That's all well and good if someone has already set foot in the Apple Store. The problem is getting people to do that in the first place, or to go Apple's website or otherwise investigate it as a platform. This is the sort of thing that Apple needs to focus on, pushing that kind of information in their advertising and through other means so people are even aware of Mac as a viable platform that does what they need. They also need to overcome the general public perception of it being too expensive; sure, the computers work great, have tons of features and last for a long time, with cheap OS upgrades vs Microsoft's expensive releases, but the general public doesn't really realize this.
Finally of course is games. Almost literally everyone in my age bracket, at least judging from my extended social network, uses Steam for gaming. Many of my friends have said they like the "look and feel" of Mac better but are going to stick with Windows for gaming. Sure, Valve's own games are ported to Mac, but what about all the third party titles? Apple could do a lot more as far as working with developers and encouraging them to code for their own system, if they weren't so focused on iOS.
richl wrote: »
...I've worked in the smartphone industry for 14 years...
flaneur wrote: »
In this case, you would insert rather than append an apostrophe—people's
Because "people" is already plural, you wouldn't write peoples'.
But there's a reason apostrophes can drive people crazy. If you consider the backgrounds of the many and varied peoples who now speak and write in English, it's no suprise that you will find wide disparity in these different peoples' use of details like the apostrophe.
applesince86 wrote: »
To anyone who has been watching Google over the years, it is clear that these are basically a bunch of kids who are pursuing costly distractions, frittering away a lot of money on their bad case of ADD. Steve Jobs emphasized the need to stay focused. Google is not. They don't seem to appreciate that their stream of income has a narrow source, and is tenuous. It is likely that their party will eventually end, at which point they will wonder, "What happened??"
macsince1988 wrote: »
There isn't much to look up, if you have been in an Apple Store which has more than just a Genius Bar: http://www.apple.com/retail/learn/. Apple seems to already have several options in place for educating current and potential customers.
Great article. I am no tech guru, but I think Google and MS have similar problems by not focusing on a just a few key items, and perfecting those, before releasing them to the general user. Someone mentioned that on here as well, and I think the article writer did too. Google massive 'Skunkworks' like factory, where they are seemingly working on all kinds of stuff, might be good & bad. After Jobs came back into the Apple fold he cut all the dead-end projects and had the company refocus on what it was good at doing from the beginning. PC's. He then expanded and had the company create new mobile tech devices that had some good R&D behind them before they were announced. Granted Apple has had a few misses, but over-all more hits. It will be interesting to see what they have in store next, a TV? Watch? As long as they focus on quality innovative products, and not market share to drive their innovations, I think they have a long life ahead of them. Only time will tell.
Originally Posted by Corrections
It's nothing short of a cowardly character assassination to sit in the comments passing out accusations of copious "inaccuracies" without stating what any of these are, then represent a conversation where you stuff words into the authors mouth--without any specifics whatsoever--and complain how difficult this process is as the reason why you can't say anything other than what a terrible person in general the author is, because looking up the facts is so time consuming. Because you have so much else on your plate as you sit in AI comments for hours stabbing the author in the back while contributing very little at all.
Really hard to respect you. Especially when the "riddled errors" you like to complain about are simply your opinion as a Microsoft WiMo fan.
You want specifics? How about the time you claimed to have interviewed Steve Jobs? " src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />
Or how this Maemo (the predecessor to Tizen) powered internet tablet is in fact not a tablet but a netbook:
I love you get so worked up about people assassinating your character when you spend so must effort doing it to other people. Someone calls you out on your bullshit and you get incredibly defensive.
Also, please learn how to use quotation marks.
I would add,
6) Google doesn't get any search revenue from social media links, even though many (most?) ultimately came from Google searches. The more people get their links from Facebook and Twitter, the fewer Google ads they see.
You hit the nail on its head. Google lacks discipline and focus. Under the guise of "investing in the future" and "making the world a better place," the founders have thrown money at project after project, some with large amounts of risk. There are probably many projects into which large sums of money have been sunk with little to show for it.
It is a miracle that Google has remained a Wall Street darling despite such an unimpressive record of project execution. It is even more of a miracle that in spite of the founders creating a voteless class of shares that give the founders complete freedom to spend money however they want, Wall Street has rewarded Google with a relatively high P/E ratio.
IMO, if Apple had made decisions like Google, Apple would have been punished severely in the markets. The only reason the markets have largely left Google alone is because search continues to generate tons of cash flow. As long as search stays strong, the market is content to let Google throw money at pie-in-the-sky ideas. As Warren Buffett once said, "we will know who is swimming naked when the tide goes out." If search shows signs of a sustained slowdown, then we will see what they're really made of.
richl wrote: »
Microsoft faces challenges from all sides but there's something that you've failed to mention - they're making more money now than they did 10 years ago. They aren't anywhere near the state that Apple was in the mid-90s.
palomine wrote: »
I love that Apple has gotten such vindication for its business strategies lately.
Does anyone remember that Apple *used* to be cited as THE classroom example of one of the biggest business blunders in history? You know, Harvard Business school used to teach that Apple was so foolish to try to make the hardware when the money was obviously all in making and selling the software like Microsoft did. Lol.
Methinks a lot of the analysts still think this crap. Not me, I never thought it. I saw with my own two open eyes what happens when you have ninety million vendors making interchangeable parts for the PC , which then fought with each other for control of the Windows OS resources. One of the many reasons I bought a bunch of AAPL stock.
I wanted to DO things with a computer, not solve arbitrary, arcane little puzzles with the conflicting parts.
I was glad to come home to a Mac after a long frustrating day with Windows. (Watching a Computer Science degree person spend a couple hours trying to install a printer driver...typical.)
Watching a baby, an autistic person, and a 90 year old use an iPad intuitively. Yeah. Writing music and medical apps, etc etc. Yeah, go hardware! And software too! If not Apple, then Who else would bring us this joy? 8-)
More fool you to miss out on the finest writing AI has to offer.
We're all crying.
Yeah; it's kind of ironic to see RichL criticising historic accuracy; he has quite enough 'history' himself.
Classic DED; such a pleasure to read.
In your last paragraph, you briefly allude to Google's focus on low-end devices, odd though it is to use the words Google and focus in the same sentence. I would like to you examine why Google has decided to go in this direction and what the implications are, because I think it's a very revealing move by Google.
Interesting conception of cowardly and being stabbed in the back you have. This is a public accessible forum directly linked to the site that you write for. You're not being stabbed in the back. If you're being stabbed at all (you've not) it's from the front.
You really need to work on your approach to criticism Dan. Have a little grace.