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"WWDC 2014 Preview... AppleInsider takes a look at what could be in the cards when Tim Cook takes the stage on Monday." So is it a preview... or are you guessing? Using terms like "expected to" and "we'll probably see" doesn't lend much confidence. But hey... at least it's a new story on a Saturday
The article says the Microsoft Smartwatch will be compatible with iOS. But how compatible? Assuming Apple introduces Healthbook in iOS 8... will Microsoft be able to tap into that? Or will it just deliver notifications like a Pebble watch? Maybe there will be a MFI certification for Healthbook compatible devices...
I believe there is something more with regards to streaming.Beats Audio may become profitable for Apple. Or it may not. But I don't think that's Apple's primary concern... selling high-margin iPhones and iPads is.On the other hand... Spotify absolutely NEEDS their streaming service to be profitable... it's all they do. Pandora too.I'm guessing Apple will use Beats Audio as a value-add to sell more hardware products. If they happen to make money with it... that will be a...
Damn... then Apple got a relative bargain!
That's true. If they used Beats' profits it would take a few years to pay off the deal.The crazy thing is... Apple can completely pay for this deal in only a month using their own profits.Apple made $10 billion last quarter. With that kind of income... a $3 billion deal suddenly doesn't seem so bad!
Don't worry... Apple has plenty of money leftover to get into serious sound quality... if they wanted to.They could keep "Beats by Dre" for the kiddies... and create a "Beats Pro" brand for all sorts of new products like pro headphones, studio monitors, DACs, etc.But I don't think that's what this deal is about.
What if someone is interested in other types of "specs" including customer service, the App Store, accessory support, etc?You keep saying that iPhones are more expensive than Android phones. That's one area.But you fail to realize some of the things Apple offers that other companies simply cannot match.You're right... there are some Android phones with amazing hardware specs at incredible prices. But they're lacking in other areas.
Now go see how much an iPhone costs in China and India. iPhones are still rather expensive phones in those countries... even the older models.The iPhone 4, for instance, costs over $300 in India.In contrast... there are Android phones that retail for $50 dollars in China and India. And those two countries alone represent 2.5 billion people... many who don't have a lot of money.Here some phones available in India for roughly...
There were 230 million Android phones sold around the world last quarter. And many, MANY of them were, in fact, terrible phones.There are some great Android phones with incredible performance and specs... no one can deny that.But the majority of Android sales are NOT those phones.How many times do "good value for money" phones like the Moto G or Nexus 5 get mentioned on tech forums? A lot. But how many of those make up the entirety of Android sales? Not many... they're...
But others sure did!
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