Microsoft Debates the “Post-PC” Era

John Gruber:

John GruberApple’s post-PC vision isn’t about input devices — mice, keyboards, pens, whatever. It’s about exposed complexity. Tim Carmody argues in a follow-up at The Verge that Apple’s “post-PC” and Microsoft’s “PC-plus” aren’t that far apart. I think that remains to be seen. With the iPad, Apple has eliminated large amounts of complexity. With Windows 8, it remains to be seen whether Microsoft has eliminated complexity, or merely hidden it behind a Metro veneer.

I think the Steve Jobs quote Microsoft should be focused upon far predates this post-PC stuff. Go back to 1997:

“We have to let go of this notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose,” Jobs said. “We have to embrace the notion that for Apple to win, Apple has to do a really good job. If others are going to help us, that’s great. Because we need all the help we can get. […] The era of setting this up as a competition between Apple and Microsoft is over.”

Swap “Apple” and “Microsoft” and that’s the advice Microsoft needs today.


Apple Has Dominion Over Computers

iPad 2 laying downJohn Gruber writes persuasively about the leadership Apple has taken in the computing market:

This, it’s now clear, was correct. If anything, it was understated — Apple is now the strongest and most successful company in the world, across any and all industries.

If not for the iPad — imagine, for a moment, that the company still to this day had not shipped a tablet — Apple would still be thriving, based on huge (and hugely profitable) iPhone sales and the Mac’s steady continuing growth (six years of consecutive quarterly growth ahead of the overall PC industry). But it was the iPad that pushed Apple over the top. The iPhone suggested Apple would dominate pocket computing. The iPad suggests Apple will dominate computing, period. Daring Fireball »

I’m so glad as a life-long Apple user to see this day finally come. I’ve always felt that Apple cares about people and machines more than the ‘almighty’ dollar.

I think that whether people new to Apple and their products perceive this to be true depends on whether they continue to use Apple stuff as I have. Honestly, Apple just does so many things right that when they make a mistake I believe the problem was truly beyond their control, and I forgive them without a moment’s notice. When other tech companies make mistakes it looks like they were just being careless.

Cricket Wireless is Getting Contract-Free iPhones

Cricket customers will have to pay nearly full price for the device, shelling out $500 for the 16 gigabyte iPhone 4S or $400 for the two-year-old iPhone 4.

That compares to a $200 upfront cost on Verizon, Sprint and AT&T for the 16 GB iPhone 4S and $100 for the iPhone 4.

Unlike those subsidized phones, which require two-year contracts, Cricket’s iPhone will be available contract-free for $55 a month, with unlimited talk and text. Cricket also offers “unlimited data,” but the company will start slowing speeds down to a crawl after a user reaches 2.3 GB in a billing cycle. CNNMoney »

A contract-free iPhone is nothing to be sniffed at. The cost of the monthly plan with Cricket outweighs the upfront costs—making this a competitive deal for consumers.

One of my closest friends works for Cricket. He’s super excited; as am I, because this offers great potential for me when me and my wife’s AT&T iPhone contracts expire at about this time next year.

Thanks to Daring Fireball for sharing the story.