you are contradicting yourself with RIM. It's market share in the top EU countries is 15%. And yet people see it as doomed. My suspicion is that - on this American dominated site - were Apples share in the US equal to its world share there would be more panic.
I am tired of hearing about profit, too. I made the point that profit follows marketshare for platforms. And Apples profit share is decreasing.
There will be a cheap phone. Apple is not going to compete forever with one high end phone released every year.
Those figures I listed were worldwide.
RIM worldwide is only 5% in smartphones and they don't even rank in the top 5 in ALL phones.
So is RIM doomed? Maybe not. Are they paying their bills? They are laying off people... which could indicate some problems.
You can't discredit profit though... profit is what actually makes companies run. You can't pay your rent by showing your landlord a market share graph
But if RIM isn't doomed... then Apple sure as hell isn't either.
What's to worry about?
Apple had 1% of the smart phone market... and was profitable.
Apple had 5% of the smart phone market... and was profitable.
Apple had 10% of the smart phone market... and was profitable.
Apple has 14% of the smart phone market... and is profitable.
Sorry to keep mentioning profits... but that's what makes the world go around. There's even a song about it
It apparently doesn't matter what the other guys are doing... as Apple has this uncanny ability to make money despite intense competition.
Apple may not sell the most units... but the ones they do sell earn them serious income.