Apple

How well can Apple’s smart speaker hold its own against tech rivals?

It’s been three months since Apple started shipping the Apple HomePod, its long-awaited entry into the increasingly competitive smart speaker market.

Despite initial optimism around the HomePod’s prospects, reports have indicated that Apple’s smart speaker falls short of its main rivals, the Google Home and Amazon Echo, in terms of features and functionality.

Spotify UX vs. Apple Music UX: How do they compare?

As a music lover in 2018, it is almost impossible to avoid streaming services and their neatly priced subscriptions.

There are two major players that account for 110 million subscribers globally and make up 32% of the US market for music purchases – Apple (15%) and Spotify (17%). As such, it only makes sense to pit the two streaming app giants against one another to see who reigns supreme in terms of having a superior UX.

Employer-sponsored healthcare initiatives will create new opportunities for pharmas & medical device companies

Last month, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced they were teaming up to launch a venture aimed at providing better, more cost-effective healthcare to their employees.

And then last week, it was reported that Apple is launching AC Wellness, “an independent medical practice dedicated to delivering compassionate, effective healthcare to the Apple employee population.”

Why the ‘working backwards’ method is key to a superior customer experience

When you think about the reasons you might buy an Apple product, the specific features of a smartphone or iPad might not necessarily come to mind. Similarly, you probably don’t think about all the products you’ve bought when discussing the benefits of using Amazon. 

Instead, you might be more likely to think about the brand as a whole, the over-arching customer service it offers, or even the role it plays in your life. 

Apple is making it harder for small businesses to offer iOS apps

Earlier this year, Apple announced new policies aimed at, among other things, banning apps that contribute to spam and clutter in the App Store. Specifically, one policy gave Apple the right to reject apps built using a “commercialized template or app generation service.”

Now, Apple appears to be prepping enforcement of this rule in a way that could hurt small businesses in a big way.