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  My carrier has different plans. With the basic one, for example, you can have smartphones from 3€/month. If you want the iPhone 5, it's 15€/month, for 24 months.   Quote: Originally Posted by hmm  That doesn't happen months after the launch in a given country. You're looking at US launch dates and comparing to other markets where it's released later.   No, I'm not. The iPhone 4S was released on October 14, 2011. On December 7-8 I was in New York City and decided to buy...
  First, don't confuse luxury with premium. And yes, it is a premium brand, because prices are really higher than the industry average (as someone else said, remember to refer to the TCO, and not just the amount you pay in cash to buy the phone).   And "volume dealer" means little. Usually, companies who aim at big volumes are the aggressive players in the industry, who pursue a cost leadership strategy. And this is definitely not Apple's case, because Porter says so :)
  In terms of brand equity, Nokia had, in the mobile phones industry, the position that is held by Apple today (at least here in Europe). Then, they failed because of many, big strategical issues... And there are lots of studies on that. But that's a whole other story :)
    The Apple TV doesn't run iOS apps. It runs iOS probably just for "simplicity"...   You can't do it with a phone and iOS because that would be an iPhone. Since Apple is already making LOTS of profits, their only interest in incrementing the market share of their phone is for the positive impact of the ecosystem. That is: the more iPhone users outside, the more and better apps, and this generates a positive feedback. As you can see, it's not about increasing the market...
  "Exclusivity" is also about the difficulty of obtaining it. As long as you have to pay 730€ for it, you likely have to save money somehow. True, with carrier subsides you can pay it much less... But, eventually, carriers have to get the money back (plans with the iPhone are much more expensive). So, even if most people can eventually buy it (unlike a Ferrari), they often have to make an effort, and that still preserves the "exclusivity" of the phone.   Exclusivity is...
The iPod Nano and the iPod Touch are different products, under every possible aspect. Abell is clear on that: different technology (one has a big screen and is powered by iOS and so on), different occasions of use (one is just for music, ideal for running and so on; the other one is a "complete media device", able of running apps and games, browsing the Internet, and so on) and, mostly important, different target customers. Some people buy both an iPod Nano (that they use...
The problem is that people buy the iPhone because it's "exclusive". If they were to release a low-end, cheap iPhone, they would lose many customers, instead, in my opinion. The success of the iPhone relies, for a big portion, exactly on it being expensive and, in the first months after a new model comes out, hard to obtain (because it's always out of stock).   It's the same reason why people buy Ferrari cars, for example. It's not just for the top performances...
But... Can't Apple track the stolen devices, then? By following their UDIDs or MAC Addresses, when they connect to check for updates etc?
Why is cannibalization a problem, when it comes from another product of yours? It is ALWAYS BETTER to cannibalize yourself first, before a competitor does it!
Again, UMC builds chips. Apple "builds ideas: they develop and design hardware and software, but they don't manufacture it. So whatever argument you take about economic convenience is pointless.   If you want some theory... That is the basic of corporate finance! When considering an investment, you have to look at it under 3 points of views: 1. economic convenience (if the NPV of the investment is > 0 - or other methods) 2. financial sustainability (how to finance the...
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