Originally Posted by Red Oak
I understand and appreciate Apple taking its time to get things right. But having an 9 month annual quite period and then just releasing an updated version of the iPhone and iPad is not a middle or long term sustainable strategy. Apple had the whole technology industry back-peddling and in disbelief four years ago. Not so today. Everything seems to take extending periods of time, sometimes over the course of years
With the assets Apple has had (iOS including latest version take rate, iPhone US mkt share, demographics) I frankly thought the company would be further ahead in their product and service plans by now
Somehow you have a peculiar sense of time. Apple announces their most important products at the very best time of the year, then markets those products through the end of the year. It's that time after the first of the year and WWDC that really only "seem" quiet because the competition can haul out their revised crap that didn't sell as expected before the end of the year. Yet Apple is releasing new and effective commercials, lower the cost of iPads leading into the school buying cycle, and opening a whole raft of new Apple stores around the world. Apple is very aggressively taking care of business and doing it in a quiet way to avoid having competitors notice what's really going on.
My last point related to market share... Apple has said more then once, they do not use market share to gauge success. Such a measure is common for (a) manufacturers of commodity products, and (b) the iidée fixe of pundits who cannot understand how a luxury market functions, or how a high-end manufacturer must operate to keep its products out of the morass of commodity-think.