The Great Debate

What to expect from Apple’s product launch event today

By Chris Morris
October 15, 2014

Local resident Andreas Gibson celebrates with employees outside the Fifth Avenue Apple store after being the first to exit with an iPhone 6 in hand on the first day of sales in Manhattan, New York

After the widely acclaimed introduction of the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay a month ago, Tim Cook is ready to take a victory lap. But the energy surrounding this week’s expected roll out of a new slate of iPads and new MacBook and iMac models is significantly lower than that of a month ago.

iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Tim Cook all impress, but questions remain

By Chris Morris
September 9, 2014

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Tim Cook has had his first Steve Jobs moment.

With Tuesday’s introduction of the new iPhone 6 line, Apple Pay and Apple Watch, the company’s CEO escaped the public shadow of his revered predecessor. Now the question is: Can he deliver in the same impressive fashion?

iPhone 6: What does Apple have to reveal Tuesday to stay on top?

By Chris Morris
September 7, 2014

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It’s been a while since we’ve had a true ‘Apple moment’ at one of its press events. Tuesday’s expected introduction of the iPhone 6 (and possibly more) could end that drought.

Tuesday’s big iPhone 6 question: Is Apple done leading from behind?

By Jason Fields
September 7, 2014

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For the last few years, Apple’s iPhones have been a little like the U.S. role in the war against Muammar Gaddafi in Libya — leading from behind.

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: GE should put itself up for sale

April 1, 2014

By Rob Cox
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Inside the Apple and Google smartphone war

By Fred Vogelstein
November 15, 2013

This is an excerpt from DOGFIGHT: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution by Fred Vogelstein, published in October 2013 by Sarah Crichton Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC.

Apple: ‘Early adopter’ as fashionista

By Wendy Steiner
October 18, 2013

To much fanfare, Apple announced Tuesday that Angela Ahrendts is resigning as chief executive officer of Burberry and joining the inner circle in Cupertino, California. “Apple-polishing” has become the headline du jour. Picturing the soignée Ahrendts surrounded by geeks in jeans and hoodies, we might be forgiven for wondering why Apple feels in need of a fashionista buff-up. After all, there is hardly a product line more shiny-bright than Apple’s — or one with less affinity to the cold exclusivity of the world’s great fashion houses.

from The Great Debate UK:

Apple attempts to become fashionable

October 16, 2013

The UK lost one of only three female CEOs on the FTSE 100 on Tuesday, as Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts quit. My concerns about females at the top aside, the interesting thing about Apple’s new hire is the link between Apple and fashion and what it tells us about the evolution of the tech industry.

What does Apple really owe taxpayers? A lot, actually.

By Lynn Stuart Parramore
June 18, 2013

Even as Apple sizzles in the Senate hot seat for alleged tax evasion and finds itself the object of a Justice Department investigation into price-fixing e-books, the company still enjoys a vast reservoir of good faith with the American people. But if Apple doesn’t reexamine its relationship to those who made its success possible, that well could one day run dry.

The dark side of shareholder activism

April 12, 2013

Shareholder activism sounds so respectable, even noble. The phrase conjures images of good-corporate-governance folk fighting greedy or dysfunctional management in the company’s best interest. While shareholders can be disciplinarians who right the wrongs of abusive directors, many boardroom activists advance some of the most destructive short-term thinking in business today.