Originally Posted by slapppy
Yes, 2012 is the beginning of the end for Apple remarkable run. In less than 2 years Samsung has surpassed Apple in mobile sales. Thats just one company. Add all the other Android manufacturers and the reality that fans here hide from shows how much a small market iOS really is.
Uh-huh, in sales* of "mobiles" (interesting choice of words, considering Apple doesn't make cheepo feature phones, only smartphones), you're right. Samsung also sold more microwaves than Apple this year, what's your
point? That's like saying Samsung sold more 'things' than Apple. Not really a meaningful statement. How's this for a meaningful statement though: Apple made about three times as much profit ($) as Samsung in the past year.
*"sales" versus "shipments" to vendors is a whole 'nuther debate. Let's ask the 485 million $ RIM laid out if "shipments" is the same as "sales". Also, if it's the same, why not say "sales", like Apple does and avoid the confusion & bad press? :P
Define what the "end for Apple" is. Is that where they make more money every year then the year before? Is that that where they're the most valuable company on planet Earth? Is that where their products are so popular that even though they made more
of them than Samsung made of their competing product, they still can't keep up with demand, and people are willing to wait in massive lines get a hold of them? Is that where they have the market cap equal to the other two biggest OS vendors in the world ... combined (MSFT+GOOG < AAPL)? Is that the "end" you're talking about? I gotta' tell ya' I want to "end" like that.
So yeah, that's a pretty telling indication that Apple is on the ropes - a stiff breeze and they might go belly-up.
Ignoring the whole financial side of it for now (since Apple is beating everyone
else like a rented mule). Let's talk "marketshare":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_s...ms#Web_clients
Interesting tidbit there, the share of iOS devices actually being used
is 2-3 times the number of Android devices actually being used
Bottom line, Samsung et al can sell 3 times the number of units that Apple sells, but Apple makes more profit on that fewer sales. Not only that, 2-3 iOS devices are actually used
for each Android device in use.
It begs the question though, where do all those "sold" Android units go? Are retailers sitting on that much unsold stock? "Upgrades" from older Android devices? Defective-device replacements? Buy-one-get-one "sales" where one unit never actually gets used for anything other than a paper weight?
So, tell me slapppers, where's the evidence you're basing your "Apple is doomed!" predictions on?