Out of School: 71 and 72

On the podcast last week, which I omitted to write about here, Bradley and I kicked up a bit of a storm over the "Mac30" interview in Macworld. Our central contention was that the "The Mac Goes On Forever" strategy seemed like a volte face from Steve's assertion at D8 that:

PCs are going to be like trucks. They're still going to be around, they're still going to have a lot of value, but they're going to be used by one out of X people.

Many people pushed back and said we had misinterpreted Schiller's comments or failed to understand the context. I still think it's a fair question to ask after the relative functional (if not visual) stasis of iOS 6 and iOS 7: where does iOS go from here?

At the launch of iOS 5, Scott Forstall said that Apple had undertaken an exercise to identify and remove all the missing functionality in iOS that caused people to go back to a computer. The examples he gave were creating new calendars and mailboxes. Perhaps it's time to do that exercise again.

15 Weeks Later

Putting that to one side for now, this week's show kicks off a project I've been wanting to do for some time. For the next 15 weeks, we are going to turn the show into a coaching course on iOS deployment. Each week we will take one key topic in iOS deployment and talk it through from end to end.

If you're planning to deploy in August or September 2014, we hope that you'll find the series and it's timing useful.

We currently have the following topics planned:

  • Vision and Leadership
  • Current context
  • Infrastructure analysis
  • Teacher training and development
  • Device selection
  • Financing and Roll-Out
  • Buying Accessories (or not)
  • Mobile Device Management
  • App deployment
  • Pupil safety (electronic and physical)
  • DR and damage procedures
  • Choosing a Reseller
  • What do you do with your existing computer setup?
  • Parent communication
  • Deployment day

We hope you'll find this series useful.

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