Apple CEO Tim Cook on Android growth: 'Success is not making the most'

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  • Reply 41 of 201

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    Originally Posted by WontonParmesan View Post





    Dude, every time apple releases a new device the previous devices become very cheap while maintaing it's long life & quality. It's already done. It is a poor strategy for apple to make a cheaper iPhone & waste of resources.


    "Its" not "it's"

  • Reply 42 of 201
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

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    Originally Posted by ankleskater View Post




    "Its" not "it's"



    LOL it's important!

  • Reply 43 of 201

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    Originally Posted by melgross View Post



    I think that Apple should be more flexible. A much less expensive phone is needed around the world, and possibly, even here.


    Beginning at 24:30, listen to Cook at the Goldman Sachs conference.  He uses the example of how Apple responded to repeated requests for a low-cost Macintosh when answering questions about a low cost iPhone:


     


    http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/13qpijbvpiqefjbgewrifhbvefqpihbdfv2/event/index.html ;


     


    "Frankly, we worked on this [sub $500 Macintosh].  But we concluded that we couldn't do a great product, and so we didn't.  What did we do?...instead we invented the iPad."




    Macs start at $999, iPads now start at $329.  If this is an indication of where Apple's going with the low cost iPhone, we might be seeing an alternative communication device, one that doesn't look like an iPhone and something that starts at a fraction of the least-expensive iPhone.


     


    Whatever form this communication device takes - iPhone nano or iWatch,


    whatever - It's pretty clear that Apple's working to answer cries for a low cost iPhone the way they addressed previous challenges.  


     


    As a shareholder I'm not worried, but I am anxious to see where they're headed here, as the opportunity in emerging and developing markets is colossal.  

  • Reply 44 of 201

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    Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post


    What exactly do you want Tim to do to "get this company going again"?





    They have to innovate faster.   They have to turn new phones and tablets faster.   They are well behind their competition.  Only thing that is saving them is that they have so many people "pregnant" embedded into their ecosystem that people are currently unwilling to switch.  But, that day is slowly waning.   They also need to come up with new products.   ....They "milk" slight changes now like they will change your life.  Siri is a perfect example.  Yeah, it is neat, but most people stop using it after a while.   There maps thing is embracing.  Steve would have handled that whole thing differently.     They need to go faster.


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  • Reply 46 of 201
    512ke512ke Posts: 782member


    I think this is a GREAT strategy.  Really and truly, just BRILLIANT!


     


    1) Tell your shareholders you don't give a **** about how many items you sell, to let them know you really could care less if the share price tanks.


     


    2) Let the other guys/Samsungs run you down in ads.  


     


    3( Let them take away your market share.  


     


    Have it be an EXACT repeat of Windows eating Mac's lunch back in the day.  Let Android gain the majority of share so that developers will go to them.


     


    I know what you'll say: Yes, yes, we at Apple are getting devoured by the competish.  They're out advertising us, outselling us, and expanding exponentially to developing markets while we're not.


     


    BUT we can say proudly that we have a quality product.  And by the way shareholders, if you thought you were getting more of our cash, suck it.

  • Reply 47 of 201
    But, but, Eric Schmidt told me market share is all that counts. He thinks developers like me should code for Android because it has higher market share. Did I waste time on iOS when I should have been developing for Android?
  • Reply 48 of 201
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member

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    Originally Posted by phalanx View Post




    They have to innovate faster.   They have to turn new phones and tablets faster.   They are well behind their competition.  Only thing that is saving them is that they have so many people "pregnant" embedded into their ecosystem that people are currently unwilling to switch.  But, that day is slowly waning.   They also need to come up with new products.   ....They "milk" slight changes now like they will change your life.  Siri is a perfect example.  Yeah, it is neat, but most people stop using it after a while.   There maps thing is embracing.  Steve would have handled that whole thing differently.     They need to go faster.


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    Yeah because they went so fast when Steve was around.  I mean 6 years between iPod and iPhone.  I've never seen such fast innovation. 

  • Reply 49 of 201

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    Originally Posted by phalanx View Post




    They have to innovate faster.   They have to turn new phones and tablets faster.   They are well behind their competition...They also need to come up with new products.   ....They "milk" slight changes now like they will change your life.



     


    Look at the game tape.  Apple's NEVER been that company.  Look at the scoreboard: Last quarter Apple sold more iPhone 5's than Samsung sold Galaxy S IIIs.  Apple also sold more iPhone 4 than Samsung sold Galaxy S IIIs.  They have competition, yes, but this isn't a new phenomenon.


     


    Broadly speaking, Apple's major achievements over the past 30 years include Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, iPad.  Four major product lines in three decades.  The last three of which came in the last decade.  Let that sink in.  


     


    Within those product categories, Apple's never churned out updates to their products.  In fact, the iPhone and iPad have broken Apple's typical product refresh rates, giving customer a new choice twice a year at most.  Previously, we often waited a year or more for a refresh. 


     


    Apple says this all the time, they're not in this to cash in.  They're in this to make the best products they can make.  They're in this for the long term. Changing that culture means changing the company.  It's not going to happen.

  • Reply 50 of 201
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,861member

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    Originally Posted by melgross View Post



    I think that Apple should be more flexible. A much less expensive phone is needed around the world, and possibly, even here. They might also need to figure out a way to have a less expensive 8" tablet.



    In addition, they've got to adopt more strategies towards the market. Avertising is small when compared to Samsung. $14 billion in total for Samsung last year compared to about $1 billion for Apple. It's aking a big part of the difference in sales.



    For those who believe that marketshare is worthless, I'll say that it's not. As the market shifts, so do developers. This isn't speculation, it's fact.



    I'd also like to see Macbook Airs at $899. Mini's at $599, and iMac's at $999. Except for Air's, they've been there before. There's no reason why they can't be there again.


     


    So in other words...you want Apple to be in the race to the bottom which is exactly what they have never done and sounds like they'll never do. Apple can't be everything to everyone, everywhere. 

  • Reply 51 of 201
    gazoobee wrote: »
    I think the "less expensive phone" is a red herring of sorts.  

    They already have lots of products that are affordable for almost every person in every category and country, even if those products are last years products.  These products aren't "phones" only because a simple piece of software (which is what a "phone" has become) isn't available on them.  This is because of the carriers and the way they conduct their business, not Apple.  

    If Apple could simply put phone software of some kind on *all* of their products, there would no longer be a need for a cheaper "phone."  

    This is what everyone was expecting them to do when they came out with the iPhone and for the next few seasons after that, but so far they've failed to do so and failed to convince the carriers that this is a good idea.  Apple just needs to step up to the plate and start fighting for the consumer in the horribly corrupt cell carrier market.  They really should have bought something like Skype instead of giving it to Microsoft to kill.  

    "Phones" are rapidly becoming old news and will soon be irrelevant if only the carriers can be either evaded or gotten onboard in this rather obvious and inevitable evolution.  

    Mass producing cheap phones is an idea from the 1990's.  I would rather Apple look to the future as is their wont, and evade the whole question of a cheap "phone" altogether.  They need to get behind the idea that everything could be a phone and that data is data, whether it's "minutes" or movies.  Why (the f*ck), should I have to have a phone in my pocket, just to connect my tablet to the network when like many people today, I don't even receive phone calls?  Why do I have to sit through an explanation of a complicated phone contract every time I upgrade my phone when absolutely none of the details of minutes and long-distance and all that other "phone crap" matters to me at all?  

    They need to cannibalise the iPhone to move forward.  

    They need to make everything a phone, which will ironically make the "phone" disappear altogether. 

    As long as it doesn't look like this.

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  • Reply 52 of 201
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 512ke View Post


    I think this is a GREAT strategy.  Really and truly, just BRILLIANT!


     


    1) Tell your shareholders you don't give a **** about how many items you sell, to let them know you really could care less if the share price tanks.


     


    2) Let the other guys/Samsungs run you down in ads.  


     


    3( Let them take away your market share.  


     


    Have it be an EXACT repeat of Windows eating Mac's lunch back in the day.  Let Android gain the majority of share so that developers will go to them.


     


    I know what you'll say: Yes, yes, we at Apple are getting devoured by the competish.  They're out advertising us, outselling us, and expanding exponentially to developing markets while we're not.


     


    BUT we can say proudly that we have a quality product.  And by the way shareholders, if you thought you were getting more of our cash, suck it.



    When did Cook say he doesn't care if the stock price tanks?  Honestly right now Apple could announce a cure for cancer and the stock would tank.


     


    and if Apple announced more share buy backs or a bigger dividend we'd be told that's what companies do when they're out of ideas and don't know how to innovate anymore.

  • Reply 53 of 201
    cherrypop wrote: »
    Look at the game tape.  Apple's NEVER been that company.  Look at the scoreboard: Last quarter Apple sold more iPhone 5's than Samsung sold Galaxy S IIIs.  Apple also sold more iPhone 4 than Samsung sold Galaxy S IIIs.  They have competition, yes, but this isn't a new phenomenon.

    Broadly speaking, Apple's major achievements over the past 30 years include Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, iPad.  Four major product lines in three decades.  The last three of which came in the last decade.  Let that sink in.  

    Within those product categories, Apple's never churned out updates to their products.  In fact, the iPhone and iPad have broken Apple's typical product refresh rates, giving customer a new choice twice a year at most.  Previously, we often waited a year or more for a refresh. 

    Apple says this all the time, they're not in this to cash in.  They're in this to make the best products they can make.  They're in this for the long term. Changing that culture means changing the company.  It's not going to happen.

    "They are well behind their competition..."

    "... They "milk" slight changes now like they will change your life."


    Those comments didn't require a response other than a mad cacophony of laughter.
  • Reply 54 of 201
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,861member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by phalanx View Post




    They have to innovate faster.   They have to turn new phones and tablets faster.   They are well behind their competition.  Only thing that is saving them is that they have so many people "pregnant" embedded into their ecosystem that people are currently unwilling to switch.  But, that day is slowly waning.   They also need to come up with new products.   ....They "milk" slight changes now like they will change your life.  Siri is a perfect example.  Yeah, it is neat, but most people stop using it after a while.   There maps thing is embracing.  Steve would have handled that whole thing differently.     They need to go faster.


    .



     


    I'd like you to explain how Apple is "so far behind their competition"? You can only innovate so fast. Its not about getting something out just to get it out. I think you need to get it mostly right when you release it. Apple can't afford to release absolute crap. 

  • Reply 55 of 201

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by WontonParmesan View Post





    Dude, every time apple releases a new device the previous devices become very cheap while maintaing it's long life & quality. It's already done. It is a poor strategy for apple to make a cheaper iPhone & waste of resources.


    Yeah, all they have to do is tweak the 3GS or 4 design to keep costs low with the same user experience.  They could probably sell a 3GS speced device for < $200 no-contract.

  • Reply 56 of 201
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,861member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 512ke View Post


    I think this is a GREAT strategy.  Really and truly, just BRILLIANT!


     


    1) Tell your shareholders you don't give a **** about how many items you sell, to let them know you really could care less if the share price tanks.


     


    2) Let the other guys/Samsungs run you down in ads.  


     


    3( Let them take away your market share.  


     


    Have it be an EXACT repeat of Windows eating Mac's lunch back in the day.  Let Android gain the majority of share so that developers will go to them.


     


    I know what you'll say: Yes, yes, we at Apple are getting devoured by the competish.  They're out advertising us, outselling us, and expanding exponentially to developing markets while we're not.


     


    BUT we can say proudly that we have a quality product.  And by the way shareholders, if you thought you were getting more of our cash, suck it.



     


    Even Steve Jobs has stated more than a few times they aren't interested in market share numbers. This is only something "experts" are interested in. If Apple wanted to be #1 in market share all the time they could be in the race to the bottom with a cheap phone, tablet, Mac, etc. This isn't anything new. 


     


    Quite honestly, Apple should just do their own thing and I too wouldn't really care what shareholders want. Shareholders are only out for their own best interests...just like these so called "experts" who think they know  what people want from Apple better than Apple does. 


     


    As I've stated before, I wish Apple could just go private and do their own thing. I know this will never happen for financial and legal reasons but I wish it would happen. 

  • Reply 57 of 201
    "They need to get behind the idea that everything could be a phone and that data is data, whether it's "minutes" or movies."

    Brilliant but...

    Challenging.

    I do agree. This has been an argument for BlackBerry purchasing QNX. So, argue that BlackBerry believes that they can create an entire ecosystem of every device in the world connected by QNX.
  • Reply 58 of 201
    macxpress wrote: »
    I'd like you to explain how Apple is "so far behind their competition"? You can only innovate so fast. Its not about getting something out just to get it out. I think you need to get it mostly right when you release it. Apple can't afford to release absolute crap. 

    "Siri is a perfect example. Yeah, it is neat, but most people stop using it after a while."

    No need to comment to this. Statements like this require supporting data, in my opinion.
  • Reply 59 of 201
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,980member
    This is an idiotic statement. First Android is not a phone brand but a OS that manufacturers have adopted for their smartphones. No single manufacturer makes or sells the amount of smartphones Apple does. So how can you go on record saying 'success is not making the most' when you are in fact the one making the most.
  • Reply 60 of 201
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

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    Originally Posted by macxpress View Post


    Even Steve Jobs has stated more than a few times they aren't interested in market share numbers. 



    Steve is no longer with us so we don't know what his opinion would be now. Just as in life your perspective changes as you get older. All the rich people already have smartphones. Do you just want to sell them another one every two years or do you change your focus to match the changing times? It's all well and good to say you are not interested in market share so long as you already have a decent slice of the pie, but if the share starts to decline, eventually you will reach a tipping point where market share REALLY matters. They don't need to be obsessed with market share but to be completely disinterested I think is a mistake. China is the new battle ground, and although they have a rising middle class there is definitely a need for a cheaper phone for their masses. The older version iPhones are not a good fit for the Chinese as they don't even work on the country's largest carrier. A smaller less expensive, less full featured iPhone would be a huge hit in the developing world.

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