Originally Posted by I am a Zither Zather Zuzz
I never said that most Android phones are high-end models. In fact, I said that I have never seen Android sales broken down by model, that you have not either, and that you have no idea of the proportions.
I mean REALLY.
Like all your trolling you are very subtle about what you say. You stated Android is "killing" iOS but never want to talk about whether or not their market share is based up of devices that actually compete with iOS or not. Again, a very poor attempt at trolling.
Since BMW's were brought up, do you think BMW cares how many cars Toyota sells? Not in the least since a Corolla, Prius or Camry are never going to compete with, or steal sales from BMW. However, BMW would be very interested in how many cars Lexus sells (Toyota division) as they do compete with a lot of BMW models.
Android is like Toyota. They make lots of devices from dirt cheap to high-end. Apple only makes high end. To say Android is "killing" iOS is stupid since Apple could care less about cheap devices that have no impact on their business model.
Originally Posted by tooltalk
another hilarious comment. Sure, if Samsung is Foxconn, Apple is Wal-Mart.
Apple can't engineer jack - Apple's acquisition of Next, anobit & PA semi notwithstanding. Again, you need to remember that Apple is a glorified marketing company. Wheter you like it or not, it's becoming quite apparent that Apple has to depend more on Samsung for manufacturing and technology. Apple's new iPad for instance is about 50% Samsung. In the longer run, consumers are going to see that there is little or no difference between Samsung's smartphones marketed under its namesake or Apple's iPhones whose components are mainly made with components by Samsung. Say what you will about Apple's ecosystem, etc, etc. BS, 70% of Apple's revenue now comes from iPhone hardware sales.
Also remember, Apple, Samsung's #2 client, accounts for only 5% or so of all Samsung Electronics revenue, but Samsung is Apple's largest supplier by far ($7B last year and $11B this year), plausibly accounting for 15% to 20%. This isn't necessarily by choice - there is really no other supplier big, technical, or reliable enough to meet Apple's need. Even if Apple pumps in many billions into upgrading and building new fabs, Apple probably can't replace Samsung in foreseeable future. Contrary to your asinine comment, building fabs isn't anything like running an assembly plant at Foxconn with unskilled Chinese workers.
Another person who knows nothing about how products are designed.
Apple employs several thousand engineers in fields such as electrical, mechanical, LCD, software, antenna design, CPU architecture, chip design and so on. They develop products in-house and have capabilities to manufacture their own devices. Once they've finalized a design, they get someone like Foxconn to mass produce their products. Foxconn is nothing more than an assembler and have nothing to do with the design of Apple products.