Originally Posted by Constable Odo
This whole article seems rather silly saying how great Apple, iPhones and iOS is considering Google is said to be the future of the internet and everything else. Compared to Google and Android, Apple is seen as a failing company. Apple is definitely considered a doomed company with relatively low shareholder value based on continued loss of iPhone market share to Android. Almost no one sees Apple as being able to sustain its profits and many claim Apple will be simply put out of business within a few years as all their products are commoditized. People seem to be overlooking the fact that Google is worth $1200 a share while Apple is struggling to hold $530 a share. No intelligent investor has any faith in Apple being able to deliver new products and most believe that a high-end iPhone isn't any better than the common Android smartphone. No matter how many iPhones Apple sells, it's never nearly enough to keep pace with Android smartphone sales and that is seen as a major failing.
I honestly don't see how anyone can say that Apple is a better company than Google is when Google has the strongest backing on Wall Street. Market share remains the most important measure of how well a company is doing and Apple looks pretty sick based on shrinking market share. Doesn't it make sense that investors put their money on a company that looks like a winner? Apple certainly does not look like a winner from an investor's point of view. I have no doubt that Apple is making the most revenue and profits at the moment but nearly everyone claims those days are practically over. I'm a long-term Apple shareholder but even from my point of view Apple seems like a struggling company with nearly no one backing the company. It's never been said that Google is a dying company. Apple holds that title. Apple definitely doesn't get any respect as a company without Steve Jobs around. Tim Cook doesn't seem fit to be Apple's CEO. Apple seems to be throwing away so many opportunities to give itself a solid future despite sitting on a huge mountain of cash. I've just about given up on Apple as the company looks like it's being run into the ground.
Google has a lot of 'buns in the oven' … some of these buns are canceled and really - what has Google ever done, besides search? Google is a search/ad company - that is (mostly) it - by most measures. Android is simply their mobile OS to help ensure Google is used for search, but they could sell several billion phones, yet how useful is this to Google when they are not used a smart phones - and/or when they have no data plan? Android is mostly for people who want a cheap feature phone - or for people who have an obsessive need to customize their phone … or maybe they just don't want Apple … I am glad that Android is around, though sometimes, dealing with Fandroids is a bit tiring …
So I think this article does bring home some great points - market share can matter, but what, really is the market? Apple is in (arguably) the high end/premium smart phone market - that is all they ever wanted and that is what they own. Apple - it would seem builds things that people value - I know I do.
I could spend less on Android or other phones - and I have looked, but know I would feel like the money spent was wasted. With Apple I feel like the money spent is an investment… I guess this is the thing Apple users understand and Wall Street never gets, pity, but then the 'Street' is often wrong… like in 1988, 1991, 2001, 2007/2008 ….