Originally Posted by kaiser_soze
THEY HAVE LOST THEIR MINDS!!! IN ORDER FOR APPLE'S STOCK TO APPRECIATE IN VALUE, IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY THAT THEY START MANUFACTURING AND SELLING NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS WHERE THE PRODUCTION COSTS HAVE BE REDUCED, NOT INCREASED! WHAT APPLE HAS DONE HERE, SIMPLY DOES NOT WORK FOR APPLE! PEOPLE WHO HAVE PURCHASED STOCK IN APPLE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO DEMAND THAT APPLE MAKE DECISIONS THAT ARE ORIENTED TOWARD INCREASING MARKET SHARE AND INCREASING PROFIT, SO THAT THE VALUE OF THE STOCK WILL INCREASE! IT IS THE RIGHT OF STOCKHOLDERS TO DEMAND THIS, AND MOST CEO's UNDERSTAND THIS AND TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. INCREDIBLY AS IT SEEMS, JOBS EVIDENTLY DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THIS, AND THAT IS WHY HE SHOULD BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY!
Obviously there is no need to shout. We can read what you've written regardless of the case of letters chosen.
In response to your, er, soapbox statement, I appreciate your perspective, but while the high-tech industry is one of the fastest growing and most nimble industries, it can't turn on a dime. Indeed, if GM, Ford and Chrysler were as nimble as Apple, they would have products consumers want right now.
If Apple wanted to gain market share by virtue of quantity, they would quit the hardware business and license OSX to Dell, HP and other manufacturers. But I don't think this is the philosophy of the company. What makes Apple an Apple, is their innovative use of technology, award winning product design, quality of service, etc.
In other words, Apple (aka Jobs) has decided to go for quality vs quantity. Indeed, it's like comparing a Ford Focus to a BMW Mini. The Ford is practical and reliable, but it's nothing special compared to the Mini, which is smaller, more expensive and yet for some, more desirable... It has exclusivity.
I too have had a long-term look at the financial profile of Apple and at the end of the day, they have a solid growth rate. Will it continue at the double digit rate in the past, probably not. But I'd rather they move forward at a single digit rate, in this economy, rather than the truly downward slope (spiral?) of the likes of Dell.
Now, don't get me wrong, there are a few omissions on the latest notebook products that I think they're going to regret. For example, no matte screen option on the new MBP and no FireWire port on the new MB. Having said that, overall, I think the new products are moving in the right direction in terms of innovation. Especially the possibilities of using the two GPUs and OpenCL on the new MBP, which I hope will be an architecture adapted to the next refresh of the iMac.
In conclusion, I think Jobs and the Apple board do understand what the stock holders want (i.e. market share and profit), but there are other ways to reach these goals. After all, there are those in the financial market who went for the short, quick, quantitative profit vs those institutions that stayed with prudent fiscal policy, with slow but progressive growth... I don't have to point out who's still standing these days.