MacVoices #14177: The MacJury Discusses The New iMac and the Amazon Fire Phone

The MacJury convenes to look two new pieces of hardware: Apple’s new lower-cost iMac and the Amazon Fire Phone. Who is the target market and why is now the right time for Apple to introduce a new, entry-level iMac? Can they make money at it? Will it succeed (whatever that means in today’s market)? Will Amazon’s entry into the phone market lure people away, and if so, who? Does it pose a threat to Apple, Samsung, or anyone? And, like the iMac, who is it for? All these questions and more are examined by the panel of Mark Gurman,  Ted Landau, Jim Tanous and host Chuck Joiner.

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Show Notes:

Chuck Joiner is the producer and host of MacVoices. You can catch up with what he’s doing on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, App.net and LinkedIn.

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Guests:

Mark Gurman is an award winning journalist who has worked at 9to5Mac.com for over four years. He serves as Senior Editor and covers Apple and other topics related to the technology industry.

Mark frequently appears on technology news curation website Techmeme, news accuracy tracking website Sorced, and he is frequently cited by publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News.

Mark is regarded as one of the go-to reporters when it comes to matters of Apple news, one of Wired’s top 16 people to follow in technology, and one of TIME Magazine’s top 25 bloggers of 2013. Mark has also been profiled by CNN Fortune, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, the Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Follow him on Twitter, or Google+.

Ted Landau pens Ted Landau’ User Friendly View column at The Mac Observer, is a Senior Contributor for Macworld, is the author of several Mac and iPhone help books, and is the founder of MacFixIt. He blogs on Ted Landau’s Slanted Viewpoint, and you can follow him on Twitter.

Jim M. Tanous  runs  TekRevue, a general interest technology site covering the most important stories each day from the world of Mac, Windows, Mobile, and Gaming, along with frequent tips and tutorials on how to get the most out of your technology. He also stops by  The Mac Observer  each week to drop off a tip or two from the  Mac Geek Gab  podcast.  Prior to starting TekRevue, Jim wrote for The Mac Observer, fixed computers for Apple, installed medical records software for McKesson, and assisted attorneys at a New York law firm.  Born in Buffalo, NY, Jim now lives in Erie, PA with his wife and young son, and spends most of his day trying to keep the family’s three cats off of his desk.  You can contact Jim via  Twitter,  Facebook,  Google+, or  email.