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rogifan_new said:If Apple isn't clear on what its goals/ambitions are in this space it shouldn't make some major acquisition, especially not to placate Wall Street sell slide analysts.
ireland said:They are obviously doing everything to try to convince Apple to keep their euro headquarters in Ireland. Any day(-year) now Ireland will get a single Apple Store.
sog35 said:Anything that strengthens the stickiness of the iOS ecosystem is not a waste of money.
This is what a lot of folks tend to miss, when you have an ecosystem to maintain you need to do all those things to keep that ecosystem healthy and in place. Otherwise folks will start to leave that gated community of yours for bigger and better options. Since Apple ecosystem is a close one, meaning Apple controls everything they need to do even more of those things. Which is why I pull my hair out when folks keep talking about "Why are they doing this?" "Who watches reality tv shows?. You may not watch it, but the numbers tell us a large portion of the population do, and if Apple close ecosystem do not give them that option, then they will take their business elsewhere.
It's not that they can't shipped more devices than Apple, because many oem's can. The question is at what price point and profits. Apple can sell and ship more iPhones if they want to lower their margins and profits, but why? Why should Apple ship more products only to make less money. What no oem's will be able to do is shipped more devices than Apple at the same price point. Why can't people understand this, Apple will not sacrifice their margins for the sake of market shares.