Analyst Opinion - Steve Jobs has called a number of trends before they started but also missed on a couple. For instance, the market never understood the one-button-mouse-thing. However, I do think they may have a potential winner with their no-button track pad because it applies what has been learned from the iPhone to the laptop. Looking back, Apple has probably led in hardware more than any other single company in terms of big moves. But what is up with the decision to ignore Blu-ray?
In terms of financial performance, at least in recent years, Apple is a money-making machine and it's hard to argue with that kind of success. Their best recent move was to take Nvidia graphics across their laptop line, which finally brings Apple laptop graphics performance in line with its promise.
Currently, Apple is signaling a move away from optical altogethe, ignoring Blu-ray and jumping to DisplayPort over HDMI for their laptops. This comes at a time when Blu-ray forecasts have never been stronger and there are more monitors and TVs with HDMI interfaces, probably by several magnitudes, than there are with DisplayPort interfaces. So, did Steve Jobs get it right, or is he taking his company and customers down a dead end street?
While I'd probably make the same move with Blu-ray, I'm not as sure about HDMI.