2 hours ago, BitFlipper wrote
I only brought up the point because Bass seemed a bit sour for some reason.
Can't say I noticed. I actually thought you jumped down his throat and I'm still not sure why.
Personally I don't really care what Apple does.
Which of course makes me wonder why his Steve Jobs avatar seems to bother you so much.
Apple is a one-trick pony. The only thing they do right now that is successful is sell the same thing in 3 slightly different form factors: iPad/iPhone/iPod touch + iTunes to support that ecosystem. OS X is not a success compared to Windows.
Mmm. Let's see.
All go without saying. Then we have the Macs that are still growing in a recession when every other PC manufacturer is struggling to make a profit.
Then we have the software lines:
The prosumer music stuff like Main Stage and Logic Pro and Final Cut
FileMaker, still being upgraded and still making a profit after more than twenty years.
The online store where they sell other people's stuff (the second most retail site in the UK at the moment)
And AppleTV. Loads of people buy it, don't ask me why.
But then we have Microsoft who have basically survived on Windows and Office while just about everything else they've tried seems to have just been throwing good money after bad. The XBox? There's still no guarantee that it will recoup the billions that has been spent on it already.
And you call Apple a one-trick pony. Wow.
Personally I think Apple is at risk because as soon a shinier bauble comes along from another company, the masses will drop iDevices.
That's the thing though; it's already happened. They move into a market, dominate it, then when other cheaper competitors move in, the jump into something else. The iPod, the iPhone, the iPad.
The real surprise was the iPad. Microsoft had been trying to sell tablets for a decade. Apple steps in and wipes the floor with them in the space of six months.
That's why the win, because whereas Microsoft has to see wait to see where the market is going and then hope their Windows hegemony allows them to muscle their way in, Apple simply creates the market. Seems to work for them
Android is already outselling iPhone by a large margin.
Always has, but who cares? Which of the Android manufacturers is making as much money as Apple? Which developer base is more profitable? As more manufacturers jump onto the Android bandwagon we'll start to see a race to the bottom: poorer quality, skimping on the hardware to compete on price, a complete lack of differentiation. Hell, Apple's strategy pretty much relies on huge numbers of licensees for Android and WP7. Once you get that then the public finds it very hard to differentiate models and just goes to the one that stands out: Apple.
Not saying I care for Android, just making an observation that Apple isn't a given going forward.
Oh, nothing is definite going forward (especially without Jobs at the rudder), but I would probably put my money on a strategy that defines then dominates a market, over one that just hopes people get sick of something.