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In a wide-ranging interview with The Wall Street Journal, excerpts of which were published on Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed expanding the iPhone business, Google and Android, emerging markets and innovation.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook accepting the Auburn University Lifetime Achievement award.


After a report covering Apple's recent $14 billion stock repurchase and the company's entry into new product categories, The Wall Street Journal has posted an edited version of Cook's full interview to its website.

As noted on Thursday, Cook still views Apple as a "growth company" despite sentiment that Cupertino's best years have passed. The executive conceded that Apple's revenue grew at a slower rate than in past years -- $14 billion to $15 billion -- but said in comparison to other companies, the numbers are still huge.

"Yes, those percentages are smaller compared to a year earlier and two years earlier and so forth. But that doesn't mean that you're not a growth company," Cook said. "We were in hyper-growth, or whatever is above growth. We went from $65 billion to over $100 billion to $150 billion to $170 billion. These are historic, unprecedented numbers. I don't know any companies adding growth at that level."

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In context, the level of growth in 2013 is "like adding three Fortune 500 companies in a year," Cook said, adding that Apple clocked in with its highest revenue ever in the last quarter. Helping push the needle was best-ever iPhone and iPad sales, as well as a strong performance from Mac in the face of a shrinking PC market.

A major driver for future growth is emerging markets and Apple worked hard to bolster its presence in the biggest of those: China. Over the last 12 months, Apple has raked in $29 billion to $30 billion in revenue in greater China.

Some of that revenue was from the iPhone's rollout on China Mobile, the world's largest wireless carrier. Even with the new deal, Apple is only addressing two-thirds of the subscribers in the world, Cook said, adding that the statistic will change as the company plans to sign on with another 50 carriers by the end of the quarter.
"And even with adding China Mobile, we still only present our products to two-thirds of the subscribers in the world. In fact, this quarter, we'll sign on 50 new carriers." - Apple CEO Tim Cook
Developing markets, of which the iPhone and iPad already enjoy a large share, remain a struggle. However, Cook pointed to Japan, which accounts for about nine percent of Apple's revenue, as a possible area of growth.

"The dollar has gotten so strong that last quarter, our revenue growth in Japan was 11 percent," he said. "At constant currency from year before, it would have been 37 percent. When you lose 26 points on a currency conversion and it's 9 percent [overall], it takes off a couple of points on the macro-side."

When pressed on iPhone growth in particular, Cook said the cellular market consists of "feature phones, smartphones that function as or are used as feature phones, and real smartphones."

"I care about the market share of the last one. I don't care how many feature phones are sold," he said. "The more that are sold I look at as good because those are all potential future customers for real smartphones. The same thing goes for the second category. I'd like to convert as many of those as possible to real smartphones."

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Cook handing out the first China Mobile iPhones in January. | Source: Eunice Yoon via Twitter


One smartphone manufacturer in the news recently is former Google subsidiary Motorola. Less than two years after being purchased by the Internet search giant for $12.5 billion, the struggling handset maker will now be passed on to Lenovo. Google ate a huge loss by selling Motorola at the end of January for $3 billion.

"I wasn't surprised," Cook said of the sale. "It seems like a logical transaction. Google gets rid of something that's losing money, something that they're not committed to. I think it's really hard to do hardware, software and services and to link all those things together. That's what makes Apple so special."

As for a large-screen iPhone, the Apple chief was expectedly coy, saying such a product isn't out of the realm of possibility. Apple will only make the leap when the technology is ready.

"That doesn't say we'll never do it," Cook said. "We want to give our customers what's right in all respects - not just the size but in the resolution, in the clarity, in the contrast, in the reliability. There are many different parameters to measure a display and we care about all those, because we know that's the window to the software."

Finally, the WSJ asked whether Apple's role in the smartphone market will mirror the PC market, where the Mac is largely a niche player. Cook said he doesn't see that happening, noting applications were the "catalyst" in separating the Mac and Windows platforms. Mac fell far behind Microsoft's nearly ubiquitous OS, though the opposite is true in the smartphone sector where iOS and Android dominate the field.

"We have over a million apps on iOS. We have over half-million that have been optimized for iPad," he said. "That half-million compares to 1,000 for Android tablets. That's one of the reasons, although not the only reason, why the experience on Android tablets is so crappy because the app is nothing more than a stretched out smartphone app."

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Android platform version distribution. | Source: Google


Going further, Cook said that Windows and Android are grossly different.

"The other thing is that Windows pretty much was one thing. Android is like Europe," Cook said. "Europe was a name that somebody came up with for Americans who didn't understand that Europe was a lot of countries that weren't like U.S. states. They were very different. Android is many things. How many people who use a Kindle know that they're using Android? And you see what Samsung is doing by putting more and more software on top. I think it's night and day. The compare is so off."
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The Europe analogy is quite clever, Android definitely doesn't have the unity that Windows had.
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Wow. Cook finally starting to come out swinging.

More, sir, more. Show 'em.
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"That's one of the reasons, although not the only reason, why the experience on Android tablets is so crappy..."

 

I'd love to hear him say crappy.

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The Europe analogy is quite clever, Android definitely doesn't have the unity that Windows had.

 

Yeah, I LOVED the Europe analogy.  So sweet.

 

I really like Tim's attitude in this interview.

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Way to go Cook. Knock those bastards out!
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Meanwhile, Woz lets loose with some pie hole flatulence by stating that Apple should make an Android phone. Has the Woz finally jumped the shark?

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Meanwhile, Woz lets loose with some pie hole flatulence by stating that Apple should make an Android phone. Has the Woz finally jumped the shark?

 

Finally?

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The next move by Tim and the Board is to revoke Wozniak's $120k/yearly fake salary and put his past into the museum and move on.
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Meanwhile, Woz lets loose with some pie hole flatulence by stating that Apple should make an Android phone. Has the Woz finally jumped the shark?

Woz has been overrated for quite some time.

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Woz has been overrated for quite some time.


Woz has brain damage from an airplane crash.

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Google has already blown by ExxonMobil in market cap and should quickly pass Apple by the middle of the year.  Apple is going nowhere fast.  Wall Street knows Apple has nothing left while Google has unlimited growth.  Apple can keep buying back all the shares it wants but it isn't going to help at all as shareholders continue to dump Apple stock every chance they get.  Apple's stock isn't going to go up and the P/E will simply keep compressing down to the 11s and the 10s as Apple becomes the equivalent of an oil company.  Apple burned too many loyal shareholders in late 2012 and they're never coming back to the company.

 

Apple trying to go up against Android is a no win situation for Apple and shareholders because the iPhone is going to continue to miss Wall Street expectations every quarter as the industry gets entirely flooded with Android smartphones.  Google has absolutely nothing to fear from Apple unless Apple gets smart and builds its own search engine and ad business and puts it on every Apple device as the default search engine.  If Tim Cook isn't smart enough to figure this out then Apple will simply become obscured by Google's shadow.  Apple prides itself on never spending reserve cash on large acquisitions but saving all that cash isn't doing a darn thing for Apple's value or growth.

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Google has already blown by ExxonMobil in market cap and should quickly pass Apple by the middle of the year.  Apple is going nowhere fast.  Wall Street knows Apple has nothing left while Google has unlimited growth.  Apple can keep buying back all the shares it wants but it isn't going to help at all as shareholders continue to dump Apple stock every chance they get.  Apple's stock isn't going to go up and the P/E will simply keep compressing down to the 11s and the 10s as Apple becomes the equivalent of an oil company.  Apple burned too many loyal shareholders in late 2012 and they're never coming back to the company.

 

Apple trying to go up against Android is a no win situation for Apple and shareholders because the iPhone is going to continue to miss Wall Street expectations every quarter as the industry gets entirely flooded with Android smartphones.  Google has absolutely nothing to fear from Apple unless Apple gets smart and builds its own search engine and ad business and puts it on every Apple device as the default search engine.  If Tim Cook isn't smart enough to figure this out then Apple will simply become obscured by Google's shadow.  Apple prides itself on never spending reserve cash on large acquisitions but saving all that cash isn't doing a darn thing for Apple's value or growth.

 

Why I ever would bother to respond to you, I have no idea.  But here goes.

 

GOOG needs to gain about $70bn on AAPL.  Sorry, that's pretty unlikely.

 

And GOOG did not blow by XOM.  GOOG is still behind XOM, though by only $200M.

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Google has already blown by ExxonMobil in market cap and should quickly pass Apple by the middle of the year.  Apple is going nowhere fast.  Wall Street knows Apple has nothing left while Google has unlimited growth.  Apple can keep buying back all the shares it wants but it isn't going to help at all as shareholders continue to dump Apple stock every chance they get.  Apple's stock isn't going to go up and the P/E will simply keep compressing down to the 11s and the 10s as Apple becomes the equivalent of an oil company.  Apple burned too many loyal shareholders in late 2012 and they're never coming back to the company.

Apple trying to go up against Android is a no win situation for Apple and shareholders because the iPhone is going to continue to miss Wall Street expectations every quarter as the industry gets entirely flooded with Android smartphones.  Google has absolutely nothing to fear from Apple unless Apple gets smart and builds its own search engine and ad business and puts it on every Apple device as the default search engine.  If Tim Cook isn't smart enough to figure this out then Apple will simply become obscured by Google's shadow.  Apple prides itself on never spending reserve cash on large acquisitions but saving all that cash isn't doing a darn thing for Apple's value or growth.

Wow! How wrongheaded can you possibly be? Did you even read the article? Do you even follow Apple? Their acquisitions, their new IP, THEIR INCREASING SALES AND PROFITS! Do you have any clue at all what is going on the smartphone market?
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Europe was a name that somebody came up with for Americans who didn't understand that Europe was a lot of countries that weren't like U.S. states.

 

I doubt Tim's story of the origins of the name Europe and I doubt that Americans are as stupid as he's implying.

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I doubt Tim's story of the origins of the name Europe and I doubt that Americans are as stupid as he's implying.

 

There was a poll not many years ago, and a huge percentage (can't remember what it was, but it was really large) couldn't find Russia -- RUSSIA! -- on a world map.  Americans' lack of knowledge about the rest of the world -- heck lack of knowledge about America itself -- cannot be overestimated.

 

Heck, when Sarah Palin was being prepped for the debates in 2008 they had to explain to her where Germany was, that they were part of the Axis in WWII, etc.  Really scary.

 

This is from 2006, but if anything it's most likely gotten worse:

 

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Among the findings:

  • One-third of respondents couldn’t pinpoint Louisiana on a map and 48 percent were unable to locate Mississippi.
  • Fewer than three in 10 think it important to know the locations of countries in the news and just 14 percent believe speaking another language is a necessary skill.
  • Two-thirds didn’t know that the earthquake that killed 70,000 people in October 2005 occurred in Pakistan.
  • Six in 10 could not find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.
  • While the outsourcing of jobs to India has been a major U.S. business story, 47 percent could not find the Indian subcontinent on a map of Asia.
  • While Israeli-Palestinian strife has been in the news for the entire lives of the respondents, 75 percent were unable to locate Israel on a map of the Middle East.
  • Nearly three-quarters incorrectly named English as the most widely spoken native language.
  • Six in 10 did not know the border between North and South Korea is the most heavily fortified in the world. Thirty percent thought the most heavily fortified border was between the United States and Mexico.

 

I mean, COME ON!  How can nearly half of Americans aged 18-24 not be able to find India?!  I mean, ooh, if it were like Montenegro or Andorra or something, even say Serbia, I could understand.  But not only is India a HUGE country, it is also very distinctive looking.  And not knowing where Louisiana is?  Give me a break.  You have to either live in your basement 24/7 doing nothing but playing Xbox or be partially retarded.


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Has the Woz finally jumped the shark?


That happened some 30+ years ago.

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There was a poll not many years ago, and a huge percentage (can't remember what it was, but it was really large) couldn't find Russia -- RUSSIA! -- on a world map.  Americans' lack of knowledge about the rest of the world -- heck lack of knowledge about America itself -- cannot be overestimated.

 

I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don't have maps. ;)

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I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don't have maps. ;)

 

LOL :)

 

Yeah, and like history, they don't teach anything about the rest of the world in most schools anymore.  And so many Americans lack any curiosity about anything at all outside of sports and the Kardashians.  It's really pretty scary, if you think about it, this near total lack of interest in anything.

 

I mean, imagine someone who can't recognize Russia on a world map, cannot recognize the WORLD'S LARGEST COUNTRY!  I mean, the thing's only 6.5M sq. miles and 9 times zones across. :)  I also remember a survey of Americans during the Cold War (so obviously this was a while ago) where a MAJORITY of Americans believed that we fought *against* the Soviets in WWII.

 

It's all very, very sad and disturbing.

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Cook pretty much promised a larger screen iphone with higher resolution.

And it's probably on deck. 1biggrin.gif
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Google has unlimited growth.  

Google does not have unlimited growth. If the smartphone market has reached saturation point so has the number of smartphone users that Google can push their advertisements to. Plus the second largest phone market, China, will not let google in.
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The Europe analogy is quite clever, Android definitely doesn't have the unity that Windows had.
No it was a stupid comment. Europe is a name Americans came up with? Seriously Tim? Go over to Mac Rumors and you'll see comments like "if Android is Europe, then Apple is North Korea". Seriously dumb analogy. Apple need someone besides Tim Cook to do interviews. He's terrible at them.
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I doubt Tim's story of the origins of the name Europe and I doubt that Americans are as stupid as he's implying.
I get what Cook meant but that Europe comment was just plain dumb.
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What was Cook's reason for using the phrase "reasonable person"? They talked about it on CNBC yesterday and concluded that this means all we're from Apple this year is an iPhone with a bigger screen, which they immediately said cannot be considered a "new category". Even John Fortt, who is normally pretty bullish on Apple, seemed frustrated by Cooks comment and said Apple should be doing more with its software and services.

My god is Apple's PR department bad. Why in the world is Cook even getting into discussions about whether new products are actually new categories or just updates to existing products? He shouldn't even be going there. When asked about new stuff all he has to do is smile and say "that's for me to know and you to find out". And if he gets pushed on it, decline to comment further. Stop getting in the muck about this "new categories" nonsense.
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No it was a stupid comment. Europe is a name Americans came up with? Seriously Tim? Go over to Mac Rumors and you'll see comments like "if Android is Europe, then Apple is North Korea". Seriously dumb analogy. Apple need someone besides Tim Cook to do interviews. He's terrible at them.

Yes, obviously the EU wasn't formed to make life easier for Americans, that is just laughable. But his comment was still on point because for a long time the tech media have been pushing the narrative that Android is the next Windows, in the sense that Windows was more open than Mac, and that is why it won, so Android will beat iOS too. 

 

But Tim was making the point that, while Windows was open to more hardware, it was in fact still a unified software platform controlled by a single company, which Android isn't (as it allows forks, and forks are happening). So this is not necessarily Windows vs Mac redux.

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When any other company adds a larger phone to its mix, any reasonable person would say the company entered a new category and would be praised. If Apple does the same thing, that reasonable person would say Apple did not create a new category and would be criticized.
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First of all, lay off of the Woz! He is first and foremost a GEEK (yeah, in caps). Sure he thinks that Apple should make an Android phone. He probably wants Linux on an iPhone as well. And I'll bet he wants a command line interface. That's just Woz. And it was his hardware genius that gave the world the personal computer as we know it today and without which there would have been no Apple Inc. to begin with. Give the man his due.

 

 

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Apple trying to go up against Android is a no win situation…

 

The bogus zero-sum argument is so tiring.:no:  So what if Google does or doesn't have a greater market cap than Apple. Is Apple going to go out of business because Google's valuation is greater? Will Google go bankrupt if it doesn't exceed Apple? Really? :rolleyes: 

 

Google has absolutely nothing to fear from Apple unless Apple gets smart and builds its own search engine.

 

Good strategy. Just like Google got smart by building its own smartphones. Oh wait…

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Yes, obviously the EU wasn't formed to make life easier for Americans, that is just laughable. But his comment was still on point because for a long time the tech media have been pushing the narrative that Android is the next Windows, in the sense that Windows was more open than Mac, and that is why it won, so Android will beat iOS too. 

But Tim was making the point that, while Windows was open to more hardware, it was in fact still a unified software platform controlled by a single company, which Android isn't (as it allows forks, and forks are happening). So this is not necessarily Windows vs Mac redux.
Cook didn't say EU he said Europe. And no the word Europe was not coined by Americans. It existed long before there was a United States. Stupid comment that takes away from the larger (correct) point he was making.
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"Europe was a name that somebody came up with for Americans who didn't understand that Europe was a lot of countries that weren't like U.S. states. They were very different."

I was born in 1963, which is in the range of Tim. As I think about how I learned about Europe, I remember my elementary school teachers repeating Europe was made up of individual countries not states. This part of Tim's remark is enough for my historical memory.

Europe did not happen until 1957. In grade school, Tim could have been taught what he said in the first part of his statement. Without completely sticking with adult knowledge to make his point, he could have momentarily picked up his childhood lessons.

Since the WSJ is only publishing an edited interview we cannot know EXACTLY what Tim said.

Special note... Elementary vs. grade was done only because I am from the North and Tim is from the South. I remember my Southern cousins saying grade school while we said elementary school in the North. Hopefully this will prevent a flame war.
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"Europe was a name that somebody came up with for Americans who didn't understand that Europe was a lot of countries that weren't like U.S. states. They were very different."

I was born in 1963, which is in the range of Tim. As I think about how I learned about Europe, I remember my elementary school teachers repeating Europe was made up of individual countries not states. This part of Tim's remark is enough for my historical memory.

Europe did not happen until 1957. In grade school, Tim could have been taught what he said in the first part of his statement. Without completely sticking with adult knowledge to make his point, he could have momentarily picked up his childhood lessons.

Since the WSJ is only publishing an edited interview we cannot know EXACTLY what Tim said.

Special note... Elementary vs. grade was done only because I am from the North and Tim is from the South. I remember my Southern cousins saying grade school while we said elementary school in the North. Hopefully this will prevent a flame war.
What do you mean by "Europe did not happen until 1957"? Are you referring to what is now considered the European Union?
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Google does not have unlimited growth. If the smartphone market has reached saturation point so has the number of smartphone users that Google can push their advertisements to. Plus the second largest phone market, China, will not let google in.

Pretty much the same thing for the U.S. Federal government. GSA approved one Samsung phone and no Android tablets of any brand. All Apple iPhone and iPads were approved as well as some Blackberries. Microsoft was completely cut out of any phone and tablet business. You snooze, you lose.

While Google is enjoying a lot of profits, it is not doing so because of Android. First they give away the OS, then they've discovered that the usage of Android phones to surf and search the internet is practically nil compared to the Apple iDevices. Buying MotoMo was Google's second biggest mistake.
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"Europe was a name that somebody came up with for Americans who didn't understand that Europe was a lot of countries that weren't like U.S. states. They were very different."

I was born in 1963, which is in the range of Tim. As I think about how I learned about Europe, I remember my elementary school teachers repeating Europe was made up of individual countries not states. This part of Tim's remark is enough for my historical memory.

Europe did not happen until 1957. In grade school, Tim could have been taught what he said in the first part of his statement. Without completely sticking with adult knowledge to make his point, he could have momentarily picked up his childhood lessons.

Since the WSJ is only publishing an edited interview we cannot know EXACTLY what Tim said.

Special note... Elementary vs. grade was done only because I am from the North and Tim is from the South. I remember my Southern cousins saying grade school while we said elementary school in the North. Hopefully this will prevent a flame war.

I was born in 1943 and Europe was often referred to as "the Old Country" by my grandparents. They could remember that the Prussian Empire was a lot of little independent countries, some as small as a single city. The Ottoman Empire and the Austrian-Hungry Empire were shaken up and parts dissolved throughout most of the first half of the 20th century. Boundaries moved around a lot until sometime after WWII, so why bother learning something that may change from one year to the next. I was probably in my early teens before it was possible to teach a map of Europe.
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What do you mean by "Europe did not happen until 1957"? Are you referring to what is now considered the European Union?

Yes. The EEC (European Economic Community) was formed in 1957. There were so many changes going before that date, that I was taught to focus on Europe as of 1957 to learn about it in comparison to and differentiation from the United States.

This does not mean we were not taught about pre-1957!
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Google has already blown by ExxonMobil in market cap and should quickly pass Apple by the middle of the year.  Apple is going nowhere fast.  Wall Street knows Apple has nothing left while Google has unlimited growth.  Apple can keep buying back all the shares it wants but it isn't going to help at all as shareholders continue to dump Apple stock every chance they get.  Apple's stock isn't going to go up and the P/E will simply keep compressing down to the 11s and the 10s as Apple becomes the equivalent of an oil company.  Apple burned too many loyal shareholders in late 2012 and they're never coming back to the company.

 

Apple trying to go up against Android is a no win situation for Apple and shareholders because the iPhone is going to continue to miss Wall Street expectations every quarter as the industry gets entirely flooded with Android smartphones.  Google has absolutely nothing to fear from Apple unless Apple gets smart and builds its own search engine and ad business and puts it on every Apple device as the default search engine.  If Tim Cook isn't smart enough to figure this out then Apple will simply become obscured by Google's shadow.  Apple prides itself on never spending reserve cash on large acquisitions but saving all that cash isn't doing a darn thing for Apple's value or growth.

Dear Constable,

Everyone including you has become an expert on Apple post Steve Jobs. Everyone has an opinion on what Apple should do next.

We've heard everything, from Apple should release a bigger phone, to the iWatch, to the i/Apple TV to developing its search engine, to buying Twitter etc.

I'll just say this, while other companies, Google, Amazon, blurt out their future plans to the world way ahead of time, Apple is marching to its own beat. They release products when they're ready. Sure Google has Glass. But would anyone in their right mind say that it is a finished product? Amazon wants drones to deliver packages. How far off are we from that? Five years? Galaxy gear? Give me a break!

When it comes to growth, I've said it before and I'll say it again. Apple still has room to grow. China mobile deal just happened but in most of Asia, Latin America and Africa, Apple is virtually non existent.  Android manufacturers have been there from the beginning. 

I see steady growth coming from Apple. 

As for new product categories, we'll just have to wait and probably be surprised/wowed when it finally does appear. 

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Google does not have unlimited growth. If the smartphone market has reached saturation point so has the number of smartphone users that Google can push their advertisements to. Plus the second largest phone market, China, will not let google in.

Google DOES have unlimited growth. They are buying AI companies to build robots to use they're search engines.
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Meanwhile, Woz lets loose with some pie hole flatulence by stating that Apple should make an Android phone. Has the Woz finally jumped the shark?

Woz was a great engineer 35 years ago, but a very bad entrepreneur. Everything he says, not matter the direction, has 0 importance.

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I see some very very stupid remarks in some of these posts, but this bit strikes me as something so obvious, so important (even more than another iphone line with a bigger screen):

 

- Apple's search engine.

 

Why doesn't Apple do something? Why are they defending and defending until someone really hits them hard? That's so stupid. Search is so important and can do so much to integrate the experience between devices. Neither Google or MS should have a presence unless the user wanted it. Apple has to do it.

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I see some very very stupid remarks in some of these posts, but this bit strikes me as something so obvious, so important (even more than another iphone line with a bigger screen):

- Apple's search engine.

Why doesn't Apple do something? Why are they defending and defending until someone really hits them hard? That's so stupid. Search is so important and can do so much to integrate the experience between devices. Neither Google or MS should have a presence unless the user wanted it. Apple has to do it.

That'll be a loosing battle. You can't force everyone on iOS to use it, people are used to google. They even made it into a verb... Yeah you have a choice to switch out of google, but who the hell used bing now? I mentioned in another post, the money is in ads, and apple has iAds
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That'll be a loosing battle. You can't force everyone on iOS to use it, people are used to google. They even made it into a verb... Yeah you have a choice to switch out of google, but who the hell used bing now? I mentioned in another post, the money is in ads, and apple has iAds

Just like everyone buys iPads from Google and iPhones from Samsung! Who cares? And it isn't forcing, people will change the default if they want. Search is very important, too much to hand it to Google.

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Originally Posted by pedromartins View Post

Just like everyone buys iPads from Google and iPhones from Samsung! Who cares? And it isn't forcing, people will change the default if they want. Search is very important, too much to hand it to Google.
I just see it as a place apple couldn't excel in. They are better off (and they are in progress of) making the default bing or yahoo... But even then, everyone goes back to using google...
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