Google Ends Tablet Hardware Development, Was Android an Exception?, Apple Investigating Supply Chain Changes

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories: 

  • Google Ends Tablet Hardware Development

  • Was Android an Exception?

  • Apple Investigating Supply Chain Changes

We begin today's update with news that Google is moving away from developing its own tablet hardware. The discussion then turns to my thoughts on whether or not Android was an exception in terms of Google software dominance. We conclude with why I think Apple faces a double-edged sword in terms of its supply chain.

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Above Avalon Membership

Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

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Addressing the Hole in the Grand Unified Theory of Apple Products, Revisiting Apple’s Achilles' Heel, Apple Partners with Best Buy for Product Repairs

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories: 

  • Addressing the Hole in the Grand Unified Theory of Apple Products

  • Revisiting Apple’s Achilles’ Heel

  • Apple Partners with Best Buy for Product Repairs

We begin today’s update with additional comments on the latest Above Avalon article, “Apple's Product Strategy Is Changing.” In particular, we look at how Apple is addressing the hole in my Grand Unified Theory of Apple Products. The discussion then turns to whether or not the Mac is still Apple’s Achilles’ Heel. The email concludes with some noteworthy Apple Retail changes.

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Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

Daily updates revolve around the following topics:

  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple earnings and financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news, Apple competitors, and keynotes/events.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 

Member Privileges and Benefits

  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive my exclusive daily email containing analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

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Initial Thoughts on Libra and Facebook Calibra, Apple and Digital Currencies, Japan Display Runs Into More Trouble

We will begin today's email by discussing my initial thoughts on Facebook's move into digital currencies with Libra and Calibra. The discussion will also approach the topic from Apple's vantage point.

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Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

Daily updates revolve around the following topics:

  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple earnings and financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news, Apple competitors, and keynotes/events.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 

Member Privileges and Benefits

  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive my exclusive daily email containing analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

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  • Priority Email Access. Receive timely responses to all email questions and inquiries.

  • Forum Access. Join other Above Avalon members in a forum containing in-depth discussion and Apple debate. The forum can be accessed here. Members live in 55 countries and hold a diverse range of backgrounds and occupations. I (Neil Cybart) personally moderate and oversee the forum.

  • Archive Access. Read daily updates previously sent to members. The archive can be viewed here.

  • Member meet-ups. Meet me and other Above Avalon members to discuss Apple and other related news items. Prior meet-ups have taken place in San Francisco, Cupertino, and San Jose. Future meet-ups are possible in other cities.

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Tim Cook's Stanford Commencement Address, CNBC's Weak Retort Against Cook, J.J. Abrams Chooses WarnerMedia

We will begin today's email with a discussion of Tim Cook's powerful commencement address at Stanford. We will then cover some of the criticism that Cook's privacy pitch received. We conclude the email with news that J.J. Abrams has decided to partner with WarnerMedia.

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Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

Daily updates revolve around the following topics:

  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple earnings and financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news, Apple competitors, and keynotes/events.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 

Member Privileges and Benefits

  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive my exclusive daily email containing analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

  • Apple Earnings Model Access. Have access to my Apple earnings model containing financial projections.

  • Priority Email Access. Receive timely responses to all email questions and inquiries.

  • Forum Access. Join other Above Avalon members in a forum containing in-depth discussion and Apple debate. The forum can be accessed here. Members live in 55 countries and hold a diverse range of backgrounds and occupations. I (Neil Cybart) personally moderate and oversee the forum.

  • Archive Access. Read daily updates previously sent to members. The archive can be viewed here.

  • Member meet-ups. Meet me and other Above Avalon members to discuss Apple and other related news items. Prior meet-ups have taken place in San Francisco, Cupertino, and San Jose. Future meet-ups are possible in other cities.

  • Receive Weekly Articles via Email. Receive weekly Above Avalon articles via email. This feature is only available to members.

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Apple to Chase Oscars, Apple In Running for J.J. Abrams Deal, Google Leaks Pixel 4

Happy Monday. We will begin a new week in video streaming land. 

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Above Avalon Membership

Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

Daily updates revolve around the following topics:

  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple earnings and financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news, Apple competitors, and keynotes/events.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 

Member Privileges and Benefits

  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive my exclusive daily email containing analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

  • Apple Earnings Model Access. Have access to my Apple earnings model containing financial projections.

  • Priority Email Access. Receive timely responses to all email questions and inquiries.

  • Forum Access. Join other Above Avalon members in a forum containing in-depth discussion and Apple debate. The forum can be accessed here. Members live in 55 countries and hold a diverse range of backgrounds and occupations. I (Neil Cybart) personally moderate and oversee the forum.

  • Archive Access. Read daily updates previously sent to members. The archive can be viewed here.

  • Member meet-ups. Meet me and other Above Avalon members to discuss Apple and other related news items. Prior meet-ups have taken place in San Francisco, Cupertino, and San Jose. Future meet-ups are possible in other cities.

  • Receive Weekly Articles via Email. Receive weekly Above Avalon articles via email. This feature is only available to members.

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The Apple Bull and Bear Case, The Roku Rocket, Thursday Q&A

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories: 

  • The Apple Bull and Bear Case 

  • The Roku Rocket

  • Thursday Q&A

We kick off today’s email by going over Apple’s bull and bear cases. The discussion then turns to my latest thoughts on Roku. We conclude with the latest installment of Thursday Q&A. I answer the following questions from Above Avalon members:

  • Do you think the antitrust threat will cause Apple to lower its 30% / 15% (for multi-year subscriptions) App Store revenue share to something more like 10% / 5%? What would be the impact on Apple revenue?

  • Given recent progress seen with autonomous vehicles (Tesla, Uber, Waymo, etc.) and news of Apple pursuing M&A in this area, what can we assume about Apple's strategy and ability to compete in this world? How much is Apple resourced in this area?

  • You’ve previously mentioned how Apple is pursuing a different business model in transportation compared to previous new product categories. What are the implications found with Apple’s strategy and its ability to execute out of the gate?

  • What are some good historical analogs for China successfully causing permanent harm to a foreign company through state fanned boycotting of their products?

  • With Apple poaching a major Disney exec to help build ATV+, what is the likelihood of Disney CEO Bob Iger stepping down from Apple's board?

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Fitbit's Highly Questionable Strategy, Smartwatches vs. Swiss Watch Shipments, The Most Important Slide from Mary Meeker

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories: 

  • Fitbit's Highly Questionable Strategy

  • Smartwatches vs. Swiss Watch Shipments

  • The Most Important Slide from Mary Meeker

We kick off today’s email with Fitbit and the company’s highly questionable strategy. The discussion then looks at the broader smartwatch industry and my estimates for Apple Watch, Fitbit, Fossil, and Garmin smartwatch shipments and revenue for 1Q19. We then compare smartwatch shipments to Swiss watch industry exports. The email concludes with the slide that stood out to me the most from Mary Meeker's latest "Internet Trends" presentation.

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Apple and Monopsonies, Apple Sidestepping China Threat, Apple to Buy Drive.ai

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories: 

  • Apple and Monopsonies

  • Apple Sidestepping China Threat

  • Apple to Buy Drive.ai

Yesterday’s update was dedicated to discussing the U.S. government going after big tech on antitrust grounds. There was one additional topic related to antitrust that I wanted to go over today: monopsonies. The email will then shift to how Apple continues to sidestep the China threat. We also discuss Foxconn’s latest disclosure regarding moving iPhone production outside of China. The email concludes with Apple reportedly in talks to buy Drive.ai.

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U.S. Investigates Big Tech for Antitrust, Apple’s Antitrust Risk, Data Monopolies

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories: 

  • U.S. Investigates Big Tech for Antitrust

  • Apple’s Antitrust Risk

  • Data Monopolies

Today's email is dedicated to discussing the U.S. government going after big tech on antitrust grounds. We go over my thoughts on the big picture and where Apple finds itself in this latest battle. In addition, we discuss my perspective on data monopolies.

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Tim Cook Talks to CBS News, The Talk Show at WWDC, Additional Mac Pro Details

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories: 

  • Tim Cook Talks to CBS News

  • The Talk Show at WWDC

  • Additional Mac Pro Details

The email kicks off with the key takeaways from Tim Cook's interview with CBS News following the WWDC keynote. The discussion then turns to my thoughts on John Gruber's live episode of ‘The Talk Show’ at WWDC. The email concludes with more information on the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR courtesy of Axios and Doug Brooks, Apple product manager for the Mac Pro.

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Apple WWDC 2019 Review (Full Notes)

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the second half of my Apple WWDC 2019 review. We discuss my full notes and focus on the granular takeaways from Apple’s WWDC keynote and Platforms State of the Union presentation.

The 2,800-word email covers 27 different topics.

(The first half of my WWDC review focused on the major themes is available here.)

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Apple WWDC 2019 Review (Major Themes)

Today's Above Avalon daily update will focus on the major themes found in Apple’s WWDC keynote and Platforms State of the Union presentation.

The 2,400-word email focuses on the following themes:

  1. Overall Impressions

  2. Apple Watch Declares Independency

  3. Privacy Was the Word

  4. The New Mac Pro

  5. iPad vs. Mac

(The second half of my WWDC review covering the granular takeaways and my full notes is available here.)

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Previewing Apple's WWDC 2019, Apple Unveils App Store Defense, Feeling the App Store Heat

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories: 

  • Previewing Apple's WWDC 2019

  • Apple Unveils App Store Defense

  • Feeling the App Store Heat

The email kicks off with my thoughts heading into Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). We then shift to the App Store and Apple’s new webpage defending its App Store practices. The email concludes with my perspective on the pressure being put on Apple when it comes to the App Store. We also go over the remedy that makes the most sense for satisfying digital content subscription companies like Netflix and Spotify in terms of an adequate revenue share arrangement.

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Citigroup Declined Apple Card, iPhone’s App Tracker Problem, iPod Touch’s Target Market 

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories: 

  • Citigroup Declined Apple Card

  • iPhone’s App Tracker Problem

  • iPod Touch’s Target Market 

We kick off today’s update with Apple Card and a report that Citigroup decided not to partner with Apple on a credit card due to profitably concerns. The discussion then turns to my thoughts on The Washington Post’s article regarding third-party iOS apps using data trackers and how the practice hurts Apple’s privacy image and narrative. We conclude with iPod touch. The market that Apple appears to be targeting with iPod touch is different than the device’s more realistic target market.

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Apple Makes Privacy Sales Pitch, Pegatron Diversifies out of China, A Defiant Angela Ahrendts

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories: 

  • Apple Makes Privacy Sales Pitch

  • Pegatron Diversifies out of China

  • A Defiant Angela Ahrendts

We begin today’s update with my thoughts on The Independent’s article regarding Apple’s data privacy strategy. The discussion then turns to news that Pegatron, Apple’s second-largest contract manufacturer, will invest in Indonesia. We look at how Pegatron’s move may provide a blueprint for how Apple will navigate the China risk factor. The email concludes with former head of Apple retail Angela Ahrendts giving an unusual on-camera interview with Bloomberg.

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