When we look at the long list of companies acquired by Apple throughout its history, we find points to connect very quickly. The purchase of NeXT was the basis for all UNIX-based operating systems that appeared in the decades that followed. Even watchOS or tvOS. Getting started with PrimeSense helped bring Face ID to the iPhone X and successors. WorkFlow was integrated as “Shortcuts” and Nashoba was the precursor to FileMaker.
It is very common that these acquisitions are shortcuts to launch new products or integrate new functions into existing ones.. Quick ways to get results instead of having to finish development from scratch. However, some of the most recently purchased companies are still waiting for a concrete destination.
These are the cases of Silk Labs, for example, which could well lead to the launch of a product like the one already leaked by Gurman: a HomePod with more functions than the previous one, intended above all for home automation. Or Tueo Health, called to bring its asthma solutions to the Apple ecosystem, perhaps increasing breathing insights to Apple Watch owners.
But without a doubt, no sector stands out as much as that of augmented or virtual reality, where Apple entered with the purchase of companies such as Spaces, NextVR, Camerai, Akonia or IKinema. Will these acquisitions lead to the launch of a helmet or glasses, as has been said for a long time?
In infinite loop
This is one of this week’s episodes of Infinite Loop, the daily podcast of Appleswill, broadcast from Monday to Friday at 7:00 a.m. (Spanish peninsula time), in which we talk about Apple and its competition seen through the prism of the Cupertino company. This is a ten-minute podcast, presented by Javier Lacort
And these are the other episodes of this week, you can listen to them in full from this page.
#649: Apple Inflation
Only a miracle would prevent a price hike on 2022 iPhones, especially the Pro models. Inflation, the monetary situation and five generations in a row with static prices seem too strong an argument to assume that hikes will come.
#650: ABS versus PBT
Gruber’s complaint in his review of the MacBook Air M2 was pithy: the keyboards that Apple mounts on its laptops age very badly. A question of choice of materials.
#651: This product will die after three years
A few comments on a general issue, that of battery life, in a specific device, the AirPods, which due to their size and price are particularly sensitive to this issue. Something that, very predictably, will end up being regulated and looked at with different eyes.
#652: And a gift card
In addition to the subscription to Fantastical that I have just recovered, comes, as a gift, another subscription: the one that allows you to take full advantage of Cardhop, an excellent contact management application.
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