Apple TV plans may be on hold in favor of wearable devices

Today in Apple: No Apple iTV until 2015? Plus: Apple Maps is beating Google Maps, and Carl Icahn talks to Tim Cook again

Apple TV Plans Scuttled?

Many people have been waiting for Apple to announce some sort of television or TV related service (in addition to the Apple TV product of course), but they may be waiting for a while longer, according to the DisplaySearch blog.

According to sources in the TV supply chain, it appears that Apple’s long-rumored TV plans, which were far from concrete anyway, have been put on hold again, possibly to be replaced by a rollout of wearable devices.

To offer truly unique product differentiation that would allow Apple to capture market share from existing smart TV brands, they would need to either deliver some exclusive source of content that the other brands cannot, such as a la carte pay-TV channels, or proprietary content not available on other devices. Neither of these is easy to achieve, and our sources indicate this is one of the principle reasons for the delay in the project.

More at DisplaySearch Blog

I can't say I'm very surprised if this is true, getting unique television content is very difficult indeed, even for a giant company like Apple. Everybody in the entertainment industry is wary of Apple getting too much control over their industry in the same way that it affected the music industry.

As far as wearable iOS devices go, the jury is still out on that rumor. I can't say that the prospect of an iOS watch excites me very much, but your mileage may vary. I have no doubt that millions will flock to the Apple stores to buy a watch if Apple releases one. I just won't be one of them.

Apple Maps App Beating Google Maps

9to5Mac is reporting that Apple's Maps app is more than holding its own against Google Maps, it's beating it.

Apple Maps may not have had the best of starts, but data from ComScore shows that most iPhone users have stuck with the app rather than reinstalling Google Maps. Google Maps lost 23M iPhone users in the US alone in the last year, with similar numbers expected elsewhere.

The figures show that in September this year, 35M iPhone owners used Apple Maps, against just 6M for Google Maps – the latter including around 2M who were using older versions of iOS unable to run Apple Maps.

More at 9to5Mac

I've used both apps on my iPhone, and I didn't see much difference between them in terms of navigating successfully to my destinations. However, I generally use an app called Navigon that I bought years ago. It doesn't require any kind of data connection to use, and I've found it works beautifully for my needs.

Carl Icahn and Tim Cook Talk Again

Carl Icahn and Tim Cook are still talking about Apple's stock, according to CNBC.

Carl Icahn told CNBC he had a "good conversation" with Apple CEO Tim Cook, and both believe that the company's stock remains undervalued.

Apple's Cook told Icahn that he's still studying Icahn's proposal to buy back $150 billion worth of the company's stock.

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I doubt Steve Jobs would have even taken Icahn's calls, but Tim Cook is definitely cut from a different cloth. We'll have to see if Icahn's advice ever amounts to anything for Apple's shareholders.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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