Too little, too late?

Microsoft Office is now available for the iPad. It’s a free download from the App Store, which let’s you read Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents on your iPad.

To unlock the editing and creation portions you need a subscription to Office 365 at at least USD 99 / year – yes, Apple get’s 30% of that.

From what I have read so far, people seem to like it, but I have to wonder if the long holdout time has made people realize that they really don’t need Office.

Time will tell.

iOS Security.

Holy cow.

For the first time, we have extensive details on iCloud security. For security professionals like myself, this is like waking up and finding a pot of gold sitting on my keyboard. Along with some of the most impressive security I’ve ever seen, Apple has provided a way to make it impossible for agencies like the NSA to obtain your iCloud Keychain passwords.

On Apple’s iPod.

Apple sold around 6 million iPods in Q1FY14. Although sales picked up, compared to Q4FY13, they dropped compared to the year ago quarter.

Just short of a billion dollars. That’s how “little” the iPod contributed to Apple’s revenue of $57.6 billion in Q1FY14. That’s a lot of money, and most companies would probably be happy with just the iPod business, but this is Apple.

So, will they drop the item that arguably turn the companies’ fortune around in 2001?
I don’t think so, at least not yet.

Apple hasn’t been afraid of cannibalizing their own products, which is what they did with the iPod when the iPhone was introduced in 2007, and to a lesser extent the iPad in 2010, so I think the iPod is dying – it’s just that Apple will not can in now.

Call it sentimental, but I think the iPod will be around for another few years.

Apple Q1FY14 results.

Apple on Monday announced its earnings for the company’s first fiscal quarter of 2014, netting $13.1 billion in profit on $57.6 billion in revenue, driven by sales of 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads — the most ever sold in a single quarter.

4,8 million Macs, earnings of $14.50 per diluted share, gross margin of 37.9 percent, $158.8 billion in cash, iPhone controls 59 percent of U.S. commercial smartphone market, iPad has a 78% share of U.S. commercial tablet market. iOS 7 is now on over 80% of all iDevices.

This is Apple’s best quarter ever.

Of course Apple stock is down 6%, because….Apple.

About downloading apps on iDevices, and Macs… @justin @shawnblanc

Justin Williams of carpeaqua, and Shawn Blanc of shawnblanc.net are wondering why you can’t, for example, download an iPad app on your iPhone. I’ll tell them.

Because the 99% wouldn’t be happy campers if the bought an iPad app from their iPhone and find out that they can’t run it on the device they have. That’s why.

Not everyone has a Mac, and iPad, and an iPhone guys, and no, iTunes must not die Justin, but I’m eager to hear of your alternatives.