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You must be new to Apple if you have realize what Apple iPhones it has sold in the last few years.

This strategy worked with the iPod mini and the iPad mini. I see no reason why the 5S and 5C won't be #1 and #2.

 

Since you are interested in my history with Apple, it began in 1991 with my first computer a Mac Classic, and I've never looked back. I've owned and some brilliant technology for its day.

 

I am not disputing that Apple has sold lots of iPhones, whatever makes you think that? 

 

But Apple is also losing market share worldwide. Though thankfully not in the USA, and is gaining here in the UK.

 

What do you mean by 'this strategy'? Apple has not tried this with an iPad mini - it's in its first model. If they had introduced a plastic version of the iPad mini, using technology a generation behind - A4 chip etc, and expected it to sell it at 85% of the cost of the current iPad mini - then they'd have pursued the 'same strategy',

 

I see no reason why the 5S and 5C won't sell very well - I'm particularly impressed with the 5S. They could conceivably take #1 and #2 spots. But that's not the figure I'm interested in - it's platform marketshare. The importance of this will not be lost to anyone who has been using Apple products for anything approaching a similar length of time to me, or longer.

 

My issue is with the pricing. (I'm not keen on the pastel shades, but that's a minor thing and tastes differ). How will keeping the same pricing structure (the Current model; Last Year's model; 2 years ago model) increase market share? Especially considering the greater growth is in less affluent markets.

 

In fact Apple are offering a poorer model for the same money at the middle price point. We now have: Current model; a cheaper-to-make plastic version of Last Year's model; and the 2-year old model.

 

What's consoling me is I don't think Apple is that far off a successful range, and could adjust. 

 

Phase out the 4S with its antiquated connector. Drop the 5C by a $100 and the range looks attractive, sensible and appealing. Apple could surely afford this, with savings in manufacturing on the 5C. Even $50 less would pay off big time imho.

 

The initial runaway success of the iPhone has led Apple, and maybe Wallstreet, to expect huge margins that I don't think can be maintained long term in the middle ground. Apple could charge what they wanted when they were the only gig in town. But competition (most of it derivative and second rate) is here now. And Apple still has no real presence in the middle of the range.

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This pricing seems very shortsighted. They seem to want to maintain their extremely high profit margins at the cost of losing market share and customers....

...The question is whether they waited too late and now so many people are locked into the Android ecosystem if these people can be pulled in or not. Switching ecosystems is not an easy process...

This is the essential question: Is Apple waiting too long to have a phone at moderate pricing $499US MAX. I'd like Apple to price the 5c in China at least as "low" as $549. Perhaps that's going too far to favor one country like that - but make some concession in China since they are manufactured there (yes?) and Apple is paying Chinese wages.

 

Getting locked into the Android ecosystem or the Apple ecosystem is a powerful deterrent to switching. The longer I have my iPhone/iCloud/Apps, the less likely I am to move to anything else (well I would switch to anything Google anyway but you get my point).

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But Apple is also losing market share worldwide. Though thankfully not in the USA, and is gaining here in the UK.

Perhaps you should share your deep concern for Apple's Doom with Tim Cook. The people on these forums have no power to address your concerns. It's a tempest in a teapot here.

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Re: Pricing of the 5C;

Here's an interesting post I read on another forum -- that may be the explanation for what Apple attempting to accomplish with the iPhone 5C:
and another about the 5S:
Both from:

http://www.macworld.com/article/2048561/apples-neat-trick-why-the-iphone-5c-will-outsell-the-5s.html


The article is a good read -- as are the comments.

I miss having these kind of discussions on AI forums -- where, for the most, part the participants are polite, thoughtful and offer well-reasons (if differing) points of view.

 

Agreed and unfortunately, the paid influx of Android fanatics have turned this place into a dump zone.

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This article from MacLife sums up my feelings. Apple's biggest problem is delivery. And I would throw in marketing and brand. I'm sorry to say it but Cook and Schiller just don't cut it on stage. Federighi is great though. He should be given the most time on stage. And I think Phil could use a different role as I don't think he's cutting it in the one he's got. The ad they showed at the event yesterday was really bad. It didn't make me want to go out and buy a 5C.

http://www.maclife.com/article/analysis/new_iphones_look_great_presentation_could_use_some_work
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It's amazing how these analyst suggest that Apple has not put any thought behind the pricing and materials of these phones. i seem to remember hearing this a year ago when it was feared an ipad mini above $299 would be a disaster. i think it was 2 months in before you could find a mini in stock.

It's been stated many times that Apple is too big for a $100 or $200 product to have a material impact to their bottom line. Now analysts want apple to sell a $200 phone and make $50 per unit. Analyst are just blowing smoke. The stock tanked last year because of negative earnings growth and lower margins.

They could very easily have a subsidized deal in place with China mobile which could explain why the retail price is so much. It's hard to believe after Tim Cook acknowledge the slow down in China sales last quarter that they would in return launch a phone that is $350.00 more than what the average person over there can afford and expect it to sale. Is apple clueless or is there more to the story that has not surfaced? Wasn't it munster who said there was a 99% chance a china mobile deal would be announced? We are now to believe them on potential sales lost by the pricing.
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I wonder if Cook has underestimated 5S demand and overestimated 5C demand. Thinking that the 5C will take up the slack, keeping pressure off the 5S inventory.

 

Or maybe just underestimated 5S demand.

 

The next 3-6 months should be interesting.

 

Definitely a watershed moment for Tim Cook.

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Agreed and unfortunately, the paid influx of Android fanatics have turned this place into a dump zone.

 

I think that spins both ways. If you aren't in total agreement with everything that Apple is doing then you get called a liar, an idiot, a paid android/samsung schill etc. That's not too pleasant either.

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post #249 of 297
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I think that spins both ways. If you aren't in total agreement with everything that Apple is doing then you get called a liar, an idiot, a paid android/samsung schill etc. That's not too pleasant either.

 

Then you either don't read or selectively choose portions of conversations to generalize an absolute black and white position.

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Originally Posted by island hermit View Post
I wonder if Cook has underestimated 5S demand and overestimated 5C demand. Thinking that the 5C will take up the slack, keeping pressure off the 5S inventory.

 

The point of the 5C is to sell more 5S.

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post #251 of 297
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Agreed and unfortunately, the paid influx of Android fanatics have turned this place into a dump zone.

Aren't you touched by their deep concern over Apple's lack of competitiveness? It's...so moving. They really care about Apple's marketshare!

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post #252 of 297
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Then you either don't read or selectively choose portions of conversations to generalize an absolute black and white position.

 

Neither... but you have your opinion.

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post #253 of 297
Could apple be previewing their future plans with the current line up considering they will be offering 3 different form factors this year? If a 5 inch phone comes next year..........
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Originally Posted by rumormill View Post
3 different form factors this year?

 

Looks like two to me, unless you're counting 5S/C as two.

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post #255 of 297
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Apple's Vision is beyond the scope of the 90 day limit of the standard investor.   The problem stock price is all about perception, and Apple's message is beyond what analysts can grok, therefore they have no perception, therefore no price.

 

Hit the nail on the head.  Apple grows by coming up with unexpected products that open up new markets.  Of course the analysts can't accurately foresee what these products are.  They'd be running Apple if they did.  But just because they can't foresee them, they assume Apple doesn't have anything that will be another blockbuster and so their forecasts are based on totally mundane and self-contradictory factors like "Apple has to come up with a cheaper phone and higher margins!".  Morons.

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The point of the 5C is to sell more 5S.

 

That's a novel opinion.

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post #257 of 297

With people frothing at the mouth over Apple's failure to go for a price that would greatly expand their market share in exchange for a 'slight' hit on margins, it is probably a good time to remind everyone that whenever Apple expands its unit sales, it has to expand its customer service capacity as well.  Yes that includes Apple Stores, especially Geniuses at the Genius Bars, which don't come cheap.  Apple is not like Samsung or Moto where they can just cut prices, crank up their production and to hell with customer support (or hire a few more offshore flow-chart readers).

 

A significant component of being the premium brand is offering premium support.  Lowering margins and increasing unit sales hits customer support two ways (less financial resources, more customers), and you know how it is, once you get "Company X has awful support"  ingrained in the conventional "wisdom", it's extremely hard to change perceptions.

post #258 of 297
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They set themselves up perfectly for next year.

Next year the iPhone 5C becomes $449.
The iPhone 5S becomes $549 and $649
and the iPhone 6 with a 4.5 inch screen becomes $649 upward.

Really a beautiful move.

 

My thoughts exactly. If they can just get through 2014 things will only grow from there.

 

The issue is everyone thought the iPhone 5C was being targeted to replace the 4S. Apple, as always, found a way to apply the handbrake and eke a little more margin for another year.

 

This issue is also compounded by the forecasted strengthening of the US dollar which has resulted in some outrageous pricing in international markets. Australian media are panning the iPhone 5C as "last year's technology with a 10% discount" and spruiking "equally capable" (excuse me while I puke) Android handsets which retail for less than half the price.

 

The conversation is being dominated half by those who cannot bear to be contained by Apple's ecosystem (and resent developers for not prioritising their platform of choice) and half by those with no taste shrilling that Apple is not chasing them down for their spare change. The voice of consumers in the middle that appreciate Apple's unique value are being drowned out. Maybe Apple need to create an ad campaign involving dialogues starting with "I love my iPhone..." / "i love my iPad..." to inject a little more pride back into the conversation.

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The street always give the wrong reason of why a stock goes up or down.  AAPL began dropping yesterday after 11AM PT when the show was over.  The price of 3C was announced much earlier.  It seems the investors was waiting for the one last thing that is a 5 inch iPhone.  Apple has missed a huge market which is every bigger than iPhone.  The combined sales of larger smartphones are bigger than iPhone.  With a bigger iPhone Apple can resume growth. 
Indeed I feel so frustrated with Apple that it took them one year just to come out with all these little things? Why is it so hard for them to come up with a 5" or 5.5" big iPhone? they need to drop the "one hand operation" bs as who says you can't control a 5.5" phone with one hand? I really miss Steve! Tim Cook is NOT a product or marketing guy, as Steve said.
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It's just not in Apple's DNA to build cheap crap. I have no idea what investors were expecting.

An iPhone like the 'iPod nano' or 'shuffle' just would not be possible without huge sacrifices in performance or quality and would make life difficult for devs having vastly different specs.

I think Apple nailed it.

Honestly, I'd rather have last year's iPhone 5 for $100 less, than plastic version of last year's iPhone 5 for the same price.

I'd expect Apple will make a few $ more with replacing metal with plastic... but I care more about what I will get for my money than what Apple will get from my money...
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Honestly, I'd rather have last year's iPhone 5 for $100 less, than plastic version of last year's iPhone 5 for the same price.

I'd expect Apple will make a few $ more with replacing metal with plastic... but I care more about what I will get for my money than what Apple will get from my money...

Exactly.

I don't understand why some commenters here won't admit that this is a bad deal for consumers. Apple's motive wasn't to make the best product for consumers but rather to make the best product to pad they're cash pile.

The plastic 5C could have been sold off contract for much less and Apple still could have made a fat profit from each model sold. But rather they decided to screw us all over and collect a higher margin than they normally would on their mid tier phone.
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Last year we saw new iPads in October. I suspect we'll see the same this year. Apple isn't going to stomp on the iPhone launch with new iPads.

 

Really looking forward to new iPads (if anytime soon). Seems as if my whole family have been holding on to our iPad 2s forever. Wonder if there would be a keynote for the launch though. Hoping for a pleasant surprise if there's gonna be a keynote for the iPads, just keeping fingers crossed for the content they're gonna bring up and talk about during the keynote (if any) since the main features of iOS7 have already been introduced during WWDC.

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These are fantastic devices, and I'm looking forward to getting 2x 5s ones. They are substantial bumps from the ip4 's I have now. I skipped 2 cycles, and can now afford and justify this big bump. Easily. Can't wait.

 

Interestingly, I don't really use a TV anymore. I can easily justify an upgrade - the darn things are so cheap...but I just don't use it enough to justify it. Oh, the game is on during the weekends, and I buy a few movies a year on AppleTV. a 32" HDTV on the wall suffices for my purposes. But I can't justify even a $500 upgrade on a device I use so little. I can *easy* justify a new iPhone 5s. Huge value to me. Apple seems to be doing just fine for my needs, and I remain a loyal customer. I think they are right on target.

 

A cow-orker was complaining about her iPhone screen size. I pulled out my iPad mini. "But you can't make a call on it." "No. But why would you want to?" (and I actually can make a FT call.) I don't get the screen size inflation stuff. iPhone for my pocket. iPad mini for a bag. iPad to travel. Just upgraded to the MBAir from a 2004 iBook. Wow. Sure, I bought a lot of stuff from AAPL - but it is worth every dime to me. I use them. All of them. And I don't have to yell at them to get them to work. Ever. Can't say that about the annoying windows machine I am forced by my employer to use. Once a day, I say to it: "if you were my mac, I'd be done by now." It is a totally disappointing experience. Hate those damn things.

 

AAPL to me means value. There are few products in my life I can say that about. Oh, I'll go back to Ford for another car. The one I have now is at about 130,000mi on gas, oil, coolant, tyres, bulbs, and a battery. Not bad, and I received value. I'll go back.

 

YMMV. I don't get the criticism, but I have different values than others. 

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Since you are interested in my history with Apple, it began in 1991 with my first computer a Mac Classic, and I've never looked back. I've owned and some brilliant technology for its day.

I am not disputing that Apple has sold lots of iPhones, whatever makes you think that? 

But Apple is also losing market share worldwide. Though thankfully not in the USA, and is gaining here in the UK.

What do you mean by 'this strategy'? Apple has not tried this with an iPad mini - it's in its first model. If they had introduced a plastic version of the iPad mini, using technology a generation behind - A4 chip etc, and expected it to sell it at 85% of the cost of the current iPad mini - then they'd have pursued the 'same strategy',

I see no reason why the 5S and 5C won't sell very well - I'm particularly impressed with the 5S. They could conceivably take #1 and #2 spots. But that's not the figure I'm interested in - it's platform marketshare. The importance of this will not be lost to anyone who has been using Apple products for anything approaching a similar length of time to me, or longer.

My issue is with the pricing. (I'm not keen on the pastel shades, but that's a minor thing and tastes differ). How will keeping the same pricing structure (the Current model; Last Year's model; 2 years ago model) increase market share? Especially considering the greater growth is in less affluent markets.

In fact Apple are offering a poorer model for the same money at the middle price point. We now have: Current model; a cheaper-to-make plastic version of Last Year's model; and the 2-year old model.

What's consoling me is I don't think Apple is that far off a successful range, and could adjust. 

Phase out the 4S with its antiquated connector. Drop the 5C by a $100 and the range looks attractive, sensible and appealing. Apple could surely afford this, with savings in manufacturing on the 5C. Even $50 less would pay off big time imho.

The initial runaway success of the iPhone has led Apple, and maybe Wallstreet, to expect huge margins that I don't think can be maintained long term in the middle ground. Apple could charge what they wanted when they were the only gig in town. But competition (most of it derivative and second rate) is here now. And Apple still has no real presence in the middle of the range.


Ugh. Apple is losing market share not because they aren't selling iPhones but because the 1000 Android vendors are collectively selling more than Apple.

In addition, if you talk about platform NS, please include the iPad and iPod touch.
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Indeed I feel so frustrated with Apple that it took them one year just to come out with all these little things? Why is it so hard for them to come up with a 5" or 5.5" big iPhone? they need to drop the "one hand operation" bs as who says you can't control a 5.5" phone with one hand? I really miss Steve! Tim Cook is NOT a product or marketing guy, as Steve said.

It's not that it's hard but until they work out the trade offs to their liking, they aren't going to release crap.

Most people aren't nba players so they don't have hands large enough to use a 5" phone with one hand.

Enough with the Jobs shit. Get over it.
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Well, Wall Street got it right this time...


The iphone5c is simply overpriced. There's no other way of putting it. At $549 it only one hundred dollars less than normal iPhone, and doesn't do anything to increase the market.
(People who can afford to spend $549 on an iPhone, can also afford to spend $649)

It should have been $459 AT MOST.

Most of the world buy their phones off contract, and there's a possible market of hundreds of million of people, who'd gladly buy an iPhone between $300-$450 dollars. Apple has nothing aimed at the middle-high middle of the market, and that's a problem.
(I know, I know...There's the 4S... But a two year old phone for 450$ isn't a serious play for that market)
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Can anyone tell me why the iPhone 5c is ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS (well, 140) MORE IN AUSTRALIA? In America, it's $549 dollars, and that's equivalent to around $600 Australian. But, for some reason, it's A$739 unlocked!!!!!!!
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When a 16GB iPad with A6X + Retina Display Wifi + Cellular costs 4888 HKD

and 16GB iPhone 5C with A6 costs 4688 HKD then something is seriously wrong with the pricing of the 5C.

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I'm really happy that Apple are protecting the brand, it's values and it's public perception by not releasing a piece of cheap rubbish.

I can see that the 5C is priced really close to the 5S, but to me it makes the 5S look inexpensive. I think Apple will have a hard time manufacturing enough 5S to keep up with demand from the likes of me.

I also think that the 5C will also be a massive hit though, just for a different target audience: those not obsessed with specs, who like fashion, are young and maybe have less money.

Btw, I don't have mobile contracts, I buy full-whack off-contract for the handset unlocked.

All of this in an interim year! The 5S is a massive upgrade from the 5. And I'm so glad they didn't release a bigger iPhone, I don't want to look like a village idiot with a big dumb-ass mobile.

Most people buying new iPhones are not first time users, so they either sell their previous one for half the cost of the new one, or give it to a family member.
So to up-graders like me, paying a few hundred every two years to upgrade to the latest phone is peanuts.

Either way Apple user base is growing, growing, growing.

iPhones last so long because they are quality products built to last. I know people with 3GS iPhones that do all they want, and allow them to buy stuff from iTunes. That's fine, those people are loyal Apple customers because they have derived so much value from the Apple products, so they intend to upgrade this year, probably to a 5C. I have a 3GS myself lying around for testing iOS6 on but that may be offloaded to a another new Apple customer soon.
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The pricing was kind of weird. With $100 more you get 5s with latest A7 processor plus M7 co-processor plus the new finger print security feature. Those 3 things are sure worth more than $100, so how in the world anyone will save $100 just to give up those 3 amazing things? Plus It's aluminum, not plastic? It was really a pricing blunder, wouldn't be happening if Job was the CEO.
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Nothing particularly exciting with the iphone 5C and 5s announcements.  It isn't just Apple, I haven't seen anything partiuclarly exciting from the other manufacturers like Samsung, or HTC.  Overall this has been a relatively boring period for mobile devices.  Nothing revolutionary, everything is just an incremental improvement in specs.

That's how business and tech works. Invention is difficult and costly compared to innovation.

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Originally Posted by TPLD View Post
Can anyone tell me why the iPhone 5c is ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS (well, 140) MORE IN AUSTRALIA? In America, it's $549 dollars, and that's equivalent to around $600 Australian. But, for some reason, it's A$739 unlocked!!!!!!!

 

Because your prices are always higher.

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post #272 of 297

SO agree!

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Originally Posted by TPLD View Post
Can anyone tell me why the iPhone 5c is ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS (well, 140) MORE IN AUSTRALIA? In America, it's $549 dollars, and that's equivalent to around $600 Australian. But, for some reason, it's A$739 unlocked!!!!!!!

 

Because your prices are always higher.

Yes, because of VAT + hedging for exchange rate uncertainty + higher retail markups (because of higher total labor and distribution costs) + end-of-life disposal regulations + possible import duties + pricing-to-market.

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Agreed and unfortunately, the paid influx of Android fanatics have turned this place into a dump zone.

The real problem is the new "Everything Apple Does Is Correct And Everything Else Is CrimeThink". Discussions on mac releases used to be fairly critical of management particularly if expectations were disappointed. In the New AI fanaticism seasoned posters are dismissed as trolls.

The price of the 5C is clearly a mistake. Probably they couldn't make it cheaper - but intended to, otherwise why do plastic at all. It was probably designed to replace all of the previous years models and get rid of the 32 bit connector. Except they couldn't get the margins. That's a bad call by Apple. And bad management.

I don't get why Cook is so revered. He is clearly no Jobs. More or less his tenure has been mediocre.


But then I have skin in the game - investments in options etc. this site used to be for investors. In a normal investor site a decision which causes analyst anger and stock drops causes anger at management. Here it's CrimeThought.
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The real problem is the new "Everything Apple Does Is Correct And Everything Else Is CrimeThink". Discussions on mac releases used to be fairly critical of management particularly if expectations were disappointed. In the New AI fanaticism seasoned posters are dismissed as trolls.

The price of the 5C is clearly a mistake. Probably they couldn't make it cheaper - but intended to, otherwise why do plastic at all. It was probably designed to replace all of the previous years models and get rid of the 32 bit connector. Except they couldn't get the margins. That's a bad call by Apple. And bad management.

I don't get why Cook is so revered. He is clearly no Jobs. More or less his tenure has been mediocre.


But then I have skin in the game - investments in options etc. this site used to be for investors. In a normal investor site a decision which causes analyst anger and stock drops causes anger at management. Here it's CrimeThought.

I'm an investor too and have been since 2005. Will you eat your words when the 5C becomes the #1 or #2 phone model in the next qtr?

I don't know why you hate Cook so much.
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I'm an investor too and have been since 2005. Will you eat your words when the 5C becomes the #1 or #2 phone model in the next qtr?

I don't know why you hate Cook so much.

It's guaranteed to become the 1st or 2nd best selling phone. So would have the iPhone 5. The issue is market share outside the saturated markets in Europe and the US.

The question is counter factual. What would the 5C now sell vs the 5C were the 5C as cheap as a 4S.

I firmly believe they intended to replace the 4S. Hence Cook failed. Maps too. Obviously the original reaction was over the top but nothing much has been done to improve maps since. Cook is not lighting fires under asses.

Cook is not jobs. He is not the founder. He should generate no loyalty unless he performs.
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post #277 of 297

The new iPhone will be spectacular as usual and will sell in droves, and as usual all the ‘me too’ smartphone manufacturers are lining up to point out how the screen is not 6 inches or it should have medium-format megapixel camera spec or does not make the average person less of a dumbass. I am glad that Apple rarely rises to the bait. Confidence in what you bring to the plate means you can spend less time worrying about others.

 

And can everyone please stop droning on about how bad Tim Cook is as CEO? IMO, he has done a brilliant job in the thankless task of following in the footsteps of a legend. Can somebody seriously name ONE person who could step in at this point and do a better job without screwing around with the sacrosanct core nature of the company?

 

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It's guaranteed to become the 1st or 2nd best selling phone. So would have the iPhone 5. The issue is market share outside the saturated markets in Europe and the US.

The question is counter factual. What would the 5C now sell vs the 5C were the 5C as cheap as a 4S.

I firmly believe they intended to replace the 4S. Hence Cook failed. Maps too. Obviously the original reaction was over the top but nothing much has been done to improve maps since. Cook is not lighting fires under asses.

Cook is not jobs. He is not the founder. He should generate no loyalty unless he performs.

If the 5C was as cheap as the 4S, how low would the margins be? In addition, what would make the average buyer get a 5S instead? Market share in itself doesn't make any money. I believe another poster did the math and said Apple would need to sell 2.5 5Cs at the 4S price to make the same $$$ as selling 1 5S. Why would you risk cannibalizing your most profitable product with a vastly lower margin product? You say you make it up in volume but there is a limit to how many 5Cs you can produce.

You obviously haven't used Maps in a while. Google took years to have its Maps where it is today. You gave Apple less than 12 months.

Cook isn't lighting fires? Are you aware iOS 7 is a complete redesign and it took 8+ months before it was previewed?

Let me ask you this, who would run Apple? Woz because he's the other founder? Or no one because Jobs hasn't been reincarnated and no one is Jobs.
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Originally Posted by semanka View Post

The pricing was kind of weird. With $100 more you get 5s with latest A7 processor plus M7 co-processor plus the new finger print security feature. Those 3 things are sure worth more than $100, so how in the world anyone will save $100 just to give up those 3 amazing things? Plus It's aluminum, not plastic? It was really a pricing blunder, wouldn't be happening if Job was the CEO.
It always DID happen when Jobs was in charge that pricing spacing hasn't changed since he died.
post #280 of 297
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

The fact that you think Apple is overlooking something tells me you're overlooking something.

Who cares about the stock price? Apple going private would be great for them.
Your response doesn't even make any sense!
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