There are plenty of opinions out there about the cancellation of AirPower. Predictably, most of them are of the “Apple is doomed” variety.
From where I sit, Apple is to be congratulated for cancelling AirPower.
If we take Apple’s statements at face value, they couldn’t make it perform up to their standards, so rather than compromise and make a “me too” kind of product, they opted to cancel.
Exactly what those standards couldn’t be met (heat, interference, charging speed) were not revealed. That’s not the point. The point is that they tried, they couldn’t, and moved on.
We constantly hear that companies should celebrate failure, try new things and fail, and fail fast. But when Apple does so publicly, they are the subject of frustration and click-bait headlines.
Should they have announced a product that they weren’t sure they could deliver? Of course not. But the fact that they didn’t deliver a product that didn’t work as anticipated or desired, should be viewed as a responsible business decision.
Thanks to Kirk McElhearn and Josh Long for having me on the Intego Mac Podcast to discuss Apple’s “Let Us Entertain You” announcements.
An off-beat (aren’t they all) edition of The Mac Show on the British Tech Network with Will Green, James Rickards, Jeff Gamet, Patrice Brendamour, Doc Rock, host Ewen Rankin, and yours truly.
A fun episode of The Mac Show on The British Tech Network, with Steve Sande, Jeff Gamet, James Rickards, and host Ewen Rankin.
David Ginsburg and I talk about some of our favorite iOS apps, among other things.