Originally Posted by kevliu1980
<1. BS snipped>
2. I find these statements utterly ridiculous - is there something wrong with wanting more storage and not wanting to get reamed paying for it? Apple, as a corporation, it doing the right thing to maximize profits in dragging out 16GB as their base and keeping their $100 increments, because they can due to their loyal users and robust ecosystem. However that shouldn't make us, their customers, happy that Apple can use this strength to stand pat while the industry is moving to 32GB base and/or cheaper increments.
Should I, as a consumer, simply be happy that I'm forced to pay $100 more just to get a 32GB iPhone while that money simply gets returned to shareholders via the stock buyback and dividends? Why exactly should I be content with that?
Marketing and Pricing Strategy 101 for likeminded idiots:
Apple offers 16gb at a proverbial "-50% loss"... 64gb at a +50% profit... in the middle, the 32gb iPhone is where the majority of the sales are at +-0%. The actual sales numbers of each config only Apple knows... but i'd bet dollars to donuts that 16gb and 64gb are almost dead even. Meaning at the end, they received the selling and "true price" of the iPhones at 32gb prices for all devices.
Apple doesn't break out numbers for us or anyone else to know that as a fact... so don't even ask for a link.
Also, there is such a thing as component availability to take into account. Almost without a doubt, "if" Apple made the 64gb only $50.- instead of $100, almost immediately there would be a world-wide shortage of 64bit flash. Immediately as in within days!
And we KNOW what we would get to read in response:
a) Apple can't keep up with demand;
b) they're artificially constricting shipments to spur demand;
c) Tim Cook should be fired because he no longer knows how to control operations;
d) Apple is doomed because people are tired of waiting and going Droid or WinPhone.
You F***** idiots have absolutely NO CLUE whatsoever what goes into manufacturing and then delivering 9 million devices in a week... let alone a year!
And just because "S-@#$%^&" can do it, doesn't even mean were talking about the same components. It has been well noted that Google's Nexus devices are sold with B and C-grade Flash. Could it be that the A-Grade Flash actually costs more? Because it sure as h*** would cost Apple more to replace or repair all the iPhones that would fail with B/C grade. Look at the numbers!
The biggest part of this whole argument is that where I am in the world, Apple's winning the profit-race is viewed as "obscene, grotesque, and to vilify" rather than rejoice in.
I am not of that mindset... but that's what I have to deal with.
"S-#$%^&" the company, is a better fit with "socialized" the political persuasion and Apple is all that is wrong with capitalist pigs. I kid you not... and if you missed it the first time, NO... I DO NOT SHARE THIS VIEW!
S-#$%^&* = because it truly is a dirty word!
Sog35 beat me to the rant... and did it better... S@#$%^&*(!!!!)Edited by ThePixelDoc - 10/30/13 at 9:15am