Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
I find this kind of disappointing actually. It's a lame update for a bunch of apps that really are in need of some updates.
I was hoping for a serious update to these very apps at the WWDC in consort with the new iCloud, now that's much less likely.
I do *all* my writing in Pages, but I'm almost ready to dump it if they don't update it to a more useable app soon. The first serious word processor for iOS that's actually well designed will likely lure me away. Apple just doesn't seem to want to devote any serious resources to Pages.
Originally Posted by Johnny Mozzarella
The point is Apple is going to introduce iCloud next week. So just sit tight for one more week.
Sitting tight but chewing on this stat: Apple currently spends 2% of revenue on R&D, while Microsoft, tho' churning an largely unfocused set of projects which often pan out badly, spends 9% and IBM has historically spent more than Apple as well. While this speaks well of Apple's smart targeting of what to spend on, it also says to me that it could advance and polish its products further and faster if it chose to trade a small decline in the bottom line % margin for what should certainly be a larger market share and net revenue.
This says to me it's mainly the haplessness of its competitors to date, that is,
that allows numerous hanging, solvable irritants to stick around and perhaps hold back the potential of products like Apple TV and the Mini. And I'm not suggesting a meaningless proliferation of SKU's, tho' I remain mildly surprised the iPhone's still stuck at one physical config and often think randomly about things like a 15" MBA. Still, I'm mostly talking about niggles and things like forever old Finder issues. And we'll see what iCloud offers. MobileMe and its predecessors have never been a value equation in my book.
Also it's not just lumbering MS anymore - there's the whole Googledroid complex, Amazon and others. I would think this would be the time to go petal to the metal on bringing out the most "insanely great" products ever - Apple's strategy on this feels more like pandering to those playing AAPL as a growth stock story - from my limited perspective at least.
But then I didn't build the world's largest retail electronics firm in the world either.
PS: not certain, but I believe the R&D % used to be higher at AAPL.