Originally Posted by Mikeb85
There's nothing to prove. Look at the hardware Apple offers, then HTC or Samsung, then look at their quarterly results to see how much each makes from the hardware. It's all easily search-able, public information.
Again, you'll have to prove that. What you think is evidence is no evidence at all as stated. You're trying to paint a picture that Apple's revenue and profits are from price gouging without considering the market segments they deal with, their economics of scale, and their efficiency as a company.
You stated that "Apple charges significantly more than equivalent hardware from competitors" so you'l have to make a case by defining what is equivalent HW and then proving that Apple's product cost the customer more money.
Note that saying RAM is equivalent if it's the same amount or that CPUs are equivalent if they are they same cycles per second are singular and narrow views of what can actually make a component equivalent, much less what makes a product equivalent.
Also keep in mind Apple uses hardware produced by Samsung, LG, Sharp, Toshiba, PowerVR, etc... Not their own.
By that logic we should start calling all Apple product Foxconn products because they are hired by Apple to produce their HW. Now it's certainly true that individual components are either designed and/or assembled by other companies and then put in Apple's products but to imply this takes away from Apple's products or makes them worse because they let ARM make the reference design for the ARM chips that they then design to their needs and then have Samsung or TSM manufacturer is disingenuous at best.
By your reckoning Apple has never made a smartphone or changed the smartphone market because it licenses cellular tech from other companies, including Nokia and Qualcomm. Once people find Apple has never really
made a smartphone there stock is gonna drop¡
Like I said, the differentiating factor is the software. Which boils down to personal taste.
It's 'a' differentiating factor. If you were being honest with your "analyse" you'd be asking yourself if there HW is superior and/or at lower prices with the differentiator being SW then why aren't they making better SW since Apple has the lion's share of the profits in every arm of their business: PMP, PC, tablet, and handset.