Barry Randall, writing for the WSJ’s MarketWatch:
And if you think that the built-in fingerprint reader on the new
iPhone 5S means something, well, it doesn’t. For years I followed
Authentec, the company Apple bought to acquire this fingerprint
technology. Using a biometric solution like fingerprint
recognition was going to go mainstream any day now. Any day now.
Until it wasn’t. It turns out, passwords work just fine. And they
never have a smear of peanut butter on them to stymie the
Like the PC business before it, I think the handset hardware
business is moving toward a zero-margin, loss-leader existence,
where the customer experience is defined by software and systems
often controlled by others. Tim Cook should ask Michael Dell how
that transition has turned out.
A writer for a Wall Street Journal publication just suggested that Tim Cook, CEO of the most-profitable personal computer maker in the world, call Michael Dell to find out how the PC business is going. OK, sure.
★ Wednesday, 18 September 2013