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Posts by Michael Scrip

Android is certainly gaining market share worldwide. But that could be the result of those crappy $100 unlocked phones in developing countries... phones that make little to no money for the manufacturer. (and don't forget... the total market itself is growing too)Some of those customers don't buy a lot of apps or even use their phone as a smartphone... so they aren't getting used to the Android ecosystem. They just need "a phone" and Android is there.I've seen plenty of...
To be fair... the iPad mini is a product on its own... with its own prices and margins. And we don't know yet how the iPad mini has affected sales of the bigger iPads.The big iPad still has well-padded margins... especially as you go up the line to the $829 iPad 64GB LTEConversely... what's the margin on the $50 iPod Shuffle? Did that ruin the margins on all other iPods? Is it really fair to compare one product to every product they make?How about the cheap 11" Macbook...
The iPhone is only 20% of smartphones worldwide... and only 10% of ALL phones worldwide. Where exactly is this "dominance" they speak of? Apple already makes billions of dollars selling mid to high-end phones... do they really need to dip into lower markets?
That's why I said Apple makes "basically" 3 phones.In that case... Samsung makes even more phones because they also have to make different phones work on all those different carriers too.A single phone won't work on Verizon and AT&T.... or Sprint and T-Mobile.My point was... Samsung makes a ton of phone models from super-cheap to expensive... while Apple makes 3 phone models from mid-range to expensive.And like someone else said... Apple and Samsung have different...
Agreed. This point is key.
But I'm asking why they need to.Samsung makes dozens of phones ranging from $100 low-end to $700 high-end.... while Apple makes basically 3 phones from $450 mid-range to $900 high-end high-capacity.Those are very two different philosophies.And Apple is more profitable as a result... while Samsung wears the crown of sales numbers and/or market share.Apple's (and any company's) goal is to maximize profit... not volume. I can't imagine a situation where someone says to Tim...
I don't get it. Sure... if market share and/or unit sales are the metric... Apple is getting creamed by other manufacturers and platforms. Especially in developing countries. HOWEVER... Apple's iPhone already generates about $6,000,000,000 in PROFIT every quarter. That's billions with a B every 3 months. Does Apple really need these emerging markets? I thought niche was their thing. Like Mac vs Windows... Apple sells far fewer Macs than the other guys sell Windows...
I like the idea of Thunderbolt. However... I don't think cable length is the problem. Maybe a reduced license fee would make vendors more excited about making products for Thunderbolt. I dunno. Thunderbolt has so much promise... I'd love to see it kick up a notch.
Is that an iPad in your pocket or are you happy to see me?But seriously... bigger phones are everywhere. We laughed at Zoolander with his tiny phone... but all it needed to do was make phone calls.Nowadays... smartphones are freakin' computers. And a larger screen is welcomed.
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