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Apple Hires CEO of Yves Saint Laurent To Head Special Projects 79 79

alphadogg writes "Apple has hired Paul Deneve, until Tuesday the CEO of French luxury brand Yves Saint Laurent, to work as its vice president for special projects, igniting fresh speculation about possible new product launches including a TV or wearable computing devices such as a smart watch. He'll be reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook. Unsurprisingly, the company doesn't want to elaborate on what kind of special projects Deneve, who has worked at Apple in the past, will be working on. But the hire has resulted in analysts speculating, and wearable computing is on top of the list."
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Apple Hires CEO of Yves Saint Laurent To Head Special Projects

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  • by dugancent (2616577) on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @02:59PM (#44180247)

    If you don't have anything to report, then don't report. Enough with worthless speculation.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @03:09PM (#44180403)

    The substance is minimal and what little there is almost always comes from outside of Apple.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @04:26PM (#44181357)

    A lot of Apple products are basically luxuries, and without directly admitting it, most of their marketing strategies have been similar to those for luxury products, so this sounds like a perfect match.

    Also, of course Apple is experiementing with wearable computing, they probably have been experimenting with it for a decade or two. Apple doesn't bring products to market until they are ready. The problem with wearable computing is that the interface and display tends to be minute, and glasses can only fix one of those problems. I also imagine that all the great things we've been told wearable computing could do would be massive battery hogs. If they get it to be marketable, we will see it. Otherwise, we won't.

  • by vux984 (928602) on Thursday July 04, 2013 @02:28AM (#44186029)

    The most anybody usually upgrades a graphics workstation (what this is mainly meant for) is expanding RAM

    That precisely because that's the ONLY thing its any good at. By not giving us more flexibility its too expensive / ill suited to be anything else.

    CPU and graphics are usually pretty stable, upgraded at the next machine purchase, although sometimes graphics is updated (and Apple is seriously future-proofing that with dual integrated cards)

    Quite the contrary. Graphics, in a graphics workstation might get upgraded annually or every 2 years. That's a fraction of what I'd expect the base platform to last. Apple has shot that in the foot with completely custom form factor cards.

    . Storage? Anybody who does any type of serious work wouldn't use in-machine storage anyway, so why bother putting it in the machine? They'd use a fast connection to external storage like a SAN.

    What if they already have a SAN? What if they need fibrechannel? What if -gasp- they want a desktop computer for something that isn't a "graphics workstation"? Can I buy a thunderbolt to 16gbps fibrechannel adapter? In theory thunderbolt can do the speed... but does the adapter exist? At what price? I mean the only people on the planet who are likely to need a 16gbps fibrechannel to thunderbolt 2 adapter are people who bought a new mac pro and already have a SAN...

    Now I -know- I'm in the minority, but I still regularly work with proprietary stuff accessed via PCI and PCI-express boards. So now I'm getting what? A thunderbolt to pci-express expansion chassis for each one. Yeah... that costs as much as a regular PC.

    Or I can just buy a normal machine with expansion slots.

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