Originally Posted by Apple///
Couldnt agree more. Google is a model of laying down a foundation for the future. They invest in technologies that will one day become common place. These things are set in motion and some of them will hit big. (self driving cars for instance)
I think Apple needs to think more outside the box. Devices are not going to soley cut it as a future for a heavy technology company. Look at Microsoft as a company that didn't innovate and didn't take seriously the future of the technology. They got left behind. Could happen to Apple if the don't start to seriously consider the future of what the computer industry will mean 10 and 20 years from now.
Google's stock price in a large part reflects the future investments that they make. They are setting a that future looks like a sure way to become big some day. That's why investors like it so much and its price is driven so high. Take Amazon for instance. They are doing things that no one ever expected and their stock price high for that company.
Apples stock price reflects the future of the company.
Tesla for example stock price at 200, because investors see a big and bright profitable future on the next 5 to 10 years and beyond.
See my post above.
Saw your post, and disagree heartily. Apple's definition of success and yours are different. You need to accept that.
Google's market value ($404B USD) aligns with Wall Street's total domination principles. Google wants to be inside every home, every computer, every phone, every car, every bed, every neuron... because we are thinking about the technology that can make it happen. And it costs... NOTHING. " We sell Ads (Wall Street is just down from Madison avenue... Wall Street Knows Advertising), we sell personal information (Wall Street buys information on people), we sell dreams (Wall Street is all about selling the dream)."
In the end, Wall Street see everyone using google, and the inevitable monetization. how? Who knows? Sergei and Larry, they're smart, they'll figure something out.
Apple's ($474Bill USD) aligns with their value proposition. Value has is real... not potential. Apple is explicitly telling wall street, "We want to sell to 20% of the world, and make a profit commensurate with value" Wall Street has no concept of what 'real value is' but it knows how to sell sizzle.
Tesla's value (26B) is playing the regulation game. infinite gas mileage is valuable other car companies... Tesla will either be bought or become a leading car company because when regulation makes gasoline mileage requirements and emissions requirements approach infinity, Tesla has a product, and Evon is a 2 time winner (paypal and spaceX). But in 'value' again, selling $40,000 units will kill Tesla, especially with the requirement of a non-standard power cord like the iPad;-) In the end, Tesla is a not a good argument, because it's destined to be another Apple (or GE,Boeing... building amazing things, but only selling a few).
Originally Posted by jungmark
It's too long for my ADD. But I do note you don't know Apple at all. In recent history, Apple has always looked outside the box. It always is looking to skate to where the puck will be. You compare to Google, they are using a shotgun approach to research. None of these external projects have amounted to anything. They are mainly using them for PR. Meanwhile Apple is quietly doing what it does best: produce amazing products. It will release new products when it seems ready. Fuk the competition. Why are you so worried about them. They had years to dev and release new items but didn't until Apple showed them the way. Sure, one of them could produce the next great thing. But I'll always bet on Apple.
Here I disagree... Apple doesn't look outside the box... it looks to reinvent the box... little by little... and sometimes a lot...often laying down frameworks years in advance (another thing Wall Street doesn't understand). Apple sticks 64 bit into a cell phone... Once Apple does it, it's obvious that it effectively doubles the bus speed, until then, even experts doubted the need for 64bit until memory mapping requirements drove it. Why did apple put Gyros in a Phone? No Flash, No Java? No Way, the Industry screams! No one can build a tablet as nice as the iPad for under $1000, until Apple built it for $499.
The difference... the REAL difference is that Apple redefines the problem from 'How much can we do' (Microsoft Surface) 'To what is the problem, and what our our options to solve it, and pick one.... or pick none if it's not ready to fit into our other parameters [say battery life]' It's Pithy, but 'saying no' is the hardest part about design, because designers/engineers love to make up reasons to add something.
In the end, Apple is about making technology improve your life. It my not be technology in a little box in my hand... but it will be technology. The rest of the stuff Apple does (and remember, I'm the one saying Apple should become the Bank), is to make your life and the technology you use to improve it seamless... Case in point. iTMS. MP3 players sucked because you had to buy a CD, burn it, manage it in a file system, and sync it to your player. iTunes/iTMS cut out the 'go to the store, buy the CD'... It was point, click, drool easy to get legal music. Apple went through holy hell to get to you (and is still), but at the time... Apple became a music store... Outside of the Box? The same function was being performed, with about 10 less steps in about 3 hours less time.
That's why the TV content is a big deal. Especially the transition from the post 'cable' world. Only Apple, Google and Amazon can drive that change. Google attacked the cable companies... Apple... my guess is they will partner. I'm betting Apple will do the same with that partnership that it did with the wireless. (BTW, my wireless bill dropped 25% this month... Thank you Apple to make it purely a commodity bandwidth thing.... Can't wait for Apple to do the same thing with my home cable(fiber) bill.)
Disruption. That's what Apple does... And Disruption isn't an annual thing.