million (70%) goes to developers
$75 million (30%) goes to Apple

iPhone Sales

Apple sold 8.7 million iPhones in Q4 2009 (not counting Touch)
Guessing $150 / phone, that's $1.3 billion, plus carrier subsidies

iPhone Contracts

Users spend an average of $4.37 per month on apps
Users spend (my guess) $80 per month on connectivity


App Development is Big.
iPhone sales are Bigger.
Data plans are Biggest.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

CourseSmart on iPhone and Tablet

Thousands of textbooks, including books from Cengage, Pearson, and McGraw-Hill, Worth, and Wiley are already available on the iPhone. The screen's a bit small, but the convenience factor is huge, and the books rent for 6 months for 1/2 the price of a paper copy. Check out a video here.

CourseSmart seems to be getting ready for the Apple Tablet. This could be very interesting, as soon as Fall 2010. Check out the video here.

Apple Tablet in the News

This morning the Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News, and many others are reporting more rumored details of the Apple device.

They report an announcement scheduled for January 27th in Yerba Buena in SF, with availability in March. They predict a larger device, with a 10" diagonal screen. They also predict a price between $800 and $1000, which would include free Wi-Fi, but not cell phone access.

Should be interesting...

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Apple Tablet

Here's my speculation on the much-rumored Apple Tablet. I'd love to hear your comments.

In short, it's a thin paperback-sized device, based on the iPhone, with a new emphasis on movies, TV shows, books and periodicals.


• "There's an App for that."
• Internet In Your Pocket - Safari, Google, Flash
• Personal Video - Movies, TV, YouTube
• iPod - Music and Photos
• Video Games
• Books, Magazines, Newspapers
• Cell phone, video chat, text messages
• View PDFs, Office documents

Technical Specifications

• 7.5" x 4.5" x 0.5" tablet
• 6" x 4" color LCD display (960 x 640, 160 dpi)
• Multi-touch screen, on-screen keyboards
• 14 ounces
• WiFi, cellular, bluetooth
• GPS and accelerometer
• Video camera (640 x 480)
• Camera (4 Megapixels)
• Battery life up to 10 hours
• Tablet OS (extended iPhone OS)
• Available March 2010
• $499 with contract


• Apple announces Tablet Developers Conference.
• Apple announces cloud storage for movies, TV shows, music, ....
• Apple revamps iTunes stores for movies, TV, books, magazines.
• Ivy League University announces Tablet for all Freshman.

Again, this is all speculation. Comments please!