» The Rebound #71: The Smirror

Smirror, Smirror on the wall, who’s got the freshest, easiest access to pertinent data of them all?

» ‘Apple’s apps need work’

Walt Mossberg calls out several examples of Apple’s software failing the “It just works” test. I think this is a pretty reasonable rebuke that notes the problems without making unfounded conclusions based on them like Apple being in a slow, inevitable decline that started when Steve Jobs died because, as we all know, he personally conducted code reviews on everything.

I do feel like Apple isn’t quite as good at this as they used to be, although it’s impossible to quantify. Maybe it’s scale, maybe it’s focus, I don’t know what it is. But at the same time, I’ve used some of their competitors’ software and I certainly wouldn’t say it’s any more reliable or user-friendly. Parental controls on my son’s Windows 10 machine just up and stopped working one day. Site blocking just didn’t work anymore. Checking Microsoft’s support forums I found people complaining about this all the way back to Windows 7. Meanwhile, his Live account is completely borked and is inaccessible on our Xbox. Every attempt to access it loads a whimsical Xbox character that says “Uh oh… that shouldn’t have happened. It appears you’ve found a glitch in the system. Please try again later.” Like the error isn’t aggravating enough, having it delivered by a cartoon is adding insult to injury. Also “later” in this context apparently means on a geological scale because no amount of waiting clears it up.

Microsoft’s screw-ups don’t excuse Apple’s. But it doesn’t seem like these companies have learned yet how to perfectly manage an increasingly complex and interconnected set of devices, profiles and data.

» The smart mirror

I would love to have something like this. With the exception of the political news which make me drive a fist through it. More like 4-8 years bad luck, amirite?

UPDATE: Here’s another one made with Raspberry Pi, Ubuntu and the Chromium browser instead of Android.

» iPad Pro outsells Surface

IDC:

“One of the biggest reasons why detachables are growing so fast is because end users are seeing those devices as PC replacements,” said Jean Philippe Bouchard, Research Director, Tablets at IDC. “We believe Apple sold just over two million iPad Pros while Microsoft sold around 1.6 million Surface devices…”

That’s a good sign, although it wasn’t enough to counteract the slide in iPad sales last quarter. At least it seems to have been well-received in the professional tablet niche.

Overall the tablet market was down 13.7 percent. Amazon was up, although it’s a little easier when you’re practically giving them away. Most shocking, however, is news that Huawei makes a tablet. Apparently. Very surprising.

» Turning This Car Around #96: Four Holes Where Your Butts Go

It’s all fun and games until Brian returns.

» The Rebound #70: Unknown Unknowns

Donald Rumsfeld’s app, Apple results before the results and so, so much more.

» Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results

Company promptly goes out of business.

The record results were hurt by exchange rate headwinds (hat tip to Six Colors).

» Turning This Car Around #95: Fireplaces are B.S.

Jon brings an article for us to talk about but Lex and I only want to argue about fireplaces.

» The Rebound #69: Five Minutes of Magic

iAds, Apple Music and death.

» Moving Beyond the iPhone

Neil Cybart:

Management has spent years planting the seeds for an era in which Apple will no longer be known as just the iPhone company. While that statement may seem comical today considering how dominant of a force the iPhone is in Apple’s business, Apple is no stranger to the process of coming up with new products despite selling much more lucrative and popular devices.

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who think that Apple is working on new things and those who think they’re content to make iPhones for the rest of forever.