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  • Apparel is next

    28 August 2014, 6:32 am by: Horace Dediu

    If software can be injected into an industry’s product it will bend to the will of the software writers. This theory expands on Marc Andreessen’s observation that “software is eating the world”. The evidence is that software, coupled with…
  • Interview With Horace Dediu: What To Expect When Apple’s Expecting

    26 August 2014, 3:38 am by: Horace Dediu

    My thanks to Eric Jackson for his thought-out questions on Apple. As published in Forbes, here is his Interview With Horace Dediu: What To Expect When Apples Expecting. A few excerpts: Q: Do you expect to see a sapphire cover on the new iPhone(s)? Is that…
  • Asymcar 17: 27 Quadrillion BTUs

    21 August 2014, 12:09 pm by: Horace Dediu

    Part I is a review of the “automotive stack” and note how there is no singular event that seems to affect disruptive change. From changing jobs to be done, modular design and manufacturing processes, powertrain evolution, urbanization, environmental…
  • The Critical Path #119: Creativity and Engineering

    19 August 2014, 2:38 pm by: Horace Dediu

    Predictions of the iPhone Portfolio, big screen phones and what they are good for, and a tentative review of Ed Catmull’s “Creativity, Inc” 5by5 | The Critical Path #119: Creativity and Engineering.
  • Cash exceptionalism

    18 August 2014, 7:48 am by: Horace Dediu

    Prior to implementing a dividend and share buyback plan, Apple had accumulated about $120 billion in cash and marketable securities. In the eight quarters since implementing the cash return plan, Apple has paid about $21.5 billion in dividends and spent…
  • Sponsor: Gaslight

    14 August 2014, 8:51 am by: Horace Dediu

    Leap your toughest business problems in a single bound. At Gaslight, we transform businesses with technology. Let’s work together to build custom software that gives your business superpowers. The kind that allow you to boost profits, innovate faster, launch…
  • Beleaguered

    14 August 2014, 6:49 am by: Horace Dediu

    Amazon’s recent disputes with publishers (Hachette and Disney) shows a degree of market power that is closer to monopsony than to monopoly but this power is nevertheless real. It may not not be something that requires intervention, regulation or even…
  • On Capital Allocation

    13 August 2014, 5:11 am by: asymco-admin

    One of the paradoxes of the “post-industrial” era is the aversion to application of capital to growth opportunities. Generally speaking, capital has become trapped in bank accounts as opposed to equipment which could be used to produce value. This aversion…
  • Best guess for how many iOS devices will ship in 2014

    12 August 2014, 10:51 am by: asymco-admin

    In October 2013, at the end of its last fiscal quarter, Apple stated: The Company’s capital expenditures were $7.0 billion during 2013, consisting of $499 million for retail store facilities and $6.5 billion for other capital expenditures, including product…
  • Sponsor: Dash

    7 August 2014, 12:37 pm by: asymco-admin

    With Dash you can quickly make real-time dashboards. They have an API that allows you to share data from Dropbox or the web with custom widgets like Charts, Speedometers, and Tables. Dash also has dozens of pre-built widgets for services like Google Analytics,…

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