Originally Posted by wizard69
Greedy is a perspective one holds on somebody else's behavior. You can't call another wrong because his opinion differs with yours.
Seriously? Your point is correct if the argument is academic but in the real world with in publications, tech blogs even here with Apple users the word "Greedy" is an accepted verb for Apple and has been for YEAR'S.
Baloney. The competition got wiped out by iPhone, until iPhone many of these companies where very profitable. As it is Samsung is the only company effectively competing (stealing from) with Apple and they have good margins. The likes of Nokia, RIM and Motorola did not race to the bottom at all, rather they had the rug pulled out from beneath them and landed flat on their faces.
You are arguing pre iPhone and post iPhone together.
Prior to iPhone I believe there was collusion with in the cell phone industry (just my opinion) so profits stood strong. However after the launch of iPhone the industry was no longer clamshells, candy bar and "Black Berry" type phones they were forced to offer truly smart phones with touchscreen. Up to that point there were just a few that had tried to offer this but failed to gain traction (Palm and Windows CS to name a couple). So your right they were not pre paired, but to gain traction on Apples market share (A market they did not create but rather redefined) they absolutely raced to the bottom to get a piece of the low end of the market and still failed.
Nobody is asking Apple to make junk, I'm not sure where this idea comes from. The point here is that Apple doesn't benefit t in the long term from excessively high margins.
The industry is absolutely asking for Apple to make junk, in fact that demand it and predict Apple will lose their market share and go bankrupt (I know that was a little dramatic).
And since when is it so bad for a company to make high profit margins? I have never understood why that is so bad. You make a product that is far superior to the rest of the industry with fit, polish and quality (I disagree with you and for their time the org iPhone, 3G and 3Gs were amazing, thats why everybody wanted one). You decide what you think your time and you product is worth send it to market. It DOSE NOT MATTER what you spend to produce it, if consumers feel that their investment is worth the value they will purchase your product. If they disagree with your MSRP your product will not sell plain and simple.
As far as long term viability, hmmmmm when was the first iPhone released? Who is the most successful and profitable tech company on the planet to date largely from their media players and phones?
I tend to think Apple probably got this figured out and I will trust their road map a little better than a poster that thinks he smarter than them.