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  They seem to be doing okay in India, where distribution is similar:   http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/13/business/india-apple-cracks-smartphone/   "After a slow start, Apple's iPhone has jumped to India's second largest smartphone supplier by pushing phones to Mom-and-Pop shops in the world's fastest growing smartphone market.   "Apple's success has been attributed to its ability to adapt to India's smartphone distribution market, where most electronics are sold through...
I have zero interest in Facebook but I think this is a good strategy for them. This is basically the middleware strategy some companies tried against Microsoft in the 90s but Google has no defence against it, so it could work. Everybody seems to forget that Microsoft's success with Windows came from their willingness to do everything to stop people from copying their APIs or building their own APIs on top of Windows, whereas Google has zero ability to do the same....
If you read the article closely you'll discover that what they're portraying as a cost "overrun" is actually an expansion of the project's scope. "Cost overruns are to be expected on large construction projects, and the scale of this one has evolved—from an initial plan to accommodate 6,000 employees, to offices for 12,000 or even 13,000 in one place." So the project was intentionally doubled in size to accommodate more people but Businessweek is choosing to characterise...
I want the following:   - app interoperability - shared files in iCloud - iWork update taking advantage of the above - XCode on iOS - displays with built-in AirPlay support   I want to be able to throw my Mac in the trash.
  I think the dividend has been Cook's biggest mistake. It gave Wall Street a taste of Apple's cash and started the current feeding frenzy. There was a reason Jobs ignored those guys.   Hiring this guy is #2.
In retrospect, it's obvious that the insane number of articles about how Apple has been "falling behind" Samsung that were published prior to this event were part of Samsung's marketing campaign. Maybe we'll see slightest less feverish reporting now.
Pretty sure this marks the end of the line for Chromebooks. Chrome Pixel was the Chrome OS team publicly eviscerating itself. Now Sundar Pichai is failing up to Android. Google will say something about focusing efforts on one platform and make some noise about integrating Chrome "innovations" into Android (i.e., it'll still have a web browser) before quietly axing the team and that'll be the last we hear of Chromebooks.
Developing markets are important long-term, they need to be cultivated, but if they "believe Apple is a platform company" then surely they realise that the most important markets are the ones where the majority of 3rd party software is made? That's primarily the US and other developed nations. These countries need to be given weighted values. Cheap Android phones sold in the developing world are not competing with iPhones sold in the developed world. There isn't an...
Apple, unlike analysts (and probably most phone manufacturers), realises that it's fighting a platform war, rather than being in a competition to see who can ship the most out-of-date devices to Indonesia. Software is what matters. Apple is very strong on this front.
  I think this is the most candid I've ever seen him. It gives a strong insight into why he isn't (and probably never will be) CEO and doesn't participate in live presentations. Just very earnest and shy. You can see why him and Forstall didn't get along at all. Very different personalities.
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